I think that the very fact that I started off by trying to disprove astrology, helps people to accept that there is something worthy of closer inspection. I initially fell into the trap, like so many disbelievers, that the garbage we read in newspaper horoscopes (horror scopes) is all there is to astrology. Then the logical mind states obvious accusations along the lines of “How can all Sagittarians be facing the same circumstances at the same time?” Well, the fact is, they don’t.
I say to people on my workshops “Imagine we are all the same star (Sun) sign and even born in the same year. I still guarantee that the energies of the planets at any particular time will be different to each and every one of us – our charts are specific to ourselves.” Astrology is based on a purely one to one basis: Personal self help astrology.
Being a Sagi I needed to properly disprove its merits, not just pooh-pooh it. I get absolutely irate when I all too regularly see celebrities on TV simply brush the subject aside, it being of no worth as far as they are considered. But this is a very narrow-minded way of going about things, and is completely wrong in my eye – any subject, not just astrology, should not be ridiculed or cast aside without at least checking it out. There is a famous quote from Sir Isaac Newton: when the astronomer Halley, of comet fame, made a slighting remark as to the value of astrology, Newton replied: "I have studied the subject, Mr. Halley - you have not."
So, in true Sagi style, I bought myself some very cheap and simple astrology chart creating software, and I went to the trouble of collating at least 250 items of birth data from people that I knew: family members, friends, neighbours, work colleagues, etc etc. - even people I didn’t get on with – that was particularly important, I thought, because I needed as wide a cross reference as possible.
What I was looking for I did not know - some sort of common denominator I suppose. But as I began to type up the basic findings from these charts into a spreadsheet, things like planets in signs, rising signs, house positions, etc. the common denominator soon became glaringly obvious. The sign of Cancer was being typed up far in excess of any other, so much so that when I had finished, its nearest rival was scores of points behind. My descendant sign is Cancer – the descendant being the area of the chart attributed to serious relationships and partnerships. And when I looked who these people were, it became obvious that these were the people – men included – who had a serious input into my life, were much more than just an acquaintance or a mere friend.
These people had that special lifelong affinity, my wife obviously included, plus ex girlfriends who could so easily have become my wife if situations had allowed. The men were lifelong true bonds. And any new people that fitted this bill that came into my life also had this Cancer link in their charts. Very few were actually Sun sign Cancers – the vast majority had their Moon, Venus, or rising signs in Cancer. But I was hooked – and the rest, as they say, is history.
It is important to realise that in some obscure way we are all influenced by the energies of the planets, and their positioning in our charts determine how this energy is translated. We all know of how the Moon can affect emotions, likewise the Sun and all the planets affect us in different ways. The houses of the chart show in what areas of life the energies will be mostly featured, and the signs reflect the mannerisms that we adapt with the relevant planetary energies.
Remember, there is far more to it than your star (Sun) sign, and if you are a woman the chances of your Moon sign being more dominant than the Sun sign are very high – yet more proof that newspaper horoscopes are not worth the paper they are written on. The Moon represents female energies, whereas the Sun mostly corresponds to male, so in many cases the Moon dictates in a woman’s chart. But that too is only part and parcel of the entire package – think of it akin to a jigsaw, only complete when all the pieces are correctly in place: the whole is much greater than the sum of its parts. The rising sign, the planets in houses and signs, the aspects made between planets to one another... all need taking into account to get the full picture. Then it all has to be weighted accordingly to sort out the many inevitable contradictions and work out which factors are stronger than others.
Complex stuff indeed – but oh so accurate and worthwhile if done correctly.