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Written by Sean Michael Smith
Astrology came forth from ancient humanityʹs observation that cosmological events in the heavens correlated with Earthly cycles. At first the animalsʹ movement was charted. The avian creatures’ movement south or north depending upon the seasons, the roaming of the wild herds in their patterns, the weatherʹs currents of cold or fire from the sky, were all marked and remembered. As humanity became agricultural, the cycles of the moon and the equinoxes became infinitely important. The correspondence between seasons, the seeming movements of the constellations, animal husbandry, and crop growth developed into a system of astrology. A shamanic and priestly caste, mainly women at first, that understood the movement of the earth and celestial heavens, was given the credit for this system. Cross culturally, this ʺcasteʺ was also given authority over the social institutions of marriage, birth, and death. This development around an astrological religion can be seen in all ancient cultures, such as Assyrian, Mesopotamian, Northern African, Indian, Egyptian, Chinese, Celtic, Sabian, and Native American societies. Astronomy and astrology were considered one and the same, the entire cosmos imbued with forces and dignities. The visible planets were considered powerful influences, cosmic intelligences and later, simply gods. Certain constellations such as those named Sirius, Orion and the Pleiades were thought of as the homes of the creator gods who originally created humanity. During the Roman and Greek conquest of the known world, most of astrology became male oriented, making Gemini the male Twins rather than the male‐female Lovers they represent in Egyptian and Assyrian culture. By the 16th and 17th centuries, empirical scientific reasoning separated astronomy and astrology, which removed the ignorance of superstition from scientific inquiry. However, this caused modern humans to lose the wonder and awe of the cosmic interconnection that earlier civilizations had. By the 20th century, and with realizations of modern physics, astronomy and astrology have reunited into a modern culmination of an astrology which incorporates the discoveries of modern telescopes and modern findings about our cosmology. This new age of astrologyʹs marriage to modern astronomy has seen the reemergence of astrology as powerful metaphysics, with intimations of the priestess cult of astrology that originally surrounded the practice of astrology. Psychologists, sociologists and historians discuss the importance of timing around social movements and mass cultural changes, yet they wonʹt admit that celestial patterns can affect human consciousness. In fact they say that the timing of planetary influences doesnʹt affect human consciousness. ʺIt is obvious to science however that the moon directs the tides or effects the female menstrual cycle, perhaps someday science will accurately measure the influence of the other planets and find the astrology was correct the entire time,ʺ writes Warren Kenton in Astrology: Celestial Mirror (1979). The millions of followers of astrology, from the astrologist who makes a living forecasting the starsʹ influence to the worried businessman who checks the horoscope before a big commerce deal, seem to think the cosmos has an influence over their lives. Astrology: History, Symbols, And Signs (1989) by Solange de Maily Nesle, The Astrologerʹs Handbook by Sakoan and Acker (Harper and Row, 1977), Moonʹs Astrological Guide for the New Millenium (Starlight Press, 1991) and Agnes Nutterichʹs Astrology for the Goddess (Magic Press 1993) contain extensive guidance of astrological manner. To complete the comparative astrology in these sections God Herself, by Geraldine Thorsten (Doubleday, 1980), Sefer Yetzirah, translated by Ari Kaplan (Weiser, 1997), Taoist Astrology by Chein Wu‐Wei (Dragon Works, 1996), and the Dictionary of Angels by Gustav Davidson (Free Press, 1967) were consulted.
History of Astrology
Ancient humanity developed deep respect for the terrible powers of earth and sky. The earth provided the sustenance humanity needed while the sky would send storms, lightning, rain and fire. The sky gave patterns and prognostication of time. To the ancients, these qualities assured humans that the gods and important powers lived there. Practical need and religious devotion assured the observation of the changes of nature. The esoteric sciences emerged from this careful observation; it was a part of life to know the movements of the heavens because family and tribal survival depended on it. Early humanity forever searched for order in the chaotic world, an order the gentleness of the night sky Astrology Basics ©2005 University Of Metaphysical Sciences
provided. In the heavens, the cycle of the Milky Wayʹs starry inhabitants recurred. The Babylonians and Egyptians charted the many cyclic recurrences, charting the planets and certain comets. We today have these same configurations. Western Modern astrology comes from the Sabian‐Roman system via the Medieval Renaissance, and the Sabians received the system from Egypt and India. Our planetary names and constellation names are Greco‐Roman, yet many of these were simply transposed over the older Ethiopian, Babylonian and Egyptian celestial figures. Ayele Bekerie, Ph.D. writes in Ethiopi: An African Writing System (1997), ʺCephus and Cassiopeia, Andromeda, and Perseus, Pegasus and Cetus all come from Ethiopic legends...Orion and Auriga, beautiful constellations, are none other than Nimrod and Ramses II. Sirius is none other than Osiris.ʺ In Hebrew culture the names of the archangels are the Babylonian planetary names. There was an Eastern movement of influence also, converging into the popular Chinese system of astrology, still using 12 Zodiacal symbols although they represent alternative animals and are differently interpreted. The symbols of western astrology we use today are Egyptian in origin, including those for the modern planets which have been added by using known sigils for the comparative gods’ names. The simple circle and cross in a circle such as in Assyrian or Native American culture were of the first celestial sigils ever used. The Egyptian hieroglyph for the Sun, Ra for example, is likely one of the oldest glyphs for an aspect of cosmology known to mankind. As a side note, it is interesting how this glyph is an image of the Earthʹs orbit around the sun and the way a hydrogen atom, primary elemental building block of the universe, looks when a model is created. By the time ancient mankind had charted the entire seasonal round and formulated it into what we call the zodiac today, the entire symbolism of astrology had been established. It is a process that is ongoing in astrology and astronomy today, but how did this rigorous charting of the heavens happen and how did it begin? The Ancient Ones took note of the 364‐365 day yearly cycle with its punctuating solstices and equinoxes. The solstice for the longest day of the year in summer was of crucial importance to hunting and farming while the solstice for winterʹs shortest day was a sign to be prepared for the rest of winter and the coming time of planting in the spring. The equinoxes, when day and night were equal, meant harvest and sowing, magical times when fruiting plants and herbs develop the fullness of their weight. Early on, humanity realized that the laws of natureʹs ever changing condition were astrological laws. Fables of far flung gods of the sky, ruling the world in hierarchies of angels that could bring down storms upon the people, emerged culture to culture. The legends grew into initiatory schools of esoteric science as human observation became increasingly accurate with time. As the gods were born, agriculture became a predominant way of life. This deification of the sky is at the very roots and inception of astrology, and it is written in the ancient Ethiopian Book Of Enoch (1993, reprint 1932) translated by Ernest Rictor, ʺEvery celestial House held an Archangel and retinues of angels. As I, Enoch, approached they explained the year is 365 days long, then proceeded to show me the seemingly random movement through the zodiac of the moon, saying in all the celestial bodies, forces, powers and angels resided...ʺ With a more sedentary existence, freed from nomadic, hunter‐gathering or excessive warring with tribal competitors, calendars were kept and the organization of society, along with time, was an increasing cultural imperative. Names became assigned to days and months, moon cycles made up the year, and the difference between the solar and lunar rounds were kept in careful records. Social festivals and religious holidays were timed to coincide with the recurrent cosmological events, deities were given the credit and the universe was thanked for its beneficence. Astronomers were the priests, and some were considered prophets. As keepers of timeʹs records, with their corresponding mythologies their observations and warnings could directly influence the survival of entire societies. Due to long experience, they could predict the weather and natural phenomena that would be of utmost importance to the farmer. The developments derived by these priestly astronomers of the world took thousands of years to become the modern astrology we have today. The cosmological elements of the resulting celestial system of astrology are: the Signs of the Zodiac, the Houses, and the Aspects. All of these elements apply to the oldest forms of astrology. The modern astrologer has had to account for the changes of the universe over time and can utilize the most modern equipment to assure the positions and aspects are completely accurate, but for the most part these crucial elements of astrology can be traced from pre‐Egyptian culture until today. From these elements, horoscopes and star maps were created to chart celestial influences.
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The Planets, Houses, & Aspects
The ancient system of seven planets, those visible to the naked human eye, included what we call today the Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn. Our modern word “planet” comes from the Greek word meaning “wanderer.” The Egyptians called the planets kabiri, also “wanderer” in hieroglyphics. The planets received their names because they acted in seemingly random fashion, compared to the slow motion movement of the fixed stars. This is why planets were often associated with gods who had free will and moved about on their own, directing events through their influence depending upon which House they were visiting amongst their brother and sister deities. The planets carried the same attributes culture to culture, yet were known under different names. The Sun and Moon were attributed respectively with the qualities of governing over the awake consciousness in day, and the sensual, emotional nature of the subconscious by night. In most ancient cultures, the Sun and Moon were regarded as emblems of the primordial divine father‐mother couple that birthed humanity. The lunar and solar eclipse have always been considered emblems of incredible power in astrology, representative of the supreme union between male and female. Venus influences love, luxury, and matters of the heart. Mercury is a messenger spirit, and greatly affects the other planets in geometric relation to the other planets. Alone, Mercury most represents matters of communication and wisdom. Mars affects strength, creativity, heroic or extreme forms of healing, and outer battles on all levels. Jupiter oversees authority, structure, and the dignity of the other planets. Saturn oversees the structure of time, order and inner discipline. These planets made up the ancient universe of astrology. The Signs of the Zodiac emerged from the apparent motion of the sun and moon through the repeating cyclic round of fixed stars seemingly traveling around Earth. The Sabians had a geocentric view of the universe, and medieval astrology continued in this tradition. Modern astrology like‐wise has kept this view for the meaning tones of the celestial bodies, yet incorporates modern astronomical knowledge overall. The heliocentric view that modern science proposes was revived from the Egyptian view that the sun was the center of the universe. Aristotle reported that Pythagoras (600 B.C.) taught a heliocentric model of the universe, which was expounded on all over the ancient world by scholars such as Aristarchos of Samos (320‐250 B.C.) and many others. Pythagoras was said to have been taught by Egyptian priests in the shadow of the Great Pyramid. Although the Egyptians purported a heliocentric mystical and mythological view, they kept the sense of geocentric views in their astrological divinations, a condition that has remained in astrology even today. The Zodiac is configured by the celestial equator and ecliptic path, which are astrological orbits around earth. The celestial equator is simply an extension out into space of the earthly equator. The ecliptic is the 16ʹ wide apparent path of the fixed stars around earth, called in Greek, “zodiac” for circle of animals. The sun seems to pass through the band during the course of the yearly cycle and, in order to easily chart the ecliptic path the stars were grouped into constellations. These 12 constellations are traditionally said to have characteristics that they impart to situations and people under their influence during the course of the year. The 12 constellations are Aries the Ram, Taurus the Bull, Gemini the Twins, Cancer the Crab, Leo the Lion, Virgo the Virgin, Libra the Scales, Scorpio the Scorpion, Sagittarius the Centaur Archer, Capricorn the Goat, Aquarius the Water Bearer, and Pisces the Fish.
Ancient Zodiacal Symbols and Meanings
Zodiacal Symbol Name Aries Taurus Gemini Cancer Leo Virgo Libra Scorpio Sagittarius Capricorn Aquarius Pisces Archaic Meaning Tone initial surge of energy at springʹs equinox stabilizes and builds on the energy mental planning for the year feminine, meditative, fructifying quality masculine creative heat analytical awareness and discrimination balances all qualities, adds relationship death and rebirth of the year reflective philosophical introspection marks the return and reemergence of solar energy social consciousness and higher ideals psychic and reflective inwardness, womb of creation
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Here is an example of what a Natal Chart looks like. You can find places on the internet through a search where you can get your natal chart as shown below, or you can buy inexpensive software that does your chart as well.
