by Christine Broadbent
Astrology turns me on by giving me insights even in my darkest moments. It gives me the sense of being part of a vast cosmic dance. Studying astrology has taught me that everything has its own living intelligence, including the planets and Earth itself. We are intimately a part of the warp and weave of the cosmos and perhaps as one writer suggests the actual song of the planets “rings continuously in our ears”.(1) We don’t recognise it simply because we are never without it!
It is strange being an astrologer because telling people my profession can evoke extreme responses. Instant passionate interest is nice but instant suspicion is a tough one. Astrology isn’t a religion, but its practises have been integrated into many ancient religions, including early Christianity – what else were the three wise men, if not astrologers? Every known culture has concerned themselves with the heavens. Seeking spiritual territory and embracing wider meaning is as natural to humans as the nesting urge. Witness the ancient predictive techniques that still defy full understanding, like Mayan astrology. Or the extraordinary knowledge shown in the design of monuments like the Pyramids.
Astrology is a sacred science and healing art, with
finely tuned predictive techniques. Precise mathematical calculations
establish the natal chart, which traces the personal starprint. As long
as you know your day of birth, you can know your unique stamp - the pattern
of stars, constellations and planets that look like a coloured mandala
when you see a chart. Add in the correct time of birth and the ‘angles’
of the chart appear, which includes the sign on the eastern horizon known
as the Ascendant.
So the story continues with Mercury, Venus, Mars and
on. Planet Uranus moves slowly and marks out seven year generational groups.
The way each generation breaks from tradition is shown by the position
of Uranus. For instance, Uranus was in Libra from 1968 to ‘75, and
that group wants to redefine relationships, seeking balance and equality.
The Uranus in Scorpio generation born 1975 to 1981, breaks tradition in
sexual expression, redefining ethics and questioning taboos. The Sagittarius
team born 1981 to 1988, questions everything - religion, politics and
the meaning of life.
Once again astrology turns me on - this time in awe and respect as I watch clients’ transits evolve right on theme. Somehow the power of choice makes us stronger to stand up and dance with the movements of those great planetary hands.
She makes radio and television appearances in both Australia and New Zealand and has written two books: The Zodiac Birthday Book and Zodiac Dream Journal, published in 1994. She has just finished writing Astrolog 2008 and you can find Astrolog 2007 in newsagents. Christine’s regular Stargazing column and articles appear in WellBeing, a bi-monthly Australian publication.
Christine offers public seminars and private readings in Sydney, Melbourne
and Auckland. Business charts, financial cycles and relationship compatibility
are some services she also offers. You can leave a message on 0402 664 101
to make a booking. Or email her now.