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Beginners Astrology
 
What is Astrology?
Astrology is the study of the planets and how they effect us on earth, or is it? One popular outlook is that the planets do not affect us but only act as sign posts. For example, a sun in Virgo does not make one a perfectionist but merely points out perfectionist tendencies in one's personality. If the planets only show tendencies, then we still have control and are able make our own destinies.

At any rate here is my quick primer on the basics of Astrology:

The earthbound sky is divided into 12 equal parts, the 12 signs. of the zodiac. Each sign takes up 30 degrees of the sky and only 6 signs can be seen in the sky at any one time. The other 6 are on the backside of the earth and are visible on the other side. Every 2 hours approximately a new sign pops up on the Eastern horizon and another sign sets on the Western horizon. This is caused by the Earth's rotation. The sign on the Eastern horizon at the time of your birth is your Rising Sign, or Ascendant. It plays an important part in your Astrological profile.

At the time of your birth, the planets of the solar system, including non-planets, Sun and Moon, occupy different areas of the sky. A snapshot of these locations is taken and this represents your Astrological Chart, also known as your Natal Chart. The placement of these planets, as well as the relationship these planets have to one another, influence your personality.

 
Check out the current phases of the Moon
Keep in mind.....

When the moon is New, it is in the same sign as the Sun

When the moon is Full, it is in the opposite sign of the Sun
 

Do your own chart interpretation
You can do your own or someone else's chart interpretation, in a quick and dirty way using this web page.

  1. You will need to have your Natal Chart done. Click HERE to find out how.
  2. Start with the Sun. Read the description.
  3. Then go to the Signs Page and look up the sign your Sun is in. Combine the 2 descriptions.
  4. Do this for all the Planets and the Ascendant.
  5. Next, with the information you have on your planets, go to the Terms and read about the Aspects between your planets.
  6. If you need any help, check out the Tips Page.
 






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