Polarity in Astrology

There are three primary sets of symbols that we work with in Astrology: the Planets, the Signs, and the Houses. In brief: The Planets are drives and imperatives within us. The Planets are what we do. The Signs are like modifiers that color the ways in which the Planetary forces go about their business when … More Polarity in Astrology

Astrology 101: Aspects – Meet the Majors (Part 3 – Oppositions)

Here’s that handy chart again, listing all of the Major Aspects: Aspect Glyph Degrees Character Conjunction ☌ 360° (= 360°/1) Variable Opposition ☍ 180° (= 360°/2) Hard Trine △ 120° (= 360°/3) Easy Square □ 90° (= 360°/4) Hard Sextile ⁕ 60° (= 360°/6) Easy We’ve spent a pretty fair amount of time on the … More Astrology 101: Aspects – Meet the Majors (Part 3 – Oppositions)

Astrology 101: Aspects – Meet the Majors (Part 1 – Conjunctions)

Planets exist out there above us in the literal vacuum of space…but in an astrological chart, no Planet exists in a metaphorical vacuum. To some extent or other, every Planet in a chart is somehow connected with every other Planet in that same chart. Some of these connections are subtle and ephemeral, and others are … More Astrology 101: Aspects – Meet the Majors (Part 1 – Conjunctions)

Astrology 101: Aspects – A Few Chart Basics

Last time around, we looked at a technique by which we can use the concept of Planetary Rulerships of Signs to point out connections between different Houses. These connections can be very definite and direct in the life of the person whose chart is being examined…but they’re not made visually obvious in a chart for … More Astrology 101: Aspects – A Few Chart Basics

Astrology 101: Empty Houses (Part 2)

So in our last post, we looked at empty Houses – that is, Houses in a chart that have no Planets in them. Some simple math will show you that there’s actually no way to not have at least a couple of empty Houses in a chart: even if you prefer a more modern approach … More Astrology 101: Empty Houses (Part 2)

Astrology 101: Meet the Houses (Part 2)

The last post in this space introduced the first six of the 12 Houses; here, then, are the final six: Seventh House. This House has often been referred to as the House of Marriage…but that name is a bit too specific, and therefore misleading. “House of Partnerships” would be more accurate. Consider how the House … More Astrology 101: Meet the Houses (Part 2)

Astrology 101: The Planets (in General)

Astrology is one complex field, no question about it. Not only is it bristling with all manner of symbols to keep track of – Planets, Signs, Houses, Aspects, Points – but not a single one of these symbols is cooperative enough to have just one single meaning. Instead, each one is more of an overall … More Astrology 101: The Planets (in General)

Astrology 101: the Major Symbol-Sets (Planets, Signs, and Houses)

If you want to learn Astrology, there are three major symbol-sets that you’ll have to grasp: Planets, Signs, and Houses. This came as a real surprise to me when I first felt my interest in the field catch fire. I’d vaguely assumed that Astrology was just concerned with the Signs of the Zodiac, and that would … More Astrology 101: the Major Symbol-Sets (Planets, Signs, and Houses)