Astrology is not the same thing as astronomy, although they are sometimes confused. Astrology is the study of the alignment of planets, often at the time of a person’s birth. People create and read astrological charts to help them identify personality traits—good and bad—and to gain insight into the events of their lives. Anyone with an interest in astrology can learn how it works and apply the principles to create and interpret astrological charts of their own.
[Edit]Mastering the Basics of Astrology
Identify the 12 zodiac signs and their related sun sign dates. Most people are familiar with sun signs, since these are commonly thought to be significant for determining one’s individual traits. However, all of the astrological signs are present on a person’s astrological chart at the time of their birth. They just appear in different positions depending on the time of year. The sun travels through all of the signs of the zodiac as the year progresses. Its alignment with each sign is as follows:
Aries: March 20 to April 22
Taurus: April 21 to May 22
Gemini: May 21 to June 22
Cancer: June 21 to July 22
Leo: July 21 to August 22
Virgo: August 21 to September 22
Libra: September 21 to October 22
Scorpio: October 21 to November 22
Sagittarius: November 21 to December 22
Capricorn: December 21 to January 22
Aquarius: January 20 to February 19
Pisces: February 18 to March 21
Look at the sun, moon, and planets that are incorporated into astrology. Astrology incorporates the positions of the sun, moon, and other planets in earth’s orbit. Where each is positioned on an astrological chart will affect the meaning of the chart. When you look at an astrological chart, you will see symbols for:
Look at the zodiac as a 360 degree circle to identify aspects. Aspects in astrology are the way that the planets align with each other in relation to their position around the earth. If 2 planets are in aspect in an astrological chart, they may form an angle, overlap, or be opposite each other. This changes the significance of their positions and you will have to interpret their positions in relation to each other. The 4 major aspects to look for on an astrological chart include:
Conjunction, which is when there is 0 degrees of separation between 2 planets and they overlap.
Sextile, which is when there is 60 degrees of separation.
Square, which is when the planets form a 90 degree angle.
Trine, which is when the planets form a 120 degree angle.
Opposition, which is when the planets are at opposite sides of the chart or have 180 degrees of separation.
Identify the astrological symbols or glyphs. Before you can create or read a chart, you’ll need to know what all of the symbols on the chart mean. There are symbols for the planets, astrological signs, and special points and angles, so it can get a little complicated. Study the symbols and try drawing each one yourself to help familiarize yourself with them.
For example, the sun symbol is shaped like a circle with a dot at the center of it, while the moon looks like a crescent.
Aquarius’ symbol looks like 2 parallel wavy lines, while Taurus looks like a bull’s head with 2 horns on top of it.
The north node symbol looks like a pair of right side up headphones, while the south node looks like a pair of upside down headphones.[Edit]Going Deeper into Astrological Concepts
Learn about the different astrological houses. The houses are arranged on a wheel like the signs of the zodiac, but they are not the same thing. The houses correspond to the hours of the day on a person’s birth chart rather than to a time of the year. Depending on the time of a person’s birth, they might have different traits associated with each house.
1st house: Self
2nd house: Money and possessions
3rd house: Communication
4th house: Home and everything associated with it
5th house: Children, creativity, and the pursuit of pleasure
6th house: Daily work, service, health, and sickness
7th house: Marriage and relationships
8th house: Joint finances
9th house: Philosophy, religion, law, and education
10th house: Status, reputation, and honor
11th house: Community, friends, and large groups
12th house: The subconscious mind, memory, and habits
Look for the rising sign and its significance. The rising sign, also known as the ascendant, is the sign that appears in the first house on an astrological birth chart. This will vary depending on the person’s time of birth. A person’s rising sign will indicate personality traits that are more apparent to other people than to that person. The rising sign may also impact the person’s actions and their lasting impact on the world.
Note that your rising sign can be different from your sun sign. For example, you might be a Taurus with a rising sign of Gemini, or a Pisces with a rising sign of Leo.
You need to complete an astrology birth chart to find your rising sign.
Develop your knowledge of the 4 zodiac elements. Understanding the elements will make it much easier to interpret an astrological chart since these are the underlying traits of each zodiac sign. By committing these to memory or at least developing a good understanding of them, you will gain a deeper understanding of how astrology works and how to apply it. The 4 elements and their associated traits include:
Fire: Associated with Aries, Leo, and Sagittarius. Fire signs are quick to act and take risks. They are often extroverts, energetic, and physically active. However, they may also be impatient, insensitive, and selfish.
Air: Associated with Gemini, Libra, and Aquarius. Air signs are thoughtful, social, and love learning. They are often articulate, understanding, and objective. However, they may also be unemotional, impractical, and hyperactive.
Water: Associated with Cancer, Scorpio, and Pisces. They are responsive to energy, deeply emotional, nurturing, calm, and compassionate. However, they may also be shy, oversensitive, vindictive, and moody.
Earth: Associated with Taurus, Virgo, and Capricorn. Earth signs are practical, realistic, cautious, efficient, patient, and hard-working. However, they may also be slow, unimaginative, and stubborn.
Determine if a sign is yin or yang to find its polarity and qualities. Yin and yang are opposites and all of the zodiac signs correspond to one or the other. In general, yang signs are more active and assertive while yin signs are more passive and receptive. Yang is typically associated with masculine energy while yin is associated with feminine energy. By knowing what signs are yin and what signs are yang, you can gain some additional insight into the meaning of a sign.
Yin: Virgo, Taurus, Capricorn, Cancer, Scorpio, and Pisces. Yin signs are also more likely to be passive, introverted, withdrawn, and reactive.
Yang: Aquarius, Aries, Gemini, Leo, Libra, and Sagittarius. Yang signs are also more likely to be direct, outgoing, extroverted, and giving.
Study astrology to gain additional knowledge on the subject. There are tons of ways that you can deepen your knowledge of astrology even further if you want to learn more. Some options you might try include:
Reading books on Astrology
Taking an astrology class in-person or online
Attending a local meetup or other group to meet other people interested in astrology
Using online resources to help you understand astrology’s concepts, such as the Astrology Dictionary: http://theastrologydictionary.com/[Edit]Putting Your Astrology Knowledge into Practice
Learn how to create an astrological chart. Making astrological charts is a great way to learn more about astrology and practice your skills. You can create charts by hand, use a computer program, or create them online with a free website. You can make a birth chart or natal astrology chart for yourself or someone else, or create charts for different events.
If you want to print out a chart, you can get a free printable template on Always Astrology’s website: https://www.alwaysastrology.com/astrology-symbols.html
Read the results of the charts you create. Use the knowledge you have gained about the different zodiac signs, planetary aspects, and elements to help you interpret a chart. Keep in mind that astrology is not an exact science, so don’t worry if some aspects of your reading seem a little off. You will gain more insight and improve your chart readings with time.
If you create an astrological chart using a website, then it will also provide interpretations of your chart.
Write horoscopes based on your astrology findings. If you create a chart and want to boil it down into a forecast for the day, week, or month, then you might try your hand at writing horoscopes. This is a way of succinctly describing what the planetary alignment indicates for different individuals. It’s a fun way to practice your astrology skills and continue building your knowledge.[Edit]Tips
It takes a while to master all of astrology’s concepts. Try setting aside at least 15 minutes daily to study astrology and practice some of the techniques you have learned.[Edit]Warnings
Never use astrology alone or to help you make major life decisions![Edit]References↑ https://astrolibrary.org/zodiac/