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The Purpose of Astrology

Horoscopes are simply charts of the heavens calculated according to astronomical rules. Planets and zodiacal signs are shown in relation to the earth in this chart. However, these positions are not permanent. In that case, the position of the heavenly bodies could be identified once and for all without the need to perform any further calculations. Astronomy and astrology would be useless if the planets' influence on Earth remained constant. Since the Earth revolves around its axis every 24 hours, every point in the northern heavens can be observed from anywhere in the northern half of the Earth once a day, and every star in the southern heavens rises and sets every single day in every region of the southern half of our planet. Earth and its sister planets revolve around the sun at such varying rates that their relative positions are constantly shifting. The heavens are different every day. As you read this, the position of the planets at this moment will not be duplicated for about twenty-six thousand years, which is the period called a "Great Sidereal Year" by astronomers. A planet undergoes an infinite number of kaleidoscopic changes, thus the influence of the planet varies based on a person's birth time, and time becomes integral to astrology.

Further, it is evident that time differs from country to country. In your home, the Sun rises in the morning; in another part of the world, it sets in the evening. You will readily understand this when you consider that the sun's rays affect the Earth differently in the morning, at noon, and at midnight, resulting in different horoscopes for children born at the same moment but in different parts of the world. If a planet were just above the birthplace of one child, its rays would impinge upon that child with unhindered force. However, the places and influences of a planet would differ for children born at the same time but in different parts of the world. It would be necessary for the stellar rays to pass through the Earth directly, just as radio waves cross mountains, to reach the other child, born in the opposite part of the world. By the time they reached the child, part of their force would have been spent. As a result, planets under the Earth have less influence on life than those above. Therefore, we see that time and place are the basic factors in a horoscope. The better we are able to determine them, the better we will be able to delineate a character and predict events for ourselves.

The clock should be set as accurately as possible when recording the time of birth of children. According to astrology, the moment of birth is not the moment of delivery, but the moment of the infant's first cry, since this cry completes its first breath. The air enters the lungs and its subtle stellar vibrations are carried by the blood to every part of the tiny body. This stamps every atom and memory center with its vibration. It is this primal impression that will persist throughout life, even if the atoms are constantly changing, just as a scar will always remain visible on the body. The memory center, or seed-atom, located in the heart, retains the first cosmic impulse that acts as the blueprint for the Etheric Matrix that controls the components of the atom rebuilt during this lifetime. It follows that the stellar rays present at the time of birth continue to exert a powerful influence throughout one's lifetime. In the same manner that driftwood is propelled by sea currents, they are impelling forces that sway us from place to place.

The purpose of astrology is to teach that these forces exist, and that by exerting our Will Power, we can direct the course of our lives in harmony with the Laws of Nature, and to help others to do the same.

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