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Astrological 101 Concepts
Aries March22 - April21
Aries (the Ram) is the first sign of the zodiac, and that says a lot about its nature. Rams like to be the first to push any action through. They have initiative, are ambitions, and are real go—getters. They love action and prefer to do everything themselves, although that doesn’t mean they want to do it alone! They are stubborn and not very adaptable. Rams are argumentative and often defy authority.
Taurus April 22- May21
Taurus (the Bull) gives solid form to Aries’ impulses. This sign’s strength is that of the builder and shaper. Bulls are thoughtful and a bit slow, but they usually always finish what they begin. They have great tenacity. Bulls are sensuous by nature and they experience the world through touch, smell, sight, hearing and taste. They love to work with their hands. They offer stability and security.
Gemini May22 -June 21
Gemini (the Twins) loves to talk and loves company. Geminis have many and varied interests and skills. They are restless and do not easily feel at peace. They have an entrepreneurial passion and are happiest doing many things simultaneously. They do have a tendency, though, to be superficial. They initiate too many projects and finish too few. Their talent lies in communication.
Cancer June 22 - July 23
Cancer (the Crab) needs a place of refuge, although Cancer people don’t necessarily seek refuge all the time. In fact, Crabs are sociable. The family provides protection for them, and sometimes it is difficult for a Crab to grow up and leave its home. They also have the inclination to bind others too tightly to them. In general, though, Crabs have a handle on what their emotional needs are, such as security and trustworthiness.
Leo July 24 - August23
Leo (the Lion) lives according to the dictates of the heart. Leos are passionate and optimistic, and they share their feelings with others. Leos are strong—willed, with a visible and real confidence. They are happy to be in the forefront. They have a great need for self—expression and are often very artistic. Leos have a strong sense of their playful, inner child.
Virgo August24 - September 23
Virgo (the Virgin) is sensitive and easily distracted by details. Virgos are hesitant, cautious, and almost suspicious. They are perfectionists and have a finely developed sense of duty, with high moral standards. They complete their tasks competently and efficiently. This is how they attract many friends and build a reputation based on professionalism and skill. Virgos are conscious of the need for good health and habits.
Libra September 24 - October23
Libra (the Scales), the other person is always paramount. Libra people sincerely want to know how others feel. Libras are very aware of the needs and strategies of humankind, and their talent is in finding the perfect balance between self—interest and the interests of others. They have a strong sense of harmony and go to great lengths to avoid fights and arguments.
Scorpio October24 - November23
Scorpio (the Scorpion) is ruled by peaks and valleys of deep emotion. Scorpios have a fascinating spirituality, which draws people to them, sometimes with an almost slavish devotion. Scorpios are constantly searching for the meaning of emotions and motivations (both their own and those of others). They do not shrink from confrontation.
Sagittarius November24 - December21
Sagittarius people enjoy the thrill of achievement and of expanding their horizons. They may do this literally, through travel as well as by undertaking important projects or experimenting with different phases of life. They are excellent parents to their children.
Capricorn December22 - January 21
Capricorn (the Goat) is strong, tough, and ambitious. Capricorns have great endurance and can weather many adversities. The most difficult situations are merely a challenge for the Goat. Capricorns do not bare their feelings easily to others and always attempt to protect and preserve their emotional independence. They feel most at home in a business environment with clear—cut rules and regulations.
Aquarius January 22- February 20
Aquarius (the Water bearer) is open to new ideas and has an independent spirit. It is important for Aquarians to crystallize their ideas through intellectual exchange with others. Although they are happy to link up with groups or organizations, they always take an independent position. Because of their strong individuality and mental clarity, they can be overwhelmingly persuasive people.
Pisces February 21 - March 21
Pisces (the Fish) is skilled at adapting to situations. Others perceive Pisces’ adaptability as either a talent or a character weakness. Pisceans tend to jump into situations first and only later determine how they feel about it. This can result in Pisces feeling defenseless, which explains their continual search for security. They mirror their environment because of their finely tuned connection to the world around them.
There are four elements: Fire, Earth, Air and Water. These elements influence how a person regards its world and the psychic relationship established with it.
The element fire is chiefly action. Of the three fire signs Aries wants to be the leader and is very individualistic, Leo loves to be up on the stage and wants to entertain you, and Sagittarius likes to be a philosopher or travel around the world. Fire has a strong life force and really thakes things happen. But, moreover, fire can also be inspiration and it has sudden sharp insights.