The Houses: The Houses are another important component to comprehending any form of astrology. The Houses are calculated based on the Earthʹs daily, or diurnal, rotation. Each zodiac sign is empowered for about two hours every day as measured from the equator. There are many ways to determine the Houses, but all systems cross‐culturally agree on charting the sign rising on the horizon at the time of birth as the rising sign or Ascendant. The Houses correspond to the constellations; in modern astrology the first house corresponds to Aries, the second to Taurus, and so on.... The signs and Houses are aspects of one another, symbolic of the same energy in different areas, giving interrelated meaning tones according to their celestial interplay. The 12 Houses affect the fundamental areas of life and have been separated into the following meanings, overseeing these areas of life. The first House, the Ascendant, rules over the manner and appearance one presents to the world. The second House rules finances, career and resources. The third House rules communication, immediate surroundings and short journeys. The fourth House rules the mother, children, family, and home. The fifth House oversees pleasure, creativity, self‐expression, childbearing, and entertainments. The sixth House rules health, service, duty, and works. The seventh House rules alliances, partnerships, and important relationships. The eighth House rules legacies, death and rebirth. The ninth House oversees education, self‐enrichment, philosophy, and the higher works of the mind. The tenth House rules career, long range goals, and the father. The eleventh House oversees friendships, humanitarian pursuits, group activities, and organizations. The twelfth House rules Astrology Basics ©2005 University Of Metaphysical Sciences
the subconscious, the occult and hidden influences one keeps from all others. When discussing natal charts and life horoscopes, these details will be fleshed out much more, showing how one gets a personal meaning from the vast cosmological principles just set forth. Aspects: The Aspects (seen on the bottom left of the Natal Chart diagram) are another crucial element of an astrological chart. Aspects are the relationships between the planets according to what angle they are to one another during a given period of time. The horoscope is a circular map, so contains 360 degrees. When two or more planets are in signs that have an angular mathematical relationship, they are said to influence each otherʹs sphere of activity and Earthʹs life manifestations according to that angularity. Most of the major aspects are Conjunctions (0 degree angles), which cause planetary energies to combine in a blended effect. Sextiles (60 degree angles) cooperate with, help, or ease more powerful qualities. Squares (90 degree angles) challenge, aggravate, or test. Triunes (120 degree angles) harmonize and energize. Oppositions (180 degree angles) balance, oppose, and confront. Elements: Other important astrological divisions have to do with Elemental Nature, Quality, and Dignity. The 12 Signs are divided into four Elemental Natures: fire, water, air, and earth. These elementary energies are akin to their physical literal counterparts only in the most general way. Fire is active and energetic. Water is sensual, reflective, and changing. Air is nimble, moving, and agitated. Earth is stable and practical. The three fire signs are Aries, Leo, and Sagittarius. The three water signs are Cancer, Scorpio, and Pisces. The three air signs are Gemini, Libra, and Aquarius. The three earth signs are Taurus, Virgo, and Capricorn. The Three Qualities: Within this, the signs are further classified into three Qualities. These Qualities are called Cardinal, Fixed, and Mutable. The Cardinal Signs represent original creative energy within the elemental group. The Fixed Signs represent a sustaining or passive energy. The Mutable Signs act as a changeable, connecting or catalytic force. One sign from each element group is assigned to one of the triplicities. The Cardinal Signs are Aries, Libra, Cancer, and Capricorn. The Fixed Signs are Leo, Aquarius, Scorpio, and Taurus. The Mutable Signs are Sagittarius, Pisces, Gemini, and Virgo. When planets travel the cosmic skyway through the Zodiac and its 12 Signs, their influence can be either strengthened or weakened according to their relationship to the energies of the Sign. This relation is called Dignity. Dignity has four categories: Rulership, Exaltation, Fall, and Detriment. Rulership refers to planets and signs that most nearly correspond to one another. Exaltation is enhancement of planetary qualities by the Sign. A Planet in the sign opposite its Rulership cannot express itself and is in its Fall. A planet in the sign opposite its Exaltation is frustrated in its activities and is in its Detriment.
Astrological Models That Have Contributed To Modern Astrology
As said earlier, most of Astrologyʹs symbolism is very ancient, elaborated upon over the long years in several cosmological models of the universe. To demonstrate the influences and background to modern astrological symbols and meanings, some of the ancient cultural and past historical models should be reviewed. Let us investigate the Egyptian, Chaldean (Babylonian), and Hebrew Celestial Sphere, Sabian Astrology and Medieval Astrology, all of which are the main influences on modern astrology.
ursa minor Pole Star
Draco northern celestial hemisphere
60' cepheus Constellations of the Zodiac
zodiac ecliptic cassiopeia southern celestial hemisphere southern cross
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The Ethiopians and Egyptians, one and the same kingdom in the Ancient World, mapped the heavens in the form of a Celestial Sphere as early as 4000 B.C. The earth becomes a transparent point of observation in which the North and South circumpolar celestial hemispheres are the top and bottom of a great sphere. This model was subsequently and simultaneously used by the Babylonians and Hebrews in their astrology. The ecliptic of the zodiac is the outer circumference of the sphere, and the animals of the zodiac bore the names of gods and cultural heroes that have been reconfigured again and again to correspond with the parent cultures, repeatedly transposed over the same star pattern constellations, for the most part. The Ethiopian esoteric astrological signs bear the Coptic names of the Egyptian gods to this day. The Hebrews permuted alternate names of YHVH for each zodiacal sign in this vein. Each planet was said to be a hekaloth, or heavenly hall, for the angels and powers of the universe. These cultures all assigned angels and deities to the constellations of the higher and lower heavens, living within them as abodes and as personifications of forces observed by the astrologer on earth. Every decan and quinary within the 360 degree orb was a home to an angel in service to the hidden chiefs, ancients who resided in the highest heavens around Pole Star North. The entire symbolism of the Egyptians for the Celestial Sphere still exists today, represented by the modern Tarot, a wonderful companion to astrology. The Hebrews, Egyptians and Persians shared a cosmology of angelic deification for every aspect of the celestial sky.
Astrological And Angelic Forces Of The Heavens
Sign Month Day June 21 July 11 21 1 August 11 22 1 September 11 22 2 October 12 22 1 November 11 22 2 December 2 1 21 30 January 9 19 29 February 8 18 28 March 10 20 30 April 10 20 30 10 May 20 31 June 10 20 Angel of the Decan Mathravash 0ʹ‐10 Rahadetz 10ʹ‐20ʹ Alinkir 20ʹ‐30ʹ Losanahar 0ʹ ‐ 10ʹ Zachi 10ʹ ‐ 20ʹ Sahiber 20ʹ‐30ʹ Ananaurah 0ʹ‐10 Rayadyah 10ʹ ‐ 20ʹ Mishpar 20ʹ ‐30ʹ Tarasni 0ʹ‐10ʹ Sahamatz 10ʹ‐20ʹ Shachdar 20ʹ‐30ʹ Kamotz 0ʹ‐10ʹ Nundohar 10ʹ ‐20ʹ Uthrodiel 20ʹ‐30ʹ Misrath 0ʹ‐10ʹ Vehrin 10ʹ ‐20ʹ Aboha 20ʹ ‐ 30ʹ Misnin 0ʹ‐10ʹ Yasyasyah 10ʹ ‐20ʹ Yesgedibarodiel 20ʹ‐30ʹ Saspam 0ʹ‐10ʹ Abdaron 10‐20ʹ Gerodiel 20ʹ‐30ʹ Bihelami 0‐10ʹ Avron 10‐20ʹ Satrip 20‐30ʹ Zazer 0‐10ʹ Behahemi 10‐20ʹ Satander 20‐30ʹ Kedamidi 0‐10ʹ Minacharai 10‐20ʹ Yakasaganotz 20‐30ʹ Sagarash 0‐10ʹ Shehadani 10‐20ʹ Bethon 20‐30ʹ Archangel Muriel Verkiel Hamaliel Zuriel Barkiel Advakiel Hanael Kambrial Amnitziel Malkidiel Asmodel Ambriel
Angel Pakiel Sharatiel Shelathiel Chedeqiel Saitzel Santiel Sameqiel Tzakmiqiel Vakabiel Sharhiel
The Celestial Sphere was configured around a central axis, using the North Pole Star as its central top, a point that Draco circled around at that time. The ecliptic wasnʹt counted from Aries as it is today, but from Cor Leonis, the heart of the conquering lion. Leo was counted first seasonally as well. In this model the celestial equator also resides on a circumferential edge of the Celestial Sphere. The Celestial Sphere lent the design to the first forms of the astrolabe for measuring latitude and longitude on ships. The divinations and astrological 6 Astrology Basics ©2005 University Of Metaphysical Sciences
readings done with this model relied upon Houses, Aspects, and Dignities in relation to the wondering planets. Several mystical languages, which are tracings of the celestial paths of the planets and certain constellations in the Celestial Sphere, were created. These languages had myths built around them that they were the alphabets of gods and angels, when in actuality they depict constellations and interplanetary movements within the Celestial Sphere. From above and below, the constellations of the Celestial Sphere would be configured as such:
Astrological Constellations and Planets across Ancient Cultures
Astrological Symbol Roman‐Sabian Aries Taurus Gemini Cancer Leo Virgo Libra Scorpius Sagittarius Capricornus Aquarius Pisces Luna Sol Mercury Venus Mars Jupiter Saturn Uranus Neptune Pluto Assyrio‐Babylonian Anu Bel Nuah Belit Sin Samas Bin Adar Marduk Nergal Istar Nebo Lilith El Gabriel Raphael Michael Uriel Izrafel Samael Uzziel Azrael Greco‐Sabian Aries Taurus Gemini Cancer Leo Virgo Libra Scorpio Sagittarius Capricorn Aquarius Pisces Dianna Apollo Hermes Aphrodite Ares Zeus Chronos (Uranus) (Neptune) (Pluto) Hebrew Ethiopian YHVH Zadik YHHV Apis YVHH Rechti and Merty HVHY Khepra HVYH Oris HHVY Maryam Isis VHYH Maati VHHY Typhon or Apepi VYHH Nepthys HYHV Arenna HYVH Hapy HHVY Asa Levanah Arar, Caraqa Shemesh Rama, Samay Kokab Iyor Nogah Jerusalem, Celestial Madim Samay Wadad Tzedeq Manbara Mangist Shabathai Tsirha Aryam ‐ ‐ ‐ ‐ ‐ ‐
During the reign of the Roman empire and during the conquests of Alexander the Great, Sabian‐Roman astrology took on many qualities of Ethiopian‐Egyptian, Chinese, and Aryuvedic systems. Most of the matriarchal elements were removed from astrology by this time. The African constellation names were converted to Greek and Roman ones, a calendar cycle was dated, set, and codified in relation to the heavens and seasons. The month names for modern astrology come from this period, and so do conceptions such as leap years and the beginning of the year in January rather than in the Spring or Summer months. Counting the Ecliptic at the point of Aries was also introduced in Christian Rome in the later period of the empire. This was codified during the Medieval Renaissance and Aries has been seen ever since as the Ecliptic origin in modern astrology. Medieval astrology had codified most of modern astrology except for the lack of our modern planets. It took until the modern era for science to discover the remaining planets, although there is some archeological evidence that the Egyptians and Sumerians knew of our complete solar system, somehow. The Sabians and Medievals saw the universe emerging from God as a great divine machine called the Primum Mobile, the first moving of the mover. Then emerged the creatures of fire, then the zodiac and starry firmament, then the planets and stars. Through science we have discovered today that the stars and planets did indeed arise out of fiery stellar creatures, not named Cherubim as in medieval times, but called “the big bang,” which is not thought of so much as an explosion of a huge celestial body anymore by scientists, but rather a huge, hot, fiery bursting into being by some unknown phenomena that scientists are still debating as to what it truly is. Although lacking the last three planets, the medieval astrological cosmology looked like ours today.
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With modern astrology we have a comprehensive system comprised of all these past elements. The Moonʹs passing through the signs is influential on a daily level. The sun, all the planets’ residences in the different Houses, their Aspect, Dignity, Element, and combined influences, are taken into account when making a monthly horoscope or Natal Chart. In modern astrology, Orb and Delineation are important. Orb is a sphere of influence that trails in the wake of a passing planet. The Orb is an aura of influence before and after an astrological meaning event. For example, when Mars passes through Leo, its Orb of influence, empowered fire, remains for 20 degrees after Mars has entered the next sign. Delineation considers the meaning of the aspect, the natures and combined meanings of the planets, and the strength of the planets by virtue of their signs. The zodiacal constellations are said to have positive and negative polarities, depending upon their qualities. Only Gemini is said to contain qualities of both positive and negative polarities. Letʹs go over the modern interpretations of the zodiacal signs and planets, the importance of the Moonʹs Aspects in relation to the other celestial bodies, which affect Earth life, and then we can investigate how a Natal Chart and Personal Horoscope are created.
