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  • Writer's pictureLori Barnes

Astrology Top 5 Uses

Updated: Aug 25, 2023

This Astrology top 5 is my current pick of super helpful types of astrological readings. I’ll admit it, I am biased toward astrology and use it all the time. I think being so close to it I sometimes forget how not everyone may know of all the amazing things it can be used for.

Astrology can be studied an entire lifetime and never reach the boundaries of its learning.

Astrology is that deep, complex, intriguing and can downright blow your mind! I wanted to share with you my top 5 picks of the best uses of astrology.

1. Choose a date and time to start something important

I use this all the time. I realized when I stopped to check the sky before going to the post office that I might be going a little overboard. But hey, I wanted the document to arrive and I’m in Italy (famous for poor postal services).

The point is, when you start something important, you really want that thing to be successful, am I right? When I say important, I mean your wedding date. Or when you launch your new business or website. Why do all that prep work just to start under a difficult moon?

The technique is called Electional Astrology. It’s currently my personal number one use of astrology, as I like to stack the deck in my favor for success. The electional chart, in consideration and comparison to your natal chart, will give you the best date and time to start your new beginning in your time frame.

One thing to be aware of is that there is no time that is absolutely perfect. Life just doesn’t work that way. What Electional Astrology does is minimize the difficult planetary positions and emphasize the beneficial ones. It can help you steer clear of difficulty, sometimes just by changing your start time by an hour.

The time frame matters. You will open up greater possibilities with a 3-month window than a 3-day window. The same goes for the time of day. If it has to be on a weekday in the afternoon, that is more limiting than something that can be at any hour of the day, like launching a website.

Read more about Electional Astrology here.

2. Plan for the year ahead

I think as fellow humans we all know that life can get messy. No matter how spiritual, religious, or lucky you are, life can surprise us at any moment. Some years are easier than others. And some years bring big change while others pass by and we can barely remember what we did. Astrology isn’t ever going to say exactly what will happen. It will say the quality of the energy and the area of life this energy is operating in.

Using Astrology to plan and prepare for the next year can minimize some of that surprise element. It can also help you strategize for some of the bigger things you want to do in life. This is especially helpful when you want to make a shift in your life. Like if it’s a good year to change careers, go back to the university, have a baby, sell or buy a house, move across the country, or even to another country.

3. Improve your health and vitality

Astrology is a super tool for honing in on the natural condition of your health and vitality. It can educate you on herbs, nutrition, and a diet that will assist the amazing healing powers built within our own bodies. Many, if not most, ailments suffered today are due to lifestyle, stress, lack of sleep, and diet. Most of these things can be detected within your astrology chart.

If you want to lose weight and improve your health, astrology can provide a terrific source of educational information uniquely styled to you. This is because it is based on your unique chart. Every planet and sign has a correspondence with your body and your psyche.

Astrology is uniquely prepared to help educate you on the unique needs of your body. Your stomach issues and someone else’s may seem exactly the same. But the cause can be from different places (planets or signs) and therefore may require different foods and herbs to address it.

There is a reason why all physicians were required to learn astrology in the university up until the Renaissance period. Then we lost this connection to reductionistic and allopathic medicine (treat the symptom with the active chemical vs. treat the root cause of the symptom with the whole plant).

I believe if MDs today used astrology as part of their diagnosis, and prescribed corresponding treatments that are natural when possible, they would find far more success than what we are seeing in modern times. It’s no secret that the statistics say that Americans are becoming more and more sick and unhealthy, not better. So even though our medical technology is increasingly more advanced, it is not helping people find increased vitality and better health.

I’m not saying to throw out allopathic and modern medicine, but that the separation between natural and astrological medicine, and modern medicine, should be re-joined. We are definitely seeing a comeback through Alternative, Naturopathic, Homeopathic, and Complementary Medicine, thankfully!

Alternative medicine is a big thing these days. You can buy fish oil and other herbal supplements at Walmart. To me, that means alternative health has entered the mainstream market. But that’s not really improving your health. It’s a similar approach to reductionistic and allopathic medicine, which is based on reducing a plant’s active ingredient to a pill and taking it to address a symptom.

You have to understand your own body’s nature and what it needs to find balance. This is based on excesses and deficiencies, which astrology is an excellent tool for pointing out for each body system, organ and tissue.

Super Important Legal and Medical Disclaimer

If you are suffering from a chronic or serious illness, astrology can help direct you to complementary health practices to those of your doctor(s). You should never take astrological education as medical advice and should always seek the counsel of your doctor before taking any natural treatment. This is especially true if you are taking other prescriptions or over-the-counter medications.

4. Self-understanding and Self-Growth

This is probably the most common thing people think astrology is used for. For me personally, I have been saying for over 2 decades how astrology has been my free therapist. It has helped me tremendously. I am even a licensed psychotherapist, and I can say that Astrology has helped me more than any of my studies, work, and experience working as a therapist.

Astrology reveals the parts of life, the people, and the experiences where you run into the most difficulties and opportunities. When we understand ourselves better, we can move with the flow of life instead of fighting against it.

5. Improve your Relationships and Communication Style

We live in a world with lots of other people. There aren’t many places left to go and live like a hermit anymore. So, we must learn to live within our community, family, committed relationships, co-workers, and social groups. Astrology helps you understand your communication and relating style. When you have a better understanding of how you communicate and relate to others, you can improve your relationships.

Oftentimes we are unable to objectively see ourselves. Instead, we see ourselves in other people reflected back. You may have heard of this thing called the shadow or projection.

Astrology helps you own back your stuff, and when you do, you will find problems going away and improved communication with others. That said, it’s not an easy process. It’s freeing and liberating, it matures you, and it makes you a better person. It does not let you off the hook of doing the work and going through the process of personal self-growth.


So that’s my list of the best ways I think Astrology can help you. For sure it doesn’t cover everything, but I think it covers the most pressing things that we as humans are facing in our lives right now.

I would love to hear your thoughts! Drop a comment and feel free to write about how astrology has helped you, even if it’s not on the list. I always appreciate a social media share and a like.

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Have an astrolicious day!


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