What is Astrology?
Astrology is the study of the celestial bodies (planets and signs) in the heavens, and how they inter-relate with each other. Fundamental to astrology is the concept of divination - "as above so below" which is the belief that the influence of the celestial bodies in the heavens, can impact on events/people below on earth.
Sun, Moon, Venus, Mercury, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, Pluto.
The 10 planets move around the zodiac, which is represented by a 360deg wheel, and weave in and out of the 12 signs of the zodiac. So at your time of birth you will have each planet in a particular sign e.g. Sun in Capricorn, if born in the time of the year when the Sun is always transiting through the Sign of Capricorn.
Over the centuries, astrologers have given interpretations for each of the planets. Mars represents aggression, Venus represents love and so on.Today astrologers still use the interpretations which were recorded over time from very early periods of human civilisation.
The Signs of the Zodiac
Aries,Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius, Capricorn, Aquarius, Pisces.
The twelve signs of the Zodiac are represented by a glyph or symbol and over the centuries have also been assigned a symbol. Of course astrologers have given an interpretation to each sign.
The Natal Chart
The natal chart is represented as a wheel of 360 deg, and divided into 12 houses. Each house is 30 deg. On calculation of the natal chart, which is done mostly by computer these days, the latitude and longitude is taken from the native's place of birth, and together with the time and date of the birth, an exact calculation of the signs and planets in the sky are captured into the chart. (All the necessary information is obtained from an ephemeris which tracks the exact positions of the planets over time.)
The chart commences with the Ascendant, the point which is rising over the eastern horizon at the exact time of birth and place of birth. If your ascendant has a degree of 20 Aries when born, then the 360 degree wheel commences from that point. Aries will rule your first house and then going in an anti-clockwise direction, your second house will be 20 deg Taurus and so on.
Astrologers have assigned meanings to the houses, and when planets fall in the houses, the astrologer interprets the meaning of the house and the meaning given to the planet and also adds the meaning of the zodiac sign the planet was transiting through at your birth.
Houses and what they represent
1st house -Self
9th house-Mental Exploration
11th house-Hopes and Wishes
12th house-Self-undoing/letting go of ego
Aspects represent the degrees between planets which are used by astrologers for additional interpretations. As the planets transit through the zodiac signs in the heavens, they make aspects to each other. Over time, a planet can appear in the exact zodiacal position of another planet, so we have conjunctions. Sextiles are when they are 60 degrees apart from each other and squares are 90 deg, oppositions are 180 deg apart, and trines are 120 deg apart.
Astrologers give varying meanings to the varying aspects. A conjunction heightens the strength of the 2 planets, a square between planets causes friction, trines represent easy flowing energy and oppositions represent opposing energy. Once again, astrologers today use the intepretations recorded by astrologers who made these observations, many centuries ago. For example, when the planet Uranus is square Pluto, astrologers have observed great upheavals and revolutions in society.
All natal charts, have a mixture of easy and no so easy aspects in a chart. Interpreting the meaning of these aspects is another tool the astrologer uses.
Astrologers are trained by various astrological associations in Australia and they have studied the meanings of the planets, signs, houses and aspects, and put it all together in an astrological reading.
They must use your birth time, place and date, for the most accurate reading, although insight can be given without an exact time of birth.
Today astrologers can use many astrological methods and tools to do the chart interpretation, using the knowledge of the many astrologers who have gone before them, and written down the intrepretations of the various celestial bodies and how they impact on each other.
Astrologers can also use computerised reports, which have been written by other astrologers and incorporated into software. Most astrologers use a combination of both. They use their computers to draw up the chart, and then look at the chart, and do the interpretation from reading the major standouts in the chart.
A natal chart reading can be very lengthy, so computer reports are often used for such reports. An astrologer can however, hone into the chart at a certain point in a persons life, and read "for the moment". Usually this type of reading has more immediate relevance to the client.
Often it is best to tell the astrologer what is going on in your life at the moment, to get the best result from a reading. For example you can tell them that you are looking for a career change, a partner or more money. The astrologer can then use various techniques to assess the given situation and recommend a course of action.
A basic natal chart reading, generated from a computer is a very useful reading to retain, as it will generally outline your general characteristics, and highlight where your important planets are. For example, you will be told the sign of your ascendant, the sign of your sun and moon. Today, armed with this information and using the internet you can obtain many useful insights into your personality, and after all that's what its all about - finding out more about self.
As above so below.