Case Study: My Experience With Planets

Astrology and Different Philosophies Learning astrology is similar to learning a new language. There are strange symbols and words, such as Capricorn, 10th house, sesquiquadrate, etc. To study astrology, we have to study the letters of this new alphabet. You have to learn how to combine these new letters into words, phrases and sentences. And when you are able to look at a birth chart and see many sentences joining together, then you are beginning to understand that birth chart at its core. However, way beyond this structural appreciation is a more meaningful dimension that composes the center of astrology: your philosophy. Yes, your own philosophies and views will condition your understanding of astrology, as well as how you use it. Fatalistic Astrology
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One approach to astrology that is highly traditional and fate-oriented, is known as fatalism. Everything is understood as predestined, and the core belief is that we are not free to choose and take charge of our own lives. Astrologers who adopt this approach are those who predict specific events and give advice to people on how to live their lives best.
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Humanistic Astrology By comparison, humanism is a more contemporary and choice-centric astrology approach. The belief is that there is a creative force in every one of us that seeks expression. This world view thus recognizes us as co-creators of our own destiny. It is not a fight between free will and destiny, but rather a tandem of the two. The birth chart is perceived as a tool that aids us in knowing ourselves better, identifying our strong and weak points, and ultimately transforming ourselves into self-harmonious people. Humanistic astrologers say the purpose of the birth chart is to help us know ourselves better, enabling us to see as well as express our highest potential. We have to work with the problem areas the chart identifies until we are able to transcend them. This means that we should not take our problems as destiny, but we should use our awareness of them to defeat them and most importantly, to learn from them. There are humanistic astrologers who believe in karma and reincarnation. Based on the philosophy of reincarnation, we all have a soul or spiritual essence that lives on following death, and lives over and over in different physical bodies in different lives. The purpose is to gives us the opportunity to learn different lessons by experience, and to slowly achieve perfection or wholeness. The philosophy of karma says that whatever we do is our own responsibility. Whatever we do returns to us. These things describe the ancient doctrine of karma. It is not necessary for us to believe in karma or reincarnation however. This exact same concept can be explained through biological or genetic predisposition.