Do you know the basics of astrology? Astrology is one of those ancient ‘sciences’ that still fascinate many people and yet they don’t know much more about it than on which page of the local newspaper their horoscope will appear. So what are the basics of astrology?
In this article, we will look at some of the things you should know about astrology. First, we will see what it is and where it is believed to come from. Next, we will see what the astrological chart forms. Finally, we will look at astrology and the zodiac.
Astrology Basics: At 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 considered to be completely different in terms of their scientific validity. However, in the early days it would have been seen as something very backwards, with astrology having a strong link to 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, since this is the point from which we see the other planets.
The chart is divided into twelve “houses” and each house represents one 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 (Travel), Regnum (Kingdom), Benefacta (Friendship) and Carcer (Prison).
Your eagle eye may have noticed that ten planets and twelve houses leave two houses empty, but fear not, the two empty houses are considered areas of your life that have been dominated, in a different life.
The first thing that is studied in an astrological chart is the sun sign, which is determined by the position in which the Sun is located. The positions of the planets are studied according to 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 the early days) was the birth chart. The birth chart was used to show what the personality of the person would be like. A birth chart can be made for someone later in life, but it may appear that they do not look like the person; This is said to be due to the fact that other events will alter a person’s personality over time.
Where does the link between astrology and horoscope come in in all of this?
To begin with, the twelve signs of the zodiac have been related to the twelve astrological houses: Aries (Vita), Taurus (Lucrum), Gemini (Fratres), Cancer (Genitor), Leo (Nati), Virgo (Valetudo), Libra (Uxor ), Scorpio (Mors), Sagittarius (Iter), Capricorn (Regnum), Aquarius (Benefacta) and Pisces (Carcer).
This mixture of astrology and horoscope (horoscopic astrology) is believed to have started in the Mediterranean in the late 2nd or early 1st century BC. The horoscope is a visual illustration of the heavens 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 against the backdrop of the elliptical. . However, that is taking this beyond the definition of ‘astrology basics’.
Simply put, a horoscope is more of an updated version of an astrological birth chart and allows for the current positions of the celestial bodies, while the astrological birth chart is routed in the positions at the time of birth.
There we have it, the fundamentals of astrology. Obviously we could have gone much deeper into the whole topic and started covering interpretations etc, but you have to know where you are coming from to have a good understanding of where you are going.
We saw 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 made on an older person may not match the person due to other influences on their personality. Then finally we saw that a horoscope is essentially a way of adapting the natal chart, incorporating other factors, to give an updated version of your astrological chart.
That’s an overview of the slightly complicated basics of astrology.