This site looks at how astrology can be used to understand and predict people and relationships.
This has allowed a massive level of research and data collection. I'd like to show you how powerful astrology can be, and to encourage you to try a real reading for yourself at some point.
It is not possible within the limits of a small handbook such as this to adequately consider the philosophic paradox which makes of Freewill in man a “necessity in play”; but it is obvious that the concept is not altogether unscientific, seeing that it is customary to speak of the “free path of vibration” in chemical atoms while at the same time it is known that these atoms have their restricted characteristics, modes of motion, &c., and are all subject to the general laws controlling the bodies of which they form integral parts.
Let it suffice that if we can trace an actual connectedness between the disposition of the heavenly bodies at the moment of a birth and the known life and character of the individual then born, and an exact correspondence between the course of events in that life with the changes occurring in the heavens subsequent to the moment of birth, we shall do well to accept the fact for what it is worth, and arrange our philosophic notions accordingly.
It's certainly possible to learn astrology without a knowledge of the math behind it, and there is far more to astrology than just these patterns, however it's safe to say that the earliest astrologers were mathematicians at heart, and not magicians. Most people are amazed by how much behavior and personality is predictable via astrology.
Most people are of course skeptical until they see it work with their own eyes.