What is Astrology?
Did you know, the word Astrology means the study of the influence of the universe on our being? Astrology is the belief that the positions of the stars and planets have an effect on human lives. This effect may be emotion, feelings or specific outcomes. When you were born, the planets were aligned in a specific way which gives you certain personality traits and predictions about different aspects of your life. Therefore, Astrology is the study or science of the stars!
Why do we use Astrology?
Well first, astrology is FUN! Figuring out what your horoscope is for the month is a just for fun way to enjoy a small aspect of astrology. This is also a way we can learn about ourselves and get an outside view of some of our characteristics.
What is the sun sign? Every time you see your horoscope in a magazine or online, it refers to your sun sign. This type of astrology is simple because the only information you need to figure out your horoscope/ sun sign is your date of birth. Have you met someone who has the same sun sign as you but you don’t have many similar characteristics? This points out the simplicity of the sun sign, it doesn’t take into account many other astrological factors which influence what makes you, YOU.
But wait! This may come as a surprise but you don’t only have a sun sign. You actually have a sign for each planet and it all depends on where those planets were at the exact time you were born. What does this all mean? That the only true reading you should trust is by a professional astrologer because the sun signs you see in magazines, well they’re just for fun.
The problem with horoscopes is that it might result in a person not trusting the science and art of astrology because they don’t relate to their zodiac sign. Sometimes, peoples zodiac signs match them perfectly because most of their signs were in that house when they were born. Others may be on a cusp which means they have a mix of two zodiac houses. Don’t give up on astrology because your horoscope is never right, have an astrologer do a reading for you!
Real Astrology Readings
Astrologers will ask the exact time you were born for your natal or birth chart. They will check which sign each planet was in at the time of your birth to understand your personality, life and future prospects… it’s an astrology selfie! A birth or natal chart is a great way for you to test out the depths of astrology when it comes to your life. By mapping the stars around you, it can reveal many aspects of yourself you weren’t aware of and predict future events in your life.
How do we use Astrology in our everyday life?
Just like English, astrology is a language and once this language is understood – you can communicate with the stars. The universe speaks to us through vibrations, feelings, events and unless you stop to listen, you will miss all these signs. Mapping the stars is the way the universe answers all of our deepest questions about ourselves and our life. Astrologers can help us understand the language of the universe and help us to predict certain things in our life.
The history of Astrology
People have been mapping stars have for a long, long time. In early civilizations, they quickly learned that the cosmos could help them to identify and predict patterns that benefited their survival. The oldest horoscope that we know of is believed to date back to 409 B.C.
Did you know that the Babylonians developed the zodiac wheel with planets and houses, that is still used today? CRAZY!
The first places to practice a form of astrology were Hellenistic Egypt and the Greek Mediterranean. Ancient Egyptian astronomy monitored solar movements to predict natural disasters like floods and famine. In the early days of civilization, astronomy and astrology were one in the same. Today, astrology is considered a science and art, using aspects of the science astronomy and interpreting it through astrological patterns. Astrologers use astronomy to examine the positions, motions and properties of celestial objects and examining these factors to see how they affect people and events on earth.
Egyptians were responsible for applying Egyptian Gods to each of the Greek zodiac signs. Aries was represented by the ram-headed God Amun and Taurus is symbolized by the bull-like God Apis, who represented Osiris. The goddess Isis represented Virgo, while Horus the elder and Horus the child took place of Gemini and the Egyptian God of water, Khum, replaced Aquarius.
Some of the most important Egyptian contributions to astrology included the 36 groups of small constellations which rise over the horizon every 24 hours called decans. They also created the 365 day calendar which they separated into 12 months, each attributed with a astrological sign and 30 days.
Soon, astrology was a flourishing aspect of culture in the middle ages which was accepted by royals, popes and mathematicians. Once the church gained power, astrology belief decreased and in the 17th and 18th century it was seen more as a form of entertainment.
In the 1920’s magazines and newspapers began publishing the 12 basic star-sign based horoscopes for entertainment that can still be found today. These entertainment horoscopes use your sun sign to give generalized predictions, so they aren’t as accurate as if you were to get a true personal reading.
