Western Astrology

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I am Peter Burns and this site is dedicated to the free study, research and education of Western astrology  The resources offered here are free.

There is no commercial agenda. no readings or courses are offered. I do intend to publish books which I will sell. That is a future project. And at some point in the future I may offer specialist courses for a fee but I don’t have the time or inclination to do that at the moment. Everything here I offer for free.

Western astrology

Western astrology has it’s own tradition and the distinction is made here between the Western and other traditions and forms of astrology such as Vedic Aztec and Chinese. There is no intended criticism of other forms of astrology; just that the sole focus of this site is Western Astrology.

Western astrology is premised on the distinction between the material world where nothing is perfect and everything is changing and everything, whether it be the pyramids or humans, will eventually decay, die and disappear; and the divine world where the glory of unchanging perfection means that everything is permanent, perfect, and of course beyond the understanding of us mortal beings. Change is associated with imperfection and its inevitable consequence: decay and death. Perfection, which is unattainable in this world, is not subject to change decay and death.

The Joys of the Planets

The logo of this site features the Joys of the Planets, showing the houses (places) where the 2 lights and the 5 classical planets are most at home. It is featured here because it is especially instructive about the roots of astrology and informs us about many of the basic principles underlying the very long and rich history of Western astrology.

The primary focus of this site is the foundation principles of astrology and how they can be used to provide simple and clear interpretations in any of the 4 primary branches of astrology: horary, electional, natal and mundane astrology.

Nature and light

In its simplest form astrology is the correlation of nature in the celestial sphere with life on earth.

Etymology: Astro = star; ology = study or science.

Stars are points of light in the heavens and the word planet comes from the Greek planētēs meaning wandering star. Thus the focus of astrological study is the celestial lights which include the stars and the planets. The patterns formed by the celestial lights are correlated with events on earth.

In a basic sense astrology is the study of the lights in the heavens and how the patterns of their movements reflect events in our world.

In its simplest form astrology is the study of light

The Celestial Dance

Celestial danceA common misunderstanding about astrology is that it just describes an influence of energy.

However the celestial bodies don’t actually influence us (except for the Sun and Moon and Jupiter in a physical sense), although you’d be forgiven for thinking that the planets and stars have an influence given the way many astrologers talk about it.

Rather the celestial bodies describe our make-up. We are in a sense constituted from their admixtures.

Drilling down to the very basics of astrology we find that both our lives and the stars and planets dance to the tune of the same unseen drummer. It’s like we move together on the dance floor. When the planets move and interact, so do people on earth move and interact.

The gift of astrology is that the celestial dance of the planets provides an objective viewpoint of ourselves and the processes which govern our lives. We are like an extension of them and they of us. We move together. 

“As above so below, as below so above” is the basic premise of astrology. Together with the planets and stars we move to the music of this unseen force, referred to by ancient astrologers as ‘the prime mover’. Our rhythms are the same. It’s not a cause and effect situation between the celestial bodies and us, it just looks that way at first glance. What is really happening is that we are simply dancing to the same tune.

Where does the music come from? Something beyond our understanding is the answer. The music’s composer is something beyond the material, something spiritual, something generally associated with divinity; and goes by many names.

While the celestial bodies do not really influence us as such, understanding their nature and watching the way they move relative to each other provides a unique perspective to our lives, and the cyclic and predictable processes of change to which we are subjected.