What is Astrology?
Astrology is the ancient science of interpreting the movements of the planets and their relationship to human destiny or human potential. It is used to calculate the timeliness of a particular course or action and offer the individual seeking knowledge a list of possibilities. The trick in is in understanding the various aspects involved and acting accordingly.
The earliest known astrological chart is Babylonian, dating from 409 BC. In the 3rd and 2nd centuries BC, the ancient Greeks developed the idea of the 12 signs of the zodiac. They saw a relationship between people's personalities and their season of birth and thus identified 12 character types which they connected to the signs named for 12 constellations. Zodiac is Greek for "circle of animals".
From the earth, the sun's journey across the heavens appears to run a course through a broad circular band encircling our planet. This imaginary wheel is referred to as the 'zodiac belt' and contains the 12 constellations of stars that give their names to the astrological signs.
The Birth Chart:
This chart is a personal map of the heavens as they existed at the time and place of your birth. It is drawn as a circle and divided into 12 segments and shows the exact positions in degrees of the sun, moon, and planets in the signs. The areas where the planet-sign combinations fall in the chart is known as Houses and they are determined by the Ascendant or rising sign - the degree of the ecliptic that was rising on the eastern horizon when you were born.
A birth chart is interpreted using four fundamental components. The planets, along with the sun and moon each represent a particular kind of energy, manifested in the person as instinctive drives. The 12 sun signs modify the way a planetary energy expresses itself. The 13 Houses indicate the main areas of the individual's life where all this activity will find an outlet. The Aspects represent the geometric angels the planets make to one another.
The elements of the zodiac fall into four basic psychological types: Fire, Earth, Air and Water. Fire signs are restless, energetic, optimistic, and assertive. Earth signs are practical, sensual, persevering and reserved. Air signs are objective, sociable, independent and mentally active. Water signs are emotional, sensitive and intuitive. Fire and Air signs are positive while Earth and Water signs are negative. These elements along with other variables in the birth chart are counted to find out the balance between introversion and extroversion in personality types.
The three qualities, Cardinal, Fixed and Mutable, define how we act and react in various situations with respect to the elements. Cardinal signs are enterprising, self-motivated and like to initiate and involve themselves in projects. Fixed signs consolidate what the cardinal signs begin. They are determined, dependable, loyal and often resistant to change. Mutable signs are adaptable, flexible, unpredictable and stimulated by new ideas.
Here are the different sides to our lives and personalities which the Sun, the Moon and each of the planets represent:
THE SUN shows our deepest goals in life, what we want.
THE MOON shows how we respond emotionally, how we feel.
MERCURY shows how we think and express ourselves.
VENUS shows how we relate to others.
MARS shows how we use our energy and talents to get what we want.
JUPITER shows how we enjoy ourselves and expand our understanding.
SATURN shows how much self-discipline and strength of character we have.
URANUS shows in what ways we are original, inventive and creative.
NEPTUNE shows how we can best help others.
PLUTO shows in what ways we can grow through deepening our self-knowledge.