The zodiac signs that rule the houses in a chart indicate where unique kinds of archetypal vibrations
are "singing" in the heavens. Two examples of vibrations that can be measured by scientific
instruments are harmonic (literally cascades of sound) and electromagnetic resonance. This music mixes
with the unique vibrational energies emitted by each planet and everything on the plane of manifestation.
The planets also make angles to one another as they orbit the Sun, so they are making
music together, sometimes sweetly and sometimes in discord. No part of the horoscope map can be treated
as separate; every part of it affects everything else. The astrologer can look at the "music"
represented in a chart and tell the one who was born under a particular composition what it all
might mean for their life here on earth.
Why does astrology work? I really can't say using mere words, in the end one knows by feeling, intuition, visions and experiencing.
An astrologer must have some mathematical and astronomical ability and it is geometric angles that
are examined in order to deliver information to the inquirer; however no skilled astrologer can operate
from a mere ability to read angles and consult a cookbook of definitions. Alternative healing methodology
and astrology are so far the only science where quantitative measurement and physical phenomena are
combined with inner intuition and outright psychic ability to obtain the correct picture. This is the
true nature of participating in a holistic universe; hopefully one day other scientific disciplines
will employ similar techniques, especially as pertains to how we interact with the earth.
Some of topics a good natal reading can consider:
- Your social style and public image
- Your Fire (passion, ambition), Water (feelings, intuition), Air (thinking,
speaking, memory) and Earth (everyday life, pleasure).
- Personal strengths and weaknesses
- Chances for good fortune and challenge
- Mom and Dad
- Past lives and the ancestors; path of the future.
- Brother and sister issues
- Education and career
- Life at home
- Love, creativity and children
- Health and work
- The mystical and spiritual life
- Friends, groups and travel
- Karma and self-undoing; the hand of Fate
The natal chart is a blueprint of individual potentials and challenges; it shows the soul's progress in
defining and growing itself, likely over millenia. But what about right now? To find out
about current conditions and future potentials the astrologer uses other techniques that evolve
the birth chart forward in time. The most common one used involves looking at how the transiting
planets and points are currently aspecting the natal chart placements; this is an excellent tool
for timing and snooping out challenges and potentials.
Good astrologers also back up the promise shown in transits with Secondary Progressions; these show internal processes, as one's
inner world creates a theme before it manifests in the exterior environment. Themes will likely
not manifest exactly as envisioned or on time, since the design must of necessity be tweaked
by Divine Intelligence to abide by natural law, and adjusted for what one's own higher mind requires,
besides the issues of unfinished Karmic business and the necessity for balance in experience. Another
useful technique is called Directed Solar Arcs; these will show what is likely to manifest in the exterior
environment and when it will, whether one had a conscious hand in directing the process or not.