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5 Bodies of Knowledge Useful for Aspiring Astrologers

Updated on January 28, 2020
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Shaloo Walia is an astrologer and tarot reader. She is an Art of Living teacher and also an ardent Krishna devotee and a follower of ISKCON.

Astrology has been around for centuries. Man has always looked to the stars for divine guidance. Astrology is a fascinating subject which requires in depth study. It's a combination of statistical analysis, psychology and myth. Astrology provides us with a greater sense of inner knowledge & understanding and thus can be used as a tool to improve oneself.

Astrology is the study of the positions and relationships of the sun, moon, stars, and planets in order to judge their influence on human actions.

To become an astrologer, you must not only understand what it is but also encompass bodies of knowledge to help master this craft.

Physicist and Astrologist, Alois Treindl, believes that Western Astrology is “more an art than a science; a body of knowledge collected over thousands of years through experience.” So, to be an astrologer, you need to study deeper into what astrology is.

Astrology is a combination of mythology, history, psychology, astronomy, geometry, and more. All of these will contribute to making you a successful astrologer, and you can make the most out of your knowledge of these different areas.

The following list will tell you the different bodies of knowledge you should know to be on the astrologist path.

1. Knowledge of the History of Astrology

In anything you do, knowing its history is the first step in understanding what it is you want to do and how to approach it. An obvious body of knowledge necessary to prepare you to become an astrologer is knowing the origin and evolution of Astrology.

Studying how Astrology has evolved is a great way to share what you know with others and will help develop your skills further in this field.

Astrology is assured of recognition from psychology, without further restrictions, because astrology represents the summation of all the psychological knowledge of antiquity.

— C.G. Jung

2. Knowledge of Psychology

You might not yet be aware, but did you know that Psychology can be considered the elder sister of Astrology? Psychology studies the mind and behavior of a person, while Astrology has numerous branches of psychology.

From astrology, you will find more about a person than what they already know about themselves. There are also beliefs that everything happens for a reason.

Psychology and Astrology both read into the behavior and environment of a person and will give you a head start in becoming an astrologer.

3. Knowledge of Mathematics

Astrology consists of charts, which uses mathematics. Based on the Zodiac, there are twelve charts because the Earth spins 12 times around one full orbit of the sun. In total, it spins 360 times.

To study the reason behind why we have 12 months on our calendar, it’s useful to have a background in mathematics. You’ll see how the future is determined based on the position of the planets, stars, and the Sun.

You’ll also learn about Trigonometry in Mathematics, which can help in determining the positions of the planet.

4. Knowledge of Metaphysics

You’ll find that Metaphysics is linked to characterizing the universe and describing the traits of reality. Combining Astrology and Metaphysics gives you an understanding of human evolution and behavior. Astrology studies planets, while metaphysics studies the concepts like being, knowing the identity, time, and space.

5. Knowledge of Astronomy

Knowing Astronomy can help you with being an astrologer. Astronomy studies everything from celestial bodies to stars, asteroids, galaxies, and planets. It uses theories and observations, which can help when further expanding your knowledge and understanding of astrology. Meanwhile, Astrology focuses on the positions of the stars and planets. They find relations between the movements of planets with the behavior on earth. In fact, basics of astronomy are taught when one begins learning astrology.

Astrology can provide insight, knowledge and a willingness to embrace our best selves.

Although there are many things you should learn about before becoming an astrologer, expanding your knowledge about any field is a great way to accomplish your goals.

Astrology is something worth studying and learning about. It can help you understand why things exist and why things work the way they do based on the positioning of the planets. It offers everyone insight into who they are and what they will become through the study of their birth chart.

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This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2020 Shaloo Walia


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      18 months ago

      To me, astrology is nothing more, nothing less than a form of divination. The root divine relates back to the original purpose of the practice, literally: To know the mind of god.


      For thousands of years mankind has been gazing into the night sky and asking at the same time, 'What is this world?' and 'Why am I here, and why do I need suffer from the loss that has occurred?'


      In the process of gazing up, the familiar patterns of the constellations were noticed to be moving thru the night sky, and then there were those 'wandering stars,' the objects we call the planets of our solar system. Those who studied the stars became familiar with the association between the changing sky maps and the changing of earth's seasons from spring, to summer, to fall and to winter; and then repeating the pattern all over again. They began to create stories - myths that explained the nature of the sky, the earth, and the birth or death of a child.


      For thousands of years man projected the contents of the human psyche onto the stars and passed those stories along to those who came after. The stories grew and became a compendium of collective knowledge, wisdom that explains the patterns whereby those born in cold months of the year behaved differently from those born in the Spring. This, I believe, is what grants an astrological chart the ability to apparently predict who we are, what we do, and what will happen to us.


      The stars and planets have no appreciable effect on events that occur on the surface of the earth. What a chart does is present us with a map that encompasses our lives and the kinds of impulses by which we choose to interact with the world and those around us. It's a blank slate filled with symbols whose possible permutations and interconnections are infinite. A map too complex for the human mind to comprehend.


      What do we do when we reach the end of a rope? When life become too complicated for us to deal with? Ancient myths tell us it is sometimes best to let go. When we're at our wit's end, that's when the Universe sends small creatures, spirit guides, and incredibly fortuitous happenings to show us the way out - to supply that which we need.


      And so it is with astrology, when we can no longer comprehend with our mind what the damned thing is trying to tell us, when we give up and let go, that's when our unconscious mind can speak to us. That is, after all, the source from whence the wisdom contained within came from in the first place. In those moments the mind of god reveals itself to us, reminding us how fragile, how mortal, how insignificant our individual lives are, and how important it is for us to humbly treat each other with kindness and understanding and compassion.

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      Shaloo Walia 

      18 months ago from India

      You're welcome, Raymond.

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      Raymond Philippe 

      18 months ago from The Netherlands

      Lovely read. I must confess I didn’t know much about the subject. Thanks for sharing.

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      Shaloo Walia 

      18 months ago from India

      Astrology is indeed very interesting, Devika.

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      Shaloo Walia 

      18 months ago from India

      You're welcome, Umesh ji.

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      Devika Primić 

      18 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      A fascinating subject that I do have great interest in. This information is new to me.

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      Umesh Chandra Bhatt 

      18 months ago from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India

      Useful tips and guidance. Thanks.

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      Shaloo Walia 

      18 months ago from India

      Thanks Eric.

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      Shaloo Walia 

      18 months ago from India

      @Bill You are amazing at your craft.

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      Eric Dierker 

      18 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      This is really educational. I often wonder why we say "he is going up to heaven". I am a devout Christian. And I believe God arranged the stars to help us arrange out lives.

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      Bill Holland 

      18 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I'm afraid all I have time for is being an aspiring writer, but great information.

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      Shaloo Walia 

      18 months ago from India

      Thank you Lorna. Linda Goodman's Sun Signs and Love Signs are my favorites.

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      Lorna Lamon 

      18 months ago

      As a psychologist I was fascinated to learn that psychology can be considered the elder sister of Astrology. A friend gave me a book once called "Linda Goodman's Sun Signs", and I still refer to it. A great article Shaloo and a very enjoyable and enlightening read.


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