For all of its complexity, astrology is a rather simple, formulaic science when approached from that standpiont only. Granted, astrology is truly a unique mixture of both science and art. The science portion is based on degrees, angles, aspects and transits. The art portion of astrology comes from the gift of the interpretter.
To a trained professional, the astrology chart is comprised of a language that is unique to the constraints of the process. Like legal jargon, or medical terms, the dialog of the astrologer is based on many of the same principles. Once you understand a few basics you can quickly begin to develop connections and associations bewteen the science and the art.
The science part is relatively easy to learn. The art part requires years of practice. You cannot really have one with out the other and yet one requires far more time than the other. The most accurate analogy would be akin to a graduating medical student, who may know plenty about the science of medicine, but it is not fully adept at the topic until he accrues “mileage” or practice that he becomes a truly skilled physician. The same is true with astrology. Take a few minutes to learn some basic principles and before long you will develop a “feel” for the chart. Contact me with questions at firstname.lastname@example.org
Aries (March 21 – April 19)
Aries people need to keep physically busy. They accomplish many things simply because of their restless energy. They need to learn how to make constructive use of their energetic efforts. The typical Aries urge is to take on more projects than can be done reasonably well. Though others may find it difficult to physically keep pace, they are attracted to the animation and spirit of Aries personalities.
Taurus (April 20 – May 20)
Taureans stubbornly cling to their own ideas and habits, and may fail to take advantage of new ideas or situations simply because they cannot see their practical use. They have to understand that while tenacity and a stable temperament yield rewards in many endeavors, tolerance and flexibility are the best assets when it comes to personal relationships.
Gemini (May 21 – June 21)
Using their communicative skills, Geminis adapt to any situation they encounter. However, they must learn to speak with candor instead of simply repeating what others want to hear. Clever-tongued Geminis develop the amazing ability to obscure the facts in their stimulating and imaginative chatter.
Cancer (June 22 – July 22)
Cancerians get things done through the power of their emotional commitment. Not only do they aggressively work to accomplish the goals inspired by their own feelings, they also know how to appeal to the emotions of others. By making other people feel like family members, Cancerians effectively inspire others to help get projects accomplished. They have to learn how to reach an emotional balance since they tend to be overly sensitive and moody.
Leo (July 23 – August 22)
Leos stubbornly cling to their pride. They resent the indignity of altering their opinions or behavior in front of or at the request of others. Their stubborn nature makes it hard for them to accept that there is no virtue in giving what they want to give rather than what may really be wanted or needed, and no reward in misguided loyalty to those who are not worthy of it.
Virgo (Aug 23 – September 22)
Virgos adapt to different people and situations by finding ways to make themselves useful. To hide their vulnerability, they focus attention on what they’re doing rather than who they are. To deflect attention away from themselves, Virgos will also focus on other people by praising their talents and virtues, or just as likely, by listing their faulty behavior or personal defects.
Libra (September 23 – October 22)
Librans accomplish things because they intellectually evaluate what needs to be done, and then they charm others into cooperating with them to achieve the goal. By unselfishly sharing the success of accomplishment with those who assisted, Librans continue to engender the cooperative efforts of others. They have to learn how to deal with confrontations. Fear of hurting others or avoidance of hostile situations can keep them from pursuing their goals.
Scorpio (October 23 – November 21)
Scorpios stubbornly cling to emotional attachments. They rarely forget or forgive emotional rejection. They have to learn that jealousy and possessiveness are self-defeating. Rechanneling negative feelings and experiences into constructive activities benefits others as well as themselves. No other sign has the emotional strength of Scorpio.
Sagittarius (November 22 – December 21)
Restless energy and the need for personal independence keeps Sagittarians moving in many directions. They become experts at adapting to whatever culture and clime happens to fit their current interest. Always ready to travel for business or pleasure, and sometimes because of an overwhelming urge to escape (either figuratively or literally), they are all too willing to bypass the confinements of responsibility and work.
Capricorn (December 22 – January 19)
Capricorns are natural goal setters. They willingly handle many tasks if it helps them get what they want. Many things get accomplished simply because they happen to be part of Capricorn’s overall efforts to reach higher goals. They need definitive guidelines. Rules and regulations provide structure they need for establishing the pattern of their own actions. They must learn however, that the end never justifies the means.
Aquarius (January 20 – February 18)
Aquarians are born looking for ideologies to which they can stubbornly cling. They refuse to budge whenever an issue involves what they believe to be a “matter of principle. ” As in the case of the Aquarian Abraham Lincoln, society greatly benefits when these principles happen to be noble ones.
