Astrology Guide: Learn About the Planets and How They Impact Your Life

What is Astrology?

Astrology is the study of how the planets and Earth interact with each other. With the help of mathematical tables to construct a horoscope, and a rich history of correlating myths and symbols dating back to ancient times, astrologists operate under the belief that each planetary position correlates with a particular aspect of yourself or life, and that the position of the stars, the sun, the moon and the planets at the moment and location of your birth lay out a blueprint, or astrological chart, for your life.

The history of astrology dates back to 3000 B.C. in the region of Mesopotamia and other ancient cradles of civilization. Ancient societies looked to the sky, where they believed the gods and goddesses dwelled, overseeing the lives of the mortals below. Observing and charting the movements of the planets, they began to correlate patterns of planetary positions and movements to archetypal personality traits and events, while seeking to broaden their understanding of the world and what is to come. Throughout history, astrology has evolved as an art and science for understanding personality and forecasting the future. While today we are less likely than the ancients to view astrology in literal cause and effect terms, modern astrologers see the planets and their movements as exerting energetic influence over our lives.

How Does Astrology Work?

To answer the question “how does astrology work?” we start with the concept of synchronicity, the idea that 2 seemingly unrelated events can be tied together when meaning is ascribed to them. Without meaning, those two events can appear random or coincidental, but when meaning is ascribed, it can often feel like things click into place and begin to make sense. That meaning, in astrological terms, is the shared experience between what is happening on a planetary level, and what is happening internally in our lives, which then becomes manifested in external events. It’s an invisible thread that connects each of us to the cosmos in our own unique and personal way.

Most people know their “sign” (aka Sun Sign) without fully understanding its meaning or the full context of their personal astrology. This Astrology Guide goes beyond “sun-sign astrology” and aims to fill out your understanding of how astrology works by delving deep into the rich information not just about your sun sign, but also the planetary positions, astrology elements, astrology houses, astrological aspects and returns and ways to understand all of the descriptive and predictive aspects of your natal chart, all of which work together to put meaning to those synchronicities at work in your life. At the very minimum, you should gain an appreciation for your Sun Sign, Rising Sign, and Moon Sign, as this combination of planetary influences will more accurately describe you than your Sun sign by itself.

Western vs. Eastern Astrology

While many of us are familiar with Western astrology, the East has a rich astrological tradition as well. The two most well-known astrological traditions of the East are Chinese and Vedic astrology. Vedic astrology is lunar based. Chinese astrology is a lunar-solar hybrid. Click here to learn more about Eastern Astrology and the Chinese Zodiac.

Vedic Astrology

Vedic astrology is also known as Jyotisha or Jyotishya. Originating in India, it incorporates the Hindu concept of karma. There are twelve signs that roughly correspond to the western ones. But in Vedic astrology vs Western astrology, the calculations for the rising and sun signs are based on sidereal astrology rather than tropical astrology. This means that some additional math is done to account the slight wobble in the earth’s rotation (taking about 26,000 years to complete a cycle) when determining the sign. In addition, those signs are further divided up into 27 lunar mansions or Nakshatra. In Hindu myth, the moon is male and visits each of his 27 wives as he goes through his rotation in the sky. The Nakshatra the moon was in when you were born is a very important part of your astrological chart.

The Differences Between Astrology and Horoscopes

Though sometimes you’ll see the words zodiac, astrology, and horoscope used interchangeably, they don’t all mean the same thing. The difference between horoscope and astrology is one of scale. Astrology is an umbrella term for the whole study of the influence of celestial bodies (the moon, sun, planets, and stars) on ourselves and our world. The two main areas of astrology are natal, which deals with one person, and mundane, which studies large communities of people. As mentioned above, plenty of cultures around the world practiced or continue to practice astrology, including the Greeks, Chinese, and Mayans. In fact, many believe that our modern astronomy evolved from astrology. In Western astrology, the placement and movement of the heavenly bodies is visually depicted in a horoscope. The horoscope provides clues to explain who we're attracted to and why, as well as our strengths and weaknesses.

A horoscope refers to the interpretation of the meaning of the specific positions those celestial bodies were in at a particular moment, like the time of someone’s birth. Zodiac relates specifically to the 12 signs used in astrology. The most well-known astrology reading is the horoscope, and the most popular horoscope is the sun sign, or zodiac sign. However, horoscopes can go a lot deeper than that.

Since the sun sign horoscopes found in many magazines and newspapers are created for the millions of people who share the same birth date range, they are very simple and generic. On the other hand, an experienced astrologer takes into consideration the positioning of the sun, moon, planets, and stars to provide far more in-depth and personal horoscope. Horoscopes are often used to predict your day, week, month, or even your upcoming year.

Many astrologers believe that their positions at the exact time of birth have a direct impact on our personalities and relationships with others. An astrology reading takes into account the houses, planets, and signs that make up your natal chart. Astrologers use this alignment to create your horoscope. With an astrology reading, you can learn more about your personality, desires, and motivations.

Natal Charts and Their Components

When it comes to astrology and horoscopes, just about everyone knows their “sign,” referring to the sign of the Zodiac the Sun was in when they were born, also known as your Sun Sign. However, when it comes to your “sign,” there’s really so much more!

First of all, the reason an astrologer (or astrology website) will ask for your date of birth, as well as, the exact time of birth and the location you were born, is so they can create a Natal Chart or Birth Chart (that circle pie-chart-looking thing with all the signs of the zodiac) that specifically relates to you. And, like a snowflake, no two charts are the same. This is a chart that represents the precise location of heavenly bodies when you were born. Think of your Natal Chart like your very own celestial road map that gives a look into your personality and character, in addition to forecasting major life events, by examining the position and location of the planets in the heavens when you were born.

Much like a tarot reading, an astrologer interpreting your natal chart can uncover deep answers about your behavior and personality. Astrologers use this chart to help a person better understand himself or herself and the situations he or she is going through. The more specific information you can give, such as the date, time, and place of your birth, the better your reading will be. These readings typically include information about your personality, your relationships with others, and your future. If you have birth information about a significant other, you can even use an astrology reading to compare your charts, explore compatibility issues, and gain a better understanding of your future relationship with that person.

Visualizing the Natal Chart

The three main parts of a natal chart are the signs, the planets, and the houses. Okay, think of a big circle, which represents you. Now, picture a horizontal line splitting that circle into two equal parts, which is the horizon line. Your Ascendant is at 9 o’clock on the left, and your Descendant is at 3 o’clock on the right. The planets that were visible at the time you were born are placed above the horizon line, while the planets that were not visible are placed below the horizon line. Next, the circle is divided equally into the twelve sections, which represent the 12 signs of the zodiac, also called houses. You read your natal chart in a counterclockwise direction, with the Ascendant's horizontal line delineating the First House.

The Sun, Moon, and Planets in Astrology

First, there are 12 signs of the zodiac: Aries, Leo, Sagittarius, Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn, Gemini, Libra, Aquarius, Cancer, Scorpio, and Pisces. Their energies have a constant influence on your daily life. Your Sun Sign is perhaps the most important part of your chart since it represents who you are - your basic characteristics and identity; however, your Ascendant (or rising sign) and the sign of your Moon are the next two significant parts of your chart to understand, since they are vital in getting a more rounded viewpoint on your nature. Your ascendant affects how you present yourself to others (your self-image), while your Moon reflects your emotional personality and behavior.

Next, each planet in your natal chart denotes other aspects of your personality. The planets are grouped into two categories: Personal planets (Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, and Mars) and Outer planets (Jupiter, Neptune, Saturn, Uranus, and Pluto).

Personal Planets

Briefly, besides the Personal planets of the Sun and Moon: Mercury relates to how you communicate and relate with others. Venus represents what you enjoy, value, and appreciate. Mars represents your action and use of will, as well as the desires as described by Venus.

