Do you know the basics of astrology? Astrology is one of those ancient “sciences” that many people are still fascinated by, and yet they don’t know much about it other than which page of the local paper their horoscope will appear on. So what are the basics of astrology?
In this article we will take a look at some of the things you should know about astrology. First, we’ll look at what it is and where it’s believed to come from. Next we will take a look at what makes up the astrological chart. Finally, we will look at astrology and the zodiac.
Astrology Basics: In the Beginning…
Astrology is said to date back to the Babylonians in the second millennium BC, making it one of the oldest “sciences” by far. The word “astrology” has the same Latin root (astrology) as “astronomy”, although the two are now seen as completely different in terms of their scientific validity. However, in the early days it would have been seen much the other way around, with astrology having a strong link with religion.
What makes up an astrological chart?
An astrological chart is a way of following the planets, and includes the Sun and the Moon, but does not include the Earth, as this is the point from which we see the other planets.
The chart is divided into twelve “houses” with each house representing an aspect of life. The houses are (in Latin and with their translation): Vita (Life), Lucrum (Wealth), Fratres (Brothers), Genitor (Father), Nati (Children), Valetudo (Health), Uxor (Spouse), Mors ( Death). ), Iter (Travels), Regnum (Kingdom), Benefacta (Friendship) and Carcer (Prison).
The eagle eyes out there may have noticed that ten planets and twelve houses leave two empty houses, but fear not, the two empty houses are considered areas of your life that have been mastered, in a different life.
The first thing that is studied in an astrology chart is the sun sign, which is determined by the position of the Sun. The positions of the planets are studied based on the influence they have on the sun sign. The Moon sign is the last to be studied based on how it relates to the other planets in the astrological chart.
The most common astrological chart (in early times) was the birth chart. The birth chart was used to show what the person’s personality would be like. A birth chart can be drawn up for someone later in life, but it may not look like the person; this is said to be because other events will alter a person’s personality over time.
Where does the astrology and horoscope link fit into all this?
To begin with, the twelve signs of the zodiac have been linked to the twelve astrological houses: Aries (Life), Taurus (Lucrum), Gemini (Fratres), Cancer (Genitor), Leo (Nati), Virgo (Valetudo), Libra ( Uxor), Scorpio (Mors), Sagittarius (Iter), Capricorn (Regnum), Aquarius (Benefacta) and Pisces (Prisoner).
This mixture of astrology and horoscope (horoscopic astrology) is believed to have begun in the Mediterranean in the late 2nd or early 1st century BC. The horoscope is a visual illustration of the sky and is used to interpret the meaning of the alignment of the planets at that time.
What makes this different from other forms of astrology is the fact that it is more complex and includes other factors such as the “ascendant”, which is the degree of the eastern horizon as it rises above the curtain from the bottom of the elliptical. However, this is taking this beyond the definition of “basics of astrology”.
Simply put, a horoscope is more of an updated version of an astrological natal chart and allows for the current positions of the celestial bodies, while an astrological natal chart maps to the positions at the time of birth.
There we have it, the basics of astrology. Obviously we could have gone into much more depth on the whole topic and started covering interpretations etc, but you should know where you are coming from to have a good understanding of where you are going.
We have seen that astrology predates the horoscope; we discovered that astrology is mainly based on the birth of someone (or even something) and is used to show how it will develop in the future; however, a birth chart drawn for an elderly person may not match the person due to other influences on their personality. Finally, we saw that a horoscope is essentially a way of adapting your birth chart, incorporating other factors, to give an updated version of your astrological chart.
This is an overview of the somewhat complicated basics of astrology.