I remember reading about my star sign in different papers when I was growing up and thinking how general it was. So, while I would read up on my sign from time to time, I wouldn’t take much notice of what I read.
After a while, I soon turned my back on it altogether and saw it as a bit of a joke. This was before I was on the path, and had started reading books on self-development and working through my own pain.
The Birth Chart
I couldn’t accept that my star sign was able to provide an adequate description of who I was or how I would live my life. However, in 2011 I came to see that there was far more to astrology that I had ever realised.
A friend asked me for a few details so he could do my birth chart and, the details he wanted were: my date of birth, time of birth, and place of birth. I soon came to see that this was my full astrological portrait and that my star sign was just one part.
A lot of Information
What I had in front of me was nothing like what I had read about in a paper; it was the difference between a plate of food and a table full of different dishes. I came to see that I had four main signs.
It didn’t stop there though, as there were all the planets and aspects that added even more depth. My mind was like a child in a toy shop; I couldn’t contain myself and I warned to look through everything.
The Big Four
I learnt that my star sign related to how people saw me when they got to know me; my ascendant/rising sign was how people saw me when they met me first the first time; my noon sign was my emotional style and how I responded to things, and my midheaven sign related to my life path. I ended up putting each of these signs into a search engine and going over page and pages of information.
I wanted to find out as much as I could and to see how each sign affected me and the impact it had on the other signs. In the months and years that followed, I spent a lot of time and energy going through my birth chart.
A Powerful Tool
Doing this helped me to learn a lot about myself - I came to see that a lot of what I admired about others was waiting to be developed within me. Furthermore, there was also what I learnt about others.
And although I have spent a lot of time looking through my chart over the years, even to this day I am still learning more. If I had had a closed mind and stood by the view that I had of astrology all those years ago, I would have missed out on a lot of powerful information.
I believe that it is important to have an open mind and to at least give something a try. This doesn’t mean that I have accepted everything I have read and gone along with something just because it paints me in a positive light – far from it.
Also, thinking critically and questioning things will help to minimise the chances of being deceived and developing a big ego in the process. If you would like to look through your own birth chart, this can be done through typing ‘birth chart’ into a search engine.
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Oliver JR Cooper
Oliver JR Cooper
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That which is contained within these articles is based on my own empirical understanding and is true for me at the time they were written. However, as I continue to grow, what I perceive as the truth will inevitably change and as a result of this - parts of these articles may not reflect my current outlook.