My mum has a copy of Linda Goodman’s Sun Signs that I used to read religiously as a child.
Even before that I always remembered she was the Sagittarius and I was the Aries in the family. No matter who you are, chances are there are aspects of astrology you can relate to, whether you care to or not.
Humans have been looking at the stars for thousands of years. To guide them, to map the lands, keep track of time and of course – to study astrology. Constellations and asteroids have their own names, histories and legends. In an ever more connected world, with people feeling more lonely than ever I think a lot of us are starting to seek meaning in places we used to historically.
“A philosopher once asked, “Are we human because we gaze at the stars, or do we gaze at them because we are human?” Pointless, really… “Do the stars gaze back?” Now, that’s a question.” – Neil Gaiman, Stardust
I love this quote. Partly because I like to think of Venus smiling down on me if I’m being particularly charismatic one evening or Saturn being proud when I make advances in my career. But aside from all of that, after a year and half of looking at my transits I now notice how they affect my life. Whether you’ve only just discovered your natal chart, or you’ve been studying it for years I think everyone can get some value from astrology.
How does astrology fit into a modern life?
Today’s world is hectic. We’re all working harder, doing more and trying to achieve as much as possible. All while living on a planet we’re desperately trying to save. Personally, I reach a point now and again where it’s all utterly overwhelming. Learning about your natal chart and in turn how transits affect you has been invaluable.
You get more perspective on the parts of your personality you didn’t notice or understand before.
You’ll also have the opportunity and knowledge to work on those parts of you that need some help. Then, once you understand all that, you can look at how the planets movements affect you personally.
Plenty of my friends were sceptical. Since then, I’ve asked for their birth details and explained their charts. Now, I often get questions of “can you check my transits?” when they’re going through something. I love that.
Some days, finding meaning or purpose is difficult.
When you can look at the sky and find some logical reason behind a particularly beautiful day (or a particularly bad one) , it does something positive for your soul.
We’re just a bunch of little organisms living on a little spec in a massive universe. It can be overwhelming. So if looking outwards helps you to feel better inside, how can anyone argue against that?