March 21- April 19
Aries is ruled by Mars, and its symbol is the Ram. Aries is a Fire sign, impulsive and energetic.
Aries is the first sign of the Zodiac, and thus, it represents new beginnings. Arian’s are typically full of creative energy, enthusiasm, and a great inner drive to prove themselves. They express themselves through action and are constantly seeking experiences that give them the opportunity to prove they are the best.
There is little timidity in people under this sign – like the Ram, Arians are confident doers who often forge ahead confidently, regardless of the consequences. This impulsiveness can sometimes lead to problems when they leap before they look. They are not afraid to take risks or to gamble to have their way. If they can temper their impulsive drives, Arians can accomplish much and be successful leaders. They constantly seek to be the best at whatever they do and would rather have fame and fortune than material wealth.
Arians crave independence and often seek positions of authority. Optimism runs through their veins and it is hard to discourage them from tasks they have begun (However, they are notorious for not finishing what they start). Their high-spirits are very contagious and are never daunted by fear of failure.
As friends Arians are high-spirited and generous, though sometimes they must control their competitive impulses and how they affect those around them. They must learn to temper their aggressiveness and use reason and diplomacy when dealing with others.
July 23-August 22
Leo is ruled by the Sun, and its symbol is the Lion. Leo is a Fire sign, creative and grandiose.
Just like the Sun is the center of our planetary system, Leos see themselves as the center of all life. There is no sign in the Zodiac more proud or regal. Like their symbol the Lion, Leos rule majestically over their respective kingdoms, be they an entire nation, an office, or simply a household.
Leos are warm and generous by nature and believe in giving themselves wholeheartedly to the right causes. In return, however, they expect the same loyalty and integrity they exhibit from others. The role they assume is that of nobility and therefore tend to do things in a grand and flamboyant manner. Leos feel most in their element when they are the object of everyone’s attention and will seek the spotlight whenever they can. They have a talent for appearing regal and stately before others and spend a great deal of energy influencing how others perceive them.
Leos are practical, enthusiastic, hard working, and remarkably self-confident. They tend to gravitate towards positions of authority and their strong sense of integrity and optimism make them excellent leaders. They are at their best in positions of power and responsibility. However, like the Lion, they can become lazy and indolent if their desire for authority is not fulfilled.
Leos like the good life and will spare no expense to surround themselves with the finest luxuries and most lavish possessions. Nothing is too good for them, from the restaurants they frequent to the way they dress. They have a dislike for the ordinary and the routine, and are constantly seeking new excitement.
If Leos have an Achilles heel it is in their insatiable thirst for admiration. Their egos demand constant flattery and praise. If they not receive their share, they become withdrawn and sulky, but are too proud to ask for complements. However, their natural optimism and sunny disposition brings them back around, and before long, they are back to their original pomp and flamboyance.
November 22 – December 21
Sagittarius is ruled by Jupiter, and its symbol is the Archer. Sagittarius is a Fire sign, straight-forward and free.
Ruled by Jupiter, the planet of luck, Sagittarians always seem to be in the right place at the right time. Like the arrow that always finds its target, Sagittarians always find themselves in the best of fortunes. They are naturally enthusiastic, restless, and too optimistic to let anything rain on their parade.
Sagittarians have a longing for the new and exciting and have an inner desire to always roam free and unrestrained. They prize freedom and liberty above anything else, and they are often energentic and outgoing. Their inquisitive nature leads them on never-ending adventures that involve travel, discovery, or unconventional diversions. This comes at a cost, however, as many Saggitarians drift towards relationships that are never allowed to develop deep roots. This is not to say that they cannot be excellent friends, though „no strings attached“ is usually the rule.
Sagittarians are very idealistic and straight-forward. They will let you know what is on their mind whether you like it or not. They posses an uncanny sense of intuition though they bore easily once they have figured something out. They are gifted story tellers, and their charms and sense of humor are amongst the most liked in the zodiac. Their honesty and candor are admired traits, but many Sagittarians easily assume that everyone else shares in their integrity.
Though Sagittarians live for tomorrow, they can be the best of companions. Despite their occasional irresponsibility, it is often hard to resist the charms of a Sagittarian.
Astrology can be considered the world’s oldest celestial science. Since the earliest times, watching the sky has been a part of man’s life. The seasonal changes were marked by the longest and shortest days (the solstices), and by the times when night and day were the same length (equinoxes), this became a simple calendar for hunting and planting. Besides these practical routine cycles, the position or state of the sun or moon was noted at the time of significant events. It was soon realized that certain phenomena in the skies coincided with certain events on earth. Eventually, these parallels were considered omens, and each tribe embellished them with their own myths to suit their view of the world. Gradually, the heavens became replete with fables which told about gods, demons, and heroes that formed a complex hierarchy of celestial beings who watched, judged, and manipulated the lives of men.
