The Continual Cycles of Astrology
One of the things that fascinates me the most is the cycles with which astrology occurs. There are the faster planets including the Moon which orbits the planet Earth approximately once every 30+ days. There are the medium-distant planets that are able to make several cycles of orbit around the Sun during our lifetimes including Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn. And then there are the Outer planets that may not even make a complete cycle around the Sun and the zodiac signs that we track in our lifetime including Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto.
A significant point to note related to cycles is what makes astrology very interesting when it comes to affecting people, organizations, and nations. It's very basic yet it becomes equally very complex in a hurry. When planets pass through various astrological signs, houses, and make aspects to natal planets all at various dates and times, it makes for a very interesting mix of conditions. As if it is drawing low, medium, and high levels of biorhythmic energy, motivation, social - love, financial skill, and health over the short and long term, each of our natal charts are being affected. This is a factor that makes astrology so complex and potentially confusing. This is also one of the primary factors that cause many people to want to keep their distance from astrology....it's Not a "black and white science".
Another significant factor is that astrology has a reputation of being used as a form of entertainment paralleling "Hollywood" fun and games that are known especially well through the "Daily Horoscopes" that we are used to reading in the newspaper or in other publications. Yes, there is an element of truth and value available through daily horoscopes but they will naturally be more general. I personally enjoy looking at the complexity of individual birth charts and the various transits and trends that take place from day to day, week to week, month to month, and year to year. These different cycles all contain value, may intersect in some cases, and have impact with their own degree of intensity and in their own unique ways. This is one reason why astrology is so infinite and sometimes unquantifiable.
The tightness of the orb of the conjunction, square, opposition, sextile, or trine, the planets being affected, and nature of the natal chart are all factors as to how the individual or nation will be affected. That's why when people have many major aspects at once, especially associated with certain natal planets and placements, there can be numerous major life changes all within a notable period of time. We've either experienced this ourselves or known of people who were hit with a string of life events happening almost rhythmically time after time. These may include what we perceive as negative and positive events. Hence, cycles are among the factors that make astrology a very interesting field.