Other Things Like Astrology

Astrology and other mystical practices have gotten a bad rap over the years, often dismissed as pseudoscience or even dangerous superstition. However, an open-minded look shows that things like astrology can have real value for those who find meaning in them.

Not Just for Fun

Many people look at astrology as just a fun hobby – reading their horoscope in the newspaper each morning and comparing their “sign” with friends and partners. And while astrology is certainly enjoyable, it can offer so much more to those who truly immerse themselves in its symbolic language.

Providing Perspective

Getting an astrological reading from a knowledgeable astrologer allows us to see our lives from a cosmic perspective. We’re reminded that we’re part of a gigantic, elegant universe that operates according to natural cycles and rhythms. Understanding where the planets were at our birth can provide insight into the drives, challenges, and opportunities we face in this lifetime.

Promoting Self-Reflection

Astrology encourages self-reflection by helping us recognize recurring patterns and behaviors in our lives. When an astrologer points out that we’ve entered a period ruled by our natal Mars, for instance, we become more aware of how we’re expressing anger or taking bold action. This self-knowledge allows us to mature over time.

Inspiring Awe

Contemplating the vastness of the cosmos puts our individual worries into perspective and evokes a feeling of awe. Gaining insight into how the changing positions of planets correlate to events on Earth fills us with wonder at the profound connections in our universe. Astrology inspires transcendent emotions that lift us out of the mundane.

Building Community

For centuries people have gathered together to discuss astrological phenomena and what they indicate about the future. Modern communities still unite around their zodiac signs, feeling an instant bond and empathy with others who share their astrological blueprint. Astrology provides a meaningful common language for soulful connection.

In summary, dismissed as frivolous by some, things like astrology provide a rich framework for gaining self-knowledge, relating to each other, and appreciating our place in the cosmos. Approached with sincerity and rigor, astrology remains a timeless way to chart the journey of life.


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Spiller, Jan. Astrology for the Soul. New York: Bantam Books, 1997.

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