Essay by Lauren KaplanJunior High, 9th gradeA-, February 1996

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By Lauren Kaplan

Astrology is the study of planetary influences and their affect on the world and

everything in it. Astrology is usually limited to human beings--their nature, and their

affairs, although a chart can be drawn up for just about any event. The horoscope is a

blue print or pattern of the solar system cast for a particular moment of time. It is from

this that the astrologer bases the interpretation or delineation as indicated by the nature

of the sun, moon, and planets.

The natal horoscope is a chart drawn at the moment of birth to see and understand the

nature and makeup of the soul of the newborn as it takes residence in the physical

vehicle or body. The human soul is a focal point of cosmic energy, and the pattern of the

heavens, as charted in the horoscope, is the means the soul comes to know itself and its


Astrology points the way to soul development and growth. The soul's strengths and

weaknesses are noted in the horoscope. Life is an opportunity given to soul for further


Because the heavens are in constant motion, and because this motion is quite ordered

and exact, it is possible to project the positions of the sun, moon, and planets for any

given time. Astrologers use this information to draw-up a horoscope and forecast the

'influences' that will affect the soul at that time. Astrologers usually do not predict

actual events in the future. They can only say what might happen, or could happen, but

not what will happen--much like a weather forecast; although many psychics do make

predictions, and astrology is the tool they use to focus their abilities.

Another common feature of astrology is the comparison of birth charts to ascertain...