What is Astrology?
“As above, so below, as within, so without, as the universe, so the soul.” – Hermes Trismegistus
All things in the universe are connected and in relationship with one another. Somehow, since the dawn of time, mankind has intuitively known this. Technically, astrology is the study of the correlation between the heavenly bodies and events on earth. It focuses on relationships, patterns, and cycles, and opens doors into understanding our psychological nature. It moves us past the surface-level focus on what we are doing, to why we are doing it, and into the deeper need or desire beneath. This type of understanding leads to increased acceptance, compassion, sense of meaning and purpose, and inspiration to evolve.
According to Carl Jung, our Soul speaks to us through the language of images and symbols. Astrological planets are archetypal symbols. Astrology provides techniques for receiving and translating concepts and knowledge in ways our human minds can understand. In many ways, it is a bridge connecting the many parts with the whole; the micro and macrocosm; our conscious and unconscious mind. Some believe the planets cause events, circumstances, and feelings. Another perspective is that the planets provide a mirror or reflection; reflecting the energy below. The cosmos have eternally filled us with curiosity and awe. Through the practice of astrology, we continue to watch the nighttime sky for answers, guidance, and timeless wisdom.
“Astrology has been the first and most universal attempt by man to find the hidden order behind or within the confusion of the earthly jungle – physical or psychological, as the case may be.” – Dane Rudhyar
Is Astrology a Science?
Astrology is best categorized as a metaphysical discipline. It uses a combination of scientific knowledge about the cosmos, scientific tools, intuition, and psychology. It focuses on energy patterns, with a basis in the elements, similar to the studies of yoga, feng shui, numerology, crystal healing, and acupuncture.
How Does Astrology Determine my Horoscope?
A birth chart (or natal chart) is a horoscope (or astrological chart) showing the relative position of planets, angles, points, other heavenly bodies, and the zodiac signs, at the exact moment of birth. The birth chart is calculated using the date, exact time, and place of birth.
How Does Astrology Influence My Personality?
Astrology reflects your personality, along with so many other aspects. Your birth chart is like a map of your Soul, and it can illuminate many things about you. As with any map, it cannot serve as a substitute for a trip to the actual land. You are the most important part of your chart – your level of consciousness, how you are working with your energy, how you choose to experience your circumstances.
The zodiac sign the sun was in the moment you were born (your sun sign) reflects your sense of purpose and how you are meant to shine in the world. Your moon sign reflects your emotional nature, your instinctual nature/reactions, and your mystery. Your rising sign, or ascendant, is the zodiac sign that was rising on the eastern horizon at the moment you were born. Your rising sign reflects how you spontaneously move through life – how you show up in the moment.
Learn More About Astrology—for Free!
The twelve signs of the zodiac form a wheel, representing the continuous cycle of life, from birth to death, into birth again. The wheel begins with Aries and culminates with Pisces. Click on any of the images below for a brief overview of that sign, including a link to a free video class that dives deep into its significance.
What is it like to be a Leo? To be best friends with a Virgo? To fall in love with a Sagittarius? To go into business with a Capricorn? You’ll find the answers in these one-hour classes, taught by Dr. Athena Perrakis, Sage Goddess CEO and astrology aficionada of over 20 years. It is recommended that you study your full birth chart before watching any of these classes. You can get your chart done for free online.