Can Astrology Make You Happy?
by Kevin B. Burk
A young woman is walking down the street one night and sees an elderly man on his hands and knees under a street lamp. She asks him what’s wrong, and he tells her that he’s looking for his lost car keys. She offers to help him look. After a few minutes of fruitless searching, the young woman is ready to give up.
“They don’t seem to be here,” she says. “Where did you last have them?”
The old man points down the street and says, “Back there, near my car.”
“If you lost them back there, why are you looking for them here?” she asks.
The old man replies, “Because the light is better.”
It’s an old joke, and you’ve probably heard it before. But there's something about this joke you probably don‘t realize.
This old joke illustrates the Secret of Happiness.
Happiness is what you care about the most in life. You spend your life in the pursuit of happiness. But if you're like most people, you're looking for it in the wrong place. Happiness doesn't live in the outside world (where the light is better) and it's not something you can acquire. Happiness lives inside you, and it's something you experience when you discover the truth about your life.
Kevin B. Burk
Headmaster, The Real Astrology Academy
Kevin B. Burk is the Headmaster of The Real Astrology Academy. Burk has been counseling professionally as an astrologer since 1996, and has clients around the world. He holds an NCGR-IV Certification in Astrological Counseling, and his website, TheRealAstrology.com is one of the premiere astrology resources on the Internet. He is the author of over a dozen books, including Astrology: Understanding the Birth Chart (Llewellyn, 2001) and his latest book, Principles of Practical Natal Astrology: Talented Astrologer Training Book 1
(Serendipity Press, 2015).
Think of your life as a jigsaw puzzle.
You assemble the millions of pieces to reveal the meaning and purpose. The more pieces you fit together, the more your life makes sense and the happier you are. Some of the pieces are personal: they relate to the day-to-day experiences of your life, like your money, your relationships, your job, or your creativity. Other pieces are universal: they relate to bigger, abstract concepts like responsibility, feelings, integrity, faith, or anger.
Every time you connect a personal puzzle piece with a Universal Puzzle Piece, you have a “light bulb moment.” You flip a switch, and suddenly, you see a part of your life differently. You catch a glimpse of the truth of how you, personally fit in the universe—and that truth makes you happy.
You spend your life looking for those light bulb moments, but they're few and far between. They only happen when you find a connection between your personal experience and the universal truth of what it means to be human.
It’s not always obvious how two puzzle pieces fit together. Sometimes you have to try lots of options to find the answer. But that’s the easy part. The hard part is finding two pieces that fit together in the first place.
This is where astrology comes in. Astrology can help you to find a Universal Puzzle Piece and a personal puzzle piece and know in advance that they fit together so you can create a light bulb moment.
On its own, astrology will not make you happy.
Just learning about your birth chart is interesting and entertaining, but if you don't use that information, nothing in your life will change.
Improving your life and creating happiness is a process, not an event.
There's only so much you can absorb from a single consultation with an astrologer. To see any real progress, you have to commit to ongoing work, and that can get very expensive.
You could always take classes and learn how to interpret your chart on your own…but learning the language of astrology just to be able to understand your own chart is like becoming fluent in French just to order off a restaurant menu.
The solution is Personal Practical Astrology
Personal Practical Astrology is a guided journey into your unique birth chart.
It has the benefits of ongoing, individual astrology consultations without the cost, and the advantages of an astrology class, but everything that you learn will apply specifically to you.
But most importantly, Personal Practical Astrology makes it easier for you to have those ”light bulb” moments and experience happiness because it uses your unique birth chart to identify which Universal Puzzle Pieces fit with your personal puzzle pieces.
The seven inner planets are the Universal Puzzle Pieces.
The personal planets symbolize big, abstract, universal concepts that are essential parts of what make you human. The Sun represents integrity and your authentic Self. The Moon represents safety and your Emotional Guidance System. Mercury is your story and your need to understand and communicate. Venus is love and appreciation, and your Core Values. Mars is your ego and your anger. Jupiter represents growth and faith. And Saturn is responsibility and authority.
The twelve houses are the personal puzzle pieces.
