Astrology is a complex art and science that
applies symbolic meaning to astronomical information
as it existed over 2000 thousand years ago when the
practice of Astrology was first documented in
writing by ancient astronomers and astrologers.
Western or Tropical astrologers use the ancient
positions of constellations and Sidereal (aka
Vedic or Hindu)
astrologers use current astrological positions. The
two systems are very different but work equally
Natal Chart - Astrologers begin by erecting a
natal chart, or horoscope, based on the date, time,
and place you were born.
Astrology and Birth Time - The accuracy of
your astrological chart is very dependant on knowing
accurately the exact birth time. This is used to
calculate the planetary positions and the Ascendant
(Rising Sign) to the exact degree and minute. That
calculation then determines the degree on midheaven
and all of the house cusps. Without an accurate
birth time, interpretations and forecasts are
Selecting a House System - Natal charts are
divided into 12 sections called 'houses' that
indicate the different areas of interest and
activity in your life. How those 'houses' are
divided depends on the House System you use. There
are over 8 major House Systems in use around the
world, but there are three common in the west -
Placius, Koch ad Equal.
About Orb - When planets form relationships
such as trines, squares, oppositions etc, those
relationships are called 'Aspects.' Orb refers to
the range of degrees between any two planets when
they are in Aspect to each other. In general, a big
Orb of 10 degrees means that few people will be
affected, whereas a small Orb of 3 degrees or less
means it is more intense and significant and more
people will be affected.
Solar Returns - also called Birthday Charts.
Its the exact date and time when the Sun returns to
the place it was in when you were born. This means
that your true birthday may fall on the same date
you were born, or it may fall the day before or
after, depending when the Sun reaches the correct
Common Myths about Astrology?