An interview with Astrologer Rudolf Megert

November 12 2011, i was asked a number of questions in relation to understanding what Astrology is, where it originates from and what it can do for people etc.
The astrological questions are in dark blue
The astrological answers in regular black below each question.
 1. What is the history and the develpoment behind astrology?
I am not to greatly educated into this segment. Sure is astrology has been practiced for some several thousands of years. I would simply assume that back then people where much much more exposed to the forces of nature than we are in our modern protected world today, and so they must have sensed that there is an influence of constellations and energies reaching between the planets in our solar system that has an impact on events on this planet, and they started to observe, think and analyse events in correlation with positions planets are in, and that must have evolved slowly over the hundreds and thousands of years since.

 2. How does astrology work and what does it mean?In a nutshell astrology is the psychology of our planetary system (solar system - if you want to use "psychology" as a measurement for energies interacting).
If this graphic http://useroo.byethost7.com/ tells you a bit more you understand that each of the planets in our solar system (and i still count Pluto as a "planet" in terms of a viable source of energies that needs to be present in any chart) has it's specific energies
Sun = central power unit
Mercury = intellect and exchange thereof
Venus = feminism
Earth / MOON = motherhood
Mars = male power
Jupiter = expanding, community
Saturn = controlling
Uranus = electrifying inventions
Neptune = spiritual insights
Pluto = focus
What astronomers measure (using the Zodiac) is where (seen from Earth) the planets are positioned and at what speed they progress (see any Ephemeries book on those numbers) - while astrologers check A: for aspects between any and all of the planets (no aspects between none of the planets, rare, would mean a totally neutral, no events period of time, neither positive nor negative).
Aspects are divided into:
Positive = Hexagon, Trine, Pentagon
Negative = Square, Opposition
Either of above, depending on the planets involved = Conjunction
Such planet constellations are read as you see at http://astrologyblog.wordpress.com/
for global quality of time interpretations.For individual charts a persons precise time of birth plus the global position (longitude / latitude) are added into the mix, resulting in charts with a thing called the system of houses (of which the Ascendant is the most known tip of the 1st house). Those the system of houses ads a second layer of 12 segments, similar to the zodiac but rarely ever in exact 30° sections, that puts each of the planets into a specific house. Interpreting "planets in the houses" is the core thing for any personal chart.
A full interpretation of a personal chart therefor consists of:
1. planets  at their exact degree position (each of the 360 degrees of the zodiac has it's very own meaning, check some of that at klap.pe.hu/scientific-astrological-advice/astrologybook chapter 8!
2. planets in the houses
3. aspects between the planets and to the houses Asc. / Desc as well as MC / IC
4. (many ignore this important part, never do i) CURRENT planet positions.

3. How is astrology practiced diffrently around the world?Wow, there sure are differences! Indians have a thing called Vedic Astrology, than there is the well known, easy to use and understand Chinese Astrology, Native Americans have their own, i think called Bear Wheel or something the like, and, of course, we have the Western style Astrology which i mainly use because it is typical European intellectual stuff that goes into extensive detail and can be used to really pin point events to half a day or closer precision and is therefore the only thing i can consider "scientific accurate".The general basics of all of them are similar, it's only cultural backgrounds that make some a tad more simple or way more philosophical than strictly practical and sober.

4. How does astrology influence diffrent cultures?It doesn't make a distinction in terms of culture! Astrology affects either an individual being or the planet as a whole. Example: http://astrologyblog.wordpress.com/shows you how general planet constellations affect the quality of time overall, for all, never mind what culture or global location. However, a bad time in general (for all) can still be a totally great time for many individuals as a current planet constellation may be totally positive to their personal charts planets positions. The only difference in terms of cultures would be that different cultures will deal with the currents differently.
 5. What got you into astrology? My then girlfriend, back in 1985, we had a bet going on what star sign Brigitte Bardot was. I lost the bet, but i begun to look into astrology books more closely since than, my local library (City of Basel in Switzerland) was extremely well stocked with intelligent books on astrology, and i learned quickly that there is a big difference between what is fact and what superstition in this metier.
 6. What can people find out by using astrology? 1. Who they are and what they can expect out of their life 2. What quality of time lays ahead of them, 1 day, 1 month or 10 years ahead, wise to plan ahead of time, no matter what the goals are.3. What is the interaction between themselves and their place of living (very important). 4. What is the interaction between themselves and their partners or any family member, co-worker, team mate etc.
 7. How can astrology be useful to us? That is explained in various answers above already.
 8. How do you practice astrology? You start out calculating (or get it calculated) your personal chart on place of birth. Once you fully studied that you use it as jump board for: A: (see question 6, answer 2) use it to make sure you know in advance when your time is up to successfully go for whatever the goal is - or when to keep a low profile and just be complacent. B: (see also question 6, answer 3) use it to make sure you life at a place that brings the best out of you!
9. What got you intrested in astrology? (see answer 5)
10.  How do horoscopes and zodiacs relate to astrology?The Zodiac is commonly used by institutions like NASA etc. to calculate planet positions.To astrologers the Zodiac means 12 segements dividing the year in general, but to myself it is actually more than just 12 segments, see http://klap.pe.hu/scientific-astrological-advice/astrologybook/index.html  chapter 11! 12 months and 5 seasons so to speak. A horoscope there after just uses the Zodiac as the baseboard for the correct plant position and eventually the system of houses drawn on to it.
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