Astrology Defined

Let us start with the definition of astrology right from Wikipedia and go from there.

“Astrology is a group of systems, traditions, and beliefs which hold that the relative positions of celestial bodies and related details can provide information about personality, human affairs, and other terrestrial matters.  A practitioner of astrology is called an astrologer“.

Some people mix up or get confused between the word astrologer and astronomer.  While both the astrologer and the astronomer study the celestial bodies to gain understanding about them or from them, an astrologer uses the information they glean in a very specific manner that helps them understand the subtle and sometimes not so subtle effects their energies can have on human beings both individually and as a whole.

Astrology is a scientific art which teaches that the relative positioning in the sky of the sun, moon and planets influences individuals and the course of human affairs on earth.  Today, just as in ancient times many people use the services of astrologers to help them gain a better understanding of their life and events around them.  Often, astrology is not considered a true science because it has not been proven empirically through the scientific method.  Many would argue that it is indeed a science and just because mankind has yet to invent a device or devices to measure the energies that are studied and used in astrology does not mean there is no merit to it.

So for many, particularly in the western world, astrology is considered more of just a belief system. The belief is that the positions of the Sun, Moon and planets against the starry background influences peoples’ personalities and shapes their lives.  Astrology is important to many in both the western and eastern part of the world such as India, but their respective use and sometimes even the determinations made using astrology and astrological charts can differ as well.

Robert Koch from www.robertkoch.com gives a very good definition of the differences between Western Astrology and Vedic Astrology .  He says:

“The first thing you will notice when you compare a Western and Vedic chart is that the Vedic chart looks very different. You are probably familiar with the round shape of a Western chart; the Vedic chart is square. If you are familiar with Western astrology, upon careful examination, the Vedic chart will appear to have planets aligned with the wrong constellations (signs).

For example, suppose, according to Western astrology, your Sun sign is in Capricorn. In the Vedic system, it could be in Sagittarius. Your rising sign and the other planets might also be in unfamiliar signs.

However, this does not mean that Vedic astrology is inaccurate. It simply calculates a horoscope differently. The interpretations are most often more precise than in Western astrology.

Western astrology emphasizes the psychological nature of the individual, but lacks reliability for predicting future cycles and events. Although Vedic astrology also defines a person’s psychological nature, it gives more focus to understanding when certain events are likely to take place.

Vedic astrology gives a better view of:
1. A person’s karmic tendencies
2. When such tendencies are likely to manifest for that person.

The times of life events are shown through a detailed system of planetary time cycles, called “dashas.” There is no corresponding method in Western astrology.
Western astrologers who make a study of it, often find themselves converting to Vedic astrology because of its greater scope, depth and accuracy for predicting the future“.   (end quote)

Astrology can be better understood by investigating how and why it began.  Mankind has been ever looking for answers and solutions to the problems at hand.  Astrology may be the oldest and at the same time currently one of the most popular of all sciences or pseudo sciences.  It is not based on superstition, but has developed into a real science when practiced properly.

Some feel that astrology can be much too deterministic, reducing the free will of any one individual to fate or destiny.  This type of thinking has caused  many churches and religious orders to reject it completely as  determinism, particularly the astrological type, is contrary to religious concepts such as free will for the salvation of each individual.   A true practitioner of the astrological arts understands though that free will is not taken out of the equation.  No matter what the chart or horoscope says it truly is up to each individual to either choose to use the information to help them in their life and change it if need be, or to make the decision to do nothing and accept their fate. Astrology can be used as a road map in order to enlighten our lives or darken them.  It is up to the individual to decide.

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The Zodiac

The zodiac is a zone of the heavens which contains the paths of the sun, moon, and principal planets.  It is divided into twelve parts of thirty degrees each, which are named after certain constellations.  Into each of the twelve equal parts are placed the astrological signs.  It is generally understood that this division into twelve parts is made because there are twelve complete lunar cycles or months in one year.

The zodiac is composed of the twelve parts of thirty degrees each that the sun passes through during the year and each has its own name and time of duration.  Astrology by birth sign or sun sign means that your particular horoscope characteristics are based mainly upon the location of the sun’s astrological position in the heavens at the time of your birth.  The zodiac is narrow because most of the planets have orbits that are only slightly inclined to that of the Earth.  The exception is Pluto, whose orbital inclination of 17 degrees takes it out of the zodiac during part of its orbit .

Planets are spinning and transiting through space at this moment, and as they move through the sky certain energies are pouring down upon each one of us and this causes or at least influences certain actions to take place.  The types of things these energies influence include things such as ill health, a change of residence, a birth, or job promotion, even arguments and love.  The energies are subtle yet distinct, yet everyone has the ability to overcome their influence by the strong use of will power and right action.

When a horoscope is produced even the planets hidden from direct view beneath the earth are also shown in the horoscope as their energies are taken into account as well.  Planetary rotation of the celestial bodies can have a huge influence upon our lives.  Predictions based on these influences can help us to gain a better understanding of the past and a clearer picture of the future.

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What are Ghosts

Ghosts are dead people who for some reason, either by design or personal desires are trapped in the earthly realm.  Quite often a ghost is the spirit of a person who died a horrible or unexpected death . Many people believe that ghosts are proof that a person lives on after death.

Ghosts are frequently found inhabiting a house or location where a murder has occurred.   Why do some murder victims stick around after their death?  They often died so quickly that they do not realize they are dead or they have an extreme desire for revenge against their killer.

