Whether you call them your Stars, Sun signs or Horoscopes, all these terms speak of the same thing; the study of the planetary cycles as they affect a person, place, animate or inanimate object . Indeed any entity that has been ‘birthed’, whether it is a country, a company, a relationship or a piece of art is affected by cycles.

How can cycle tracking affect our daily lives? Well, just as a note sounded at the right pitch can shatter glass, so events in the celestial realms have been noted to resonate terrestrially and have a marked effect. Each angular relationship that forms between the faster and slower moving planets in their orbital cycles causes a characteristic resonance, which sets up a sympathetic response in us. The degree of resonance (also known in astrological parlance as correlation) depends upon the attunement of that which ‘receives’ it.

By way of analogy; adjusting your radio might result in your listening to heavy rock music but just a small shift along the bandwidth and you could suddenly find yourself listening into air traffic control. Similarly we appear to be attuned to certain planetary alignments and resonate disharmoniously with others. The result is that we all ‘sing’ a different tune. It is this tune that we know as our personality, but actually we are also all part of a great symphony. We participate in the orchestration, by the nature of our actions and reactions – our vibrations.

Sun sign and horoscope columns provide the most simplistic way of alerting people to the ongoing pitch changes and tuning adjustments needed. However, it is a symphony which needs continual adjustment, for not only are the planets moving in cycles in the heavens but the heavens are also moving, imperceptibly to the human eye, within the Cosmos. It is therefore important to only read horoscopes written by those with an in-depth understanding of how the whole Cosmos is interlinking with the current position of the Sun. And, it is far preferable to get a personal consultation.

When the planets change position in the sky our attunement alters. A vast body of empirical evidence tells us the most likely manifestations of planetary movements will be. We can take this knowledge on board and adjust to a more harmonious rhythm, or else sound discordant like a musician who has lost his score.

Some might call Astrology the study of ‘God’s Great Evolutionary Plan’; a plan which calls for us all to develop our natural aptitudes and direct them in ways which will enable us to feel fulfilled. In this way we can be of the greatest use to society and Mankind as a whole.

By understanding just what ‘note’ each planet is sounding – and how this reacts with other planetary notes – enables us to feel less isolated. It is empowering to know that we are not alone in feeling dissonant ‘energies’ and displaying emotional responses at certain times. If we take more notice of the cyclical nature of life we can note the times when we are most susceptible to being entrained by certain rhythmic vibrations. In this way, when difficulties arise we can know that ‘this too shall pass’. Knowledge of astrology is truly a gift. One which offers us the the opportunity to take responsibility for the harmony, or disharmony, we are hearing in our lives.

Kathryn Cassidy is a professional astrologer. She began bringing her personal brand of astrology and metaphysics into the public domain after working with top media astrologer, Jonathan Cainer.