11 Astrologer Quotes That Explain What Astrology Is & How It Works

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11 Quotes That Accurately Answer The Question, "What Is Astrology"
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In layman's terms, astrology is the study of the correlation between the astronomical positions of the planets and other solar events on Earth.

Those who study astrology, known as astrologers, hold the belief that the position of the Sun, moon, and planets during the time of a person's birth will determine their course of life.

These astronomical positions during birth can determine our character, belief system, and overall personality.

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Astrologers characterize these traits by zodiac signs, or Sun signs: Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius, Capricorn, Aquarius, and Pisces.

Your zodiac sign, according to astrology, tells you almost everything about yourself: strengths, weaknesses, likes, and dislikes.

Most people think of their general zodiac sign and horoscopes when they hear the term astrology.

There are actually many different kinds that exist.

Most astrology today is considered western (or modern) astrology. In the east, the practice is called Vedic (or Indian) astrology.

Another branch of astrology is known as Chinese astrology.

The one most common to Western cultures is modern-looking to one's natal chart to determine their zodiac sign.

Vedic or Indian astrology pulls from Hindu traditions and practices and is based on the sidereal zodiac.

Sidereal zodiac basically looks to the constellations instead of the planets relative to the Earth.

As far as other specific types of astrology go, there is an exhaustive list:

  • Medical
  • Horary
  • Relationship
  • Fixed Star, and Karmic

​While all similar, each looks to astrology for different reasons, in hopes of discovering new aspects of a person.

To learn more about astrology and the basics that go behind it, many books have been written about the fascinating topic.

For beginners, one of the best books is, "Star Power: A Simple Guide to Astrology for the Modern Mystic," by Vanessa Montgomery.

The book helps those interested in astrology learn the basics of the modern tradition and recaps each zodiac sign.

There are books based on each type of astrology if you have ever wanted to build your own astrological library and wonder what to buy.

For those interested in Relationship Astrology, the book, "Astrology for Real Relationships: Understanding You, Me, and How We All Get Along," by Jessica Lanyadoo may be the one for you.

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It touches upon the varying aspects astrology plays within your romantic and platonic relationships.

Astrology may seem like a loaded term, confusing and misunderstood. However, the practice can help give people guidance during confusing times in their lives.

It is not easy to always know what should come next or how to go about dealing with certain situations – astrology can help ease some of those worries.

If you are feeling lost or without purpose, seek astrologer to help you discover what may be missing in your life.

If there are constant strains weighing heavy on your personal relationships or career, an astrologer can also help you ease those tensions.

It also may be fun to simply go to an astrologer and have them give you the basics of your zodiac sign if you are unsure of its true meaning.

Here are quotes from famous astrologers from over the years on what astrology is and what it is not.

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1. Astrology is a tool.

"Astrology reveals the will of the gods." Juvenal

2. Astrology is fun.

"We need not feel ashamed of flirting with the zodiac. The zodiac is well worth flirting with.” D.H. Lawrence

3. It reveals planet influences.

"The starry vault of heaven is in truth the open book of cosmic projection…” Carl Jung

4. It's an ancient practice that develops with time.

"Astrology is one of the oldest and most accurate tools known to mankind." Chris Flisher

5. Astrology is an ancient language.

"Astrology is a Language. If you understand this language, The Sky Speaks to You." Dane Rudhyar

6. Astrology is meant to help.

“Your path is illuminated by a road-map of stars. I am here to guide you!” Ambika Devi

7. Astrology reveals your soul's purpose.

"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

8. Astrology is symbolic.

“For all its complexity, however, astrology remains fundamentally simple. It offers a time-honored system of symbols that sum up key aspects of human life while providing profound insights and practical guidance.” Anne M. Nordhaus-Bike

9. Astrology studies the stars.

"We are merely the stars’ tennis balls, struck and banded which way please them.” John Webster

10. Astrology can be predictive.

“The astronomer has a starry map of the past; the astrologer, of our futures.” Terri Guillemets

11. You can never learn it all.

“Astrology is one of the earliest attempts made by man to find the order hidden behind or within the confusing and apparent chaos that exists in the world.” Karen Hanmaker-Zondag

Carlie Fox is a writer who covers astrology, pop culture and relationship topics.