Outer Planets

Now, the Outer planets: Jupiter represents your growth, ability to mix with society, and your life path. Saturn represents responsibilities, the rules you follow, and the necessary restrictions imposed for the growth of your consciousness. Uranus represents your ability to gain insight into life obstacles and new levels of understanding. Neptune represents your ideals and imagination, psychic abilities, and sense of harmony. And Pluto represents your process when it comes to inner growth and change.

By studying astrology, you can delve deeply into horoscopes. Sun sign horoscopes are good for a quick understanding of your upcoming day, but for a unique and complex look at your personality, an astrology reading is the best option.

What's Your Sign?

Astrologers have identified 12 positions, or astrological signs, that the sun, moon, and planets appear to move through. These signs are simply ways of mapping the night sky based on the relative position of the planets and stars within a zone determined by the relationship between the Earth and the Sun at a given place and time. Instead of referring to their position in degrees, we use the names ascribed to these specific orbital positions.

The word zodiac means “Circle of Animals” and most of the signs, with the exception of Gemini, Libra and Aquarius are depicted by animals which represent the energy of that sign. There is numerological significance to the number 12, a sign of completion that unites the creative force of a 1 with the duality and interdependency of a 2. You can learn more about numerology meaning in our exclusive Numerology Guide.

The position of the sun at the time of your birth holds a special place in your astrology chart because the sun is the star of our solar system around which all the planets orbit. Your sun sign influences your primary character traits and reflects your ego and determination. But the influence of the sun is felt in combination with the influences of all the other planetary positions. For example, you also have a moon sign, which influences your innermost being, and a rising sign that represents your outward personality and style. In an astrology reading, each of these planetary positions is analyzed alone and in relationship to each other. Armed with the Psychic Source Astrology Guide and the information contained in your astrological chart, you can click on the sign below to look up what each of the astrology signs signifies, depending on where it appears in your natal chart.

When the sun is in one of the 12 zodiac constellations at the time of birth, a fairly consistent pattern of personality traits emerge. It’s not coincidental! As unique as every individual is, astrology supplies the meaning which connects the dots and explains why people born under the influence of a specific sign share common traits.

The 12 Sun Signs

The easiest way to identify your sun sign is to compare your date of birth with a published reference chart, but there can be a few complications. When dates are provided for general reference, there can be slight discrepancies because depending on the year, the sun may have “shifted” to the next sign at a slightly different time. In some cases, this can make a difference.

It’s not that the sun is technically moving, but rather that as the Earth orbits around the sun, the sun appears to pass in front of different constellations, as seen from our reference point on Earth. In Western Astrology we speak of the sun moving into the 12 zodiac signs as an Earth-centered way of describing what’s happening in the sky.

The cycle through all twelve signs of the zodiac takes a year. However, it actually takes 365 days, 4 hours, 35 minutes and 12 seconds to complete a circuit, (which is why every four years we make up the difference with a leap year), but there’s no catch-up provision from an astrology standpoint. This is why one year the sun sign Aries could begin on March 22, while another year it might start minutes earlier and land on March 21. Depending on your time zone, that could further complicate the equation.

For people born in the middle of a sun sign, none of this matters. But for people born on the cusp, just about the time the sun shifts to the next sign, the question may feel more pressing. The good news is that “cuspers” are generally a blend of both signs. However it is quite possible that the sign you always thought of as your own based on the generally accepted dates just doesn’t fit, so take a deeper look at the dates for each cusp and read the descriptions of the two relevant sun signs. Pick the one that resonates most strongly as your primary identification. You can also ask an astrologer for help determining which sun sign holds the highest influence in your chart.

Aries

Sun in Aries: 3/21 - 4/20 The Ram

Pisces-Aries Cusp 3/17 - 3/23

The fire sign Aries is associated with Mars. Fiery self - will in action, would describe people born under this sign. They seek both growth and improvement. They like to live on the edge and love challenges. In relationships, they need to find someone who can keep up with them. They tend to be adventurous, somewhat impulsive (at times to a fault), independent, confident, and opinionated.

Read more about the qualities of astrology Aries Zodiac Sign Guide.

Taurus

Sun in Taurus: 4/21 - 5/20 The Bull

Aries-Taurus Cusp 4/16 - 4/22

The Earth sign Taurus is associated with Venus. Stubbornness is the first word that comes to mind to describe people born under this sign, which, of course, can be a positive or a negative trait. Tauruses tend to be shy and stay away from crowds. They are likely to be goal-oriented, social though guarded, determined, and extremely practical. When it comes to friendship, they will only be as close as they want to be with you.

Read more about the qualities of astrology Taurus Zodiac Sign Guide.

Gemini

Sun in Gemini: 5/21 - 6/20 The Twins

Taurus-Gemini Cusp 5/17 - 5/22

The air sign Gemini is associated with Mercury. Geminis tend to have a dual nature or be moody. They are spontaneous at times and more reserved at other times. They tend to try to do too many things at once and they can also be indecisive. They are very good at seeing both sides of an issue. They like to make money and spend it. They want a partner who can keep up with them mentally and physically.

Read more about the qualities of astrology Gemini Zodiac Sign Guide.

Cancer

Sun in Cancer: 6/21 - 7/21 The Crab

Gemini-Cancer Cusp 6/17 - 6/23

The water sign Cancer is associated with caring and compassionate people whose emotions are up and down like the moon. Cancers are tough on the outside and soft on the inside. That’s why their symbol is the crab—they can be crabby! People born under the sign of Cancer tend to thrive on love and romance. They desire stability but seem to have ever changing needs. They can be good healers and they tend to experience emotions intensely.

Read more about the qualities of astrology Cancer Zodiac Sign Guide.

Leo

Sun in Leo: 7/22 - 8/21 The Lion

Cancer-Leo Cusp 7/19 - 7/25

The fire sign Leo is associated with the Sun. Leo's do love to be the center of attention and may be referred to as drama Queens. They also tend to have charisma and a sense of style. They are leaders who like to be flattered and validated but not criticized. They’re faithful and devoted in relationships. In general, Leos have big hearts, positive thinking, and a good sense of humor.

Read more about the qualities of astrology Leo Zodiac Sign Guide.

Virgo

Sun in Virgo: 8/22 - 9/21 The Virgin

Leo-Virgo Cusp 8/19 - 8/25

The earth sign Virgo is associated with Mercury. Virgo's tend to be very intelligent, but shy. They are organized and reliable and tend to make excellent employees. Virgos are kindhearted and find the good in people but can also be described as fussy and their perfectionism can lead to narrow mindedness. They’re givers, companions, and advisers. Virgo's are often described as refined. They seek perfection and are often quite spiritual.

Read more about the qualities of astrology Virgo Zodiac Sign Guide.

Libra

Sun in Libra: 9/22 - 10/21 The Scales

Virgo-Libra Cusp 9/19 - 9/25

The air sign Libra is associated with Venus. Libra's are relaxed, mellow, with a love for beauty. They often have difficulty making decisions. They seek balance and harmony, but they may tend to be too trusting or gullible. Their lives will have dramas, false starts, broken hearts, and disillusionments. They are peace makers. Libras could find love in exotic beautiful places or while running a bar or restaurant. They also could be designing beach or ski gear or sipping cocktails.

Read more about the qualities of astrology Libra Zodiac Sign Guide.

Scorpio

Sun in Scorpio: 10/22 - 11/21 The Scorpio

Libra-Scorpio Cusp 10/19 - 10/25

The water sign Scorpio is associated with Pluto. People born under this sign are intense and passionate. They also tend to be secretive about what they are really thinking. They like to appear strong and in control.

This sign has intense and dramatic relationships. Scorpios have passion, desire and power, but they need to decide on the power of love or love of power. They wear masks and hide their true feelings. When Scorpios fall in love they can be faithful and dedicated, but don't hurt them because they won't forgive you.

Read more about the qualities of astrology Scorpio Zodiac Sign Guide.