As civilizations evolved and the body of knowledge grew, the earliest astrologers kept meticulous calendars and more complete records of celestial movements. The most convenient way to study the stars was by connecting their groupings into recognizable patterns we now call the constellations. The sky was thus divided into twelve segments each one represented by its own constellation. It was also noted that the visible planets often appeared to wander through they sky against this backdrop of constellations. These planets eventually acquired personalities and mythologies of their own, and astrologers soon began to affix significance to the position of these planets against certain constellations in the sky. The night sky was a grand soap-opera, where gods and goddesses played out their dramas, and the consequences were manifested on earth through droughts, floods, and a host of natural occurrences.
Through the centuries, Astrology has dealt with the charting and interpretation of the cycles and movements of celestial objects. Through the use of computers, calculations that once took months for mathematicians to perform by hand can now be done in seconds, and the positions of planets can be computed to a hundredth of a degree. The interpretation part is another matter, relying vastly on centuries of richly embroidered legend and mythology.
Astrology deals with ten planets. Eight of these are the sister planets of the earth: Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto. The other two are the Sun and the Moon, neither of which is a planet. (A planet circles the Sun.) However, as seen from the earth, the Sun and Moon follow the same path as the planets. Astrologers, interested in the relationships between the positions of all ten objects, simply call them the Ten Planets, and that’s what we will call them.
The path followed by the ten planets is called the ecliptic. You can visualize the ecliptic by imagining yourself looking out from a glass-enclosed observation tower located at the center of a giant circular racetrack. The tower represents the earth. The racetrack represents the ecliptic.
As you look out from your tower, you see all ten planets moving around the track in the same direction, from the right to your left. Since the planets move at different speeds, they are all spread out around the track. Faster planets circle the track several times a year, overtaking and passing slower moving planets that take centuries to make one lap.
Astrologers are interested in where each planet can be found on the track, and where they are with respect to each other. They use the signs of the zodiac to describe planet positions, and Aspects to describe the relations between them.
The twelve signs of the zodiac show the positions along the ecliptic where the planets can be found on any date. These planetary positions don’t change very much during a single day. However, the earth’s rotation brings a new rising sign into play about every two hours. Remember the zodiac is fixed in space, it just seems to move across the sky because of the earth’s rotation each day.
The houses represent the different departments of life in which your planetary energies find their expressions. For example, your character and personality, which are set up by your planets in the different signs, will be directed either into personal or public matters, depending on whether they fall into the houses of the Northern Hemisphere, or Southern Hemisphere, respectively. Again you will be self-sufficient if they fall into the eastern houses or dependent on others if they fall into the western houses.
Each house represents a cluster of interests and activities just as each sign represents a cluster of traits and approaches for dealing with those activities. The spheres of interest of each house are as follows:
First Self, appearance.
Second Earnings, possessions.
Third Communications, relatives.
Fourth Home, parents.
Fifth Pleasures, children.
Sixth Health, service.
Seventh Spouse, partnerships.
Eighth Death, regeneration.
Ninth Philosophy, travel.
Tenth Career, status.
Eleventh Friends, aspirations.
Twelfth Secrets, limitations.
The distribution of your houses into different groupings of hemispheres and groupings of elements and positions determine the over-all focus of your activities. If most of your planets fall into one of the hemispheres the significance is as follows:
Northern A focus on private matters.
Southern A focus on private activities.
Eastern Activities are self-started.
Western Dependence on others’ energies.
Another useful grouping of houses corresponds with the grouping of houses into the four elements. The houses can be grouped into fire, earth, water and air houses. The significance is as follows:
Individual <Fire Houses> Life Identity First, Fifth, Ninth
Activities focus on achieving life’s aspirations.
Temporal <Earth Houses> Material Wealth Second, Sixth, Tenth
Activities focus on meeting material needs.
Relative <Air Houses> Relationships Third, Seventh, Eleventh
Activities focus on social contact and mind-sharing.
Terminal <Water Houses> Emotional Fourth, Eighth, Twelfth
Activities focus on achieving emotional tranquillity.
Still another important grouping corresponds with the qualities of the signs, corresponding to the <Cardinal>, <Fixed>, or <Mutable> signs of the zodiac. The significance of a cluster of planets in a group of these houses is as follows:
Angular <Cardinal Houses> Starting First, Fourth, Seventh, Tenth
Activities are self-starting for immediate effects.
Succedent <Fixed Houses> Controlling Second, Fifth, Eighth, Eleventh
Activities are aimed at managing and controlling things.
Cadent <Mutable Houses> Changing Third, Sixth, Ninth, Twelfth
Skills are acquired to improve relationships.
The intensity of a planet’s influence on a house depends on the sign of the zodiac that happens to fall on that house in your zodiac. If Cardinal Signs are found in Angular (Cardinal) Houses, they strengthen the planetary energies flowing into the activities of the houses.
