Is It Real?
By Gary Pearlman
"Sometimes free will consists of making what fate
intends to do with us seem like it is our own intention."
Astrologers are eager to tell you that they can predict the future, unfortunately their track record leaves much to be desired. There are times though, when their efforts bear fruit. The believers are quick to defend them and the skeptics are quick to debunk them. The truth does not lay somewhere in the middle but in understanding the realities involved.
Astrology can for purposes of making a point, be compared to predicting the weather. A weatherman can with reasonable confidence tell you months in advice that in July and August the temperature in south Florida will be in the 90 degree range during the day and the 80 degree range at night. They can also say that the chance for a hurricane occurring will be strongest in the first two weeks or so of September. Hurricane forecasters can now with amazing accuracy predict the path of a formed hurricane with computer simulations based on upper level air masses. They always in their predictions err on the side of caution, never forgetting the unpredictability of hurricanes. As the hurricane approaches they can amend their predictions and narrow down where the storm will hit. By monitoring the wind speed, size and other variables they can predict the potential damage the storm will do.
So too can an astrologer make an educated prediction. Much like the weatherman, who has a difficult if not impossible task trying to predict where any hurricanes will hit months in advance, the astrologer will have tremendous difficulty judging what part of ones life will be affected by a predictable crisis. Just as weathermen would be hard pressed to tell in advice the result of a storm on specific neighborhoods. (remember Andrew) An astrologer would be hard pressed to tell what specifically will happen.
Weather predictions are based in part on cumulative data acquired over years of observation. Astrological predictions are based in part on the same theory.
Hurricanes will affect people in part, according to their preparation for the storm. Predictable events will also be modified by the persons previous preparation in life. For example, a prediction of a storm may be made if the planet Pluto is approaching by transit (its 360 degree cycle around the sun) a persons natal sun. (the degree that the sun was when the person was born)
Obviously many people were born with the sun in the same place. Just how that person will be affected is much like a weather prediction. Why Hurricane Andrew hit some streets harder than others is impossible to predict. Nonetheless the storm was real. A prediction of difficulty by an astrologer would be fundamentally accurate. Predicting how it will hit and the damage it will do is much harder. As with Hurricane predictions, there is always that something else. The random unpredictability contained within the situation that can only, like quantum physics give us probabilities. The astrologer can glean insights by studying the natal chart and learning what environment the person has lived in. An astrologer also must have an idea what level the person lives at, As Carl Jung put it: What happens to a person is characteristic of himself.
People have a certain nature, once an astrologer grasps the patterns and traits in a life he or she can gauge predictive influences more precisely. This is a daunting task for even the most accomplished astrologers and a clear misrepresentation by those that claim they can predict our lives without knowing at what level we live. (There are times when the a chart reflects a period of benelovence or challege, breakthroughs or blocks. While these may be relativly apparant, still the degree and area would be comenserate with the the level at which one lives. More often than not many different themes occur at the same time, blending with the free will of the person. Clearly not an easy task even if the astrologer asks questions and gains insight into the life of the person.)
In a nutshell, astrology is the art of observing what happened in the past, when a pattern of planets were in a certain position. Finding patterns, documenting the results and using them to predict the future and the personality that reflects these positions. The next step is to observe the persons life and see how these patterns work in their specific circumstances and enviroment, and then come to an understanding of how the person relates to the configurations.
The history of these observations has left a pattern of observable effects that one can work with to understand a person. The ability to be precise is limited by the tremendous amount of variables and the individuality of each person. Any reasonable practitioner with real knowledge of astrology, who has observed the events in their own and their clients lives over a period of years can attest to the merit of the results. They can say with confidence that they can give insights and background information that will be of value. They also recognize the difficulty.
A good astrologer preferably with a degree in psychology, can at times perceive and make educated guesses as to events in the future and have remarkable results. They would have difficulty duplicating these results on a regular basis in part because of that something else that makes each person unique. People may respond differently to the same stimuli later in life according to how far they have progressed. In short as one learns and hopefully evolves they might live at a higher level react differently to same stimuli encountered earlier in life. There are reason that one might make valid predictions at one point and not another. At certain times, some charts have such a strong configuration of patterns coming together at one time that a prediction is easier to make.