Sagittarius

Sun in Sagittarius: 11/22 - 12/21 The Archer

Scorpio-Sagittarius Cusp 11/18 - 11/24

The fire sign Sagittarius is associated with Jupiter. Adventurous and optimistic, they love life and see a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. They’re most likely to get jobs involving media, outdoor work, or philosophical or humanitarian pursuits. Sagittarians can have big hearts—they’re generous, fun-loving, honest people. They tend to seek truth and be philosophical in nature. They want alluring things in life, such as a partner, dream job, or vacation.

Read more about the qualities of astrology Sagittarius Zodiac Sign Guide.

Capricorn

Sun in Capricorn: 12/22 - 1/19 The Goat

Sagittarius-Capricorn Cusp 12/18 - 12/24

This earth sign Capricorn is associated with Saturn. People born under Capricorn tend to be determined, motivated, and driven. They have a lot of integrity and moral courage. Capricorns are ambitious. They need to balance work and play. They’re cautious in relationships, but when in love, their sensitive and loyal hearts come out. As a career, Capricorns want to make a difference in the world. They may be prone to depression at times when goals are not met, but in general, they know self-soothing skills as well.

Read more about the qualities of astrology Capricorn Zodiac Sign Guide.

Aquarius

Sun in Aquarius: 1/20 - 2/18 The Water Bearer

Capricorn-Aquarius Cusp 1/16 - 1/22

This air sign Aquarius is associated with Uranus. Aquarians are often referred to as eccentric or odd. They tend to be very intelligent with creative and busy minds. Aquarians also frequently report problems with insomnia as they may find it difficult to quiet the mind. They are often free thinkers with a strong humanitarian drive and may be described as being ahead of their time.

Read more about the qualities of astrology Aquarius Zodiac Sign Guide.

Pisces

Sun in Pisces: 2/19 - 3/21 The Fish

Aquarius-Pisces Cusp 2/15 - 2/21

The water sign Pisces is associated with Neptune. Spiritual, caring, and sensitive people, Pisceans crave deep interpersonal relationships, but sensitivity and shyness may impede them. When Pisces fall in love they fall hard. They tend to be dreamy, warm, compassionate, and talented.

Read more about the qualities of astrology Pisces Zodiac Sign Guide.

What are Sun, Moon, and Rising Signs?

Sun signs are undoubtedly the best known of the three of these. But to get a more complete picture of your personality, you need to take all three into account. Your Sun Sign is the constellation in which the Sun was located at the time of your birth. It is generally the strongest influence in your astrological chart. But if you’ve ever felt like your sun sign doesn’t fully encompass every aspect of you, that’s probably because you didn’t know or understand your moon and rising sign too.

Moon Sign

The Moon moves through the Zodiac, changing signs (roughly) every two and half days. It is associated with the oceans changing tides and powerful emotional shifts. The moon's placement in your chart signifies your capacity to adjust, and how you move with the ever-changing pressures and challenges of everyday life. Your moon sign (the sign the moon inhabits at the time of your birth), represents your intuitive process, that which is inherent to you. It also represents fourth house signatures, the feminine influences of your life, the home, and that which formed you.

Astrologically speaking, the sun represents the self; it is the representation of conscious desire, and our potential, whereas the moon embodies our dreams, and the unconscious expression of personality. While your sun sign largely dictates your personality, or outward mood, your moon sign reveals your private emotions or inner expressions. Think of your moon sign as your inner child. Moon signs are key to understanding ourselves. While your sun sign determines zodiac personality, your moon sign is the second most important influence when it comes to horoscope charts. Your moon sign represents your inner mood and emotions.

Your moon sign can affect the strength to which your sun sign is expressed in your personality. Moon signs that align with sun signs can bring out the characteristics even more strongly, while moon signs that counteract sun signs can dampen the effect of your sun sign on your personality. Take a Scorpio, a water sign, who also has a watery moon sign in Pisces. This person might be even more intuitive and emotional since both are traits of water signs. On the other hand, the aggressive nature of an Aries can be tempered by a calm Taurus moon.

If you're looking for a soulmate, finding someone whose moon sign is compatible with yours is a good bet. Sun and moon signs can also sit in similar signs to make a good match. Having moon signs in similar elements — water, air, earth, or fire — is one of the best ways to determine how well people will emotionally connect.

Ascending or Rising Signs

If you want to learn about personality through astrology, don't forget about the rising sign. Also known as the ascendant, this sign was actually the dominant indicator of a person's nature until the early 20th century. Today, this sign is less well known than the sun sign and even the moon sign. That doesn't mean it's not significant. Your rising sign plays a huge role in how others perceive you. Along with your sun and moon sign, your rising sign is an important component of determining your astrological personality.

Your rising sign represents the environment into which you were born, so it often also reflects your upbringing and childhood along with your outward appearances. No matter how fully you feel that you identify with your zodiac sign, those around you may have a slightly different impression of you and your nature. That’s because your rising sign often has a substantial impact on both your spontaneous reactions to stimuli and the energy you put out into the world. In fact, when people first meet you, they’ll often meet your rising sign instead of your sun sign or the zodiac sign that you hold closest. From your attitude to your appearance, your ascendant sign impacts your outward self and the first impression people will have of you. Do you like bold colors or soft neutrals? Are you quick to jump into the conversation or need time to warm up? Your ascendant sign influences all these factors and more.

Your rising sign isn't your whole personality, but it's a big part of it. Most people project a self that's a perfect mix of the sun sign and the rising sign. The rising sign reflects an outward personality, one that's more superficial. It's an important part of how you appear to other people and how you function in the world around you. It's different, though, from a sun or moon sign because it has more to do with outward appearances. You won't be a Scorpio because you have a Scorpio rising sign, in other words, but you'll display Scorpio traits.

For many people, learning about the role that a rising sign can play answers many questions that a sun sign-focused astrology reading simply can’t address. For example, if friends, coworkers, or acquaintances have described you in a way that doesn’t quite seem accurate or they’ve highlighted the differences between the first impression you make and the characteristics that emerge once you get closer to someone, the dichotomy between your rising sign and your sun sign may explain everything.

Your rising sign can reveal a lot about you and the mask you wear when you interact with the rest of the world. An astrology reading will help you calculate your rising sign and learn how it plays into how people view you when you first meet. By knowing your ascendant sign, a psychic can give you a better reading of your personality and how you'll react to certain situations.

How to Find Your Sun, Moon, and Rising Signs

Sun signs are easy to figure out. Those signs almost everyone knows are calculated easily based on the month and day of your birth. Getting familiar with your moon and rising sign isn’t as simple. If someone took a picture of the sky the moment you were born, you would have your birth chart. But since many of us don’t have that we’ll need to do a little work to figure it out.

The easiest way to do this is to use an online calculator but only a knowledgeable astrologer can both calculate and interpret the meaning of your chart. To start, you’ll need to have your complete birthdate (month, date, and year) as well as the location of your birthplace and time of birth. Your birth certificate may have all that information. With that data, you can accurately determine the position of the stars and the prominence of the signs.

An exact time of birth helps the most, but if you know the approximate time of your birth, an astrologer can help determine what your moon sign is. Because the moon shifts quickly around the zodiac, the time of birth is key to placing your moon sign accurately — especially if the moon is about to move to the next sign on your birth date. The moon takes only a month to touch all the signs, and it stays in each sign for about two days.

Your rising sign is the Zodiacal sign that was ascending at the eastern horizon at the exact moment you were born. This ascendant is specific to a precise place and time, so as with your moon sign, you'll need to know the date of birth, city of birth, and the exact time of your birth to get the most accurate assessment. The ascendant sign changes every two hours, so it's important to have your exact birth time or an approximate that's as close as possible.

In general, those who were born during the day under a shining sun and those with an ascendant that falls close to the beginning of the sign tend to feel the strongest effects of their rising sign. In contrast, those born at night or those with an ascendant that falls near the end of the sign may exhibit more muted effects of the rising sign. Another quick rule of thumb to keep in mind is that if you were born just before or just after dawn, your rising sign is likely the same as your sun sign. On the other hand, if you were born right before or right after sunset, your rising sign is likely the exact opposite of your sun sign.

