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Philosophies behind Astrology

Learning astrology is just like knowing a new language. There are weird symbols and words like Jupiter, trine, Capricorn, and so on. Studying astrology means studying the letters of this new alphabet. You should learn how to use them together in words, phrases and sentences. And when you can look at a birth chart and see a lot of sentences combined together, then we are starting to understand that birth chart in its essence.

Beyond this structural appreciation, however, is a deeper dimension that makes up the center of astrology: your philosophy. Yes, your own philosophies and views will condition your understanding of astrology, as well as how you use it.

Fatalistic Astrology
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Fatalism is one approach to astrology that is very traditional and fate-centric. Everything is understood as predestined, and the core belief is that we are not free to choose and take charge of our own lives. Astrologers who use this approach are those who foretell particular events and advise people on how to live their lives.
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Humanistic Astrology

Humanism is a more modern and choice-centric approach to astrology. The premise here is that a creative force lives within each of us and seeks expression. Based on this world view, we are co-creators of our own fate or destiny.

It is not a toss between free will and destiny, but rather a combination of both. The birth chart is perceived as a tool that aids us in knowing ourselves better, identifying our strong and weak points, and ultimately transforming ourselves into self-harmonious people.

Humanistic astrologers say the purpose of the birth chart is to help us know ourselves better, enabling us to see as well as express our highest potential. We must correct the the problem areas identified by the chart until we are able to fully transcend them. This means that our problems as not to be accepted as fate, but rather as avenues through which we can strengthen ourselves to overcome them, and finally learn from them.

For some humanistic astrologers, karma and reincarnation are very strong and powerful concepts. According to the philosophy of reincarnation, we all have a spiritual essence or soul that continues on after our death, and incarnates in various physical bodies in various lives. The purpose is to give us the chance to learn different lessons through different experiences, and to gradually attain wholeness or perfection.

The philosophy of karma says that whatever we do is our own responsibility. What we do comes back to us. These things describe the ancient doctrine of karma. However, we are not obliged to believe in karma or reincarnation. This exact same concept can be explained through biological or genetic predisposition.