There are detailed studies that have been made on the effects of planets in specific positions. A French mathematician, Michael Gauqulein set out to disprove astrology and in the process proved that it has value. Carl Jung the Swiss psychologist also compiled research and came to the same result. Still they were off base in that they calculated specific planets in relation to specific positions. Astrology is a study of patterns, that often, as in life present varied traits in each person. An astrologer must look for patterns that point to traits in a person. To that end it would be of considerable import if someone were to compile research, not only on a specific planet, but a grouping of aspects that all point to a trait in a personality. This could be done rather easily and would no doubt bring out relevant data that could be used confirm the general principals behind the accumulated observations of generations of astrologers.
The lasting impression astrology has on a person who has observed with interest its results, is a reverence for fate and the understanding that indeed their are times when astrologers may not be able to say with precision what will happen, but usually can say where they are in life and the tone of that stage, and can say with confidence to a person undergoing its effects that their is meaning to it.
Our fate lies in our nature and how we relate to stimuli according to that nature as well as how much we accept and understand our nature. A wise astrologer can at times glimpse into that by observing the stars.
This will be one of those days when you're glad to get up. The energy is exceptionally positive. You'll probably feel energetic, confident, and ready to get down to work on your projects. This in combination with your tendency to work hard can have you going strong. Don't overdo it. Take some time to smell the roses and take a little rest.
It's going to be a great day to get things done. Cosmic conditions will have you feeling energetic and raring to go. If there's a list of things to do waiting for you, grab it and get going. You might need to resist the temptation to spend time socializing. If you focus on your priorities, you'll be finished before you know it and there will still be plenty of time left for play.
This will be an excellent day to start some of the projects you've held back for some time. You'll likely feel more physical and mental energy than you've experienced lately. Whether your day is filled with work or play, things are going to go great. You can tackle tasks with confidence. Be productive by giving your energy a place to go.
You might be more energetic than you've felt in a long time. It's the perfect day to get busy with tasks, projects, and housework. You'll breeze through most things in no time and enjoy them. Resist any temptation to procrastinate! If you put things off, you'll miss the current cosmic support. Make a list of things to do and start. You'll be done before you know it!
If only more days could be this easy. The energy from the aspects is revitalizing, allowing you to get a lot accomplished. If there's something you've hesitated to do, seize some of the day's added confidence and go for it. You'll succeed at anything you take on. Don't get caught up in doing another's work because you have energy in abundance.
Today will start off with an energy boost for you. Seize the opportunity to make the most of this by getting those major projects and chores handled. It isn't every day that you feel this good. If you get to work right off the bat, you'll have plenty of time to do something recreational afterward. If you're into sports, the extra energy will give you quite an edge.
Today the cosmic conditions are great for peak physical and mental energy. You'll be able to take on almost anything. With an added increase to your confidence level, now is the time to take steps toward your biggest goals. Rather than worry about rejection, think, "Nothing ventured, nothing gained." Even though you aren't big on taking risks, the ones you take today will be worth it.
Expect to enjoy today. You're in great shape and operating at peak performance. These are excellent conditions for working or creating. Given the chance, your mind will teem with innovative ideas. Put effort into everything you do today. If the opportunity comes up to participate in a new venture, give it serious thought. It could be a smart move.
The energy today means you'll feel on top of the world. Given your usual hardworking nature, you may need to keep an eye out for exhaustion. While the extra strength, health, and mental sharpness give you tremendous support to get a lot done, you have to know when to quit for the day, too. Save some of that energy for social or recreational activities.
You're off to an excellent start. If you've felt a little weary lately, this will change. Added mental and physical strength is available to you. Things that seemed difficult yesterday will come easily today. Take out any projects or to-do lists and go for it. Things will be finished before you know it, and you'll still have a smile on your face. Know when to quit, though. You don't want to overdo it.
You might feel like you have more energy today than you usually do. Whether the tasks ahead require physical strength or mental acuity, approach them with confidence. Things come easily and readily, and you can accomplish a great deal. Take a little of this energized time for socializing with a friend or engaging in your favorite hobbies. There's no need to direct it all into serious matters.
Expect to start your day with renewed strength and energy. Almost everything on your to-do list will fall into place. You can approach your projects with confidence and vigor because you can do what needs to be done. If there's something you've wanted to take on or start, you'll be hard-pressed to find a better day. Make the most of the confidence surge. There's nothing you can't handle.
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