Whether you believe in a cosmic force or think it's just pseudoscience, astrology offers insights about shared, universal aspects of the human experience.
Astrology is thought to originate as far back as Babylon, being a system used to predict celestial events, keep records for agriculture and harvesting, forecast war, and other major events and generally create an understanding of our place in the universe.
In our modern world, we have created systems to replace all of this and astrology has been reduced to a novelty. You may read a blurb in the back of a magazine that offers a couple of feel good keywords for the month you were born with little meaning attached.
So how might this ancient system affect us today?
Astrology uses 12 archetypes represented by people, animals, and objects, presented as the zodiac wheel, to show each stage of growth in life. Each sign builds off the knowledge of the last, with Aries- representing the birth and beginning of the cycle, to Pisces, representing its death and dissolution. When we look into each archetype we see how life evolves into more complex and expanding concepts as we grow from the singular self, to incorporate our parents, our home, communities, beliefs, and society. Your sun sign, which is determined by the month you were born, is the most basic component to seeing where you experience this cycle.
It is believed that as we are of the earth, we are intimately connected to natural forces. Many people can feel the emotional effects of a full moon or the mood of a thunderstorm. In many cultures, the sun was worshiped and was given attributes and properties of domain.
Astrology adopts this concept and creates a psychological link to understand ourselves by looking at the world. Therefore your sun sign represents, much like the sun itself, your life force or the energy you radiate that creates your unique personality.
Astrology can help create an intimate connection between nature and self by allowing us to see ourselves in it and vice versa. We begin to see the themes of our life reflected by everything around us. It simplifies our complex stories and backgrounds to a universally shared experience.
The key to remember is that the sun sign is one small part of a bigger story. Astrology is complex and covers many planets, aspects, and ways to read it. It does not necessarily dictate who you are but acts more like a template to build on, that suggests your deeper drives, desires, and motives.
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