Ghosts are often depicted as fascinating creatures of the supernatural. They float thought the air, appear and disappear at will and they often seem to possess a translucent quality like a wisp of cigarette smoke.  Ghosts are very rarely described as being something solid even though when seen they usually are described as  wearing very specific and easy to identify period clothing.  Ghosts more often make noise or noises,  occasionally move things around, or, in many cases produce a cold feeling in the air which is able to be verified with a simple thermometer.

Most ghosts are reported as completely invisible more often than not.  Sometimes these are spirits of people who are not even aware of the fact that they are dead.  Ghosts  rarely harm anyone.  The cases where injuries have occurred are extremely rare and no one should live their life in fear of the unseen.  If you have a spirit that is causing physical harm to you or your loved ones the first person you should call is a priest or someone of the holy cloth for guidance.

Ghostly entities can be captured on camera and on rare occasions are seen with the naked eye.  More often than actual camera footage is an EVP.  EVP stands for electronic voice phenomenon.  This is a recording of a disembodied voice caught on a tape recorder or digital recorder.  Ghosts are believed to have a surviving emotional memory typical of someone who has died violently, traumatically and or tragically.
There is usually a lot of emotion left over from the violence and the ghost is not able to rest in peace until their death is redeemed.

Ghosts can often be angry spirits, robbed of their lives through circumstance not of their own free will. They resemble their corporeal shape, but are completely intangible.

Ghosts are simply the consciousness of people who used to walk the earth, but no longer have a physical body.  They can become angry and upset by rudeness or disrespect, but generally go about their own business and most people with a spirit living in their home learn to accept them and even joke about it with their loved ones and friends.

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Hauntings and Paranormal Activity

A haunting is a continual and repeated manifestations of strange and inexplicable sensory phenomenon.  These phenomenon can be smells, sounds, tactile sensations and occasionally sightings of smoky mists or black masses often in human like forms and are thought to be caused by ghosts or spirits attached to a certain locale.

The term “haunt” comes from the same root word as “home.”  Often times a haunted location is the former home of the deceased, or the spot near to or where the deceased passed from this world.  A haunting is a repeatedly occurring episode of paranormal activity.  There are two main kinds of haunting, residual and intelligent.

A haunting is energy, like a videotape, imprinted on time and space. Hauntings are one of the most well known and accepted areas of mystical study and investigation. They can be all to real at times, but are often  the product of an over active imagination.  Nearly every night of the week one is able to watch some sort of investigation into a reported case of paranormal activity on cable or satellite TV.

In most of the cases investigated high tech equipment and the currently available technology is used by the paranormal researchers and investigators and often times they reveal rather strange geomagnetic, electromagnetic, or other physical conditions that are thought to be the source of the reported experiences rather than the presence of a spirit or ghost.

The consciousness of a human can get very attached to a specific location while living.  It is thought that the spirit of that person may remain at that location for some time after physical death due to the personal feelings and desires of the individual.  In most cases it seems they do move on after a number of years.  It is during this time that the living sometimes have a run in with them.

A haunting is often associated with a chilling or cold sensation on the skin, but a natural  response to fear is hair raising up on the back of the neck or arms and this can be mistaken for the chill caused by an unseen entity.   One of the most important and yet inexpensive devices for catching evidence of a ghost is a digital thermometer.   It is believed that an entity trying to manifest itself sucks the energy out of the surrounding location, thus dropping the air temperature.

Someone who is sensitive or that has a natural psychic ability will more often be able to see, feel, or communicate with spirits or ghosts.  Sensations like a sudden drop in the room temperature or a feeling of a breeze through a closed room and occasionally the feeling of being touched, tugged at, or brushed past are other ways to tell if a location is truly haunted.   Visual sight is obviously the most convincing of all, but is the least reported paranormal activity.  Sensations of hair pulling, poking, and slight brushing up against the skin as though walking into a cobweb are more common types of a haunting or paranormal activity.

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UFOs and Ufology

Ufology is the study of UFOs, unidentified flying object and USOs, unidentified submerged objects, and a Ufologist is a person who studies them.

Prior to the term unidentified flying object, the term flying saucer was most common as that was the shape most people described after seeing one when these flying discs seem to have become more prevalent or at least reported earlier on in the 1900’s.

There has been even more interest in reporting the facts or at least trying to uncover the facts and evidence about these strange objects seen flying through our skies in the last decade as seen by the number of television shows being broadcast on the subject.  Most people believe the governments of the world know a whole lot more about them than they are letting on and it is hard to tell if the private researchers are getting any closer to the truth themselves.

UFO’s are in the same category as Bigfoot and the Loch ness monster.  These are things most people do not really believe exist until they see one themselves.  It is believed that many sightings are not reported as those that do are quite frequently ridiculed and made fun of.

Whether someone believes in UFO’s or not it seems that reported sightings have never been more prevalent and the evidence caught on video never so compelling as it has been in recent years.  Even with all the evidence as given on the popular TV shows and even news programs it is still hard for many people to believe that there might be creatures or entities from other planets visiting our own.

The internet is a vast resource of information available to anyone seeking information on the subject.  In fact there is so much information that one could probably spend the better part of the rest of their life reading about UFO’s and the theories behind them.

Some of the most compelling evidence that we are not alone in the universe comes from ancient cave paintings and other literature that has survived through the centuries.  It seems that people have been seeing unidentified flying objects for centuries.  Imagine their thoughts on things of this matter long before human flight was possible.

It is clear that mankind is just beginning to get a grasp on things of the paranormal and supernatural.  Perhaps in another one hundred years the unanswered questions of today will be common knowledge.
In the meantime our desire to understand the world around us will compel us to keep investigating.  Poking and prodding into the currently unknown we are sure to eventually uncover  the truth.

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