Learn About Basic Astrology

Learn about basic astrology with an emphasis on the various types of signs.

What does that horoscope really mean? How do astrologers come up with these monthly forecasts? Many of us wonder these questions. Yes we see the horoscopes in the paper almost daily, but do we really know what goes into these tidbits of inspiration and warning?

Astrology is the practice of reading the stars. Whatever the alignment of the sun, moon, and stars are with the earth at the exact time of a person's birth determines many things. One of those things is the person's sign of the zodiac.

Astrological charts predict a person's predisposition toward acting in a certain manner. A strong belief in destiny is associated with astrology. Many Astrologers feel that people are basically at the whim of fate, even if they are able to change the course through their free will.

For the most part, Astrologers are strong believers that a person's destiny is pre-determined at birth. Many people use astrology to help them understand themselves and their mates better, while using their charts to enhance rather than rule their lives.

This study can help in personal relationships and also dealing with difficult issues. There are twelve signs that are separated into four types of sun signs in the zodiac. Your sun sign is determined by where that specific sun in the zodiac was on the particular day- the day that you were born. Below, you will find the dates, polarity, and ruling planet of each sign:

Air Signs: Libra, Gemini and Aquarius

1. Libra: (September 23 - October 23,24) This is a cardinal or principal air sign that is positive. The planet Venus rules Libra.

2. Gemini: (Gemini - May 21 - June 21) This is a neutral, yet changeable air sign ruled by Mercury.

3. Aquarius: (Aquarius - January 19,20 - February 18,19) This is a fixed, positive air sign. Uranus and Saturn rule this sign.

Earth Signs: Capricorn, Taurus and Virgo

1. Capricorn: (December 22 - January 19,20) This is a negative earth sign with the ruling planet of Saturn.

2. Taurus: (April 20 - May 21) This is a cardinal or principal earth sign with a negative polarity. The ruling planet for Taurus is Venus.

3. Virgo: (August 23 - September 23) This is a changing or inconstant negative earth sign with the ruling planet of Mercury.

Water Signs: Cancer, Scorpio and Pisces

1. Pisces: (February18, 19 - March 20, 21) Pisces is a changeable or mutable water sign with a negative polarity. The ruling planet of Pisces is Neptune.

2. Cancer: (June 21 - July 22, 23) This is a cardinal or principal water sign with a negative polarity. The ruling planet of cancer is the moon.

3. Scorpio: (October 23,24 - July 22) The ruling planets for this sign are Mars and Pluto. This is a fixed, negative water sign.

Fire Signs: Aries, Leo and Sagittarius

1. Aries: (March 20,21 - April 20) This is a cardinal, positive fire sign with the ruling planet of Mars.

2. Leo: (July 23 - August 23) This sign is a fixed, positive fire sign with the ruling planet of the sun.

3. Sagittarius: (November 22 - December 22) This is a positive fire sign that is mutable. The ruling planet for Sagittarius is Jupiter.

Astrology is considered to be a type of pseudo-psychology by most professional psychologists, yet it still remains to be one of the most popular practices in the world. A pseudo-psychology is an unfounded system that in some ways resembles other, more reliable forms of psychology. People have studied this science for centuries.

Psychologists believe that Astrology is unscientific for many reasons, but mostly because the zodiac has shifted by one full constellation since the first time this practice was first used. Scientists have found no convincing data that can be verified by any experiment.

One particular study conducted by psychologists studied the predictions of over 3000 Astrologers. The predictions that they made were reported to only be correct a very small percentage of the time, and even those successes were very vague and unclear in their meaning.

There have been many studies of Astrology by psychologists, yet there is still no proof that the practice is truly a good predictor of relationships, personality, and occurences. This still does not prevent millions of people from believing in the power of the zodiac.

Hopefully this article made you more familiar with the signs of the zodiac in general and the reason behind the practice of astrology. Perhaps now you have a better understanding of how horoscopes are determined. For more information on this topic, you can search at your local library or via the Internet.

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