is defined as the study of heavenly cycles and cosmic events as they
are reflected in our earthly environment. And Astrology is as old as
measured time. For thousands of years man has recorded the relationships
and patterns between the planets and the earth. It is a well-known scientific
fact that the gravitational forces of the moon create the rise and fall
of tides of the oceans. The Farmers Almanac uses astrology to determine
growing cycles and the best time to plant and harvest. From the spawning
salmon to the return of the Monarch butterfly, all of these cycles of
nature are influenced by the stars and planets - aspects of Astrology.
True Astrology is a science based on mathematics and astronomy. It tells
the story of where the planets, sun and moon were at the exact moment
of our birth and how these placements effect our lives. With extreme
accuracy, it is able to break down ones personality, strengths, challenges,
potential and more, and give an insight as to what lies ahead. Astrology
provides an attitude or approach to life that can allow us to maximize
or get more out of it. It can help us to see ourselves and our lives
in a greater perspective—the "big" picture that we sometimes
only get a glimpse of.
Twelve Zodiac Signs
There are twelve signs
of the zodiac, namely, aries, taurus, gemini, cancer, leo, virgo, libra,
scorpio, sagittarius, capricorn, aquarius, and pisces. Dependent
upon the school of astrology an astrologer may follow, your sign may
either be a Sun sign or a Moon sign. In Europe, Canada, Australia
and the United States, Sun signs are commonly followed; whereas in Asia,
the Moon sign is followed. The position of the Sun or Moon in
your zodiac chart at the time of your birth will determine your zodiac
sign in either schools.
These twelve zodiac signs represent conditions or fields of operation,
and have no power in themselves. The signs are thought of as areas of
action, and the planets are the action. Also, no one sign is better
or worse, nor more or less evolved than another. They are all different
The individual signs achieve their prominence in an individual chart
because of the planets and the lights (the sun and moon) which lie within
them. The attributes held by each sign are due to its rulership. Each
sign is ruled by a planet, and some signs have a second or co-ruler.
The co-ruler has a definite influence on the particular sign, but not
as strong as that of the ruler. Each sign additionally has characteristics
derived from its element, its quality and its polarity. These
characteristics are listed below:
Easy-going, friendly, patience of nature, value conscious, sensual,
pleasure orientated, ability to generate material wealth, stable, realistic,
practical, reliable, enduring. Negative Characteristics:
Pragmatic, unadventurous, insecure, possessive, conventional, materialistic,
inert, reluctant to change, sceptical, stubborn, slow, idle, calculating,
May - 20th June
Characteristics: Mentally agile, intellectual, rational, scientific,
academic, interested in all and everything, flexible, adaptable, eager
to absorb knowledge, witty, funny, light-hearted, playful, don't take
themselves or life too seriously. Negative
Absent minded, superficial, chatterbox, gossip, mentally unstable, uncommitted,
gets easily bored, too much width with too little depth - spreading
themselves too thinly, incoherent, unconcentrated.
July - 23rd August Positive
Warm, generous, creative, supportive, fatherly, self-confident, idealistic,
romantic, honourable, optimistic, source of creative energy, inspiring
to others, loyal. Negative Characteristics:
Bossy, authoritative, arrogant, self-centred, stubborn, self-righteous,
fixed attitudes, wants to be admired, exhibitionist, indulgent and hedonistic,
extravagant, insensitive, proud.
August - 23rd September
Conscientious, perfectionist, precise, thorough, analytical,
discriminative, critical, cautious, strategic, foresight, independent,
sharp mind, realistic, sensible, health-conscious, body-mind connection. Negative Characteristics:
Fussy, over-critical, pessimistic, overwhelmed by detail, cynical,
hard hearted, pedantic, ruled by own routines, intolerant of others
imperfections, self-inhibited, uptight.
Libra24th September - 23rd October Positive
Fair, uniting, harmonising, idealistic, romantic, perfectionist,
graceful, diplomatic, reasonable, cooperative, compromising, gentle,
communicative, intellectual, strategist, thinks things through. Negative Characteristics:
Emotionally dishonest, judgmental, pursuing unrealistic ideals
(the good, the true and the beautiful), indecisive - makes decisions
dependant on others, dazzled by appearance.
Scorpio24th October - 23rd November Positive
Determined, self-sufficient, penetrating, self-disciplined, sensitive
to undercurrents, all or nothing - mentality, self-controlled, ambitious
(motivated by emotions), persistence, insight, commitment with heart
and soul, seeker of truth, introspective. Negative
Extreme, jealous, possessive, domineering, stubborn, intolerant
of weakness, manipulative, secretive, cynical, broody, pessimistic,
ruthless, self-destructive, defensive, takes things too seriously, arrogant,
fierce, proud, neurotic, suspicious.
Reliable, hard-working, initiating, persistent, self-disciplined,
conscientious, realistic, calculating, dutiful, responsible, cautious,
ambitious, spirit of mastery, determined. Negative
too serious, emotionally inhibited, untrusting and suspicious, pragmatic,
ruthless, fanatic, pessimistic, materialistic, craving for worldly status
and power, intolerant.
Aquarius21st January - 18th February
Idealistic, optimistic, believes in the best potential of humanity,
selfless, scientific mind, seeks new approaches and solutions to problems,
determined against all odds, curious, individualistic, hopeful. Negative Characteristics:
stubborn, believes in unrealistic ideals, ignores the negative, hypocrite,
ideals remain in the realm of ideas, lives life by principles, preaching
others how to live their lives.