The element earth stands for the material world. Of the earth signs Taurus wants money and security, Virgo needs to work and take care of it’s health, and Capricorn urgently requires a career and status in the community. The element earth then is fundamentally practical. The earth signs want things solid and concrete; they deal with the real world. They are builders and basically conservative.
The element air represents the world of the intellect. Of the air signs Gemini wants to gather all sorts of information, to learn and to communicate, Libra has an artistic side and enjoys talking to their partner, and Aquarius has advanced concepts, and a desire to change society. The air signs live largely upon a mental plane. They believe world problems can be solved with the mind.
The element water is emotion, our world of feelings. There are three water signs: Cancer is sentimental and attached to home and the family, Scorpio is more passionate and has good sexual and financial instincts, and Pisces has an endless imagination and great compassion for others but also a tendency to feel pity for themselves. The element water feels things rather than understands them. Plus the water signs have intuition.
The Sun is associated with the essence of the personality, the ego. The ego is perceived as a whole despite the contradictions and tensions every person feels and experiences. From childhood to adulthood, the ego remains the same essential core of the personality. The Sun symbolizes energy, dedication, activity, courage, warmth, authority, will, and tenacity. The Sun also represents the presence of the father.
The Moon symbolizes the need for security and trust. It is the symbol of emotions, likes, and dislikes. The Moon is closely connected with the world of childhood and with the impressions conveyed to a person during his youth. The Moon also influences how someone will act during periods of insecurity. It is connected with instincts, growth, changes, the subconscious, dreams, fantasy, empathy, and shifting moods. In a horoscope, the Moon can also represent the Mother or the person in general who is nurturing a child.
In astrological terms, Mercury is the messenger and the mediator. Mercury influences how a person speaks and thinks. It influences relationships with friends and colleagues. It also determines how a person perceives, regulates, and orders reality. Mercury is associated with sobriety, cleverness, intelligence, eloquence, and technical and methodical thinking.
Venus is the planet of love and affection. Venus aspires to reconciliate and bring harmony in its surroundings. Venus creates a bond between the senses, between our internal and physical natures. It makes communication possible through the senses: hearing, sight, smell, taste, and touch. Venus influences both what a person enjoys doing and what he enjoys having.
Mars is associated with many negative as well as positive attributes. Mars energy can sometimes be aggressive, self—protective and self—aggrandizing, but it can also show up as optimistic purposefulness and energetic performance. Mars influences the manner in which a person might defend himself. The position of Mars in the chart determines how someone uses the raw energy for growth and maintenance.
Jupiter is the planet of broadmindedness, versatility, development, education, self—realization, and openness to the unfamiliar. Jupiter strives to understand all facts and experiences in relation to a broader framework. Under Jupiter’s influence, old inner conflicts can often be brought to the point of a peaceful and fruitful resolution. This confrontational process involves disputes and disappointments, but it also provides an impetus for new motivation.
Saturn influences the evolution of the ego, penetrating to its very core, and the formation of a personal sense of responsibility, or conscience. Saturn provides the wisdom that accompanies painful experiences. Saturn’s position in someone’s horoscope says something about the vulnerable parts of this person’s character, and how he or she accommodates the learning process. Saturn provides discipline and structure, toughness and steadfastness.
Uranus symbolizes independence and originality. It breaks the molds and oversteps the borders of the status quo. Uranus is the mainspring behind the formation of individuality and self— awareness. It provides the impulse to be always true to oneself; it also provides the unconscious desire to change, to shatter old habits.
Neptune is the planet of refinement and idealism, but also of detachment from reality. It is the planet of universal love, of transcendence of ego. Neptune’s position in the horoscope inclines a person toward spiritual values, but can also create a tendency to get ‘lost in the fog’ or build ‘castles in the air’.
Pluto represents a desire for power and causes subconscious emotions to surface. This can lead to outbursts of temper, tensions, and on occasions a strong hunger for power. Pluto’s power can be self—destructive, but it also brings with eternal renewal. Pluto governs the psyche and all of its changes.
The 12 houses of a horoscope are defined as the imaginary divisions of the ecliptic at the moment of someone’s birth, the ascendant marking the beginning of the first house. The position of the houses in connection with the star signs changes very rapidly, together with the ascendant, and is therefore very personal. The houses are commonly referred to as the spheres of influence, whose definitions correlate with their corresponding signs (for example Aries/first house, Taurus/second house, etc.) and they determine how you approach different areas of your life.