The 12 Rising Signs

Because your rising sign determines how you seem at first glance to others, it functions like a social mask. You don't necessarily keep up the personality of your rising sign once people get to know you. But your rising sign has a big influence on the first impression you make on others and how you socially interact. It also plays a huge part in how you see and then relate to other people. Since your ascendant sign has such an outward focus, it may even influence your expressions, movements, and mannerisms. You may struggle to see these characteristics from your vantage point, but the people you meet are likely to notice them right away, even before they truly get to know you.

Essentially, your rising sign may add an entirely new dimension to your personality. For instance, you may be a vivacious, passionate Leo, but a Cancer rising may make you seem shyer and more intuitive, or a Capricorn rising may make you seem controlled and serious. Along the same lines, you may be a balanced Libra, but an Aries rising may make you seem lively and dominant or an Aquarius rising may make you seem idealistic or contrary.

Seek out an astrologer for greater insight into your ascendant sign and learn more about how others perceive you.

Aries Rising

Those with Aries rising come across as independent, blunt, bold, lively, and dominant. No matter how you feel on the inside, you give the impression of someone who is ready to charge into their day. People expect a bit of brashness or even recklessness when dealing with you.

Taurus Rising

If you were born with Taurus rising, others see you as strong, calm, unwavering, pragmatic, and steady. Your friends or family may look to you to be the one who always holds things together when things are crazy because of the solid energy you give off.

Gemini Rising

People with Gemini rising often find they have a reputation of being witty, talkative, playful, curious, and positive. Even if they are introverts at heart, Gemini rising folks always know how to work a room and usually are quite popular at parties.

Cancer Rising

If you have Cancer rising in your birth chart it’s not unusual for you to be thought of as the “mom friend” in your circle. Shy, caring, intuitive, sentimental, and kind, those with Cancer rising have a way of putting others at ease.

Leo Rising

Those with Leo rising have a way of drawing attention. Even if you don’t crave the limelight the way your Leo sun siblings do, you still manage to be the center of attention and come across as dynamic, powerful, strong, expressive, and distinguished.

Virgo Rising

You may not naturally love organizing, but if you have Virgo rising you don’t have a problem when it comes to keeping things orderly and neat. Friends might say you’re very observant, reserved, analytical, and detail-oriented, with a bit of a nervous streak.

Libra Rising

People tend to see those with Libra rising as the epitome of the perfect host or hostess. Accepting, charming, optimistic, soft-spoken, and gracious, people with Libra rising have a persona of a diplomat. Even if they disagree with others, they often can find a middle ground to work from.

Scorpio Rising

An air of mystery will follow even the most straightforward person with Scorpio rising in their chart. Others might use words like sensual, brooding, spiritual, secretive, and mysterious to describe their first impression of you.

Sagittarius Rising

Those with Sagittarius rising have a reputation for being both wise and blunt. Others go to you when they want someone to be direct with them because they trust you to be honest. But they will also appreciate the jovial way you deliver the truth.

Capricorn Rising

You might be the first person your friends and family think of when someone says the words “no-nonsense” or “workaholic”. Folks with Capricorn rising are credited with being hardworking, serious, diligent, controlled, and polished.

Aquarius Rising

You may find that people expect you to always be contrary or rebel against the norm in some way if you have Aquarius rising in your chart. However, they also see you as friendly and easy to approach. They may even be inspired by what they see as your progressive and idealistic nature.

Pisces Rising

Those with Pisces rising might be described as the sensitive and artistic type by their friends and family, even if you are someone who in private is much more practical than emotional. You are thought of as something of a romantic, with tendencies to be adaptable, if a little vague.

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The 12 Moon Signs

Moon signs are essential to understanding ourselves and how we relate to those around us. You've likely learned how your sun sign influences the people you get along with (as well as those who are terrible matches). Moon signs also find who your kindred spirits and soulmates are. A psychic telephone reading can give you insight into this. Put together, your sun and moon signs have a huge influence on how you function emotionally. Your moon sign determines your subconscious needs, like what makes you feel secure emotionally. You can figure out what your moon sign is based on where the moon was where you were born, shaping your soul and your emotions.

Aries Zodiac Symbol

Moon in Aries

The Moon in Aries person is passionate, motivated, and quite changeable. Leaning toward impetuous, they possess astonishing creativity, but an unfortunately low boiling point. Their emotions can change at the drop of a hat and they frequently come across as intense. Those with Aries moons should take a moment to think before they express their feelings, or at least understand how their emotions will affect others. Moon Aires is s natural leader, boldly striking out on their own, they benefit much from opposite polarities.

Taurus Zodiac Symbol

Moon in Taurus

The Moon is exalted in Venus-ruled Taurus. Unpredictable lunar emotions find stability in this Fixed Earth sign. Family and traditions are important to those born with this signature. People with the moon in Taurus love love, and this emotion largely controls them. They should try their best to be open and loving, even when hurt or disappointed. Blessed with natural business savvy and nearly eidetic memory, Taurus Moon is sure to enjoy success.

Gemini Zodiac Symbol

Moon in Gemini

Those with a Gemini moon can quickly respond to changing moods. Very often, they identify as empaths, with a gift for feeling the emotions of others. They possess a keen mind and quick wit; charming, imaginative they can be found in many careers, for they shine in all forms of communication. They love being in a constant state of activity and prefer a positive outlook. If you are a Gemini moon, take the time to pay attention to your emotions, even when it proves difficult.

Cancer Zodiac Symbol

Moon in Cancer

The Moon is at home in Cancer, its watery element, the Zodiac's 4th house of home, roots, that which formed us. They are some of the most sensitive souls, which often reveals itself as moodiness. Logic rarely sways them, and they tend to operate by feeling and emotions alone. The Cancer Moon individual may tend to dwell upon the past. Aware of the currents swirling about, the Cancer Moon is unusually psychic with an innate talent for remote viewing.

Leo Zodiac Symbol

Moon in Leo

Leo Moon people shine; they love celebrations and shine with inner confidence. Passionate about social justice and sympathetic to the needs of the community, the self-actualized Leo Moon individual seeks to uplift humanity and will fight for the rights of others with characteristic Leo courage. They are confident leaders, exhibiting enthusiasm in many aspects of life. It would be a good idea for Leo moons to take time to understand how much their emotional wellbeing depends on being the center of attention.

Virgo Zodiac Symbol

Moon in Virgo

Virgo supports the Moon's moody atmosphere, and the Moon, in turn, softens any brittleness associated with careful Virgo. The Virgo Moon person is conscientious; the eternal reformer, they value knowledge and can be exacting in their work. Virgo Moon works in harmony with nature, cultivating gardens, art, steady habits, and vibrant health. They tend to keep their emotions to themselves and instead rely on intellect. If your moon is in Virgo, be sure to practice self-care by not over-analyzing situations or being too hard on yourself.

Libra Zodiac Symbol

Moon in Libra

The Moon settles into Libra, merging diplomacy with emotional sensitivity, making Libra Moon people usually charming, displaying a soothing sort of impartiality. With a rare ability to talk around the question and to examine all perspectives, the Libra Moon is emotionally secure, winning goodwill through courtesy and consideration. They strive to balance their emotions and excel at achieving harmony. However, it is beneficial for them to allow themselves to become unbalanced from time to time, or at least put their own emotions before others occasionally.

Scorpio Zodiac Symbol

Moon in Scorpio

The Scorpio Moon person's feelings are hidden, yet nonetheless intense. Lunar Scorpios are reticent regarding their personal affairs, preferring privacy over public displays. It's rare to see a Scorpio Moon over-sharing on social media. Drawn to arcane study, and they can be found working as gifted psychologists, detectives, and psychics. Scorpio Moons seek honesty and connectivity, but when they don’t find it, they hide away their emotions. When they make strong emotional connections, however, their intensity is unmatched.

