I found value in astrology, both western and eastern. I also find value in Mayan, Celtic and Toltec astrology and many other systems of divination as well. Like everything else, much depends on how it is delivered, by who, when, where and why. During a reading, I have noticed that there are too different types of information I can receive, negative or positive. Regardless of their accuracy, they can both be helpful. Positive information can bring feelings of wellbeing, empowerment, excitement, courage and other positive experiences. Negative information can awaken hidden aspects of our selves, help us see our blind spots and prepare us for difficult encounters, even if the information is false. They both also have the ability to have a negative effect on us, just like every other piece of information that we receive through any messaging medium.
I have found that astrology can be used for healing, in a way it works like therapy and I would dare to say it is a form of psychoanalysis. It can help us get back in touch with ourselves. It can help us remember who we are and shape who we want to be. It can help us discover what we agree with and what we do not, what we like and what we dislike, what we believe in and what we do not.
During the last couple of years I have received a handful of personal astrological readings from professionals and they all seemed to hold a good amount of truth for me. Some of the predictions that were given were right, others were not. None the less, they were all helpful in helping me analyze and explore who I am, where I am at and where I am going. I also have read sporadically over horoscopes throughout the years and many of them were able to share interesting insight. Others, to my judgment, were pure garbage.
Like I said, it all depends in how the information is delivered, by who, when, where and why. A good astrological reading, one that is useful in creating positive movement, can be attributed to a knowledgably, experienced, skilled and talented astrologer who knows what she/he is doing and has honest and ethical intentions. On the other hand, a bad reading, one that leaves us with a bad teste and hinders our creativity and spirit may be attributed to the opposite character, someone careless, inexperienced, disconnected and dishonest. Even still, in both cases, you can gain from the experience through a process of self-reflection and a combination of skepticism and an open mind.
At the end of the day, the effect of a particular reading, as well as the capacity of any given astrologer are subject to personal interpretation and this is likely to be the case every time. Surely there are several objective systems for interpretation as well as scientific methods to prove the accuracy of astrology itself. Either way, whatever the result may be for each one of us, it cannot be denied that astrology itself holds healing value and healthy potential in one way or another, just like everything else.
- Bruno Treves
* What is Astrology? (Pending Review)