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Answers to all your basic Astrology questions

Whether you’re just getting into Astrology or looking to brush up on Astrology basics, we’ve got answers to all of your frequently asked questions about Astrology, horoscope signs, planets, aspects, transits, birth charts and more. Many people don’t realize how much more there is to Astrology than your Sun sign, but that’s really only the tip of the cosmic iceberg.

Learn the basics of Astrology below, and if you have questions of your own please leave us a comment. We’re happy to answer all of your cosmic questions!

What can Astrology do for me?

Anyone can follow Astrology. It’s important to understand that your Sun sign and birth chart don’t define who you are, but Astrology is rather an outline to help guide you through life. Sure, horoscope signs help explain a person’s personality traits, but everyone is a mixture of all twelve signs combined. It’s just that one person, let’s say a Leo, may display more outgoing and brazen traits than, say, a Libra, who is more inclined to hold back than go full-force.

From choosing a career path to your approach to love and romance, applications of Astrology are almost endless — following Astrology and your horoscope can open your eyes to a new way of thinking, and an outlook that could quite possibly show you more about yourself and those around you than ever before.

Why is my birth time important?

The planets are constantly moving around and switching from aspect to aspect, so the difference of an hour can affect your birth chart, Moon sign and Rising sign — and in turn, this will affect who you are. You can find your birth time information from your birth certificate or by asking your parents. The closer you can get to your specific birth time, the better. Then you can look up your Essential Birth Chart Report and start exploring yourself further.

What’s a horoscope?

Daily horoscopes are the most commonly recognized form of Astrology in the world. While it’s difficult to write an accurate and detailed horoscope that speaks to every single person’s specific situation, horoscopes can be a wonderful tool for getting the general astrological “lay of the land,” and a good daily astrologer is expert at keeping us apprised of general conditions.

What’s a birth chart?

A birth chart, or “natal chart” is your horoscope or astrological chart or graph drawn at the exact time of your birth. In order to get the most accurate birth chart possible, you need to know your time and date of birth, and your location of birth. Your birth chart explains everything Astrological about you, aspects that help define you based on when and where you were born.

What’s a Sun sign?

Your Sun Sign is crucial to your birth chart, and represents your general temperament. It is determined simply by the day and month of your birth.

While it’s is a mistake to think that knowing about your Sun Sign is going to deliver information about how you process things, interact with the world or deal with emotions and relationships, it does represent your basic individuality and forms the foundation for your horoscopes. Going further into your horoscope, more specific aspects of your being are reflected by other heavenly bodies and how they all are “aspected” to each other. Your Sun sign is just the beginning, but it’s a great place to start!

What’s a Moon sign?

Every 2 and 1/3 days, the Moon moves from one sign to the next, taking a total of 28 days to do a complete trip around the zodiac, stopping for a visit in one of each of the twelve signs of the zodiac before starting the same journey all over again. The Moon moves quickly, which speaks to your ever-changing moods and emotions.

If your Rising Sign represents your “external” self, it can be said that your Moon Sign represents your “inner” or “emotional” self, or the way you handle your emotions and the way you truly feel, whether you reveal it or not. To most astrologers, the moon is also about your intuition, your inner vulnerabilities, your fears as well as the things that can stir your heart. As is the case with the Ascendant, your Moon Sign may be entirely different from your Sun Sign, and reading your daily horoscope for your Moon Sign can also provide yet more insight into your personal astrological makeup.

What is a Rising sign?

Your Rising Sign or “Ascendant” reflects that 1/12th slice of the sky that was ascending on the Eastern horizon the moment you were born, and is located on the cusp of the First House of your astrological chart. Knowing your birth time is a necessary piece of information to determine your Rising Sign.

Your Rising Sign is an important part of your astrological chart, because it represents the way you project yourself outward, the way you’re seen and perceived by the rest of the world and the general “impression” that you make on others. It is frequently the case that a person will have a Rising Sign that is entirely different from their Sun Sign, and learning about your Rising Sign, and even reading your daily horoscope for that sign, can provide greater insight into your personal astrological makeup.

What’s the difference between a planetary transit and an aspect/alignment?

A transit refers to the passage of each planet through a particular horoscope sign or house in the birth chart. Planetary aspects, on the other hand, are angles created by the varying positions of the planets in the sky in relation to one another. For example, Neptune may form an aspect to the Sun while it is transiting through Pisces.

What does it mean if I’m “on the cusp?”

Let’s say you were born very late at night on February 18. The Sun enters Pisces on February 19, so you’d be “on the cusp” between an Aquarius, the sign that comes before Pisces in the zodiac, and a Pisces. You would share a combination of the two signs’ personality traits! Lucky you!

Astrology and Astronomy until a few hundred of years ago were a single science, and people used them to help themselves understand nature as well as their own psyches. It was not until 300 years ago that Astrology and Astronomy branched apart, basically due to the lack of understanding of so-called scientific minds.

and and control nature to a point that was inconceivable a few years ago, psychologically we are no better off than we were 2000 years ago. On the contrary, in many ways we could say that our levels of stress and isolation are much worse today.

Ancient people used stories to convey the inner teachings related to Man and the Universe. Such stories allowed them to reveal as well as to conceal inner teachings.

One of the stories is the myth of Uranus. In the beginning there was Chaos, from which came Gaia, the goddess of Earth. Gaia gave birth to Uranus (or Ouranus), who also became her mate. Uranus, who was the god of the sky, mated with Gaia, who then gave birth to many beings, among which were the Cyclops and the Titans. But Uranus, being the god of the sky, did not like any of his offspring because they were too human, not divine like him. Gaia, upset with such behavior, convinced her son Saturn, also known as Cronos, to help her. Saturn castrated Uranus with a sickle and threw his genitals into the sea, where Aphrodite (Venus) was born. From Uranus’s blood spilled on the ground, the goddesses of vengeance, the Furies—envious anger, retaliation, and never-ending ness–were born.

We are all very familiar with the fact that each time that we intend any behavioral change, Uranus’s energy will try to stop us. First, the inertia of the past, Saturn’s energy, intervenes. If that does not work, the Furies appear. They may be inside or outside ourselves, and the only way to conquer them is through love, Venus’s energy.

In this story, Uranus represents change in ourselves, in other words, individualization. This is the energy that compels us to better and improve ourselves.

This story, as well as many others, gives a clear indication of the understanding ancient people had of the cycles and influences of the celestial objects on nature as well as on human beings.

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