Most philosophies from antiquity were concerned with how to navigate fate and the unknown aspects of life. Astrology provided the necessary tools to understand when and why certain events occurred. Although Astrology was originally only concerned with the happenings of society and those of the world at large, Natal Astrology (the study of one’s personal chart) came about in 410 BCE and was widely used until the advent of Christianity.
The moment you make your entrance into this world, we take a snapshot of how the celestial bodies were aligned at the precise time of your birth. This is your Natal Chart and within it we are able to determine much about who you are, how you may develop yourself further, areas of significant importance, and events you may experience throughout your life. Fate is life’s demand for wholeness and we can get a glimpse of what that wholeness might look like through your natal chart.
Whether or not you believe in fate, we can all agree that much of what we experience in life is not entirely under our control. However, how we react and integrate these events is completely up to us. When we have a greater understanding of the influences present in our lives, we have a better chance of handling them in a healthy, constructive manner. This is where the power of Natal Astrology lies.
Understanding your Natal Chart gives you the opportunity to peer into the underlying current of your life, to see the energies at play which mirror much of who you are and what you do. When we become aware of the deeper facets of our nature, we start to exercise more choice and increase the control we have over our lives. It gives us the opportunity to unleash power and talents hidden within that we may not have been aware of. It provides us with greater agency to become more authentic and effective versions of ourselves.
During our lives, we are presented with necessary lessons through obstacles placed in our way, both personal and situational. With Natal Astrology, we are able to understand these challenges in a more intimate manner by identifying the underlying psychological influences at play. This in turn helps us harmonize and incorporate them into our being, allowing us to rapidly move on to greater developments in our journey. Astrology will give us insight into your blind spots and harsh placements to better allay these troublesome arenas in your life.
Astrology will also help us learn from these challenges rather than continuing to fail at integrating them over and over again. What test do you perform better on? The one you know is coming or the one that is presented out of the blue? If we know a challenge is coming, we are better equipped to handle it, manage it effectively, and ultimately absorb the lessons meant to be learned from it. This grants us the opportunity to move onto our next chapter of growth. As the stoics said, forewarned is forearmed
It is important to note that Astrology will show us the event but not necessarily the outcome. This is where free will comes into play. It is not about fighting fate but learning how to work with it. Understanding your Natal Chart and the forces within it will ultimately lead to a greater sense of self-realization which is not only empowering but liberating on an existential level.
“The soul of the newly born baby is marked for life by the pattern of the stars at the moment it comes into the world, unconsciously remembers it, and remains sensitive to the return of configurations of a similar kind.” — Johannes Kepler