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Astrology: A Map of the Soul

Astrology is the study of the positions and aspects of celestial bodies in the belief that they have an influence on the course of natural earthly occurrences and human affairs.  If you have studied physics you know that everything is made up of energy.  Our physical bodies have an energetic field around them at all times.  Celestial bodies are known as planets.  What do planets do?  They give off energy and cause motion within the universe.  Human beings are part of that universe and are affected tremendously by everything that happens in the environment.   Edgar Cayce who is one of the most famous psychics of our time stated in a reading on November 23, 1923 “the inclinations of man are ruled by the planets under which he is born.”

More importantly, astrology shows how the energies of the solar system affects us. Everything in the universe is made up of energy. I like to tell my clients that the planet’s energies affect us at all times, but we always have free will and choice. Edgar Cayce stated, “No action of any planet or phases of the Sun or heavenly bodies surpass the rule of man’s will power”. Astrology creates certain potentialities and patterns in our lives. We choose how to respond to the energies that affect us based on our thoughts, words and actions. The Moon affects the tides of the ocean, so why wouldn’t it affect us? Did you ever wonder why when their is a Full Moon people are more irritable, more cars are broken down on the side of the road, and more people visit the emergency room? This is not a coincidence. The Moon rules our emotional nature and influences our reactions immensely, because the physical body is made up of 70-80% water.   Astrology is a science, but my goal is to make it understandable and applicable in a practical way for self-awareness and growth.

Throughout history, famous people have studied astrology and used it for several purposes. The Three Wise Men in the Bible were astrologers and learned that Christ would be born at a conjunction of planets. This is when planets appear at the same time and place in the sky and this begins the start of a new cycle. Pythagoras, Nostradamus and Sir Isaac Newton were astrologers.  The Father of medicine, Hippocrates, told his students, “A physician can not call himself a doctor without knowledge of astrology.”

The Bible is filled with astrological information. Christ had twelve disciples and there were twelve tribes of Israel, which are associated with the twelve signs of the zodiac. In the book, Kabalistic Astrology, it is explained that the twelve sons of Jacob were representative of the twelve signs of the zodiac and that the personality traits of each son were used to describe each sun sign we know today.  In the Book of Revelation, 4:6-9 it states “round about the throne, were four beasts full of eyes before and behind. And the first beast was like a lion (symbol for Leo), and the second beast like a calf (symbol of Taurus), and the third beast had a face as a man (symbol of Aquarius), and the fourth beast was like a flying eagle (ancient symbol for Scorpio).  These four signs; Leo, Aquarius, Taurus, and Scorpio are polar opposite signs and are the fixed signs of the zodiac.   

Astrology is a map of the soul. Your natal chart is calculated based on the date, exact time and place of your birth.  The natal chart shows your main personality traits, emotional nature, how you think, how you are in relationships, what type of careers you are drawn to, psychic abilities, where you suffer, your childhood experiences, your relationship with your parents, and your soul’s past lives and current soul mission.  Everything about yourself is seen in the natal chart and when it is interpreted correctly, it will only validate things you always knew about yourself.  Many of my clients tell me that they always wanted to do certain things or they felt a certain way and never understood it until I reaffirmed it for them.  This is the power of basic personality astrology when it is used as a tool for self-awareness.

The other side of astrological counseling is that it helps us understand others in our lives, such as family members, co-workers, children, and relationship partners.  When we have a basic knowledge of astrology, then we can apply it practically in all relationships in our lives.  This helps each of us accept and understand others on a deeper level and this creates more harmony in the physical world.

Astrology is a powerful tool for self-awareness.  There are many schools of astrology and several charts, such as transits, progressions, solar return, composite, and compatibility.  My goal is to make each one of these astrological counseling techniques understandable and to spark an interest in others to learn more about astrology in the process.

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About the Author

Carmen Turner-Schott

Carmen Turner-Schott, MSW, LISW, LCSW, is a practicing licensed clinical social worker, Christian astrologer, writer and teacher with national and international clientele.

Carmen has been researching the eighth and twelfth astrological houses for the past 25 years. An eighth and twelfth house person herself, she has personally experienced the energies and lessons of these two very spiritually transforming houses.

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