Your Ultimate Guide to Astrology
Astrology is a complicated and interesting study of the stars and how they affect the Universe. You don’t have to be an expert to understand and love Astrology! While the information can get quite in depth and specific in some cases, Astrology can also be enjoyed on a basic level where the knowledge of your chart, your horoscope, and destiny are within your reach.
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If you are looking for a place to start learning Astrology, you have come to the right page. We’re going to overview the basics and help you begin your journey into the stars.
Let’s begin! Most people know what their zodiac sign is. Basically, your Sun sign—whether you're a Virgo or you’re a Taurus or any other sign—is determined by the location of the Sun at the time of your birth.
Beyond this, your astrological chart allows you to dig into your personality through your Primal Triad:
And even deeper with your inner and outer planet placements
- Mercury (communication),
- Venus (love),
- Mars (ambition),
- Jupiter (growth),
- Saturn (responsibility),
- Uranus (change),
- Neptune (dreams), and
- Pluto (transformation).
Your planetary positions in your birth chart show what you excel at, what you need to work on, and helps you find out where you are going in this life.
But wait, there's more. This is where it gets interesting. Your chart is formed by where the planets were at the date, time, and place of your birth, meaning that there are specific signs, houses, polarities, and aspects of the zodiac to explore.
There are 12 signs of the zodiac, each one taking up 30 degrees in your birth chart, making a complete 360 degree circle (30 degrees x 12 signs = 360 degrees). Every astrological sign has a specific set of qualities—positive and negative.
Below are some of the key traits for each sign of each zodiac sign.
There are 12 houses that appear in a natal chart counting counter-clockwise from the cusp of the 1st house. The houses are dependent on the rotational movement of the earth and so therefore they rely heavily on your time, date, and place of birth.
Each house is associated with a zodiac sign and a theme that comes into play in your life, you can decipher meaning from which planets end up in which house and where these houses appear in your chart.
Houses affect everything! For example, if you’ve ever met someone with the same zodiac sign and felt like you didn’t have much in common, the houses are to blame. The house in which your Sun falls and what aspects it makes combine to make you who you are.
Below is a brief description of each of the astrological houses.
The 1st house is the house of self, meaning that it rules your personality and your countenance. Often, this house is referred to as ‘the mask you wear.’
The mask is referring to how others see us before getting to know us, which is related directly to our ascendant sign. The first house holds your rising sign and has great significance in understanding your appearance and conduct.
The 2nd house is the house of value, meaning that it rules income and how you support yourself.
This house has themes of possessions, materialism, wealth, and finances. If you were wanting to look at your potential wealth options, this is the house to look at.
The 3rd house is the house of sharing, meaning that it rules communication and intellect. This house has themes of travel, education, and home life.
Often we see elements of how we form our character and what played a role in how we grew up.
The 4th house is the house of home, meaning it rules family and traditions. The themes associated with this house are structure, roots, domesticity, and comfort.
The placements that exist in your fourth house will determine how you feel about the traditions of your society and if or when you decide to “settle down.”
The 5th house is the house of pleasure, meaning it rules creativity and your leisure time. This house centers around themes of romance, hobbies, and child-like wonder.
Often when we look to this house we see how we express ourselves and what we do with the time we are given to do so.
The 6th house is the house of health, which means it rules your daily routine wellness, and health matters.
While you may be thinking of health in the traditional sense, the sixth house looks at your workload, environment/living situation, pets, and mental health as well as your physical health.
The 7th house is the house of balance meaning it rules partnerships; romantic, business, and platonic.
This house reveals how you interact with other people, whether they are friends or enemies. It also acts as a mirror to keep your social equilibrium in check.
The 8th house is the house of transformation meaning it rules the occult, and the support you get from other people. This house looks at ritual and rebirth in our lives as it relates to sex, spiritual activity, death, and intimacy.
All things are shadowy and common. The way we perceive our eighth house is dependent on the generation, society, and culture you were raised in.
The 9th house is the house of purpose meaning it rules philosophy and higher education.
The way we write, learn, and grow lives in this house, displaying how we feel about travel, exploring new concepts, criticism, and change.
The 10th house is the house of enterprise meaning it rules your career and social standing. In addition, this house focuses on our relationship with authority, time-management, ego, deadlines, and discipline.
The way we acknowledge our role in society is found here, differentiating between those who strive for more and those who are happy where they are.
The 11th house is the house of blessings meaning it rules your wishes and your circle of friends. This house helps us find other people like us to associate with such as organizations, clubs, and friend groups.
This house also relates to our aspirations and destiny as it shows how we feel about progress and the status quo.
The 12th house is the house of sacrifice, endings, and hidden things. This house reveals what is unconscious in our lives - our fears, natural responses, talents, and undeveloped skills.
In this house we find what is holding us back and get unstuck through uncovered secrets and personal transformation. Since this is the last house, it also relegates endings and how we grow into the final and most evolved version of ourselves.
Next in understanding your chart are the aspects. Aspects are descriptive categories that explain the distance between two planets in two different or same zodiac signs. The planets make aspects—geometrical angles—to other planets in your birth chart representing different energies in your life and in the Universe at the time of this occurring aspect.
There are two kinds of aspects:
- Easy aspects
- Challenging aspects
You might think that the easy aspects are always positive, but it really doesn’t work like that. A conjunction (where two planets are within a few degrees of the same space in your birth chart) is considered an easy aspect, yet it can get complicated if one planet’s energy is competing with the other.
Similarly, you might think that an opposition is a challenging aspect, but some planets need opposition to bring out their best qualities.
Here are the most common aspects. Don't worry if it gets a bit complicated; there's a lot to take in. Just remember that planets have their own energies, and those energies are influenced by the zodiac signs and the house that they occupy.
If you need a little guidance, you can always speak to our expert astrologers for some help.
Now that you know the basics, it’s time for more.
Here are some free resources to help you continue on your astrological journey: