Although we generally take 'a horoscope' to mean an astologers prediction of our future. It actually means an astrological chart or diagram representing the positions of the Sun, Moon, planets, astrological aspects, and sensitive angles at the time of an event, such as the moment of a person's birth.
The word 'horoscope' is derived from Greek words hora and scopos meaning "time" "observer". Once it has been worked out, the horoscope provides the basis for divining many aspects of that event or related events or time periods. The sky is divided up into 12 areas - the 12 signs of the zodiac. Each of these signs covers an equal area of the sky and is aligned to the stars. Over millennia the zodiac moves with respect to the stars as the earth's axis precesses - but it's best to ignore this whilst learning the basics.
So when looking at the sky, the stars are fixed when compared with the zodiac, but the planets, as they orbit the sun, change position and "wander" about. Astrology tries to use the movements of the stars to understand our personalities and to some extent control our destinies. Each of the 12 signs is also associated with an element earth, air, fire and water and also a mode cardinal, fixed and mutable. More about this later. Each of the planets which for astrology includes the sun and the moon control a different aspect. In general terms they can be listed as:.
The Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus and Mars are the personal planets which affect our personalities and immediate relationships. The more distant planets affect how we interact with the world in a more general way. When planets are in retrograde e. When they again start to move forward again their effect can be enhanced.
Each planet is the ruler of a particular sign or signs. Whilst in that sign the planets influence is enhanced. The rulerships for each of the planets are as below:. Since telescopes the three outer planets have been discovered and assigned these signs. This information is useful since if you know what influence a planet has, then you will know what influence that signs ruled by that planet have. Signs are allocated a different element in turn. This means that every fourth sign has the same element as follows:.
Fire signs represent a persons passion, energy, enthusiasm, inspiration.
Earth signs represent a persons practicality, stability, materialism, realism. Air signs represent language, intellect, communication and social relationships. Water signs represent emotion, mysticism, intuition. Generally speaking, the more planets someone has in a particular sign at the time of their birth, the stronger that signs personality traits will be in them.
Rather like elements, each sign also has a mode allocated to it.
Every 3rd sign has the same mode as follows:. Virgo, Sagittarius, Pisces.
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Cardinal signs are energetic, dynamic and proactive. Fixed signs are persistence, perseverant, stabile. Mutable signs are flexible, changeable, adaptable, suggestible. Again, the more planets you have in a particular Mode, the more your personality has those traits. It takes quite a lot of skill to determine one's personality traits accurately. However, a simple rule of thumb is to count at the time of birth how many planets fall in each sign and then work out how many are in each element and mode perhaps counting the sun and moon as 2 due to their extra influence.
The greater the score for each indicates how much of an influence each element and mode are on that person. Just when you thought you might have got some sort of a grip on astrology, in come the houses. Whereas signs indicate what personality traits one has, houses indicate where they will exhibited themselves.
Like the signs, there are 12 houses which divide up the sky. However the alignment of the houses is defined by the position of the horizon on the time of your birth. This means in order to calculate the houses, one must know not only what date one was born but also what time to within a few minutes and at what location on earth.
If one were to the set the application above to the time of ones birth and then set the lat and long to the place of ones birth, then the lowest slider will then bring up a display of the horizon at that time and location. Using this horizon one can ascertain how the houses are defined.
The first house is located just under the western horizon, and the others follow consecutively in an anti-clockwise direction - e. Once one knows where the houses lie, one can again see which sign lies in which house. Since there are 12 signs and 12 houses one can see that normally each house will overlay parts of 2 signs. The sign used is the sign which overlays the cusp of the house.
The lines which separate each of the houses are called the cusps. The cusp of a house is the line preceding. The following chart from wikipedia shows how the houses are interpreted. Many modern astrologers assume that the houses relate to their corresponding signs, i. The houses can also be classified as Angular, Succedent and Cadent and are ruled by signs according to the astrological modality. As you can see, astrology is not a simple area of study. The above is just skimming the surface of a subject that could and does take up volumes and volumes of books. There are many systems of astrology and many variations between individual astrologers that use the same basic principles.
Some prefer to align the zodiac to the night time sky as seen by astrologers hundreds or thousands of years ago - such as in the Hindu Astrology system. All in all, with astrology today, one must pick and choose the astrologer and the style of astrology that suits one best. Flash animations copyright : Hayling Graphics.
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They are simply their wishful thinking of those who do not want to accept the facts. Astrology for Babies. These may be great creative and spiritual achievements, provided it is the spirit that uses and acts through the complex, and not the complex which, as a "partial personality" split from the total individual being, uses the twisted energy of life to project its disequilibrated and fragmentary consciousness upon the outside world. Anyway, the choice is this: either you try to live your life by predictions or you have the capability to make a plan and fulfill the plan. Ash Re: Astrology for Babies I had ectopic pregnancy just wanted to know whether I'll conceive again or no n will I have a normal pregnancy 6 October
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