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What is astrology and how does it work?

Vad är astrologi och hur funkar det?

Astrology can be seen as the knowledge of how the movements of the planets in the sky affect our life on earth. It is actually one of the world's oldest teachings that can be traced back over 6000 years. Many may associate astrology with the weekly horoscope in the newspaper, but it is so much more than that. The planets have their own individual influence on us, and we can learn a great deal about ourselves by getting to know our own astrological chart. It may sound vague, how can objects that are so far away actually have any effect on us? We go through that here.

The science behind astrology

The fact is that astrology is much more scientific than you might think and in the past you couldn't call yourself a scientist unless you were also a trained astrologer! To describe how the celestial bodies can have an impact on us, we can compare it to gravity. Planets and celestial bodies are constantly in relation to each other and perform a kind of cosmic dance. The force that keeps the planets in their orbits around each other is gravity, and this is exactly how it works with, for example, the Earth and the Moon. The moon moves around the earth and constantly affects it with its gravity. It causes the oceans to rise and fall, and since we humans are seventy percent water, it also affects our bodies.

It is the same with the other planets in our solar system. Earth is affected not only by the power of the Moon, but also by the power of Venus, Mercury, Mars, Uranus, Neptune, Saturn, Jupiter and all the way out to Pluto. Our solar system is like its own little ecosystem, where every object depends on and affects each other.

How are we affected by the planets?

We humans are thus affected by these forces, but how is it that, for example, Mars affects us in one way and Venus in another? It has to do with how each planet is built, its structure and what conditions exist there. You can call this the archetype of the planet. Mars is a very hot planet that has had many volcanic eruptions over the centuries and it also has the second fastest orbit around the sun after Mercury. Therefore, we are not only affected by the gravity of Mars, but also by its properties - heat and explosiveness. Where you have Mars in your horoscope shows you how you take action, and how you get angry, among other things.

It is the same way with all the other planets in the solar system. We are most affected by the planets that are closest to Earth, such as Mercury, Mars and Venus, and a little less by those that are further away, such as Uranus and Neptune, as the gravitational force decreases. Mercury, Mars and Venus are usually called personal planets in astrology, because they are so close that they affect us on a personal level, while the outer planets are referred to as generational planets, because their effect is more on a collective scale.

The interesting thing about all planets having their own archetype, is that astrology will look different if we move away and out to another solar system, where the number of celestial bodies and their structure varies from the structure of our solar system.

Astrology is much more than just horoscopes

In other words, astrology is a very accurate and mapped (pseudo)science, which includes much more than the general weekly horoscopes you can read in the newspapers. It is a tool for us to get to know ourselves, and works because each planet has an archetype that affects us on Earth in different ways.

Tip! If you are curious to learn more about astrology, you should check out our basic course in astrology .

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