Have you read your horoscope today? If so, perhaps you found that a windfall of money, or even new romance is in your path. For most people, this is all a horoscope is: a short article in a newspaper, magazine, or website that claims to foresee your future based only on your birth month. However, the practice of correlating our lives to celestial calculations goes far deeper than this. In fact, a true horoscope, also known as a birth chart, is a map of the heavenly bodies in relation to an individual’s time, date, and place of birth. Although many write off the media’s horoscopes as too broad or inaccurate, upon studying your true horoscope, astrology’s precision is palpable. In order to begin analysing a chart, however, you’ll need to understand its basic elements: planets, signs, and houses.
While pop astrology primarily harps on the Sun, in fact, each planet governs a different aspect of our lives. In short, Moon is our mind; Mercury is our intellect; Venus is our sense of beauty; Sun is our soul; Mars is our actions; Jupiter is our wisdom; Saturn is our discipline; Uranus is our revolutionary spark; Neptune is our spirituality; and Pluto is destruction. In understanding the ins and outs of each planetary body, deep insight can be gained into how its energies impact your life.
If the planets represent the elements of our being, zodiac signs are their personality. Typically, in popular media, only the Sun sign is analyzed; however, every planet from the Moon to Pluto has its own sign in your horoscope. So, while you may have a Capricorn Sun, you might also have Moon, Mars, and Venus in Cancer. For this individual, the compassionate, motherly energy of Cancer is much stronger than the cold, calculating nature of Capricorn. This is the reason why many people don’t identify with their Sun sign.
Just as the Sun rises and sets, the zodiac signs and planets do as well. Every two hours, the sign rising on the Eastern horizon changes. This point, due East, is known as your ascendant, or first house. From this point, the sky is divided into twelve divisions called houses. Each house governs a different area of your life. For example, the first house rules your personality as a whole; the second house shows your values; the fourth house shows your home; seventh house shows relationships; and ninth house shows religion and travel. The planets and signs that occupy these houses will impact how that area manifests for you.
So, in summary, the planets are your internal elements, the signs are their personality, and the houses are the external facets of your life. Now that you know the basics, you’re ready to start exploring your true horoscope. However, don’t get too comfortable, because astrology goes far deeper than these simple elements. As you begin to acquire this knowledge, you’ll certainly find new meaning in the phrase, “it’s written in the stars.”