Astrology is a user’s guide to the material world we live in. To go beyond yourself you must first know yourself. When used wisely to relate the macrocosm (the cosmic) with the microcosm (the human), astrology can be an amazing tool for increasing your knowledge of yourself, the world around you, and the people in it.
Astrology is practical knowledge linking our cosmic surroundings, primarily the planets in relation to the stars, with life on our global home called Earth. Astrology assesses the macrocosmic characteristics of a point in time and from these the qualities and development of anything and everything taking birth at that moment.
Astrology is both a science and an art, but unlike science of modern and popular definition in the West, astrology is less concerned with the question of how things work and more concerned with the questions of what, when, and why in everyday life.
Like modern science, astrological predictions should be, can be, and have been, repeatedly tested and verified. Macrocosmic observation and microcosmic verification require a scientific mind. Astrological predictions must be creatively interpreted within different and changing individual and cultural contexts. A task that requires a creative or at least sensitive spirit.
The global power elite constantly asserting their power over the human population of this planet do not wish you to know about their programming nor anything else that can break their power. Notably, this includes ancient, accurate, and proven, astrology. Certainly, the same thing could be said of religion, which the so called Jewish maffia has sought to undermine and distort in multiple ways, but this section is about astrology, so I will try my best to stay focused.
Astrology has been described as a lamp in darkness. The sanskrit word for astrology is jyotish, meaning the science of light. Without it, life easily becomes a lightless nightmare, where people roam about groping in the dark.
The Cosmic Ledger website will try its best to spread the light and provide the amazingly simple and practical lessons the lead author wishes he had known about years ago. You are welcome to join in!
The planets, the houses, and the signs, are the keys to astrology. The planets used by all astrologers are the Sun, the Moon, Mars, Mercury, Jupiter, and Saturn. This website, along with most Indian astrologers as well as quite a few more, use the lunar nodes (one in the north and one in the south). These are non-physical, mathematical points. Most Western horocopes also show Uranus and Neptune, the outer planets known as gas giants. Although, it is common to include Pluto as well, this website does not consider it a proper planet. This in itself does not mean that it is unimportant, but it is clearly less important than the first seven planets and delineations for it are unlikely to show up on this website.
Each planet or mathematical point has a position in a specific house and a specific sign. The Earth’s movement around its own axis determines the positions by house, or sector of sky starting at the horizon. This website uses a system where each house belongs to one sign exactly. The Earth’s movement around the Sun (or more correctly, vice versa from our point of view) determines the positions by sign, or sector of global sky.
A zodiac comes with twelve signs, each associated with an archetype, usually an animal but sometimes a man, a couple of boys (not always homosexual), and even an inanimate object. In the tropical zodiac, the signs are given by three uniform subdivisions of the four seasons, starting with Spring. The houses themselves have signs as well. In the sidereal zodiac, these are given by the band of distant stars viewable along the ecliptic. Signs are counted relative to one specific star or point in this band (such as the fixed star Spica or the Galactic center).
The chart depicting the planets and the houses in the signs at a given hour is called a horoscope. A fully reliable birth horoscope must be erected for the exact place and time of birth, down to the nearest second. Positions by sign alone never require geographic location and only rarely does a minute difference of time change a chart’s essential character.
Astrology does not cover everything but builds upon given circumstances already known at birth. The astrological birth chart is the same for someone born into a poor family as it is for a rich. It is also the same for a cat and for an eagle. None of these births will result in the exact same lives. Basically, a birth chart reveals differences in life experience relative to physical reality and how one individual of a species, social background, or family differs from another within the same group. To give a concrete example physical gender is, as far as I know, not revealed by a birth chart, sexual tendencies are, however. Knowing the two, one can draw the correct conclusions about sexual orientation.
An important thing never to forget is that we are spiritual beings and as such we evolve in spirit – not in matter. The spirit is not bound by any temporal limits (the kind of limits imposed on your mind and ego and detailed by your horoscope of birth). Therefore, no matter how high or how low your birth, your spiritual evolution is completely and utterly up to you. All astrology can do with supreme accuracy is to reveal your evolutionary stage at birth and your experience of life ahead relative your actual circumstances. As an observer, you are indeed free to observe and draw your conclusions, but ultimately, God will ensure your liberation from the mess your desires have put you in.
Confidence in a Reading
An astrological reading is based on multiple indications, such as Moon sign, Ascendant, and various combinations of both planetary and non-planetary placements called yogas. Such yogas are always more important than individual indications.
It is not possible to read one indication and expect it to be the end all. This is especially true for the most popular reading in the Western world, that of the Sun. In practice, this means that readings of different indications need to be synthesized. While some indications reenforce each other, others will contradict. These contradictions will either moderate and even cancel each other out, give rise to a contradictory character, or reveal one behavior at one time and a completely different at another. So called transits and planetary periods decide the timing.
The core truth about an indication is often fairly small, but this essence never changes. With time you will be able to zoom in on these essences. For example, Rahu in Leo cannot always reveal a dictator, a diva, or a clown (at least not literally), but it always reveals a foolish or autocratic evolution (or if you prefer devolution) of a native’s basic character. Its natives all turn out freakish in some way, they are born or become defective in some limb, or they get called a brownish looking dude with a big fly on his face. There are more ways than one to Rome. In astrology, there are many indicators capable of yielding very similar if not identical results (e.g., Saturn in Cancer or exactly conjunct the Moon reenforces Rahu in Leo). When these indicators cooperate, they form a so called theme. No matter how strong this theme is, very few of their natives will grow up to become dictators, but they can all end up looking just as pathetic as one (but not necessarily exactly as unwise as the United States government – after all, it has had a longer run than most people ever will).
In the beginning, it is tempting to extrapolate too much information, and thus lose confidence. Try to avoid stating too much about the virtues and vices of a planetary placement, since these most often depend a lot on the condition of the dispositor as well. This is especially true for the least influential planets, i.e. the Sun, the Moon, Jupiter, and Mars. For the most influential planet, Saturn, its placement and condition will indeed constitute a thorough base for determining a lot of the good and the bad all at once.
To really boost your confidence, start by looking at what this website calls the solar moon, whose interpretation is given by the combination of the Sun and the Moon based on their placement by sign. This along with the fate line (given by the lunar nodes) and the sankhya yoga are usually more than enough to win your confidence back.
A couple of Questions and Answers
Some people wonder, so let us try to answer.
What is the Purpose of Astrology?
Astrology can greatly improve your self-awareness.
People who do not know themselves are difficult to deal with. Women born with the Sun in Cancer and the Moon in Leo rarely need astrology, but all men do. Some women and even men with the Sun in Taurus will not be fortunate enough to ever learn, but God willing, most people visiting this website will.
To the degree you understand yourself, you will be able to understand other people. It is without a doubt true that most people are fundamentally deceptive, treacherous, or stupid, but not everyone. It may pay to know the people you are dealing with. After all, you probably need to treat the stupid differently than the deceptive and the treacherous, and you probably want to hire those who are neither before everyone else.
Astrology is not for people who want to lead difficult lives nor for people who do not care if they make life difficult for others.
How does Astrology Work?
Astrology rests on the Hermetic principle as above, so below. A key tenet of Hermeticism is the unity of the Cosmos and the interconnection of all things in this illusory world (you may think of it as a virtual reality). This unity is what makes astrology work. As an analogy to the movements of the planets and the movements of people, think of the hands of a clock moving ahead as a train leaves the station. The hands of the clock does not cause the train to move or vice versa, but they are related through the concept of time. Carl Jung called this relation synchronicity.