A Transit Chart is a Day-To-Day Chart. This type of chart compares where the planets were when you were born to where they are on a given day and how that affects your life.
As the planets slowly move along the zodiac each day, they pass through the different houses of your natal horoscope and make different aspects with the positions of your natal planets. These transiting planets energize the latent potentials promised by your natal horoscope, and trigger the behavior and events which then become a part of your daily experience.
The effect of a transiting planet depends on where it is, with respect to the planets and houses of your natal horoscope. The day-to-day changes in your life depend on the transits of the Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, and Mars. Their transits throughout the aspects are measured in days and weeks. The outer planets–Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto–are important for the long term effects on your life, measured in years and decades. The duration of a transit effect also depends on whether the transiting planet is in retrograde motion on your date of interest. Retrograde planets may remain in retrograde from twenty-one days to five months (for Mercury and Pluto respectively).
The effect of a planet’s transit throughout a natal house are felt over the duration of its stay in that house. However, the duration of the effect of a transiting aspect may be somewhat shorter that the duration of the planet’s stay in each sky position (1/3 sign). For example the effect of a transiting sun is most strongly felt over a three-day period within its ten day stay in one sky position. The effect will be felt to a lesser extent on the other days of that sky position. It all depends on how closely the aspect falls within its orb during the time it is in each sky position.
Transits of the Sun:
The Sun is the source of all energies. These energies stimulate the activities of the houses occupied by the transiting Sun and reinforce or weaken the planetary effects, depending on the Sun’s aspect to the natal planet. When the Sun transits an inner planet, it may trigger a dormant aspect between that inner planet and a slower moving outer planet. If a planet is being transited by another planet when it is being transited by the Sun, the effect of the transit is strengthened.
Transits of the Moon:
The Moon spends only about two and a half days in a natal house. This means that its effects occur so quickly that you feel them more as unconscious urges and impulses than conscious reactions to situations.
The effects of the transiting Moon, as it makes aspects with your natal planet positions, are often felt for only a matter of hours. Regardless of whether you are consciously aware of them, you will feel the effects of the Moon.
Transits of the Planet Mercury:
Mercury spends about a week in each natal house. During that time it affects your mental outlook, communications with others, and urges to take trips. When Mercury is in retrograde motion during its transit it may introduce delays in the affairs under its influence.
Transits of the Planet Venus:
Venus spends about three weeks in each natal house. Venus is the planet of love and material pleasures, so that its transits bring different degrees of enjoyment. The effects are felt as subjective experiences rather than as urges to action.
Transiting Venus is retrograde for about one and a half months each year. During that time the affairs affected by Venus may be slowed down or delayed.
Transits of the Planet Mars:
Mars spends about two months in each natal house. Mars provides you with the energies needed to assert yourself in the pursuit of your needs and desires.
Transiting Mars is retrograde for about three months each year. During that time you may experience reversals or delays in the affairs affected by Mars at that time.
Transits of the Slower Planets:
Earlier you saw that the day-to-day changes in your life are affected by the fast-moving personal planets: the Sun, Moon, Mercury, and Mars. You just saw how these personal planets affect your life as they transit through the houses and make aspects with your natal planet positions each day.
The slower outer planets–Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto–also produce important effects as they transit through your houses. These effects are felt over years and decades, hardly something to be considered in a daily horoscope. Still, these effects are important and should be understood.
Transits of the Planet Jupiter:
Transiting Jupiter opens you up to expansive feelings and triggers new opportunities to enlarge the scope of your life. It is in each house for about one year, and becomes retrograde for about four months each year.
Transits of the Planet Saturn:
Transiting Saturn brings opportunities to learn self-discipline and how to face responsibilities in the areas of life it touches in each house. The difficulties that arise during a Saturn transit offer you the best opportunities to grow wiser as you grow older. Saturn is in each house for about two and a half years, and is retrograde for about four and a half months.
Transits of the Planet Uranus:
Transiting Uranus brings major changes in your life. It breaks up the rigid past and challenges you to put the pieces together into a more viable pattern for living in the present. Uranus is in each natal house for about seven years and is retrograde for about five months of each year.
Transits of the Planet Neptune:
Transiting Neptune brings opportunities for discovery and use of your creative abilities in the areas affected by the house it occupies. Unfortunately it also blurs your ability to distinguish between reality and illusion in those same areas, perhaps because it energizes your sixth sense, or psychic abilities. Neptune is in each house for about five months of each year.
Transits of the Planet Pluto:
Transiting Pluto brings down the established order in the affairs of the house that it occupies. It then creates the conditions from which new beginnings can emerge. You will experience major transformations in the areas affected by the house occupied by transiting Pluto. Pluto spends about twenty years in each natal house, and is in retrograde motion for about five months each year.