The modern Signs of the Zodiac have a fullness of meaning brought forth from thousands of years of hermetic synthesis and observation. Aries, the first sign of the Post Latin Modern Zodiac, is the emergence of the seed sprout from the earth, the moment of all beginnings. Aries is the out‐rushing force, sound and fury, primitive self‐expression, the joy of being. Its forcefulness is like the ram which lowers its head and charges blindly. The Aries energetic influence gives an adventurous, pioneering spirit, courage and a blunt, direct manner. The forcefulness of Aries is so strong that restrictions are difficult to endure and usually arenʹt. Aries people are forever on to the next project, only sometimes completing the old ones. An Aries person stuck in routines and a sedentary life is likely to explode. The self centered attitude of Aries can go to the extremes of selfishness, crudeness, foolhardiness, and egotism if not tempered by sensitivity to others and strong guidance by ideals. Taurus combines the concentrated nature of a fixed sign with earthʹs practicality. Taurus people, ruled by Venus, love beauty and are often quite charming. Theyʹre affectionate, but their neediness for security sometimes makes them possessive. Taurus people are rooted in their opinions and can be stubborn, not liking to be contradicted. They can change, but donʹt expect it to happen more than once, if ever. Theyʹre very patient and often very reliable, if laziness and inertia doesnʹt get the better of them. Taurus people have incredible endurance and often are excellent business people. They crave art, luxury, sensuality, and good food. Gemini is the mutable air sign. Some say Gemini has neither positive nor negative polarity. This is the sign of Twins, Castor and Pollux, who are two sides of one personality. One brother is mortal, one is a god. In Gemini the restless intelligence of air combines with the adaptability of a mutable sign. Ruled by Mercury, Gemini emphasizes communication. Geminis are versatile, logical, often witty, inquisitive and spontaneous. They tend to be nervous, restless, superficial, and inconsistent. The metal of Gemini is Mercury which has no shape of its own. Try to hold onto it, it flows through your fingers, just like the elusive Gemini. Astrology Basics ©2005 University Of Metaphysical Sciences
Cancer is the unstable, emotional nature of water expressed in the cardinal mode. It is restless and ever changing. However, the self‐repressive nature tends to keep this energy below the surface, with Cancers pursuing very definite goals in secretive and unconscious ways. Much like their Crab symbol, Cancer people can appear hard and insensitive on the outside, yet they are soft and vulnerable on the inside, at times overly sensitive and easily hurt. Like the crab, Cancers are evasive, always side stepping, preferring not to confront anything too directly. They will hide away and will resist prying eyes into their secret or inner lives. Cancer is ruled by the Moon, giving it a flowing, emotional nature and an abundantly fertile imagination. Cancers are sensitive, cautious, kind, sympathetic, protective, shrewd, and resourceful. Their moody emotionalism can get out of hand at times. Leo combines the burning enthusiasm of fire with the powerful expression of its fixed nature. Leo is ruled by the strongest celestial influence, the Sun. Leo always needs to be the center of attention. Theyʹre creative, graceful, proud, dignified, determined, and dramatic. They are very generous, enthusiastic, expansive, and often good organizers of people. Their negativities include conceit, being snobbish, intolerant, patronizing, dogmatic, and pompous. Leos need to feel the divine nobility of their existence. They can allow their warm‐heartedness to shine through and they can be tremendous sources of love and encouragement for others. Virgo is a practical earth sign, introverted like Taurus by its negative polarity, but enjoying the freedom and adaptability of its mutable nature. Virgo is addicted to practical, material objects, but is not as possessive as Taurus. Virgo, like Gemini, is ruled by Mercury but here the communicative nature of Mercury is used on a practical level. Virgos are discriminating, critical, analytical, meticulous, modest and orderly. They can be worriers, overly fastidious, finicky, too critical and too conventional. Virgoʹs intellect lacks breadth, but is great with details and facts. They analyze everything, which is valuable in dealing with our bureaucratic modern society. Virgo desperately needs to work, to feel useful, and be of service to others. Libra is active and aggressive, but usually more inwardly and not as obviously. This mode of communication combines with the flowing expression and intelligent nature of the air signs. Libraʹs energy is searching for balance. While Libra is considered to have positive energetic polarity, it is ruled by a negative energy planet, Venus. Libras idolize harmony. Fearful of discord, they can become indecisive. They easily see the value of all viewpoints, often because they canʹt hold a definite opinion. In the search for true balance, Libras strive to show all sides. They can be frivolous, gullible, and flirtatious, but also diplomatic, idealistic, romantic, easygoing, and will usually have a refined appearance. Scorpio, a fixed sign, is true to its convictions and ideals. Scorpios are very set in their ways, ruled by energetic Mars and by Pluto, the planet of most intense desires and obsessions. The negative polarity gives Scorpio a responsive nature, with much of its Martian forcefulness hidden in the depths below. It is also a water sign, giving it an unstable, emotional nature with overwhelming feelings and sense of purpose in its endeavors. The dualism of Scorpioʹs fixity and simultaneous instability often leaves Scorpio at odds with itself. Scorpios are very imaginative, subtle, and determined, but can also be resentful, stubborn, secretive, suspicious, and jealous. Theyʹre self contained, but may also be self‐centered, and have a lot of saved up energy ready to bust forth at any time. Whatever Scorpios want to achieve, they will. Scorpio has a great deal of personal magnetism and healing power. Sagittarius is the centaur aiming for the heights. Aspiration and introspection are the keys to Sagittarius. They aim high and cover a lot of ground, even more than Gemini, their complement. They have the adaptability of a mutable sign, with self‐expressiveness of positive polarity and the energetic enthusiasm of fire. Ruled by expansive Jupiter, they are travelers and philosophers. Sagittarius people are freedom loving and need space. Theyʹre friendly, sincere, optimistic, outgoing, versatile, dependable, open minded, excitable, jovial, but can also be irresponsible, tactless, capricious, arrogant, and dogmatic. They are usually beautiful, encouraging and conscious people. Capricorn is earthy, outgoing and its cardinality is applied on the practical level of everyday necessities. The signʹs negative polarity gives Capricorn the ability to withdraw from the turbulence of the mainstream and bide their time until it is correct for their ambitions to manifest. Capricorns are reliable, practical, ambitious, prudent, efficient, persistent, and patient. They usually have a dry sense of ironic humor. Ruled by Saturn with its contracting, concentrated energy, they can also be cold, pessimistic, and overly conventional. Saturnʹs rulership makes Capricorns consider time as very important. Capricorns are often slow to develop, requiring more time than others. At middle age they feel as if on a plateau while their peers age and get old much faster than them. Astrology Basics ©2005 University Of Metaphysical Sciences
Aquariusʹ outgoing, self‐expressive positive polarity combines with the communicative nature of air. Intellectual Aquarians are teachers and disseminators of knowledge. With a fixed nature, theyʹre unlikely to move from their preconceived ideas, but usually have a progressive outlook. Theyʹre original, inventive, friendly, independent, idealistic, and revolutionary, sometimes even straining to be unconventional. Theyʹre very loving, but this is more easily expressed in a detached concern for groups rather than individuals. Aquarians, ruled by Uranus, the erratic revolutionary, must have their freedom, and close personal relationships are often too restrictive. Pisces is unstable, flowing water combining with the mutable ability to easily drift through change, making it the most fluid sign of the zodiac. The introverted nature of the negative polarity predominates. Pisces is the most sensitive of signs, with very strong and deep emotions. Pisceans are much too impressionable, too susceptible to outside influences and often need to escape. Ruled by the nebulous planet Neptune, they can be hard to understand. It helps to remember that unworldly Pisceans operate on an intuitive level, often needing to retreat to maintain their equilibrium. They usually canʹt be understood through logical means, analysis or pressure. They can give vast amounts of compassion, are self‐sacrificing, often kind, sympathetic, receptive, intuitive and humble. However they can also be indecisive, vague, secretive, careless, and not good at dealing with the physical world.
Planets are the focal points of universal energy. Theyʹre indicators of specific, unique kinds of activity, but colored by the nature of the sign the planet is in. The sign most like the nature of a particular planet is said to be ruled by that planet. Positive energetic planets are the Sun, Mars, Jupiter, Uranus, and Pluto. They activate, project, stimulate, and vitalize. Negative energy planets are the Moon, Venus, Saturn, and Neptune. (The Sun and Moon are not planets but are being referenced here as such for the ease of explanation in this introductory course.) These are receptive, reactive, responsive and protective. Mercury is a neutral planet which modifies, interprets or communicates the energies of the other planets in aspect to it. The meanings of the traditional planets are elucidated and enhanced in modern astrology. Modern science has also added three planets of influence to astrology. These planetsʹ extended meanings are as follows: Sun represents the supreme will, the power urge, and vitalizing life‐giving force. It is the symbol of masculinity, paternity, authority, creative ability, ambition, pride, leadership, self‐expression, determination and confidence. The Sun creates, achieves, elevates, dominates, sustains, fortifies, promotes and illuminates. It is the ruling planet of the House of Leo, a sign of creativity and leadership. It is also exalted in willful Aries, indicating that the Sunʹs individuality can be expressed in a powerful and pure form through Aries. Moon rules all things of a watery nature. It rules the tides and rhythms of the body as well as the oceans. The Moon represents the personality, the subjective subconscious mind and our instinctual behavior. It is associated with instincts, habits, memory, imagination, receptivity, and impressionability, the desire for newness, femininity, maternity, fertility, disposition, emotions, feelings, moods, sensitivity, intuition, sensation and sympathy. The Moon is strongest in the nurturing sign Cancer and weakest in the unreceptive, unemotional sign of Capricorn. The Moon is also powerful in Taurus and emotionally problematic in Scorpio. Mercury represents the mind, the link between spirit and matter, between soul and personality. Mercury symbolizes the power of communication and interpretation: intelligence, reasoning capacities and the ability to perceive relationships and gather facts. Mercurial qualities include being adaptable, attentive, perceptive, clever, versatile, inconsistent, hypercritical, argumentative, sarcastic, cynical, excitable, impressionable and nervous or prone to worry. Mercury narrates, talks, memorizes, debates, writes, argues, analyzes, studies, travels, sells, reflects and expresses with the hands as well as the tongue. Mercury is of neither positive nor negative polarity, neither masculine nor feminine. Mercury rules all communications and is associated with speaking and writing, educational capacity and manual skills. Mercury is especially active in the versatile, talkative sign of Gemini and its nature is stronger in analytical Virgo. Pure Mercurial expression becomes difficult in Sagittarius and in Pisces, which relate and communicate more through hopes and beliefs than through facts. Venus is associated with the power of love, the power of attraction and cohesion and the power of quiet, gentle persuasion. It stimulates the desire to be sociable. Its influences include balancing, harmonizing, and peacemaking. It is symbolic of affection, sentiment, sympathy, romance, friendship, beauty, pleasure, music, manners, art, attractiveness, values, appreciation and a sense of aesthetics. If afflicted (adversely aspected to other planets), the affectionate warm and sympathetic Venus can become flirtatious, self‐indulgent, lazy, irresponsible and vain. Venus rules placid Taurus as well as Libra, the Astrology Basics ©2005 University Of Metaphysical Sciences
sign of harmony. A strong Venus influence has a mellowing effect. The Venus nature is more than gentle—it is graceful and tactful. Venus is not easily expressed in the intense signs of Scorpio or Aries. Virgo, because of its excessive criticism and fussiness, can also inhibit the expression of Venus, whereas the loving nature of Pisces reinforces the Venusian influence. Mars is the complement of Venus. Mars is positive outgoing energy, purely masculine in nature. As the ancient god of war, Mars represents struggles within and with others. It is closely related to our physical energy, and it rules over animal essence. Martian expressions include desire, courage, initiative, executive ability, assertiveness, aggressiveness, impulsiveness, adventurousness, self‐will, resistance, rashness, and aggressive sexual love. Mars rules forceful Aries and determined Scorpio. The aggressive nature of Mars is also easily expressed in the ambitious sign of Capricorn. The driving force of Mars is restrained when it falls in the partnership sign, Libra or easygoing Taurus. The receptive nature of Cancer is also not compatible with the assertiveness of Mars. Jupiter is larger than all the other planets combined. It is symbolic of expansion, the higher mind, wisdom, enthusiasm, optimism, spontaneity, benevolence, generosity, the desire to gain through experience, and the urge to improve the state of things. Jupiter represents increase, opportunity, rewards, abundance, tolerance, charity, philanthropy, ethics, faith, confidence, idealism, aspiration, justice, loyalty, self‐indulgence, joviality, extravagance and conceit. Jupiter protects, assists, magnifies, inflates, gives, speculates, inspires, encourages, counsels, and philosophizes. It carries the ability to grow in physical, mental and moral directions. Jupiter is most at home in Sagittarius where the desire for a variety of experiences can bring wisdom. Expansive Jupiter is limited by the trivial mental nature of Gemini. Virgo can impede Jupiter with its preoccupation for detail. Free‐ flowing, imaginative Pisces reinforces Jupiter. Saturn symbolizes the first law of manifestation—limitation. Saturn strengthens the personality through endurance and persistence. It focuses and concentrates energy. Saturn’s contractive nature gives us the opportunity for introspection, meditation and concentration, and to work out karma in the process of evolution. The key to dealing with Saturn is discipline. Saturn requires caution, restraint, seriousness, and stability. It is also related to time and time‐keeping, organization, consolidation, self‐preservation, crystallization of matters, ambition, responsibility, conventionality, pessimism, and perseverance. Saturn inhibits, delays, restricts, perfects and deepens. It causes fear, worry, and anxiety. Saturn is most compatible with Capricorn, the sign of material organization and practical ambition. Saturn is ill‐expressed in Cancer where it becomes hypersensitive. Saturn exalts in the balancing act of Libra and finds the impulsive nature of Aries at odds with its cautious approach. Uranus has a nature similar to Mercury in its nervous and mental impact, but it is more powerful, violent, fanatical, and harder to handle for the physical body. Uranus represents the freedom urge. It is the planet of extremes and sudden change. It’s a force which destroys the old to allow room for the new. Uranus destroys the constricting influence and crystallizations of Saturn. It displaces and overthrows the established attitudes which have outlived their usefulness. The old must be destroyed before the new can come, but we are often fearful of new, unknown ways and reluctant to let go. Uranus makes us let go, it shakes the world loose. The nature of Uranus has an exciting uprooting and awakening effect. It brings disruption, anarchy, rebellion, revolution, freedom, individualism, altruism, originality, invention, experimentation, instability, erratic action and detachment. It is also deeply related to intuitive knowledge. Neptune is often considered a higher vibration of Venus. It symbolizes receptivity, passivity, impressionability and nebulousness. Neptune brings either spiritual strength or escapist tendencies, seeking the path of least resistance. Neptune can offer spiritual guidance and protection, or entice us to avoid all responsibility. Other Neptunian traits include being idealistic, imaginative, intuitive, subtle, artistically creative, evasive, deceitful, hypersensitive, careless, sentimental, scattered, indecisive, impractical, and compassionate. Neptune is the god of oceans. It rules the watery sign Pisces and is inhibited in the earthy, orderly sign of Virgo, the opposite of Pisces. Neptune expresses its nature well through inspirational Sagittarius. It is inhibited by the mundane levels of Gemini. Pluto can be considered the higher octave of Mars. Pluto represents those elements which have not yet been integrated into the collective consciousness. Pluto represents the urge to transform and to regenerate bringing rebirth. It is a symbol of decay, contamination, infection, destruction, desire, obsessions, disintegration and elimination, but also a symbol of deep healing, cleansing, and spiritual catharsis. Astrology Basics ©2005 University Of Metaphysical Sciences
Relations Between Planets & Houses
To see how all these astrological elements interweave in their myriads of aspects over the course of the year, purchase a good astrological ephemeris for the coming year, such as Zolars Ephemeris For 2005 And 2006 (or whatever the current year is) or any reputable astrological guide. Every moment of every day will be charted for all planets and constellations, as well as Chiron and the planetoids. In modern astrology, when sacred geometrics are created in the heavens, most ephemera mark these special and sacred happenings. A giant Star of David in mutual aspect, or a Qabbalistic cross created from the aspects of many planets, are powerful cosmic talismans. The degree of orb is marked in all astrological guides. One can derive the meanings from the explanation of Aspects and Dignities above.