Sagittarius Zodiac Symbol

Moon in Sagittarius

Those born with the Moon in Sagittarius travel with the best intentions and a sense of purpose. Sagittarius energy focused through the psychic lunar lens points to the archetypal teacher-salesperson, a sort of Wizard of Oz character, able to bring people together and match them with their unique gifts. Sagittarius moons desire truth and rarely hold anything back. Positivity is the name of their game, and sharing emotions only makes it easier for them to live positively.

Capricorn Zodiac Symbol

Moon in Capricorn

Capricorn translates the emotional Moon energy into discipline and a sense of responsibility. The Moon is in detriment in Saturn's domain; hence, the lunar Capricorn may appear poised and charming, while inside, they feel anxious or afraid. A rigorous sense of duty and integrity leads them to remarkable success. Capricorn Moons prefer to keep their emotions to themselves, as they’re naturally inclined toward melancholy. Once they feel comfortable with themselves, they’re more inclined to share.

Aquarius zodiac symbol

Moon in Aquarius

The Aquarius Moon individual has a divine gift of imagination and an innate understanding of the concept, "energy follows thought." The lunar Aquarian may say that their most inspired insights come from the realm of the cosmic unconscious. They most desire to illuminate the world (and their community) with knowledge and wisdom. Aquarius Moons are strongly independent, even when it comes to emotions. They would do well to surround themselves with those who have found balance in order to be their true, authentic selves.

Pisces Zodiac Symbol

Moon in Pisces

Those individuals born under the Pisces Moon, demonstrate exceptional, innate psychic ability. Often powerfully empathic, Pisces Moon absorbs and processes the energy of others. As if waking from a deep slumber, the nature of Pisces allows the most passionate and creative energy to flow. Pisces can read your dreams and empower you to make them come true. They are highly empathetic and sensitive to those around them. Pisces Moons should practice mindfulness to maintain balance and avoid feeling too strongly.

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Venus in Your Chart

The zodiac's pleasure gauge, Venus represents romantic love as well as attitudes about luxury and money. It’s the sultry voice in your head telling you who and what you want. Chiefly occupied with the business of attracting enjoyment and love, Venus doesn't get her hands dirty with the work of acquiring things. Instead, like a magnet, Venus draws the heart’s desire inward.

Think of Venus as a diva as she travels through each house and sign. She expresses herself differently as she takes on the trappings of different signs and houses. The flavor of some signs and houses suit her especially well (she’s exalted in Taurus and Libra, as well as in the second house), others not so much (Aries, Virgo, and the first house).

Wherever you find your Venus will give you a clue to the things that really touch your heart and how you show your emotions. Venus points to the way you express love and sexual enjoyment. Your Venus expression is your approach to coupling and the way you show love for your partner. In relationship compatibility, Venus represents your feelings about your own desirability, personal beauty, and the type of relationships that most satisfy you.

In addition, Venus’s relationship to the positions of the other planets (more on that in the section on aspect patterns) have an effect on how easy or hard it is for Venus’s energy to flow. A harmonious aspect with Jupiter for instance could be beneficial for finances. An unharmonious one may indicate some challenges to overcome.

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The Four Astrology Elements

Astrology has four basic elements Fire, Earth, Air, and Water. All 12 of the astrology signs fall under one of them placing three sun signs under each element. Knowing which element rules your sun sign will help you understand your own temperament, as well as that of other people. Without knowing all the details of each sun sign, understanding the four elements is like having a cheat sheet for understanding yourself and others:

Even at this very basic level, you can begin to predict compatibility just by understanding the way the elements relate to one another. As a general rule of thumb, people whose signs are ruled by the same element experience an easy compatibility – they “get” one another. Knowing which element rules each sign provides a quick way to apply natural law to make sense of relationships. We’ll go deeper into compatibility for each sign on their specific pages, but the elements provide a helpful context and metaphor for how the signs relate with one another, whether analyzing the compatibility based on sun signs, rising signs or moon signs.

  • Earth and Water will snuff out Fire, but give and take from one another in a natural rhythm.
  • Air can co-exist with Earth, but Earth can also suffocate Air.
  • Water and Air will mix in the atmosphere and transform one another, sometimes into hurricanes and tsunamis.
  • Fire will grow hotter and brighter with Air.

How does the elemental drive express itself in each sign?

Despite ruling several signs, each element expresses itself in its 3 subjects in a unique way.

Fire Astrology Element

Fire Signs: Sagittarius, Aries, and Leo

Fire signs express action. They are temperamentally creative, impulsive, enthusiastic, and on “on fire” especially in the company of others.

For Sagittarius, the drive for action may be expressed through a need for travel, education, or crusading for the underdog. An Aries expresses action through speed, taking charge, and the love of adventures. And a Leo expresses their drive for action through loyalty, big style, and strong leadership.

Earth Astrology Element

Earth Signs: Capricorn, Taurus, and Virgo

Earth signs want to build, and they’re really good at it. They are temperamentally practical, grounded, collaborative, and know what it takes to get things done.

A Capricorn expresses its Earth energy by striving to create a generational foundation, a legacy that endures. A Taurus expresses its love of building by creating a home and family with a sturdy foundation and first-class style. And a Virgo is all about building the whole by attending to practical details for example, by keeping an eye on the budget, timelines, and little details.

Air Astrology Element

Air Signs: Aquarius, Gemini, and Libra

Air signs love ideas, analysis, and data. They are the communicators and “people persons” of the zodiac, easily making friends and engaging with people from all walks of life.

For Aquarius, the love of ideas is expressed through flashes of insights, picking up on future trends, and a need to apply intellectual prowess to improve humanity. For Gemini, a love of ideas is expressed through the written word from books and music to public relations. And for Libra, there’s nothing like the exchange of concepts with others, combining fair play and beauty.

Water Astrology Element

Water Signs: Pisces, Cancer, and Scorpio

Water signs express the need to nurture, in emotional, intuitive (often psychic), and spiritual ways. Temperamentally they are compassionate, creative, and caring people with a lot going on below the surface.

The drive to nurture is expressed in slightly different ways depending on the sign. Pisces expresses its love of nurturing through great kindness and compassion, offering healing gifts that can restore a lost soul. For Cancer, nurturing centers around the home and family, cooking up a feast for the body and soul. And for Scorpio, nurturing is expressed through deep sensitivity and listening on a soul level to create profound changes.

The 12 Houses of Astrology

The big circle of your natal chart is divided into twelve sections. Each section represents the 12 signs of the zodiac, which on your Natal Chart are known as the 12 Houses.

It’s also important to remember that each of the houses do not have any special “energy,” like the planets and the elements. The Houses are simply the location where the planets and elements, with their unique energies, happen to show up in your Natal Chart. (Basically, it’s where they are “housed.’)

First House Astrology: House of the Ascendant Mask

Together with the Sun and Moon, your ascendant is one of the most important single factors in a horoscope. The sign at the beginning of the first house tells us a lot about your personality, temperament, and constitution. It typifies your immediate, instinctive reaction and shows how you present yourself to others. The planet ruling the ascendant sign is of particular importance for the interpretation.

Second House Astrology: House of Resources

The second House refers to your own money and possessions, what you value, your hidden talents, your sense of self-worth, and self-esteem. It basically includes anything and everything to do with anything you may own (except your house/home which is ruled by the 4th House) and includes things like cars, clothing, investments, etc. – all your financial matters, as well as greed.

Third House Astrology: House of Open Perception

This house deals with communication, the close environment (siblings, colleagues, schoolmates), primary and secondary education, and apprenticeships. It also describes short trips, transportation, modern means of communication, and all practical things. Communication includes messages, deliveries, gossip, telephone/cell phone calls, text messages, reading, and writing.

