This is a post about the type of astrology that M. Kirby Moore practices and teaches. It also explains a bit about karmic astrology and the diverse manifestations of aspects depending on individuals’ unique frequencies.
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Recently I was speaking with a colleague who claimed he had been studying astrology for a number of years, yet he seemed to have little understanding of this concept (see the title). So the theory goes: astrology charts have about 24 primary components (10 planets, 12 houses, 2 Nodes to keep it as simple as possible) and if you consider the major aspects, maybe there are several thousand combinations (keep in mind that everyone’s chart is uniquely different, but what I am saying is that our charts are not that different overall – we all have Scorpio and every other sign somewhere in our charts, guaranteed).
Therefore, when we see two charts that are fairly similar (for instance, maybe both people have Leo Rising, Sun in the Eighth House, Neptune in the 5th, Uranus in the 4th plus several other strong similarities), how is it that these people – say they are both men – why do these men lead such different and varied lifestyles? Maybe one is a comtemplative, introverted Buddhist Monk and the other is a passionate, extroverted drama professor? My answer to this question is that we are all at varying frequencies: our individual karma, the choices we make, our conduct each go into determining how our astrology manifests. To explain further…
Our karma is definitely unique, manifesting and ripening according to windows which can be viewed through the lens of an astrology chart. And of course, there is conditional karma – even if our astrology chart looks as golden and auspicious as possible, if we go rock climbing without a rope, there is a good chance something terrible could happen. And at the same time, even if our chart looks incredibly burdensome and challenging, changing our habits and improving our conduct, being of service can lead to a rewarding and beautiful life nonetheless! The choices we make determine our present and future frequency, you could say that the choices we make and the habits that we feed determine how intensely our positive and negative karma ripen. If someone is in a three-year retreat, isolated and only have contact with highly realized retreat-masters, do you think that “nasty” Pluto / Mars / Saturn conjunction is going to manifest in a physical way? Perhaps. More likely though, the person might go through a few weeks of headaches and other minor aches and pains rather than something really serious. They may have signs that they are purifying something intense as their dreams or meditation may change significantly during that time. But what do I know? Having never done a 3 year retreat…
What I am trying to get across however is simply that each major or minor aspect of Western astrology has numerous manifestations. Sometimes people feel the slightest of perturbations involving their progressed Moons where as nearly everyone is going to notice a combination like I mention above (Pluto, Mars, Saturn) especially if the conjunction falls on a 90 degree midpoint – indicating a Hard Aspect is occurring with a natal planet.
So when I say I practice frequency-based, choice-centered astrology, it means I must get to know someone a bit to see where they are on several “spectrums of evolution.” What I mean by this is: how emotionally intelligent are they? (how well do they know themselves emotionally?) does the person meditate? If so, what is their practice – TM, Zen, Hindu, Tibetan, etc? Are they married? Do they have a kind heart? These questions are vitally important to answer before you try to interpret someone’s birth chart. Because Adolf Hitler had some really trying aspects in his chart and we know what he did with them, while Gandhi had one of the most trying aspects of all – the fixed grand cross – and yet in spite of this, he is one of the most well-known peace-builders of this era… So you must know someone’s frequency before you can try to interpret their chart. For this reason, the type-in-your-birth-info-web-sites fail. This is why fortune-tellers are scorned and why the “horoscope” in the newspaper gives astrology such a bad name.
What I would recommend instead is to see someone who is mentally agile enough to think on the fly, dynamic enough to take into consideration everything I mentioned above. To answer questions based on what the client is going through rather than a 2 plus 2 HAS TO equal 4 kind of philosophy (e.g. Uranus transiting Sun has to equal BLANK). Make sure the astrologer resonates with dynamic predictions or frequency-based astrology. If they try to give you a black and white version – it means they are either amateurs or they have not learned about frequencies or that they don’t have the capacity to do so yet.
So get your run-of-the-mill predictions if you want, but don’t expect everything to be accurate or specific or incorporating psycho-spiritual possibilities. Of course it is good to support up-and-coming-astrologers don’t get me wrong! But do be aware that there are professionals out there who have done significant personal-growth work on themselves, have seen many varying frequencies (manifestations) of life and who blend numerous modalities and understandings to approach many different types of clients in a skillful, practical manner.