The study of the positions and aspects of heavenly bodies and how they affect human life, came to be known as astrology. The word comes from astra, the Latin word for stars, and logos, which relates to logic and words. It means speaking the language of the stars. Astrology does not constitute a worship of the stars as some uninformed people might believe. That would be analogous to saying biologists worship the frogs that they dissect! Astrology consists of a study, not a worship.
In reality, astrology is an interpretive fine art based upon the science of astronomy. It consists of correlating celestial cycles (and positions) with terrestrial events and experiences. Nostradamus may have used "Horary" astrology, as well as "Judicial" astrology.
Simply stated, at the moment of your birth the planets were at a place and time that they will never ocupy again. This "moment in time" at your birth is where astrologers begin your personal natal chart. A natal chart can be made for any person or object, (i.e., airplanes, houses, cars, etc.). Even intangible things like nations, and political movements, can have charts cast for them if an exact time and place of birth (or creation) can be determined.
The Twelve Initiations of Love
(excerpted from Linda Goodman's Love Signs Vol. 1
Harper & Row Publishers, N.Y.C., 1978)
In each of the following experiences, man or woman is fully capable of giving and teaching others the first quality, but for the personality to learn the second quality is a struggle.
When one's understanding of this second quality equals that of the first, he or she has achieved mastery of a particular sun sign. The soul must pass more than once through the first six Initiations of love as :
ARIES the infant -- I am -- to teach that love is innocence and learn that love is trust.
TAURUS the baby -- I have -- to teach that love is patience and learn that love is forgiveness.
GEMINI the child -- I think -- to teach that love is awareness and learn that love is feeling.
CANCER the adolescent -- I feel -- to teach that love is devotion and love is freedom.
LEO the teenager -- I will -- to teach that love is ecstasy and learn that love is humility.
VIRGO the adult -- I analyze -- to teach that love is pure and learn that love is fulfillment.
After achieving emotional maturity in these first six stages of development, man and woman must then pass through loves Final Six Initiations, (more than once) to discover its deeper spiritual meaning in:
LIBRA marriage -- I am -- to teach that love is beauty and learn that love is harmony.
SCORPIO sex -- I desire -- to teach that love is passion and learn that love is surrender.
SAGITTARIUS knowledge -- I see -- to teach that love is honesty and learn that love is loyalty.
CAPRICORN experience -- I use -- to teach that love is wisdom and love that is unselfish.
AQUARIUS idealism -- I know -- to teach that love is tolerance and learn that love is Oneness.
PISCES submission -- I believe -- to teach that love is compassion and learn that love is All.