Fourth House Astrology: House of the Nadir

The fourth House represents your family, ancestors, roots, and home. This house also describes the real estate patrimony, childhood, and emotions. It is located at the bottom of the chart. Some say even if you don't believe in reincarnation, you're likely to be surprised by what you find in your 4th house. Any planets in the 4th house affect your home life, your emotions, your subconscious, and your relationship with your parents.

Fifth House Astrology: House of Joy and Bliss

The fifth House refers to children, creativity, and your pursuit of pleasure, which includes personal interests, love affairs, sports, hobbies, speculation, risk-taking, teaching, drama, creative self-expression, love given, gambling. It’s all about you being yourself and enjoying life, romance, dating, love affairs, and sexual relationships. (Not to be confused with marriage, which is in the 7th House.)

Sixth House Astrology: House of Legacy, Lineage, and Service

This House refers to your daily work, service, diet, health and physical sickness, your physical ability to work, employees. This can also include any volunteer work, civil service work, caretaking, and mundane daily tasks. The 6th house really involves the quality of your work, the quality of the jobs you perform, as opposed to an actual career. (Career is represented by the 10th house).

Seventh House Astrology: House of the Descendant

This House is about unions, marriage, associations, contracts, and other people, as well as any enemies. It is located on the right-hand side of the natal chart and corresponds to the place where the sun sets. The 7th House refers to more permanently binding relationships, where the 5th House refers to passing and temporary affairs.

Eighth House Astrology: House of Karma and Kali

This House governs death, regeneration, taxes, inheritances, wills & legacies, sex and sexuality, latent occult abilities, joint resources, your partner’s money and possessions, spouse's money, bankruptcy, losses, personal sacrifices, alimony, clairvoyance. This House is about transformation and healing; however, some transformation and healing require some type of loss or death (metaphorically speaking).

Ninth House Astrology: House of Paradigms

The ninth House refers to philosophy, religion, law, learning, higher education (as opposed to early education by the 3rd House), ethics, morals, travel, foreign countries and interests, spiritual urges, dreams, visions, understanding and wisdom, books, publishing, ceremonies, and rituals. This is the House of big thoughts and big ideas.

Tenth House Astrology: House of Midheaven or Destiny

This House corresponds to your professional career, social status and family background, honor, community power, prestige, and reputation. This House reflects the major public areas of your life and the career that you grow into, as opposed to the mundane daily work and odd jobs ruled by the 6th House.

Eleventh House Astrology: House of Meaningful Matrix

This House represents your friends and protectors. This 11th house is related to all kinds of humanitarian topics and is the House of community, large groups, and friends. It refers to memberships, hopes, goals, ambitions, wishes, and social groups.

Twelfth House Astrology: House of Spiritual Liberation

The twelfth House refers to the subconscious, the hidden self that exists apart from our physical everyday reality. This includes the unconscious mind, subconscious memory, subconscious habit patterns from the past, mental illness, karmic debts, self-deception, escapism, spiritual realization, limitations, frustration, and ultimately our self-undoing. It also refers to sorrow, tribulations, widowhood, grief, funerals, exile, seclusion, bribery, subversion, murder, suicide, kidnapping, and endings.

Okay, so now you know the three important parts of your Natal Chart – The Signs, The Planets, and The Houses. At times, they individually may make a lot of sense, but when you combine all three parts, you get a revealing glimpse into your very own character.

The Planets in Retrograde

In the last few years, it’s become a lot more popular for people to talk about the planets when they go retrograde. But what does it mean when a planet is in retrograde? Firstly, despite the name, the planet is not actually going backward in its orbit. It's an optical illusion, caused by the path of the earth’s orbit in relation to the orbits of the other planets. Since those planets move at a different speed around the sun than the earth does, their movement may look strange to us from our vantage point on earth. If we were to view the whole solar system from a distance, we wouldn’t see any changes in their orbit.

Although a planet’s retrograde motion is an optical illusion, planets in retrograde can have some pretty big impact. Some of the more notable times of growth or conflict occurred during retrograde periods. As a general rule, expect any areas that fall under the retrograding planet’s rulership to be a little strange. You can further pinpoint the effects of the retrograde by seeing what sign the planet is traveling in when it goes retrograde, as well as compare where the planet is now with how it appeared in your birth chart. Those who were born with a planet in retrograde tend to ride out the highs and lows of the retrograde period of the same planet in the same sign as someone who doesn’t.

Mercury in Retrograde

Mercury Retrograde refers to those periods of time when the planet Mercury appears to move backward in its orbit, from the perspective as seen from the Earth. One way to think about Mercury retrograde is to understand that this is the shadow side to wise, witty, and quick-moving Mercury. That side has a strong trickster energy to it. So anything that has to do with the domains Mercury rules over – communication, the intellect, and travel for example – will go a little sideways during this period.

Mercury goes into retrograde three to four times a year. How long is Mercury in retrograde varies slightly, but it usually lasts around three weeks.

Read more about what happens in Mercury in Retrograde here.

Venus in Retrograde

Venus' retrograde periods occur roughly every year and a half for around 40 days. Venus is traditionally tied to money (including everything from income to contracts), love, and our value system, but it also reflects the principle of harmony. It also impacts creative projects, and what makes you feel good down to your toes. When Venus goes "Retrograde," that means something is out of harmony tied to your money, love life, or value system. It can test your patience with misunderstandings, especially as they relate to love, frustrations, and a sudden change in perspective.

The gift of time can often help provide you a better view of what needs to be fixed, talked about or simply when it's time to take a break to rethink your personal direction. Keep in mind, this is not just about romance. It is important to keep your eyes on the bigger picture. Venus Retrograde brings us interesting times to revise issues in our life that can't be put off any longer.

Each astrology sign and element responds a bit differently to a Venus retrograde cycle:

Venus in the Water Signs of Cancer, Scorpio, and Pisces are deeply invested in security, support, and control.

A few questions to consider:

  • Are you hiding your true feelings to control a relationship?

  • Are you wishing on a star and need a cup of reality?

  • Do you need more verbal security and don't know how to ask for it?

Venus in the Fire Signs of Leo, Sagittarius, and Aries are invested in independence, drive, and passion.

A few questions to consider:

  • Are you worried about the balance between your work and your love life?

  • Were you impulsive in a money matter that appears to have lost its shine?

  • Do you really want to go solo/single and don't know how to leave?

Venus in the Earth Signs of Virgo, Capricorn, and Taurus are invested in financial security, sensuality, and long-term commitments.

A few questions to consider:

  • Are you so overwhelmed by the details you are stuck in place?

  • Do you still think you can fix someone that you know is a lost cause?

  • Have you delayed investing in a relationship because of self-esteem issues?

Venus in the Air Signs of Libra, Aquarius, and Gemini are invested in humanitarian values, elegant diversity, and mental compatibility.

A few questions to consider:

  • Are you willing to talk about unfinished business?

  • Are you stuck between 2 people and can't decide who is best?

  • Are you suddenly in love with a friend and don't know how to tell them?

Mars in Retrograde

Mars has the fewest retrograde periods of any of the planets, occurring around every two years, lasting from anywhere from 58 to 81 days. Mars represents passion, action, and sexuality. People sometimes notice that their energy and level of motivation feels lower during this time. And since Mars is as much about loving as it involved with creating chaos, its Retrograde journey infuses us with the determination to honor our relationships.

During the period of Retrograde, Mars works behind the scenes, beyond the superficial, frequently carrying issues to the surface. It is during Mars retrograde when we are likely to confront some of our issues around anger head on---why we get angry, how we show our anger, and how we deal with conflict in general. Growth and awareness can come from accepting responsibility for decisions. Transformation will also follow of we allow emotionally painful attitudes to fall away and released their hold over the future.

Jupiter in Retrograde

Jupiter retrograde periods last roughly four months and occur roughly every thirteen months. As one of the outer planets, the period of Jupiter retrograde may or may not have a notable effect on you, depending on your birth chart. However, it's a good idea to give a trip to the casino a pass during Jupiter in retrograde because of its connection to luck. Businesses started in this period might grow in unexpected ways, so you'll want to make sure that you have the resources you need. It is a good time to go back to school or otherwise brush up on some skills. This time is also particularly conducive to self-reflection.

