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For those seeking self development, there are many systems which help them to attain certain advantages. Astrology is one such system. There are several advantages in studying astrology: Here are some of them:
Astrology uses a small number of basic principles, that it combines into meaningful messages based on reading certain information based on astronomical information.
The role of astrology in "fortune telling" and understanding the personality and interactions of people is only a very very small part of astrology and the value of astrology. Although this is important, it can eclipse the value of the knowledge and skills in astrology, which may be more important.
In essence, astrology involves combining a small (relatively) number of concepts to create meaningful information and knowledge. According to astrology, the planetary forces act in a certain way depending on the sign they are in and operate in a certain area of life and experience, depending on the Houses they are placed in.
For example, the planetary force represented by Jupiter, is modified by the sign in which Jupiter is placed, and it has its main effects depending on the house it is placed in.
In this approach, a "keyword system" is used, to speed up learning and create an outline of the knowledge. The idea is that for some people, and not all, learning the keywords and using this knowledge to read further about astrology, they can quickly gain the knowledge of astrology.
It is useful to compare the words delineation and synthesis in interpretation. It is relatively easy to calculate a chart. It can be taught quickly. It is not too hard to delineate a chart, either. Delineation means giving a meaning to each planet, house, sign, aspect, etc. It is translating a specific piece of information in the chart, such as a planet in a house, into something meaningful. Delineation can be done, even by a computer, even if it is a bit contradictory!
However, synthesis is another kettle of fish. Synthesis is the process of interpreting the chart as a whole. It is the weaving together of the strands (delineations) into a coherent whole. There are aids to synthesis, such as identifying chart patterns, or counting the planets in the elements, qualities, etc. In this way, you might identify the ruling planet in the chart (although sometimes there isn't a clear ruling planet) and interpreting the delineations in the chart in terms of this. Part of synthesis is looking for supporting information in the chart.
The astrologer doesn't always read a delineation, such as a meaning of Venus in Gemini, such as "beautiful communications", without also finding a supporting delineation elsewhere in the chart. That is, the different parts need to be related to and compared with each other in synthesis.
Perhaps the best way to learn synthesis is to study charts of yourself, friends and famous people, about which a lot is known so you can compare what is known with what you read in the chart. It is important to know something about the famous person though.
Many famous people, such as Louis Pasteur, had Neptune in Capricorn, which gives a practical down-to-earth imagination. However, so did Lewis Carroll, who is famous for writing Alice In Wornderland, and Alice Through The Looking Glass. Carroll had Sagittarius on the cusp of his first house, making him seem more like a professor than a children's writer. And Jupiter, the ruler of Sagittarius, was in the third house, expansive writing?, and in Aquarius, which rules the bizarre, but, like Mercury, Aquarius also rules mathematics. Now here's the secret: Charles Dodgeson (27 January, 1832, at 3:45 am) wrote under the pseudonym Lewis Carroll.
Really, he was an Oxford Mathematics Don. While he is immensely famous as a children's writer, he also wrote many mathematics books. Even the Alice books, which contain apparent nonsense, contain actually solveable mathematical problems.