The Basics of Astrology Explained: What the Stars Can Teach Us About Ourselves by Jeff Williams

The Basics of Astrology Explained: What the Stars Can Teach Us About Ourselves

Someone reaached out to me and suggested I publish this article here. After reading it, and finding it very informative, I agree. Thus, I’m sharing. Enjoy! Calleen

Almost every human civilization since the beginning of time has turned to the sky for answers to life’s most persistent questions:

  • Why am I here?
  • What is my purpose?
  • How can I live a life of meaning?

Astrology is the ancient science of interpreting the relationship between the physical world, the spiritual world, and the cosmos to answer all of these questions and more.

There are many different types of astrology, and the stars hold many different answers on how to live the best life possible. There’s Vedic astrology, Incan astrology, Mayan astrology, Chinese astrology, and the list goes on… Most people in the Western world refer to tropical astrology as “astrology”, so that’s what I’ll be talking about right now.

Tropical astrology is related to the seasons — this is different from other types of astrology which take into account the wobbling of Earth on its axis (and hence the changing position of the stars in the sky).

The biggest difference between all of these interpretation methods is not necessarily what they tell you, but how you relate to their wisdom in order to further your life, your dreams, and your spiritual journey. Tropical astrology believes in free will — you are only influenced by certain cosmic forces, but you are never bound by them.

That means:

  • You should use astrology to develop a deep level of insight into your life, but it’s ultimately up to you to walk the path.

But I want to be very clear that you can only control you. You can’t control anything outside of you. Not the weather, not your friends, not the lottery, not anything. Only you.

When people start learning astrology, they’re often overwhelmed by the amount of information out there. But if you understand the patterns and qualities behind the symbols, astrology is actually very easy to understand.

And by the end of this article, you’ll be able to interpret your own birth chart.

Astrology Basics: Common Astrology Terms Defined in Simple English

Common Astrology Terms Defined in Simple English

Whenever you get an astrological reading, you will 100% encounter a lot of words that sound very technical and unlike any other words you’ve heard before (“Venus 120 degrees trine Saturn”…..what??). This language sounds confusing at first, but once you figure it out, it’ll become second nature.

Let’s start off by decoding a few of the most basic terms:

  • Zodiac — The area of the sky in which movements of the planets and the 12 constellations of astrology are observed.
  • Signs — The 12 star constellations that are found inside the zodiac field.
  • Chart — A map of where the signs are in the sky from any physical location on Earth at any point in time.
  • Horoscope — An interpretation based on the positions of the signs in a chart.
  • Natal Chart/Birth Chart — The exact position of the signs and planets during the exact moment of your birth at the exact location of your birth.
  • To produce your birth chart, you need three things:
  • Date of birth (March 4, 1996)
  • Exact location of birth (Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA)
  • Exact time of birth (3:29am)

Astrology Basics: The Elements

The four elements of astrology follow the four basic elements of life:

  • Fire
  • Earth
  • Air
  • Water
Astrology Basics: The Elements

The four elements serve as the simplest way to categorize astrological influences. Each sign carries with it one of these elements, and the ability to take a step back and see which elements dominate a chart become important when making quick value judgments on a person’s overall personality.

The general qualities of the elements are as follows:

Fire — The Creators (Aries, Leo, Sagittarius)

  • Positives: Strong, determined, capable, independent, leadership, confidence
  • Negatives: Dictatorial, aggressive, brash, arrogant, impatient

Earth — The Stabilizers (Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn)

  • Positives: Grounded, dependable, warm, friendly, helpful, kind-hearted
  • Negatives: Stubborn, fussy, perfectionist, overly critical, high-strung

Air — The Communicators (Gemini, Libra, Aquarius)

  • Positives: Intelligent, resourceful, clever, persuasive, optimistic, creative
  • Negatives: Manipulative, deceptive, insensitive, aloof, secretive

Water — The Feelers (Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces)

  • Positives: Caring, romantic, sensitive, artistic, dreamy, intuitive
  • Negatives: Moody, obsessive, controlling, depressive, disorganized

Astrology Basics: The Planets

The Planets

The symbolism of the planets has always had a strong place in Western mythology, from the Greeks to the Romans to even modern-day religious and spiritual traditions.

In astrology, we take the 8 remaining planets of the solar system (not counting the Earth) and add the sun and the moon, giving us a total of 10 “planets”. There are also four asteroids which are sometimes called planets — Chrion, Ceres, Juno, and Pallas Athena — but for our purposes now, let’s stick to the basic 10.

Planets act as “rulers” of signs — they are the ones who dictate a certain sign’s personality — and their movements are extremely important in astrology (see section on aspects).

Important note: The planets, like humans, have both masculine and feminine qualities. In astrology, male planets are typically more “giving” and female planets are typically more “receiving”. We are only using gender here to represent these qualities, and they are not always the same gender as their Roman or Greek counterparts.

  • Sun. The sun is the bringer of life, and he radiates with all the joy, the warmth, and the creative energy that brings vitality into existence. It feels good to be nourished by the sun, but just don’t get too close because you will get burned!
  • Moon. The moon represents the subconscious. She highlights what we need, what we want, and what we feel on the most basic human levels, even if we don’t know these things consciously. The moon is receptive to all energy, both positive and negative.
  • Mercury. Mercury is the messenger god. He is well-liked and skilled at communicating, thinking logically, and adapting to new situations. But sometimes his rational way of life leads him away from his emotional world.
  • Venus. Venus is all things love, beauty, romance, passion, and relationships. In Roman mythology, she was known for seducing all the gods. She is charming, magical, and harmonious, but her deep desires frequently lead her into trouble.
  • Mars. Mars is the Roman god of war. He is strong, dominating, assertive, and always carries powerful energy, both physically and mentally. But his abundance of confidence leads him into many situations that are rushed, impractical, and impulsive.
  • Jupiter. Jupiter is known as the protector of the gods. He is kind, caring, and benevolent — the king of the planets. He is associated with healing wounds, growth, and spirituality. But he frequently finds many frustrating dead-ends on his quest for freedom.
  • Saturn. Saturn represents the great harvest — a time when everyone gathers together to reap the benefits of years of labor. He is noble, kind, and very hard working. But his lofty ambitions frequently take his focus away from other important areas of his life.
  • Uranus. Uranus is a unique planet in that it rotates on its side. He brings ingenuity and innovation to the world by introducing out-of-the-box thinking. But he often feels shunned from society because no one understands his “crazy” ways.
  • Neptune. Neptune is found in the depths of the ocean. She is always caught in a dream world, imagining how life should be and finding safety in such unbound creativity. But living in a dream world makes living in the real world very challenging.
  • Pluto. Pluto is the god of the underworld and brings with him the force of destruction. In astrology, he takes the negative aspects of death and teaches us about the power of transformation. He is ruthless and frequently unpopular.

Astrology Introduction: The Three Most Important Signs in a Person’s Birth Chart

The “holy trinity” of astrology consists of:

  1. Sun sign
  2. Moon sign
  3. Rising/Ascendant sign

These are the three most dominant influences in a person’s natal chart. They each represent essential aspects of the human experience and can be used to reliably describe a significant portion of a person’s personality.

But it needs to be noted that sun signs, moon signs, and rising signs are only part of a person’s chart. Each astrological influence has a different impact on a person depending on several factors, and a one-size-fits-all approach to astrology is rarely the final say on the matter. There are times in your life when you will resonate with one aspect over another, and this is 100% normal and to be expected. Knowing where you are on your personal path will give you much more information about which influences will be highlighted.

For instance, if you’re going through an emotional time, you may resonate more with your moon sign than your sun sign or your rising sign. Or if you’re heavily focused on your career, you may resonate more with your rising sign than your sun sign or moon sign. And there are many more planetary signs that aren’t included in the “holy trinity”. For instance, if there’s a significant relationship or partnership happening at this point in your life, you may resonate more with your Venus sign than your sun, moon, or rising signs.

While these basic interpretations are helpful, they are only meant to be used as general guides. They are not meant to be used as predictive or well-rounded assessments of a person’s character. There are 1,728 possible combinations of specific sun-moon-rising signs. While it’s unlikely you’ll encounter someone else with your exact sun-moon-rising signs, it is still not possible to generalize over 7 billion people with only 1,728 personality assessments.

A natal chart interpretation by a professional astrologer is the only way to get complete, personalized information about your character and the influences you’ll face during your lifetime. That is the only way you can dive deep into the unique astrological details that were present during your birth.

Sun Signs

Sun Signs

The constellation that the sun was passing through during the time of your birth is known as your sun sign. The only thing you need to know to calculate your sun sign is your day of birth (e.g. March 4).

The Sun sign represents the core of your personality. This is the most easily recognizable form of yourself that you can use to quickly paint a picture of the person you are and the person you are likely to become. If someone asked you to describe yourself in a few sentences, you would probably talk about yourself using sun sign qualities.

It’s the most common answer to “what’s your sign?” because it’s the most basic way to understand who a person is. You likely resonate with your sun sign, at least on a personality level, as this is the general influence that makes you who you are. Because of this, when most people read their horoscope, they’re reading the horoscope for their sun sign.

It’s also important to note that sun signs are used as the primary symbolic representations of the constellations. So if someone says “Aries”, we can look to a sun sign interpretation of Aries to know what Aries represents as a symbol. This will be important later when we put everything together.

As I talk about each sign, keep in mind that not everything is positive, and some things may be painful to hear. But you need to remember that astrology is not destiny, and I will highlight specific ways you can overcome some of the most common pitfalls associated with each sign.

Aries (March 21 – April 19)

Element: Fire

Ruler: Mars

Symbol: Ram

Traits: Confident, impulsive, bold, passionate

Description: The first sign of the zodiac loves to use its brute force to “ram” its way into the world. You are a true forward-thinker, someone who knows what needs to be done and will do whatever is required to get those things done. Where many other signs fear competition, your energy and willpower take full control of any challenging situation as you try to aggressively push past any obstructions, whether or not those blockages are actually capable of being moved. Sometimes this stubbornness gets in the way of true progress — ramming your head against a brick wall is not going to move it, but it will give you a concussion! It’s your job to learn how to use your admirable perseverance to genuinely impart change in a world that is hungry for your unique style of leadership. When you embrace equal cooperation, egalitarian ethics, and an attitude of peace, and then carefully analyze a situation before making the first move, you’ll end up being one of the preeminent leaders of our generation.

Taurus (April 20 – May 20)

Element: Earth

Ruler: Venus

Symbol: Bull

Traits: Practical, grounded, stubborn, calming

Description: When confronted with arrogance and dishonesty, Taurus springs into action like a bull on a mission. You are smart and hardworking, and you bring with you the confidence of knowing precisely how the world works in a way that no one else can even begin to understand. You are deeply grounded in reality, and this strong Earth quality allows you to help all the “spacey” souls stay true to their humanity. Success comes easy to you, although little successes don’t keep you happy for too long. There’s always something bigger, more necessary, and more demanding of your time that you stubbornly set your sights on. And when you see others who already have what you’re after, your first thoughts are usually filled with jealousy, even though you know that jealousy will only hurt you in the long-run. While you thrive on order and structure, you typically despise taking orders from anyone, especially someone you deem to be “out of touch”. When you learn to accept others for who they are, understanding that each soul brings with it a unique gift they need to share with the world, only then will you claim your dignified position as the great stabilizing foundation for the powerful structure that is human expression.

