Throughout history, humans have looked up to the heavens for guidance and wisdom, and Astrology has played a huge role in the quest for answers. Astrology literally means “Science of the Stars” and is the study of all celestial bodies in our galaxy – the sun, moon, planets and stars – based on their movements and positioning, and their influence on our lives. Everything in the Universe is connected, and astrology springs from that premise – that the planetary movements influence moments in time, and since we are part of the universe, our birth time is meaningful.
What is interesting about astrology is how it started; the zodiac itself was created as a way to measure stellar time, and it wasn’t until the ancient Greek and Roman civilizations came around that astrology represented something entirely new. Instead of just being a device to tell time, they began associating zodiac sign dates with human personality types.
If you were to ask someone today what they think Astrology is, they will most likely answer that it’s about their “sign” or the horoscope they read in the latest fashion magazine - this is a part of it, known as the Zodiac or Sun Sign, which refers to the position of the sun at the time of your birth. But it’s only the first layer. Unfortunately, it has gotten to be so commercial, that it’s dismissed by many as not being legitimate. But delving in deeper, we see that it offers much insight into who we are and why we are here.
When going to an astrologer, they would first need to draw up a birth chart (horoscope), a snapshot of all the cosmic influences that were occurring the exact time you arrived in this lifetime. For this they will need one’s place, time and date of birth, and will look at three main components of the chart: signs, planets and house.
Let’s briefly talk about what each component means. Signs: there are 12 signs of the zodiac: Aries, Leo, Sagittarius, Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn, Gemini, Libra, Aquarius, Cancer, Scorpio, and Pisces; they are seen as major determinants of our personalities. Planets: each planet represents a function in a person’s personality. Houses: they represent the experience where the energies of the signs and houses operate – they reveal the inner state of one’s experience and attitudes.To simplify this a bit, “the planets show what is happening, the signs show how it’s happening, and the houses show where it’s happening.”
Our birth charts can deliver important messages to us about our strengths, weaknesses, and anything else we may want to know more about. Learning about how the stars and planets aligned when you were born and how those placements affect your soul can help you greatly along your spiritual path.
1.) Astrology means:
- A. Looking at the sky above
- B. Howling at the moon
- C. Dancing with the stars
- D. Science of the stars
- E. Dreaming of the heavens
2.) Astrology originated as a way to:
- A. Measure stellar time
- B. Tell the future
- C. Study the planets
- D. Track animal movements
- E. Worship the Gods
3.) The Zodiac, or Sun Sign, is the most important part of Astrology?
- A. True
- B. False
4.) In order to draw up a birth chart, or horoscope, an astrologer needs to know:
- A. A person’s favorite color
- B. One’s religious beliefs
- C. The names of family members
- D. The place, time and date of birth
- E. The client’s height and weight
5.) How many components are there in a birth chart?
- A. 23
- B. 12
- C. 7
- D. 39
- E. 3