What is Astrology? Introduction Speech

General Purpose: To inform my audience

Specific Purpose: To inform my audience of Astrology

Central Idea: To inform my audience of the horoscope, the Natal chart, and the definition of Astrology.

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Introduction: “As above, So below” The elements of the universe make a human form, the ego, giving a map to enlightenment.

Internal Preview: Gain knowledge on what is known to be astrology and what astrology may be.

Main Point I Inform the audience of the daily horoscope and how it was established.

  1. In the article, Sun sign columns History, validity, and an armchair invitation, by Geoffrey Dean explains that popular forecasts took off in August of 1930 in the London Sudden Express.
  2. British astrologer named H.R. Naylor published an article interpreting princess Margaret’s chart shortly after her birth.
  3. The article gained fame and Naylor began offering a weekly column using the Sun sign as the main factor.
  4. In 1984, In the United States the Committee for the Scientific Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal began a campaign against sun sign columns, urging the U.S columns and magazines to label a disclaimer to their columns stating that they were for entertainment purposes only and had no basis in fact.
  5. By 1976, 1200 U.S newspapers adopted the disclaimer, with rising numbers of newspapers following the lead.

Transition: Astrology has many aspects in an individual’s chart.

Main Point II Inform the audience of Astrology and the Natal Chart.

  1. In the book, Traditional Astrology For Today An Introduction, Benjamin Dykes explains that our actions and choices are casually affected by our physiology and character which can be understood astronomically. Dykes states that planetary conditions reflect real affairs in life.
  2. In the book, Horoscope Symbols, Robert Hand explains exactly how a Chart is interpreted.
  3. Astrology is the symbolic value of the human psyche. Astrology shows who we are inside, how we react to external events; Astrology is a study of the whole human life and everything concerning.
  4. The horoscope is not fortune telling, but who we are and what shape we are going to give to one’s life.
  5. There are psychological, spiritual and metaphysical energies in every aspect of our lives. Astrology is sharing these energies with the universe that ties us to it, gaining unity, ensuring we are at home in it.
  6. Hand describes the horoscope is an individual through symbols:
  7. The most-used categories are:
  8. The points in the chart
  9. The planets including the Sun and Moon are formatted in degrees on a chart. As planets move at different speeds, as do their placements on a chart, in the form of degrees.
  10. The planets signifying energies as they are experienced.
  11. The angular relationships
  12. The horoscope is usually represented as a circle with the individual as the center.
  13. The planets and angles ranged around the circumference.
  14. The angles signify the planets in relationship to one another.
  15. The zodiacal position
  16. Is the measurement in progress of the planet through the zodiac as opposed to their actual position in the sky.
  17. The Sun on the chart is a clear indicator of the time of year.
  18. Signs assist or inhibit the expression of the planet’s energy, but the energy is ultimately unchangeable.
  19. Signs signify behavioral quirks that give a person a great deal of individuality.
  20. The mundane positions
  21. The houses representing areas in life where planetary energies can manifest.
  22. Houses represent compartments of self, the psyche, and the environment as it is acted upon and experienced.

Transition: But what is astrology?

Main Point III Inform the audience of what astrology may be.

  1. In the pdf, Astrology and the Social Sciences: Looking inside the black box of astrology theory, Ken McRitchie examines the definition of astrology, “It should be supposed in astrology that, as part of the design economy of nature, events within a microcosmic environment, such as the life circumstances of an individual, mirror in consistently understandable ways the events within a symmetrically related macrocosmic environment, such as the celestial environment surrounding the individual.
  2. It is the symmetry, based on the man-made world and the universe.
  3. One boundary, the behavioral circumstances in life. The other boundary is the cycles of planetary environment surrounding an individual.
  4. These boundaries are suggested by the ancient hermetic maxim, “As above, So below”.
  5. The modern cosmic symmetry.
  6. Within fractal geometries that iterate at different microscopic and macroscopic scales.

Conclusion: A quickening of planetary action, is the genius of the natural man. Every individual has their own intents, astrology gives the knowledge of order in all walks of life.

(c) 2019, Andrea R. Rice, All Rights Reserved.

References:

Dean, G., & Mather, A. (n.d.). Sun sign columns History, validity, and an armchair invitation. In www.astrology-and-science.com .Retrieved from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/R._H._Naylor https://web.archive.org/web/20070105015345/http://rudolfhsmit.nl/s-hist2.htm

Hand, R. (1981). Horoscope Symbols (pp. 1-33). Atglen, PA: A Division of Schiffer Publishing.

Dykes, B. (2011). Traditional Astrology For Today An Introduction (pp. 1-29). Minneapolis, MN: Cazimi Press.

McRitchie, K. (2006). Astrology and the Social Sciences: Looking inside the black box of astrology theory. Correlation, 24(1), 5-20. www.theoryofastrology.com/black_box/correlation24-1-mcritchie.pdf

2 thoughts on “What is Astrology? Introduction Speech

  1. Hints to the Ancient Wisdom. says:

    One main doubt and an interesting piece to search if you do not know. Our horoscope is cast at the time of our birth. A) How do you define the time of birth – like when the baby comes out or when it’s head comes out or when it cries or what? B) is not the life actually formed when fertilisation happens? So, should not the planetary positions at time of fertilisation be actually cast as horoscope? C) Also, does these planetary influences depend on the zodiac (signs)? If yes, then do they change with time, as zodiac changes with time (universe expands and hence changes the shape of background signs over time)

    • ourdaydream18 says:

      One main doubt and an interesting piece to search if you do not know. Our horoscope is cast at the time of our birth. A) How do you define the time of birth – like when the baby comes out or when it’s head comes out or when it cries or what? B) is not the life actually formed when fertilisation happens? So, should not the planetary positions at time of fertilisation be actually cast as horoscope?

      There are many processes that take place, from the time of conception (fertilization), to the time of birth and a child’s first breath of life. I will sum up my knowledge on this, from nursing school. Fertilization is the union of the nuclei of the egg and the sperm. When the union is brought to completion, you are then a zygote, continuing a process from zygote to blastocyst. After the blastocyst process, you then become an embryo. The embryotic period, is when the extraembryonic membranes form, the placenta, and all of the organ systems of the body. Concluding, the embryotic period your new name is fetus. The fetal period: is primarily a time of growth, and maturation, your organs and body parts wrap up their development into functioning organs and body parts. This process taking around 9 months, you gain the delivery; at which point the umbilical cord is cut, and God produces a human life. We are not human, while the reproductive process takes place, hence, if premature, we would not have life, or we would need support sustaining life.

      C) Also, does these planetary influences depend on the zodiac (signs)?

      The planetary influence, I believe is explained by Hermetic Law; “As above, So below”. As we gain our first breath of life, we gain the aspects of that particular moment in time. The zodiacal position (signs), is the measurement of progress of a plant as apposed to there actual position in the sky. Basically, the natal chart is the equivalent of a year and 15 degree’s is the equivalent of 24 hours. The planetary influence, is not primarily based of the zodiac, there are many aspects wrapped up into the knowledge that is gained from a natal chart. Each sign does have an energy given to each planet, as element, mode and polarity.

      If yes, then do they change with time, as zodiac changes with time (universe expands and hence changes the shape of background signs over time)

      There is an ephemeris, Astrologers use as a tool. Which predicts, the planetary degrees for each day. So a natal chart is based on true time calculations. There are two forms of the natal chart: 1. The tropical and 2. The sidereal. Tropical is western based (geocentric), sidereal is astronomy based, there are Astrologers that use the sidereal based. I have no education as far as sidereal, besides astronomy based.
      I hope that I satisfied all your questions, thank you for your interest!

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