Gemini (May 21 – June 20)

Element: Air

Ruler: Mercury

Symbol: Twins

Traits: Kind-hearted, indecisive, curious, intellectual

Description: The quirky and childlike Gemini is represented by a set of twins — two completely different personalities hidden inside one physical appearance. It seems like there are two of you: One a gregarious social commentator, and the other a thoughtful and passionate fool desperately looking for meaning. It’s your uncanny ability to change and adapt to almost any situation which leads you down a path of true versatility, and this extraordinary skill will provide you with many lifelong friends and partners along the way. As an air sign, your mutability is done on the level of the mind, so you need to be careful not to intellectualize your empathy too much, otherwise it will come across as sarcastic and you may hurt those close to you. Your biggest challenge is learning how to overcome the constant need for new and exciting things. Once you learn that simple, repetitive pleasures can still stimulate your inner child, you’ll learn that the world has an infinite number of possible areas for exploration, and that stillness is one of the greatest forms of cosmic movement.

Cancer (June 21 – July 22)

Element: Water

Ruler: Moon

Symbol: Crab

Traits: Protective, intuitive, emotional, trusting

Description: Like a crab scurrying away on a sandy beach, every Cancer knows that beyond its hard shell is a soft, fragile soul which needs to be protected at all costs. You are one of the sweetest individuals in the world, in love with the romantic ideal of how life should be. You feel drawn to the role of the Great Protector because your divine intuition allows you to see what each soul needs to receive in order to be happy. But this caregiver attitude causes you to quickly become emotionally attached, and others sometimes feel smothered by your boundless love and strong presence. They fail to see the watery depths of your good-natured heart, and as such, they often end up hurting you. Ironically, you are one of the most trusting signs of the zodiac, and your benevolent desire to showcase your emotional world sometimes leads you into situations with people who want to rob you of your inner worth. You will only find your true power when you learn proper discernment of when you should and shouldn’t speak up — when you get it right, the gifts you’ll give to the world will usher in a brilliant new age of pure love and kindness.

Leo (July 23 – August 22)

Element: Fire

Ruler: Sun

Symbol: Lion

Traits: Playful, creative, free-spirited, loving

Description: The lion is the king of the jungle, and Leo is the king of the zodiac. You love the spotlight, even if you may be a bit timid at first. You intuitively understand that only by courageously putting yourself out there will you be able to receive the validation that you desperately crave. At the same time, you often hesitate to take center stage, even when animated and high-spirited, because receiving criticism is deeply painful for you. You treat most things like they’re some form of entertainment — it’s all a fun game — even if you don’t particularly like competition. You’re just a big cat who wants to play! This often leads you to put on several facades, and sometimes others may not feel like they know the authentic self that hides behind the mask. Your biggest challenge is learning when the masks need to come off to let the real you radiate through like the giant ball of sunshine you know you are. When you figure this out, the versatility and presence your gifts bring to the world will teach all of humanity what it means to be vibrant, creative, expressive, and utterly in tune with the magnificence of the Divine Spirit.

Virgo (August 23 – September 22)

Element: Earth

Ruler: Mercury

Symbol: Virgin

Traits: Dependable, impulsive, hardworking, compassionate

Description: Wherever there’schaos, the purity of Virgo comes in to create order. You are gifted at taking the messy clutter of life and organizing it into a clean, neat package, and everyone loves you for it. You are a bit of a perfectionist, but it’s only because your love flows so strongly into everything that you do.You are likely into various wellness movements because you understand that your body is the human representation of your soul — and it’s important to keep your soul’s container healthy. Holistic practices like mindfulness meditation need to be a part of your daily routine to help you stay centered and teach you to live in the present moment. Life doesn’t happen in the future, so you can stop planning so much! You are one of the most giving and generous signs of the zodiac, but you need to learn to step outside of the analytical mind just a little bit to experience what’s already here in front of you. When you do this, you become one of the most treasured signs around, because the Divine Spirit will naturally use the pristine vessel of the “virgin” to advance the spiritual unity of all Earthly beings.

Libra (September 23 – October 22)

Element: Air

Ruler: Venus

Symbol: Scales

Traits: Impartial, cooperative, sociable, peaceful

Description: Like a cosmic judge, the harmonious soul of Libra works tirelessly to eradicate the world from injustice. You are a kind, beautiful romantic, and you often find yourself immersed in mentally stimulating forms of entertainment — intellectual conversation, thoughtful music, and cerebral movies which appeal to your idealized view of the world. You know deep down that you are a whole, perfected being, but on the level of humanity, you also know that there are an overwhelming amount of problems which need to be addressed. All too often, you feel the irresistible pull to retreat into the boundless, inner self that you know can comfort your peace-loving mind. But it’s this escapist mentality that will lead to your downfall if it’s not kept in check. Your biggest challenge is to learn to balance the need for self-fulfilment with the needs of the suffering citizenry of society. Your lifelong mission is to harness your mental prowess to guarantee that there’s harmony and peace in the world. And how will you do that when you’re burying your face in the sand? Step into your true power, and lead the way toward eradicating evil with that characteristic diplomatic tact that only you possess.

Scorpio (October 23 – November 21)

Element: Water

Rulers: Mars, Pluto

Symbol: Scorpion

Traits: Intense, mysterious, wild, passionate

Description: The eyes are the windows of the soul, and behind the eyes of a Scoprio is a soul that no one was prepared for. You are a deep thinker, wild and fierce, and many people don’t understand where all that emotional intensity comes from. Well, no one understands the hidden sides of life quite like you. Your mind is unpredictable — always fluttering between periods of extreme suffering and periods of extreme love. You live on a never-ending swing of instability, and while for most people this would be exhausting, it actually ignites the passion inside your immense soul. But the problem is that others don’t live inside your soul, and they might not interpret your intensity as something desirable. You may be a bit much for some people, and you have a tendency to “double down” and identify with your hurt ego rather than the Universal Love that fuels your existence. Learning how and when to express yourself, and learning to only associate with those who support and encourage your uniqueness is where you’ll find your greatest gifts. And when you learn to harness these gifts, you’ll unleash something spectacular onto the world that no one was prepared for… but everyone desperately needs.

Sagittarius (November 22 – December 21)

Element: Fire

Ruler: Jupiter

Symbol: Arrow

Traits: Bold, energetic, supportive, impatient

Description: Like an arrow throwing itself across the world, the intrepid Sagittarius is always on the move. You are a natural-born explorer, and you love to travel, regardless of whether or not that travel manifests physically or spiritually. Your fiery passion for discovery is invigorating, and your sense of presence is so strong that others can’t help but be drawn to your fun, playful spirit. You are a true seeker of freedom, and you enthusiastically embrace this philosophy in everything that you do. You feel a burning passion deep inside your core that is hard to describe, but you know that you can always make your soul happy by experiencing as many things as possible. But it’s this impatience which actively works against your ultimate mission of service. You tend to pick something, get bored after a little while, and then move onto the next thing. Your biggest challenge is to learn to stick with something long enough to become a true master and expert. When you do, you’ll sharpen the arrow of your intention and pierce the consciousness of humanity in order to get them to finally experience the joy and abundance that you already know exists in the world.

Capricorn (December 22 – January 19)

Element: Earth

Ruler: Saturn

Symbol: Goat

Traits: Clever, critical, self-disciplined, balanced

Description: Behind every great idea is a brave Capricorn who’s working tirelessly to turn that dream into a reality. You are one of the most dependable humans on the planet, andpeople look forward to the time they spend with you due to your ability to make them feel happy and at ease. Your strong sense of humor and capacity for peace make you one of the great mediators of the zodiac — a necessary skill set that will be increasingly called upon as you start to get more in touch with your Divine Spirit.You have an uncanny ability to see many pathways toward future success, though a lot of the time, you may lack the motivation necessary to fully activate your powerful ideas. Your biggest challenge is learning to overcome this kind of mental stagnation. You need to figure out how to ignite the creative forces in your soul to remain steadfast on your mission of greatness. And the greatness that you’ll bring into existence will be one of the most potent forces for positive change this world has ever seen. Just don’t forget to persist when things get tough!

Aquarius (January 20 – February 18)

Element: Air

Rulers: Saturn, Uranus

Symbol: Water bearer

Traits: Independent, aloof, friendly, intelligent

Description: The mind of Aquarius is forever stuck in a quest for Ultimate Truth. You are radically unique and unconventional — a leader the likes of which no one has ever seen. You are one of the kindest, most loving individuals on Earth, but it’s your overly rational mind which sometimes makes you come across as cold and aloof. That said, your great desire for getting to the truth makes you one of the great moderating forces between the dangers of two emotionally polarizing extremes. Few people ever get to see the real you, and while you may be slow to trust others, once they are allowed a window into your beautiful, authentic spirit, they become loyal friends for life. In fact, you derive much of your joy from these deep friendships, and it’s these lucky few who get to see who you really are — a gifted, magnetic, and often whimsical soul. Your biggest challenge is learning to overcome the fear that paralyzes your ability to trust. While some may take advantage of that trust, the ones who don’t will help you grow in ways that even your unmatched intellect can’t comprehend. Doing this, the leadership you’ll provide to the rest of the world will become legendary.

Pisces (February 19 – March 20)

Element: Water

Rulers: Jupiter, Neptune

Symbol: Two fish

Traits: Sensitive, spiritual, magical, wise

Description: The old soul of every Pisces hates being confined to a tiny body on the physical plane. You are an unconventional explorer, a wandering mystic who feels utterly compelled to nurture their intensely unique inner gifts in search of true liberation. While you may be able to “fit in with the crowd” for a little bit, eventually you’ll need to break away and become hopelessly independent to find your guiding truth. You thrive on unbounded creativity, and your mission is to use this profound imagination to bring peace to all the suffering beings struggling to find meaning in an otherwise meaningless world. You are deeply spiritual, and you know better than anyone how to flourish inside the infinite vastness of the Universe. Anyone who tries to define you or box you in is met with the elusivity of a dancing fish slipping through their fingers. The moment you feel any sense of limitation, your anxiety kicks in and you find yourself becoming increasingly jaded and cynical — the bitter demons which plague your delicate soul. You are the most sensitive of the zodiac signs, and this sensitivity, while at times can feel like your biggest weakness, is actually your greatest strength. Learn to use it to your advantage, and watch the magic happen!

Moon Signs

Moon Signs

The constellation that the moon was passing through during the time of your birth at the location of your birth is known as your moon sign. Unlike calculating your sun sign, you’ll need to know your exact time and location of birth to find your moon sign. Once you have this information, there are plenty of online tools which will do the calculations and tell you what your moon sign is.

The moon in astrology is the ruler of the emotions. It controls your emotional landscape the same way it pushes and pulls the tides of the ocean. It’s the nearest celestial body to Earth, and it has one of the most direct impacts on a person’s physical, mental, and spiritual realities. Its presence is felt most deeply in the “inner world” — how you feel emotionally is directly controlled by the moon.

Understanding the moon sign shines a bright light on all that is dark in a person’s character. The mysterious processes of the subconscious become awakened when we know where the moon sits in an astrological chart.

Again, each sign carries positive and negative characteristics, and the negatives should not be ignored. Pay attention to the suggestions I’ve given here to help you overcome some of the uniquely challenging aspects associated with your moon sign.

Moon in Aries

Traits: Enthusiastic, brave, optimistic, reckless

Description: The courage of Aries ignites your passion for life. You are a phenomenal leader, and you fill the world with a fiery attitude. You have a tendency to be brutally honest, even though this may not be the best thing to do for the situation. You are a dependable person, and you are likely the first to act when something goes wrong. You are charismatic, charming, and possess a certain zest that makes you very attractive. But you are also frequently hot-headed and impatient. You need to learn to bring balance to your emotional life.

