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The following excerpt is from the self help
psychology book, Be Your Own Therapist.


Is your immediate response to astrology "what claptrap!"? Please read on. I vividly remember a phone conversation with an old friend. He and I had spent much time together during the years when I was strongly involved with nuclear propulsion, radiological controls, reactor physics, sonar, thermodynamics, heat transfer, pressure-vessel design and duplicate bridge. After not talking with that friend for several years, we talked by telephone one afternoon. During the conversation I playfully mentioned something astrological, perhaps something like, "Maybe your moon is in Aquarius." He was shocked that I had come to believe in such foolishness. He obviously thought that my mind was going soft and that I should discard such bath-water concepts. However, I think it is more a question of separating the astrological baby from the bath-water than labeling everything bath-water.


In my opinion, you will not find the astrological baby in the daily/ weekly/ monthly columns or in the yearly books published for your birth sign. I would agree that those sources of information are mostly bath-water. Your birth chart, on the other hand, typically does give useful information about trends and tendencies you naturally possess.


Fun Growth Exercise. Get your astrological birth chart done, complete with conjunctions, oppositions, squares and trines. Consult a thick text such as Sakoian and Acker's The Astrologer's Handbook on how to interpret those conjunctions et al. In almost all cases those who try this exercise will discover that the interpretations are far more accurate than would be expected from anything that was wholly bath-water.


Astrology shows influences, tendencies and likelihoods. If we choose, we always can go against these predilections, usually to our significant pain and discomfort. Reincarnation ideas fit astrology very well, for the astrological birth chart reveals Earth School lessons that have been chosen for this lifetime. There will not be 100% accuracy, perhaps only 50% accuracy, because astrology shows tendencies not the actual outcome. But the experience of that 50% accuracy usually boggles the minds of unbelievers. It often changes their minds about the validity of astrological information. Your birth chart shows lessons for your entire life. Therefore, part of it will not be accurate today but was correct yesterday or will be correct in your future.


Hatred and anger can be exorcised and left behind, if felt and expressed as suggested in this book. Avoiding them forever, leads to forever stress.

Also, I have found the transits of the outer planets to the birth chart to be amazingly accurate in terms of predicting when and in what areas significant life choices and life events will occur. But as a predictor of exactly what will happen, I have not found astrology to be particularly useful unless the astrologer is also a competent psychic who can tune into probable future events. (If the future depends at least partially upon decisions we make between now and then, psychics will always have a few errors in their predictions.)


Most of us imprinted ourselves during our growing-up years with many of our parents' ideas, tendencies and predilections. They are not our own. Typically as teenagers we start to tune into and follow our own. This teen psychological growth process is typically incomplete, often because of unexplored trauma knots. Many people have found that astrology gives them important insights into their unconscious predilections and their unexamined parental imprinting. These insights lead them to significantly less distress and discomfort in their lives, because they then can follow their own true inclinations and stop the slavish following of unexamined parental views.

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