"As above, so below."
Modern astrology emerged out of an ancient awareness that we are a microcosm of the universe.
THE SUN SIGNS
Most horoscopes are based on the Sun sign, which are the twelve signs of the Zodiac that most people are familiar with. The Sun sign is your basic nature; what shines through.
ARIES :: March 19th to April 18th
Fire Sign Associations :: Courageous, creative, spontaneous, a catalyst, forceful, an agitator, confrontational, a do-er, restless, lover of challenge, ardent, a fighter, dynamic, a leader.
TAURUS :: April 19th to May 19th
Earth Sign Associations :: Goal-oriented, lover of possessions, sensuous, takes sweet time, patient, bull-headed (stubborn), skilled artisan, resonant voice, builder, beautifier, lover of creature comforts.
GEMINI :: May 20th to June 19th
Air Sign Associations :: Curious, quick intellect, seeker of novelty, erratic, trendy, many sided, lackadaisical, scattered focus, adaptable, friendly, fun, a learner.
CANCER :: June 20th to July 21st
Water Sign Associations :: Emotional, absorbed in moods, cautious around new people, clingy, senses undercurrents, nurturing, keeper of family story, sensitive, hidden strength, pioneer of feeling.
LEO :: July 22nd to August 21st
Fire Sign Associations :: Smiley, proud, dignified, expressive, big-hearted, glamorous, regal air, ambitious, passionate, demands respect, lover of adventure and risk.
VIRGO :: August 22nd to September 21st
Earth Sign Associations :: Fastidious, always seeking to purify, lover of routine, mechanical, sincere, conscientious, critical of self and others, kind, natural, skilled, precise, articulate.
LIBRA :: September 22nd to October 21st
Air Sign Associations :: Stylish, lover of beauty and art, cultural, sophisticated, intellectual, social grace, talkative, diplomatic, a natural in relationship.
SCORPIO :: October 22nd to November 20th
Water Sign Associations :: Soulful, probing, driven, mesmerizing, secretive, profound, deep healer, drawn to what's occulted (hidden), lover of mysteries, at home in underworld, intensely bonded in relationships, no stranger to dark emotions.
SAGITTARIUS :: November 21st to December 20th
Fire Sign Associations :: Cheerful, athletic, a seeker, adventurer, world traveler, philosopher (lover of wisdom), refreshingly honest, dot connector, friend to all, enlivening.
CAPRICORN :: December 21st to January 18th
Earth Sign Associations :: Resourceful, hard-working, master of material realm, persistent, pillar of society, seeks place in establishment, fixed on tangible results, strategizer, private (though with polished public image), a leader, authority, desires to leave enduring legacy.
AQUARIUS :: January 21st to February 18th
Air Sign Associations :: Trendsetter, flaunts convention, quirky, accepting of all, detached friendliness, otherworldly glamour, humanitarian, tuned in, visionary.
PISCES :: February 18th to March 18th
Water Sign Associations :: Enchanting, mystical, devoted, unreachable (lost child), undefined, lacking direction, slips away from anything 'real,' artistic, ethereal, victim, overwhelmed, sublime, expressing divine in art, music or dance.
THE MOON SIGNS & LUNAR PHASES
Your Moon sign reveals your emotional nature, instincts and habits, the intimate side that only a trusted few are able to see; sheds light on the interior life of a person.
While the Sun is the core self through which you find expression in the world, the Moon is the inner life that only close companions get to experience. It’s the private you that reveals itself behind closed doors, when you’ve put on something more comfortable. It’s also the unguarded you that has to act on instinct, the one that comes out in a crisis.
In astrology, the Moon is the instinctual self, and because of that, some might not feel comfortable with its full expression. In times of great stress, these qualities could be exposed and make the person feel strangely out of control. If you’ve ever completely lost it, you’ll know what it's like when the Sun is eclipsed by the Moon and you become a full-fledged “lunatic.”
But in daily life, the Moon is what you fall back on to restore your sense of emotional security. It’s the little private habits that are comforting. For some this means reaching out socially, but for others this could mean retreating to a solitary corner of the mind. It also speaks volumes about how you handle your intimate life. Some Moons have a detached air, while others cast a welcoming luminescent glow.