Moon in Taurus

Traits: Persistent, patient, nurturing,arrogant

Description: The bull is seeking stability, and you are seeking emotional stability. You are well-grounded in this Earthly reality, and you have heightened senses that may border on the paranormal. Many people probably come to you for your opinion about how something looks or tastes or feels because of these heightened senses. You need harmony in your life before you can be fully contented. Unfortunately, the ways you go about getting these things are often so stubborn and dogmatic that many people regard your attitude as arrogant. You need to learn to be more flexible and empathetic toward the many different expressions of human existence.

Moon in Gemini

Traits: Adaptable, communicative, thoughtful, prone to gossip

Description:  The curiosity you bring to your emotional world is the fuel that keeps you going. You have a peaceful, upbeat attitude, and that helps people be at ease when around you. And they love being around you! Your mind is always thinking up new and inventive ways to create peace and harmony in the world. In fact, your mind is usually thinking too much. You need to learn to turn down this thought process to focus on the present moment — this will help you completely tune into the emotional needs of others so you can better help them.

Moon in Cancer

Traits: Empathetic, spiritual, instinctual, moody

Description: You are borderline psychic, and the world doesn’t understand how you know the things you know. You have an innate reaction to certain situations that is based on sensitivity and intuition rather than logic. You know that there is a greater force deep inside your Divine Spirit that is more trustworthy than anything outside in the Earthly realm. Still, your heightened capacity for empathy makes you particularly vulnerable to the potentially unstable feelings of those around you. You need to disidentify with other people’s emotions and learn to take responsibility for the often unpredictable emotions that are hiding deep within your own subconscious.

Moon in Leo

Traits: Artistic, fun, loyal, egotistical

Description: Your playful expression comes from your spiritual wealth — you intuitively know that there’s a kind of infinite bliss found at the center of the Universe, and you feel it’s your job to bring all sentient beings to this place of non-suffering. At the same time, you crave human attention, hence why you feel like it’s your job to be the star of the show. This can lead to a lot of unchecked emotions when your unrealistic expectations aren’t met, like a child who can’t get their way. You need to learn how to be generous with your self-expression without desiring anything in return, especially validation.

Moon in Virgo

Traits: Practical, ordered, alert, controlling

Description: The outer world seeks chaos, but you seek harmony. You’re driven by finding a sense of order in life that can often be incredibly elusive. It almost seems like nothing you do is ever “correct” enough. Your drive toward purity in all things is beautiful, but it has the power to turn you into a hopeless romantic. You’re well-aligned with the physical needs of those around you, and you tend to use that sensitivity to take on the role of the healer. You need to learn to release the perfectionist tendencies buried deep in your subconscious in order to find the order that’s already hidden inside of the chaos.

Moon in Libra

Traits: Peaceful, intellectual, unique, indecisive

Description: There is nothing more powerful to you than balance. You are constantly fighting a war of imbalance in your emotional world, and that war often plays out on the physical realm, too. You frequently get lost in thought, trying to work out how you can create a sense of justice between two extremes. When you find that sense of ease that comes with maintaining peace, you become one of the most caring and empathetic human beings on the planet. But first, you need to learn to step out of your emotional turmoil, put everything in context, and only act from a place of wisdom and tact.

Moon in Scorpio

Traits: Intense, passionate, magical, lost

Description: No one feels things quite as strongly as you do, and while you do your best to handle it all, sometimes that’s just impossible — especially with the “heavy” stuff. Your emotional power is unparalleled, and people are either inexplicably attracted to your intense passion or confused by your mysterious forms of expression. It’s such a beautiful thing to be so deeply in touch with the sensitivity of existence, but without proper grounding, you’ll likely be unable to live the life of service you’re committed to. You need to learn to step out of the dark, unknown spirit realm once in a while and rejoin your fellow humans back here on Earth.

Moon in Sagittarius

Traits: Positive, energetic, free, aloof

Description: You seem to be on a never-ending quest to find freedom, love, and wisdom, and your style of courageous living is infectious. People want to be around you because you always “follow your heart” and let it take you wherever you need to go. But the problem is that sometimes this “divine intuition” is actually just fear, and it’s keeping you from growing into the person you want to become. You need to learn the difference between what is really the best thing to do in a situation and what is just your anxiety telling you to run away.

Moon in Capricorn

Traits: Strong, capable, determined, sarcastic

Description: Creating a journey with self-determination while building an integrated personality is the only way you’ll find happiness. Everything you do is in pursuit of a lifestyle that is stable, consistent, and free of stress. You are drawn toward things that ignite your senses, and you seek out experiences that play on your sensual desires. But when you’re not able to find these things — stability, sensual pleasures, etc. — you turn into a melancholic nightmare and you try to drown out your emotional world. You need to learn how to be OK with not getting the things you want while still moving toward your goals with persistence, grace, and charm.

Moon in Aquarius

Traits: Mysterious, receptive, friendly, detached

Description: It’s not that you try to come across as mysterious, it’s just that you don’t know how to put all of your feelings into language. You are insanely receptive to the inner workings of the spirit realm, and you exist in the Universe with a kind of “energetic unity”. This often causes you to retreat from society so you can regroup and find peace within the chaos. While this vibrational harmony is exactly the thing that makes you driven to create heaven on Earth, it’s also the thing that scares you into running away from all of its problems. You need to learn to stay committed to the Truth while being 100% authentic in everything that you do.

Moon in Pisces

Traits: Trusting, creative, tactful, naive

Description: Your imagination is wild, unpredictable, and vivid. No one can come up with creative ideas quite like you can. The problem is that you tend to get lost in this non-existent dream world where everything is fun, people are nice, and the fairy tales you create all have happy endings. This ends up being extremely painful when people don’t act the way you expect them to — because reality is much harsher than your fantasies. You need to learn to bring your unmatched creativity back to Earth so you can start to physically manifest the kinds of fairy tales you keep dreaming about.

Ascendent/Rising Sign

Ascendent/Rising Sign

At the exact moment you were born, the astrological sign found on the Eastern horizon of the Earth is known as your ascendent or rising sign. Again, like the moon sign, you need to know your exact time of birth to calculate your ascendant. And again, there are plenty of online tools which will tell you what your rising sign is.

A lot of astrologers like to say the rising sign is “how people see you”. But this is misleading. Remembering that you are still in control of your own destiny, the rising sign is more about how you are presenting yourself.

The rising sign doesn’t necessarily mean you exhibit any of these characteristics in daily life, and you may not particularly resonate with it right now. It simply means that this is the image of you that you’re allowing to be projected onto your physical realityThat is, you are creating a reality in your head and bringing it into the world — even though you may not be consciously aware of this creation, this is how you are presenting yourself in line with what you want people to see.

How this manifests is different for everyone — some people see their rising sign as the ideal version of themselves, and some people simply want their outward personality to highlight favorable qualities. Regardless of how your rising sign manifests in your awareness, it represents how you appear to the world around you. You need to read about your ascendant as if you were someone else describing you.

Like the sun and moon signs, the recommendations I’m giving for each rising sign suggest specific ways that you can grow and become a more well-rounded human.

Ascendant in Aries

Traits: Athletic, friendly, resourceful, aggressive

Description: You take pride in your image, and you always know when you need to “dress for success”. You are particularly straightforward with your words and actions, perhaps even a little brash if you feel like people aren’t giving you the attention you desire. You are really only interested in doing something as long as someone else wants you to do it — otherwise, you feel like you’re wasting your time. Don’t abandon your plans based on these selfish primal urges. Strengthen your intention, and learn how to follow through.

Ascendant in Taurus

Traits: Personable, caring, driven,stubborn

Description: You are clearly on a mission, and this human life is clearly your vehicle for expression. People see you as strong and dependable, and not much else makes you as happy as being surrounded by your faithful companions. You know what you want and you are stubbornly trying to make this reality come into existence. Don’t force things so much — understand that everything is going to happen the way it needs to. If something is meant to be, it’s meant to be, and nothing you do or don’t do will change that.

Ascendant in Gemini

Traits: Adaptable, attractive, fun, unstable

Description: You don’t have only one identity. You have so many ways of behaving and personalities hiding inside your mind that no one is entirely sure of who you are. But this mystique is what turns you into a force of instant connection — you are adaptable to all different kinds of people. While great socially, this constant shifting of emotions can become a burden on you mentally if you aren’t properly grounded. Make sure you’re taking care of yourself on Earth with practices like mindfulness meditation and physical exercise.

Ascendant in Cancer

Traits: Sensitive, creative, romantic, scared

Description: You are extremely warm, kind, and sensitive, but you are not very trusting… not at first at least. You’ve been hurt so many times that you instinctively don’t want to take any chances. You hide most of your pain behind the tough outer shell you’ve built up over the years. You need to figure out how to protect yourself while still being welcoming. Let your guard down and invite people into your heart — just make sure you learn how to protect yourself if they betray your trust.

Ascendant in Leo

Traits: Entertaining, energetic, confident, superficial

Description: Everyone loves being around you. You’re boisterous and exuberant and you light up every room you enter. It’s almost like sunshine is eminanting directly from your body, and people love basking in that light. You’re fun, personable, friendly, and confident. And while this is all great, you desire a fair amount of love and admiration from everyone else before you can be happy. Don’t seek this superficial validation. Instead, learn to have no expectations — live in the moment, be confident, and just have fun.

Ascendant in Virgo

Traits: Organized, perfectionist, warm, stubborn

Description: Your surroundings are beautiful… because you’ve designed them that way. Everything needs to be neat, clean, and well kept. And this extends to your mental surroundings, too. The situations you put yourself in need to be carefully scoped out and expertly planned for you to feel like you’re not going to be wasting your time. Clean up your house, yes, and make sure everything is in order, yes, but learn to relax in the process. Be in this moment. Nothing exists in the future — everything is happening right now.

Ascendant in Libra

Traits: Lawful, peaceful, thoughtful, judgemental

Description: There is no disagreement that you can’t reconcile. You are a peacemaker, a law-abiding citizen in a world that is crazy, chaotic, and disorganized. You know there’s peace to be had and you build your work around making sure that that peace can be built, strengthened, and maintained. But understand the universe is naturally disorganized, and that’s perfectly OK. There needs to be a balance in everything — and sometimes things need to be messy in order to be successful.

Ascendant in Scorpio

Traits: Magnetic, soulful, powerful, lonely

Description: It’s almost as if you’re one giant mystery that everyone is trying to figure out. You thrive on being coy, and it’s what makes you so attractive. You’re intense, and sometimes people don’t know what to make of this passionate expression you bring to all of your interactions. But don’t be afraid to let others into your life more easily. When you lower your defenses, you’ll find that everyone just wants to be your friend, and the outward persona you want them to see is just getting in the way.

Ascendant in Sagittarius

Traits: Philosophical, confident, energetic, distant

Description: No one can talk about the nature of human existence quite like you can.You are one of the great thinkers of this generation — full of creative ideas, beautiful visions, and powerful ways to get people to come together.But there is such a thing as being too clever. When you think you know everything, you trick your mind into believing things that aren’t real. Relax the muscle of thought and let the experience of the present moment give you all the wisdom you need.

Ascendant in Capricorn

Traits: Capable, ambitious, persistent, workaholic

Description: All it takes to motivate you is one good idea that you can build upon. No one else embodies the motto “Anything Can Happen” quite like you. You have a natural flair about you that is warm, dedicated, and grounded. You are a force of physics — turning mental energy into physical reality. There are a million ideas floating in your head, and you are trying to make every single one of them happen. Just pick one and stay dedicated to seeing it happen in real life — don’t keep starting and stopping.

