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Thanks for your interest. I'll be brief so the extreme empiricists and skeptics don't get too mad.
While, like I alluded to, there are many different kinds of astrology, all with pros and cons, I'm going to talk about my general philosophical theory of interpreting any kind of astrology and why it can make sense, or is at least useful, without having to believe a whole bunch of 'woo-woo' stuff.
Astrology is a theory of psychology and sociology, boiled down to an essential core. The ancients observed that there were patterns in the way people behaved, with the same unique and coherent personality types seeming to recur over and over, and each with unique properties of interaction. In reality, they were bumping up against the personality types, something we might today characterize through models like the Myers-Briggs typology.
In whatever region where advanced astrology developed (it appeared independently multiple times throughout the ancient and medieval periods) they matched these types to legendary figures in their myths, which were themselves, unknowingly, based on the archetypes of the collective unconscious, which is itself not necessarily a mystical thing but merely the suggestion that all humans share a fundamental underlying symbolic landscape. In this way, whether knowingly or not, they identified that the mythologues embodied in the archetypes manifest as psychological tendencies in individuals, and dynamical interactions within society.
Taking this as their hypothesis, all the rest of the history of astrology as a natural philosophy were about determining what the exact 'influence' of each planet or sign was. Unwittingly, they were hunting down individual psychological phenomena, in some cases in ways that survived into the actual discipline of psychology (for example, we call people 'lunatics' because such people were formerly believed to be crazy in relation to an imbalance in the position of the moon in their chart.)
Now, as modern people, we do not seriously need to believe that there is actually some kind of energy field or force emanating from the moon that, if it hit one at the right angle, might make one more susceptible to insanity. Rather, as our cultural narratives about the moon (for example) tap into a specific current of our collective psyche, analyzing the narratives about the moon, what astrological data suggest about the moon in relation to you personally, can reveal interesting information about one's own mind and relation with others that, if interpreted symbolically and skeptically, provides and additional stream of information to help you understand your life. Naturally, you should trust your reason. If you get a positive cancer result, but your astrologist is trying to convince you that your descending lunar node means it's actually benign, please, get the chemo. But if you carefully look at what the symbols in your natal chart, or a specific time chart, suggest according to the principles of astrology, if gives you a narrative to reflect on which, correct or not, provides an otherwise opaque window into the workings of your own soul.
Plus, you get to trigger both new agers and scientists simultaneously by claiming to be a skeptical occultist.