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Why Take Astrology Seriously? -- Oh, the things Astrology -- can do for you!! ---> It's more than a newspaper fun-feature. ---> Astrology provides an interesting road-map that can help you "decode" some of the mysteries of your life, your relationships, other people, your individual past, your unfolding future, and your personal destiny. If you look at that list carefully, you'll see a tremendous wealth of material available through this often abused and misunderstood occult discipline.

What is the Zodiac? ---> What is the Zodiac? ---> The Zodiac is an imaginary belt in the heavens approximately 20 degrees wide, containing the path of the Sun, the Moon and that of the principle Planets in this Solar System with the occasional exception of Pluto. ---> It is divided into Twelve equal parts or signs, of 30 degrees each across its circumference. Each sign is named for a different constellation contained there ... and these comprise the list of astrological signs: Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius, Capricorn, Aquarius and Pisces.

What is a Horoscope? -- Astrology's Most Essential Tool ---> What is it? What does it mean? ---> Sometimes this word is used to designate the forecast or prediction of events based on the alignment of planets in the sky at any given time. As such, it has been seriously abused and twisted by the popularized (and usually meaningless and sappy) "fortune-cookie" versions that appear in newspaper features and other products we all know so well. A horoscope to an astrologer, however, is a map of the sky ... charted in a circular diagram ... showing where the different planets were located and their relationship to each other at a specific time of interest -- such as the moment of birth of a person, event, or other "entity."


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So What Determines When the Sun enters Aries -- ... and why isn't it the same day every year? ---> Officially Spring ... a new Astrological year ---> The vernal equinox -- the moment when Spring officially arrives -- "is defined in astronomy as that point in space where the plane of the Earth's orbit around the Sun, the ecliptic, intersects the plane of the Earth's equator extended into space." (From "The Astrologer's Handbook;" by Frances Sakoian and Lewis Acker.) This is where you need to construct that visual model in your imagination I mentioned earlier.

Polarities in Astrology -- Working with the Energy of Opposites ---> Full Moons and trouble ---> Pretty much every Full Moon article I've written opens with a warning. When Full Moons arrive, we deal with problems, conflicts, challenges, the need to compromise, the demand for choices. Full Moon are notorious for prompting with unruly behavior in real life ... and we don't escape the stress by staying home. We're part of the chaos, and where it exists, we have to deal with it.

House Interests ---> Where a planet is placed in your horoscope or where it's traveling in current day time determines the life areas it affects / where you'll see results from the work it does. This is a list of what to look for & what the different houses mean. ---> 1st House = your personal presentation / how you engage the world / the impression you make / how you "come across" / how you introduce yourself to casual contacts / who you say & show you are "on the outside" ... which may or may not be totally honest

Mystical Musings #1 ---> On Astrology ---> Astrology is a metaphysical discipline that has been practiced -- and has survived -- for thousands of years. Sometimes that itself seems like a miracle. Astrology certainly has its detractors and critics. To me it seems quite a few people find it as fashionable to be a skeptic and scoffer as to be a "believer." My admiration actually goes to those who "reserve judgment." Believe it or not, I think I'm in that category.


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Working with What Works ... -- Until something better comes along ---> It's not "the stars" ... I can understand why logical, rational people meeting the ideas of astrology for the first time (or the fifth time ... or the twentieth) without looking deeper would consider it all a bunch of claptrap. Yes, it can seem arbitrary and shallow, just a silly parlor game, which makes those of us so taken by it look like deluded, superstitious fools. Some astrologers, too, don't help, insisting "the stars" -- or more correctly "the planets" -- really do influence human events. Even I draw the line there.

The Houses of the Horoscope -- What life areas do your Natal Chart Houses rule? ---> Defining the Departments of Life ---> 1st House = Personal presentation, the way you "come across" to the world, things you personally embody, stand for or promote; interests, traits and attitudes that define you; who you tell the world you are ---> 2nd House = Personal wealth and material support; your abstract values; "what's important" to you; things you use to support yourself financially / psychologically / spiritually; attitudes and considerations that influence your purchases, set your financial priorities and characterize your possessions

Are You Not Typical for Your Sign? -- When your Sun sign description just doesn't fit ---> What's your sign? ---> When someone asks your sign, he wants to know which Zodiac sign the Sun was in when you were born. Usually it's easy to place anyone in a sign, although there are twelve days a year -- days when the Sun changes from one sign to the next -- when a clear answer isn't possible. We all know about Sun signs. The familiar little astrology booklets are based on your birthday Sun's position.


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Planets Combust ---> Planets Combust ---> A planet forming a conjunction that is too close to The Sun is in a condition astrologers call "combust." This makes an interesting little side trip for us to explore here because not many texts will even mention, let alone deal with a combust state, and you will find conflicting opinions about just what this means and when it occurs. Some astrologers consider a planet to be combust if it is within 10° of The Sun. Some astrologers consider a combust planet to be heavily weakened, even crippled in its ability to perform properly in a Natal chart.