The houses in the birth chart represent the different parts of your life. When a planet rules a house, the Universal Puzzle Pieces of the planet connect with the personal puzzle pieces of the house. Everyone has the same basic puzzle pieces, but how the Universal and the personal pieces connect is unique, and based on the date, time, and location of your birth.
For example, everyone has a responsibility puzzle piece. Responsibility is a universal concept, and it’s related to Saturn. The question is how responsibility connects to you, personally. Is responsibility your happiness, your money, your habits and routines, or your foundation? Is your creativity your responsibility? Is responsibility your job? Are other people your responsibility? Is responsibility your debt, your beliefs, your reputation, or your aspirations? Or is responsibility your blind spot?
At least one of these represents your personal connection to responsibility. You can find that connection in your birth chart by identifying the houses that Saturn rules in your chart. These houses represent the areas of your life where you have the most personal, direct, experience of responsibility. When you find the connection between responsibility and that part of your life, you create a light bulb moment. You will see that part of your life more clearly and understand yourself a little bit better. You will also understand responsibility better and you’ll be able to recognize it in other parts of your life and create even more light bulb moments.
At this point, you may be wondering where the signs come in, because the signs are the best-known parts of astrology. The truth may shock you.
The zodiac signs are not practical.
In the language of astrology, the signs are the adjectives and adverbs. The signs tell you how and why a planet expresses, and that’s important, useful information. But when you apply it directly to a planet, it’s not practical because it’s not personal. If you view the chart through the lens of the signs, it will never come into focus. Signs add color to the puzzle pieces, but you can't see color until you turn on the light, and the signs don't create light bulb moments.
For example, my Saturn is in Aries, a Cardinal Fire sign. Even if we consider only one expression of Saturn, like responsibility, trying to interpret Saturn in Aries is a waste of time. When you apply the adjectives and adverbs of Aries to Saturn, it means that I approach my responsibilities (Saturn) in a manner that is aggressive (Fire), passionate (Fire), initiating (Cardinal), and impulsive (Aries). I can’t do anything with that information because it’s too abstract. I don’t have a reference for where it operates in my life, so it’s not personal.
The houses are personal. They represent the specific parts of your life. The sign on the cusp of each house tells you which planet rules that house, and that’s how you find the personal connection to the planet. When a planet rules a house, it is that house.
In my chart, Saturn rules my 8th house. If we stick with responsibility for Saturn, and consider debt as one of the expressions of the 8th house, this means that my debt is my responsibility and my responsibility is my debt. For me, responsibility itself is debt. The minute I made that connection, a light bulb turned on for me. I completely understand where this idea lives in me. I take responsibility—and especially responsibility to other people—very seriously. When I make a commitment to someone, it becomes a debt. It takes on an extra layer of obligation. I know exactly where this lives in me and I can see how it’s played out for me time and again.
Now that I’ve found a personal connection to responsibility, incorporating Aries, the sign of my Saturn becomes practical. I can add the adjectives and adverbs, and it makes sense. The debt of responsibility that I experience is aggressive (Fire), passionate (Fire), initiating (Cardinal), and impulsive (Aries). Aries literally lights my responsibilities on fire. When I have a responsibility, it demands my immediate attention. I can’t put it off. The debt that I owe with that responsibility has to be repaid immediately. I have to put of the fire before I can do anything else.I’ve always been this way, and now, for the first time, I understand why. I couldn’t see it clearly until now because the signs were getting in the way. I have been studying my own chart since 1995, and I’ve never had that kind of insight before.
You can experience this for yourself with Personal Practical Astrology.
Personal Practical Astrology is a guided journey into your unique birth chart. It’s a structured program of self-discovery and personal growth that combines video classes with a comprehensive custom workbook to help you understand and explore your unique birth chart.
Personal Practical Astrology focuses on how the Universal Puzzle Pieces of the planets connect to the personal puzzle pieces of the houses in your chart. Each planet represents two Universal Puzzle Pieces, and each house represents two personal puzzle pieces. This gives you a total of four identity statements for each of the twelve houses in your chart. The workbook explores each of the identity statements in detail.
Personal Practical Astrology is the most comprehensive, most accurate, and most practical exploration of your birth chart you have ever experienced—guaranteed!
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