Does astrology work?
The sixty thousand dollar question, of course, is does astrology really work? One might ask another question in reply: Would any theory have lasted 3,000 years if it didn’t work? But of course that’s not a particularly good answer. People are quite capable of believing something silly for thousand of years, until they are proven wrong. Even then, some of them go on believing their silly theories. Just ask the flat-earthers even now.
Yes, astrology works, but not the way most people think it does. The biggest mistake peope make about astrology is believing that it can do the impossible – like foretell the future.
Shock! Horror! Astrology does’t foretell the future? You say. But isn’t that what it’s for? [..]
The mythology of zodiac signs (constellations)
A very, very long time ago, the star constellations that lie behind the 30-degree segments of the zodiac were given the names they now have because the star patterns were thought to resemble those figures. The zodiac sign, in turn, took on the names of the constellations in which they were placed. Through the centuries, however, and because of irregularity in the Earth’s revolution on its axis as it revolves around the Sun, the sky that the ancients observed has “shifted”. In fact, the fixed stars (constellations) that the zodiac signs are named after have moved slowly backwards in the sky (a process called “precession of the equinoxes”). The stars have moved so much, in fact, that the zodiac signs are no longer in their original constellations.
Astronomers like to use this fact to point out that astrology is ultimately nonsense. What they don’t understand is the difference between a “sign” and a “constellation”.
The myth of Aries
Aries is represented by the golden Ram, an astrological animal symbol that [..]
If the planets represent energies and cosmic forces that manifest in different ways, then the planetary aspects show how these energies and forces tend to act and react, one with another, if the will of the person is not brought into play to change them. The aspects to the Sun are the most important.
Sun blending with Moon
The tendency here is for you to be rather one-sided.
It is difficult for you to be objective and you have little or no appreciation for other, different ways of approaching life. You feel yours is the best way and you can’t imagine how anyone else could be doing something different than you. It is hard for you to put yourself in other people’s situations and understand just what things are like for them. You try, but you just don’t have that ability. You tend to be impulsive. You need to learn to use your willpower to control the fluctuating emotional turmoils that stir within you. You can be extremely sensitive at times and you do not always take into consideration how your actions will affect other people. You are not unkind, just oblivious. Your vitality and constitution are generally strengthened with this aspect. In any case, though, there is the need for occasional rest to allow your system to recharge and recuperate. The vitality of the Sun can burn up the constitution of the Moon. You are apt to work on many projects all at the same time and it would be good if you could learn to develop more persistence. Oh, and a little patience, also.
Sun harmonizing with Moon
You are a creative person who can best satisfy your own personal goals by having the support of your family and others, [..]
PHASES OF THE MOON
There are four quarters in the transit of the Moon. Everyone feels the same quarter at the same time, and each is better for some things than others. The waxing period is the time from the New Moon to the Full Moon, and the waning period is the time from the Full Moon to the New Moon.
The New Moon phase is associated with beginnings, and is the best time to start a new project. Energy is high and you want to get things done. As the Moon waxes, you continue on the cycle. The New Moon is the planting of the first seed. Astrologically, the New Moon occurs when the Sun and Moon are at the same point in the zodiac, and is the First Quarter. [..]
Astrological transits are a part of what is usually called predictive astrology, the claim of astrology to predict or forecast future trends and developments. Most astrologers nowadays regard the term ‘prediction’ as something of a misnomer, as modern astrology does not claim to directly predict future events as such. Instead it is claimed that an astrological pattern with regard to the future can correspond with any one of a variety of possibilities. What is in fact foretold is the trend of circumstances and the nature of the individual’s reaction to the situation. In other words, progressed and transiting movements of the planets indicate phases in the individual’s life when the potential shown in the natal chart will be given opportunities for development, whether through favourable or unfavourable circumstances. [..]
The Rising sign is interchangeably called the Ascendant. It can be located on a natal chart as the sign on which the 1st House cusp falls. It is the sign that was at the eastern horizon point, from the viewpoint of your birth coordinates, at the moment of your birth. It rises on the path of the sun’s rise, and it changes degrees every few minutes. This is why an accurate birth time and place is so important for an accurate horoscope. A Rising sign can be different for twins born just a couple minutes apart. Further, this Ascendant point is the premises for the calculations of the rest of the house cusps. A few minutes of time difference shifts the entire chart.
The Rising sign is like a direct connection between our Earth and the zodiac path. It is the zodiac sign that was “rising” over the Earth at the moment that we took our first breath, the point of intersection between the wheel of personal Houses and the celestial zodiac wheel. [..]
How an Aries Rising person looks:
Quick and daring in thought and action, lively and energetic. Impulsive, enthusiastic, self-assertive and aggressive. Venturesome, resistful of control. Very determined. Excitable, and fiery in temper.
When ascending (in addition to the above) the body is generally lean, but strong and enduring and of average height with wiry brown or reddish hair, light complexion. A broad forehead and pointed chin. A keen eye. A brisk lively gait. Liable to hurts about the head and face, and loss of hair.
How a Taurus Rising person looks: [..]
The 1st House in Astrology
The 1st house rules who you come across as. Compare this to the Sun, which shows who you are with those who know you best; the Sun is the inner you while the 1st house is the outer you. The sign on the cusp and any planets in this house will have major influence in your outer personality, looks, and presentation, and the general energy you exert. One interesting note about the 1st house is that we all tend to want to put our best foot forward, so we tend to play up mostly the positive aspects of the sign on the cusp and planets within the house. The 1st house is on an axis with the 7th house (the exact opposite house), and is also called the Ascendant or AC for short (because it’s derived by finding the sign ascending on the horizon at the exact moment of birth). The sign on the cusp is called the rising sign. This house is the house of the self, whereas the 7th house is the house of others. The 1st house is ruled by Aries, Mars, and is an angular house, all action, so a load-up of planets here could show you’re someone who likes to DO.
The 1st House in the Signs
1st House in Aries (Aries Rising)
You come across as someone who is independent, assertive, [..]
Moon square Sun
Perhaps a sense of challenge or blockage just now. You may not find the support you flowing to you. Some sort of temporary obstacle may appear. You may feel frustrated.
Moon square Moon
You may feel blocked or frustrated emotionally by someone or by your own life situation in general. You might feel that some avenues of support have been cut off or blocked. Arguments of an emotional kind could be easy to find. [..]
Moon sextile Sun
There is a chance to understand those around you and to have a special time with someone you love. General good feeling and a sense of support and harmony make this a happy time.
Moon sextile Moon
A great time to reflect and understand your own situation, just how you feel about yourself. Emotions in particular, or the feelings of those around you, may be very clear. A nice time. [..]