Astrology 100: Astrology for Absolute Beginners the Zodiac-What is astrology?

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Welcome to the first Destiny’s Energy Astrology lesson! This is the first post in this series to teach beginners astrology in simple terms with unique descriptions. In this lesson you’ll get the answers to: What is a zodiac sign? What is my zodiac sign? What is Astrology? Check out the posts bellow if this lesson is too simple for you!. Have an amazing day and I hope you learn something!

Astrology 101- The Sun, Moon, and Ascendant / Rising Sign Meaning
Astrology 102- What’s a Birth Chart? An In-depth Simple Explanation! Natal Chart

Astrology is the study of the movements of stars, planets, and other celestial beings; and how their positions effect human behavior.

Focuses when Studying Astrology

There are two main branches of astrology when first researching the subject that you will need to know about; natal astrology and transiting / predictive astrology. Natal astrology is the study of one’s birth astrology (which tells about someones personality) based on the time of their birth. Transiting or predictive astrology predicts the energies that will be appearing in your life based on the movement of the planets. Astrology has a bad reputation for cheesy horoscopes, if you run into a bad horoscope just know that the writer may know nothing about what they are talking about, horoscopes are easily cheapened by people who know almost nothing about astrology. Studying and reliable sources are the key to truly understanding astrology. In this series I will be mainly focused on natal astrology and how planets affect your personality!

The Planets and Their Positions in Space!

One of the first confusing concepts you run into when studying astrology is your birth (or natal) chart. This chart shows you where the planets were in the sky based on the time and location of your birth. If you were to look up at the sky with a telescope in the exact moment you were born and take a picture, that would be what your birth chart is! More on Birth Charts in a later lesson! This chart determines all of your natal zodiac signs.

From our location on Earth, because we rotate during seasons, the sun appears to pass in front of different portions of the night sky throughout the year. This is why in Astrology, your ‘main’ zodiac sign is also known as your sun sign, because the sun was ‘in’ that portion of the sky that represents that zodiac sign; the moment you were born. There are 12 portions of the sky separated into zodiac signs that the sun could be “passing” in front of. This sign changes depending on the time of year. Because the Earth takes about a year to make a complete orbit around the sun it would take a year for the sun to get from the sign Aries back to the sign Aries. If some body asks you what your zodiac sign is you would reply with your sun sign. Unlike other signs, we can calculate our sun signs easily because you only have to know the day you were born.

As we move forward in these lessons we will learn more about your “other signs” but as an introduction, I will explain shortly. Just as the sun is in an area of the sky that is ruled by a zodiac sign so are all the other planets including the moon. They are all scattered throughout the solar system in different signs. This is how a birth chart is made.

How are the Zodiac Signs Calculated?

The zodiac belt is a belt of constellations that Earth sees when we rotate. Long ago in recognizing the stars the ancient people eventually began grouping the stars and called them constellations. These constellations were generally created based on myth surrounding the figure. For example, the ancients thought that the group of stars, or constellation, that represents Aries was in the shape of a Ram. They associated the energy of that zodiac constellation with a ram. Therefore, those born with the sun in Aries were born with qualities of a Ram. In modern times we have specific calculations for these areas in the sky that represent Zodiac signs that are based on the equinoxes and solstices.

What’s your Zodiac sign?

That is what people are referring to when they ask ‘What’s your sign?’ Here’s the answer, if you were born between the dates mentioned bellow, you belong to that zodiac sign!

Aries The zodiac Sign Dates

March 21st- April 19th

Aires (air-eez). In astrology the ram represents an Aires.

Taurus The zodiac Sign Dates

April 20th – May 20th

Taurus (Tour-us). In astrology the bull represents a Taurus.

Gemini The zodiac Sign Dates

May 21st-  June 20th

Gemini (gem-in-eye). In astrology the twins represent a Gemini.

Cancer The zodiac Sign Dates

June 21st- July 22nd

Cancer (can-sir). In astrology the crab represents a Cancer.

Leo The zodiac Sign Dates

July 23rd- August 22nd

Leo (Lee-oh). In astrology the lion represents a Leo.

Virgo The zodiac Sign Dates

August 23rd- September 22nd

Virgo (Ver-go). In astrology the virgin represents a Virgo.

Libra The zodiac Sign Dates

September 23rd- October 22nd

Libra (lee-bruh). In astrology the scales represent a Libra.

Libra The zodiac Sign Dates

October 23rd-November 21st

Scorpio (Scor-pee-oh). In astrology the scorpion represents a Scorpio.

Sagittarius The zodiac Sign Dates

November 22- December 21

Sagittarius (Saj-it-air-ee-us). In astrology the archer represents a Sagittarius.

Capricorn The zodiac Sign Dates

December 22nd- January 19th

Capricorn (Cap-rih-corn). In astrology the sea-goat represents a Capricorn.

Aquarius The zodiac Sign Dates

January 20th- February 18th

Aquarius (Aquar-ee-us). In astrology the water barrer represents an Aquarius.

Pisces The zodiac Sign Dates

February 19th – March 20th

Pisces (Pie-seez). In astrology fish represent a Pisces. Often Ying-Yang

Each sign has a symbol that represents some of their traits, and are always associated with the sign. For example, Leos are lions, Scorpios are scorpions etc.  (Did you notice that I started with Aires people, whom are born in March instead of Capricorn people whom are born in January. Astrologists always start with Aries and end with Pisces when categorizing the zodiac) Astrologists believe that these signs all have an influence over our personalities. We’ll get into the traits of each sign soon! For now here are the symbols for each zodiac sign!

Zodiac Symbols!

Destiny's Energy The Zodiac Sign Symbols
Destiny’s Energy The Zodiac Sign Symbols

These are the symbols of the zodiac signs! It would be helpful to start memorizing them now. A detailed description of each zodiac sign is coming soon!Coming in future lessons you will learn about astrological houses, the meanings of the planets, aspects, how the signs relate to each other and how they are different, and much much more!

Next in this series:

Astrology 101- What are your Sun, Moon, and Ascendant / Rising signs?

Astrology 102- What’s a Birth Chart? An In-depth Simple Explanation! Natal Chart

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