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All you need to know about Astrology and Horoscopes

Medium Wanda

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When you have a full understanding of everything that makes up astrology and horoscopes, your newfound knowledge has a way of influencing your life and helping you know more about yourself.

Astrology has become quite popular all over the world, so if you know nothing about astrology, you might just be the only one that's left out of all its benefits. But if you've always wanted to learn about horoscopes and astrology, then this article is your chance to learn everything you've wanted to know.

So what is astrology?

Astrology is the study of how celestial activities, like the positions of the stars and planets, influence human affairs and earthly events. Those who carry out this study and practice it are called astrologers

These earthly events could be related to your relationship, career and overall well-being as humans wrote your horoscope. The most reliable information is written down by expert astrologers who explain how the celestial activities are influencing an individual based on the position of the planets when you were born.

Professional astrologers also use the movement and position of the planets to explain certain happenings, social trends and other occurrences. Also, astrology can help take a closer look at your whole essence or your relationship with other people according to your astrology(your birth chart). Charts are also used to get detailed information about the features and results of certain events like a marriage.

What the Planets Mean​

Nine (9) planets constitute the solar system and each of these celestial bodies plays a certain role in astrology.

If you're studying astrology, each of the planets that we have all contributes and gives insight into your kind of personality and your life generally. For example, your sun gives information about your sense of self and identity.
Take a look at what each planet symbolises and how they affect our astrology.

Sun: The sun symbolizes self-identity, self-esteem, self-image and sense of self.

Moon: The moon symbolizes safety, security, values and intuition.

Mercury: This planet is considered the messenger planet because it deals with gathering information, communication and research.

Venus: This planet symbolises love, beauty, passions, relationships, pleasure art and money.

Mars: This planet symbolizes a man's desire to take action, his energy, sexual expression and courage.

Jupiter: This planet symbolises luck and abundance.

Saturn: This planet symbolizes rules, limitations, boundaries, and discipline.

Uranus: This planet symbolizes change, rebellion, breakthroughs, and sudden events.

Pluto: This planet symbolizes transformation, death, rebirth, and power.

Having explained what astrology means and how they affect and influence our activities, there are some additional lessons you should learn that can help you understand astrology better.

The 12 Zodiac signs​

Fire Signs​

  • Aries (March 21 – April 19)
  • Leo (July 23 - August 22)
  • Sagittarius (November 22 - December 21)

Earth Signs​

  • Taurus (April 20 - May 20)
  • Virgo (August 23 - September 22)
  • Capricorn (December 22 - January 19)

Air Signs​

  • Gemini (May 21 - June 20)
  • Libra (September 22 - October 23)
  • Aquarius (January 20 - February 18)
  • Aquarius (January 20 - February 18)

Water Signs​

  • Cancer (June 21 - July 22)
  • Scorpio (October 23 - November 21)
  • Pisces (February 19 - March 20)

What you need to know to understand your horoscope better​

  1. Lesson One: Your Sun Sign​

When you're being asked what your sign is, there's a high probability that they want to know what your sun sign is. Which means the position of the sun when you were born. At any time, the sun is in tandem with any of the 13 signs on the wheel of the Zodiac.

It moves through each of one of the signs on the wheel of the Zodiac for an average of 30 days and that period is known as that sign's solar season.

When you check a horoscope, the date you find below each sign commemorates the beginning and the end of those seasons. So, the only thing left for you to do is to search for which sign's solar season includes your birthday, and there you have your sun sign. The sun sign is mostly the sign people use to find their horoscope.
  1. Lesson Two: What Makes Your Sign Tick​

Once you discover what your sun sign is, it's essential that you also find what differentiates it from the other 11. Your sign has a special ruling planet and element that affects its general identity. For instance, Leos are ruled by fire and the sun and that explains their passionate and bright presence.

On the other hand, the moon and the water element contribute to and control the mood we usually relate to most Cancers. Familiarizing yourself with these features will give you more knowledge about your sign and personality. All your signs have something special about them.
  1. Lesson Three: It's All About Timing​

Another addition to your sign's planet and element is its quality, this is the time of the year when its solar season is celebrated. If your signs have solar seasons that start at the beginning of one of four seasons of the year (Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn), then they are called cardinals.

Those with signs whose solar seasons start halfway through the regular seasons (Taurus, Leo, Scorpio and Aquarius) are called fixed. The signs whose solar seasons are at the end of the seasons (Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius and Pisces) are called mutable.

You should note that the quality of your sign's element and planet influences and determines its behaviour, especially in the way the sign perceives and applies control.

Where cardinal signs would have performed better as natural leaders, fixed signs would prefer a laid down plan that they can easily carry out. And mutable signs are just willing to go with the vibe.
  1. Lesson Four: Go Beyond The Solar​

Majorly, astrology focuses more on sun signs (especially because there is a lot to learn and more information to discover from reading about yours). But that doesn't mean you should neglect your other signs which are influenced by the position of the moon and other celestial bodies in the sky at the time you were born(you have about 13 other signs).

Fortunately, you can find all of this placement together on your birth chat, which is like a picture of the wheel of the Zodiac.

You can visit an astrologer to draw out your wheel of the zodiac and have it read or you could look up ways to do it yourself on the internet. Either way, you choose, you're bound to discover the information you had no idea about before.

When you have your chart read, you may discover that your chart has only one fire sign which is the sun sign. And that may be able to explain why you don't have the kind of temper that other Aries have.

Naturally, it is difficult to take in all of this information. It may still come as a shock to some people that they can get information about themselves from their Zodiac signs. So if you're just starting to learn about astrology, you should take it slow and steady. And also, pay utmost attention to your moon and rising signs as soon as you begin to understand your sun sign.

  1. Lesson Five: Where You Feel The Planets Most​

As you begin to familiarise yourself with your new planetary signs, don't consider them separate entities. For example, if your astrological identity is a machine, each of these planets contributes to the smooth operation of the machine. If the moon is doing its duty of controlling your inner thoughts, Venus at the same time is influencing your romantic preferences.

Also, your Mars sign plays the role of pointing out where your passion lies and what pisses you off. Then as a norm, Mercury, Venus and Mars will continue to affect your daily life. While the outer planets (Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto) will greatly influence your abilities, subconscious and talents.
  1. Lesson Six: Beware Of Compatibility "Rules"​

The solution to your romantic troubles isn't in your birth chart. Although astrologers haven't stopped searching for answers. However, many speculations have been made about the distance between two signs on the wheel of the Zodiac.

But in reality, anyone can come up with compatibility rules or theories based on what they've been through. If you're very interested in getting more information about your love life through astrology, then focus more on what Venus, Mars and the moon are saying.

These celestial bodies influence romantic feelings, actions, emotions, affections and sexuality. At the same time, you should note that their movement will never tell you specific details about your love life, however, it will only point you in the direction that you should take.
  1. Lesson Seven: Give It Time​

Don't feel bad if you feel like you're not understanding a bit about astrology. At this point, what you should do is take breaks from trying to read your horoscope and find an expert astrologer and communicate where you'd love astrology to provide more information for you in your life.

If you'd rather choose your sun sign regardless, then that's okay. At least, in the end, you've been able to gather basic knowledge about horoscopes and how celestial bodies affect our earthly activities.
 
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