Welcome to the world of astrology! In this four-part blog series, we’ll introduce you to the basics of this ancient system. Call it your “beginners guide to astrology”, if you will!
This first post will help you understand astrology and its basic principles. We’ll also talk about the different branches of astrology and how they can help you understand your life path.
What Is Astrology?
As the name suggests, astrology is the study of the positions and movements of celestial bodies in relation to the Earth and its inhabitants. It is based on the belief that the alignment of the stars and planets influences the lives of people on Earth.
Astrologers use astrological charts to interpret the influences of the stars and planets on human behavior.
It is possible to make accurate predictions from the arrangement of the solar system at the time of a person’s birth. This is what we call a horoscope. However, it’s important to note that horoscopes should not be taken too seriously. Astrology is to be used as a guide only and not absolute.
What types of Astrology are there?
The main type of astrology we use in the Western world is called Natal Astrology. It is rooted in the notion that the location of the planets in the sky at the time of our birth can provide deep insight into our character, talents, and strengths. This type of astrology is also used to make predictions and draw conclusions about our future. Most people will know their sun sign, there are 12 of them – Libra, Pisces, Scorpio, Aquarius, Capricorn, Sagittarius, Taurus, Aries, Leo, Gemini, Cancer and Virgo.
There is also Chinese astrology which is based on the Chinese calendar and the Chinese zodiac. This type of astrology is closely related to the movement of the Earth, the Moon, and other celestial bodies. It is based on the five elements or forces of nature, namely water, wood, fire, earth, and metal. The 12 Chinese Astrology signs are Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog, and Pig.
Magi astrology is a form of astrology that focuses on the alignment of the stars and planets at the time of monumental events. This form of astrology was developed by the Magi Society, a group of astrologers based in Japan. Magi astrology believes that certain alignments of the stars and planets can indicate certain events, such as the birth of a child or the success of a business venture.
Finally, there is also Vedic astrology which is closely associated with Hinduism and is based on cosmic cycles. Vedic astrology combines solar science and the traditions of Indian astronomy. This type of astrology is focused on a systematic approach to deciphering the future through a combination of stars, planets, and the positions of the zodiac signs.
Astrology is an interesting subject, full of potential for exploration. It doesn’t matter whether you study all types of astrology or just one; the important thing is to understand how the stars and planets are connected to your life and the world around you.
In short, astrology in general is the study of stars, planets, moons and their movements and how they affect us on a personal level.
An Introduction to the Zodiac Signs
There are twelve zodiac signs in astrology, and each one is associated with a different element. Each sign has its own unique set of characteristics, and together they make up the astrological profile of a person.
Your zodiac sign is determined by the date of your birth, and it’s said to govern various aspects of your life. For example, your sign can tell you a lot about your personality, your strengths and weaknesses, and even your love life.
Aries (March 21 – April 19) is the first sign of the Zodiac, symbolized by the ram. People born under Aries are known to be energetic, independent, ambitious, courageous and enthusiastic. On the downside, Aries can also be impulsive and hot-headed. To best balance the energy of this sign, Aries should focus on being assertive and having patience.
Taurus (April 20 – May 20) is represented by the bull and is known to be reliable, patient, humorous, and kind. As a sign that values security, Taurus can be stubborn, possessive, and indulgent. To best balance the qualities of this sign, Taurus should focus on being more flexible and putting their desires in perspective.
Gemini (May 21 – June 20) is the third sign of the Zodiac and is symbolized by the twins. Those born under Gemini are known for being inquisitive, sociable, clever, and adaptable. On the other hand, Geminis can be indecisive and lack focus. To balance this sign, Geminis should focus on being more consistent and patient.
Cancer (June 21 – July 22) is represented by the crab and is known for being nurturing, intuitive, and sentimental. On the other hand, Cancers can be overly sensitive, moody and clingy. To balance the energy of this sign, Cancers should focus on remaining emotionally open and developing their social skills.
Leo (July 23 – August 22) is a fire sign that is represented by the lion. People born under this sign are known to be ambitious and confident, with a natural knack for leadership. They may have difficulty expressing their emotions, but they are loyal and protective of those they love.
Virgo (August 23 – September 22) is the sixth sign of the zodiac. The Virgo is typically organized, analytical, and pays close attention to the details. They are logical and often have an eye for detail, which makes them great problem solvers. However, Virgos can also be overly critical and perfectionistic.
Libra (September 23 – October 22) is the seventh sign of the zodiac. People born under the Libra sign are charming, kind, sociable and oftentimes creative. They are balanced and seek peace and harmony in all aspects of life. At the same time, they can be indecisive, as they feel the need to consider all sides to a situation before making a decision.
Scorpio (October 23 – November 21) is the eighth sign of the zodiac. Those born under the sign of the Scorpio are passionate, assertive and mysterious. They are often driven by their intense emotions and are always looking for the hidden meaning in life and in relationships. However, they can also be overly jealous and possessive.