A key relationship in astrology is that between the Sun and the Moon. If someone has an ongoing tug-of-war between the will to act and the emotions, it often shows up there. When you understand the essence of the Moon, you’re no longer “in the dark.” This is valuable information for understanding the interior life of family members, friends and of course, potential romantic partners.
NEW MOON :: Not Visible
WAXING CRESCENT :: Growing illumination, less than 1/2, from right to left
FIRST QUARTER :: Half of the moon is illuminated from right to left
WAXING GIBBOUS :: Growing illumination, more than 1/2, from right to left
FULL MOON :: Entire moon is illuminated
WANING GIBBOUS :: Shrinking illumination, more than 1/2, from left to right
THIRD QUARTER :: Half of the moon is illuminated from left to right
WANING CRESCENT :: Shrinking illumination, less than 1/2, from left to right
DARK MOON :: Not Visible
LUNAR ENERGY ASSOCIATIONS
NEW MOON ASSOCIATIONS :: New beginnings, fresh starts, optimism, hope and faith
WAXING MOON ASSOCIATIONS :: Building, accomplishments, creativity, strength, growth and learning, positive transformation
FULL MOON ASSOCIATIONS :: Abundance, harvest, wish-fulfillment, manifesting desires, sexuality, achieving all dreams, protection
WANING MOON ASSOCIATIONS :: Letting go, clearing away, cleansing, releasing, shedding old patterns, undoing bindings, opening up problem-knots, making space
DARK MOON ASSOCIATIONS :: Rest, Peace, deep wisdom, divination, contacting the guru within, letting things die away completely
The planets represent different areas of life experience.
SUN :: The Sun is a luminary. The Spirit. The ever present core Self that acts as a vehicle for achieving the life mission. The Sun is the true Self radiating from the core. The Sun's energy is the center around which the personality is built.
MOON :: The Moon is a luminary. The Soul that holds the Spirit. The instinctive emotional self that is the ground of a person's being. The soul's legacy of home and Mother, and the desire to create that safe place in the world. The energy that self-soothes.
MERCURY :: Your perceptive filter. The unique way impressions are absorbed, and what your mind alights on. The preoccupations of your life through the mind. A messenger between the soul and the material world.
VENUS :: How you find beauty in life, and share it with others. What qualities are you drawn to in friends and lovers? What kind of art, music and creative self-expression is nourishing to your soul.
MARS :: Your sexual energy, and the thrust of action. The expression of survival instincts, agression, anger and vitality. What stirs you up to act, your passions, drive and the courage to push out into new experiences.
JUPITER :: The call to grow, seek adventure, follow the path to your destiny. The cosmic champion of your dreams. Activities that broaden your horizons, fill you with faith and make you feel supported by the Universe.
SATURN :: The ability to create structures that serve our highest potential. Reminds us of limitations, so that boundaries and timelines can take shape. An area where maturity is hard-won, and only comes through sustained effort , discipline and a good use of resources.
URANUS :: The provocateur that brings sudden changes, and restless need for freedom. The expression of the authentic self, free from restrictions.
NEPTUNE :: The spiritual searcher that sees the truth beyond structures, time and illusions. The imaginative realm of dreams, fantasy and illusions, as part of the infinite landscape of the soul (and universe). How you find a higher meaning or personal creativity through that spiritual source.
PLUTO :: The intense chaperone through death and rebirth. It provokes transformation that is perceived as a threat to the Self, and experienced as totally destructive. It is key to understanding secret drives, compulsions and personal taboos below the radar of consciousness
THE FOUR ELEMENTS OF LIFE
The four elements -- earth, air, water and fire -- are the very elements (or energies) of life. Since long before written history, there's been an understanding of the elemental balance needed to sustain life. Many indigenous traditions honor the sacred circle, formed by the four elements, and seen in the Zodiacal wheel.
FIRE SIGNS :: Aries, Leo and Sagittarius
Associations :: the spirit, inspired, energy, instinctual, outgoing, active
AIR SIGNS :: Libra, Gemini and Aquarius
Associations :: the mind, intellectual, ideas, detached, social, conceptual
EARTH SIGNS :: Capricorn, Taurus and Virgo
Associations :: the body, practical, sensual, grounded
WATER SIGNS :: Cancer, Scorpio and Pisces
Associations :: the emotions, imaginative, nurturing, introverted