By Kali Pappas, Nutritionist and Blogger at Holistic Chick
“What’s your sign?”
You may be victim to this cheeky pick up line, have used it more times than you would like to admit… or maybe you occasionally blame mercury retrograde for your unfortunate luck?
Either way you use it, astrology is seen in our everyday life. From hilarious memes, to your daily co — star app horoscope, but why are people so drawn to this ongoing trend?
Horoscopes are predictions based on astrology, which are determined by the positioning of all the planets, sun and moon; consequently affecting your zodiac sign. However, your horoscope just scratches the surface of what astrology truly encompasses.
So, what is astrology? It’s defined as the metaphysical (beyond physical means) study of the movements and relative positions of celestial bodies interpreted as having an influence on human affairs and the natural world. And your “sign” refers to one of the twelve constellations of the zodiac.
In simple terms, astrology offers us a sense of meaning, assurance and other desirable information about the present and future. It’s like a cycle, circulating around — built on the belief system that “everything happens for a reason” and providing guidance and the answers to why something is or about to happen. This premise helps make people feel connected to the universe and in many cases can reveal their silver lining, even in the darkest times.
Astrology can also positively impact mental health, by offering a sense of meaning through deep connection to the cosmos, and is unlike anything else you can find out there. It continues to help us through times of uncertainty, consequently enhancing our overall well-being; one study even correlated stress as a key factor in those who seek out an Astrologer.
Although astrology gets bashed for not being based on science (hence why some people have opposing opinions regarding its accuracy), it has been practiced long before the 5th century, dating back to the Bible, and the Middle East archaeology has confirmed its origins in Babylon now known as Iraq.
Bible, Isaiah 47:13–15 NIV. “All the counsel you have received has only worn you out. Let your astrologers come forward, those stargazers who make predictions month by month, let them save you from what is coming upon you. Surely they are like stubble; the fire will burn them up. They cannot even save themselves from the flame… Each of them goes on in his error; there is not one that can save you.”
Where does all this information come from anyways? Astrologers of course! They specifically track and study the movement and positioning of earth and the surrounding celestial bodies, then use this information to make predictions and help depict specific personality traits.
Astrologers believe: “movements of the planets mirror events on our planet” which teaches us not only about ourselves, but the planet as a whole.
What can astrologers find out about a person? They give advice based on the effect planetary energy has on their zodiac sign, which can include:
- Describe personality
- Highlight strengths and weaknesses
- Predict events
- Advise how to make the most out of a situation
“The core of an astrologer’s popularity stems from the fact that he can offer something that no astronomer or any other scientists can give — reassurance. In an uncertain time, when religion, morals, and ethics are shattered so regularly that one hardly notices that they are gone, the astrologer holds out a vision of a world ruled by forces that operate with clockwork regularity.”
Not only does astrology help you better understand yourself, but it also helps you understand others. Knowing more about a person, ie; their zodiac sign, can be useful in how you tailor your approach to them, and for this reason can benefit in understanding them better, which can be useful in all aspects of life: work, romantic relationships, friendships, acquaintances and strangers.
People are so drawn to astrology and some may not even know it’s because of the impact this practice has on — mental health, understanding oneself, and others, while connecting you to the universe and giving you the answers to life with a greater meaning!
My personal experience with astrology and faith in the great astrologers like Susan Miller and Aristotle has led me to a more meaningful and fulfilled life. I use this practice daily: beginning my morning by reading my daily horoscope (with an open mind) and using this information to better my day, or myself.
I find astrology helpful during times of uncertainty, especially given what we are currently facing with the global health crisis. It can provide me with answers, and as a result ease my mind and reduce my anxiety.
The moon cycle is another way astrology plays a role in my life, I notice a major shift in my mood, the behaviour of others and even animals when a full moon is approaching, I can literally sense there is a full moon without following its schedule. This “lunar effect” aka full moon brings about heightened and oftentimes bizarre emotions and behaviour — next time there is a full moon pay close attention to how the people are behaving around you. In addition to fulfillment, astrology has truly enhanced my mental state and I couldn’t imagine my life without it.