Pisces (February 19 – March 20)
Pisceans adapt emotionally to the influence of their environment. Often painfully shy, they are adept at imitating the mannerisms of other people as a way of hiding their own personality. Pisceans can too easily become victims of their considerable ability to identify with the personality and problems of other people, since it severely restricts the development of their own personality traits and talents.
Just as the moon’s energy pushes and pulls our oceans, so do the other planets have an influence in our lives. Although astrology is often seen as an intangible science, the simple fact remains that it is incredibly accurate; so much so, that some of the greatest scientific minds in the history of humanity have vouched for its efficacy.
The degree to which we can understand and accept astrology depends upon our ability to think with an open mind. A broad acceptance of the intangible allows us to glean the wisdom of centuries of observation.
Sun — Ego
The sun rules will power and ego. It is the core of your potential and uniqueness as an individual; who you are and what you are about. It represents the main direction and focus you want your life to take, and your determination to accomplish what you set out to do. It is your personal honesty and integrity, and the ability to command respect and authority, to impress and influence others.
The Sun is the astrological ruler of Leo.
Moon — Emotions
The moon rules desire as opposed to ego, need as opposed to expediency or reason. It describes how you feel about yourself, how you handle relationships, and how you emotionally respond to situations and experiences. It describes the flow of your daily functions; physical, emotional, and mental. The moon represents your residence and domestic environment. It rules babies and young children, your mother and other important females in your life.
The Moon is the astrological ruler of Cancer.
Mercury — Communications
Mercury indicates mental outlook, intellectual endeavors, the way you think and communicate. It represents ideas, methods, and information. It rules your hands and thus your manual dexterity and mechanical skills. Mercury also describes transportation; that is, how you get where you’re going physically and mentally. Do you speed with all possible haste or amble along taking a few detours here and there?
Mercury is the astrological ruler of Gemini and Virgo.
Venus — Love
Venus rules your social attitudes and behavior, and your aesthetic tastes and inclinations. It is female relationships and social interactions at every level. Venus indicates your values. It describes romance, marriage and other partnerships, capacity for humor, and the pursuit of pleasure.
Venus is the astrological ruler of Taurus and Libra.
Mars — Drive
Mars rules physical energy and efforts. It describes the strength and direction of the physical force that drives your ego, fires your emotions, and encourages your mental endeavors and communicative skills. It describes male relationships and associations, risk-taking inclinations, and the physical challenges you are likely to encounter.
Mars is the astrological ruler of Aries, and the co-ruler of Scorpio.
Jupiter — Fortune
Jupiter rules your potential for growth and expansion on many levels; physical, intellectual, spiritual, cultural, and the accumulation of material assets, power, and status. It describes your optimism and aspirations. It represents your father and his position in society.
Jupiter is the astrological ruler of Sagittarius and the ancient ruler of Pisces.
Saturn — Responsibility
Saturn rules responsibilities, restrictions and limitations you are apt to encounter, and the lessons you must learn in life. It does not deny or diminish imagination, inspiration, spirituality, and good fortune but it does demand that these things be given structure and meaning.
Saturn is the astrological ruler of Capricorn and the ancient ruler of Aquarius.
Uranus — Eccentricity
Uranus rules personal as well as societal freedom. It indicates originality of thought and expression. In society it rules radical ideas and people as well as revolutionary events that upset established structures. Uranus takes approximately seven years to transit one sign, taking about 84 years to complete all twelve signs. Since groups of people with Uranus in the same sign are separated by 84 years, the influence of this planet in a sign is generational. The personal implications of Uranus in your life are described by its house position and the aspects it makes with other planets in your natal chart. It describes areas of unpredictability, and where you or your life style may be different than those around you. It relates to the unusual or unique. Friends and associations to which you belong are also indicated, as is your potential involvement with science and technology, computers, and the media.
Uranus is the astrological ruler of Aquarius.
Neptune — Dreams
Neptune rules those who are oppressed or abandoned; the misfits of society. On a higher level it rules visionaries, and those who are glamorous and charismatic. It represents spirituality, mysticism, and ideals. Neptune is in one sign for approximately thirteen years, taking about 164 years to complete its cycle through all twelve signs. Since 164 years separate people born during its transit of one sign and those born when it returns, Neptune’s significance in any sign is described as generational or historical. On a personal level, Neptune’s house position and the aspects it makes with other planets in your natal chart will describe spirituality, abstract thinking, illusion, disillusionment, and other areas of your life where things aren’t always what they seem. It rules derangement, guilt, persecution, and describes the potential for experiences related to confinement, abandonment, and addiction or physical intolerance to drugs.