Below is an example of how the astrological elements work with each other. These are described in book guides as to their meanings. The moon section is just one of the planets, and it is a good example of what you will find in astrological guides. The charts for all the planets are extensive, but here we will only delve into the aspects of the Moon for the sake of giving just an example of what these extensive guides contain. The Moon’s aspects are the same yearly and are easily chartable. The Moon’s aspects are the most affecting of people over all the other signs; just as the Moon is physically closest, its influence is the closest to our hearts. When the Moon is aspected with other planets it is very influential over us, and when it passes through the Zodiac over the month those signs are empowered within us in conjunctionis. The Lunar cycle goes from New Moon to Full Moon. The first two quarters of the Moon are waxing, increasing in light. This period of waxing is the time for new beginnings, new projects and the implementation of ideas for growth. The waxing Moon is also a time of spontaneous and instinctual action. The waning Moon, from one full Moon to the New Moon is a time for conscious growth as the Moon dissipates its collected solar energy. The time of the waxing moon in many traditions is more concerned with mundane concerns, whereas the waning moon deals with subconscious impulses toward enlightenment emerging as conscious values. The waxing moon brings manifested growth. The waning Moon brings conscious processes of creative release. The New Moon begins a new cycle. It is the seed of the beginning lunar cycle. The chart of the New Moon is the key to influences in the coming lunar month. The Quarter Moons The first Quarter Moon is the beginning of the second phase. With the seed of the new moon, growth in consciousness might be impeded by obstacles from the past. Ideally these will be overcome by the first quarter, a point of focus which illustrates the necessity for change. This must happen if the energy released with the coming full moon is to be utilized. If rejection of the shackles of the past is incomplete and if growing lethargic, then the illumination and growth offered during the cycle cannot be fully integrated. It may even sour. Whatever patterns are set at the First Quarter Moon will continue to develop throughout the lunar cycle. The Half Moon is a continuation of what was happening at the first Quarter Moon, and so on until Full Moon is reached. The Full Moon illuminates the seed and potential that was started on the New Moon. The Full Moon to Last Quarter ideally brings positive clarification to the influences of the entire lunar cycle. If a good attitude of growth has developed, the Full Moon can now usher in a new sense of fulfillment and determined resolve. However, if a negative attitude has dominated the period of increasing light, then the Full Moon might bring serious mental and physical conflicts. The Fourth Quarter is from the Last Quarter to the next New Moon. It can bring a crisis in consciousness. This cycleʹs experiences have culminated and one must now prepare for rebirth as the process repeats itself with the next New Moon.
Moon: Conjuncts, Squares, Opposition, Sextiles, & Triunes (Trines)
Mercury/Moon The Moonʹs Aspects are profoundly influential to the human species. When the Moon is conjunct with Mercury intellect and feelings are working in accord. Mentality is active, alert and sensitive. Nervous systems are highly attuned and very responsive. People are talkative and intellectually attuned to intuitions and emotions. When the Moon is sextile or triune Mercury, communication and conversation are easy with this positive connection of mind and emotions. Practical mental abilities and good common sense are mentally highlighted. It is a good time to conduct business that utilizes communications media or engages in writing of any sort. Moon square or opposite Mercury means minds are acute, but restless and excitable. Nervous systems function poorly. Astrology Basics ©2005 University Of Metaphysical Sciences
The unconscious mind will interfere with reasoning. Preoccupation with the past can interfere with oneʹs objectivity and open‐mindedness. Concern with trivialities and emotional whims might block meaningful mental pursuits. Incessant talking can drain everyoneʹs energy. This is a very poor time for public communication. Venus/Moon When Moon is conjunct Venus, there is a balanced outlook on life and a love of beauty. The emotional response to beauty and harmony heightens artistic abilities. Sensitivity and affections are strong as subconscious sensuality seeks satisfaction. This is a good time for romance or any kind of party or social gathering. When Moon is sextile or triune Venus, there is a similar effect as during conjunction, but more pronounced. Personalities mellow. Dispositions are pleasant. There is an increased interest in the arts. When Moon is square or opposite Venus, there is an inability to express emotions and affections. There might be unhappiness and disappointments in emotional relationships. People become moody and overly sensitive. There are material and domestic difficulties. This is not recommended as a time for organizing social events. Mars/Moon When Moon is conjunct Mars moodiness, aggressiveness, and impulsive actions are expressed. Feelings are strong and outbursts of anger are likely. People seem opinionated and are also likely to feel courageous. Moon sextile or triune Mars brings good emotional and physical health, a lot of energy and emotional force. There are opportunities for material enterprises or for home improvements. Moon square or opposite Mars is a time of delicate health and strong, volatile emotions. It is easy to be quarrelsome, get upset and lose tempers. People are irritable, impulsive, and self‐indulgent. Jupiter/Moon When Moon is conjunct Jupiter people are sympathetic and generous. There is concern with social welfare. This conjunction brings good fortune, health and optimism along with urging toward change. When Moon is sextile or triune Jupiter pleasant temperaments and kind dispositions emerge. Domestic peace and happiness become important; it is a good time for business. When Moon is square or opposite Jupiter financial judgment is not good. Tendencies are toward extravagance, foolish generosity and laziness. Spiritual doubts may arise and overeating is likely. Saturn/Moon When Moon is conjunct Saturn the opportunity for hard work and pay arrives. Orderliness and duty become important. People are inclined to be critical and stingy, timid and cautious. Possible feelings of inadequacy and depression. When Moon is sextile or triune Saturn benefits come through a willing acceptance of duty. There can be gains by keeping things practical and orderly. Physical comforts seem of little importance. When Moon is square or opposite Saturn, there is lack of emotional flexibility. Depression looms. Judgmental attitudes may block abilities to respond to others in an appropriate way. Life is hard luck lately. Uranus/Moon When Moon is conjunct Uranus be ready for sudden changes of mood and impulsive actions. High emotional tensions and freedom seeking urges arise. Moon sextile or triune Uranus means ambition and intuition are strong. Feelings of independence and self‐reliance surface. There is much energy in the air. This aspect gives rise to an inventive, original, spontaneous imagination. Psychic abilities can become highly tuned. Changeable moods help break through inhibiting patterns, bringing opportunities to evolve. New friends are often found. Moon square or opposite Uranus lends disruptions, obsessions with the unusual and unconventional. Seeming independence is so important that communicative contact with others is difficult. People become restless, irritable, and stubborn. Some become accident prone. Neptune/Moon When Moon is conjunct Neptune a time of warm kindness, sympathy and understanding is ushered in. Emotions and psychic inclinations are strong and feelings are vulnerable. It is easy to drift into a dream world as Neptune makes people very impressionable. Check out the sign this aspect is in and how it relates to your personal natal chart. When Moon is sextile or triune Neptune sensitivity opens the unconscious. Imagination is strong and inspirational. When Moon is square or opposite Neptune self‐deceptions are easy. Difficult emotional relationships and strong escapist tendencies emerge. Pluto/Moon When Moon is conjunct Pluto moods and impulses lead to new emotional foundations. With Moon sextile or triune Pluto strong outbursts may be disruptive, but for the better. Moon square or opposite Pluto Astrology Basics ©2005 University Of Metaphysical Sciences
means emotions are stifled. People are uneasy. Jealousy is likely. Secrets are revealed. Sun/Moon When Moon is conjunct Sun (New Moon) harmony, vitality and determination increase as well as inclinations toward instinctual activities. Moon sextile or triune Sun imparts alignment of feelings and thinking. Inner conflicts float away. Ambition ebbs as the feeling of contentment rides high. Harmony is everywhere. When Moon is square Sun (First or Last Quarter) tensions and conflicts erupt between desires and emotions as people struggle for fulfillment. Moon opposite Sun (Full Moon) means emotions, self‐confidence and energy can go to extreme highs or lows as people crest on the waves of the preceding New Moon and the perspectives that have or havenʹt developed through the first two lunar phases.
Moon Passing Through Houses
When the Moon passes through the Houses of the Zodiac there is an alteration of the energetic influences upon the Earth. Aries/Moon When the Moon passes through Aries, ruled by Mars, people are highly enthusiastic. It is a period of ambition and energetic activity. It is a good time for beginning projects and instigating change. Be aware that you are acting impulsively at this time. Watch for temperamental flare‐ups and selfishness. With all this forceful energy, it is important to be mindful of the rights of others. Aries, which rules the head, is known for its headstrong behavior. While the Moon is in Aries be careful of injuries to the head. Taurus/Moon When Moon passes through Taurus, the angry ram transforms into a placid Bull. People will now be more careful, leaning toward stubbornness in their views. There is a feeling that it is necessary to protect the status quo or protect what one already has. The need for financial and material security is strong. While the Moon is in Taurus take time to continue or finish projects already started. Venus rules Taurus so this would be a good time to enjoy and appreciate the earthly beauty which surrounds us. Taurus rules the Throat. Gemini/Moon When Moon is in the dualistic sign of Gemini, we may never make up our minds. With the Gemini ease of seeing both sides of everything we feel more adaptable, changeable and talkative. Gemini being ruled by Mercury makes this a time for communication. It is a good time to write, take care of puzzling tasks, make speeches, or just let ideas soar through the clouds. Intellectual pursuits and mind games may become more prominent than practical concerns. People begin to feel restless and there is an inclination to rationalize emotions. A spontaneous tongue may hastily express things which are only true for the moment. Gemini rules the lungs, arms, hands, and nervous system. Cancer/Moon Since Cancer is ruled by the Moon, lunar influences are strongest and most easily expressed when focused through Cancer. The Moon greatly influences the personality, the subconscious and the emotions, molds the instinctual behavior. When the Moon is in Cancer, it is a time of intense emotions and great sensitivity with people responding to life through emotions rather than reason. During this very vulnerable period be cautious to avoid receiving or inflicting emotional wounds. Generally, people will be passive, easy‐going, sentimental, loving and nurturing. This motherly expression of caring is often expressed with food and it is easy to overeat. Cancer rules the breasts and stomach. Cancer is a nurturing sign and the most fertile sign of the Zodiac. Leo/Moon When Moon passes through Leo, people need romance, affection and recognition. The desire to be admired and appreciated can be so strong that it may result in especially dramatic behavior. Leo is ruled by the Sun making this a time of ambition, independence and leadership. People may refuse to recognize limitations. The Moon in Leo is a time of enjoyment and warmth, time to show kindness and generosity to others. Leo rules the heart and the upper spine. Virgo/Moon When Moon is in Virgo, like Gemini ruled by Mercury, it is a good time for intellectual pursuits, especially those requiring critical detail rather than creativity. This is a good time for any matter requiring painstaking attention. People may become shy and retiring and will tend to be discriminating, fastidious, and overly critical. These influences lead to concern about food and health for Virgo rules the intestines and the powers of assimilation. Astrology Basics ©2005 University Of Metaphysical Sciences
Many people feel the urge to clean up their homes at this time which is a good way to channel Virgo energy. Libra/Moon When the Moon is in Libra people have a strong sensitivity to and attraction for others. This comes from the Libran search for harmony and balance, for Libra accentuates teamwork. It is a good time to form partnerships of all natures. Libra is ruled by Venus which manifests as a friendly and tolerant nature and a desire to beautify. It is an excellent time for artistic works of beauty or a social gathering, when the consciousness of self, as expressed in the first six signs of the zodiac, becomes united with the awareness of the needs and desires of others. Libra rules the kidneys and lower back. Scorpio/Moon When the Moon is in Scorpio, it brings out strong passions and desires. People often get aggressive, critical, impatient and moody. There is a marked increase of intensity and a heightened sensitivity to personal offenses and insults. Remember that Scorpio has a suspicious and secretive nature. Avoid social complications and jealousy. Be careful while interacting with the opposite sex; however, it could be a good time for an intense merging with another on a deep emotional level. Scorpio rules the generative system, organs of reproduction and the lower spine. The Moon in Scorpio is a very bad time for surgical operations. Sagittarius/Moon When the Moon is in Sagittarius there is an idealistic feeling, or a sense of discontinuity, restlessness, desire for adventures and sports, a love of change and motion, and the itch to travel. People will be warm and friendly since Sagittarius is ruled by expansive Jupiter, but may also have a strong need for independence and feel unable to endure restrictions. People will likely feel spontaneous, intuitive and prophetic, animated with a tendency toward superficial enthusiasm. Here the Moon stimulates our aspirations for self‐improvement and brings a philosophical influence. It is a good time for intellectual affairs, promoting ideas through publishing, lecturing, or dealing with institutions of learning. Sagittarius rules the thighs and hips. Capricorn/Moon With the Moon in Capricorn the vibrations of Saturn are emphasized. This brings contraction following Jupiterʹs expansive influence in Sagittarius. Itʹs a time of material ambition and work. Spiritual and intellectual interests fall away. In the search for status and financial security, people might become insensitive, even unsympathetically cruel, but from selfish necessity rather than animosity. The Saturn influence of Capricorn causes pessimism or negative outlooks to creep in. While the Moon is in Capricorn, energy is generally sluggish. It is time to diligently apply ourselves to tasks while living solely in the present. Capricorn rules the knees, teeth, bones and skin. Aquarius/Moon Moon in Aquarius is ruled by Uranus. While the Moon is in Aquarius, public affairs become more important as there is an increased interest in the welfare of others in a social sense. People are very friendly but in an impersonal manner. Uranus brings the desire for freedom and a love for the innovative and unconventional. People are now operating from intellectual rather than emotional motivations and will be searching for the freedom to express personal thoughts and uniqueness, and may be demanding the freedom to come and go without restrictions. Aquarius rules the ankles, the circulation, the electrical forces in the body and the nervous system. Pisces/Moon Moon in Pisces is ruled by Neptune which brings an inclination toward psychic impressions. Imagination is strong and there is a heightened sensitivity to music and other intangible forces. There are tendencies to be emotional, spiritual, and self‐sacrificing, plus a developing impressionability which can give a feeling of being too vulnerable, drifting into withdrawal for emotional protection. People may feel passive, sentimental, gentle, kind, and cheerful, but too easily discouraged. Some people experience stirrings of vague memories or insights into the spiritual meaning of current situations. Pisces rules the feet.
