Astrology reaches way back, several thousand years, so it is
nothing new or transitory.
For many, Astrology is an effort to fill the void left by
"official" religions. Some see Astrology as the real explanation for what occurs
in life. Still others just use it as a way to prove deeper truths, to connect with the
larger universe, to connect with the spiritual world, or to see beyond earthly limits.
Because of the fragmented approaches to, and practices of, Astrology, there is no official
body governing it or no single truth that represents all of it. Herein are explanations
most practitioners seem to hold in consensus.
Astrology is the study of the
influence of planets on people. The concept here is planets themselves are beings and all
beings are connected.
Chakra are collectively an expression of our spirits through our physical
bodies. Chakra is a Sanskrit word that means "spinning wheels." Chakra has to do
with keeping a balance between the physical, emotional, astral, and other
"wheels" about us.
Channeling occurs when you pass information from your spirit guardians (God,
higher power, higher self, the force, or inner voice) to your own consciousness. Prophecy
is a form of channeling, used by prophets, seers, and shamansand it is common to
cultures that have no common ties other than their human DNA.
Lightwork is a vague term that includes such things as healing energies,
meditation, harmonic convergence, and communicating with ascended masters. Lightwork
involves rediscovery of inner powers people forgot they had.
Mysticism comes from the Greek "mystos," which refers to keeping
silent, or shrouding. Before the days of widespread literacy, ancient masters passed
knowledge verbally to their disciples. To keep their power base intact, both masters and
disciples kept silent about this knowledge. Much of it had to do with valuable primitive
medicine and some basic science the typical person had no knowledge of. Since knowledge
gave these people their power, they were mystic about sharing it.
Reincarnation (literally, "becoming meat again") holds with it the
promise of repeated experiences of life on earth, perhaps toward some goal not yet
attained. This philosophy transcends the life-death barrier, but various believers differ
on the amount of control held by the individual as to what the reincarnated state might
Theosophy attempts to transform Veda and Dharma into a theological framework.
Just as Catholicism came about in the 3rd Century AD as a means of adapting
Christianity into the existing religious references, so did Theosophy come about in the 19th
Century to adapt the meaning of life given by Veda and Dharma into the framework of
materialism and Western references.
Veda and Dharma are very-related concepts that have to do with dedicating your
inner knowledge to a reason to live.
This whole astrology thing is interesting, but is it real? To answer this:
- Think about what constellations actually are. The constellations are
artificial constructs. They change over time, and they change based on where
you try to view them from.
- Think about the physics involved. The stars that allegedly determine
your fate are at varying and extreme distances.
- Do the math. How can the six billion or so humans on earth behave in
only 12 different ways, all of which depend on when they were born?
- Research famous people born under the same sign. Notice how strikingly
different they are.