Neptune is the astrological ruler of Pisces.
Pluto — Transformation
Pluto takes approximately 248 years to make one cycle through all twelve signs. The period Pluto spends in each sign can vary from twelve years to thirty two years due to the eccentricity of its orbit. Like atomic energy (a force ruled by Pluto), the presence and direction of Pluto’s energy are never obvious until it is used. Pluto’s influence in any sign is interpreted as generational or historical. In your personal life, Pluto’s significance is interpreted from its house position and the aspects it makes to other natal planets in your horoscope. Pluto rules intense energy, and describes the areas in which you consciously or subconsciously seek to exercise power or control. Pluto is also linked to your karmic responsibility, and in this respect, it describes the areas where you must gain the deepest level of understanding.
Pluto is the astrological ruler of Scorpio.
The Houses are where the planetary influence appears in our lives. Think of them as rooms or sectors of our lives where we feel the influence of the universe and the signs. They are the places where events are governed by the signs and planets. Another way to think of them is as scenes in a play.
~1~ The First House
House of Personality
Corresponds with Aries and Mars
Keywords of the First House ~ appearance, personal appearance, how one cares for his approach to life, one’s beginning of all enterprises, one’s birth, one’s character, your desires, disposition, environment, immediate (school, office, public buildings) habits, how one is seen, I am, impression one makes on others, individuality, personality, physical body, projected image (the mask and costume we wear outside our home), self-opinion, way one expresses himself, way one wants others to see him.
~2~ The Second House
House of Money
Corresponds with Taurus and Venus
Keywords associated with the Second House ~ banks, banker, budgets, cash, checks, debts, personal earning capacity, freedom, financial losses, gifts bestowed or received, income, inheritance of power, I possess, investments, material resources Or Possessions, money, negotiable assets, partner’s death, personal values, physical senses, self-worth, stockbroker, talent, wealth.
~3~ The Third House
House of Communication
Corresponds with Gemini and Mercury.
Keywords associated with the Third House ~ brothers & sisters, communication, commuting, concrete thought – the conscious mind, contracts & agreements, correspondence, intellect, intelligence journalist, journalism, journals, lungs, breathing, meetings & conferences messages, telegrams neighbors, nerves & nervous system, post office, mail, postmen, receptivity to ideas from others, secretaries, short trips, speech, studies, students, studying, teachers & teaching, tests, written and oral, trade, local transportation of all kinds, writing, writers.
~4~ The Fourth House
House of Home
Corresponds with Cancer and the Moon.
Keywords associated with the Fourth House ~ agriculture, cause of losses in speculation, cities and buildings, cousins, domestic environment, end of life, estates, father or mother-in-law, family, gain from writing or contracts, one’s grave or place of rest, home or residence, hotels or motels, land, later life conditions, leases, parent, personal activities, one’s private life, property and possessions, immovable ranches and ranchers, security and fortifications, traditions, family
~5~ The Fifth House
House of Creativity
Corresponds with Leo and the Sun.
Keywords associated with the Fifth House ~ amusement, children, birth or adopted, concerts, concert hall, courtship, creative self-expression, drama and dramatists, excitement, games, groups, bowling league, hobbies, holidays, income from real estate, love affairs’ one’s lover, love given, preachy, places of entertainment, pleasure, public schools, show business, social affairs & functions, speculation, gambling, teachers, teaching.
~6~ The Sixth House
House of Service/Work
Corresponds with Virgo.
Keywords associated with the Sixth House ~ animals, small (dog or cat) pets small or domestic, army, nannies, assimilation of food, cafes, civil service, closets, clothing, in general, co-workers, daily work or routine, doctors, nurses, dress, one’s manner of, employment, employees, health, hygiene, labor, laboring classes, libraries, nutrition, pantries, relations with co-workers, servants, service, subordinates, one’s tenants, work, work environment.
~7~ The Seventh House
House of Relationships
Corresponds with Libra and Venus.
Keywords associated with the Seventh House ~ agreements & contracts, communication, meaningful competition, controversies, cooperation or the lack- of it, courts, the divorce, fugitives, grandparents, law-suits, love, lovers, marriage, nephews, nieces, opponents, known outcome of all contentions, partnerships, marriage or business, peace, public, the relationships, one-on-one rivals, rivalry, social affairs, social functions, strife, enmities, pleas, war.
~8~ The Eighth House
House of Sex/Death
Corresponds with Scorpio and Pluto.
