Natal astrology is concerned with the natal, or birth, chart as it describes life unfolding, from birth to old age. You can use it to arrive at a better understanding of self: to confirm your personality type, identify your emotional needs and to explore your inner thought processes. A birthcharl reveals innate potential. By recognizing your strengths and weaknesses, you can take advantage of opportunities for growth as they arise. Natal astrology is also used to advise people in specific areas of life, such as relationships and careers.
Astrology has been used for millennia to predict the future. Whilst the planets do not actually make things happen, astrologers have long observed correlations between particular planetary activity and earthbound events taking place at that moment. By observing the day-to-day movement of the planets and calculating how that movement will affect your sun-sign or natal chart, a predictive astrologer can foresee events, recognize the possibility of change and identify opporhrnities or blockages in your path. Nothing is static: by understanding the progression of the planets, you can learn how to harness changes in your favour.
Counselling astrology (Astropsychology)
People tend to consult an astrologer when they reach a crisis point in life. They may seek understanding or reassurance or a way to deal with change. For this reason, many astrologers combine their astrological understanding with qualification as a therapist or counsellor. In this capacity, they can help identify “lifescripts” – inbuilt, unconscious expectations passed on from parents that limit life experience. By learning how to respond to events and people in a new way, you can regain control and reach your fuIl potential.
Synastry (relationship analysis)
Synastry is the branch of astrology that looks at relationships. It is used to identiff areas of compatibility, to overcome innate difflculties in a relationship and to flnd new ways to increase intimacy.
Simply comparing Sun and Moon signs with a partner can lead to a better understanding of the other person and the dynamics at play within a relationship. To gain deep insight into someone’s personality and emotional needs, you need study his or her birthchart.
The first task of a medical astrologer is to ascertain when the illness first struck. A chart is then prepared for that moment that will uncover the underlying cause, often revealing stresses and strains, depleted energies and subtle imbalances and deflciencies. As part of a holistic course of treatment, a medical astrologer usually prescribes appropriate herbs or homeopathic remedies.
Karmic (past-life) astrology
A karmic astrologer seeks the answers to the problems of the present in past lives. As such, a karmic astrological chart pinpoints the credits, deficits and in-built patterns of emotional expectation an individual carries from life to life. This branch of astrology is used to help people understand relationships, vocations, family life and to bring an end to recurring patterns of negative behaviour.
Horary astrologers deal in specific questions, such as “Should I buy this house?” or “Will I marry this person?”, to which they can give unequivocal answers. A chart is prepared for the exact time the question was initiated, and a set of “rules” is then applied to arrive at the answer.
Encompassing the specialized fields of flnancial and political astrology, mundane astrology is concerned with world events and socioeconomic trends. Specialist astrologers can predict the movement of stocks and shares with reliable accuracy and many businesses take advantage of this skill.
Business astrology is a rapidly expanding field. Many businesses actually employ their own astrologer, in much the same way ancient kings did. An in-house astrologer may be tasked with building personality profiles on prospective employees, predicting financial and marketing trends or giving advice on the best time to buy and sell assets.