The first house is the house of personality, of the body, and appearance. It tells you about your inherited characteristic traits rather than the habits and patterns of behavior you acquire in life. It determines how you view the world around you and how others perceive you, how you portray yourself to the people you meet and how they, in turn, view you. The first house is also associated with how you respond to stimulus from without and the strength with which you stand up for yourself.
The second house is the house of money, possessions, and values. Thus, it is associated with your need for security in life. It tells how you handle wealth and belongings, how you use them for your own pleasure, and what talents, capacities, and opportunities you have been given to achieve the goals you set for yourself. Further, the second house relates your feelings and ideas about material security. It tells you about your values in life; what you consider important as well as the individual wishes and demands that make up your daily existence.
The third house is the house of communication and mobility. It says something about the way you make contacts, collect information, and organize facts. It refers to the making of connections in the very broadest sense, how you utilize means of communication. That may be in business, transport, or traffic, or in your ability to write, or to speak a foreign language. The third house also provides information about your mental aptitude: your ability to learn and capacity to think rationally and transmit knowledge.
The fourth house represents your emotional bonds, the past, and your emotional foundations. All of these are expressed in, among other things, in your relationship with your parents and your attitude toward your home and neighborhood. The fourth house also conveys your desire to nurture others and your need to be cared for in return. It is associated with your feelings for family and tradition, too, as well as the emotional ties you maintain with the belongings around you and with events from the past.
The fifth house is the house of creativity, amusement, romance, and children. It says something about the manner in which you develop your creativity. The most diverse range of self—expression is found in this house. The fifth house reflects the care you take of yourself and the degree to which you follow your own path. Individuality plays an important role here. This house also relates to leadership and distinctiveness. It says something about children as well, providing information about your attitude toward kids in general, and toward your own sons and daughters in particular.
The sixth house is the house of health, work, and service. It relates to your attitude toward work and your physical vigor. In this house you discover your ability to work methodically and think analytically and critically. These capacities, in turn, are linked to your capacity for objectivity. The sixth house relates to your attitude toward service, to your family as well as your community, and your general willingness to help the people around you. Finally, it concerns how well you care for your body and mind.
The seventh house is the house of relationships, contracts, and marriage. It relates to your social skills, to your ability to get along with others, in your private life as well as at the workplace. It further represents every situation in which diplomacy and cooperation play part. In this sense, the seventh house provides information about your partner and your love life, as well as about how you cooperate with colleagues and way that you handle conflict. It also says something about your sense of beauty and your willingness to compromise in order to create or maintain a harmonious environment.
The eighth house is the house of emotional strength, of the unseen, and of sexuality. Further, it is the house of destruction and death, as well as of renewal, joy of life, and conflict. It shows how far you are willing to struggle to get to the heart of the matter. It provides clues about your mental health, too, as well as your hidden aptitudes and abilities. Anything that has to do with the deeper levels of consciousness is related the eighth house. While the seventh house that is associated with ability to work in a team, the eighth house gives an indication of your sense of responsibility and the financial side of love affairs and business relationships.
The ninth house is the house of foreign travel, higher education, and philosophy. It indicates the way you develop your awareness of deeper social and spiritual values. It also says something about your cultural and philosophical interests and what you do with them. While the third house is the one that deals with facts, the ninth house relates to the links between those facts: how you situate them in a larger whole. It also determines the way you disseminate the knowledge you acquire. The ninth house is the house of ideals, your principles, beliefs, and sense of righteousness.
The tenth house is the house of your livelihood, authority, and sense of responsibility. In this house you will find information about your career (the tenth house starts in the middle of the astrological sky) as well as about your social status and the profession that goes along with it. The tenth house indicates how you respond to authority and the amount of authority that you are able to command. Finally, it relates to how you perform in society, your reputation, and your social standing.
The eleventh house is the house of friendship, group activities, and ideals. It indicates how easily you make friends and how you endeavor to fit in and identify with a group. It also says something about your ideals and your sense of justice and integrity. It is also the house of equality, forming the perspective from which you view humanity. While the fifth house is that of self—expression, the eleventh house conveys acceptance of people’s self—expression, as well as response to the creativity and ideologies of others.
The twelfth house is the house of collectivity, sympathy, and spirituality, it tells to what degree you are willing to make sacrifices for a lofty goal. It deals with your need for seclusion and autonomy, and, at the same time, your bonds with the universe in its entirety. The latter is in opposition to the development of the personality and therefore relates to your tendency to flee from reality.
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