You’ve always been a curious woman, so when it comes to understanding astrology, you can’t help but try to learn more.
Astrology has been around for a long time, and over the years it’s only gotten more popular. There are even people who eat, sleep, and breathe based off of astrology and the zodiac signs.
You probably aren’t looking to get that immersed in the astrology fever (though we won’t tell you not to), but you at least want to know the astrology basics. We totally understand – and we’ve got you covered.
Your 101 Guide to the Astrology Basics
Ask and you shall receive. We’ve put together a little something to help you learn all about the basics of astrology so you’ll be in the know. Keep reading to find out more and be on your way to becoming an astrology wizard.
The Origin Story
As we’ve said, astrology has been around for a long time. However, we never said how long.
The study of astrology began thousands of years ago, during the times of ancient empires like Babylon, Egypt, and Greece.
The people of these times were every bit as fascinated by stars and planets as we are now, but their understanding of it was slightly different from ours.
Where we use only science to discuss the stars and planets, they combined science and mythology to gain an understanding of the universe around them.
When the ancient astronomers studied planets, they called them “wanderers”, thinking they were the embodiment of gods. It’s no surprise they thought this way: these bodies were the brightest and were independent of any constellations.
The five most prominent planets were Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn. You’ll hear a lot about them in any astrology book you read because, at the time, these were the only planets that they knew about.
The sun and moon were also of great importance and made their way into the astrology world as well.
Over the years, astrologers came to realize that the times when people were born coordinated with a particular setup of the celestial bodies. By extent, people who were born around the same time had similar traits and ways of thinking.
From here, the zodiac signs were born, and astrology really took flight.
The Zodiac Signs
In ancient Greek astrology, there have always been twelve astrology signs, each one distinct from the other. These signs are known throughout the world as Zodiacs.
When someone is born, their birthdate aligns with the specific Zodiac sign on the Western calendar, and that sign’s qualities basically become a part of who they are.
These twelves signs are as follows: Aquarius, Pieces, Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius, and Capricorn.
Each of these twelve signs also aligns with a certain element and a specific celestial body.
The Greek philosopher Empedocles came up with the term “elements” to describe the four powerful forces found in nature: fire, water, earth, and air. The 12 signs were then placed into a specific elemental category.
Aries, Leo, and Sagittarius align with fire; Taurus, Virgo, and Capricorn align with earth; Gemini, Libra, and Aquarius align with air: and Cancer, Scorpio, and Pieces align with water.
The elements that these signs fall under are a big influence to who each sign can and cannot get along with. For example, a Leo (fire) can get along pretty well with a Libra (air), but may not get along so well with a Scorpio (water).
This makes sense because fire and water clearly don’t mix – and nor should the signs who embody these elements.
Even more interesting is how each sign aligns with a particular celestial body in the solar system.
Over the years these alignments have changed (thanks to the modern discovery of other planets in our system), so the alignment will be different depending on what time period you’re going off of.
The Signs and the Celestial Bodies
Maybe the coolest thing about all of this is how the signs relate to the universe around us.
As we’ve said, over the years, the relation between the sign and its celestial body has changed, so the most recent relations are as follows:
- Aries = Mars
- Taurus = Venus
- Gemini = Mercury
- Cancer = the moon
- Leo = the sun
- Virgo = Mercury
- Libra = Venus
- Scorpio = Pluto
- Sagittarius = Jupiter
- Capricorn = Saturn
- Aquarius = Uranus
- Pisces = Neptune
Each celestial body is said to rule that particular sign and has influence over it – and by extent, over the individual herself.
As the sign’s ruling bodies move through the sky, they are said to “interact” with the constellations and other celestial systems.
This interaction is said to set off different thoughts and emotions within an individual, and they’ll act as a result of this influence.
Based off of this, one moment you could be super excited about meeting someone, and the following week you could be annoyed by their presence, all because your ruling celestial body decided to move throughout the sky.
Talk about being in your feels!
Of course, there’s a whole lot more to get into concerning astrology, the Zodiacs, and where you fit into all of this, but at least now you finally understand the very basics of astrology. Woot, woot!
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