The name astrology sounds much like astronomy. Well, it is almost the same thing, but not quite. While astronomy is the science of everything outside of the earth's atmosphere, astrology is the study of the positions of the stars and planets and how they influence our lives as human beings here on earth. Astrology has interested our kind for many years, maybe even centuries. Many cultures such as the Chinese, Maya or Indian culture have developed systems to predict future events on earth using the heaven and its planets as their guideline.
The word astrology comes from the Latin word "Astrologia'' which in turn derives from the Greek words "Astron'' meaning star and "Logia" meaning the study of. In the old days the only map a person had was the sky. Today we still use astrology for the same reasons as we used to. Astrology shows the effect of the planets on our everyday lives. It is a very complex study because it requires one to look at every position and movement of the celestial bodies as well as their influence on each other and the alignments they form.
Astrology can be used as a powerful tool to better understand and to explore others, ourselves and the world around us. It is believed that the positions of the Sun, Moon and other planets at the exact time of a person's birth have a direct influence on their character and their destiny. Using the exact date and time of birth of an individual a professional astrologer is able to create a natal chart (birth chart).
This chart shows the locations of all the important planets and their distances at the time of a person's birth and explains their direct influence on that person's life. It also describes the person's character such as their strengths, weaknesses, goals in life, ambition, likely fields in which they will succeed and etc.
When someone asks you for your sun sign they are referring to your zodiac sign which could be one of twelve starting with Aries and ending with Pisces. Your sun sign is the sign the sun was in on the day you were born. Sure, this sign tells a lot about your personality, but there is of course much more to astrology than the sun. We all have a Moon sign, Venus sign, Jupiter sign and so on. They are all equally as important for together they form your astrological profile. All signs, next to the sun sign, can only be determined by the exact time and date of your birth. The relationships between these planets, their alignments, degrees and whether they are going retrograde or not, have a big impact on your state of mind, character and dominant influences at certain points in your life. Because these planets are constantly on the move an astrologer is also able to create horoscopes to predict their future impacts on your love life, money, work or for example home environment.
Through the use of astrology astrologers are able to set up different reports such as character profiles, compatibility reports, love forecasts, money forecasts, career reports, karmic reports and more. To pick an example, a compatibility report looks at the natal chart of two people in an existing relationship and compares them together in order to gain insight into the relationships, strengths and weaknesses, the dynamics of the relationship and what areas could use improvements. It also shows how both characters complement or challenge each other.
Astrologically speaking a new moon screams new beginnings. A full moon usually means an ending or closure of some kind in a specific area depending on the sign it is currently in. In conclusion astrology can be used for a variety of things. Studying astrology means you'll never get bored since there is always something new to learn or discover. Looking through the astrology lens enables one to better prepare for upcoming challenges and to fully understand a person's nature and their behavior.
When certain planets are moving retrograde it can either have a negative or positive effect on a person's state of mind or ability to make fair judgement. The world of astrology can open entirely new doors and show someone a whole new meaning of life. It can also determine the best dates for you to sign new contracts, buy a new home, start a new job or to socially interact with other people in a positive and productive way.
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