Have you ever heard the story
about the blind men and the elephant? An old Indian proverb suggests
that several blind men were asked to feel various parts of the elephant
and tell what the elephant must look like based on their individual
assessments. The first man felt only the trunk. So he described the
elephant as a long, cylindrical muscular animal with the ability to
pick things up with the end of his body. The second man felt only the
ears. He described the elephant as being a flat, floppy animal. The
third man felt only the midsection of the elephant's body. He described
the elephant as a large, round sturdy animal with lots of mass. Still
another felt just the legs of the elephant. So he described the elephant
as large, round and stocky with pads on the bottom. The last man who
felt only the tail described the elephant as long and somewhat cylindrical,
narrowing to a point at the end.
man had only felt a particular part of the body, the group as a whole
was not able to arrive at a consensus as to what the elephant really
blind man been allowed to feel the entire body, collectively they might
have been able to come up with some consensus of opinion. But since
they were each limited to a specific section of the body, no consensus
could be found. So what? By not being allowed to feel all aspects of
the elephant, the blind men's description of the elephant was not accurate.
be asking yourself what in the world does this have to do with astrology?
In reality, this
has everything to do with astrology.
What in the world
is the study of the positions of the stars and planets in relation to
earthly events. We tend to think of astrology as primarily relating
to the chart of a person, but in reality, a chart can be done for anything
that has a life, be it a person, a nation, a city, a country or even
The true "science"
of astrology is more than what most people think. Most relate to their
"sign", which is really their sun sign, or the sign in which
the sun was sitting at the moment of birth. To an astrologer, however,
the sun sign is not the entire picture. Astrologers take into account
every planetary position at the moment of birth, with respect to the
sign of the zodiac in which each planet was sitting, the angle at which
each planet was sitting to one another, and also what house a planet
As you can see
by the above description of astrology, describing a person solely by
their sun sign is doing him or her just as much a disservice as the
blind men who were attempting to describe the elephant based solely
upon one small but relevant body part, rather than the entire creature.