What is Astrology?

By Rosie Moore

When I was a teenager I lived with my grandmother for nine years and I could have sworn she was a religious “fanatic”. Now that I’m older, I realize that was a misnomer. She wasn’t fanatical just firm in her beliefs.

Except when it came to astrology. The first of every month I would have to walk to the corner drugstore and get an astrology magazine for her. She read it daily and adhered to it in various ways. For instance:

She started selling Avon to earn a little spending money. I would deliver the books then friends and neighbors would call and give her their orders. Then who would deliver their orders? Yes, me. (Does this sound familiar?) I should mention here that she was handicapped in a wheelchair. Before taking orders however, the astrology magazine was consulted. If it said something on the order of “not a good business day”, then there was no Avon selling that day.

The dictionary says astrology is the study of the movements and relative positions of celestial bodies interpreted as having an influence on human affairs and the natural world. Put simply, astrology is the study of the correlation between the astronomical position of the planets and events on earth. For centuries, humans have looked to the heavens for guidance. In fact, it goes back to Biblical times. Many of the Old Testament characters consulted their astrologists.

If that didn’t sound very simple to you, it didn’t to me either. So out of curiosity I read the daily horoscope in the paper. Sometimes I do see a correlation between my life and the little innuendoes that are paraphrased in their daily observations but I don’t let it disturb me or make me break from my daily routine.

One day I read that I was being anxiously “obsessive” about something. This gave me food for thought. What could it be? Finally, after considerable  thought, I realized I’m only obsessive about reading and writing. And that’s a good obsession, right? I hope so.

Thought for the day: No pessimist ever discovered the secret of the stars or sailed to an uncharted land, or opened a new heaven to the human spirit. Helen Keller

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