What is Astrology?
Astrology is the spiritual science that studies the connection between the relative movements of celestial bodies and our behavior here on Earth. It is the study of time, space, and the human experience. The music of the Universe.
There are many forms of Astrology, and it is found in every culture on the planet; though I study Western Tropical Astrology, the style you all are mostly familiar with, where we study 12 signs, and the movements of planetary bodies within a circular chart of the heavens above us. The signs are archetypes that help us to understand the energy being expressed and how we can best work with it. Each planet, or point, that we study in Astrology also has an archetype - some are directly connected with one of the 12 signs, and others are blends of multiple signs.
Ex. Saturn is the planetary ruler of the Capricorn archetype; Venus is the planetary ruler of the Taurus + Libra archetypes.
What are the 12 Signs and how are they arranged?
The 12 Signs of Astrology are, in order, Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius, Capricorn, Aquarius, Pisces.
They are arranged in a wheel, divided into 12 equal sections.
You can think of Astrology as the natural progression of life - birth, feed, communicate, nurture, express, devote, relate, exchange, explore, achieve, give back, and surrender - and the cycle begins again.
The signs are further arranged into Elements and Qualities, to help us better understand the energy.
The Wheel follows a specific formula of Four Elements and Three Qualities
- Fire -> 2. Earth -> 3. Air -> 4. Water -> repeat
- Cardinal -> 2. Fixed -> 3. Mutable -> repeat
Fire signs are the beginners, Water signs are the enders, and in-between we have Earth and Air to commit to and breathe life into our visions.
Fire energy is motivating, creative
Earth energy is stable, committed
Air energy is communicative, objective
Water energy is compassionate, intuitive
Cardinal energy is Executive - Leading
Fixed energy is Determined - Working
Mutable energy is Adaptable - Healing
Understanding this formula is the beginning step in discovering the power of Astrology as a tool for your daily life.
So, we have 12 Signs, each one is further described by its Element and Quality.
Cardinal Fire (Aries) -> Fixed Earth (Taurus) -> Mutable Air (Gemini) -> Cardinal Water -> Fixed FIre (Leo) -> Mutable Earth (Virgo) -> Cardinal Air (Libra) -> Fixed Water (Scorpio) -> Mutable Fire (Sagittarius) -> Cardinal Earth (Capricorn) -> Fixed Air (Aquarius) -> Mutable Water (Pisces)
In popular astrology, we commonly talk about our Sun signs - the sign the Sun was in on the day that we were born; however, we have signs for each planet in our solar system, the Moon, and other points we study.
Your Sun sign is your creative expression - it’s how you shine in your Universe, and it holds a lot of power, though if you want to know how and where you shine the best - you find what house the Sun was located in when you were born. The Sun is the planetary ruler of Leo.
Ex. The Sun was in Aries when I was born, though it was in the 6th House of the Heavens, so, one interpretation of this would be: Jilly is a pioneer (Cardinal + Fire energy = leader + beginner) in matters of devotional service and responsibility.
Your Moon sign is your emotional currents - the ebbs and flows of your internal workings. We are heavily guided by our Moon sign, it is the Chariot that we ride to reach our emotional wants and needs. And to further discover or understand your emotional currents, and where they are focused you can look to the House it was in when you were born. The Moon is the planetary ruler of Cancer.
Ex. The Moon was in Virgo when I was born, though it was in the 12th House, so, one interpretation of this would be: Jilly’s analytical and devotional emotions are best experienced in isolation and through dreams/meditation.
Your Mercury sign is your communication style, your absorbed intellect from the environment you live within or grew up in, your thinking. It is never that far from the Sun, though you may have different signs for your Sun and Mercury. Mercury is the planetary ruler of Gemini and Virgo.
Your Venus sign is your values - your self-worth, your sense of harmony, your connection to others and resources. Venus is the planetary ruler of Taurus and Libra.
Your Mars sign is your sex drive, your passion, your energy, your aggression. Mars is the planetary ruler of Aries and Scorpio.
Your Jupiter sign is your connection to anything foreign, it's how you expand in your Universe - how you seek opportunity and explore. Jupiter is the planetary ruler of Sagittarius.
Your Saturn sign is your style of building structure and obtaining roles of authority. It is how you commit and create a legacy for yourself. Saturn is the planetary ruler of Capricorn and Aquarius.
Your Uranus sign is your genius (especially what house it is in.) It is where you innovate and seek progessive change for the benefit of humanity. In essence, it is how you rebel against the status quo. Uranus is the planetary ruler of Aquarius.
Your Neptune sign is your ideals, and how (and where) you find inspiration and spirituality. It is also your dreams and illusions you may have. I highly recommend getting in touch with your Neptune, as it can be an achille’s heel (same as 12th House,) and may be the cause for much escapism and procrastination in your life.
Your Pluto sign is your power over others, your compulsive + unconscious forces that create transformation within yourself and society. Shadow forces. I also recommend learning about your Pluto, as it is your unconscious security needs and may cast a great shadow within your life. Pluto is the planetary ruler of Scorpio.
"The Only Way to Learn Astrology" Marion D. March and Joan McEvers
"The Only Astrology Book You'll Ever Need" Joanna Martine Woolfolk
"Sun Sign, Moon Sign" Charles & Suzi Harvey
"The Book of Pluto" Jeff Green
"Healing the Soul" Mark Jones
"Asteroid Goddesses" Demetra George & Douglas Bloch