A Short Treatise on Astrology's Purpose
Astrology is a valid study.
There is a story about this, from Gurdjieff.
He was walking, with four of his students, and one
of them began to speak to him about
astrology, asking him to explain if it was real or not.
Gurdjieff explained: all of these were conditioned responses, the conditioning of each of the four students, their past circumstances and present conditions as they were walking was what led each of them to act or fail to act in the way they had.
Astrology is the ability to examine, through symbols, the underlying natures of an individual's conditioning.
When one is initiated, and thus capable of transforming and transcending one's conditionings, it is then Esoteric (rather than Exoteric) astrology that comes into play, and astrology becomes a tool to help one transcend the nature of one's conditionings through understanding what techniques and practices can help one to overcome the limitations set by your background.
Note that in neither case does astrology have
anything to do with the literal planets.
The other consideration of astrology is that the
more advanced one is as a mystic, the less useful astrology becomes as
a predictive tool.
Thus, Maria, while I feel it is excellent for you
to work with astrology, it is important for you to consider
its context ideally, you should be using astrology to understand your
own conditionings, and how you relate to others and their
But astrology is of no use in comprehending the
nature or actions of masters.
For any who are interested in studying more of
this, I recommend the following books:
For esoteric astrology (the astrology of initiates):