Then: "Planets are far too distant to have any effect on Earth."
Now: "Celestial objects, such as stars, planets and galaxies, all emit electromagnetic waves at various wavelengths. Therefore, telescopes
are built to be sensitive to different sections of the electromagnetic spectrum." ~ ESA/HUBBLE

(the luminaries are called planets for brevity)
Astrology is commonly associated with the zodiac, but the planets are the
main event. Planetary cycles and their effects on Earth have been observed
and recorded for thousands of years and operate predictably and reliably,
like a finely-tuned machine.

Astrology is grounded in mathematics and both systems are uniquely similar. Each enables you to learn only the basics and do just fine, or go deep into the woo-woo realms, where few dare to tread. And both have 10 root characters
whose connection is very woo.

So, we all use basic math and chaos would assuredly reign without it. But
few of us use any astrology and chaos is basically pouring, psychologically.
And pills and religion are not the answer. We need some practical wisdom.

Astrology & Astronomy were a match made in the heavens, but centuries
of scorn by the Church took a heavy toll. Then scientific materialism
drove a deeper wedge and by the 18th century they were divorced.

Astronomers are now aligned with the Church and the entire academic establishment to mock & vilify Astrology. And that's why so few of us use it.


And assuming you still simmer with curiosity, please don't let pointless complexities get in the way. Just 3 simple essentials are all you need to know to read any birth chart - Planets, Aspects & Signs. Then coast on the surface or go as deep as you please, because every stroke is illuminating.

Many through the ages have sung astrology's praises. Here are a few more...

"Astrology [is] the noblest of sciences."

Ralph Waldo Emerson
"Men should take their knowledge from the Sun, the Moon and the Stars."

"Heaven sends down its good and evil symbols and wise men act accordingly."

"Perhaps there is a pattern set up in the heavens for one who desires to see it, and having seen it, to find one in himself."

D.H. Lawrence
"We need not feel ashamed of flirting with the zodiac. The zodiac is well worth flirting with."

Sir Walter Scott
"Do not Christians and Heathens, Jews and Gentiles, poets and philosophers, unite in allowing the starry influences?"

Astrology compels the soul to look upward and leads us from this world to another."

"These auspicious aspects, which the astrologers subsequently interpreted for me, may have been the causes of my preservation."

Johannes Kepler
"An unfailing experience of mundane events in harmony with the changes
occurring in the heavens, has instructed and compelled my unwilling belief."

Sri Yuktswar Giri
"A child is born on that day and at that hour when the celestial rays are in mathematical harmony with his individual karma."

Benjamin Franklin
"Oh the wonderful knowledge to be found in the stars. Even the smallest things are written there... if you had but skill to read."

Louis Pasteur
"The controls of life are structured as forms and nuclear arrangements,
in relation with the motions of the universe."

"The stars in the heavens sing a music if only we had ears to hear."

Claudius Ptolemy
"It is clearly evident that most events of a widespread nature
draw their causes from the enveloping heavens."

Sir Francis Bacon
"The natures and dispositions of men are, not without truth,
distinguished from the predominance of the planets."

"A physician without a knowledge of Astrology has no right
to call himself a physician."

J.P. Morgan
"Anyone can be a millionaire, but to become a billionaire
you need an astrologer."

Carl Sagan
"If our lives are controlled by traffic signals in the sky,
why try to change anything?"

Sir Thomas Aquinas
"The celestial Bodies are the Cause of All that takes
place in the Sublunar World."

Ralph Waldo Emerson
"Astrology is astronomy brought down to yEarth and
applied toward the affairs of men."

Theodore Roosevelt
"I always keep my weather eye on the opposition of
my seventh house Moon to my first house Mars."

J.P. Morgan
"Millionaires don't use astrology, billionaires do."

"To understand correctly the meaning of the words Alchemy and Astrology,
it is necessary to understand and to realize the intimate relationship and identity of the Microcosm and Macrocosm, and their mutual interaction."

William Blake
"The Vegetative Universe, opens like a flower from the Earth's center In which is Eternity. It expands from Stars to the Mundane Shell. And there it meets Eternity again, both within and without."

Whitley Strieber
"If you look at this solar system, it is a machine that is designed to create life on this particular planet, and to preserve it over long periods of time to allow development."

T.H. Huxley
"The question of all questions for humanity, the problem which lies behind all others and is more interesting than any of them, is that of the determination of man's place in nature and his relation to the cosmos."

Carl Sagan
"That we can now think of no mechanism for astrology is relevant but unconvincing. No mechanism was known, for example, for continental drift when it was proposed by Wegener. Nevertheless, we see that Wegener was right, and those who objected on the grounds of unavailable mechanism
were wrong."

Ralph Waldo Emerson
"Astrology interested us, for it tied men to the system. Instead of an isolated beggar, the farthest star felt him and he felt the star. However rash and however falsified by pretenders and traders in it, the hint was true and divine, the soul's avowal of its large relations and that climate, century, remote natures as well as near, are part of its biography."

Benjamin Franklin as Richard Saunders
"Courteous Reader, Astrology is one of the most ancient Sciences, held in high esteem of old, by the Wise and the Great. Formerly, no Prince would make War or Peace, nor any General fight in Battle, in short, no important affair was undertaken without first consulting an Astrologer."
[preface to 1751 Poor Richard's Almanac]

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