Astrology is the study of planetary influences and their effect on the living world; it is usually limited to the nature and affairs of human beings, although a chart can be drawn for just about any object or event. The horoscope is a blue print or pattern of the solar system cast for a particular moment of time. It is from this that the astrologer bases the interpretation or delineation of the sun, moon, and planets.

       The natal horoscope is a chart drawn for the moment of birth to describe the makeup and state of the soul as it takes residence in the physical vehicle or body. The human soul is a focal point of cosmic energy formed in the pattern given by the solar system. It is the means a soul comes to know itself and its destiny. Astrology points the way to soul development and growth; the soul's strengths and weaknesses are noted in the horoscope. Life is an opportunity given to soul for further enhancement as it evolves with its physical counterpart.

       Because the heavens are in constant motion, and because this motion is quite ordered and exact, it is possible to project the positions of the sun, moon, and planets for any given time in the future. Astrologers' draw-up a horoscope and forecast the "influences" that will affect the soul at that time. Astrologers usually do not predict actual events; they indicate what might happen, but not what will happen—much like forecasting the weather. Many psychics do make predictions, and astrology is one tool they use to focus their abilities.

       Another common feature of astrology is the comparison of birth charts to ascertain the compatibility of two people. This straight forward method is done by overlaying one chart upon the other. The aspects or angles formed between the planets in each chart are then analyzed to determine how the energy fields of each person blend and interact. Some couples form more harmonious bonds than others; fewer compatible bonds offer a greater challenge for peace and happiness in a relationship.

       Over the years astrologers have developed numerous techniques for expanding their "art" to include a multitude of services and interpretations. Astrology has much to offer, but it is important that the individual strive to attain their goals, and to regard any advice with great care.

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