Saturn in Retrograde

Saturn retrogrades occur roughly every twelve months and last for around four and a half months. Setting personal boundaries is always a good idea. But during Saturn retrograde you may find that you need to expend some extra energy to put them up or reinforce the ones you have. Now is also a good time to question if the boundaries you have put up truly come from a place of self-care, or were they put up due to fear. It's not a bad idea to spend a little time reflecting on the institutions that you are part of or spend a lot of time in. Is the structure they provide helping, or does it keep you boxed in? This is a good time to deal with any unpleasant tasks you've been avoiding.

Uranus in Retrograde

Uranus retrograde periods occur once a year and last about five months. Unconventional Uranus may have us feeling a little rebellious when it's in retrograde. Uranus retrograde often has people questioning the status quo, but there is also the chance of its energy causing people to hold on more tightly to the past due to fear of change. Unsurprisingly, big social changes usually occur during this time period. But be aware there may also be a large release of built-up energy near the end or directly after the retrograde.

Neptune in Retrograde

Neptune retrogrades last for about four months and comes around every year. If you've felt disconnected from your spirituality or psychic gifts, Neptune retrograde is a perfect time to reconnect with them again. However, be aware that not all revelations are lovely ones. It can be painful to connect with some truths, especially if you find that you have been clinging to an illusion for far too long. You must consider what the most responsible use of your new knowledge is.

Pluto in Retrograde

For five months every year, Pluto goes into retrograde. In some ways, think of a Pluto Retrograde like the universe handing you the Death Card from a deck of Tarot Cards, which actually means rebirth. Pluto destroys before a rebirth can start, but you still have to work with it to get to the rebirth part.

Clinging onto the past and resisting change is what causes things to be painful. Once you're willing to let go, something else generally emerges - and that is the re-birth part of Pluto. Out of the ashes something amazing can truly rise with a new life and energy all of its own. Working with these energies simply means you have to let go of what is already slipping away, in order to let new things grow and appear in your life. Ask yourself, what things in your life need to change? Your life has been evolving, but what is still holding you back? This retrograde period is a good time to help figure that out.

Planetary Returns

When it comes to astrology, there's much more to know than just your zodiac sign. Planetary returns, those moments in time when a planet returns to the exact same sign and degree it was in on the moment when you were born, herald periods of astrological importance. Over the course of your life, you'll experience three key astrological returns that can each have a significant impact on your life path. Let's explore how the Solar Return, the Saturn Return, and the Chiron Return work and what they might mean for you.

Solar Return

Your Solar Return represents when the sun returns to the position it held at the moment you were born, otherwise known as the natal position. They occur once a year, typically on or around your birthday. A Solar Return chart can reveal major trends and events that will happen throughout the year. Since these complex charts require exact calculations, however, an astrology reading is the best way to understand what your Solar Return means for you.

Determine the ascending sign on your Solar Return astrology birth chart to understand how your approach to the world around you will change in a given year. Note the position of the sun, moon, and key planets to understand where to focus your energy and what type of issues might come to the forefront in your life.

Saturn Return

Unlike the Solar Return, the Saturn Return occurs much less often. Since Saturn has such a lengthy revolution period, the planet doesn't return to align with your natal Saturn for about 29.5 years. That means you'll feel the Saturn Return as you're nearing 30 years old and again as you're approaching 60 years old.

As the best psychics will tell you, the Saturn Return is a sort of jolt back to reality. If you've spent much of your youth irresponsibly or you've made a series of careless choices in your 20s, the Saturn Return will ensure you feel the full effects.

Since the first Saturn Return occurs at such an important time in your career and personal life, this return can be particularly jarring. With this Saturn Return, you might feel some pressure to accomplish something big or turn your life around, and this can lead to feelings of being overwhelmed. Instead of approaching Saturn Return astrology with apprehension, look at it in a positive light. After all, it arrives at the ideal time to make substantial changes that will have a lifelong impact on you and those around you.

Chiron Return

The rarest of them all, the Chiron Return happens just once in your life. Chiron, which is represented by a mythical wounded healer figure, symbolizes a lifetime of hurt. In essence, Chiron embodies all of the mental, emotional, spiritual, and physical pain you've experienced throughout your life.

If you're like most people, you'll experience the Chiron Return when you're about 50 years old. This means you'll have had decades to undergo a wide variety of wounds. Though you might have processed and moved on from most of them, some leave scars that are difficult to heal.

Like the Saturn Return, the Chiron Return can be challenging and fraught with fear. Instead, consider your Chiron Return as a welcome rite of passage and an opportunity to transform yourself and your experiences in a positive direction.

Aspect Patterns

Once you start getting deeper into the study of astrology, you'll find the phrases aspect pattern or aspect pattern astrology begin to pop up. Whole books can be written about the analysis of the different combinations of aspect patterns, but it can be very helpful to be aware of the general qualities of the major types.

Planetary aspects refer to the relationship formed by the positioning from one planet to another at any given point in their travels. If you look at a picture of your natal chart, you'll see it's arranged in a circle. The planets carry certain associations to them depending where they are arranged in the circle, but where other planets are located relative to them can shift the energy expressed, perhaps even enhancing or blocking it. Let's look at some of the most common types of aspects of planets in astrology.

Conjunction

Conjunction is the easiest astrology aspect to spot---both planets are right next to each other on your chart. They have a way of intensifying each other's energy, for both good and ill. It can be especially fraught if the planets in question have opposing energy, like say jovial Jupiter and taciturn Saturn. But a lot depends on the sign and house they find themselves in. Even unlikely pairings can be allies with a favorable placement. 

Sextile

Sextile occurs when the planets are 60 degrees apart. Those planets will often be in signs where the elements complement each other (Air and Fire, Water and Earth). Although the energy isn't as potent as the one found in a trine, there are still gifts that can be found here. Talking to an expert astrologist can help pinpoint the hidden treasure in your chart and how it can help you. 

Squares

Squares occurs when planets are 90 degrees (4 signs apart) from each other. When looking at your birth chart, if you were to draw a line from a planet to the center of the chart and another line from the center to the planet it squared with, it would form a 90 angle. There's typically a lot of friction between the energy of these two planets, so expect challenges to come up from these pairings. But there's also opportunity for growth too, if you can manage the tension between them.

Trine

Trine occurs when planets are 120 degrees from each other. The planets involved are typically in signs of the same element. Trines are gifts from the Universe. Wherever you see trines will indicate that the energy of the planets is going to express itself in a way that is naturally helpful for you. Try not to take these gifts for granted. You need to learn how to work with the energy to utilize it in a way that is most helpful for you. 

Opposition

Opposition occurs when planets are directly across from each other, 180 degrees. They will be in signs that have a complimentary element, but the same modality (Cardinal, Fixed, or Mutable). Despite its name, the signs planets have some potential to work together harmoniously (much more so than if they were in a square), if the strengths of one planet can be used to balance out the weakness of another and vice-versa. 

Astrological Timing

A lot of people freeze in their tracks if you mention astrological timing, because they may feel intimidated by all the factors that could be used in determining the ideal timing for events in astrology. While it is true, you can get some very detailed information doing a deep dive of where all the planets are located at a specific time on a specific day, it's perfectly possible to harness astrological energy efficiently simply by taking into account the moon phase, or even just the day of the week. With a little planning you can manifest goals or just improve the energy of a situation by using these two simple forms of astrological timing.

Timing with the Moon

The moon is our closest celestial neighbor. It affects everything from tides, spawning time for ocean life, and our emotions and hormonal cycles. You don't need any special tool other than your eyes to notice what phase it is in. And the cycle time is very brief, so you don't have to wait too long to utilize the moon's energy. 

Waxing Moon

When the moon is waxing, you can cup it in your right hand; it is growing larger. When the moon is waxing, think of pulling in all the beautiful, positive change you want in your life gently and magnetically.

