"ASTROLOGY
AND ITS
RANGE OF INFLUENCE"
A "Personality Profile" is a description about what you are at your most personal level,
describing your feelings, attitudes, and modus-operandi in all areas of your life.  It is possible
to circumvent them, but only at a great cost.  Many cultural and social expectations demand
some self-denial which is in some cases necessary and in others, a mistake.  It is important to
be clear about when you can safely compromise your values for the sake of cultural cohesion
and when it would cause great personal suffering.  A reading can clarify these issues
exceptionally well.

The influences which describe the past, present, and future, (called "transits"), do not describe
what has happened or what will happen; they describe what you would like to do, feel
compelled to do, and what would be best for you, whether you know what is best or not.  You
have the ability to do anything at anytime; free will always is the primary, overriding factor
which works for or against you.  In other words, you have just as much ability to choose the
wrong course of action as the right one.

Astrology does not seek to predict what is and what will be; it offers advice about what could
be.  It only offers suggestions about how to make your desires, needs, and ideas real.  It
educates about the possibilities inherent in all areas of concern revealing ideas, concepts, and
specific information which will enable you to proceed in a far more effective manner than
would otherwise be possible.

Those who are afraid of change, who avoid psychological and spiritual growth because it can
be painful, who seek the comfortable rut of security, and who play stereotypical, politically
correct, socially approved roles will find a reading a bit disturbing.  You are first and foremost
an individual and therefore unique.  You are responsible for your destiny.  Astrology teaches
these principles and that to live is to risk.  The search for our true selves, finding and following
the road to psychological and spiritual growth, can be dangerous and frightening because it
demands serious scrutiny, unfailing self-analysis, and honesty.  However, it can be equally
exciting.  There are many roads to enlightenment and all demand being conscious and
engaged in the life process.  Astrology is one of many ways to achieve this.

There are a number of things that cannot be seen in the chart.  For example: If you were to
have"good" influences and choose to indulge in addictive, self-destructive behavior patterns
and then lie to  the Grand Jury about it, you will not have a good time.  If you are having
"good" influences and step in front of a moving truck, you will not have a good time.  Staying
conscious of moving vehicles is a choice.  These things cannot be seen in the chart because it
is possible to choose to behave in ways that can undermine your potential.  Free will is a very
powerful thing.  The point is to use some common sense when interpreting your reading.  If
you put yourself in a situation where there is no hope of improvement, where others call the
shots personally and/or professionally, then the planets are not going to make things change or
get better.  You must act.  You must remove yourself from oppressive situations so that you
can exercise free will.

For some, astrology gives invaluable and profound insight into why things happen the way they
do, providing a philosophy or a way to think about each situation and circumstance
encountered.  For others, it provides validation and positive reinforcement of their convictions
and ideas.  Sometimes the information and perspectives given are not what the individual
wants or expects to hear.  However, it is never fatalistic or unrealistic.  It is only a certain type
of information; the purpose being to make you think and encourage direct participation in
dealing with life's opportunities and dilemmas; the goal being psychological insight and spiritual
growth.

Astrology sees you separate and distinct from all cultural and societal expectations.  It sees
you as a unique and special "Child of God", full of potential and afraid of nothing.

You are the center of your universe.  Your personality, consciousness, and soul unfolds, grows
and changes just as the universe does.  It is a direct response to the events and circumstances
encountered in the material world.  Your personality constantly expands and evolves because it
is a reflection of the universal process.  Change is necessary and unavoidable.  To evade this,
to live a routine, secure, safe, and therefore unchallenged existence, is to try to avoid what life
is.  You live in the world and are an essential part of it.  For the universe to evolve, and indeed,
for y
ou to evolve, participation in all that life can be is essential.  It is an everyday, lifelong
search and discovery of what your personal driving and guiding principles are, and need to be.  
It requires a willingness to take positive and direct action, and participation in the process of
changing your life.  In the matters discussed, you have an abundance of free will and are
constantly encouraged to exercise it.  It is an important responsibility.

The birth chart is best thought of as a map of the territory ahead, not the territory itself.  You
must choose how to traverse the terrain ahead.  In any long journey there will be detours and
delays, excitement and wonder, boredom and fatigue, happiness and fulfillment; living life must
be a passionate endeavor.  It must be pursued with direct and decisive action.

No guts, no glory.

Darrell Steen, P.M.A.F.A.

Copyright, January 15th, 1994, September 4th, 1998, & March 1st, 2009
 
                 
darrellsteen@darrellsteenastrology.com
This is a photo of Supernova Remnant N132D in the Large Magellanic Clouds, showing Bok Globules that are within our own Milky Way
Galaxy.  This cosmic dust is a concentration of the same elements that are responsible for the formation of stars and galaxies that are
found throughout the universe.  These opaque knots of gas and dust are called "Bok globules".  They are absorbing light in the
center of the nearby emission nebula and star-forming region NGC 281.  The globules are named after astronomer Bart Bok, who
proposed their existence in the 1940's.  These globules are gravitationally bound and if they can capture sufficient materials, can form
stars, although some will dissipate before this occurs.  These globules are silhouetted against the luminous pink hydrogen gas
emitted by the nebula.  Although they appear beautifully serene, they are harshly and violently being stripped apart from the outside
by the environment being created by the nearby massive stars and their immense stellar winds.  It is located nearly 9500 light-years
away in the direction of the constellation Cassiopeia.
                                                        One light-year = traveling @ 186,000 miles per second,
                                                             x 60 seconds per minute, x 60 minutes per hour,
                                                                x 24 hours in one day, x 365 days per year!
                                                   Multiplied By 9500 To Reach Supernova Remnant N132D!