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Life is really simple but we insist on making it complicated - Confucius

Posted on 04 December 2015

Recently we can’t get enough of the app ‘Susan Miller’s Astrology Zone’ for our horoscope fix.

Love it or hate it, you can’t deny the intriguing appeal of astrology. Maybe you read your horoscope purely for entertainment value or maybe you’re drawn to the possibility that your fate isn’t completely in your hands.

Whatever the case, taking comfort in astrology, believing that whatever will be will be and that life really is that simple has become massively popular in the western world. And it’s not surprising given the increasingly hectic lives we are leading.

We all know that your horoscope is determined by the date that you were born but why is that of any relevance? Let’s delve a little deeper into why astrology thinks it can enable us to understand ourselves and others with the basic principles.   

The fundamental idea behind western astrology is that the individual, the Earth and its environment are all connected and hence each influences each other. Astrology is the study of the sky, or zodiac, and its reflection, rather than cause, of life and events on Earth.  Any changes in the zodiac are reflected on the individual.  

Western astrology is based on three main elements: the 12 signs of the zodiac; the Sun, Moon and the other planets; and the 12 houses of the horoscope.  The positions and movements of the Sun, Moon and other planets through the signs of the zodiac and their aspects in relation to each other are analysed in order to provide your horoscope. 

Your zodiac sign is determined by the bit of the zodiac that is occupied by the Sun when you are born. The Sun stays in each sign of the zodiac for approximately a month and each sign has its own symbol, date, traits and planetary rulers. i.e. a Cancerian – the crab -  is born between June 21 and July 22, is intuitive, loyal, emotional and insecure and is ruled by the moon.

So, the Sun, the Moon and the planets have different influences on you and determine the different aspects of who you are. They express their powers through the zodiac signs that they occupy. Each planet has its own symbol and list of influences. For example, the Moon controls your emotions, instincts and habits whereas Pluto determines transformation, obsession and power.

The final thing that astrology takes into account is the astrological houses which each influences a different area of your life. In total there are 12 astrological houses. These include the Fourth House which influences home, parents, roots and circumstances at the end of life, and the Tenth House which influences career, status and reputation.

In basic form, your horoscope is determined by:

-           The position of the planets in the signs of the zodiac
-           The position of the planets in the houses of the horoscope
-           The position of the primary angle of the horoscope
-           The angles formed by the planets relative to each other and the primary angles
-           The position of astronomical entities such as the Lunar nodes

These are your fundamental astrology facts, but there is always more to learn about the list above and people tend to understand astrology more and become more intrigued by it the further they read on the subject. 

Life is really simple but we insist on making it complicated. Maybe that’s what astrology is meant to teach us. 

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