What is Astrology?
The basic philosophy behind Astrology is the idea that we live in a holistic universe, that there is a deep interrelationship between the whole and its parts, and that anything, be it an event, a group, or an individual that is born at a particular point in time and space in a sense embodies the whole universe focused at that point.
Obviously it is impossible to determine the state of the whole universe from a particular point in time and space, so in Astrology we take the Solar system as the greater whole and regard the patterns formed by the Sun, Moon and planets as seen from a particular time and place on earth as a reflection of the forces acting at that time and place.
In natal astrology, astrology applied to individual human beings, the Sun, Moon and planets represent basic human needs, desires or urges which we all possess. It is the ever changing interrelationship between these basic functions or archetypes, and their relationship to the horizon at the time of birth, that are used to represent the personality structure of a human being.
During the course of a year the Sun, as seen from the earth, appears to move in a circle against the background of the stars, this circle is known as the ecliptic. The axis of the earth's rotation is inclined at an angle to the plane of the ecliptic, so, if the earth's equator is imagined to be extended into space, it cuts the plane of the ecliptic at two points known as the equinoxes.
One of these points, the vernal or spring equinox, is taken to be the beginning of the circle and is known, both in Astronomy and Astrology, as the first point of Aries. Astrologers then divide the ecliptic into twelve sections of 30 degrees each thus generating the twelve signs.
The autumn equinox is directly opposite the first point of Aries and is the beginning of the sign of Libra. When the Sun is at these points, days and nights are of equal length.
During the summer months the Sun appears to rise higher and higher in the sky, reaching its highest point at midsummer or the summer solstice, the beginning of the sign of Cancer. This is the time of the longest day and shortest night.
Similarly, it reaches its lowest point in the sky in midwinter or the winter solstice, the beginning of the sign of Capricorn. This is the time of the shortest day and longest night.
The signs of zodiac therefore, has nothing to do with actual star constellations, but is based on the relationship between Sun and Earth.
The cardinal fire sign of Aries is outgoing and self-assertive. Aries is energetic with a frank and direct approach, a great deal of courage and a willingness to plunge into anything without too much hesitation.
The fixed earth sign of Taurus indicates the material, earth level of existence, a steady, reliability with a strong will, which once set on a course of action will be persistent and determined.
The mutable air sign of Gemini is tuned to the level of the mind (represented by air). There is restlessness, a need for variety and a basic urge for diverse contacts and relationships with a natural ability to do two or more things at once.
The cardinal water sign of Cancer indicates a nature that is impressionable and sympathetic, able to listen patiently, but when feelings are hurt, very moody and irritable. Sensitive feelings and emotions are kept protected behind a hard exterior shell, just like the crab.
The fixed fire sign of Leo indicates a proud and generous nature, a love of the theatrical and dramatic, innate loyalty, warmth and generosity, affectionate to those you love, plus a need to express yourself creatively, and to be appreciated.
The mutable earth sign of Virgo is practical and adaptable. It typifies service to others in some way. It denotes keen analytical and critical faculties with great attention to detail.
The cardinal air sign of Libra relates to the social and intellectual level of experience. There is a need to extend experience through a variety of different kinds of relationships and an ability to see both sides of any issue with an innate sense of fair play, disliking injustice in any form.
The fixed water sign of Scorpio, relates to the emotional level of experience that is deep and intense. Sensitive and powerful feelings are kept hidden by a calm and indifferent surface appearance.
The mutable fire sign of Sagittarius indicates a nature that is outgoing and open-minded with a need to explore and to find out what is just over the horizon, expressed literally through travel, or on a more mental level through the exploration of ideas and philosophical systems.
The cardinal earth sign of Capricorn indicates down to earth and practical traits combining a great deal of patience and quiet ambition.
Aquarius is a fixed air sign representing the activity of the mind, the realm of ideas and social interaction. The fixed nature of this sign lends these thoughts and ideas the power to form the basis of groups united through shared ideals and goals.
The mutable water sign of Pisces, relates to the emotional and feeling level of experience. It's nature is rather unworldly and idealistic and with it comes an innate urge to trust everyone.
In the solar system the Sun is the centre around which all the other planets revolve, bound by its gravitational force. Similarly, in the birth chart the Sun represents the "focal point" of our personality, or the core of our being, around which all the other psychological drives and needs, represented by the planets, revolve.
