When it comes to Astrology there are usually only two opinions: for or against. Some people believe Astrology can predict events, others scoff at the idea. The truth is that both camps are wrong.
Claiming that Astrology predicts exact events goes against the nature of the study of astrology. This statement will disappoint some earnest followers of the study. But these people and others must learn that the strength of astrology is not in predicting exact outcomes but general tendencies which reveal themselves as time wears on.
Imagine someone making the prediction that next Wednesday you will be bitten by a neighbor's dog as you step out of your house and as the neighbor screams angry words at you. Who knows, that might happen. But that kind of precise prediction is not what astrology is about. If someone makes that prediction in the name of astrology do not trust the person making the prediction.
It is in the nature of astrology to make general predictions about tendencies. An astrologer, after doing careful study of your horoscope, for example, might say you will have trouble at some time in the future because (fill in words here derived from study of your horoscope). The astrologer might predict that something bad might happen to you in the near or far future. But that's about it. Just likelihoods and probabilities. No exact times and certainties.
For some people this is astrology's strength. For others it is a weakness. Some people want astrology to predict things like the winning lottery number in next Friday's drawing. Others, the truer believers, are satisfied learning whether and when and how to handle the general run of events which will unfold in their future.
The proper role of astrology is to help gain insight and understanding in the patterns and directions life. The predictions, whether based on natal charts or on planetary motion, are never absolute. One of the important reasons the predictions can never be precise is because there is a certain kind of human element. The individual may follow or choose not to follow certain paths. The person may 'fight' his or her destiny. There are too many variables at play all the time which frustrate any prediction with any degree of accuracy about anyone's future.
By: Noo Yawka
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