Knowing astrology is similar to knowing a new language. There are weird symbols and words like Jupiter, trine, Capricorn, and so on. Studying astrology means studying the letters of this new alphabet. You must learn to put them together as words, phrases and sentences. And when you have the ability to look at a birth chart and see various sentences joined together, then you are about to fully understand that birth chart at its heart.
However, behind beyond this structural appreciation is a deeper plane that makes up the nucleus of astrology: your philosophy. Yes, your own world view or personal philosophy will shape your understanding of astrology, and the way you use Saturn Transit 2017 2018.
Fatalism is one approach to astrology that is very traditional and fate-centric. Everything is taken as predestined, and the fundamental belief is that we do not have the freedom to choose and control our own lives. Astrologers who adopt this approach are those who predict specific events and give advice to people on how to live their lives best.
By comparison, humanism is a more contemporary and choice-centric astrology approach Rahu in Cancer and Ketu in Capricorn. The belief is that there is a creative force in every one of us that seeks expression. This world view therefore acknowledges us as co-creators of our own fate.
It is not a fight between free will and destiny, but rather a tandem of the two. The birth chart is seen as a tool that can help us to know ourselves better, identify our strong and weak points, and ultimately to transform ourselves into self-harmonious beings.
Humanistic astrologers say that the purpose of the birth chart is to enable us to understand ourselves more so that we can see and express our highest potential the best way we can. We must correct the the problem areas identified by the chart until we are able to fully transcend them. This means that we should not take our problems as destiny, but we should use our awareness of them to defeat them and most importantly, to learn from them.
For some humanistic astrologers, karma and reincarnation are very strong and powerful concepts. According to the philosophy of reincarnation, we all have a spiritual essence or soul that continues on after our death, and incarnates in various physical bodies in various lives. The purpose is to gives us the opportunity to learn different lessons by experience, and to slowly achieve perfection or wholeness.
Karma says that our own actions are our own responsibility. Anything we do returns to us. These things describe the ancient doctrine of karma. However, we are not obliged to believe in karma or reincarnation. This exact same concept can be explained through biological or genetic predisposition.