Just as, in the solar system, the Sun is the source of light and life generating energy, so the Sun represents the source of consciousness and life within us all. It is our will to be and our sense of individuality. The birth chart, however, represents the solar system as seen from the earth, not the Sun. Most of us are not focused in our Sun, but in our earth-bound, or sense-bound ego. For most of us then, the Sun represents our "Higher Self" or Spirit. It is the immortal spark of the universal spirit which is uniquely ourselves, as opposed to our transient and mortal ego focused personality. The Sun is therefore what we are striving to become.
The sign position of and aspects to the Sun, as seen from the earth, show how this radiant inner self works through the medium of our ego focussed personality. It is the fundamental tone of our being, and as such is the most important placement in the chart.
In the birth chart, the Moon is second in importance only to the Sun. Unlike the other planets the Moon orbits the earth, and seen from the earth is the same size as the Sun (hence the possibility of total eclipses). The Moon gives off no light of its own, however, but reflects and focuses the light of the Sun.
The Moon represents memories, feelings and instinctive responses that lie just below the level of consciousness. As the Moon orbits the earth, it generates the movements of the tides and governs other natural cycles, such as the menstrual cycle in women. The Moon therefore represents the ebb and flow of feeling and emotion (represented by water in Astrology), and the feminine principle in nature and in the individual.
The sign position of and aspects to the Moon show how we react instinctively, and what we need to feel comfortable and secure. As children the Moon is the Mother, or at least how we experienced our mother. As we grow older this extends to our relationships with women in general (particularly for men), and our instinctive or conditioned responses to the world in general; based on the often unconscious memories of this early nurturing experience (or lack of it).
Pluto in the First House:
The way you feel about
yourself, and the image you project to the outer world will change
radically. Your need to be in control of yourself and of your
environment will also change, and you may find that your lifestyle
alters considerably under this transit.
Pluto in the Second House:
Your financial status, and what you do and do not find valuable will
alter significantly. Your standards and value systems may change
dramatically. Your personal finances may undergo very drastic ups and
downs during this transit.
Pluto in the Third House:
You will begin to think very deep thoughts, and you will start to take a
very profound view of the subjects that interest you. Your ability to
read between the lines, and understand the nuances and subtleties of how
people relate will be considerably enhanced. Your relationship with
your siblings and close relatives will undergo a deep transformation and
Pluto in the Fourth House:
relationship with your family of origin, particularly with your mother,
or with someone who played a nurturing role for you in your childhood,
will take up a lot of your time and attention. You may decide it’s a
good time to enter counseling for any childhood traumas you experienced.
Pluto in the Fifth House:
You may meet your
soul mate, and the lover you are destined to be with in this lifetime.
Your interaction with your children will become very emotionally
fulfilling, albeit very intense at times.
Pluto in the Sixth House:
will drastically change your attitude toward your daily routine and to
the way you spend your time during the day, especially where your job is
concerned. Your attitude toward your diet and exercise will also be
Pluto in the Seventh House:
relationship to your life partner, spouse, or live-in domestic partner
will alter considerably. The way you view your partnerships in general
will undergo considerable change.
Pluto in the Eighth House:
You will come to understand and acknowledge yourself as a sexual being
under this transit, and your sexual desires may change drastically. You
won’t hesitate to face your ‘shadow self’, and you may undergo
counseling in an effort to understand yourself from a psychological
Pluto in the Ninth House:
vision of yourself and your place in the world will alter greatly, and
you will pursue the deep questions of the universe through your interest
in philosophy. You will want to explore every corner of the globe, and
get to know people from cultures and religions that are different than
Pluto in the Tenth House:
goals will change, and you may decide to go into a profession that is
completely different than the one you trained and studied for. Your
status in the world may undergo radical change, and you could find
yourself in the public eye, one way or another.
Pluto in the Eleventh House:
will evaluate your personal interpretation of what a friend is, or is
not, and of what friendship means in general. You may scrutinize and
critique the groups and associations you are a member of and sort and
sift through them. Your wishes and hopes will change considerably, and
you may become very involved with a cause that affects you deeply.
Pluto in the Twelfth House:
interest in metaphysics will greatly increase, and you may discover
that you have untapped reservoirs of intuitive ability under this
transit. You will undergo a very deep spiritual metamorphosis, and you
will learn to trust yourself and be your own guide. You may need to be
alone to collect your own thoughts, and the idea of solitude will be a
welcoming one for you.
New Moon Blessings...
the sun bring you new energy by day, may the moon softly restore you by
night, may the rain wash away your worries, may the breeze blow new
strength into your being, may you walk gently through the world and know
it's beauty all the days of your life.”