When someone asks me why astrology plays such an important role in my life, I know they don’t see astrology the way I do. Astrology connects us to the universe—to the whole. It helps us make meaning out of seemingly meaningless events, especially the ones that test our resolve. It imbues the universe with the magic that our souls crave.
Maybe it has something to do with my being an OB/GYN. The phrase “moon time” was used for eons as a euphemism for menstruation. Of course, once-upon-a-time women lived together in clans, and so forth, and their menstrual cycles were synchronized with both each other and the moon. And any Labor & Delivery ward will confirm that more babies are born during a full moon than any other time of the month.
So when someone questions my belief in astrology, I reply with some questions of my own: “Do you believe in the phases of the moon? Do you believe in the seasons?” And then I add, “Because astrology is about aligning with the forces that rule the moon, the tides, and the turning of the planets, and then finding your unique place within this system based on how the planets were lined up at the moment of your birth.”
Now let me give you a few “rules” when it comes to astrology:
- Astrology is simply a tool—it has no power other than what you give it. It’s like checking the weather forecast to see if you should pack a raincoat.
- Astrology gives you a roadmap for the journey of your soul. It’s designed to help you maximize access to your soul’s original blueprint. From time to time, I will look at someone’s chart with them. Invariably, the first thing he or she asks is, “Is it bad?” There aren’t any “bad” charts. Every chart has its challenges and its gifts.
- Similarly, as astrologer Tosha Silver teaches, there are no “bad” transits if you know how to align with the Divine. No one is a victim of their astrologic chart—though it’s true that some aspects will test your soul’s resolve more than others. For example, wherever Saturn is going through your chart (a transit), it’s likely that that particular area of your life is undergoing a bit of “breakdown to breakthrough.” (The degree of orbiting Saturn in the sky coincides with a particular portion of your own natal chart—the position of the planets at the time of your birth. And each of these positions is associated with a different area of life, such as home and roots, partnerships, career, etc.)
- Sun Sign astrology, such as one sees in newspapers and magazines, is nothing more than an interesting parlor game. This form of astrology was started at the turn of the 20th century to sell more newspapers. But the sun sign is just one aspect of your individual astrologic signature. And it won’t give you much information unless you also know your rising sign, moon sign, and the positions of your personal planets, including Venus, Mars, and Mercury.
- When looking for a trustworthy person to work with or follow, avoid “doom and gloom” astrologers. These are the astrologers who call planets like Saturn “malefic”—as if a planet could reach down and make your life a living hell.
In May, I signed a contract to write a new book. Underneath my signature, I wrote, “New moon in Taurus, solar eclipse. ” New moons signify new beginnings, and when a new moon occurs with a solar eclipse, it’s a new moon on steroids! I loved the idea of marrying the energy of this particular new moon with the uber left-hemisphere legal contract, which I’d been negotiating for months. The fact that everything came together on this new moon felt highly significant to me—like the culmination of forces much bigger than my own rational intellect.
And that’s the whole point of astrology. Understanding that there are universal forces that act on us that are far greater than we know, and far greater than we can control, but with which we can work consciously for maximum effectiveness and fulfillment.