Tuesday, July 12, 2011


Where to begin with Astrology?  Most of us already have a slight working knowledge of astrology, whether we know it or not.  Zodiac signs are the most common piece of astrology available, and of course newspaper horoscopes abound.  Astrology is so much more than that though, and I'll admit that I am in no way an expert.

Planisphaerium Copernicanum by Andreas Cellarius
So many things factor in to astrology; sun and moon signs, associations with planets and stars, ascendant and descendant signs.  A wonderful explanation comes from Jung, "We are born at a given moment in a given place and like vintage years of wine we have the qualities of the year and of the season in which we are born.  Astrology does not lay claim to anything else."

It can be quite easy to find your Zodiac sign if you don't know it, all you need to do is Google it.  Truly understanding Astrology, however, is an endeavor that takes years.  Each sign that you have - Sun, moon, ascendant and descendant add different qualities and nuances to your personality.  Your sun sign - the common zodiac sign - is a good place to start because it is your basic personality.  A moon sign tells about your inner personality.  Ascendant signs tell what sign was rising - in the nine o'clock position at the time of your birth.  The ascendant sign is considered the one that you show the world, a mask.  Descendant signs give insight to relationships.

There are some great websites out there to get a rudimentary knowledge of Astrology.  There are also some really terrible ones...I'll only be listing the a few of the good ones here.  The About.Com astrology page has a lot of wonderful links.  A Place in Space has some great resources as well.  Astrology isn't something one can learn in a few hours or a few days; to learn it will take years.  Astrology is it's own language, and you can't learn a language over night.

How much do you like astrology?  Any astrologers out there?

Goddess Bless,

1 comment:

  1. I go through phases with following astrology (depending on how sensitive I'm feeling). When I do, I like astrologyzone.com.