What is Western Astrology?

You don’t have to be an astrologer by trade to get practical and real use out of astrology. In fact, with a little understanding of the fundamentals, you can have an advantage when it comes to better understanding others and making the most effective use of your daily energy and time.

As you may know, astrology is the ancient study of the planets, the stars and other celestial bodies that are found in the cosmos. More specifically, Western astrology focuses on how they each may influence individuals and events.

There are 12 astrological signs in the horoscope, and each sign influences the characteristic, influences and personality of those individuals born during each particular period. A person’s horoscope is created on the basis of his or her birth details – and it plays a vital role as a helpful tool to learn more about your life. The planetary positions also help in better discovering our attitudes, likes and dislikes.

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A Deeper Look: Astrology Over Time

Astrology has been around for thousands of years and has evolved independently in many different cultures and countries around the globe. China, India and the Western world each has its own forms of astrology, with Western astrology being the most popular.

Throughout history, there have been great minds that have followed astrology: biblical figures like Abraham; ancient Greece’s Ptolemy; Emperors of Rome including Tiberius; Kepler the famous scientist that earned a living doing astrological charts; John Dee an astrologer of Elizabeth I; and, more recently, the renowned psychoanalyst, Carl Jung.

Astrologers originally noted constellations, and then attached a particular significance to each of the 12 signs based on 12 of the constellations that they considered to be exceptionally essential. The Zodiac is the band, or belt, of constellations through which the sun, planets and moon travel on their journey across the sky.

Each of the 12 signs is unique and has its own influence, and represents a basic personality type:

  • Aries
  • Taurus
  • Gemini
  • Cancer
  • Leo
  • Virgo
  • Libra
  • Scorpio
  • Sagittarius
  • Capricorn
  • Aquarius
  • Pisces

Interestingly, astrology is much more than the horoscope and these sun signs. It can help identify dormant skills you never knew you had or even help you discover a suitable career path through the journey of self-discovery.

Astrology directly impacts many other aspects of life, such as success, business, education, marriage, children, travel, growth and more. It can help better identify significant incidents and things that may happen in the future life of an individual. And, astrology can offer strategies that can help minimize any negative impacts.

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Astrology in Your Everyday Life

As a Board-Certified Holistic Nurse and Certified Gemstone and Diamond Therapy Practitioner, my professional experience has taught me that Western astrology can be quite beneficial to our daily lives.

Here are just some of the many ways that astrology can help enhance our lives:

 

1. Better Self-Understanding

If you’ve ever played board games, then you know how challenging it is to win without fully understanding the rules and moves. The same thing can be said about life and astrology.

Once you gain a deeper understanding of yourself, you can rise to the next level or one that suits you best. Understanding ourselves is difficult especially because we need an objective breakdown of the contributing attributes. In many cases, this is something that can take years to determine via self-evaluation.

However, astrology can provide a character description about ourselves objectively, helping us determine whether we are cut out for some scenarios or opportunities, or perhaps better off without them.

 

2. Helps You Relate to Others

Every day of our busy lives, we encounter new people. Generally, it can be difficult to dig deep and comprehend each individual’s character without guidance.

For example, let’s say you are at work and required to interview various candidates for a position that needs to be filled. You can use astrology to determine a person’s character via horoscopes.

Or, have you ever come across your own horoscope description and been so surprised by how accurately it describes your personality? Is your Leo friend often frustrated when they hear negative responses? Or, does your Virgo boss tend to be forgiving when you occasionally make a mistake? Each of these horoscope meanings can go the distance when differentiating a person’s character.

 

3. It Can Help with Your ‘Stuck’ Places

Often, it seems like there’s some recurring pattern that prevents us from manifesting the full goodness of what we are and represent in life. Yet, astrology insight can help clarify and articulate this pattern and provide clear direction as to how to manage it, heal it as well as take concrete steps to move forward.

Everything in your astrology chart is available to offer a personal opportunity to learn and evolve on the journey to becoming more aware and accepting of yourself.

 

Astrology directly impacts many other aspects of life, such as success, business, education, marriage, children, travel, growth and more. It can help better identify significant incidents and things that may happen in the future life of an individual.

 

Some Closing Thoughts

At the end of the day, astrology is accurate, and, in many cases, it works. It not only helps people manage their lives more effectively, but it also allows them to make better and positive decisions. Ultimately, the only way to prove the real value of astrology is to meet with or have a call with a professional. By having this experience, you can decide whether what you hear about your personality, life and future rings true, can guide you in your relationships and is valuable to helping you achieve your personal goals.

Jennifer Marcenelle BSN, RN, HNB-BC
Jennifer Marcenelle is a board-certified and registered nurse with over 30 years of experience in the medical industry. She currently holds degrees in nursing and holistic healing, with a specialization in burnouts.

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