Ascendant in Aquarius

Traits: Unique, fun, friendly, withdrawn

Description: If there’s a new experience to be had, you’re the first to line up. You love trying new things and figuring out what makes your soul happy, but rarely are you able to maintain the status quo. Indeed, you are aggressively not “normal”. But understand that this uniqueness is the powerful reason you were put on this Earth. It’s not a bad thing! You don’t need to try to fit in — just be yourself and don’t let the fear of loneliness make you hide your true self from others.

Ascendant in Pisces

Traits: Dreamy, creative, empathetic, naive

Description: Life is like a big symphony and you are the conductor. Moving through the world for you is fluid, and you find it hard to stay in one spot for too long. Planning is not a concept you’re familiar with because you intuitively know that everything is always changing. Your head is firmly stuck in the clouds, and this dreaminess can lead you into a lot of awful places — addiction, bad relationships, and financial instability. Understand that your creative expression has its place, but that place is not everywhere!

Astrology Positions: The 12 Houses

Astrology Positions: The 12 Houses

It helps to think of the 12 houses like a big piece of pie cut into 12 different slices (or in this case, 2 separate pies of 6 slices for the “personal” and “interpersonal” houses). Each slice is a physical section of the zodiac. They are like “houses” built into the sky.

Celestial bodies — like planets — move in and out of these physical locations over the course of time. As they enter and leave each house (or physical location in the sky), they bring with them powerful influences that direct each one of life’s many experiences. Over the course of your life, as a celestial body moves in and out of these physical locations, you will experience the effects that these celestial bodies bring. Again, there are plenty of online tools which will tell you which celestial bodies are in which houses at any given point in time.

Each house represents an aspect of life that is easily identifiable and definable. When you find certain celestial bodies in these houses, you’ll have easily definable interpretations for the things you have faced in the past, the things you are facing now, and the things you will be facing at any point in the future. By fully understanding the influence of the 12 houses, you will be able to see everything — the fun, the hurdles, the gifts, the heartbreak, and the bliss — that you’ll encounter in your lifetime.

The 12 houses are divided into two sections:

  • Personal — things relating to your self.
  • Interpersonal — things relating to the outside world.

The 6 Personal Houses

1st House — The image of the self. This is how you are portrayed in the physical world. It brings messages of physical manifestation and new ideas. This is the house in which your ascendant is found in your birth chart.

2nd House — The material world. This is where things about finances, money, and material possessions are located. The overall sense of security in the material world is found here.

3rd House — The communication world. This is where all things society-related come into focus. How you talk, how you interact with your community, and how you move around from one place to another are found here.

4th House — The home world. This is where your relationships with your family are located. It represents the place where you find your strongest sense of belonging and peace (i.e. home).

5th House — The entertainment world. This is where you have fun! Creativity, romance, relaxation, artistic expression, and children are all represented here. This is where your natural, playful confidence is found.

6th House — The body world. This is where you can understand how you’re using your body in the physical realm. How you eat, how you sleep, how you manage routines, what physical habits you have, and how you take on stress are all examined here.

The 6 Interpersonal Houses

7th House — The conceptual world. This is where the mind finds its unique style of rationalization. How you interpret thoughts and process relationships — especially one-to-one partnerships — are defined here.

8th House — The underworld. This is where all those hidden forces that drive your primal senses — sex, death, fear, hope, desire, etc. — are found. Planets moving through this house typically bring difficulties in the short term but transformation in the long term.

9th House — The world of exploration. This is where things like travel and philosophical concepts are found. Education is found here, as are all things which ignite the curious passion of exploration.

10th House — The professional world. This is the house of careers, success, and fulfilment. It serves your sense of professional achievements as you conduct whatever business you were brought on Earth to do.

11th House — The world of friends. This is where all friendships are defined, both physically and conceptually. It’s the outside-the-box thinking which dominates the unique and personal way we reach out to our community.

12th House — The hidden world. This is where dreams and secrets are held — not visible in plain sight but buried underneath mountains of darkness. Intuition is strong in this house, and understanding rarely comes logically.

Astrology Positions: Movements & Aspects

To start off, the movement of planets and stars are seen as relational to Earth. For example, the sun doesn’t move — we are just spinning and twisting while moving in a circle, making the sun appear to move. But what is true is that something is moving, and that something is causing profound changes to occur.

The same is true for the motion of all celestial bodies. Because of this, many scientists like to call this phenomenon “apparent movement”, and astrologers have been studying for centuries which kinds of apparent planetary movement bring which kinds of changes to our human world.

The impact these movements have and the degree to which these movements are felt depend on many things — most notably, type of motion, speed, and geometric relationships.

Motion

When a planet moves through the sky, us Earthlings perceive its motion in one of two ways:

  1. Direct — the planet appears to be moving forward.
  2. Retrograde — the planet appears to be moving backward.

Both kinds of perceived motion — and the perception of the transition between moving forward and moving backward — have substantial impacts on the astrological field.

We can figure out motion the same way we can with transits — with calculations based around a planet’s orbit and where they are/will be in relation to the Earth at any given time. Again, these kinds of calculations are most easily performed with computer software designed for these purposes.

Direct motion is regarded as “outward” motion. Things associated with the planet are perceived normally, and they appear as they would to the outside world. For instance, Mercury moving in a direct motion signifies that communication is normal, and it could be a good time to effectively use your person-to-person communication skills.

Retrograde motion is regarded as “inner” motion. When a planet goes into retrograde motion, that planet’s characteristics highlight aspects of the “inner self” that are not normally brought to the forefront. For instance, Mercury moving in a retrograde motion signifies that outward communication is more difficult, making it a particularly good time to communicate with your “inner world”. (To find out when Mercury is in retrograde, go here.)

Transits

Transits

A transit is the movement of a celestial body — like a planet — through the sky. The length of each transit, as well as its apparent motion and position, can be analyzed from your birth chart through a series of calculations. For example, if you know that Venus takes approximately 1 month to move through each sign, you can see where it is now and calculate which sign it will be in 10 years from now. Obviously, this is most easily done with computers and software designed exclusively for performing these kinds of calculations. Again, there are plenty of online tools to help out with this.

Transits happen all the time, and the “fast-moving planets” can move in and out of a sign rather quickly. But the most impactful transits are the ones that move slowly (due to long planetary orbits). Particularly important transits are ones where planets make a long-awaited “return” back to where it was when you were born. Two important returns are:

  1. Jupiter Return — once in about 12 years, signifying the start of a new growth phase.
  2. Saturn Return — once in about 30 years, signifying the end of a major life cycle and the start of a new overall perspective.

For example:

  • Jupiter makes a return in your chart around age 12, age 24, age 36, age 48, and so on.
  • Saturn makes a return in your chart around age 30, age 60, and age 90.

Aspects

Aspects

As celestial bodies (like planets) move in the sky, they occupy certain positions, and those positions relate geometrically to other celestial bodiesAs we’ve explored previously, each celestial body brings with it certain astrological influences in your life, and how each one geometrically positions itself in the sky further defines the specific astrological influence you are experiencing.

Sometimes these geometric relationships are favorable, and other times, they are not. Imagine how people on a sports team position themselves favorably to their other teammates and unfavorably to their opponents. This is what planets do all the time!

There are seven major aspects that we are particularly interested in astrologically, and they are divided into “favorable” and “unfavorable” positions. It’s a bit simplistic to say that the favorable aspects are “good” and the unfavorable ones are “bad”, and I would caution you to not view them that way.

One way to view favorable and unfavorable aspects is as “easy” and “challenging”, respectively. The favorable aspects bring great positivity while the unfavorable aspects bring great difficulties. The latter sounds “bad”, but it’s important to remember that we learn the most when confronted with difficulties. Unfavorable aspects represent powerful opportunities for personal growth.

To calculate aspects, you need to find the precise angle that these celestial bodies are forming in relation to one another across the entire zodiac field. And again, there are plenty of online tools to help you calculate astrological aspects.

Favorable Aspects (Easy)

  • Conjunct — 0-10 degrees. Traveling extremely close together, blending their qualities into one.
  • Sextile — 60 degrees. Moving harmoniously with one another, friendly and laid-back.
  • Trine — 120 degrees. Two bodies moving in perfect harmony, great vibrations and heightened energy.

Unfavorable Aspects (Challenging)

  • Semisextile — 30 degrees. Not close enough to be friendly, not far enough away to be out of sight. Awkward and irritable.
  • Square — 90 degrees. There’s a lot of tension here. There might be some similarities, but not enough to be friendly with each other.
  • Quincunx — 150 degrees. So far away from each other. Completely different characteristics, no common ground anywhere to be found.
  • Opposite — 180 degrees. Couldn’t be further away from each other. Polar opposites staring at one another like they’re looking at an alien.

Putting it All Together: The Interpretation of Signs, Planets, Houses, Elements, and Everything Else

So once you understand what all of these influences are and what they represent, you can start to put everything together.

For instance, you know that Venus is the planet of love and relationships. So after drawing up your birth chart, you find your Venus is located in the sign of Aquarius. So you will be able to understand that, because Venus is the ruler of relationships, your relationship style is intellectual, maybe even a little bit aloof. You like building connections that are unique and unconventional, possibly even referring to your intimate partners as close friends rather than romantic lovers. When that Venus in Aquarius is found in the third house (i.e. the house of communication), you will find it very difficult to communicate your desire for both freedom and close intimacy to anyone, especially your romantic partners. Not many people will understand this unconventional approach to interpersonal relationships, so your challenge is learning to communicate these needs with clarity, intention, and authenticity.

In this way, you can take any aspect of your chart and analyze it, seeing exactly where you face challenges, identifying the specific gifts you bring to the physical world, and figuring out what your mission is in life.

Of course, it’s a lot of work, and it requires a serious amount of dedication, time, and persistence. I always recommend getting a professional reading before you try and interpret your own chart. A trained astrologer will give you “outside” insights that they’ve gained from years of reading astrological charts — highlighting specific personality traits that make your journey unique. Getting this outside perspective on your life will first shine a bright light on specific areas that you have been keeping in the dark.

After your first reading, take your chart and read it again, using this guide to inform your interpretations. As you look through your birth chart yourself, follow your own intuition and let your higher self take you on a profound journey of self-discovery.

Breathe, meditate, and listen to the wisdom of the stars as they tell you everything you’ve ever needed to know!

Article Source – MysticMag.com

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What Saturn Retrograde Means For You by Elizabeth Gulino

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Every year, Saturn goes retrograde — usually from April or May through September. These four or five months bring a lot to look forward to. That’s right, unlike the bummer that is Mercury retrograde, Saturn retrograde can open the door to some pretty positive changes.

“Saturn retrograde isn’t a bad transit,” astrologer Lisa Stardust tells Refinery29. “When the karmic planet Saturn starts slowing down, it gives us time to reflect on matters such as relationships and our roles at work.”

While the ringed planet appears to move backwards in its orbit, Stardust says that we’ll be inclined to contemplate and strategize our next moves. “This may include deciding if we want to venture out on our own and become an independent contractor,” she says. It’s an especially opportune time for love too. If you’ve been contemplating taking a next step with your partner, this transit may provide an additional nudge to take the plunge. “Usually, during this time we see people commit more,” Stardust says.

Saturn is also the planet that rules karma. So this retrograde is a good time to take stock of your past behavior; you might wind up paying for any negative actions or unresolved issues that have been festering. This isn’t a bad thing. Once everything has been brought to light and the balance paid, you can walk away feeling lighter and right with the world.”

We might be sitting pretty as far as karma is concerned! But if we’ve made our share of mistakes, we might have some apologizing to do,” explains Narayana Montúfar, senior astrologer for Astrology.com & Horoscope.com.

“Transits like this one are all part of the natural cycle of life, and Saturn retrograde helps us not only to keep track of the score, but also to set the record straight.” She calls Saturn retrograde a “reality check.”

