Ancient knowledge for modern times
This site is dedicated to the study, research and education of astrology, and is run by Peter Burns.
The focus is on Western astrology, which has it’s own tradition, and the distinction is made here between the Western and other traditions such as Vedic Aztec and Chinese.
The goal is explain in the clearest terms how astrology works and remain true to basic principles. Techniques from traditional and modern astrology which are not supported by sound logic have been eliminated. Which remains is a system that works. Western astrology has an internal congruent set of principles.
Basic foundation principle
Nature and light
In its simplest form astrology is the correlation of nature in the celestial sphere with nature on earth. What happens in the sky above us is reflected down on earth and visa versa.
Astrology is the study of how the same rhythms of nature correlate in the celestial and terrestrial worlds.
Do the planets make things happen on Earth?
There is no evidence that the planets or stars cause things to happen on Earth or that there is a cause-and-effect relationship between the celestial bodies and life on earth, although it looks that way at first glance.
What seems to be really happening is that celestial events and events on earth move to the same rhythm. There are different theories as to the source of this rhythm, which some call the distant drummer. Some say it is a fundamental force of nature, some call it The Source. Others say God. Others say it is a divine universal intelligence.
Basic operating principle
Because the correspondence between the movements of the celestial bodies has been well documented over 2,000 years, and we can identify the coordinates of the these bodies at any time in the past or future, it is possible to predict future scenarios and better understand the nature of past events.
What does the word astrology mean?
Etymology of astrology: Astro = star; ology = study or science.
Astrology is the study of light or lights in the heavens, and the correlation of their movements with events on Earth.
From an astrological point of view stars are points of light in the heavens and can include any point of light such as a star or galaxy, or a moving point of light such as the Sun or Moon or a planet.
Astologers use some words differently to astronomers
- In astrology a star can be any point of light in the sky.
- In astronomy a star is a luminous spheroid of plasma held together by its gravity, and fuelled by nuclear energy.
- In astrology a planet is a light that moves against the backdrop of the fixed stars. The word planet comes from a Greek word meaning wandering star.
- In astronomy a planet is a spheroid with gravity and mass that orbits our Sun.