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I think of each planet as a different clock in heavens. Each one has its own pace and it's own season. Each one keeps time with a different season of universe. Just like sun and moon each have completely different seasons and completely different effects at different times. Watching sun's seasonal effects helps farmer know when to plant his crops. Watching moon's cycles helps us in other areas. Astrology is taking all of other planets' seasons and cycles into account too. Imagine a giant cosmic clock with moon as seconds hand and sun as hours hand. Mercury would be minute hand. Add to that a hand for Venus, Mars, and others. Each one a bit faster or slower then others. Now telling time becomes a lot more complex. Time becomes bigger and more infinite.
To take it one step further, as each of us is born we are handed our own personal clock that is time by which we will live our lives. To untrained eye it looks like my clock is hung upside down with 6 at top and 12 at bottom. Another person's clock is to be hung with 2 on top and 8 on bottom. So to be able to predict someone's future using astrology, you have to know which angle they hang their clock and you have to compare them to all others who hang their clock that way. Sure enough there's another pattern. This time it's a predictable pattern of personality types, styles, and preferences. So as an astrologer you have to be able to know typical person of that clock position and then read their multi-handed clock. Then with your very best psychic abilities and intuition, tell them what you believe will happen.
Why does it work? Because it's all patterns and cycles and its predictable and it happens same way over and over. Maybe planets were put in positions they were put in just for sole purpose of keeping time. Maybe they each have their own weird electrical gravitational pull. Maybe human brain has some sort of odd multi-handed clock programmed into it, each one as different as a set of fingerprints? Maybe some cosmic creator decided that this would be their universal filing system to help them remember who's doing what and where. Honestly, we don't know why it works. We just know that it is patterns and wheels that can be predicted like weather changes each season.
Why should you bother to follow astrology? For same reasons that we follow weatherman's report. We want to be forewarned of possibility of storms and conflicts so we can protect ourselves accordingly. We want to be forewarned of sunny weather and positive aspects so that we can take advantage of blessings about to be given to us. If I know that there's a good chance it's going to rain, then I dress appropriately. If I know that there's a good chance that prosperity and abundance are coming my way, then I want to be well positioned and ready to receive my fair share. No weatherman is 100% correct and same holds true for astrologers. Some are better at reading signs then others. Some have more tools available for reading skies then others. Both add valuable insight to possibilities of how your day could unfold. It's always good to be prepared. You don't plan an outdoor wedding ceremony without looking at typical weather forecasts for that area. You don't plan an international vacation without looking at political forecasts for that area. Think of astrology forecasts as one of many tools you have at your disposal for timing and plotting course of your goals and dreams.
Copyright 2004, Skye Thomas, Tomorrow's Edge
Skye Thomas is a philosopher, published author, astrologer, and freelance writer specializing in inspiring leaps of faith. After twenty years of studying spirituality, metaphysics, astrology, personal growth, motivation, soulmates, and parenting, she has come to understand that there is a time and a season for everything. For more information, go to www.TomorrowsEdge.com.