12 Zodiac Signs
The word Zodiac means circle of animals or circle of life and is described as the belt of the heavens within 8° of either side of the ecliptic, which includes all positions of the sun, moon and familiar planets. This belt is divided into 12 equal signs or divisions: Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius, Capricorn, Aquarius, and Pisces. The zodiac is divided into 12 houses or segments, each is ruled by a different sign. The first house is represented by Aries and it continues on in a counterclockwise direction. Each house and sign has characteristics dedicated to them.
- Aries – first house: Self (ruled by Mars)
- Taurus – second house: Material values and security (ruled by Venus)
- Gemini – third house: Learning and communication (ruled by Mercury)
- Cancer – fourth house: Home life and the base of operations (ruled by the Moon)
- Leo – fifth house: Recreation, romance, and creativity ( ruled by the Sun)
- Virgo – sixth house: The work environment, duties, and health (ruled by Mercury)
- Libra – seventh house: Relationships, partnerships, and marriage (ruled by Venus)
- Scorpio – eighth house: Meeting needs, life secrets, and joint resources (ruled by Pluto)
- Sagittarius – ninth house: Travel, higher learning, and philosophy of life (ruled by Jupiter)
- Capricorn – tenth house: The career, prestige, and reputation (ruled by Saturn)
- Aquarius – eleventh house: Friendships, associations, ideals, and causes (ruled by Uranus)
- Pisces – twelfth house: The subconscious, psychological issues, and secrets (ruled by Neptune).
4 Elements of Astrology
Astrology includes the 4 elements of nature: Fire, Earth, Air and Water. Fire signs are characterized as enthusiastic, creative, ambitious, outgoing and loving. Fire signs include Aries, Sagittarius, and Leo. The water signs include Cancer, Scorpio, and Pisces. Some characteristics of water signs are being highly emotional, imaginative and impulsive rather than logical. The air signs, Libra, Aquarius, and Gemini are known to be expressive, communicative, intellectual and idealistic. Capricorn, Taurus, and Virgo are the earth signs which are unsurprisingly grounded, dependable and trustworthy.
Aries (March 21-April 19) – Aries tends to be compatible with Gemini, Sagittarius, Aquarius, Capricorn, and Pisces. Aries are typically very positive and generous, but can be oversensitive.
Sagittarius (November 22-December 21) – A Sagittarius is compatible with Aquarius, Libra, Aries, and Leo. These signs are often very easy-going and love adventure and excitement.
Leo (July 23-August 21) – Leo’s tends to be compatible with other Leo as well as Libra, Sagittarius, Cancer, and Gemini. Leo’s are generous, independent and confident. Leo’s can be very attention seeking and affectionate.
Cancer (June 21-July 22) – A Cancer tends to be compatible with Taurus, Leo, Virgo, Scorpio, Capricorn, and Pisces. Cancer’s are adaptable, loyal and caring, but can often have mood swings.
Scorpio (October 23-November 21) – Scorpios are compatible with Capricorn, Pisces, Cancer, and Virgo. Scorpios are determined, resourceful and observant.
Pisces (February 20-March 20) – Pisces tend to be compatible with Aries, Aquarius, Taurus, Cancer, Scorpio, and Capricorn. These signs are very outgoing and social and extremely intuitive.
Libra (September 23-October 22) – A Libra will be compatible with another Libra as well as Sagittarius, Leo, Taurus, Aquarius, and Gemini. Libra’s often like to stay positive and are people persons who enjoy trying new things.
Aquarius (January 21-February 19) – Aquarius tend to be compatible with Aries, Gemini, Libra, Pisces, Sagittarius, and other Aquarius. An Aquarius likes to do what they want, when they want. They are creative, unconventional, smart and love learning new things.
Gemini (May 20-June 20) – A Gemini tends to be compatible with other Gemini, Leo, Libra, and Aquarius. Gemini signs are very independent and enjoy being busy.
Capricorn (December 22-January 20) – Capricorns tend to be compatible with Scorpio, Pisces, Virgo, Aries, Cancer and Taurus. Capricorns are natural leaders who are very goal oriented and independent.
Taurus (April 20-May 19) – Taurus tend to be compatible with Libra, Taurus, Cancer, Capricorn, Virgo, and Pisces. Taurus signs are very loyal and can be materialistic and obsessive.
Virgo (August 22-September 22) – A Virgo is compatible with other Virgos as well as Scorpio, Capricorn, Taurus, and Cancer. Virgo’s are often independent and perfectionists who over-analyze things.
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