Full Moon

When the moon is full, the sky is the limit, and work on finding the path to your dreams.

Waning Moon

When the moon is waning, you can cup it in your left hand, it is growing smaller every night. This is the time to gently push away the obstacles to the positive change in your life.

New Moon

The new moon, when you do not see the moon at all in the sky, is the time to get serious about moving on from bad behaviors and toxic relationships permanently.

Timing with the Days of the Week

The simplest way to use astrological timing to help get the energy flowing and for your goals to manifest in the easiest way is to use the days of the week and the moon phase. By pairing this metaphysical energy with your mundane actions, like filing out job applications or starting a new exercise program, you'll see the positive changes you want smoothly and gentle come into your life.

Let's first take a closer look at the days of the week.

Sunday: This is the day of the week dedicated to the sun and the god. Think success, strength, men's mysteries and bringing light to dark situations. For practical ideas, think of this day as a day to start that plan to raise your grades, fill out a new job application, or a time to visit a friend going through a rough time.

Monday: This is the day of the week dedicated to the moon and the goddess. Think psychic abilities, your emotions, travel, and women's mysteries. Think of this day as a day to work on your own psychic abilities, to look closely at your emotions, or plan that next vacation. 

Tuesday: This is the day of the week dedicated to the planet Mars and the Roman god Mars. Think protection and standing up for what is right. This is a great day to look at what practical steps you can take, such as a self-defense course, to increase your personal protection. Writing letters to editors, senators, and CEO's would all be practical ways to use this day's energy for positive change. 

Wednesday: This is the day of the week dedicated to the Norse god Odin and the Roman god Mercury. This is the day to look at communication, divine messages and luck. Practical ideas are to send that email or letter that will help build bridges and foster clear communication. Look more closely at the lessons of your faith on this day or start a gratitude journal. 

Thursday: This is the day of the week dedicated to the Norse god Thor and the Roman god Jupiter. This is the day to look at what actions you can take to improve your health and bring abundance to your home. Today is the perfect day to start that new exercise program or taking a closer look at your budget. 

Friday: This is the day of the week dedicated to the Norse goddess Freya and the Roman goddess Venus. Think love, caring, beauty, and romance. This is a great day to go to the spa, get that new haircut, or send that note in your child's lunch telling them just how proud you are of them. 

Saturday: This is the day of the week dedicated to the planet Saturn and the goddess Hecate. This is a great day to move on from toxic relationships and to remove old behaviors that no longer serve you. Make room in your life for more positive people, and the best version of you on this day.

Combining Lunar and Day of the Week Energy

You can easily tie both of these together for a simple but amazingly powerful one-two punch. For instance, let's say you are looking for a new job. On Sunday, sit down and fill out the new job application. Do research about the company to make sure you are prepared for the interview. If the moon is waxing, visualize that new job coming to you in the best possible way. If the moon is waning, visualize the obstacles to the new job being gently removed.

See what amazing things can come into your life using some simple astrological timing. You really can make a beautiful life for yourself and those around you!

Applying Astrology to Your Life

As you can see, a person's astrological sign goes much further than the readings in the newspaper or your favorite magazine. Astrological signs can help a person find the right career and understand problems within a relationship. Understanding your sign and talking with an online psychic can help you make important life decisions and have a happy, productive life.

Finding the Right Life Path Through Astrology

Many people don’t think they are in full control of the direction in which their life is heading. Knowing your astrological sign can help you understand your life path and get it on the right track if your current path isn't making you happy. Psychics are especially effective at reading your energy and your astrological sign to help you understand if you’re currently on the right life path. A psychic can also help you see what is in store on your current path and how to handle these situations to ensure your happiness.

Choose Your Career Through Astrology

Each astrological sign has its own characteristics that people under that sign tend to have. Understanding your personality and talents can help you understand what type of career you are best suited for. It can also help you understand what jobs will urge you to work with other signs that are compatible with your personality and work ethic. If you currently have a career you enjoy, getting a reading can help you maximize your success in your career, also developing your talents in specific areas.

Finding Your Life Partner Through Astrology

Finding lasting love is something everyone wants, but it is one of the hardest things to find. When it comes to relationships, many people rely on their gut or a spark to decide if it’s a person they want to continue to date or marry. Luckily, astrology can help!

There are many ways astrology can predict compatibility. One way is to compare their signs’ elements. The sun cycles through 12 constellations, passing through each one every four weeks or so. People who are born while the sun is in a certain constellation tend to share certain character traits. They are also aligned with an element (e.g. water, fire, earth, wind). The best relationships are between people with the same element (a match called a trine) or people in the same sextile — a set of different but compatible elements.

If you are already in a relationship, knowing your sign and your partner's sign can help you to understand problems that persist in your relationship. Getting a detailed psychic reading done can also help if you’re at a crossroads with a relationship, in order to better understand your compatibility and possible issues within the relationship.

Understanding Other People Through Astrology

It’s not just romantic relationships in which understanding your sign is beneficial. Knowing your sign and other people’s signs can help you understand your friends, family, and coworkers. For example, those who fall under the sign of the Gemini tend to have two sides or different personalities. Understanding those characteristics can help avoid conflict and choose friends that are compatible with your sign.

Excelling in Business Using Astrology

If you work in a business setting that has a lot of communication with other people, understanding your sign and theirs can help you excel in business. For example, if you are a manager hiring other managers, it helps to know that those who fall under the sign of Aries, Sagittarius, and Leo are natural leaders. Understanding other people’s personalities and signs can aid in making better business decisions within your company.

Life is full of unexpected struggles. You can't predict when something doesn't go as planned, causing you to make adjustments and life changing decisions. Consulting your astrology chart, however, can help you make a move in the right direction. Essentially, an astrology chart serves as a blueprint for your life. It looks at your birth date and time as it relates to the moon, stars, sun, and other elements. You may be surprised at just how much your astrology chart can reveal about you. Knowing and understanding your sign, as well as people with whom you often interact, can help you understand and strengthen your relationships. It also helps to aid important decisions in your life.

Understanding Your Personality Traits Through Astrology

The first things you can learn from your astrology chart are your personality traits. Yes, you may already know most of these, but your astrology chart goes deeper to reveal strengths and weaknesses that you have not yet discovered. For instance, you may not realize that you are too bold in your romantic relationships, which could be the reason you haven't found love. You also might find out that you tend to eat more when you’re anxious or upset. After learning about your strengths, weaknesses, and other personality traits, you can make changes to improve your life.

Using Astrology to Uncover Your Natural Abilities

Your astrology chart can also give you clues about what to pursue in life based on your natural aptitudes. For instance, you might learn that you are good with your hands and should pursue a career in that direction. Alternatively, you might learn that your musical abilities would be better off used as a hobby rather than a career path. Your astrology chart might even reveal some natural abilities that you have never thought to pursue before.

Revealing Your Karma with Astrology

Life has a way of coming full circle. If you are always nice to other people, you’re a lot more likely to receive kindness in return. Your astrology chart can tell you where you sit in terms of Karma. For instance, if you did something particularly unkind, your astrology chart might foretell some bad fortune coming in your life. Ask an online psychic what you can do to turn karma back on your side. Your astrology chart might reveal that your karma is a lot worse or a lot better than you thought.

Predicting Your Future Through Astrology

Other things you can learn from your astrology chart are clues about your future. It can’t tell you exactly when you’re going to get married or get a promotion, but it can tell you the type of experiences you are most likely to have. For instance, your astrology chart might predict medical procedures, divorce, new jobs, new relationships, etc. This will help you know where to focus your attention in life. Of course, there are limitations to the specifics that an astrology chart can reveal, but it can still give you a helpful overview of what to expect.

As you can see, your astrology chart is an excellent tool for guiding your decisions in life. It gives you purpose and makes your life more fulfilling. Consult an astrologer today to see what your astrology chart has to say. You never know what you might learn.

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