Astrology is the study of the movement and positions of the planets and stars and how they influence us in our life. A person who practices Astrology is called an Astrologer. Western Astrology is often reported to us with as a horoscope, which is a translation of how the planets affect us in simple terms.more
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Astrology is an ancient belief that the stars give us guidance, speaking to us from their knowledge in the cosmos. Whilst Astronomy is also a study of the stars, Astrology is based on more of a celestial belief that heavenly bodies are important, speaking to us from a higher wisdom.
WHAT IS ASTROLOGY?
Astrology has been dated back to 17th century from Ancient Greece and Rome, then eventually Western and Central Europe. Astrologers believe that there is a spiritual connection between the world, the planets and the stars. Astrologers work by drawing up an Astrology chart using a person’s name, date of birth, time of birth and place of birth. Using this information , they can chart the position of the stars and planets when the person was born. Using the chart, the Astrologer can determine life challenges, events, marriages, personality traits and astrological influences for the person. Astrology can give excellent guidance on how a person may see life, how they view themselves and how they approach their life, their work and their reactions and responses to events and situations. Western Astrology is probably more commonly known about through horoscopes . A horoscope gives a light-hearted prediction for the day, week, month or year – outlining common trends and influences for Astrology signs, also known as ‘zodiac signs’. Zodiac signs are sometimes referred to as ‘sun signs’, and Sun Sign Astrology is a simplified system of Astrology, relating to where the sun is on the day of birth and within the dates of the 12 signs of the zodiac.
ELEMENTS OF THE ZODIAC
Astrology signs include the 12 signs of the zodiac , each star sign or zodiac sign sitting within dates throughout the 12 months of the year. The zodiac has been separated in to 4 elements – Fire, Water, Earth and Air and each star sign belongs to one of these elements. All of the elements have typical traits or characteristics and each consist of 3 astro signs from the zodiac. For example, fire sign characteristics may typically be fiery, forthright, stubborn, passionate and sociable. Water sign traits are more likely to be sensitive, moody, emotional and deep thinkers. Earth signs are sensible, responsible, selfish and logical. Air signs are intellectual, good communicators, restless and curious.
Typical characteristics and traits can be found amongst the elements of the zodiac and each star sign. Although it depends on which planets are in each astrological house on the day and time of birth , certainly affecting and influencing our individual character, the typical traits will often be present in a person.
- ARIES Man & Woman ( 21st March – 19th April). Typical Traits: Strong-willed, passionate, devoted, loyal, hard-working, ambitious, caring, adventurous.
- LEO Man & Woman (23rd July – 22nd August): Typical Traits: Generous, loving, daring, adventurous, leaders, bold, daring, loyal, energetic.
- SAGITTARIUS Man & Woman (22nd November – 21st December). Typical Traits: Independent, intellectual, philosopher, energetic, passionate, stubborn, great sense of humour.
- CANCER Man & Woman (21st June – 22nd July). Typical Traits: Sensitive, family focussed, emotional, hard-working, passionate, moody, loyal, loving, artistic, generous.
- SCORPIO Man & Woman (23rd October – 21st November). Typical Traits: Secretive, stubborn, loving, passionate, possessive, entrepreneurial, deep thinker.
- PISCES Man & Woman (19th February – 20th March). Typical Traits: Intuitive, knowledgeable, emotional, selfless, naïve, devoted, loving, spiritual.
- TAURUS Man & Woman (20th April – 20th May). Typical Traits: Strong, stubborn, materialistic, generous, appreciates beauty, attentive lover, entrepreneurial.
- VIRGO Man & Woman (23rd August – 22nd September). Typical Traits: Sensible, skilled, successful in career, analytical, absorbs knowledge, loving, emotionally stable.
- CAPRICORN Man & Woman (22nd December – 19th January). Typical Traits: Problem solver, devoted friend, home lover, practical, organiser, selfish, materialistic, fun loving.
- GEMINI Man & Woman (21st May – 20th June). Typical Traits: Adaptable, communicator, versatile, chatty, sociable, witty, charming, selfish, easily bored.
- LIBRA Man & Woman (23rd September – 22nd October). Typical Traits: Musical, sensual, sociable, fun, sense of humour, hard-working, artistic, emotionally balanced.
- AQUARIUS Man & Woman (20th January – 18th February). Typical Traits: Humanitarian, intelligent, bohemian, sociable, witty, intelligent, unconventional, energetic.
WHAT IS A RISING SIGN?
Your rising sign, also known as ‘the ascendant’ is the zodiac or astro sign that was present when the sun rose on the eastern horizon when you were born. It relates to the constellations and the influence or relationship that the zodiac sign has with the sun at the exact time and place when you were born. Your rising sign is how others see you and how you present yourself, especially when people do not really know you, it is your personality that comes through on the first meeting of someone. If your rising sign and sun sign (normal zodiac or star sign) are the same, then you will be very typical of that star sign. Some Astrologers believe that the rising sign can be a mask. It can influence how you want others to see you and can almost be a shield, or a defence mechanism. If your sun sign and rising sign are different then some parts of your characteristics may be more like your rising sign, for example – if your rising sign is a Leo, you will appear to others as very outspoken, energetic and sociable. If then your sun sign is a Pisces, the real you that your close friends and family know, will be more sensitive and emotional.
WHAT ARE ASTROLOGICAL HOUSES?
