First of all, what is astrology? It is an alternative way of looking at time. Instead of seeing time as what we mainly know it as, it is the idea that what is happening in space at a particular time will effect our lives. The position of the planets, moons and stars at the time of our birth is said to shape what type of personality we will have. Instead of clocks and calendars to read time, astrologers turn toan ephemeris – a book the size of a phone book which shows every planet, asteroid, node and sign position from the year 1900 through to the year 2100.
Basic astrology takes into account 4 things:
- The planets (including the Sun and the Moon)
- The zodiac signs which the planets are in
- The Houses
Natal astrology is the most commonly known form. This type seeks to make predictions and analyses based on your date of birth. It’s based around the idea that everything that ever happens to someone was expressed at the very beginning of that thing. This is sometimes known as the Law of Beginnings, the beginning of something holds the potential that will be fulfilled throughout life.
Most commonly, astrology is known for horoscopes which are based around your ‘sign’. These signs refer to one of the 12 constellations of the zodiac such as Taurus and Leo. Your sun sign predicts your role in life, when you are at your best, these are the roles that you will supposedly shine in.
ARIES The warrior TAURUS The businesswoman GEMINI The communicator
CANCER The mother LEO The queen VIRGO The perfectionist
LIBRA The balancer SCORPIO The financier SAGITTARIUS The explorer
CAPRICORN The success AQUARIUS The networker PISCES The visionary
Typical newspaper and magazine horoscopes are based upon sun-sign astrology which is arguably the simplest form, as you only need your birth date to be able to get a horoscope making the results quite limited and vague.
Other significant factors are your ruler planet which can be considered more important than anything else. When your ruler planet moves through the heavens it times events in your life which are most crucial to you. This chart shows your ruling planet and the traits that they provide.
For a more in depth explanation of the planets take a look at this post by Astro Style. Another favourite for getting a better understanding is and The Highgate Astrologer and Sally Kirkman’s page gives weekly star guides along with great a introduction to astrology overall as well.
This is just the start of what you can begin to learn when it comes to astrology! There is so much more to learn in order to find out more about yourself and your life.
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