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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 the 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. With 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.
What Are the Zodiac Signs?
You’ll have no doubt heard of the signs of the zodiac, but you may not be fully aware of how they came about or what they mean exactly. The zodiac is actually an area of the sky in which the sun appears to travel over the course of the year. The moon and planets also travel along this belt. Within this part of space, there are numerous star constellations, and they all correspond with the signs of the zodiac. There are twelve in total, which are Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius, Capricorn, Aquarius, and Pisces. The Chinese Zodiac differs slightly in that it goes on a 12 year cycle, and different animals are assigned to each year. Civilizations since the dawn of time have has their own interpretations of the zodiac. The modern-day signs are based on where the sun appears to be in its year-long journey through space. So the dates on the Gregorian calendar that determine what zodiac sign someone belongs to are based on the sun’s longitude in the sky. Aries begins on the 21st of March when the Sun is at the ecliptic longitude of 0°, otherwise known as the vernal equinox. Of course, the precise dates vary each year as the calendar shifts relative to the tropical year. But this estimation is accurate enough for astrologers to be able to work and make solid predictions about what lies in store for the person receiving the reading.
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 into four 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 three 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, and 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, and 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 - particularly with people who do not really know you, it is your personality that comes through. 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 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 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, your attitude towards life, your defence mechanisms and the first impression you make. The fourth house rules ‘family, security, home and roots’. This house reflects your home life, your parental behaviour, instinctive behaviour, family roots and your own sense of security. The fifth house represents ‘creativity, pleasure and romance’. This indicates your ability for self-expression, approach to romance, pleasure and hobbies. This helps you acknowledge your 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 nine 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 I Expect from an Astrology Reading?
For someone who has never had an astrology reading, such as a vedic astrology reading, before it may seem like a mysterious, daunting prospect. However, it should be seen as something that is exciting, enlightening, and ultimately beneficial. The experts who conduct astrology readings are normal people, with the only exception being that they have more of an affinity towards and knowledge about the cosmos. This gives them a deeper understanding of how astrology can affect our moods, behaviour and our lives in general. Whether you go for your astrology reading in person, or experience one online or via the phone, the first thing you can expect to find is an incredibly relaxing atmosphere. You will be made to feel completely at ease, and comfortable in opening up to the person conducting the reading. Before attending the session, there are a few details that you will need to provide that will help achieve a more precise reading. This includes giving the reader your exact date of birth, revealing the minute you were born if possible. When sitting down for an astrology reading, the psychic will begin by discussing your chart. However, the conversation will gradually transcend the information found on the page, as the reader uses their inherent abilities to explain the psycho-spiritual implications of the data. After the reading, you will usually be provided with the chart itself, along with a recording of the session.
The Difference Between a Vedic Astrology Reading and an Astrology Tarot Reading
Before you go for an astrology reading, you should be aware that there are a few different types of reading that may be used. For instance, the expert may opt for a Vedic astrology reading or an astrology tarot reading, or both. Vedic astrology has been in existence for thousands of years, and is based on lunar and planetary movements. When you go for a Vedic astrology reading, you will gain more of a holistic picture about what your motives in life are. Tarot readings are to do with the synchronicity of events and numerous other factors. Tarot readings are more intuitive, and require the reader to expertly interpret them. A Vedic astrology reading involves more complex calculations that give a rounded view of your life in general.
Having an Astrology Reading
How Does Astrology Work?
There are so many factors involved with astrology, it would be hard for the layperson to understand all the complex aspects that come into play. Experts in astrology need to observe the patterns in the sky and make calculations based on the relationships between the sun, the moon, the stars, and the planets. It is a language of symbols and hieroglyphics, and those who understand these things are able to explain how it can have an effect on peoples’ lives.
What Methods Can You Expect?
Astrologers will tend to use a number of methods when conducting a reading. It will often start with an interpretation of the chart, where they explain the various calculations that have an effect on your life based on when you were born. This is combined with some expert interpretation and guidance. Tarot reading is another common method. The psychic will turn over the different cards and go into detail about what each of them means. They will tell you what is going on in your life, and what decisions you could make to improve in certain areas. This can be done in person, or over the phone. The only difference is that if it is done over the phone you won’t be able to see the charts or cards. Beyond this, some will turn to a Chinese astrology reading for a different experience. A Chinese astrology reading would differ slightly, and would have more emphasis on the year that you were born. The animals associated with these years have different traits, and understanding them can tell you a lot about your personality. With this, some people find Chinese astrology reading to be very well suited to their needs.
What Can Astrologers Tell Me?
Astrology is particularly good for teaching you about yourself. The positioning of the planets in relation to your time of birth gives an 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 into 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. For this reason, some may find Vedic astrology reading very helpful. It can also advise the best time to move house, start a new course or take advantage of a new opportunity. Astrology readings can also 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 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 important that we are happy with 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 online are incredibly gifted and often have studied and used Astrology for numerous years. They are in the best position to give you astrology readings, including a Chinese astrology reading for those who seek one. 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 online 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 a much greater understanding. For example, astrology readings online are far more insightful when speaking to a genuine Astrologer who has the in-depth training, knowledge and abilities to give you a sound reading. You may be wondering how much is an astrology reading, and the answer to this is that there isn’t a fixed price. Some may offer an initial free astrology reading. Otherwise, the calls are charged by the minute, so it depends on how long the reading lasts.
Is The Reading Beneficial to me?
Yes, if you believe there are aspects of your life that you want to improve upon and need guidance with then you may want to see astrology readings. If you have a firm belief in astronomy and agree that it has an effect on how we feel and behave, allowing an expert to explain things with a Vedic astrology reading, Chinese astrology reading or a tarot card readings will be highly beneficial.
How Often Should You Hear a Reading?
Most astrologers agree that you should aim to get a reading at least once a year. The best time to do it would be around your birthday because you can then get a roadmap for the year ahead.