Of course, the flip side is that you may see some positive energy coming your way from your good deeds over the past few months, Montúfar adds. “Saturn retrograde does like to bring rewards to those who have taken the time to make real efforts, especially during the months it was direct.”

We can expect our mind to turn to issues regarding personal security, business, and work during the next several months, says Leslie Hale, psychic astrologer at Keen.com. “We have a four-month window of time to access whether or not our activities are working out as planned or if we should change direction,” Hale says. Saturn retrograde might be when you think about whether or not you’d like to move on from the job you have or seek out a new career path entirely.

Hale says that while Saturn retrograde can seem like a period of anxiety and limitation, it’s important to remember that its purpose is to assess the important things and make changes if necessary. By the time the planet goes direct again in September, you should be ready to hit the ground running — and that’s something we can all look forward to.

Article Source – Refingery29.com

Do You Look Like Your Zodiac Sign, Per Astrology?

Your zodiac sign helps to reveal your identity.

Each zodiac sign is designed by the twelve months of the year: spring, summer, fall and winter.

Coincidentally, makeup and fashion are also guided by the seasons.

Why? The way you look (and want to dress) has everything to do with the time of year you’re in, and perhaps even when you were born.

Here’s how you look like your zodiac sign, according to astrology:

Aries (March 21-April 19)

Zodiac sign: Ram

They’re known to have a ‘big head,’ literally.

Since Aries is the first on the zodiac sign chart, they obtain a leadership role.

They have a square head along with defined eyebrows.

People that resemble these features are Reese Witherspoon, Kate Hudson, or Asa Butterfield.

They also have a defined bone structure that gives their shape a diamond look.

They’re physically fit or they may appear to have a natural nice body shape.

Taurus (April 20-May 20)

Zodiac sign: Bull

It’s unlikely for most Taurus to have a pointy nose.

They have either a flat or a broad nose.

Taurus tend to also have broad shoulders or a strong jaw structure.

Taurus appears to have a relaxed and confident expression.

They have a sensual look on their facial expression, that shows they can’t be bothered.

Some examples of Taurus’ physical features are Gigi Hadid, Jon Cena, or Channing Tatum.

Gemini (May 21-June 20)

Zodiac sign: Twins

Geminis have a youthful appearance.

Even if they’re much older, their appearances look much younger.

Small noses and defined chins help define their beauty.

Some examples of Geminis are Brooke Shields, Mary-Kate Olson, or Paula Abdul.

The planet Mercury helps Geminis perceive to have dainty physical appearances.

Whether it’s their hair or clothes, Geminis tend to have momentary shifts for new styles.

Before anyone recognizes a Gemini’s appearance, their youthful, playful energy will be recognized first.

Cancer (June 21-July 22)

Zodiac sign: Crab

They may have a round or full face, whether it’s the cheeks, chin, or eyes.

Cancers appear to look paler or lack melanin.

This is due to being controlled by the moon, because of its luminous, bright light.

Their round eyes help Cancers appear to be hypnotic which attracts others to them.

They lack a poker face because they easily express their emotions.

Some examples of cancers are Selena Gomez, Post Malone, or Lele Pons.

Leo (July 23-August 22)

Zodiac sign: Lion

They usually have big or thick hair.

They have been that child with a huge patch of hair, their mother loved to photoshoot.

This appearance gives off a fierce look that Leos uses for glamorous confidence.

Since Leos are ruled by the Sun, their looks are more defined.

While royalty runs through their veins, they give off a flare of dominance.

They dress with style and eye-catching outfits.

Some examples of Leo are Jennifer Lopez, Shawn Mendez, or Madelaine Petsch.

Virgo (August 23-September 22)

Zodiac sign: Maiden

They’re ruled by Mercury, which causes Virgos to have a dainty physical appearance.

Tiny facial features are common as well as petite body figures, especially for women.

Their appearance has a child-like innocence to them.

Virgos are known to be analytical.

Their pierced eyes make them seem focused, while their mouths seem puckered.

Their analytical expressions seem like they are up to something.

Some examples of Virgo’s appearances are Zendaya, Beyonce, or Cameron Dallas.

Libra (September 23-October 22)

Zodiac sign: Scale

Libras have a sensual facial expression.

Libras don’t aim to constantly look extravagant or deafening.

As the symbol portrays, Libras are not one-sided.

They dress balanced or casual.

Their body language isn’t dramatic, and they’re more health concerned.

Their whole persona expresses genuine and fair.

Some examples of Libra’s appearances are Julia Andrew, Donald Glover, and Will Smith.

If you notice the appearances of a Libra, keep them as they are known as ‘the friend’ sign.

Scorpio (October 23-November 21)

Zodiac sign: Scorpion

If you see a fire in someone’s eyes, then they’re most likely a Scorpio.

They’re known to be passionate, resilient, and sexually appealing.

They have hypnotic eyes that intimate others by their dominance.

When a limb from a Scorpio gets cut off, they’re able to grow it back.

Scorpios have a defined posture that expresses having a strong backbone.

Some examples of Scorpio appearances are Drake, Hilary Clinton, or Katy Perry.

Scorpios also have strong jaws.

They have either a pointy or a hook nose.

Their eyes may seem more shiny or reflective, which attracts others to them.

Sagittarius (November 22-December 21)

Zodiac sign: Archer

They usually have a nice oval face.

Their eyes are open which expresses a genuine persona.

Sagittarians don’t conceal anything, which makes them candid.

Even though they have a difficult time staying still, being calm is a part of their style.

The best way to describe them is ‘gracefully clumsy.’

They’re eloquent in their steps, but if a pebble was thrown at them, then they might go flying.

Capricorn (December 22-January 19)

Zodiac sign: Sea goat

Capricorns usually have a full face, high forehead, along with defined eyebrows.

Their physical appearances will hold up with time well.

They have shining, glossy hair, but both Capricorn’s gender favor low-maintenance hairstyles.

Capricorns have a good sense of sturdiness in their lives.

They are well built and physically strong.

Their sense of clothing focuses on being simple, sophisticated, and comfortable.

Some examples of Capricorns are Bradley Cooper, John Legend, or Michelle Obama.

Aquarius (January 20 to February 18)

Zodiac sign: Waterbearer

It is difficult to pinpoint an Aquarius.

They may share both masculine and feminine characteristics.

You can see these in non-binary or intersex people.

Aquarius has a nice slim body shape.

They also have a droopy posture, but their eyes say ‘friendliness.’

Aquarius has dainty physical features, such as their ears and thin lips.

Some examples of Aquarius appearances are Ellen Degeneres, Michael Jordan, or The Weekend.

Pisces (February 19 to March 20)

Zodiac sign: Fish

Having dimples with aqua blue eyes, help Pisces to stand out.

Similar to a fish if they had legs, Pisces walk with short steps, and shift their bodies side to side.

For women, most Pisces are blessed with larger breasts and ‘thunder thighs.’

Pisces show emotion through their eyes.

They cry often, but it’s out of a heartfelt reaction.

Some examples of Pisces appearances are Justin Bieber, Millie B. Brown, and Camila Cabello.

Article Source – YourTango.com. Written by Sofia Stewart is a writer who covers astrology, spirituality, love and relationship topics.

Which Zodiac Signs Are Incompatible? Here’s Who You Should Probably Never Date, Based On Astrology By AMANDA CHATEL and NINA KAHN

Dating is complicated, and we sure do know it. It can be hard to scan for red flags, gauge your chemistry, and get to know someone on an authentic level all at once. But there’s a little cosmic trick to gaining insight into the fate of connection with someone new, and that’s by looking the astrological love compatibility between you two. Finding out which zodiac signs are the most compatible in love is definitely a must, but knowing the most incompatible zodiac signs for you is perhaps even more useful, as it can help you to avoid wasting your time on someone who will eventually press your buttons, grind your gears, and drive you up the wall.

But before you eliminate an entire group of Sun signs from your dating pool, remember that just because you’re falling for someone with an incompatible zodiac sign to yours doesn’t mean the relationship is doomed to end in heartache. The astrological compatibility between two people involves much more than just Sun signs — you’ve got to look at your birth charts on the whole, as that will give you a much clearer picture of what potential struggles lie ahead. So while Sun signs are a good start, remember that romance planet Venussex planet Mars, and the emotional Moon all play major roles in our love lives, too.

Besides, just because there’s difficulty between two signs, doesn’t mean you can’t work it out or compromise. “No matter what sign you are, chances are that you’re compatible with every other sign in some way,” says astrologer Lisa Stardust. “But, on paper, there are some signs least likely to get along when dating.”

It’s time to learn which signs you’re romantically incompatible withbased on your zodiac sign.

Aries (March 21 – April 19)

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Your least compatible signs for dating: Cancer and Capricorn.

Why? You’re bold and impulsive by nature, Aries — but Cancers are more reserved and protective of their space and time, so you might struggle to adjust to their need for peace and quiet. “These two signs can be suspicious of the others agenda at times,” Stardust says. It’s hard to find a balance between your spontaneous streak and a Cancer’s comfort zone.

With Capricorn (a fellow cardinal sign), you’re dealing with someone who is equally ambitious and headstrong as you. This can be motivating — or it can result in some major head-butting. “They’re both super competitive when it comes to work,” Stardust says. The chances of Aries of Capricorn overlapping (and creating bliss) in the process is small.

Taurus (April 20 – May 20)

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Your least compatible signs for dating: Leo and Capricorn.

Why? You like to take things slow, Taurus, and you don’t feel the need to rush into things. That’s why the fiery and attention-grabbing energy of a Leo could prove to be too much for your lifestyle. “You two can argue for days, as you lack a basic understanding of the other,” Stardust says. The differences in how you approach life could be the root of many disagreements.

Even though Capricorn is a fellow earth sign, you could find their heavily disciplined attitude to conflict with your need to do things your own way. “In this case, you don’t understand the other person’s motives and beliefs at times,” Stardust says. Since you’re both a little stubborn, this pairing could lead to frustration.

Gemini (May 21 – June 20)

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Your least compatible signs for dating: Leo and Pisces.

Why? A Leo’s personality is likely to be as big and sparkly as yours is, Gemini — but because you each approach the world is such different ways, it could lead to friction and misunderstanding. “Neither can trust each other’s motives which will cause arguments,” Stardust says.

Dating a Pisces, however, is hit or miss. “The Twins may be too logical for a dreamy Pisces,” Stardust says. If you find yourself on a date with a Pisces and you’re not feeling it, it’s probably best to slow things down right then and there before the communication differences get in the way of the relationship.

Cancer (June 21 – July 22)

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Your least compatible signs for dating: Aries, Cancer, and Capricorn.

Why? Aries can be a little too impatient to deal with a Cancer, as you like to take your time to smell the flowers. “This pairing may bring confusion and drama to both parties,” Stardust says. So unless you’re a Cancer who feels like you want to speed up your life for someone else, then steer clear.

As for a Cancer dating a Cancer, all that emotional wealth can backfire and cause more anxiety than an a happy loving relationship. Granted, this anxiety can be worked on, but if there’s no guarantee that there’s a future, you may be wasting your time.

Capricorn is opposite to Cancer on the zodiac wheel — and while opposites can attract, you might struggle to find compatible ways to make each other feel loved, which is hard on a nurturing Cancer like yourself. “The sea-goat may be less affectionate than Cancer, which can cause issues,” Stardust says.

Leo (July 23 – Aug. 22)

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Your least compatible signs for dating: Taurus and Scorpio.

Why? While the devotion of a Taurus is definitely desirable to you, you might ultimately find yourself feeling held back. “Leo requires ‘too much’ energy for Taurus who likes to be chill and calm,” Stardust says. Taurus prefers to take things slow and steady, while you prefer living life in the fast lane.