Pisces19th February - 20th March
Sensitive, humble, gentle, selfless, inherent spiritual understanding,
mystic, sympathetic with those who suffer, wisdom of the heart, imaginative,
changeful - chameleon of the zodiac, emotional, creative. Negative Characteristics:
Pessimistic, oversensitive, victim consciousness, unrealistic
and dreamy, escapist, wishy-washy, unorganised, passive, inert, indulgent,
indiscriminative, doesn't know own limits, undisciplined, easily overwhelmed
by other peoples feelings.
Fire, earth, water and
air are the four elements, and three signs are associated with each element
giving rise to the term triplicities. The three fire signs are: aries, leo and
sagittarius. The earth signs are: taurus, virgo and capricorn. The water signs
are: cancer, scorpio and pisces. The air signs are gemini, libra and aquarius.
The Three Qualities
The three qualities are
cardinal, fixed and mutable. Four signs share a quality. Cardinal signs
are aries, libra, cancer and capricorn. Fixed signs are taurus, scorpio,
leo and aquarius. Mutable signs are gemini, sagittarius, virgo and pisces.
Qualities of the cardinal modality are:
Skillful - beginning,
initiating, originating, enterprising, direct and active; Unskillful
– impatient, dissatisfied, does not finish what it starts,
signs are alternately positive and negative, beginning with the first
sign, aries, which is positive. These are known as the polarities.
The pattern of elements
and qualities in the astrological signs is constant - every third sign
has the same element. Every fourth sign has the same quality. So, each
of the twelve signs represents a different combination of element and
quality. Signs associated with the same elements are in trine with each
other (one hundred and twenty-degree angles between them) which is seen
as being in harmony with each other. While signs of the same quality
are "squared" meaning there is a ninety-degree angle between
them. This traditionally has been termed "out of sympathy"
with each other.
Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, Pluto
are the astrological planets. The planets provide the power, the energy
and the principles while the signs are the areas, circumstances and
conditions through which they operate.
Planets are coloured by the signs they are in, as well as by that sign's
ruler and co-ruler. When a planet is in the sign that it rules, it is
said to be in dignity, and when it is in the opposite sign, it is in
The horoscope's division
into twelve segments - the twelve houses - represents the twelve departments
First House takes its meaning for the ascendant and represents
the self, the people and their behaviour, your appearance, your
personality, your drive, your ambitions, your priorities, your
energy, your vitality and your deepest desires. It is ruled by
feisty, energetic, entrepreneurial Mars and individualistic Aries.
Second House represents all financial affairs, desires
for stability, constructive talents, financial independence, your
values, your earned income, your financial obligations, your material
possessions, your sense of security and your self-confidence.
It is ruled by the planet of love anf finances Venus and practical
and stability-minded Taurus.
Third House represents travel, communications, trade, the
media, the mind, writing, intellectuals, education, ideas, relatives,
speech, your intellect and academic skills. It is ruled by intellectual,
communicative Mercury and versatile Gemini.
Fourth House house represents home, family, ethnic pride,
the land, wealth, the personal and national soul. It is ruled
by the nurturing Moon and sentimental Cancer.
Fifth House represents self-expression, creativity, youth,
romance, pleasures, financial speculation, sports, games, children,
royalty and nobility. It is ruled by the fun-loving, life-giving
Sun and creative Leo.
Sixth House represents public health, your health, your
work methods, service industries, civil and military service,
labour unions, employees, charities and welfare. It is ruled by
intellectual, news-gathering Mercury and meticulous, service-oriented
Seventh House rules international relations, business patnerships,
agents, politics, war, disputes, legal affairs and contracts,
marriage, divorce, contracts and public scandal. It is ruled by
gentle, refined Venus and by partnering Libra.
Eighth House rules financial dealings, corporations, taxes,
insurance, mortgages, communes, stock markets and debts. It stands
for death, rebirth, renewal, regeneration, transformation of energy
and the occult. It is ruled by Mars, co-ruling catalyst Pluto
and intense Scorpio.
Ninth House rules foreign affairs, trade, distant travels,
higher education, philosophy, the law, the courts, the church
and prophecy. It is ruled by fortunate Jupiter, and philosophical
and scholarly Sagittarius.
Tenth House rules fame, promotion, honors, career rewards,
professional opportunities, professional staus, the government,
the executive and public life. It is ruled by hard-working, serious
Saturn and hard-working, focused Capricorn.
Eleventh House represents group co-operation, idealistic
associations, government finance, social programs, theater, friends,
profitable inventions and hopes for the future. It is ruled by
creative and scientific Uranus, and idiosyncratic Aquarius.
Twelfth House rules karma, the subconscious mind, dreams,
intuition, instincts, secrets, enemies, prisons, monasteries,
hospitals, spirituality, exile, and the search for self-renewal.
It is rules by spiritual, self-sacrificing Neptune, and compassionate
Astrology is certainly
not all things to all people, but it is not the one paragraph about
your horoscope on the comic page of the newspaper. It can and should
be used as a helpful guide as we live and make decisions about our life
are links to free horoscope readings:
Visit Susan Miller's website for monthly and annual Sun
sign forecasts at www.astrologyzone.com.
Visit the Indian Astrology website at
www.indastro.com for daily, monthly and annual moon sign forecasts.
Alternatively, you can select your star sign from the menu below: