Astrology comes from a Greek work astronlogia which, when broken down, means the Study of the Stars. Astrology is the study of how the positions and movements of the Sun, Moon, Planets and the fixed stars co-relate with what’s happening on Earth and in our lives. A summary of why astrology is important can be summed up in the following quote found in the Emerald Tablets:
As below, so above
As above, so below
To accomplish the miracle of one thing….
The above is a recognition that we are a microcosm of the macrocosm. We are all connected to all life that exists everywhere and everything affects everything.
Types of Astrology
Sidereal Astrology – Sidereal astrology recognises 13 Zodiac signs instead of the traditional 12 signs of the Zodiac. The 13th sign is called Ophiuchus. Sidereal is recognised by many as the “original” and “correct” form of astrology. Sidereal astrology has not yet received widespread popularity in the Western world. It has, however, always been used by ancient cultures such as the Egyptians, Persians, Vedics, and Mayans.
Vedic Astrology – Vedic Astrology refers to Indian or Hindu astrology, a system that originated in ancient India and which was documented by sages in the Vedic scriptures. Also known as “Jyotish” – the science of light – Vedic astrology deals with astral light patterns that are thought to determine our destiny. The basic premise of this astrology is that all things are linked and your karma is determined by a predestined cosmic design. Vedic astrology differs from Western or Tropical astrology mainly in that it uses the fixed zodiac as opposed to the moving zodiac.
Chinese Astrology – The Chinese Zodiac, known as shengxiao, is based on a twelve-year cycle. Each year in that cycle related to an animal sign. In order, the 12 animals are: Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog, Pig. Each year is associated with a zodiac animal. This year is the year of Dog and 2019 is the year of the Pig.
Western or Tropical Astrology – This is the most popular system in the westernized world. The western/tropical zodiac is based on the relationship of the Sun to the Earth and delineates a chart based on the seasonal cycles of our Earth and not on the literal present day alignments with the actual constellations. This astrology series will focus on this type of astrology as it is more commonly used and recognised.
Natal astrology involves the study of the position of the planets at the time of your birth. An astrologer draws up a chart which acts as a map of the sky at that precise moment and this becomes your natal chart. Imagine that someone takes a snapshot of the sky at the exact moment of your birth. This is then used to deduce the skills and talents a person has and the challenges that the person will face in their lifetime. That exact planetary placement in your chart will not happen again for another 26,000. Yes, you are that unique!
Your natal chart can be done online. You will need to know the exact time, day and location of your birth. The time is very important. So ask your parents or check your birth or hospital records. There are some astrologers – a rectification astrologer – that can ascertain your exact birth time. A kinesiologist can also muscle test your exact time of birth. The idea is that the memory of your exact time of birth is stored deep down in your body and can be extracted. If you cant be bothered with all this, you can just set the time as 6am or midday but know that your natal chart will not be as accurate. To calculate your natal chart you can use some of the following online tools:
Café Astrology: https://astro.cafeastrology.com/natal.php
The Zodiac Signs and their symbols
When studying the stars, astrologers note the movement of the sun, moon and planets around the zodiac. The zodiac is divided into 12 equal sections that are known by the names of the astrological signs which are listed below.
Aries – The Ram
Taurus – The Bull
Gemini – The Twins
Cancer – The Crab
Leo – The Lion
Virgo – The Virgin
Libra – The Scales
Scorpio – The Scorpion
Sagittarius – The Archer
Capricorn – The Goat
Aquarius – The Water Bearer
Pisces – The Fish
Next up, we will discuss the planets and houses.