Let’s be real: you crave attention, Leo. While this doesn’t mean you’re not loyal, it can cause a lot of friction with a Scorpio, as they require unyielding devotion from their partner can get easily suspicious. “These two will have conflicts about transparency and honesty,” Stardust says. It’s never fun to face trust issues with your partner, but in this pairing, it could be tough to avoid.

Virgo (Aug. 23 – Sept. 22)

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Your least compatible signs for dating: Virgo, Sagittarius, and Pisces.

Why? Virgo is one zodiac that shouldn’t date a fellow Virgo. While their positive traits can complement each other, the negative traits of Virgo cause more problems than most relationships can survive.

If you’re looking for a fairytale relationship, then be wary of Sagittarius. A relationship with Sagittarius could cause endless doubts, as trust will always be an issue. “The archer is too flamboyant for an analytical Virgo,” Stardust says.

Pisces is the sign opposite to you on the zodiac wheel, Virgo. Opposites do attract sometimes, but your desire for orderliness and rationality might always leave you frustrated by the flighty and whimsical nature of a Pisces. “The mystical fish can be too wishy-washy for practical Virgo,” Stardust says.

Libra (Sept. 23 – Oct. 22)

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Your least compatible signs for dating: Gemini, Libra, and Sagittarius.

Why? Gemini is a fellow air sign, which points to you having things in common. But that doesn’t automatically mean compatibility. “Oddly enough, you both get annoyed at each other’s airy and gossipy sentiments,” Stardust says. You prefer to be challenged by being with someone who brings out different qualities from your personality.

Libras are notoriously indecisive, and you know you have a tendency to be a people-pleaser. That said, it can be hard to say what you mean in a relationship with another Libra, and you might find it challenging to move forward on things since you’re both constantly trying to placate the other.

Partnerships are deeply important to you, but your die-hard romantic streak would likely be put to the test in a relationship with a free-spirited Sagittarius. “The archer lives a life of freedom that can challenge relationship oriented Libra,” Stardust says.

Scorpio (Oct. 23 – Nov. 21)

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Your least compatible signs for dating: Aries and Leo.

Why? There’s one word to describe the union of Scorpio and Aries: intense. “Both your signs are ruled by Mars, so you’d need to be dedicated to change in order for this pairing to work,” Stardust says. On a bad day, this pairing could be a massive collision where neither one gets out unscathed. No one wants that.

You need privacy and unshakable loyalty in a relationship, so you’d probably struggle to find compromise with the big and attention-loving personality of a Leo. “The lion shines its bright light, which can confuse a Scorpio, as you’re the master of the underworld,” Stardust says.

Sagittarius (Nov. 22 – Dec. 21)

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Your least compatible signs for dating: Taurus and Cancer.

Why? A relationship with an earthy, grounded Taurus could prove really difficult for a free-spirited fire sign like you, Sag. “The bull needs relationship comforts while the archer likes to be free,” Stardust says. You don’t want to feel tied down, so Taurus’ comfort zone may simply be too small to accommodate your constant need for change.

While both Sagittarius and Cancer are capable of love and lots of it, you can’t seem to love at the same time, in the same ways. “The crab needs security while you, Sag, are endlessly evolving,” Stardust says. Because of this, you might not even find yourself even in the situation to turn down a date with a Cancer, as your first-impression vibes may just not jive.

Capricorn (Dec. 22 – Jan. 19)

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Your least compatible signs for dating: Aries and Leo.

Why? You’re attracted to ambition, but a headstrong Aries could annoy the hell out of you, Capricorn. “You both have a need to control, so you could act out on each other,” Stardust says. If you’re up for a challenge, then great! But, realistically, most people can’t tolerate that kind of friction forever.

And again, while you enjoy being with someone who is driven and focused, the vibrant and flamboyant energy of a Leo could end up testing your patience. “The sea-goat is too austere and conservative for the frisky lion,” Stardust says. In the end, you could find that you hold each other back and rag on each other a little too hard.

Aquarius (Jan. 20 – Feb. 18)

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Your least compatible signs for dating: Taurus and Cancer.

Why? You’re constantly looking toward the future, Aquarius, ready to embrace change wholeheartedly. But grounded Taurus prefers to take things slow and can be resistant to change, which can be frustrating for both parties. “The bull isn’t as forward thinking as the water-bearer,” Stardust says. These opposing approaches to life could prove to be too difficult to manage.

Cancer is far too different from you to have an easy time when it comes to a long-term relationship. “You are too lukewarm for the crab, who is more affectionate,” Stardust says. While you can both do your best to try to accept each others differences (and might even be able to do so for the short-term), the long haul could be more of an issue, as Cancer’s emotional energy could feel like too much for you, as such a concept-driven air sign.

Pisces (Feb. 19 – March 20)

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Your least compatible signs for dating: Leo, Libra, and Pisces.

Why? As a sign that’s highly sensitive, you’re likely to waste too much time on getting even with a Leo for hurting you, or taking their words in the wrong way. Unless, of course, you can convince this Leo to grow and change with your free-flowing nature. “This pairing can work if both are willing to evolve together,” Stardust says.

You and Libra have some major things in common, as you both love to be in love and are deeply romantic. But it’s actually because of these similarities that you could hit a romantic danger zone. “The relationship can take on a co-dependent energy,” Stardust says. If you don’t have someone who can bring some grounding energy to your partnerships, you could easily get lost within your feelings.

Although there’s the possibility that two Pisces could create something really great, it’s best if that creation comes from a Pisces-Pisces friendship, because as far as romantic relationships go, it could end in a highly emotional heartbreak.

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Finding the ideal match isn’t easy. Like, at all. But by knowing how your personality works with other personalities, you might find that there’s something to be said about studying the zodiac and its signs, in regards to love, sex, and relationships.

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Intuitive Astrology Forecast May 2020 by Tanaaz

It is hard to believe that we are almost halfway through the calendar year! 2020 was always destined to be a big year and the month of May acts as a gateway to the next chapter.

During the start of the month, we have a string of planets going retrograde and by the month’s end, we are preparing to enter Eclipse Season.

May also brings the Lunar Nodes changing signs, which is a key event this year, and relates to our collective soul lessons and what we have all come here to achieve during our time on this planet together.

There is no doubt that May is a big month, but it also carries a softness too that will help to inspire romance, creativity, and heart openings.

To help you navigate through the month, I also have a guided meditation which has been designed in accordance with the cosmic energies. You can find it here.

But now, let’s dive deeper into the astrology of May 2020…

May 5: The Nodes Changing Signs

One of the major events of 2020 is the Lunar Nodes changing signs and this happens on May 5th.

The Lunar Nodes are not a planet but rather, a mathematical point between the Sun and the Moon. This sacred point in the sky is said to indicate our soul purpose on both a collective and individual level.

There are two Lunar Nodes, both a North Node and a South Node. The North Node represents where we are heading and what we need to learn, whereas the South Node represents where we have been and what foundation we are building upon.

Since 2018, the North Node has been in Cancer and the South Node has been in Capricorn. This means our collective lessons have centered around home and family life and our career or public work.

We may have felt a push-pull in this area or reached a new state of balance between the two. We are all definitely feeling the pull of the Nodes now too as we debate this idea of staying home to protect each other and opening things back up in order to return to work.

The placement of the Nodes indicates that collectively, we have been realigning our priorities and understanding that our worth is not defined by our work.

On May 5th, the Nodes will shift from Cancer and Capricorn to Gemini and Sagittarius, setting a new collective soul lesson in motion.

Having the Nodes in Gemini and Sagittarius indicate we are moving into a time where self-expression and freedom of speech is going to be highlighted.

On a collective level, we are learning to share our story and celebrate the stories of others, but to also not get too caught up in the facts and data.

This placement is about accepting other people’s truths and learning to take a simpler approach in how we choose to think about things.

May 7: Scorpio Super Full Moon

Following the shift of the Lunar Nodes, we have the Scorpio Super Full Moon.

The Scorpio Full Moon is always a potent one as it represents a time of transformation.

Under the light of the bright Scorpio Super Moon, we have increased power to make changes in our lives and in the world around us. It is a potent time for release work and creating space.

The next Full Moon we have will be an Eclipse, so this energy is also preparing us for a bigger release point that is still to come.

May 10: Saturn Retrograde

Saturn spends a good portion of the year in retrograde, so this is an energy we are familiar with and are fairly used to. As a slow moving planet, Saturn’s Retrograde is one we tend to feel on a more subtle or subconscious level.

What makes this retrograde noteworthy however, is that Saturn just moved into Aquarius back in March. This was a big shift and we are set to relive it during this retrograde.

As Saturn backtracks through Aquarius, we will find ourselves looking back over themes that have been present in our life since March 21st.

For many, this was around the time lockdowns began, so we are likely to see a strong emphasis on this during the month of May.

In July, Saturn will eventually reach Capricorn for one last time to deliver the final gifts of the karmic lessons we have been working on over the last 2.5 years.

May 12/13: Venus Retrograde

Just after Saturn, Venus in Gemini enters Retrograde, which will last until the end of June.

Venus goes retrograde every 1.5 years or so, making it one of the more powerful retrogrades we can experience.

This retrograde cycle is likely to be spiritually charged and may bring some strong intuitive insights or dreams on matters relating to the heart. This is due to the fact that Venus aligns in a square or 90-degree configuration with Neptune three times. The first happens just before the retrograde on May 3, the second on May 20, and then the final on July 27.

Venus Retrograde is always a time of healing and forgiveness when it comes to the relationship with ourselves, others, and money, so we may notice this trend as the retrograde begins.

May 14: Jupiter Retrograde

Jupiter also goes retrograde in Capricorn on May 14th, which will add to the slowing down of energy in the cosmos.

This is really a time of backtracking, looking things over, and reflection.

Jupiter Retrograde will be highlighting themes of abundance and our feelings of prosperity.

It will also invite us to look back on themes that were stirring in the end of December 2019, especially around our finances.

May 16-20: The Pleiades and Gemini Season

Just before Gemini Season begins on May 20th, the Sun will align with Alcyone, which is one of the brightest stars in the Pleiades.

Alcyone aligning with the Sun brings strong feminine energy and will help to enhance our intuition and feelings of creativity.

We may find ourselves more open to cosmic downloads and receiving divine or galactic messages too.

May 22: Gemini New Moon

The Gemini New Moon will activate the new placement of the Lunar Nodes and Venus Retrograde themes.

It also carries some sweeter, lighter energy that will help us to feel motivated when it comes to starting new projects.

As we reach the end of the month, we start to prepare for a new Eclipse cycle to begin. We may feel a big release on the way or an ending drawing near.

Summary of May Astrology 2020

May is definitely a busy and pivotal month, but it seems most of the year has been shaping up that way so far!

We may feel a little stop and go energy in our physical world due to all the retrogrades, but in our inner world, we can really dive deep and uncover new insights and inspirations.

Through this time of change and upheaval in the world, we still have the power to make choices and to ask ourselves- Who do I want to be in this situation?

Don’t feel that 2020 has been a bust, there is still so much opportunity to take back control and to refigure some of your goals and dreams.

Trust that you are always where you need to be and there is always some opportunity or silver lining to be found no matter where life takes you.

To help you navigate through the month, I also have a guided meditation which has been designed in accordance with the cosmic energies. You can find it here.

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Your rising sign can impact how the world sees you, so here’s what you need to know by Kristin Magaldi

Your rising sign can impact how the world sees you, so here's what you need to know
Your rising sign can impact how the world sees you, so here’s what you need to know

If you’re into astrology, there’s a good chance you know what your sun sign is—or the position the sun was in when you were born—but have you ever taken a look at your full birth chart? While most of us identify with our sun sign (better known as our zodiac sign), the other positions of the planets within your chart can have an impact on how much you are actually like your zodiac sign. For example, you might be a Libra, but if your moon is in Capricorn, you might find you’re not as indecisive as Libras are known to be. So what aspects of your birth chart should you understand to get the whole picture of who you are? The first, beyond your sun sign, is your rising sign or ascendent sign.

“In astrology, the birth chart is divided into 12 different houses, which are based on the time, date, and location of your birth. The first house is the rising sign or the ascendent,” astrologer Lisa Stardust tells HelloGiggles. “The rising sign is what people notice about you first. It’s the mask you wear to the world. The sun sign is our ego and will, while the rising sign is how the world perceives us and what we show to them.”

If you’re not sure what your rising sign is, or what your birth chart even looks like, websites like CafeAstrology.com will use when and where you were born to show you what the positions of the planets were at that moment. Once you know what your rising sign is, you can better evaluate how it impacts your sun sign and how it can color the way you present yourself to the world.

We asked Stardust to further unpack what each zodiac sign means if it’s in your ascendant house.

Aries

Typically, Aries is an assertive, confident sign who knows how to get things done. Even if you find your sun sign has a more low-key demeanor, you might see some of these aspects shining through if Aries is your rising sign. “You’re very impulsive and take on projects that you are immediately drawn to right away,” Stardust says. Perhaps you’re a go-getter at work, or you’re a risk-taker in your day-to-day life—this could all be because of your Aries rising.

Taurus

Though your sun sign may not have any of those earthy vibes, you might find yourself taking a slow and steady approach to things if your ascendant sign is Taurus. “You like to take your time when problem solving  and to deal with the finer things in life, like your beauty routine,” Stardust says. Enjoy art, good food, and taking it easy? You can thank your Taurus rising for that.

Gemini

Your sun sign may be the quiet type, but you’ve likely always found you’re actually pretty chatty, and that has to do with your Gemini rising. “You are a stellar communicator and excellent at making others see your points,” Stardust says.

Cancer

Has anyone ever told you that you feel familiar to them, or that they instantly feel secure when you walk into the room? That’s your Cancer rising shining through. “People know that you want to care for them 24/7,” Stardust says. “You are comforting, yet tough with your circle.”

Leo

Your sign sign may be a classically quiet personality who doesn’t like the spotlight, but if you’re a Leo rising, the world is likely to see none of that. Instead, you may come off as the center of attention, no matter what situation you’re in. “You have a natural flair for expressing your desires with passion,” Stardust says, and you captivate those around you.

Virgo

Even if you’re an Aries or Sagittarius sun, having Virgo as your rising sign can mitigate some of your more impulsive tendencies in favor or a more measured approach to life. “Patience is your virtue, as well as kindness and straightforward communication, even if you’re shy at first,” Stardust says.

Libra

Having a Libra in your ascendant house might make you more of a romantic than your sun sign would lead you to believe. Being ruled by Venus, ascendant Libras can come off as infatuated with the idea of love. “When the going gets tough, you flirt on,” Stardust says. “Life is one big charming and fair game of love—and you know it.”

Scorpio

Do people tend to say they can’t always figure you out? Your rising sign is probably Scorpio. “Mysterious and deep, your sultry and intense vibe cuts to the bone in all matters,” Stardust says. It doesn’t matter if your sun sign is an open book—being a Scorpio rising often means you play your cards close to your chest, and only let people in after they get to know you.

Sagittarius

If the Archer is your rising sign, people might see some of your more brash and impulsive ways when they first meet you. “You’re a gambler by nature, who is blunt and straight to the point in all areas of life,” Stardust says.

Capricorn

If you’re the type to interview for a job and basically always nail it, then you’re likely a Cap rising. “Life’s all business for you, and you tend to play by the rules and respect the civilities of society,” Stardust says. Your annual reviews at work probably also tend to go off without a hitch.

Aquarius

Those with Aquarius as their rising sign often feel the call to do right by others and can be seen as social justice warriors. “You’re a humanitarian who sees the world as a place where you can serve and protect others,” Stardust says.

Pisces

Even if your sun is a a no-nonsense earth sign, being a Pisces rising might mean others see you as an ethereal creative. “You’re a visionary and a dreamer who is in constant search of romantic and artistic inspiration,” Stardust says. Yes, you may be easily distracted, but it’s all part of your charm.

While your sun sign may be the core of who you are, it’s helpful to know the full scope of your birth chart. Those who swear up and down that their sun sign is them to a T can often still see a bit of their rising sign peeking through.

Astrology: 10 Things You Did Not Know About The First House by Miriam Slozberg

An astrology chart is made up of more than a dozen different aspects, but one of the most intriguing and important aspects is that of the First House.

Many people are aware of when they are thinking about their personal horoscopes, they know that their sun sign makes up just a fraction of it. There is also the Moon and the Rising sign that are highly influential. The Rising sign is also known as the Ascendant, which represents the sign that was rising at the time of the individual’s birth.

The Ascendant is where someone’s natal chart begins. The natal chart is made up of 12 houses that represent different areas of life. The Ascendant is the cups of the First House, which is also known as the House Of Self. This is the house that is naturally ruled by Aries. But what does that entail? There is a list of 10 things that are associated with the First House that many people may not know.

10 – Physical Appearance

The Ascendant is known to be the ‘mask’ that someone has based on appearance. Therefore, the rising sign as well as the planets in this house, if there are any, influence someone’s physical appearance. If there are no planets in that house, then the ruling planet of the Ascendant will have an influence. That is based on its condition based on how it relates to the other planets.

One would think that someone who has Sagittarius rising or Jupiter in the First House would have a larger build. However, that may not necessarily be the case. Especially in a case where Jupiter has an easy aspect with restrictive Saturn.

9 – Identity

The one thing that is very much tied to the House of Self is someone’s identity. Identity can change over time, and that would be a result of the influence of the transiting planets in the First House. For instance, if someone has strict Saturn moving into the First House, then they would find themselves becoming quite disciplined.

Therefore, depending on transiting Saturn’s aspects to planets in the natal chart, this quality could become their identity. Especially if they are constantly policing others on how they could improve themselves. Therefore, this individual would be very much associated with the characteristics of Saturn. That would become their identity.

8 – Approach To Life

Life happens. Nice things occur, and frustrating things that can easily infuriate and annoy people occur. But the way someone responds to the stuff that happens is shown in the First House. For instance, if someone has Jupiter in that house that is in good condition, they will have a glass-half-full kind of view.

If someone who has a poorly aspected Saturn in that house, then they would have more of a pessimistic outlook. An individual that has Mars in that area of the chart may respond to things with either enthusiasm or with anger. That would depend on the situation.

7 – First Impressions

The first impression that people give off to others is found in the First House. However, that does not mean that first impressions are indicative of someone’s personality. For instance, if someone has a Scorpio Ascendant, which is the most intense sign – they would appear to be intimidating.

The way they look with their piercing eyes would intimidate many people. However, if they have a sweet planet such as Venus in their First House, that will change that. Firstly, they would likely have a pleasant personality. Or, their first impression they would give to others would be seductive.

6 – Attitudes And Beliefs

The way people view things, in general, is found in the First House of their natal charts. It can involve religion and spirituality. However, that is mostly found in the Ninth House which is the area of the natal chart that represents that. If someone believes that they cannot be functional unless they find a quiet place to sit and recharge, that is the type of thing that is found in this house.

Neptune in the First House or a Pisces Ascendant would be indicative of this type of attitude and belief.

5 – Strengths And Weaknesses

Someone’s strengths and weaknesses are found in the First House. This means their natural talents or skills, as well as the things they struggle with, are found in this astrological house. For instance, someone has Gemini as their Ascendant, with its ruler Mercury that has a good aspect to innovative Uranus. This may mean they are excellent at solving math and scientific problems.

However, if Mercury makes a poor aspect to Jupiter, which rules expansion and culture, the individual may struggle with learning new languages. For anyone who wonders why they have certain strengths and weaknesses will now know where to look in their natal chart.

4 – Natural Tendencies

Everyone does something out of instinct aside from survival. Some people have a natural tendency to argue, and others have a tendency to share and help out. This is also found in the First House. It boils down to someone’s disposition. For instance, someone who has their Ascendant in Aries may be the type to argue and move quickly.

Someone who has a Taurus Ascendant may be very slow to move. They may have a tendency to lie around on the sofa for hours. Any planet in that house will alter someone’s tendencies. For instance, if Venus is in the First House with Aries rising, that has an influence. The individual may have a tendency to argue but is also quite friendly and charming.

3 – Desires

Everyone has a desire to do something, or to become something. Therefore, the deepest desires that someone has can be found in the First House of the natal chart. For instance, if someone has Cancer rising, there is a good chance they have a deep desire to become a parent.

That will also depend on the condition of the Moon, Cancer’s ruler in their chart. If the Moon is in the adventurous sign of Sagittarius, that will mean something else. That can be indicative of someone having a strong desire to have their home in a foreign country.

2– General Health

The general health of someone is found both in the First and Sixth House of the natal chart. The Sixth house itself rules health, but the First House can also be indicative of that as well. In medical astrology, each of the signs rules areas of the body as well. For instance, Aries rules the head.

Someone who has Aries rising might be prone to headaches. Environmental factors can also be the culprit for bringing them on as well. That also depends on the condition of the ruling planet Mars, as well as the Sixth House.

1– New Beginnings

Transits that make their way into the First House represent new beginnings. For instance, a new parent will have a significant transit in their First House. Or, the planet could be transiting elsewhere in the chart and having a strong easy aspect to the Ascendant. That also can create new significant things to happen in someone’s life.

Another example is transiting Saturn entering someone’s First House. If the individual is the type to not be overly disciplined, Saturn’s influence will change that. Stern Saturn crossing the Ascendant will cause someone to become more organized, self-disciplined, and mindful. Transiting planets in that house will most definitely cause behavioral and lifestyle changes.

Article Source – TheTalko.com

How Your Mars Sign Influences Your Anger Management Style & Zodiac Personality, Per Astrology by Jaycee Levin

It’s okay to get angry.

What makes you angry? Your personality is complex, and where your Mars sign is located at the time of your birth, reveals traits within your anger management style, according to astrology.

What is your zodiac sign’s anger management style, according to Mars, per astrology?

Each planet is ruled by the different zodiac signs in your natal chart and their personality traits flavor the way that you express anger and what makes you mad.

Your Mars sign can certainly say a lot about you and what you feel passionate about because it provides insight on your basic animalistic impulses, aggressive instincts, drive, and sexuality.

Mars rules Aries and Scorpio. Mars transits the entire zodiac each year staying in one sign roughly every 40 days. Yes, Mars can retrograde, and it isn’t strongly expressed in every zodiac sign.

A Mars sign is exalted in Capricorn which can make a person channel their anger through work, for example, and when in Pisces, Mars is steaming and will run or blow anger off.

Maybe you struggle with strong feelings in an area of your life and wonder how to manage your anger better.

Understanding your Mars sign can help you manage your feelings better, especially when you get excited or feel frustrated about things you can’t control.

When you look at your Mars sign in your natal birth chart, you’ll discover there’s a lot of information about your love life and anger that affect your personality and communication style.

You can find your Mars sign using a birth chart for free by entering information on when and where you were born. If you know your sign in relation to Mars, let’s dive in.

Here is what each Mars sign means and what it says about your personality and anger management style, according to astrology and the zodiac.

Anger and personality traits for Mars in Aries zodiac signs

Aries tend to be very quick and always act on instinct and that applies to the position of Mars. People with Mars in Aries are definitely impulsive and usually great at taking action.

When it comes to anger, they have quick meltdowns but their feelings of anger tend to subside quickly.

They deal with their feelings of anger very honestly and face it directly. They like to live in the moment instead of dwelling on the past.

Mars in Aries people usually follow their gut and work hard to achieve their goals. They have quick and efficient decision-making skills that usually benefit them.

They also put themselves first when making decisions and only do what makes the most sense for them. They are not ones to mull over what others would do or think.

Characteristics that are attributed to them are spontaneous, transformative, and uncomplicated.

Mars in Aries people are usually a step ahead of the game. They enjoy being on their toes and like to live a life full of surprises.

They do not want to relive the same boring day over and over again because they tend to feel uneasy when things are too predictable.

Starting fresh and diving into new projects will make them feel very fulfilled because they get great enjoyment out of that. They can also handle any challenges that life throws them and they even enjoy facing their challenges head-on.

If you are in a relationship with Mars in Aries person, then get ready for a lot of excitement. However, they are very impulsive so it can sometimes feel like they are on another page.

You have to go with the flow if you are dating a Mars in Aries person and anticipate their unpredictability. Though, they have amazing physical energy and are fun to be around.

Anger and personality traits for Mars in Taurus zodiac signs

Mars in Taurus people tend to be very calm and relaxed. However, they can have strong tempers when they are poked at too much. They usually keep their calm and it takes a lot for them to get angry.

People with Mars in Taurus tend to be pretty sensual. It might take them a little bit longer to get going, but they have a natural and strong sensuality within them.

They appreciate solidity and strength and are motivated by their want of having a safe future and a wealth of belongings. So, they work hard to get what they want and are patient in doing so.

Even if it takes a while for them to reach their goals, they are capable of doing it. Most of them have distinct goals that will take them a while to complete, but they have the mindset to get things done.

However, they don’t like to bite off more than they can chew so they only take on what they are capable of.

They also are very stubborn and once they make their mind up, it will be hard for them to be swayed. You also can’t quicken the pace of Mars in Taurus because they always do things on their own timeline.

You will find, though, that they are reliable people.

Anger and personality traits for Mars in Gemini zodiac signs

If your Mars is in Gemini, then you tend to be a little all over the place and often lose focus. It’s not your fault that you get bored so easily sometimes!

Gemini is a mutable air sign so it makes sense that you are attracted to new and exciting things in an effort to keep your spirits high.

However, when you don’t have much activity going on around you, you tend to get tired. You actually get more energy and feel more motivated when you have a busier schedule. It’s better that way though because you really hate being bored.

When Mars in Gemini gets angry, they use their words to fight their battles. When they are angry, they will tell you exactly why because they need to express the reason for their anger in order to deal with it.

Don’t be alarmed if they use angry and sarcastic words when they are hurt, that is just how they communicate when they are angry.

They love to debate and are excellent at it. They are intelligent and use it to their advantage when trying to win in a fight. Talking is also their strong suit because of how chatty and social they can be in any situation.

Some people that have Mars in Gemini can have some nervous ticks and a tendency to fidget due to their innate nervous energy. However, a lot of them channel this energy into their hands, because Gemini rules the hands.

They often get out their nervous energy by playing musical instruments, painting, doing a puzzle, and engaging in other physical activities.

Mars in Gemini people go with the flow and they even enjoy it when life throws them changes. They usually have a lot on their plate because they love to take on new projects.

They have to be careful though because if they take on too much, they can regret it and feel overwhelmed.

However, they don’t usually stay interested in things for a long time. It is best for them to try to hone in on one thing instead of trying to do too many things.

Anger and personality traits for Mars in Cancer zodiac signs

People with Mars in Cancer have a knack for being passive-aggressive. They do not normally like change and want life to feel balanced. They like to avoid problems and arguments.

However, they will always stick up for their friends and family members if someone is disrespectful to them. Although some might view them as being delicate, they are actually very powerful!. Their determination is their strength.

Those born with Mars in Cancer tend to be very sensual. It takes a while for them to let anyone in because they often put up a protective wall.

However, once they trust you, they won’t leave your side. It is best for Mars in Cancer to work on guiding and being there for others.

Their energy is at its best when it is pointed outwardly instead of inwardly. They tend to protect themselves too much or feel very sensitive at times when they are putting a lot of pressure on themselves.

They can sometimes use guilt or manipulation tactics to get what they want. If they are feeling attacked or cornered, they will tend to react to things in a very defensive manner and have small outbursts.

Since they have trouble expressing their feelings, their feelings tend to come out in a messy way at times. They also tend to worry a lot, but, if they have a solid routine and work ethic, then they will worry less.

People with Mars in Cancer have strong and soothing energy. Although they might have their walls up, they have a lot of confidence and are good at protecting and caring for others.

Anger and personality traits for Mars in Leo zodiac signs

People with Mars in Leo are constantly trying to stay active and create things, which makes sense because Leo is an incredibly creative sign. They also are striving towards the goal of living a successful and important life.

Mars in Leo people are intense and passionate. They do enjoy taking risks but are usually ones to think things through first. They also tend to know their goals in life and what they are meant to do.

They are very social, difficult to resist and use this to their advantage in order to get what they want.

They are also usually pretty sexual and can quickly become aroused but their infatuation lasts for a long time. Even though they do enjoy sex more than most other signs, they still need romance and intimacy in their relationships.

They also seek out partners that adore them and will be faithful to them.

If they are ever made to feel embarrassed, they will lash out trying to defend their character. Mars in Leo people tend to have a big ego at times, but they are always following their heart and doing things out of love.

Anger and personality traits for Mars in Virgo zodiac signs

People with Mars in Virgo tend to be analytical and realistic. They love to have a schedule that is busy, yet organized. Since they are always getting things done, their mind might be all over the place but they can always accomplish what they set out to accomplish.

They always pay attention to the smallest details and do everything to the best of their ability, which is why it is common for them to be experts in their line of work.

Although they can be critical of themselves and others, they really dislike rudeness so they don’t go out of their way to intimidate others.

However, if they are irritated, it can be tough to be around them due to their tendency to whine and mope about it. We are in luck though, because their whining doesn’t usually last a long time.

But be cautious, because they are constant over-thinkers so they easily become nervous.

Mars in Virgo people are very orderly and have a strict routine they follow when accomplishing their work. Since they have so many scattered thoughts, they like to be as clean and organized as they can be when it comes to working.

Don’t judge them for it though, because there is a method to the madness. However, they juggle a lot of projects and they won’t follow through on the ones that won’t benefit them in the long run.

They approach their sex life similarly to how they approach their work life, in the sense that they always want to be the best at what they are doing.

They are open to trying new things in the bedroom, due to their curious nature. However, they can come off as timid when they are first putting themselves out there.

Anger and personality traits for Mars in Libra zodiac signs

Mars in Libra people are not the best at making decisions and they tend to overthink it before acting on it. However, when they go with a decision, they are great at causing action and accomplishing their goals.

They need to consider every outcome of the decision before following through, which often causes them to procrastinate.

When it comes to arguments, they usually remain calm. However, they will jump into an argument to stand up for what is fair.

They want to live a balanced and peaceful life and will stand their ground to anyone that tries to disrupt that. If they are angry at someone, they will make it obvious with their passive-aggressive statements.

Although they can be passive-aggressive, they are not mean-spirited or unfair people. They also have a talent for being able to sense when trouble is coming. So, they are usually more prepared and can handle their problems well.

Anger and personality traits for Mars in Scorpio zodiac signs

Mars in Scorpio people are assertive as heck! They will put their all into their goals with intense dedication and commitment.

When they get upset, no one will know because they tend to keep their calm and put on an excellent poker face. They have a strong intuition and can usually sniff out a shady person, but are usually not the ones to stir up drama.

When they are younger, they are more willing to provoke people, but that tendency diminishes as they grow older.

The sexual endurance of Mars in Scorpio is said to be the most powerful of all the positions of Mars. Mars in Scorpio people usually like to engage in sexual situations where the other person will do anything for them.

However, they are so magnetic and desirable that they usually get what they want regardless.

Mars in Scorpio people will never fess up to being jealous, but they do not enjoy the idea of someone else being with their partner. They are not big fans of making deals and instead value decision making. They thrive in difficult situations and often come out transformed.

People with Mars in Scorpio love to make goals just to see if they can attain them. They are more satisfied when they are keeping track of and reaching their goals.

They also have the unique ability to be completely themselves when they are on their own, free of judgment or guilt.

Anger and personality traits for Mars in Sagittarius zodiac signs

When you have Mars in Sagittarius, you have met an angry person. You’ll know because they will try to flee from and avoid the situation. They escape because they are impatient and do not want to think about it or wait to see what will happen.

The energetic and curious side of them definitely shines through in moments like these.

People with Mars in Sagittarius are constantly balancing a lot of tasks at a time. They become very passionate and driven when diving into a new task but they are not the best at finishing what they have started.

Mars in Sagittarius people tend to have a great sense of humor and are always up for a good time! They love to socialize with their friends and engage in lively debates with them.

However, they usually state their opinions off the cuff so when their friends challenge them, they often take it to heart too much.

Most times, though, they are great at getting people to see their perspective because they are always passionate about whatever they are talking about.

They have a tendency to say exactly what they are thinking and are especially straightforward with their partners. They bring a lot of passion for their relationships and they are attracted to people that are funny and non-judgemental.

Anger and personality traits for Mars in Capricorn zodiac signs

Mars in Capricorn people can oftentimes come across as being serious and practical. Although they might not have a pep in their step, they make up for it by having a lot of self-control and determination.

They love being in control and working hard to achieve their dreams. I mean, they definitely have the drive to do it!

If a Mars in Capricorn person is upset, they will express it in a responsible and calm way. Their immediate impulse after being angered is to regain control of the situation and that is what they intend to do.

When they are upset, the best thing for them to do is to dive into their work. They don’t mind doing that anyway!

When it comes to sex, Mars in Capricorn is a master of self-discipline. They are very family-oriented so they want to make sure they can envision a life with their partner long-term before taking other steps.

Anger and personality traits for Mars in Aquarius zodiac signs

People with Mars in Aquarius are very original and don’t normally do things the way others do. They also have an original and optimistic way of looking at the world.

They do not stand for people walking all over them due to their independent and stubborn nature. They do not like to feel like they are being controlled and if they feel this way, they will fight it.

Mars in Aquarius people know how to make things go their way. Although they are not very assertive, they are very headstrong and use it to get what they want.

Sometimes they are so sneaky, that others are not even aware they are giving them what they want.

People with Mars in Aquarius heavily value their alone time. They often need time to refocus, rewind, and let their creativity flow. In turn, they will also give others their alone time when they need it.

In relationships, they do not normally express love by physical touch because they tend to be more disinterested than most when it comes to intimacy.

Anger and personality traits for Mars in Pisces zodiac signs

Mars in Pisces people are usually very indirect, calm, and fragile. They usually are easy-going but have trouble standing up for themselves, which adds to their feelings of anger and guilt.

Mars in Pisces individuals are not set out to hurt anyone, but they do need a creative space to get their anger out.

They are very indecisive and rarely know what they want. In general, they are usually guided by their strong sense of care and love, due to their Pisces nature.

Their energy is always fluctuating. However, they have a wild imagination and yearn for freedom, so they should do something that caters to that.

Having a place where they can be creative will give them a lot of enjoyment and fulfillment in life.

Jaycee Levin is a writer who covers astrology, pop culture, and relationship topics.

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