The following excerpt is from the self help
psychology book, Be Your Own Therapist.
Is your immediate response to astrology "what claptrap!"?
Please read on. I vividly remember a phone conversation with an
old friend. He and I had spent much time together during the
years when I was strongly involved with nuclear propulsion,
radiological controls, reactor physics, sonar, thermodynamics,
heat transfer, pressure-vessel design and duplicate bridge.
After not talking with that friend for several years, we talked
by telephone one afternoon. During the conversation I playfully
mentioned something astrological, perhaps something like, "Maybe
your moon is in Aquarius." He was shocked that I had come to
believe in such foolishness. He obviously thought that my mind
was going soft and that I should discard such bath-water
concepts. However, I think it is more a question of separating
the astrological baby from the bath-water than labeling
In my opinion, you will not find the astrological baby in the
daily/ weekly/ monthly columns or in the yearly books published
for your birth sign. I would agree that those sources of
information are mostly bath-water. Your birth chart, on the
other hand, typically does give useful information about trends
and tendencies you naturally possess.
Fun Growth Exercise. Get your astrological birth chart done,
complete with conjunctions, oppositions, squares and trines.
Consult a thick text such as Sakoian and Acker's The
Astrologer's Handbook on how to interpret those conjunctions et
al. In almost all cases those who try this exercise will
discover that the interpretations are far more accurate than
would be expected from anything that was wholly bath-water.
Astrology shows influences, tendencies and likelihoods. If we
choose, we always can go against these predilections, usually to
our significant pain and discomfort. Reincarnation ideas fit
astrology very well, for the astrological birth chart reveals
Earth School lessons that have been chosen for this lifetime.
There will not be 100% accuracy, perhaps only 50% accuracy,
because astrology shows tendencies not the actual outcome. But
the experience of that 50% accuracy usually boggles the minds of
unbelievers. It often changes their minds about the validity of
astrological information. Your birth chart shows lessons for
your entire life. Therefore, part of it will not be accurate
today but was correct yesterday or will be correct in your
Hatred and anger can be exorcised and left behind, if felt and expressed as suggested in this book. Avoiding them forever, leads to forever stress.|
Also, I have found the transits of the outer planets to the
birth chart to be amazingly accurate in terms of predicting when
and in what areas significant life choices and life events will
occur. But as a predictor of exactly what will happen, I have
not found astrology to be particularly useful unless the
astrologer is also a competent psychic who can tune into
probable future events. (If the future depends at least
partially upon decisions we make between now and then, psychics
will always have a few errors in their predictions.)
Most of us imprinted ourselves during our growing-up years with
many of our parents' ideas, tendencies and predilections. They
are not our own. Typically as teenagers we start to tune into
and follow our own. This teen psychological growth process is
typically incomplete, often because of unexplored trauma knots.
Many people have found that astrology gives them important
insights into their unconscious predilections and their
unexamined parental imprinting. These insights lead them to
significantly less distress and discomfort in their lives,
because they then can follow their own true inclinations and
stop the slavish following of unexamined parental views.
Daily Horoscopes: Aries Taurus Gemini Cancer Leo Virgo Libra Scorpio Sagittarius Capricorn Aquarius Pisces
Much of today's science depends upon the idea of "random chance." Few scientists are aware of how human consciousness can interfere with many scientific results that supposedly "must" be random.|
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