There are 12 astrological houses and each describes a specific area of a person’s life. Each house signifies how the person deals with areas of their life, their attitude, belief system and emotional attachment. These areas may be in relationships, whether love, friendship or business, work and career, home and family. Each house resembles each zodiac sign and is calculated using the exact time of birth. For example, the first house rules ‘self-image’, this is how you project yourself towards others, our attitude towards life, our defence mechanisms and the first impression we make. The fourth house rules ‘family, security, home and roots’. This house reflects our home life, our parental behaviour, instinctive behaviour, family roots and our own sense of security. The fifth house represents ‘creativity, pleasure and romance’. This indicates our ability for self-expression, approach to romance, pleasure and hobbies. This helps us acknowledge our own attractiveness and attitude towards lovers and having fun. The seventh house rules ‘marriage and partnership’ and is a particularly important astrological house. It conveys partnerships, marriage, significant others and even business partners. These are key people in your life, some which may come and go, but they will always play an important role.
DIFFERENT VERSIONS OF ASTROLOGY
Western Astrology is the most common or regularly heard about Astrology, especially if you read your daily horoscopes. Chinese Astrology is closely linked with Chinese philosophy in the belief of the three harmony – heaven, earth and water. It is based on yin and yang and says that a person’s destiny can be predicted from their time of birth. Each year is related to 12 species which rotate, such as a rabbit, goat, monkey, tiger, dog or dragon. The Chinese new year is celebrated every year on the second new moon day after the winter solstice. Vedic Astrology is derived from an ancient Indian science, looking at how the planetary movements and positions affect humans and other species on Earth. Vedic Astrologers believe there are 27 constellations, 12 zodiac signs, 12 houses and 9 planets. Similar to Western Astrology, Vedic Astrology interprets the meaning that the planets can have on you, and how they influence our life. Vedic Astrology is also known as Indian Astrology and Hindu Astrology.
WHAT CAN ASTROLOGY TELL ME?
Astrology is particularly good for teaching you about yourself. The positioning of the planets in relation to your time of birth gives explanation as to why you may behave in certain ways, or the attitudes that you may have towards certain areas of your life. Astrology online gives you access to very experienced Astrologers who can give you guidance in all areas of your life and also look at specific subjects. Astrology can describe you and foretell events, giving you a wholesome reading that gives insight to the past, the present and the future. Astrology readings can give you guidance on areas such as; career advice including new jobs and businesses, specifying the perfect date to launch something or make a change in your work. It can also advise the best time to move house, start a new course or take advantage of a new opportunity. It can give guidance on love and relationships, highlighting the most likely time for you to meet someone and the most compatible star sign for you. Above all, Astrology helps you to understand yourself which is imperative to change bad habits, repeated behaviour mistakes or behaviour in relationships, helping you to look at yourself in a different light and think twice about the choices you make. An Astrologer can look at your chart and suggest a specific date to you if you have an important event to arrange. The date they suggest you will be the best date for the planetary influence to make the event a success.
LOVE COMPATIBILITY WITH ASTROLOGY
Astrology is one of the most reliable forms of finding the perfect partner or soul mate. Astrologers know that love and relationships is one of the most important areas in your life and therefore are incredibly knowledgeable about which star signs are compatible which each other. Here is a quick guide to astrological compatibilities:
PERFECT STAR SIGN COMPATIBILITIES:
ARIES - Leo, Sagittarius, Aquarius
TAURUS – Virgo, Capricorn, Cancer
GEMINI – Aquarius, Leo, Libra
CANCER – Pisces, Scorpio, Virgo
LEO – Sagittarius, Aries, Libra
VIRGO – Capricorn, Taurus, Scorpio
LIBRA – Aquarius, Leo, Gemini
SCORPIO – Pisces, Cancer, Capricorn
SAGITTARIUS – Leo, Aries, Libra
CAPRICORN – Virgo, Taurus, Pisces
AQUARIUS – Libra, Gemini, Aries
PISCES – Cancer, Scorpio, Taurus
WORK & CAREER READINGS WITH ASTROLOGY
We spend so much time at work that it is so important that we are happy in what we do. Whether you’re a hard working Aries or an easily bored Gemini, your Astrology chart has your working life mapped out for you. Work can be influenced by so many factors in our life such as outside or family pressure and difficult work colleagues. Each sign in the zodiac has skills which makes them more likely to be successful at a particular career over others. For example, people born under the sign of Taurus appreciate beauty and the arts so working in a creative field would suit them. Pisces are sensitive and intuitive, so they would be good counsellors, teachers or therapists. Scorpio is a hard-working but stubborn sign, which would make them successful at starting their own thriving business. Virgos are analytical and absorb knowledge, meaning they would be successful in accounting, finance and anything which would include facts and figures.
WHY CHOOSE TO HAVE AN ASTROLOGY READING AT THECIRCLE?
TheCircle Astrologers are incredibly gifted and often have studied and used Astrology for numerous years. Astrology is not a naturally gifted subject and needs a lot of learning and practice to understand it. It often takes years of training before an Astrologer feels confidence in their subject, and the studying continues as they practice. Many of our Astrologers have various other skills and therefore their readings may not only combine your Astrology chart and Astrology signs, but also use their Psychic or Clairvoyant gifts to make sure you receive as much insight as possible. Reading your horoscope or free Astrology online may be interesting and fun, but having a personalised reading can give you much greater understanding. Astrology online is far more insightful when speaking to a genuine Astrologer who has the in depth training, knowledge and abilities to give you a sound reading.