Sagittarius (November 22 – December 21) is a fire sign, represented by an archer. People born under this sign are known to be very optimistic, with a great sense of humor. They also have a strong drive to explore and are often eager to try new things. While they are outgoing and independent, they can sometimes be too blunt in their communication.
Capricorn (December 22 – January 19) is the tenth sign of the zodiac. People born under the sign of the Capricorn are ambitious, disciplined, and hardworking. They take great pride in their accomplishments and often strive to be the best in whatever they do. On the flipside, they can be quite unemotional and sometimes even cynical.
Aquarius (January 20 – February 18) is an air sign, represented by a man pouring water from an urn. People born under this sign are known to be free-spirited and independent, with an innovative and creative outlook. They are also very passionate and can be unpredictable at times.
Pisces (February 19 – March 20) is an emotional sign, represented by two fish swimming in opposite directions. People born under this sign are often highly sensitive, with a strong intuition and strong imagination. They are often quite compassionate and often devote themselves to making the world a better place.
If you’re new to astrology, this is just a basic introduction to the zodiac signs. In future posts, we’ll go into more detail about each sign and how it affects your life.
An Introduction to the Planets
You’ve probably heard the planets mentioned in astrology before. But what do they mean?
Well, each planet is associated with different aspects of our personality. For example, the planet Mercury is associated with communication, rationality and problem-solving. The planet Venus is associated with love, relationships and esthetics. And the planet Mars is associated with aggression, passion and determination.
But what’s interesting about astrology is that the planets don’t move quickly. They move so slowly that it’s rare to see them change signs. This means that the positions of the planets in your natal chart (more on that later) can tell you a lot about your personality and your life path.
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Essential Astrological Terms Explained
If you’re new to astrology, there are a few terms that you’ll need to know to understand it better. By familiarizing yourself with these core concepts, you’ll be better equipped to dive into your chart and gain valuable insights.
The first concept is the elements. All zodiac signs fall into one of four groups—fire, earth, air and water—and each element possesses its own characteristics and qualities. Fire signs tend to be passionate and creative; Earth signs are reliable and practical; Air signs are intellectual and communicative; Water signs are compassionate and sensitive.
The second group of terms are the planets. These include the Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars Jupiter Saturn Uranus Neptune and Pluto. Each planet represents different energies and influences a person’s life in unique ways.
The third essential term is “aspects” which is the relationship between two or more planets within a birth chart. The most common aspects are conjunctions (planets positioned very close together), squares (two planets at a 90-degree angle from each other), trines (two planets at a 120-degree angle from each other), sextiles (two planets at a 60-degree angle from each other), oppositions (two planets located opposite each other) and quincunx (planets forming an irregular pattern in the birth chart).
By combining all these key astrological components—the zodiac signs, planetary positions, and aspects—astrologers craft meaningful insights into their clients’ character traits, strengths, weaknesses and life paths.
Benefits of Learning Astrology
Learning astrology can provide a variety of benefits and insights. For starters, it can be used to answer questions related to education, marriage, profession, health, childbirth, and death. This has the potential to give one direction in their life and peace of mind.
It can also provide insight into one’s present, past, and future life. Learning about the various aspects of astrology can help one understand their personality and how to relate to others. Besides this, understanding astrological concepts such as houses, signs and planets can help enhance the intuitive ability and promote spiritual growth.
The knowledge gained through astrology will lead one to become more aware of the impact their decisions have on the outcome of their lives. By understanding the effects that celestial bodies have on us here on Earth, we can ultimately become more attuned to our environment and the laws that govern us.
Examples of How to Read an Astrological Chart
Let’s take a look at two examples—a Natal Chart and a Synastry Chart. A Natal Chart is the unique birth chart of a person, which includes signs, planets, asteroids, and more. The Synastry Chart on the other hand is a comparison chart between two people and how their birth charts are aligned and interact.
To read a Natal Chart, start by looking at each planet’s glyphs and how they are placed within the wheel. Then look for aspects or connections formed between planets to see the relationships between them. For example, an opposition means that two planets have an intense relationship because they’re facing each other across the wheel or chart. This can indicate a powerful connection between different parts of your personality, or in specific areas of life such as career or relationships.
Similarly to Natal Charts, you can read Synastry Charts by looking at things like planet placements and aspects between them. However in this case it’s also important to look at how certain components may interact with different parts of both charts—like your natal Mars interacting with your partner’s natal Saturn, or vice versa—to get insights about how two people’s personalities blend together in areas such as communication style or intimacy.
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So, what do you think? Astrology is a complex topic, and this was just a basic introduction. In future posts, we’ll explore in more depth how to read a birth chart, the different aspects of Astrology, and how to use Astrology in your own life.
For now, though, we encourage you to do some more research on your own. Astrology is a fascinating topic that can help you understand yourself and your relationship with the world in a whole new way.
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