What Are Aspects in Astrology? ---> What are aspects? ---> Aspects are the different angles planets form with one another as they move through the sky at their different speeds and in their different orbits. It is the aspects -- these angles -- planets make between themselves, either between planets in the sky or between planet positions in the sky when compared to the stationary planet positions in a Natal Chart -- which allow an astrologer to see and describe the way the energies they represent interact in a horoscope, and so in the character or evolution of the person or event being studied.

Sooo ... What IS a Rising Sign? ---> The Zodiac signs rise in the Eastjust like the Sun ---> So ... what IS a "Rising Sign?" ---> The Ascendant of a Natal Chart is also called the "Rising Sign." Astrologers use the two terms interchangeably. It is literally the sign that was rising on the Eastern horizon of the sky at the time you were born in the place where you were born. This is why it is essential to have both a birthplace and a birth time in order to cast a completely valid horoscope.


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* Dividing the Zodiac -- Organizing signs that share common ground ---> Mixing, matching and grouping the signs ---> There are several ways to divide the Zodiac signs into different classifications -- based on different criteria. The simplest way assigns gender to the signs. Signs are assessed as either masculine or feminine -- and it has nothing to do with sex. It has to do with temperament. Masculine signs are those who are proactive, assertive and initiating. Feminine signs are passive, receptive and responsive.

* The Luminaries in Astrology -- The Sun and The Moon -- What are they ... and what's the difference? ---> The Light-givers ---> The Luminaries -- This term refers to The Sun and The Moon in a horoscope -- distinguishing them from the other common elements ... the eight known planets, excluding the Earth. The term luminary suggests The Sun and The Moon are both sources of light, and it's true they are both the brightest objects in the sky and two of the most commanding points of information in a horoscope.

* Your Sun Sign, Moon Sign and Ascendant Sign -- Just What's Going On Here? ---> Three ways of defining you ... The short answer to this question is: Your Sun sign tells about your basic ego, your Moon sign tells about you emotional inner self, and your Ascendant tells about your outer presentation to the rest of the world. If you want to know more ... read on: There are three main components an astrologer considers in developing a quick thumbnail sketch of your personality. Astrologers call these three points in your horoscope the Sun sign, the Moon sign, and the Ascendant -- or "Rising sign."


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* They Call It Entertainment -- Astrology Wrapped in Weasel-words, -- Disclaimers, and Excuses ---> People think they know what Astrology is ---> Astrology. It's perhaps the most popular of the occult sciences, having at least a toehold in almost everybody's consciousness -- a reputation gained usually through the daily horoscope whose idiocy continues to find a home on drugstore news-stands and in newspapers everywhere. There are plenty of people who "don't believe in astrology" ... but who have no real grasp of what it's really about.

* Sometimes A Great Notion ---> It's a common phenomenon ... or a common problem, depending on your view. People attract the same type of person into their lives, into their relationships, over and over again. Some women, for instance, will go from one abusive man to another ... as if they were cursed with magnetic attraction for such people, as if they literally had a psychic sense about who will wind up hitting, berating, insulting, or belittling them ... and who won't. If such a woman has a friend who "fixes her up" with a date whom everybody knows is a nice guy, a wonderful person, a sensitive, caring human being who's also looking for a partner ... they'll inevitably find one another boring, claim they have nothing in common ....


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The Planets -- From Everyday Astrology ---> Everyday Astrology ---> The Planets ---> Each planet rules over some general life area through an inherent system of interests, abilities & natural talents. Some of these broad categories are quite complex & diverse. And there are areas where one planet's territory supports, echoes & overlaps that of another. This is especially true when dealing with the feminine planets -- the Moon, Venus & Neptune.

From EDA The Zodiac ---> Everyday Astrology ---> The Zodiac ---> A dictionary description of the Zodiac says this is "a belt of the heavens within about 8° either side of the ecliptic, including all apparent positions of the sun, moon, and most familiar planets. It is divided into twelve equal divisions or signs (Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius, Capricorn, Aquarius, Pisces)." Well, yes, that's the basics of it, but there's a lot to unpack there. The Zodiac is a concept fundamental to the study of Astrology

Thoughts on Astrology -- From Everyday Astrology ---> Another Window on the World. ---> Everyday Astrology December 14, 2020 Thoughts on Astrology ---> Astrology is a highly refined, organized collection of observations & philosophical wisdom ... conclusions based on what happens, the kinds of people born & the interests & events prominent during specific, predictable times in the past & future. I believe Astrology describes great cycles of psycho-spiritual experience common to everyone ... every living thing on Earth participating in our reality.


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