Keywords associated with the Eighth House ~ alimony, astral experiences, bankruptcy, corporate, death, debts, dowries, drastic changes, inheritances, insurance, matters relating to death, occult matters, outcome of lawsuits, partner’s income, recycling, regeneration, reincarnation, resources – other people’s sex, suicides, support from others, surgery, taxes, wills.
~9~ The Ninth House
House of Philosophy
Corresponds with Sagittarius and Jupiter.
Keywords associated with the Ninth House ~ advertising, airline hostesses, attorneys, lawyers, ceremonies, churches, church affairs, ministers, courts of law, dreams, foreigners, anything that is foreign, foreign politics, freedom, grandchildren, higher education & universities, hips, upper legs, sciatic nerves, ideals, in-laws, journeys, literature, litigation, metaphysics, places at a distance, publishing, religion, philosophy, science, in general, travel, rents, truth.
~10~ The Tenth House
House of Career
Corresponds with Capricorn and Saturn.
Keywords associated with the Tenth House ~ achievement, advancement, ambitious persons, authority figures, business, career or profession, dishonor, employers, esteem, fame, famous people, government, illness of one’s children, leaders, leadership, matters outside the home, ones moral qualities, one’s position in the world, parents, politics, politicians, prestige, honors, popularity, pride, promotions, reputation, responsibilities & duty, social status.
~11~ The Eleventh House
House of Associations
Corresponds with Aquarius and Uranus.
Keywords associated with the Eleventh House ~ business income, civic organizations, congress or the House of Representatives, colleagues, companies, contacts, counselors, death of parents (also 5th), expectations, finances of one’s employer, friends & acquaintances, groups, hopes, wishes, goals, legacies, memberships, money from one’s profession, one’s fourth child, one’s ideas of happiness, organizations, projects, ambitions, sons, daughters-in-law, sororities, fraternities, stepchildren.
~12~ The Twelfth House
House of Transformation
Corresponds with Pisces and Neptune.
Keywords associated with the Twelfth House ~ animals, aunts, uncles, confinement, help from behind the scenes, hospitals & other places of confinement, institutions, meditation, occupations of brothers & sisters, private investigators, rest homes, retirement, sanctuaries, sea, seamen, seclusion, loneliness, self-analysis, self-undoing, solitude, places of solitude, sorrows, secret sorrows, study, subconscious, thieves, welfare, secrets, secret enemies.
Thinking about the world through the eyes of an astrologer, we offer some simple thoughts about the relevance of the stars in your life. The astrological signs are broken down into the four primary elements with the basic characteristics included. Similarly, the four basic personality types are included with their corresponding sign. Find your sign, and then do a little investigation and see if your closest friends and associations don’t coincide with a complimentary sign. Open your mind to new alternatives. There is nothing to fear or reject; only goodness and a broader mind!
Aries (March 21-April 21)
Leo (July 23-August 23)
Sagittarius (November 23-December 21)
People with a fire sign, tend to be highly charged individuals. They exude warmth, passion and heat and are enthusiastic about most things that interest them. They are natural pioneers who love to blaze trails, explore new concepts, and all things inventive. As a result, they are typically natural born leaders or are drawn to others who have a similar penchant for excitement, vision, and optimism. Fire signs have lots of courage and often charge into situations without regard for caution. They are primal in their drives and seek excitement and vitality in all that they do. Fire signs are known to have strong opinions to match their inflated egos and they thrive as the center of attention.
Taurus (April 21-May 20)
Virgo (August 24-September 23)
Capricorn (December 22-January 20)
Earth signs are dedicated, grounded and well-intentioned individuals. They are practical, hence the term, down-to-earth. They are most content in an environment of comfort and material wealth. They tend to be very patient, loyal and stable people. Sometimes they can be overly so, and become cautious to a fault. Earth signs love the basics of life including food, clothing, shelter and all things primal and sensual. They tend to be well informed and methodical in their approach to matters. As a result they are good task masters, who can plod along with a slow, dedication that brings about the desired result. They can be conservative and meek while balancing their egos with a sense of contentment.
Gemini (May 21-June 21)
Aquarius (January 21-February 19)
Libra (September 24-October 23)
Air signs dominate the intellect and the obtuse. They are intense thinkers with great regard for depth and all things philosophical. By the same token, they are lively entertainers who draw on their intellect for quick witty comments and symbolic associations. They tend to value truth, justice, and equality, while at the same time they are balanced and fair. Air signs are often information gatherers and dispensers and glean the importance of critical situations with great speed and relevance. They can be objective and analytical with a strong desire for the truth in any situation. Rational, quick, and clever, the air signs truly dwell in the loftier aspects of living.
