Astrologically speaking, it turns out that my birth chart has 2 degrees Capricorn rising, my Moon is at 5 Libra and my Sun is at 23 Aires. Who knew? I always thought the only thing on my birth chart was my foot print.
If you were ever born, and if you know the date, time and place of your birth, you can have a professional astrological chart prepared and interpreted for you too.
According to Wikipedia, Astrology is an ancient art and pseudoscience with its earliest recorded beginnings in the 3rd millennium BC, when only Babylonians were in the house. By the 2nd millennium BC, astrologers learned what the word “pseudoscience” meant over lunch one day, had a good laugh, and went back to the business of predicting the life events of Romulus, Remus, Shakespeare, Napoleon and, much later, Nancy Reagan.
It’s possible that the term “Astrology” derived from the musings of a Greek restaurant patron who, while waiting for his lunch and doodling on his napkin, noticed that if you rearrange the letters in “ASTROLOGY” you get “A LOST GYRO”.
Knowing what Astrology is and that it influences our earthly lives is fine, but how do you interpret those problematic horoscope charts to get just the right planetary spin on things? It’s a blessing to know that my moon is at 5 Libra, for example, but how can I use that information to, say, win the lottery? Well, I’m here to tell you that it doesn’t work that way. The odds of winning the lottery are astrologically (ha!) small. Plus, you have to buy a ticket. Instead, you can only hope to glimmer vague, faint life foreshadowings, particularly if your moon is new and it’s not throwing off much light.
My astrologer interpreted one part of my chart like this: “What I suspect is causing havoc in Dave’s business work is that Pluto is transiting the ascendant.” Ah! Now we are getting somewhere! What is it about that upstart Pluto anyway that’s causing so much havoc recently? It’s probably just sour grapes from its having been demoted from planetary status. And that was done by a scientist, no less, so it’s really no wonder that Pluto will lash out at scientists whenever it can. Furthermore, I learned from my chart that because “Pluto is squaring the moon at 5 Libra, my philosophies, partnerships, legal contracts and ambition are to be tested and revised.” Man, don’t I know it! It’s like Pluto is in some evil orbit of my moon and keeps coming around again and again to knock over my filing cabinet. I admit I’m sorry I kicked the dog for that, but the point is that all this life stuff is not cast in stone. I still have the primary influence in my own life, and there’s not much I can do about Pluto’s influence, mostly because it’s so far away and big and rocky. I can continue to stay in control by regularly buying my lottery tickets. Still, I thumb my nose at Pluto, and if it ever dares to come around my moon….well, I’ll sic the dog on it.
So there you have it—a little glimmer about Astrology from my perspective. You should get your horoscope prepared and interpreted. Just for fun, substitute Hitler’s birth date and time, but use Cleveland as his birth place just to mess with your astrologer’s head. And remember that if your moon is even close to Libra, stay clear of Pluto, that Microsoft of the solar system. Finally, if you do nothing else with your new astrological knowledge, be sure to at least find out what sign you were born under. Mine is “Maternity Ward”.