Natal Charts & Astrological Charts
The epitome of astrology is the horoscope, a “star‐map.” The main horoscope in a personʹs life is their natal horoscope, the picture of the cosmos at the time of their birth from the point of view of the event. From this horoscope all the predictions in a personʹs life during the changes of time will be made. The person receives an ascendant, which is the rising sign on the horizon at the time of birth. They are also given a moon sign, the sign the moon resides in at the time of birth and the Sun sign, which is the Astrological month of the birth. The Houses and Signs are calculated from the Ascendant. Their harmony within the Houses, after being set from the personal Astrology Basics ©2005 University Of Metaphysical Sciences
birth ascendant, will give meaning and texture to the personʹs life pattern. The Houses favorable to the person are compared to the celestial arrangement of the Houses. Finding the natal Ascendant is easily done if the exact time of birth is known; it is the rising Sign nearest that time. To demonstrate, an example of the natal chart for the Astrology client follows: (this chart is another version of the same kind of chart you saw on page 4 of this course, just a different layout and look, but same information. Charts can vary in their look and layout.)
Moon v/c entering Aquarius Moon 14-38' Sun 12-9' Sagittarius Mercury Pluto Aquarius Capricorn Uranus Neptune
Natal Chart for L. Born: December 4, 2002 Birth time: 3:23 am Moon out of Sagittarius Moon void of course Sagittarius to Aquarius Aries Sun in Sagittarius Ascendant: Gemini Moon conjuct wth Pluto and Mercury 8:18 am Moon triune Jupiter in Leo 9:43 am Moon opposed Saturn 11:55 pm Moon sextile Uranus 9:45 pm Taurus Jupiter in severe retrograde at 4:20 am
Saturn Virgo Jupiter Leo Cancer Gemini Ascendant
Jupiter SR 4:20 am
L. was born on December 4, 2002 on a day filled with a lot of celestial activity. The Moon is very busy, in triune with a retrograde Jupiter and conjunct with Mercury and Pluto. Gemini is in the Ascendant. L. is going to be a very intelligent communicator with intense passions for interests in life. A career in education, philosophy or the arts is shown again and again. Jupiter goes retrograde near the birth time, however in triune it is still strengthened, indicating wisdom, learning, and communication. Be careful for the first weeks of the childʹs life when Jupiter retrograde can negatively affect individuals, perhaps in the extended families. This is also symbolic of future struggle to attain wanted goals and conscious attitude in L.ʹs life, and the parentʹs upbringing. Moon Sign is sextile Uranus, corresponding with Mercury and Pluto conjunct; L. has a lot of depth, possible conflict between fiery and watery nature as indicated by Gemini in the Ascendant. L. should be kept from harm’s way and even seeing violence for some time. Intense desirous nature, with trickster qualities of Mercury, are possible. However, beyond this is a portent of wisdom, learning, employment in intellectual careers such as Psychology, Philosophy, Sociology, Poetics or the arts, as indicated by Cancer. L.ʹs personal second House, ruled by earthy Taurus and the personal ninth House, Aquarius, with Neptune and Uranus residing, also demonstrate an emotional connection with learning and professions in teaching or science. Jupiter, lord of expansion and gnosis, resides in L.ʹs third House, Leo. The future is in wisdom oriented communications, utilizing the mutable fiery nature L. was born with. L. is going to have a deep inquisitive personality. L. is going to be an expansive, life oriented person with an old soul and deep sensitivity to the universe. Success and failures will largely come from within while aging. Mom and Dad have to steer L. toward proper influences and away from negativity and she will blossom on her own. Her emotional nature will be rebellious at times. Freedom is a must for Sagittarians, especially with the double Sagittarius moon sign conjunct with both Pluto, a little bit dark, and Mercury. In conjunct, triune, and sextile the planets seem to be positively empowered for L. Pluto is particularly well dignified, yet Mars and Venus both in Scorpio is another warning for L. to keep the possible temerity of the inner nature toward light intellectual careers for paid employment and deep intellectual and psychological pursuit for ʺgreat work.ʺ The complete analysis of L’s natal chart is many pages long, containing all the best color combinations, most likely favorite things, extensive charting of L. Houses Astrology Basics ©2005 University Of Metaphysical Sciences
compared to the Celestial Pattern of the Houses, all of which kept pointing to the general reading just given. Since L.ʹs birth she has proved to be a moody, super smart two year old who communicates far beyond her years. She already is asking to study music and wants to attend preschool early. Daily Horoscopes Daily Horoscopes are simply the cosmic events that are happening in oneʹs personal sign for that day of the year. A personal daily Horoscope will compare oneʹs natal charts to the astrological information for that day, week, and month to give advice. Horoscopes similar to the natal chart can be cast for any plans, preparations, or question directed toward the cosmos. The Horoscope is a celestial picture of the position of the heavenly bodies at any given moment, and by correspondence is a picture of the outer energetic influences governing inner psychic processes. This is sometimes called a Transition Chart, if specifically designed using the natal chart as a reference point. Transition charts tell of shorter and more transitory events in life. Progression Charts A Progression Chart has to do with where all the stars are at now in your life and how they are affecting your natal chart. The natal chart is used as a reference point, and the larger more profound events in life are here explored. Progression charts can help with major decisions in life.
Twelve‐Constellation Chinese astrology is used by millions worldwide, even today, and should be mentioned as well. Chinese astrology developed simultaneously with Chaldean and Roman astrology and are alike in that they use a personʹs birth date to chart the destiny of the individual. The Chinese zodiac is literally a circle of animals, and isnʹt very mythological or cosmic at all. Chinese astrology looks to philosophy, the calendar, the cosmos and the rhythms of nature for its interpretations and ideals. Its predictions and interpretations of events are heavily mixed with a spiritual Buddhist‐Taoist flavor.
Manifestation of the Zodiac and Universe in Taoist Astrology Wu -Chi
Chein, primal male Zodiac and Celestial Heavens Kun, primal female
The Hindus have long cycles of time they would discern using the calculations of their astrology such as 7, 12, 108, 1000, and 100,000 year cycles they call kalpas. “Kalpa” is Sanskrit for cycle and for vine. The image was that of a wish giving vine granting the long cycles of time as a gift to humans and gods. Elements of this were received from and contributed to Chinese astrology, and many have been incorporated into Sabean astrology. From Sabian culture through Rome and Greece, European astrology developed, which is the form used by the Western world today. Western astrology looks heavenward to the stars. Western astrologers chart the positions and movements of the celestial configurations to discern information about the future and the nature of the world and mankind. Western astrological signs are monthly, each having an ancient heaven inspired name corresponding to only a single moon cycle. Each month makes one what he or she is in the cosmological schema. For instance, someone born in a Sagittarius month is a Sagittarian for example. Astrology Basics ©2005 University Of Metaphysical Sciences
Chinese Zodiacal Signs, as opposed to the monthly zodiac signs in Western astrology, are yearly. Each sign has a different animal name and corresponds to a period equivalent to an entire Chinese calendar year. The year long period determines the label one is given. For instance, if one is born in the entire year of the Dragon, one is called a Dragon. In actuality, this year long empowerment of one sign with only minor influences from the monthly cycle, makes Chinese astrology much simpler than Western astrology. In Chinese astrology intricate charts are written up, consisting of a personʹs primary Birth Chart. This system doesnʹt use the elusive ascendant and system of Houses. Most calculation in general astrology goes into the slightly alternating meanings of the interpretations due to the shifting day of the New Year. The New Year can fall as early as mid January or as late as the end of February. To determine oneʹs sign, match the date of birth with the astrological chart predictions provided below. The Chinese symbols are: Rat, Water Buffalo, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog, and Pig. These animals always appear in the same order. These familiar animals were used by the Sages in order to communicate clearly from the highest to the lowest of a patriarchal agrarian society. The patterns of Chinese astrology are not yearly, but in a twelve year cycles beginning in 2637 B.C. The twelve year pattern has recurred without surcease since then. In 2637 B.C., the Chinese began dividing celestial history in 60 year cycles, dividing each cycle into 12 years. It may seem odd to someone born in a western, ego‐based society that everyone born in an entire year is alike. The practice of doing this stems from an early Chinese legend that was incorporated into Buddhism and Taoism. The legend says that Buddha called an assembly of animals, to teach the dharma to them, in order they might attain precious human rebirth. However, only twelve different species of animals arrived. Buddha then named each of the predominate constellations for each animal who arrived, the animalʹs characteristics being imbued into the constellationʹs energetic influence. This legend is an emblem for the real history of Chinese astrologyʹs deviation from the predominate Egyptian model. Taoist Chinese astrology was practiced for millennia since 4000 B.C. all over the Orient, including India, hence the influences shared with Ayurvedic astrology. It became intensely popular between 2953‐2838 B.C. under Emperor Fu Hsi, and again under the immortal Sheng‐Nung who was born in 2800 B.C. The Chinese zodiacal system and its broad interpretations were codified by Ta Nao, a minister of Emperor Huang Ti, born in 2704 B.C. It was made official in 2637 B.C. and was formally inaugurated as an official Chinese system at Huang Tiʹs accession to the Throne. For 5000 years after, the Chinese astrological system has always been used. As with Ayurvedic astrology, the Chinese system grew out of meditation and philosophy. Chinese astrology comes from the Chinese interpretation of unity and the five occult elements along with correspondences from the Chinese calendar. From supreme emptiness, Wu‐Chi, arises mysteriously the Tai‐Chi, Supreme Ultimate, which emanates as the five elements, fire, water, earth, wood, and metal. From heaven emerges the primal male; from earth arises the primal female and the myriad things of the universe. Water engenders wood, wood engenders fire, fire engenders earth, earth engenders metal and metal engenders water in the patterns of nature. The characteristics of people born in the different animalʹs years follow this pattern. People born in pig years are somewhat naive and hate to say no; rats are aggressive and talkative; dogs loyal and anxious; snakes altruistic and attractive; dragons healthy and noisy; horses independent and pragmatic; goats dependent and creative with no sense of time; Water Buffalo slow, but eloquent; tigers rash and magnetic; rabbits flee conflict and love tradition; monkeys are entertaining and giving; roosters resourceful, vain, and bossy. The Chinese calendar year contains between 12 and 13 moons. Unlike the fixed Roman calendar, the Chinese year is flexible and begins at varied dates each year. Chinese calendars are counted in 60 year periods rather than centuries, each 60 year period separated into 12 year patterns. The elements work by governing each animal sign once through the sixty year period. There is only one correspondence between an element and an animal every 60 years, such as Fire Dragon or Water Rat. This creates 60 base personality profiles for those born on the astrological dates as opposed to the 12 personalities of Western Astrology. When a person is born, the Chinese astrologer drafts his or her chart according to year, month and season, time of day, weather, and astral configurations at the time of birth. In all, there are traditionally 512,640 different possible personality charts. This means that even those born in the same year have a 1 in 500,000 chance of being divined the same destiny of another. This is one reason why some people consider Chinese astrology more accurate than all others.
