In the past four months I've received many letters from readers of this column. I am unable to answer them all personally, but here are some of the most common questions.

"Why don't you use more astrological explanations in your column?" some have asked while others want to know, "Why don't you use less, preferably none?"

I try to satisfy both by using some astrology without going into too much technical lingo.

"If I was born on the same day and year as the person you wrote about in your column, does that mean I have the same strenghts and weaknesses and do the predictions you give for them also hold true for me?"

The answer to that question is one big, emphatic "NO."

The planetary configuration on any given day of any year simply indicates certain patterns or pattern. If the configurations are stressful they indicate a conflict or a problem, and if they are easy and constructive, they indicate lack of problems or helpful resolutions. But how this conflict, or the freedom from conflict will manifest itself in any person's life is uniquely individual for each and every chart.

In one person's chart the problem could manifest itself as a health problem (physical or emotional) or as a problem in childhood or a problem in love relationships, in marriage or a problem with the career and so on.

At the same time, constructive configurations could indicate in one person's chart a writing ability, homemaking ability or the ability to create financial empires, a successful political career or great dramatic talent, etc. f

This individualization of general pattern depends on the place and the time or birth, and this is the reason why the place and time of birth are so important. These are the two ingredients that make your chart uniquely yours, and you -- a unique individual different from anyone else.

The chart changes with the movement of earth around sun, with the movement of the other planets, and the movement is continuous.

The movement doesn't stop when someone is born. Even identical twins have different charts, since one twin is always ahead of the other.

To have a chart identical with another person you would have to be born on the same day, same year, same time and same place. Or sometimes, a lucky combination of the difference in times of birth might be wiped out by time differentials between the places of birth and could yield identical charts.

Since your chart is uniquely different from any other person's chart -- even if you were born the same day -- any predictions for that particular person will not exactly hold true for you.

"What are good aspects and bad aspects? Are sextiles and trines good, and squares and oppositions bad? What is a good or bad chart?"

Sextiles and trines are considered to be good aspects, and squared and oppositions are considered to be bad. I myself prefer to call them easy aspects and stessful aspects rather than good or bad. I prefer to do that because what is good or bad is a moot question. Stress is not always bad, while ease is not always good, and one man's cup of tea can be another man's poison.

Easy aspects often indicate laziness, desire for an easy out, frequently a penchant for "copping out." For example, a person with a great musical talent and with easy aspects may consider daily practice too much effort and squander his talent never amounting to much.

While a person with lesser talent but with stressful aspects would have a drive, practice and possibly achieve fame.

Stressful aspects provide for dynamics, energy, drive, for conflicts that demand resolutions.

Easy aspects, on the other hand, make for opportunity (or opportunism), for expecting that life will deliver without much effort and providing a person with comfort but often robbing them of a sense of achievement.

I am hard put to answer what is a good or a bad chart. To me, good aspects are the ones that help the person achieve his fullest integration and push him to the highest of his potential.

If their potential is achieved through stressful aspects, then they are "good," and I could say this is a "good chart."

But is the easy aspects on the chart make that person waste his individual abilities and talents then, to me, they are "bad," and I could call it a "bad chart."

The majority of charts, however, have both the easy and the stressful aspects. In the final analysis it is really up to the individual to choose one path or the other. Only he has the power to make a good chart into a bad one, or a very bad one into an excellent one.