Cancer (June 22-July22)
Scorpio (October24-November 22)
Pisces (February 20-March 20)
Water signs are deep as the deep blue see. They are deep thinkers with great regard for detail and the greater design of things. As possessors of great wisdom, they move with caution and rarely make a move without first feeling it on some inner level. They are nurturers who soothe and protect, preserve and defend. Earth signs are often philosophers or dwell in metaphysical circles. They are also highly romantic and often serious artists who contemplate the greater nature of life, living, and love. Water signs tend to specialize in private intense relationships and reveal themselves to others very slowly. As a result they are often seen to others as being cool or aloof, when in fact they are simply slow to warm. When they do warm, their depth of character is truly discovered.
The modes, or quadruplicities as they are known, represent the types of energy or character of the sign. There are three types of modes. Each of the modes contains four signs; one for each of the elements in the mode. The first mode is Cardinal which contains Aries (fire), Cancer (water), Libra (air), and Capricorn (earth). The next mode is Fixed which contains Leo (fire), Scoprio (water), Aquarius (air), and Taurus (earth). Lastly are Mutable signs whcih contains Sagittarius (fire), Pisces (water), Gemini (air), and Virgo (earth).
~ CARDINAL Signs
Aries, Libra, Cancer, Capricorn
Applies to the angular houses 1,4,7,10
People with an emphasis on cardinal signs have an urge to take the lead and to shape things. They are initiators and act according to their aims and goals. Cardinal people are do-ers of the first degree. They lead, are pioneers, and are often found in positions of power. Where ever you have a cardinal planet in your chart is where you are likely to show signs of action. People born in these signs are strong-willed and have a desire for accomplishment. They are the doers, the movers and shakers in the world. Also known as “executive” signs, Cardinal sign personalities like to be involved in major projects and to take charge of whatever needs to be done.
For example: Venus in a cardinal sign implies a desire to initiate or acquire love and money conditions in ones life.
~ FIXED Signs
Leo, Aquarius, Scorpio, Taurus
Applies to the succedent houses 2,5,8,11
People with an emphasis on the fixed signs have a desire to build on what is already there and to organize it more efficiently. They tend to preserve a “status quo” and act in response to given circumstances. These personalities are cautious and tend to be extremely stubborn. Their opinions and habits are not readily altered. They do not appreciate unexpected, sudden, or imposed changes. The tenacity of these personalities is a valuable asset in research or other areas where patience and stamina are required. Their cautious nature prevents unnecessary waste of their time, talent, and resources. As the word implies, fixed indicates a characteristic that is not easily changed and typically exhibits inflexibility.
For example: Mars in a fixed sign implies a strong desire to do operate (drive, ambition) in a certain, pre-defined manner.
~ MUTABLE Signs
Sagittarius, Gemini, Pisces, Virgo
Applies to the cadent houses 3,6,9,12
People with an emphasis on the mutable or common signs tend to seek change and renewal. They can easily replace one thing with another and align their actions with unfolding processes. These individuals have remarkable ability to adapt to all kinds of situations, making it easy for others to live and work with them. Their adaptability makes Mutable sign people survivors. However, their willingness to constantly adjust to the influence of other people’s situations can seriously inhibit the growth and development of their own talents and personalities.
For example: Jupiter (large, expansion) in a mutable sign might indicate too much giving or sacrifice on ones part.
Your Rising Sign
The Rising Sign in an astrology chart is second only to the Sun sign in importance. The rising sign or ascendant, as it is also known, is determined by the exact time of birth. Every four minutes the earth rotates one degree. Every two hours the Sun sits in a narrow path on the horizon. The horizon is the line between light and dark on the planet. During that two hour window the Sun is in each one of the zodiac signs. This time will vary throughout the year as the earth revolves around the Sun.
Depending on the time of year and the time of day, the rising sign will be found in one of the twelve zodiac signs. This is often different from the actual Sun sign and represents a significant role in the character of the individual. It is the mask we wear and what the outside world recognizes when looking at us. For example: you could have been born with your Sun in the sign of Aries, but due to the exact time of birth, the position of the Sun on the horizon (the ecliptic) could have been in another sign. This point in the astrology chart indicates the manner in which we appear to the world.
The rising sign is also the determining point which sets the stage for the line-up of the houses in an individual’s chart. A person with a first house in Libra will differ significantly from a person who has a rising sign in Aries, for example. This brings a distinctively different flavor to the energy and outcomes of events and scenarios in an individual’s life. It is also a significant indicator in the success or failure of a relationship. If the rising sign matches with the Moon or Sun in another’s chart, the likelihood for success is greatly enhanced.