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The Chinese Calendar Signs
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Rat Ox Tiger Rabbit Dragon Snake Horse Goat Monkey Rooster Dog Pig Rat Ox Tiger Rabbit Dragon Snake Horse
Metal Metal Water Water Wood Wood Fire Fire Earth Earth Metal Metal Water Water Wood Wood Fire Fire Earth
31 January 1900 19 Feb 1901 8 Feb 1902 29 Jan 1903 16 Feb 1904 4 Feb 1905 25 Jan 1906 13 Feb 1907 3 Feb 1908 22 Jan 1909 10 Feb 1920 30 Jan 1911 18 Feb 1912 6 Feb 1913 26 Jan 1914 14 Feb 1915 3 Feb 1916 23 Jan 1917 11 Feb 1918
18 February 1901 7 Feb 1902 28 Jan 1903 15 Feb 1904 3 Feb 1905 24 Jan 1906 12 Feb 1907 2 Feb 1908 21 Jan 1909 9 Feb 1920 29 Jan 1911 17 Feb 1912 5 Feb 1913 25 Jan 1914 13 Feb 1915 2 Feb 1916 22 Jan 1917 10 Feb 1918 31 Jan 1919
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Goat Monkey Rooster Dog Pig Rat Ox Tiger Rabbit Dragon Snake Horse Goat Monkey Rooster Dog Pig Rat Ox Tiger Rabbit Dragon Snake Horse Goat Monkey Rooster Dog Pig Rat Ox Tiger Rabbit Dragon Snake Horse Goat Monkey Rooster Dog Pig Rat Ox Tiger
Earth Metal Metal Water Water Wood Wood Fire Fire Earth Earth Metal Metal Water Water Wood Wood Fire Fire Earth Earth Metal Metal Water Water Wood Wood Fire Fire Earth Earth Metal Metal Water Water Wood Wood Fire Fire Earth Earth Metal Metal Water
1 Feb 1919 20 Feb 1920 8 Feb 1921 28 Jan 1922 16 Feb 1923 5 Feb 1924 24 Jan 1925 13 Feb 1926 2 Feb 1927 23 Jan 1928 10 Feb 1929 30 Jan 1930 17 Feb 1931 6 Feb 1932 26 Jan 1933 14 Feb 1934 4 Feb 1935 24 Jan 1936 11 Feb 1937 31 Jan 1938 19 Feb 1939 8 Feb 1940 27 Jan 1941 15 Feb 1942 5 Feb 1943 25 Jan 1944 13 Feb 1945 2 Feb 1946 22 Jan 1947 10 Feb 1948 29 Jan 1949 17 Feb 1950 6 Feb 1951 27 Jan 1952 14 Feb 1953 3 Feb 1954 24 Jan 1955 12 Feb 1956 31 Jan 1957 18 Feb 1958 8 Feb 1959 28 January 1960 15 Feb 1961 5 Feb 1962
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Rabbit Dragon Snake Horse Goat Monkey Rooster Dog Pig Rat Ox Tiger Rabbit Dragon Snake Horse Goat Monkey Rooster Dog Pig Rat Ox Tiger Rabbit Dragon Snake Horse Goat Monkey Rooster Dog Pig Rat Ox Tiger Rabbit Dragon Snake Horse Goat Monkey Rooster Dog
Water Wood Wood Fire Fire Earth Earth Metal Metal Water Water Wood Wood Fire Fire Earth Earth Metal Metal Water Water Wood Wood Fire Fire Earth Earth Metal Metal Water Water Wood Wood Fire Fire Earth Earth Metal Metal Water Water Wood Wood Fire
25 Jan 1963 13 Feb 1964 2 Feb 1965 21 Jan 1966 9 Feb 1967 30 Jan 1968 17 Feb 1969 6 Feb 1970 27 Jan 1971 15 Feb 1972 3 Feb 1973 23 Jan 1974 11 Feb 1975 31 Jan 1976 18 Feb 1977 7 Feb 1978 28 Jan 1979 16 Feb 1980 5 Feb 1981 25 Jan 1982 13 Feb 1983 2 Feb 1984 20 Feb 1985 9 Feb 1986 29 Jan 1987 17 Feb 1988 6 Feb 1989 27 Jan 1990 15 Feb 1991 4 Feb 1992 23 Jan 1993 10 Feb 1994 31 Jan 1995 19 Feb 1996 7 Feb 1997 28 Jan 1998 16 Feb 1999 5 Feb 2000 25 Jan 2001 25 Jan 2002 13 Feb 2003 2 Feb 2004 20 Feb 2005 9 Feb 2006
12 Feb 1964 1 Feb 1965 20 Jan 1966 8 Feb 1967 29 Jan 1968 16 Feb 1969 5 Feb 1970 26 Jan 1971 14 Feb 1972 2 Feb 1973 22 Jan 1974 10 Feb 1975 30 Jan 1976 17 Feb 1977 6 Feb 1978 27 Jan 1979 15 Feb 1980 4 Feb 1981 24 Jan 1982 12 Feb 1983 1 Feb 1984 19 Feb 1985 8 Feb 1986 28 Jan 1987 16 Feb 1988 5 Feb 1989 26 Jan 1990 14 Feb 1991 3 Feb 1992 22 Jan 1993 9 Feb 1994 30 Jan 1995 18 Feb 1996 6 Feb 1997 27 Jan 1998 15 Feb 1999 4 Feb 2000 24 Jan 2001 12 Feb 2002 12 Feb 2003 1 Feb 2004 19 Feb 2005 8 Feb 2006 28 Jan 2007
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Pig Rat Ox Tiger Rabbit Dragon Snake
Fire Earth Earth Metal Metal Water Water
29 Jan 2007 17 Feb 2008 6 Feb 2009 27 Jan 2010 15 Feb 2011 4 Feb 2012 23 Jan 2013
16 Feb 2008 5 Feb 2009 26 Jan 2010 14 Feb 2011 3 Feb 2012 22 Jan 2013 9 Feb 2014
Rat If you are born on a Rat year your good qualities include being idealistic, attractive, dynamic, charming, skillful in your occupation, prosperous and open‐minded. People under the sign of the Rat are usually attractive, loving, talented, communicative and community oriented. Because of these qualities you are a good business person and politician. Rat’s negative qualities can include being defensive, addictive, overbearing in their views, argumentative, picky and exploitative. Rat people can be extremely obsessive and possessive in their worst moments. Traditions and lasting cultural symbols will have special powers and meanings for the Rat. As the Rat person, you will be happy showing your outward identity in as many ways as you can. Symbols of yourself and your interests will prove extremely powerful for you. Be as comfortable as possible in your identity, there you will be secure and happy, feeling your own worth. Legend has it that Buddha called together the twelve symbolic animals for a teaching of the Dharma. The Rat showed up first, and as a reward for this Buddha gave him the starting position of the Chinese Zodiac. Buddhaʹs attribution of the Rat plays out in the Rat quality of being oriented toward winning and leadership positions. The Ratʹs ambition makes these people intense communicators, engaging friends and strangers alike, with their own idiosyncrasies and whims, aphorisms and anecdotes. Rat people play intensely, work intensely, love intensely and compete vigorously with everyone they meet. Rat people do best when they have an ample audience in which they are the center of attention. Sometimes the Rat personality can become overbearing, especially when another vies to control the communication dynamic. A conversation with two alpha male Rat people in the room is to be avoided! Spectators will be simultaneously annoyed and bored. Rat people are talkers, loving to speak about daily things wrought with aphorisms of the small incidents of the past. The opinions of the rat are expressed openly and overtly to anyone who will listen, as they can be slightly conflictual, yet intensely social and family oriented people. Rat people will be directed toward huge amounts of activity and won’t back down, even at the advice of others. They often will cause health risks to themselves after years of constant social and business activity. It is rare to catch Rats sitting quietly; itʹs as if they do their daily planning and thinking while asleep, and are ready to go the second they wake up. These people are constantly on the move from morning to evening. They will be busybodies prone to drama, and often are overachievers. Rat people can become depressed if their incessant flow of accomplishments is blocked by anyone or anything. Do not suggest that a Rat person relax and stop their endeavors. If this person does stop activity, he or she will sulk and complain, driving everyone to distraction. The Rat will never let anyone escape from past errors or guilt. The Rat will have people and reasons responsible for blockages and their failures already neatly categorized in their heads along with the corresponding judgments and grudges attributed to every wrong incident. In families Rats are very caring, cherishing their families and lovers. They will be generous to their own, even to extremes. Rats esteem and protect those they love; they take the necessary time to do so as well. They are good at giving undivided attention or creating moments just to please those close to them. Even though people will be annoyed with the Rat person, they are the best ones to have around on holidays. The social nature of the seemingly self‐centered Rat can tend toward a fixation on the mundane as normal or correct. Even though Rat‐speak can be tedious, they need an audience to feel accepted. When Rat people get older they will talk to themselves, to invisible audiences, if the need isnʹt fulfilled in life. The Rat person will go on and on about mundane things, lineage, family stories, and little events that make everyone else eventually make for the door. The Rat person will not allow that though, manipulating the communication dynamic in order to keep their captive audience. They can often use flattery in order to gain subtle or not so subtle dominance in a conversation, and in fact will use this tactic in many situations. They often have trouble accepting a receptive or Astrology Basics ©2005 University Of Metaphysical Sciences
non‐dominant position. In group company the seductive and equally aggressive Rat will take over the communication dynamic in clever ways. When the Rat is forced to be out of the position of total control, at work for example, they will be falsely polite and begrudgingly accept their position. The Rat is actually the boss in most cases, however; as mentioned earlier, the Rat nature makes for perfect business sense. The almost tribal instinctual regard for Ratʹs friends is coupled with an unmatched greed and need for dominance. Rats are tight fisted and stingy to outsiders, yet to their families and those they consider friends they will be very generous. Gifts can flow from a Rat who has achieved business success with one as a partner or is a wealthy uncle. People are surprised at holiday time by the usually stingy Rat. You come home and your Rat person mom has bought you a car unexpectedly. Rat person Dad calmly announces he will pay for your entire school over dinner as if it is the smallest gesture. The Rat person is a good leader, especially in matters of wealth or commerce, not just because of their greed and tenacity, but because they view helping people as personal investments in a communal future in which everyone will be helped. Often Rat people can say gems of worldly wisdom one would never expect from a person who is usually so mundane and even boring. The worldliness and industriousness of the Rat is a powerful ally in todayʹs world. Rat people should always remember to give back a little of what they get and never let personal greed or ambition make one too despotic. Their most powerful qualities can be used for good or ill. Water Buffalo (Ox) If you are born on a Water Buffalo year, your best qualities will be patience, a contemplative nature, confidence, and you should be industrious, eloquent, steady, steadfast and strong willed. The Water Buffaloʹs negative qualities would be prejudice, tyranny, petty criticism, eccentricity, and on occasion violent qualities will emerge. Blind faith, overweening pride, and bigotry are also dangers in the Water Buffalo personality. The Chinese Water Buffalo is tough and strong without peer. They tend to classify everything they do into completely dualistic categories of good and bad. They might suffer family and social problems because of their over generalization of supposed good vs. evil. Water Buffalo people arenʹt the psychologists of the zodiac. They need simple guidelines to operate within so their world makes sense. They crave equilibrium and security, and socially that is the Water Buffaloʹs main function. They add an earthy stability to any organization they are involved with. The Water Buffalo person usually won’t go past fundamentals; they donʹt regard nuance or shades of meaning as important. Often, the Water Buffalo person will be neurotically meticulous, constantly calculating the possible results and coincidences long before they have ever approached a situation. The Water Buffalo will painstakingly pick over every detail on every level of their lives. They will watch every move everyone around them makes. Their judgments are overly simplistic, and in worst cases can be totally stereotypical and form bound. The Water Buffalo person is just there, like a mountain, or something unmoving, unflinching and unafraid within the set boundaries they have deemed morally and practically correct. They are proficient in all their endeavors, competent in their work when it befits them, thorough and annoyingly accurate. Water Buffalo people can seem very intelligent or very stupid, depending on if they are fitted for the task they are given. In the right placement, the Water Buffalo will quickly become the best worker or associate in the group. Their intelligence and stability will be directed toward workday affairs. Any tasks involving security or information gathering should be given to the Water Buffalo. Terminus, limitations, parameters, these are the Water Buffaloʹs forte. The only thing that Water Buffalo people are frightened of is removing any of the boundaries they are comfortable with. They will use the sheer solidity of their presence to attain their ends as well. The Water Buffalo will never work without contract or allow themselves to be tricked by another seeking advantage. The Water Buffalo will work like a slave for those heʹs loyal to, but only if he is treated like a king. The Water Buffalo doesnʹt mind carrying the heaviest burdens for a friend or someone he trusts, nor of repeating the same tired tasks again and again. However, it would be ignorant to attempt to trick a Water Buffalo, because on their bad side they might destroy another person for perceived wrong doing. Water Buffalo people will be slow to trust another, but when they do they will be loyal and empowering to the communal situation. They will be protective and nurturing of any communal project. Those surrounding them will be guarded and have a tangible feeling of safety. As friends and allies they will feel obligated to perform flawlessly, but it is good advice to never humiliate or deceive a Water Buffalo person, as they will use their weight to crush enemies. The Water Buffalo is good in his own eyes, even if he isnʹt in actuality. Concepts of righteousness and Astrology Basics ©2005 University Of Metaphysical Sciences
work‐ethics will be important to them. They will consider themselves the basis on which to model trust in friendships and relationships, for the most part this is true; the Water Buffalo person will be very trustworthy and loyal. It is rare that a Water Buffalo person will plan out adultery or wrongful activities. They are usually “innocent” in the broadest sense of that word. The two Water Buffalo people Iʹve met have been a CPA and Shipping Clerk. If you are in partnership with a Water Buffalo, let him do his work and get out of the way. Do your part and you can be assured he will do his with proficiency and timeliness. The Water Buffalo is completely pattern and schedule oriented. They are always on time and are good with repetitive work that takes cleanliness and organization. In family matters the Water buffalo is organized and efficient. They teach their children well, but tend to create overly critical home lives for them. The family schedule will be centered around meal times and traditional family values in accord with Water Buffaloʹs personality. Appearance and schedule will be important to the Water Buffalo as a parent, just as keeping your word and doing your duty will be crucial. The Water Buffalo is the person who gets things done in a stable slowly building fashion that always pays off in the end. Tiger If you are born on a Tiger year some of your best qualities will be a loving nature, allure, warm‐hearted, altruistic, very hard working, pleasant, dynamic and engaging. The negative qualities of the Tiger are moodiness, recklessness, and Tiger could become ill tempered to the level of being caustic and explosive in situations. The Tiger person is usually disobedient, has issues with authority, will be reckless and can be down right predatory. A Chinese saying goes ʺbeware of catching the Tiger by the tail, for you will be the one who is truly caught.