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Learn The Basics of Astrology in Terms for the Everyday Person

This article explains the basic elements of Astrology for the beginner and anybody who may be interested in learning a little more about it and how it works.

Basic Elements of Astrology for the Beginner

When people make reference to their "sign", they are generally speaking of their Sun Sign, which most people believe to be their primary Astrological sign, a classification containing most of their noticeable characteristics upon meeting them according to the time, place, and exact date of birth. These qualities present in the immediate personality and way of carrying oneself.  There are many different types of signs, which include a moon sign and a rising sign in addition to the traditionally known "Sun Sign". Whatever planets are contained within the limits of the house, there are one of twelve houses in the Zodiac.  the Zodiac is the wheel in which the heavens are split into to do an Astrological Chart (Natal Chart) and horoscopes or any predictions, for that matter.  in Astrology, one planet rules each sign with a planetary ruler being its planet.  Knowing one's Sun, Moon, and Rising signs can give a pretty factual communication of what kind of person somebody is, but really to really differentiate the vast  differences between all people, we need to dig deeper, but finding out your Sun Sign is a starting point at the very least.  It is the most important sign in your Natal Chart.

Twelve Sun Signs of The Zodiac

Aries (21 March-20 April)

Taurus (21 April-21 May)

Gemini (22 May-21 June)

Cancer (22 June-22 July)

Leo (23 July-22 August)

Virgo (23 August-21 September)

Libra (22 September-22 October)

Scorpio (23 October-21 November)

Sagittarius (22 November-21 December)

Capricorn (22 December-20 January)

Aquarius (21 January-19 February)

Pisces (20 February-20 March)


The Zodiac is divided into twelve individual components, otherwise known as "Astrological signs" based on constellations formed in the sky, little or big clusters of stars spread throughout the heavens during a particular time of the year. The ancients named them based on the shapes they believed they took on, mostly animals, but not entirely. The Zodiac has twelve houses as well, these houses all relate individually to a different component in the individual's life and how that will play out to be explained by the Astrologer who is interpreting the Natal Chart of Horoscope. To give you an example, I can usually pick out the sun signs or moon signs of your parents with in your chart.  The lines between each individual house on each side sides are referred to as cusps. I will get to how this can affect certain people at another time.  I was born on the cusp of Scorpio &    Sagittarius.  If you would like to learn more about that click here...


Houses of The Zodiac & Their Attributes

The first house is the house of self and contains the rising sign. It is the first place in the chart generally that an astrologer looks to begin drafting your unique personal profile set in the stars. The rising sign is almost like a mask, something that the others see, possibly not those who truly know you well, but people who don't know you through and through yet. That's open to interpretation, I suppose.  You are perceived to possess attributes from the sign this house contains.

The second house is the house of possessions, wealth, money.

The third house is the house of communication, how you convey your thoughts and opinions to others both verbally, mentally, and physically through facial expressions, your demeanor as you are expressing what you need to say or are thinking.

The fourth house is the house of the home & family, ancestry, where you come from and how you live in the privacy of your home in relation to your household.

The fifth house is the house concerning family. For instance, in my own personal chart its where my only child is, his birth sign is there. Its also how you relate to your siblings and family as a whole, including extended family, non-blood relatives, those related to you by marriage, adopted family, not literal adoption, just people you have sort of collected & taken on, and the people in your immediate social circle who would be close to home or often found in it. It also relates to your personal bran of creativity and how you use that, in what ways you express it. 

The sixth house is where your general well being is spelled out as far as your physical, emotional, spiritual, and mental health, anything related to your state of being from a medical standpoint as well as spiritual health, your energy.

The seventh house is the Zodiac's house of partnerships.  Often your husband or wife can start to be depicted here, but sometimes not, it depends on what planets occupy this seventh house. You will also find business partners, people you work with very closely on any type of matter that is important to you and makes you a productive member of your community unless there are negative aspects putting a damper on that subject, but let's try to not go there.  This is just for purposes of explaining what you will find there, ladies and gentlemen.

The eighth house is the house of death, regeneration, and sex, yes, they are all related.  How do you think you arrived on this planet, somebody had to have sex, did they not?  This is also a prime place to look for inheritances as it has to do with all matters surrounding the dead. This is not always monetary so don't always take that interpretation literally.  It sounds negative, but regeneration is beautiful, and positive. Think of the Phoenix rising from the ashes.  Its the house that my sign, Scorpio, rules.  Scorpio is often represented by the Phoenix.

The ninth house is the house related to travel, cultural experiences that help to cultivate who you are, being around other cultures and diverse people and picking up things along the way. This house relates to dreams and your philosophical mind.

The tenth house has to do with social standing, your mother or matriarch, whoever raised you in the mom position, even if it is your dad or a man, your occupation, your ways of living & how you appear socially to others. This is the house of business dealings and government affiliation.

The eleventh house has very much to do with other people and not so much pertaining to yourself. Its circumstances you cannot affect, the power is not within your grasp, so to speak.  Its very much people you are around on a regular basis, aspirations, your social circle.

The twelfth house is just the clandestine house, its a secret society and you are the only member. Its a big secret locked with in you.  Its where the secrets of your whole existence are displayed: sexuality, indiscretions & extramarital affairs, lies, prison stays, hospitalizations,  difficulty, secret things that make you sad, everything that is unknown to the outside world and maybe even yourself!

The twelve Zodiac signs are broken up into four naturally occurring elements, also known as Triplicities.

The Zodiac's Water Signs Are: Cancer, Scorpio & Pisces

The Zodiac's Fire Signs Are: Aries, Leo & Sagittarius

The Zodiac's Air Signs Are: Aquarius, Gemini & Libra

The Zodiac's Earth Signs Are:Taurus, Virgo & Capricorn

The twelve signs are broken up into qualities known as the Quadruplicities. Differing from the signs according to elements, these are basic attributes each sign shares:

Cardinal: Aries, Cancer, Libra & Capricorn:& initiation and creativity.

Fixed: Taurus, Leo, Scorpio & Aquarius: focus, powerful concentration, individuality & determination.

Mutable: Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius & Pisces: resourcefulness, holism and adaptability.


Planetary Rulers

Aries - Mars

Taurus - Venus

Gemini - Mercury

Cancer - Moon

Leo - Sun

Virgo - Mercury

Libra - Venus

Scorpio - Pluto

Sagittarius - Jupiter

Capricorn - Saturn

Aquarius - Uranus

Pisces - Neptune

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Comments (4)

Very informative article.

Thanks, I am glad you enjoyed it :)

A great introduction for those new to the subject. Excellent work, Amy. Very well-written as always.

Thank you, kind sir :)