Many years ago the late great Steve Allen (of whom I was and still am a huge fan) made me chuckle with a one liner that went like this. When he was asked: “What sign were you born under?”, he responded: “Rooms for Rent!” So today, despite the serious issues we are facing, I thought it might be time to look at the world in a little different way.
Believe me I get it: the world is a pretty scary place right now. It doesn’t really matter where you live or what you thought life was going to be like for you and your family, it’s now different. And even worse, it’s not just different, it’s frighteningly different. Health worries are scary. And then there’s the financial scariness, too. If you had a job, will you have it again? Will your retirement plan stay afloat? What will happen to your home, and your credit? Did I leave anything out? If so, then I guess the big question is, “What is in the cards and the stars for your financial future?”
I Don’t Have a Crystal Ball…So Can Anyone Really See the Future?
I don’t know a lot about some things. Ok maybe I should say about an awful lot of things, but I do know enough to be open minded and try to learn about something that might provide some sort of knowledge or insight. And that desire lead me to discover something that my son Andrew is really into and a believer in and that’s astrology.
What is astrology? I know you have at least heard the word, but astrology is the study of the influence that distant cosmic objects, usually stars and planets, have on human lives. The position of the sun, stars, moon, and planets at the time of people’s birth (not their conception) is said to shape their personality, affect their romantic relationships, and predict their economic fortunes, among other divinations.
What most people know about astrology is their “sign” which refers to one of the twelve constellations of the zodiac. This is a form of sun-sign astrology, which is the astrology upon which newspaper horoscopes are based. It is probably the simplest form, because nothing more than the date of someone’s birthday is needed to generate a sun-sign horoscope. Many astrologers will tell you that this form of astrology is too simplistic and that it produces very limited results. So if you are serious about wanting to know and learn, you will need more.
Perfect timing, right? We are all pretty much trapped in our own little space and looking for an outlet so yeah, astrology!
How Deep Can You Really Go?
There is no single unified theory or practice of astrology. Ancient cultures all practiced their own forms, some of which combined and evolved into today’s common western astrology. Eastern cultures continue to practice their own forms of astrology: Chinese, Vedic, and Tibetan astrology are among the most well-known. But even within western astrology, there is a considerable diversity of methods and philosophies. Some divide astrology by the end result that is intended such as:
- Mundane Astrology is used to examine world events and make predictions about national affairs, wars, and economies.
- Interrogatory Astrology generally refers to astrology that seeks to make specific predictions or analyses about objectives or events within a person’s life.
- Natal Astrology is what most people think of when they think of astrology. Natal Astrology seeks to make predictions and analyses based on the date and time of a person’s birth. It’s based on the idea that everything that happens to someone is expressed at the very beginning sometimes known as the “Law of Beginnings”.
“What’s Your Sign?”
That opener may be a great conversation starter—usually igniting answers like “Oh, I’m such a Leo!” or “I get along so well with Capricorns”—but whether or not we can factually describe our personality based on a zodiac sign or predict life events from a horoscope column has yet to be totally proven.
But as recently as 2018 in the influential Atlantic magazine, it was reported that “the stigma attached to astrology, while it still exists, had receded as the practice has grabbed a foothold in online culture, especially for young people.” And that brings me to a very personal side of the story.
My Son Andrew, the Astrologer
Recently, my son the astrologer and tarot reader lost his everyday job due to the coronavirus pandemic. So with an already developed interest in both astrology and tarot cards, he started Universal Conjunction on the web with his longtime friend Laura.
They both decided to start a blog and podcast using astrology and tarot readings to explore and even make it into an actual business. Doing what you love and finding a way to make it profitable is always a good idea.
If you have 20-30 minutes (and who doesn’t right now?), it’s an interesting listen and read. You will learn something about them and the world of astrology and tarot too. It’s all presented for free and as you know, that’s my favorite word. I swear I had no influence on the two of them in doing so!
It’s just another example of how the internet has provided so many essentials to us that we crave like entertainment and also educating us in subjects we may know nothing about. For the two of these guys, they’re also hoping that it can evolve into a money-making opportunity now and for the future, too.
The tarot is a deck of playing cards, first used from the mid-15th century in various parts of Europe to play games in Italy, France, and Austria which are still popular and played today. It was in the late 18th century that tarot decks began to be used as a trend for divination via tarot card readings for fortune telling, leading to custom packs developed for such occult purposes.
Cartomancy—or fortune-telling—appeared soon after traditional playing cards were first introduced into Europe in the 14th century. The practitioners of them are generally known as cartomancers, card readers, or simply readers.
Another facet of Universal Conjunction, their website features tarot and offers a chance for an actual virtual reading that both Andrew and Laura conduct at reasonable prices. If you provide the information, you may be super surprised to find out the details of past, present, and future paths that you are a traveler on. It’s something that you will be fascinated with I am sure.
Are you skeptical about astrology and/or tarot? Perhaps, and that’s ok. But isn’t it worth a few minutes to see what you may be missing? They both will let you look inside yourself.
That might just help you since we are in a time when we need to start acting like we actually care about ourselves and the loved ones around us (and I should also mention the entire human race). As we are now seeing every day, thousands of people are risking their lives to selflessly save others and it’s really something that hits your serious bone. If you are even just staying home and keeping social distance, then you are saving lives in your own way. Even in today’s hyper-connected times, we’re still just trying to make sense of the world.
Try the blog and the podcast and see if you discover the path you are on and what may lie ahead in your financial future. Don’t you want to know?