ʺ The Tiger person possesses a charisma and aura that are not to be found with the other signs. There will be a sense of instant trust and accessibility with a Tiger, a magnetic sense of attraction toward the Tigerʹs seemingly exciting and carefree lifestyle. The Tiger will be the doer of grandiose creative projects, the leader or motivating force behind many works. If youʹre ever bored or feeling down, go see the Tiger, his whole vibe will empower and give cheer to whoever is around. Even going out for the night will become an adventure not to be missed. The Tiger will seem contradictory and whole, truly comprehending all sides of the situation and everyoneʹs separate viewpoint. The flow of life is important to the Tiger. They usually wonʹt save money or plan for the future too extensively, but rely instead upon reality to provide by some vague future means that the Tiger can sense from a hundred miles away by some mysterious prognostication only they are aware of. The complex Tiger will be genuinely gentle yet wrathful, wise yet rash, compassionate yet fearsome, courageous yet sensitive, and aware of subtleties most wouldnʹt notice. Tigers are the essence of unpredictability, infamous for being hot, then cold, to friends and family, being totally loving yet vengeful when provoked. They will see and know things in a person with a glance that no one could ever guess. Afraid of nothing, the Tiger charges around the world at a pace and with a rigor unmatched by any of the other archetypal animals of the zodiac. No one can stop the Tiger and no one can really persuade or dissuade him from anything once his mind is set. Tigers are strong to an extreme keeping an almost immortal pace that most others wonʹt be able to keep up with. Tigers possess their strength out of a feeling of well being, a supreme sense of the inner well‐spring of life from where all dynamic energy flows. There are soldiers as well as sages who have been Tigers. Tiger people will be very erratic and moody, which can make those around them insecure. The Tiger usually doesnʹt regard social function or etiquette as important. The Tiger likes being elusive and will seriously balk at any attempt to pin him down or categorize him in any way; try to regulate him with law or limitation, and you may have just lost your Tiger friend forever. Tigers are stoutly independent, resisting even the most minor criticism. In bad moods, Tigers will freak out at the slightest advice. When Tiger people are put up against authoritarian limitation or censorship, they can be harsh, even seemingly cruel. A defensive Tiger can destroy even the toughest opponentsʹ sense of self. Tigers cornered in situations they are uncomfortable with can be crushingly belligerent. Tigers are more fierce and vengeful than the dragon, and more strategically clever than Monkey, Horse, or Water Buffalo. The stoic solitary quality of overcoming, and experiencing, being in its primacy is the realm of the Tiger, ready to pounce and tense with energy, able to devour or destroy beneath a calm exterior, always watching, able to protect or deceive with total unity of being. The Tiger will destroy an enemy, waiting in their jungle hideaway until the moment to pounce. The Tiger equalizes all power struggles because ultimately he will win; even those who dominate him or trap him Astrology Basics ©2005 University Of Metaphysical Sciences
ultimately will pay the price. Most Tigers are noble, upright beings whose freewheeling lifestyle may get them into trouble, yet the Tiger person will detest evil and avarice. The Tiger is the natural sage whereas the Dragon is the celestial sage. The yogi and spiritual practitioner is often a Tiger. Some texts claim the historical Buddha, a warrior‐prince, was born on a Tiger year, although this is debated by the various traditions. There is a Chinese aphorism that having a Tiger person under the same roof protects one from all ghosts, demons, thieves, and the negative qualities of the elements. Wang Bi, the compiler of one version of the I‐Ching, tells two interesting aphorisms concerning the Tiger in this context. One is a wonderful story of how Tiger scared away fire from destroying the forest and nearby villages. The other speaks of having a Tiger by the tail as an ally only because the Tiger is cooperating with you, while to attempt to capture a Tiger by the tail as an enemy means certain death. To have a Tiger as a loyal ally is utterly valuable, more than most people ever realize. The Tiger truly does frighten all wicked spirits and people away. His presence assures safety to those he loves and cherishes. It is not a defensive protection such as with Water Buffalo, but a kind of protection where defense isnʹt necessary because the Tiger personʹs presence creates a field in which negativities donʹt want to enter. Tigers are very extreme. A person will love or hate the Tiger, but almost never in between. Tigers can be very invasive and overwrought about their living space, and those around them, so they are often difficult to deal with. The possibly worst personality traits of the Tiger is ignorant risk taking in the face of danger that can turn a simple wrong turn into an extended legal court case, or a small investment into an outrageous debt. The most ideal form of this risk taking is the Tigerʹs ability to be self‐sacrificing for those he loves, expressed as courage and protection. Rabbit If you were born on a Rabbit year your good qualities are sensitivity, tact, and discretion. Rabbit people are often artists, poets, and scholarly types. The Rabbit person will be physically fit and intelligent, yet humble. The bad qualities of a Rabbit person are snobbishness, and are unnecessarily pedantic when communicating. They can also be blind, self‐righteous and condescending on bad days. Rabbits are all about carefulness and discretion, almost always living quietly without too many associations, scrutinizing the world and others’ emotions. The Rabbit is endlessly unsure of himself, even in the wake of great success. The opinion of others in positions of social supremacy is extremely important to the Rabbit person. Very habitual and home bound, the Rabbit will be intellectually adventurous, rather than literally take any kind of risks. The Rabbit is in his element most with a few personal friends or in an accepted community. Comfortable at home, safe in the warm fur lined Rabbit hole, cleanliness and total order are important to the Rabbit person. The Rabbitʹs orderly nature makes them conservative in life and politics, even to a level of fascism if thatʹs what it takes to keep “order”. The Rabbit is a bit weak hearted when it comes to enforcing his views. Psychologically, a lot of Rabbit people are conflicted, believing in opposite things simultaneously, more out of resignation than from confusion. The Rabbit will be dogmatic and avoid any conflict, especially when uncomfortable truths are spoken. There can be a denial aspect in the Rabbitʹs personality that resists accepting the violence of life, or disorder. This mentality agrees with labeling people in different categories and positions in a social machine. The Rabbit actually feels more comfortable in that situation, whereas for a Tiger, for example, it would be a living hell. Messiness and disorder are enemies to the Rabbit. Any condition of entropy scares Rabbits, so they will be meddlesome socially, always thinking they know how to set things right. Subtlety is also a no‐no for the Rabbit person; everything should be stated and downright contractual if the Rabbit has his way. This orderliness gives the Rabbit definite neurotic patterns in which “uncomfortable” or conflict causing thoughts and expressions are not communicated. The Rabbit person is a terrible messenger because they will actually leave out information that one may need to know, yet they feel is too controversial or conflictual in the situation the unsaid details refer to. Rabbits dodge all conflict as much as possible, completely self‐absorbed in their own sufferings and tribulations. This makes them of no use when real help or support is needed because they are too cowardly to put themselves out there and take a risk. The Rabbit will always tell everyone else to do the errands, take the risk, to go for it, but then will retreat into their own security without doing anything themselves. They will throw out big ideas, yet when it comes time to act, they wonʹt. All the Rabbitʹs grandiose plans never occur; plans are just a momentary pastime without sincerity to the Rabbit. The Rabbit person will often be quite intellectual or pedantic, cultivating their minds and gathering Astrology Basics ©2005 University Of Metaphysical Sciences
knowledge, willing to go at length in any subjects that they are interested in. A lot of the time there are non‐ intellectual aspects to the Rabbitʹs personality that he is deep down aware of, adding a defensiveness and shiftiness to the Rabbit. Donʹt ever contradict or disagree with Rabbits, especially in one of those subjects they pride themselves on knowing, or youʹll wind up in a four hour conversation about something you could care less about. The intellectual quality of the Rabbit is boring and often overwhelming, so most people usually decline to debate or argue with a Rabbit person. The Rabbit also seems to revel in sorrow and neurosis. Constant conversational reminders of the woe, dread, and injustice in life will come from the Rabbit person. They will constantly talk about peopleʹs bad qualities and all the terrors of the evening news, whether you want them to or not. A Rabbit person can also be a bit of a backstabber; their non‐confrontational nature will often lead them to being two faced, very critical of someone behind their back then will go out to dinner with them the same night after crucifying them socially just an hour before. The cowardly yet arrogant quality of the Rabbit may be the worst the Rabbit has to offer. Coupled with the dogmatism of their nature, this often gives their traditions and views a stale unreal quality. There is a strange hypocrisy to the Rabbit person in their simultaneously opinionated, yet cowardly nature. They are good people, but can actually be more dangerous in their pedantic folly then a Tiger is in his wrath. There is the appearance of order and stability, but it is easily overridden by fear. There is a Chinese aphorism which says, ʺThe cowardly Rabbit in his folly is more dangerous to the sage than the Tiger in all his righteous rage.ʺ What this means is that folly and cowardice play into the hands of evil even more than anger. Those who truly hate use folly and cowardice, in order to control people and falsely rule the world. The saying addresses the superior dignity of those who would keep their word and have the self‐confidence to even go against the social norm when it is perceived as wrong, than the coward who always does what he should, yet harbors a negativity and malice toward all of humanity in his heart. This negativity has a way of emerging at all the wrong times. From the strategic standpoint of the Tiger the Rabbit is of no use, except to keep records at some extension office unrelated to any main workings of any project. To the Dragon the Rabbit is there to write down the songs, poems and teachings the Dragons bring from on high. For a Rabbit person, the biggest challenge is to overcome a skittish nature, which can ruin friendships and families. Their insistence upon social etiquette can make them pleasant to be around for social occasions or things like shopping, however only Rabbits should move together in any deeper associations. Rabbits, because of being mainly non‐conflictual, can get along with all the other signs, although most of the other signs intuitively disregard deep lasting relationships with the Rabbit at the same time. Dragon If you are born in a Dragon year you will possess the positive qualities of charm, charisma, magnanimity, intelligence, discrimination, spirituality, awareness, health, vibrancy of body and spirit, and love. Your dark qualities are defensiveness, egocentrism, pushiness, demandingness, sentimentality, ruthlessness, foolishness, and youʹre sometimes overly willful and arrogant. The Dragon is the charisma in the room; people will notice the Dragon person without them having to do anything. The Dragon person will always, very naturally, be the leader in any given situation. Dragons talk big, live big, and actually succeed. Dragons never are “just talk” or idle boasters. They succeed and do exactly what they say they were going to do. Dragon people are hugely successful in their fields, which can be varied. Whatever they put their minds toward they attain. Others will perceive the Dragon as arrogant and aggressive, fearless and without doubt. They also will see the Dragon as wise and brave, possessing keen intelligence and discernment. Usually the Dragon is in a profession that requires intelligence and wisdom on many levels. The Dragonʹs unending lust for life and endless ambition is admirable. Even enemies of the Dragon person will respect the Dragon qualities. The Dragon person is usually in the leadership position at work and is apt to philosophical and military speculation. Socially, the Dragon is often the professor or inventor, spiritualist or philosopher. They are also the kings and wealthy ones of the earth, imposing their will with a totalitarian yet paradoxically gentle approach. Beings will automatically follow the word of the Dragon person without even knowing why. Perhaps the Dragonʹs magnetism toward wealth, prestige and social rank attracts others to him, or perhaps it is the cosmic sense of timing with which the Dragon moves. Over Dragon, no one truly rules or can order around. No matter what the situation, the Dragon already somehow knows everyone elseʹs weaknesses, likes, and dislikes. They are great Astrology Basics ©2005 University Of Metaphysical Sciences
leaders because they share the bounties of success with their workers and inferiors. Even when a Dragon person is in an inferior social position they will end up running the show, including subtly telling their bosses what to do and helping fellow employees with an unsaid influence over their superiors. It is always rewarding to do good work for a Dragon; one is aptly rewarded and given full compensation for their efforts. Dragons can be extremely vain however, mistaking superficialities for real qualities. Wealth and social position can often influence an otherwise wise Dragon toward a mistaken path. An overly ambitious Dragon can be ruthless to the extreme, overriding all counsel with an overwhelming drive toward their goal. This can increase the Dragonʹs negative qualities. Normally, the Dragon is usually the life‐saver in bad circumstances, the one who will help out in the shortest notice. The seeming arrogance of the Dragon is a cover for true compassion and altruism that they express through their leadership. They are also the first to bail a friend out of trouble or give a loan to a friend in need. Dragon person, make sure you remember to tone down your arrogance when dealing with others . If you are in a relationship with a Dragon give the Dragon a little room when they annoy you; they will be the last to recognize their conceit and pushiness. A trait Dragons have is a denial of negative actions; they will have every justification and reason for everything they say and do, never able to make a mistake in their own eyes. The worst quality of a Dragon person is this denial. They sometimes wonʹt even know whatʹs going on, yet they act as if they rule the world. The other signs usually find this the most annoying quality of the Dragon.. As a Dragon personʹs friend donʹt try to point out any of their problems; they will think you are only being mean without regard to how they come off originally. The Dragon has a very idealistic view that makes them forget or ignore their own negative traits. The Dragon personʹs utopian leanings will sometimes replace reality when they are faced with problems they donʹt want to admit. The Dragon is a person who has integrated spiritual enlightenment with their regular personality. In the I‐Ching, Book of Changes, Heavenʹs primal lines are depicted as Dragons riding the heavens, assuring the sage that a pack of Dragons is the most powerful force on Earth in all matters of Earth, Heaven, and amongst man. The Dragon is the emperor, the Tiger the general and the Rabbit the minister. A group of Dragons without a leader will create vast projects of a grand nature. A group of Dragon people working together can achieve anything. This is the primal arrangement of Heaven, the Dragon person being the key to channeling the primordial Tao. Snake If you are born on a Snake year you are