I came across a friend’s post on Facebook who had shared a funny meme about astrology. As a caption, he wrote that even though he considers the notion of zodiacs as shallow one; the meme is true to life. Like this friend, many people look at their daily horoscope and tell themselves that astrology wastes time. They believe five sentences cannot sum up the day of all the people in the world. And this is right. Popular horoscopes only pay attention to our Sun sign, a small part of the puzzle.
Each of us has our unique natal chart. That is our celestial fingerprint, reflecting the placement of the heavenly bodies at birth. But when we first look at our natal chart, it seems puzzling. Even armed with all the tools at hand, symbols, and keywords, we are unlikely to know where to start, to make sense of it, and to understand what it tells us.
THE CELESTIAL FINGERPRINT
Let’s start with the Sun, Moon, and Ascendant in our natal chart. The Sun sign is our zodiac sign that shows our traits and mission in life. We choose how to navigate them to fulfill that mission. The Ascendant is the rising sign at birth and signifies our physical appearance and awakening consciousness. If the Sun sign represents what we are learning to become in this lifetime, then the rising sign can be seen as the most direct route our Sun sign will use to learn these lessons. The Moon sets out our instincts and emotional world. If someone is an Aries and wonders why they keep compromising—something not typical for this zodiac sign—they do so because of their Moon in Libra or Pisces.
In addition, the domination of one or more of the elements of the different signs—Fire (Aries, Leo, and Sagittarius), Earth (Taurus, Virgo, and Capricorn), Air (Gemini, Libra, and Aquarius), and Water (Cancer, Pisces, and Scorpio) determine our temperament. The dominance of Water in our horoscope would make us natural-born crybabies for all life long, while the Earth’s energy will manifest in a more rational and grounded approach to life.
ASTROLOGY AND THE PUZZLE GAME OF LIFE
Another key element is the position of the planets Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto. Planetary placements and aspects in the houses and the zodiac signs of the natal chart, according to the day, time, and place of birth, determine their impact on the main areas of our lives – personal development, love, partnerships, career, talents, and so on.
As we know, the planets are moving celestial bodies, so their transits influence us throughout our lives, depending on the aspects they form at any moment. Likewise, planets move at different speeds. Each year, the Sun returns to the point it was on the day we were born. That is our Solar Return, which happens around our birthday. Pluto, on the contrary, makes its orbit around the Sun in about 248 years, so it is impossible to return to the same point of the horoscope within a human lifetime and only affects a part of it.
One of the most crucial influences of the birth chart is the lunar nodes, also known as the North and the South node. These are the two points where the ecliptic of the Sun and the orbit of the Moon intersect. The North and South lunar nodes are always 180 degrees apart and fall in opposite signs. If the North lunar node is in Capricorn, the South one will be in Cancer. In astrology, the North node embodies the qualities we need to develop in this lifetime, while the South node – those we have already mastered.
Trust in the universe
If we replace skepticism about astrology with exploratory curiosity, we will dive deeper into our inner world, emotional responses, events, relationships, and tangled situations. Undoubtedly, this will be easier for a Pisces than for a Sagittarius, but there is still hope for the Sagittarius because they are inquisitive.
Astrology is an ancient science that combines mathematics, astronomy, psychology, and mysticism. It is a blend of self-knowledge and self-improvement. If we dig into astrology and study our natal chart, we will arrange the puzzle of our journey through this life. Apart from that, we will find out how perfect and logical is the entire Universe. Or, as we also call it, God.