Astrology Basics
Astrology Basics
Getting Started
Chart Structure
Types of Astrology
Planet Characteristics
Planet Characteristics
Visiting Dignitaries
Personal, Social, & Transpersonal
Essential Dignities
What is Retrograde?
Sign Characteristics
Sign Characteristics
Ambience in the Room
Constellations vs Signs
House Characteristics
House Characteristics
What's the Subject

Astrology Basics - Getting Started

An astrological chart, or Horoscope, is a picture of the heavens, looking out from Earth, based on the date,  time, and location of an event. 

Most often this event is thought of as the birth of an individual, but it can be any event, such as a marriage or the start of a new job.  That moment in time and space represents the union of the physical world with the spiritual world...the uniting of body and soul. 

The process of learning astrology begins with learning the symbolism associated with each of the Planets, Signs, and Houses.  In astrological use, the Sun and the Moon are called the "lights", but are included in references to the Planets.

Once the individual symbolisms are committed to memory, the real work begins.  The meanings of one set of symbols must then be integrated with the meanings of each of the other sets of symbols.  How the characteristics of one planet are expressed in each sign must be absorbed, followed by an understanding of how each of those combined characteristics handles the interests of each of the houses.  

Add to that the nuances of how the Elements and Qualities affect the Sign's energy and how the Aspects (angular distances) between Planets change the feel of their basic personalities.  Then you can begin to sense the totality of a given moment.