By Nikki Harper
Staff Writer for Wake Up World
You probably already know your Sun sign, but there’s much more to astrology than sun signs and horoscopes. Did you know that astrology can help you understand who you truly are, and help you to build or heal a relationship? It can even help you find lost objects or plan a wedding. Whatever you need help with right now, a skilled astrologer can empower you.
1 Know Yourself
Away from Sun sign horoscopes, which are necessarily enormous generalisations, natal or birth chart astrology is the type of astrology most people are most familiar with. Your birth chart is essentially a map of the heavens at the time, date and place of your birth. It contains the positions of all of the planets and astrological bodies at the moment of your birth, as seen from the place of your birth.
Through analyzing the sign and house position of every planet, and the angles and interactions each planet makes with the others, your personality is revealed. A natal astrology reading can help you understand where your true talents lie, but also where your challenges are. Parts of your personality you’re not too thrilled about are illuminated and revealed too – and that means you can understand yourself better and move towards living to your full potential.
2 Improve Your Relationships
Synastry is the branch of astrology which specializes in relationships – not only love, but all interpersonal relationships be they with family, friends or colleagues. Synastry is the art of comparing two or more birth charts to see how they interact and bounce off one another, and it’s extremely revealing in ascertaining why some relationships work and some don’t.
Again, there’s so much more to this than just sun signs – it’s simply not true that certain signs get on and others don’t, since we humans are much more complex than that. In a synastry analysis, every part of each chart is compared against every part of the other chart. Where key planets are found close to each other, or at particular angles, or in particular houses, this reveals how two people see each other, what they want and need from each other, what they dislike about each other, and how they can best interact.
If you’re single and looking for love, a natal chart reading can be combined with a synastry reading to show potential in a relationship with someone you may have just met. In a long term relationship, synastry can help you understand your path together, and how you can best support and cherish one another – and in a struggling relationship, it can help you to pinpoint the underlying needs and motivations in each of you which are driving the conflict, and thereby find a path to heal.
3 Got Questions? Get Answers
Horary astrology is a very specialized branch of astrology, dating back to classical times. This is the art of using astrology to answer a very specific question such as “Where are my lost keys?” or “Should I accept this job offer?”.
In horary astrology, a chart is cast for the moment the question is “born” in the questioner’s mind. The resulting chart is analyzed using complex, traditional rules, to result in a very clear answer to the original question. This is a fascinating area of astrology, but a complex one to learn. Not all astrologers agree on the somewhat archaic rules – some, like me, have developed a more modern and psychologically based version of horary, which still answers individual questions with very specific information.
4 Plan a Big Day
Whether it’s a wedding, a business launch or a new house – significant events can have “birth charts” too, and astrologers can help you to look ahead, choosing the ideal date, time and place for an important event, if you have control over the choice. This type of astrology is called electional astrology, and it blends traditional, classical rules with modern psychological astrology in order to narrow down a choice of dates.
When choosing a date for a wedding, for instance, the astrologer will look for a day which has favorable aspects of its own – loving and romantic ones, yes, but also solid, stable foundations and a realistic approach to the hard work of marriage – and will also ensure that the chosen date has the best possible interaction with the individual birth charts of the two people concerned.
Where you don’t have a complete free choice over date or time, an electional astrologer can work with the time constraints you have, finding the best possible moment within those parameters.
5 Live Your Authentic Purpose
Vocational astrology focuses on your working life and your career, and in particular on how you can embody your life’s purpose through your work. If you’re stuck in a dead end job but not sure how to proceed, this type of astrology can help you find your strengths and weaknesses, work-wise, and to narrow down your choices over how to pursue your dream.
6 Get a Weather Forecast
If you want an idea of what energy is going to be around you over the next few weeks, months or even years, then a forecast of some kind would be useful. There are a multitude of different ways astrologers can analyze forthcoming energy, from transits and progressions to solar returns and beyond – the right type of forecast depends upon the time frame and what kind of knowledge you’re looking to gain from it.
Remember that astrology cannot and does not pretend to forecast specific events; this isn’t fortune telling. It is, however, very useful for understanding when the energies might be conducive for such and such a plan, event or life episode. You always retain free will. Astrologers can tell you whether it’s going to rain, astrologically-speaking, but it’s up to you whether you snuggle up at home with a good book or take your umbrella and dance in the rain.
7 Understand Your Spiritual Path
If you’re spiritually aware, you’ll want to know more about karmic and esoteric astrology, specialist branches of astrology which focus on your previous lives, your purpose, your lessons, your spiritual evolution and your spiritual gifts. Many people find an esoteric astrology reading to be very moving – suddenly, the chaos of life starts to make sense, and there are many ‘aha!’ moments which help you to figure out where you are, how you got here, and where you might be heading.
What do you need help with in life right now? The chances are that there’s a branch of astrology which could prove very useful, so keep an open mind when exploring the fascinating world of astrology – banish you sun sign obsession and delve deep into what this spiritual practice really has to offer.
Recommended articles by Nikki Harper:
- Harnessing the Power of Synchronicity
- Beyond 11:11 – The Significance of Repeating Number Patterns
- A Time to be Born and a Time to Die: Can Astrology Predict Death?
- Premature and Caesarean Birth: An Astrological Misinheritance?
- The Benefits of a Daily Divination Practice – and How to Start One
- 7 Ways to Find Awe in Your Everyday Life
- Need Answers? Looking for Insight? 7 Ways Astrology Can Help
- Alone But Not Lonely: 6 Amazing Benefits of Solitude
- Dancing in the Rain: 6 Reasons We Should All Be Pluviophiles
- Finding Time for a Daily Spiritual Practice – How and Why to Devote Your Time
- 7 Simple Steps to Start Communicating With Nature
- Getting Started with Remote Viewing: Step by Step to Strengthen Your Psi Abilities
About the author:
Nikki Harper is a spiritualist writer, astrologer, and editor for Wake Up World. She writes about divination, astrology, mediumship and spirituality at Questionology: Astrology and Divination For the Modern World where you can also find out more about her work as a freelance astrologer and her mind-body-spirit writing and editing services. Nikki also runs a spiritualist centre in North Lincs, UK, hosting weekly mediumship demonstrations and a wide range of spiritual development courses and workshops.