friendly, compassionate, passionate, intuitive, sexual, sensual, amusing, beautiful, discreet, and able to work with others. The negative qualities of the Snake are self‐ righteousness and pessimism. The Snake can also be very judgmental, clinging, haughty, and sexually obsessed. The main quality of the Snake personality is seduction. Snake people will have people love them due to their sexual presence and overwhelming beauty. The Snake, as an archetype, is always the tempter and the emblem of lifeʹs cyclic nature. There is no malicious quality, for the Snake person usually canʹt stop themselves from tempting and seducing. They live for the attention of the social group and the sexual attention from whomever they have deemed as lovely as themselves. They are extremely self‐absorbed, yet in this create a presence of beauty that most others enjoy. The Snake person will usually love themselves, taking care of their bodies diligently out of this enormous self‐love. They will dress perfectly and appropriately for every occasion. The downfalls of the Snake are sexual obsession and lying. In China, the Snake person is thought to be a liar and it is unfortunate to be born on a Snake year. Snake people can even be pathological liars, weaving mythic spells through the minds of their listeners, appearing to be whatever the people in the conversation want them to be. The Snake can be ingeniously deceptive, creating multiple layers of falsehood that when their lying is discovered, the truth still isnʹt revealed. The Snake woman in particular is an adulteress. This lying quality is the worst in Snakes because it usually becomes pathological if the Snake person faces failure or rejection. The Snake will deceive so much they themselves believe their own untruths, which is psychologically dangerous. They can become sex and drug addicts in the worst case scenario; completely given over to the vanity of debauchery and boasting, usually over things that are fabrications. Obviously this oversexed, not completely genuine personality doesnʹt fare that well in society, unless the Snake is a very wealthy person to begin with. With money, the Snake will gladly spend a fortune on expensive jewelry, then be unable to pay the hundred dollar phone bill. They will be generous with family and friends, yet careful not to give to many others. Most of their focus will go toward self accessorizing and personal beauty. Overall, they are greedy enough about money to keep it, even though they will lavishly spend on vanities and Astrology Basics ©2005 University Of Metaphysical Sciences
creature comforts. Comfort, repetitive daily routines and traditions are also a must for the Snake person. They will sacrifice most everything else in their lives in order to keep their sense of security, even their notorious passion. In chaotic and disruptive circumstances the Snake will go crazy. As Snakes grow older, they will regard this comfort as more and more important to themselves. After the Snake’s seductiveness and beauty fade with age, this sense of security and usually accomplishment in life become the aged Snakeʹs main focus, rather than seduction and acceptance due to the glamour of oneʹs being. Horse If you are born on a Horse year your most positive qualities are that you are productive, amusing, warm‐ hearted, talented, agreeable, generous, sociable, self‐reliant, logical, and persuasive. The Horse personʹs negative qualities are his defiant nature, condescension, being overly opportunistic and having the problem of being too obtuse. The overriding personality trait of the Horse person is self concern. They are utterly self‐reliant and autonomous in their own lives. The Chinese say that a piebald Horse is the most powerful force in the universe when they set their strong independent mind to a task, even more influential than the Dragon. In Chinese Astrology, Horse people are said to move out at a young age and usually go into the work or political world quite young. In China, the Horse quality of independence is so wrapped up with the sign, Horse babies are seen as misfortunate because they cause so many disruptions to family life and sanctity later in life. The Horse childʹs need for early independence is usually viewed as a curse in China because of their cultureʹs insistence on family unity and the parental authoritarian order of the society. The Horse is usually successful due to his headstrong personality, yet will always have feelings of not fitting in. During the Horseʹs life, he will usually disregard family and friends for his own solitary freedom, often closing himself off from convention and the support of his community. The competitive nature of the Horse makes them successful in society, if not in the family. They have the strange quality of seeming totally dignified, then blurting out the completely wrong thing at the wrong time. They can be rude and even obnoxious with their social folly. A Horse person must always remember this trait and remedy it in social situations because for the Horse person it is the primary source of any trouble they may have. The Horse will often have trouble knowing how to behave in social situations, yet will be brilliant public speakers and amazing at persuading anyone to do anything. They are incredibly strong with a mind toward progressing in their endeavors. There is a powerful inner drive for the Horse to succeed. He will deeply believe and support the causes he is working for. It is difficult to find a superficial Horse. Although they will always think they are right, they actually are good listeners and people to get practical advice from. Their advice usually tends toward “tough love.” They basically tell one to toughen up and be strong in the situation. The Horse person only likes those who are self‐reliant, tough and assured in themselves. Those are the qualities the Horse person respects. They will choose solid, stable careers rather than anything risky. Through stable effort and ambition they ascend to successful heights in their chosen professions; as workers and craftsmen they are unstoppable. The Horse will be a hands‐on learner who ascends through the ranks proficiently and steadily in any endeavor. Goat (Sheep) These are creative, elegant and charming people who need a lot of time alone to daydream and be in their own minds. People born in a Goat year make great artisans and craftspeople. They enjoy learning about the esoteric and the unknown. This mind needs full range of freedom and may not be very well organized. They are not very materialistic, finding plenty of riches in their own imagination. Goats often feel insecure and have a great need to feel loved and admired. Goats may have a hard time with romance because they are sensitive and constantly worry but they have a sweet and caring nature. During conflict, goats often pull away. They refuse to take an unpopular stand in adverse situations. Goats can be great communicators expressing their needs. They will certainly return any favors and enjoy giving lavish gifts. Appearances are important to the goat and they can spend hours in front of the mirror. The most compatible match for a goat is the pig or rabbit. Monkey The monkey is the original party animal. They are fun, cheerful, charming and energetic. They are clever and creative. They crave activity and stimulation and know how to have a good time. Monkeys swing from one Astrology Basics ©2005 University Of Metaphysical Sciences
group of friends to another, attracting quite a crew along the way. They are considered celebrities in their circle. Their charm and luck will bring them success. Monkeys also make good listeners, deal with challenging situations easily and are good problem solvers. People born under this sign pursue their own pleasure first. They can hide their opinions behind their friendliness but never their emotions. They are carefree and sometimes this leads to accidents and hurt feelings. They make fun and exciting lovers and may stray romantically. Monkeys really don’t care what others may think of their carefree attitudes. They like to try everything once. They may have limited self‐control regarding food, alcohol and other temptations. This sign does have the capacity to show remorse after seeing that their actions may have caused some harm. The Monkey’s challenge is to think of others ahead of themselves. The most compatible match for the Monkey is the Rat or the Dragon. Rooster People born under this sign are quick & practical thinkers. They are resourceful and prefer not to undertake unproven risky behaviors. Roosters are extremely observant and seem to have eyes in the back of their heads. It is not easy to fool the Rooster, they have a cautious and skeptical mind. They are multi‐talented and great at anything that requires close attention to detail and analysis. People of this sign make great lawyers, doctors, psychiatrists, detectives and accountants. They are very straightforward and do not hide behind a façade. They tell the truth and keep their word. Roosters are perfectionists and expect to be in control, especially over their appearance. They enjoy being out on the town with adoring friends. They like to be noticed and flattered. Roosters also expect to be in control of their environment including keeping a neat home and expecting the people around them to maintain the same high level of standards. The Rooster needs the right partner who understands the Rooster’s conservative nature. The Rooster can be the most loyal and supportive partner who bends over backwards to please its loved ones. This may make some signs feel hen‐pecked. Roosters need to learn the value of their heart and soul. A good philosophy for them to learn is, “live and let live.” The most compatible match for a Rooster is the Ox or the Snake. Dog Dogs are loyal, sincere, faithful and honest. They stick to their code of ethics of right and wrong. This sign has trouble trusting others. The Dog is a wonderful friend and an excellent listener and will never let you down. The Dog’s philosophy is, “live right, look out for the little people and fight injustice whenever possible.” Sometimes the Dog can be narrow‐minded or stubborn and even judgmental and defensive. When important issues are on the table the Dog may have difficulties staying calm and centered. Often the Dog needs to be alone in order to recuperate from any temperamental mood swings or emotional distress. The Dog has a lot of irrational fears and anxieties that turn into hurt feelings. The Dog is a sensitive sign that needs to warm up to others over time and slowly learn to build trust as a foundation. Dogs have a tough time finding a partner. They can stress out their partner with their anxiousness. Dogs can also be generous, honest and straightforward in a relationship. This sign may be an excellent business person. The Dog needs to stay physically active, constructing something new or cleaning, making something better. Dogs need to work on controlling their irrational worries and to relax their high standards. The most compatible match for a Dog is the Tiger or the Horse. Pig The Pig may be the most generous and honorable sign if the zodiac. They are sincere, caring and tolerant. They have perfect manners and good taste. They want to do everything right and can be too nice and the most loving people you know. They believe all people are basically good. Just don’t impose your opinion on a Pig. Some may see them as snobs because of their perfectionist behaviors. They have a truly luxurious nature of fine delights and riches. Pigs believe in the best of human qualities and don’t consider themselves superior. They deeply care about friends and family and work hard, finding pleasure to help keep everyone happy. Pigs make great companions. They may allow themselves to be taken advantage of but will respond by striking back when crossed. They are very smart and studious, with a strong thirst for knowledge. They love to spend time relaxing and enjoying the good life. Pigs make great life partners but can be possessive and jealous. They choose to spend time with those who will appreciate them the most. They need to learn that there’s more to life than being needed. They will truly bloom when they open their world to a more diverse group of people. The most compatible match for a Pig is the Rabbit or the Goat. Astrology Basics ©2005 University Of Metaphysical Sciences
The ancient world viewed the human being as an integrated whole, as a functioning microcosm, little world, of the greater macrocosmic universe. The study of the heavens led to the conclusion that man and woman reflect the heavens by analogy. Astrology gave rise to astronomy and psychology. Humans studied the data of the heavens, yet considered this applicable to the individual mind of the human being. The ancients believed that our internal organs corresponded to the planets and signs of the zodiac, a tenet which remains in modern astrology even today. Healers can thus diagnose illnesses on an astrological basis and prescribe herbs associated with the corrective planetary activity to heal their patients. Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine said that a doctor who didnʹt use astrology to aid in diagnosis and choice of remedy was more fool than physician. Understood correctly, astrology grants a depth of awareness concerning self and others, the society and universe we live in, and celestial influences that can lead to all sorts of beneficial activities for the enrichment of life.
Bibliography, Recommended Reading
Astrology: History, Symbols, And Signs (1989) by Solange de Maily Nesle The Astrologerʹs Handbook by Sakoan and Acker (Harper and Row, 1977) Moonʹs Astrological Guide for the New Millenium (Starlight Press, 1991) Agnes Nutterichʹs Astrology for the Goddess (Magic Press 1993) God Herself, by Geraldine Thorsten (Doubleday, 1980) Sefer Yetzirah, translated by Ari Kaplan (Weiser, 1997) Taoist Astrology by Chein Wu‐Wei (Dragon Works, 1996) The Dictionary of Angels by Gustav Davidson (Free Press, 1967)
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Astrology Exam Questions
Phone # Name Address (Please supply name, phone #, and address as identifying factors for giving credit properly) 1. Astrology came about from ancient humanity’s observation that cosmological events in the heavens correlated with earthly cycles. T F 2. Where was the origin of the symbols of western astrology? A. Iraq B. Egypt C. Greece D. Rome 3. In most ancient cultures, the Sun and Moon were regarded as emblems of the primordial divine father‐mother couple that birthed humanity. T F 4. How many houses are there in astrology? A. 15 B. 46 C. 12 D. 18 5. Aspects are the relationship between the planets according to what angle they are to one another during a given period of time. T F 6. The twelve signs are divided into five Elemental Natures: fire, water, air, earth, and ether. T F 7. The three qualities in astrology are: A. blue, green, and red B. inner, outer, and upper C. cardinal, fixed and mutable 8. Scorpio is a fixed sign. T F 9. Libras can be romantic and easygoing, but also indecisive and frivolous. T F 10. Planets are the focal points of what kind of energy? A. electro‐magnetic B. kinetic C. universal D. nuclear 11. The positive energetic planets are the sun, the moon, Saturn, and Pluto. T F 12. The negative energetic planets are the moon, Venus, Saturn, and Neptune. T F 13. The Moon’s aspects are the most affecting of people over all the other celestial bodies. T F 14. Venus is NOT associated with the power of love, the power of attraction and cohesion, and the power of quiet, gentle persuasion. T F 15. One quality of the waning moon is the beginning of new projects whereas one quality of the waxing moon is conscious growth. T F 16. The Ascendant in a natal chart is the rising sign on the horizon at the time of birth T F 17. The Chinese year is flexible and begins at varied dates each year. T F 18. If you are a rooster, you are a slow and non‐practical thinker. T F Astrology Basics ©2005 University Of Metaphysical Sciences
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