Twenty years ago, if you had told me that the planets influence our lives I would have thought you were gullible. Today, I not only believe with every ounce of my being, but know, for certain, that this stuff is true. I have studied it (at first, incredulously) for thousands of hours and can only say 'it's true'.
Astrology is nothing new. Although often misinterpreted, it is centered on a core of wisdom and truth that has been studied and practiced for over 7000 years by every civilization.
A weird thing: it has been referred to as "hidden" or secret information. Although it may be spelled out to you before your very eyes, unless it is meant for you and your development, you will not receive its message: it simply will not make sense to you and you will have to dismiss it as such. Some of the best minds on the planet, including Dawkins, Chomsky and Eco, cannot get to terms with it.
A mistake scientists make when attempting to analyze it is to assume that the effects are caused by gravity. Gravity is clearly not the driving force. One only has to study the effects of Pluto to understand this fact. Pluto is about as big as Europe and is barely large enough to be classified as a planet. It is so far away from Earth that its gravitational pull is practically zero. If the Sun was as big as a pumpkin, Pluto would be as big as two grains of sugar, two kilometers away. Yet it exerts a 'force', for want of a better word, so great on Earthly lives and events that it ranks alongside the giant planets in terms of power. If you don't believe this, simply study what effect it has on a person's life when it conjuncts one of their natal planets. You will soon change your mind. It is more likely that the concept of synchronicity, or possibly electro-magnetic fields will one day be discovered to be the link. Scientists would be so much better off if they began by studying 'progressions', rather than falling into the illogical gravity trap. It is unfortunate that many modern-day scientists do not even know what a progression is.
The irony is that most of the greatest scientists indeed practiced it, from Galileo to Copernicus, Brahe, Kepler and Newton. Consider the odds of all these men suffering from the same delusion.
There are many types of Astrology: karmic, mundane, horary, medical, elective etc. This site homes in specifically on predictive Astrology, one of the more grey areas because the future is not explicitly laid out as fixed destiny. It seems we all have freedom of choice within a continuously evolving destiny. However, within one lifetime, the limits or boundaries of our lives are fairly clearly defined.
There are three main areas of influence by the planets. Without getting too technical, it is suffice to say that there is a "big picture" (major planetary and solar arc progressions), a "middle picture" (the Progressed Moon) and a "small picture" (the daily motion of transiting planets).
The "Beak" Shape
The "Beak" shape becomes apparent when you draw your transits graphically, using arcs. It is so-called because it looks like a bird's beak, with (a) top arc(s) extending beyond a bottom arc. Start off by drawing a horizontal line, with the intention of placing good transits above it and bad below. Demarcate intervals to represent days. A transiting planet moves to within a degree of a natal planet, to exact, then beyond an orb of a degree. It can therefore be represented using an arc, or semi-circle, above or below the horizontal line.
By observing these arcs, dates are encountered when there are one or
more good arcs above the line, with no bad arcs below. The point at
which the last bad arc terminates is where 'luck' is often manifested.
Note: This has been found to work for both one and two-degree orbs, the reason for this is not yet clear. It might have something to do with the chart-strength of the natal planet involved. The software uses a one-degree orb as default. Also note that, for the purposes of Lucky Day calculations, only bad transits (squares, oppositions and some conjunctions) to the planets Mercury, Venus and Mars, as well as the Sun (and Moon if Birth Time is accurate to within 2 hours), and sometimes Saturn (more rules apply), are taken into account. The orb to Venus is currently fixed at 2 degrees when aspecting most planets as this consistently produces more accurate results. (The effect is that the Lucky Day occurs a day later.) However, it does occasionally release on a 1 degree orb.