Frequently Asked Questions

What is Astrology?

Astrology of You defines astrology as the science of observing the motions and cycles of the planets in our solar system, defining the patterns of what is revealed, and drawing from other psychological astrologers to discuss what these patterns infer about you and how you can grow.

Astrologers have observed the planets for at least 4,000 years by painstakingly watching the planets night after night, making notations, and then passing those notations down to apprentices, who were usually found in temples. Most ancient religions included astrologers doing this labor in their temples. The Sumerians passed their records and knowledge to the ancient cultures in Mesopotamia, and those cultures passed their knowledge to the ancient Greeks. Astrology and astrologers survived and suffered through the burning of the library in Alexandria, the European Dark Ages and the Inquisition, but the renaissance of astrology is now here.

Like other fields, astrology has several branches. The Astrology of You focuses on astrology as a symbolic language to help us understand our selves. Carl Jung began examining astrology through this lens, and giants such as Liz Greene, Howard Sasportas, Richard Idemon, and others have carried this torch.

Why Does Astrology Work?

If we get an EKG, doctors are measuring our brainwaves – the energy emitted from our brain.  Quantum physics has opened a new understanding of the workings of our universe, and one of the greatest findings of quantum physics is only 1% of the cells in our bodies is actual matter, and 99% is actually wave energy!

The planets also constantly emanate electromagnetic energy.  Is it surprising then, to imagine that at the moment of your birth, the planets in a particular location, can create an electro-magnetic signature? The symbolic representation of that moment in time is the birth or natal chart.   Astrology translates those symbols and suggests how that electromagnetic signature influences who we are.

How Long Has Astrology Existed?

At least 4,000 years.  Every region of the world had practicing astrologers – Mayans in the Americas, Chinese astrologers in Asia, Sumerian and Babylonian in Mesopotamia, Egyptian astrologers in Africa, and Hindu astrologers in the Indus Valley.  The oldest astrologers were Sumerian, and astrologers were part of the religious and priest caste. The Bible mentions astrology, and some believe the 12 tribes of Israel coincide with the 12 signs of the zodiac.

The Origin of the Zodiac: (Astrology)

The zodiac (Greek: ζoδιακός, zōdiakos) is the term used to describe the circle of twelve 30° divisions of celestial longitude that are centred upon the ecliptic – the path of the sun. The term zodiac derives from Latin zōdiacus, which in its turn comes from the Greek ζoδιακoς κύκλος (zōdiakos kuklos), meaning “circle of animals”.

From the earliest of times, the zodiac has been universally used to predict or reflect characteristics of personality, whether from the Chinese, Mesopotamian, Indus Valley, Egyptian or any other culture, echoing the ancient philosophy ‘As above – so below‘… what we today call astrology.

Astrology, in its broadest sense, is the search for purpose in the heavens.

We know from ancient records that the Greeks inherited their knowledge of the heavens primarily from the Mesopotamians, who in turn inherited their knowledge from the Sumerians. But is there any evidence of the heavenly constellations in art or culture from before this time. Remarkably, it has been proposed that the images at Lascaux and other nearby Palaeolithic sites show exactly that…”

SOURCE:   (http://www.ancient-wisdom.com/zodiac.htm)

Can Astrology Predict Events?

Astrologers in the past have accurately predicted events.  An Italian astrologer, Luca Gaurico, warned King Henry II of France to avoid single combat, especially at age 40, because of the danger of getting injured on the head which could lead to blindness or death.   When King Henry was 40, he was injured in a jousting accident; the lance of his opponent shattered and a splinter penetrated his eye.

However, Liz Greene, a Jungian analyst, postulates that the energy of the planets did not have as many avenues of expression, particularly in our understanding of the psyche and psychological events. Because of the advances of the human species, astrological energy can now channel through the human body and through an actual event, but also through our way of making meaning in the world, and through a psychological event or psychological meaning.

Where did Zodiac Signs originate?

The signs are the names of constellations.  In their ceaseless motion, the planets pass through those constellations, and ancient astrologers from Sumer divided these areas into twelve 30-degree celestial zones of longitude.   A natal chart may show the location of Mars in the constellation of Pisces or the Moon in constellation of Libra. Astrologers shorten this expression and state, the Moon in Libra.

The word zodiac comes to us from Ancient Greek, and it means circle of animals.  http://www.ancient-wisdom.com/zodiac.htm.

What’s An Astrological Natal Chart?

The Sun traces a circle on a broad superhighway above our heads. Astrologers call this superhighway the ecliptic, and it is divided into the 12 zodiac signs. Other planets, also moving in their orbits around the Sun, are located within zodiac signs.

The chart is also divided into 12 houses, each representing an area of your life.  A natal chart reflects what ancients named an image of your soul; psychological astrologers would rephrase this as an image of the psychological drives and their interactions within you.

When An Astrologer Looks at My Natal Chart, What Does He/She Examine?

  • An astrologer looks at each planet, and in what sign and house the planet is located. Each planet represents a psychological drive—for example, to belong, to relate, to communicate, to assert, to set boundaries, to let something die so something can be born–and each zodiac sign expresses HOW that planet expresses that drive.
  • Astrologers also examine aspects.   Your planets in your natal chart ‘touch’ one another in geometric patterns; we define this as aspects.  When planets touch one another, it means when one planet is active, the other planet is also activated.  For example, if your need to belong exists next to your need to communicate, then belonging and communication are intertwined; you may feel a lack of belonging if someone does not understand you.
  • Your chart is a 360-degree circle in which major aspects are located and interpreted.
  • Aspects symbolically represent conflicts or harmonies within your psyche.

What’s A Transit?

As planets continue their ceaseless motion, they interact with our natal charts. For example, if you have the Sun at 2 Taurus in the 11th House, and Uranus is currently located in late Aries, then it will move into Taurus and cross over your Sun, heralding change. Working with the transits helps make meaning of the events, sometimes tumultuous, of our lives.

  • Transits may represent actual events.
  • Transits may represent emotional trends within the psyche.
  • Transits may represent religious or spiritual meanings.
  • Transits may combine all three!

What’s A Transit Cycle?

Imagine the solar system.  Each of the planets revolves around the sun and moves through all the signs in the Zodiac in synchronized time cycles.  The Moon, for example, takes approximately 28 days to travel through all 12 signs of the Zodiac, but Uranus takes 84 years!

As the slower planets—Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto–traverse the Zodiac, each makes aspects to themselves.  Most people have heard of the infamous Saturn Return, which occurs approximately every 28 years.  In other words, if you are born when Saturn was in the sign of Capricorn, in approximately 28 years, Saturn will “return” to the identical location in which it is placed in your natal chart.  However, approximately every seven years, transiting Saturn will aspect your natal Saturn in a sequence called the waxing square, the opposition, the waning square, and then the return, or conjunction.  We call these rhythmic contacts Transit Cycles, and when they are examined, a pattern emerges that can reveal the themes of how this cycle is unwinding in your life.

What’s An Interpersonal and Outer Planet?

Jupiter and Saturn are named the Interpersonal Planets because they describe not only a psychic drive within us, but also how we interact with systems or institutions.  The Outer Planets, Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto, represent the collective drives of all of us, and within our own natal charts, represent what some call a fate as it is an area in which we, as individuals, have little control.  We may control our response to the psychic drives of these planets, but usually, when these planets are active by transit, something occurs within us and/or to us.

Like the Transit Cycle described above, each of these planets makes scheduled stops in your natal chart.  Jupiter, for example, returns to its own place every twelve years, and Uranus opposes its own place at around age 42, creating upheaval.  Examining these cycles reveals past patterns and gives a preview to future themes in your life.