It’s a common misconception that astrology is only about Sun signs and
predicting the future.
Obviously, one-twelfth of the population is not going to meet the love
of their life next Tuesday; nor can we be divided neatly into twelve groups,
each with the same personalities and life experiences.
Sun signs and predictive astrology are only two stars in a whole universe
of astrological knowledge.
The other thing you need to know is that the idea that the planets
and stars somehow override our free-will is a myth; if anything, the
reverse is true.
Most of today’s professional astrologers are in the business of trying to
help their clients develop more self-awareness so they can exercise more
free-will and be less subject to ‘fate’.
A horoscope is a map that symbolically describes a specifi c moment in
time. That moment might correspond with the birth of a person, an idea,
or a nation, or any other occasion. Each birth chart is unique, just as every
individual is unique.
While your birth chart can tell you a great deal about your potential,
what you actually do with this potential to a large extent depends on your
conscious awareness and soul’s development, which is an ongoing process.
It’s up to each of us to make the most of our talents while also learning
to deal with life’s challenges.
If you are new to astrology, or have only ever thought of astrology as
being about predicting the future, or Sun signs, I hope Secrets of the Zodiac
will deepen your interest in this fascinating subject.
The general principle behind Secrets of the Zodiac is the idea that we
evolve and grow as we journey through the zodiac. The signs of the zodiac
are a metaphor for the various stages of life and learning.
By exploring the natural order of the zodiac signs from Aries through
to Pisces we can learn more about the basic differences that exist between
people, which can lead us towards deeper self-knowledge and awareness.
Adjacent signs have a different polarity, element and quality and though
they have nothing in common, we are more attuned to the earlier sign,
because we have already been through that stage of development, while
the sign following our Sun sign can be a real blind spot.
But since this is the direction in which we are heading, and they are
right next to one other, when we encounter the sign following our Sun
sign we have a real opportunity to broaden our understanding.
The serious astrologer might also wish to use this system to explore
the meaning of oriental and occidental planets. Oriental planets, those
that rise before the Sun, are considered pre-conscious, for we are awake
to them, while occidental planets that rise after the Sun are those we are
more likely to struggle to understand and integrate.
While the sign before our Sun sign is familiar to us, the sign after our
Sun sign, planets in that sign and the ruling planet of that sign, can tell
us something about our shadow; the aspects of ourselves we disown but
which we encounter time after time so that we grow.
Michele Finey 2008