- What’s my sign?
- What is astrology?
- Why is astrology of value to me or anyone else?
- How does astrology differ from other types of forecasting?
- What’s the difference between astrology and astronomy?
- How long has astrology been around?
- What is a Natal Birth Chart or Horoscope?
What’s my Sign?
This question usually refers to a person’s Sun Sign, the zodiacal month in which a person is born. Each sign has 30 degrees and each day of that zodiacal month correlates to a specific degree of that particular sign (0-29 degrees). But it is important to remember, that when an astrologer reads the natal chart, they are looking at ALL the planets which fall in multiple signs and various houses. The Sun Sign best describes how a person will ultimately want or need to express the qualities of that sign.
Aries: (Mar. 21-Apr. 19)
Taurus: (April 20-May 20)
Gemini: (May 21-June 20)
Cancer:(June 21-July 22)
Leo: (July 23-Aug. 22)
Virgo: (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)
Libra: (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)
Scorpio: (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)
Sagittarius: (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)
Capricorn: (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)
Aquarius: (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)
Pisces: (Feb. 19-March 20)
NOTE: The above dates are a guideline only. Because of leap years, time zone differences and other factors, the exact day and time when the Sun changes signs varies from year to year. If you are born close to the changeover dates (close to the cusp) of the signs, you need to have your own personal horoscope drawn up in order to know exactly which sign you were born under. For assistance with this, contact info -at- CelestialLivingArts dot com
What is astrology?
“Astrology” comes from two Greek words: “astra,” meaning “star” and “logos” meaning “word.” “Astrology” refers to “the words of the stars” and is the ancient interpretive art and science of observing and understanding planetary and movements and other cosmic events with attention to the timing of rhythms, shifts and cycles. It is this study over many centuries that has brought us to understand that our experience on planet earth is directly and intricately linked with the phenomenon of the stars — the relationship of macro to micro and celestial to terrestrial. As the age-old saying goes ‘As above, so below.’
Why is astrology of value to me or anyone else?
Astrology is an ancient discipline that offers a doorway to a deeper exploration of who we are and what we’re doing here. It is a key for us to use toward further understanding our purpose and value in relationship to ourselves, to others and to the entire cosmos.
How does astrology differ from other types of forecasting?
A skilled astrologer will be able to look at the configeration of an astrological chart or horoscope and determine areas of one’s life that are being dynamically activated, taking into account the placement of planets within the chart, the signs and houses they occupy, the relationship of the planets to one another as well as significant points in the chart being highlighted. Based on this process of evaluation and interpretation, the astrologer is able to speak to the behavioral tendencies (both strengths and weaknesses) inherent in the chart as well as the likelihood and timing for certain events to unfold. This can include both challenges ahead and opportunities on the horizon.
What’s the difference between astrology and astronomy?
Astronomy is concerned with the observation of the motions of heavenly bodies, and reduces to mathematical order these observations. Astrology is the study of the effects the movements of these celestial bodies have on human affairs. Through prolonged observation, the ancient astronomers were able to predict the recurrence of cosmic phenomena, and astrologers began to forecast the earthly events which coincided with these phenomena.
Astronomy is probably as old as man’s conception of time itself. In the beginning, astronomy was largely used to predict weather patterns and the most propitious time for sowing and planting crops. Later, these orbs of moving light, the planets, were believed to be gods, and the subsequent quest for divine knowledge sowed the seeds for the birth of astrology.
How long has astrology been around?
Astrology is known to be as old as mankind with some experts identifying the very first records extending back as early as 5800 B.C. Like other intelligence that developed concurrently among separate cultures around the globe, scholars believe that different civilizations developed the study of astrology independently of one another. The Chaldeans of Babylonia, Mesopotamia (now Iraq) created one of the original forms of astrology in 3000 B.C. while, at the same time, Mayan astrology advanced in Central America and Vedic astrology evolved in ancient India. The Chinese are know to have practiced astrology as early as 2000 B.C. and Tibetan astrology has its own lineage. The writings of Pythagoras and Plato indicate that astrology had turned up in Greece by 500 B.C. And later, Arabic cultures of North Africa and the Eastern portion of the Mediterranean were using astrology in the 8th century. Albumasur, or Abu Maaschar (805-85 A.D.), wrote the Introductorium in Astronomiam and is credited with the revival of astrology in the Middle Ages.
Somewhere near the 2nd century, the Greek scientist A. D. Ptolemy wrote a colossal work on astrology, which is divided into two parts: The Almagest and The Tetrabiblos. The Almagest deals with the movement of the Sun, Moon, and planets; The Tetrabiblos with the interpretation of these movements as they affect man and human events. These books are believed to be the most complete written records of ancient astronomy and astrology from previous centuries.
During the Middle Ages, the tradition of Greek, Arabic and Mediaeval astrology—which was inseparable from the parallel tradition of alchemy—believed that Man responds to certain indefinable energies or vibrations of the Sun, Moon and planets, and words still used today to define different human characteristics, such as mercurial, saturnine, lunatic, venereal, jovial, martial, came from the astrological-alchemical schools of the 13th to the 17th centuries, remaining a tribute to the work of those times.
Astrology for centuries was used by kings, emperors, popes, scientists, doctors, the bourgeoisie and the poor alike, and together with astronomy was taught in the schools and universities of the world.
However, as a new scientific age was dawning and with it an excessive demand for technical explanation—everything not scientifically provable or rationally explicable began to be rejected, including astrology. The vast distances of the planets between each other was discovered, and people began to say that these distances were too great for any influences to reach earth. Also, the realization that the sun, and not the earth, was at the center of the solar system somehow added to the devaluation of astrology—even though Sir Isaac Newton and others, pointed out that astrology is about the relationship between planets, and could therefore be valid no matter which heavenly body was at the center of the system.
It was the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries that began the present revival of interest in Astrology. Much of this is attributed to the great Swiss psychoanalyst Carl Gustave Jung who used astrology in his studies and wrote on the subject extensively, awakening at the same time the interest of other scientists.
As an art and science astrology leaves still much to be discovered. The focus today is less on the attempt to predict events, and more on the use of astrology for personal growth: self-discovery, realizing one’s potential, and learning to resolve conflicts, with a strong trend toward spiritual astrology–the realization of the Self or the Soul. There is an abundance of profound knowledge available in books (not the sun-sign kind), and there are to be found in almost every city around the world, genuine, serious, professional, astrologers, who are doing much to help improve the quality of lives, and raise consciousness. Astrology is being used as a tool to help us all to become more AWAKE to our lives.
What is a Natal Birth Chart or Horoscope?
The natal chart, which is sometimes called the natal or birth horoscope, is derived by calculating the exact time of birth with the exact latitude and longitude coordinates of the place of birth to capture the split second snapshot of what the universe was doing by way of planetary alignment. This frozen moment in time becomes the blueprint for that individual’s path in this lifetime. There are a number of astrological methods to track and monitor the cycles of development an individual will encounter throughout their life, but all calculations are always measured against the natal birth chart for the most comprehensive understanding.