FAQ Astrology Questions

Basic Astrology Questions Answered

Many people are familiar with their sun sign. But it’s common for people to not know much about  astrology beyond that. Knowing your sun sign it’s really only the most basic cosmic knowledge. So whether you’re just beginning your journey into astrology or you need to brush up on your basics, this article seeks to answer all of your frequently asked cosmic questions.

What is astrology?

Astrology is the study of how the movements and positions of celestial bodies, such as stars and planets, influence human affairs and the natural world.

What is a birth chart?

A birth chart, or “natal chart,” is your horoscope or astrological chart or graph drawn based on the exact time of your birth. In order to get the most accurate birth chart possible, you need to know your time and date of birth and the location of our birth. Your birth chart explains everything astrological about you, the aspects that help define you based on when and where you were born.

What’s the significance of my birth time?

Your birth time reflects many important aspects of astrology. The difference of an hour can affect your birth chart, moon sign and rising sign, because the planets are always on the move and are constantly switching from aspect to aspect. These movements affect who you are. Check your birth certificate to find your birth time, or ask your parents for the information. Remember that the more specific the time, the better. Knowing your birth time allows you to reach a deeper knowledge of yourself.

What is a horoscope?

Horoscopes are the most common form of astrology. A horoscope is a forecast of a person’s future based on the positions of the stars and planets at the time of that person’s birth. These forecasts are commonly written out for general dissemination.

Of course, it’s not possible to produce an accurate and detailed horoscope reading that speaks to all people of a certain sign in all their varied personal situations. But horoscope readings can be effective tools for getting general astrological impressions. A compotent daily astrologer excels at keeping readers apprised of the wide-reaching overall conditions, and is therefore worth following.

What is a sun sign?

Your sun sign is determined simply by the day and month of your birth. Your sun sign is a crucial component when determining your birth chart, as it as as a window to your overall personal nature.

Your sun sign represents your basic individuality, and is the fundamental foundation your horoscope is built upon. So it would be an error to believe that knowing your sun sign can deliver information about how you process things, interact with the world or deal with emotions and relationships.

Knowing your sun sign is just a basic place to start. By delving deeper into your horoscope, you could learn how more specific aspects of your being are reflected by other heavenly bodies and how their aspects relate to each other.

What’s a rising sign?

Your rising sign, or “ascendant,” is an important component of your astrological chart. It represents the way you project yourself outwardly, the way you are viewed by others, and the broad representation of yourself that you give people.

Your rising sign is a reflection of the segment of sky that was ascending on the eastern horizon at the time you were born. In other words, your rising sign is based on your birth time. It’s located on the cusp of the first house of your astrological chart.

It’s common for a person to have a rising sign that is differs from their sun sign. Seeking knowledge about your rising sign, even if you’re just reading your daily horoscope, can provide you with deeper and more significant insights into your personal astrological self.

What is a moon sign?

Every 28 days, the moon makes a complete trip around the zodiac, spending about 2.33 days in each of the twelve signs before starting the journey all over again. The moon moves quickly, which may help to explain the constant changes you experience in your emotions and moods.

As you’ve already read, your rising sign represents your outward projection. Conversely, your moon sign represents your hidden, unrevealed self. It involves the way you process and express your emotions, and the way you really feel deep down inside.

Many astrologers think that your moon sign also reflects your intuition, your hidden insecurites and your unexpressed fears, as well as expresses information about the things you’re passionate about. Your moon sign can be completely different from your sun sign. So reading your daily horoscope for your moon sign can provide even further insights into your own personal astrological makeup.

What does “on the cusp” mean?

If your birth date is within a few days of the sun’s move from one zodiac sign to the next, this means you were born “on the cusp.” The result is that you may be influenced by both signs.

For example, the sun leaves Aries on April 19, and enters Taurus on April 20. So if you were born very late at night on April 19, you’re “on the cusp” between Aries and Taurus, and you might share a combination of both signs’ personality traits. Remember, though, that it’s not possible for a person to actually have two signs.

What’s the difference between a transit and an aspect?

A planetary transit is the passage of each single planet through a certain birth chart house or horoscope sign. But a planetary aspect is formed on the basis of a planet’s positions in relation to another entity. In other words, a planet will form a certain aspect to the sun while it passes through each sign’s range.

What can astrology do for me?

Astrology is like an outline to help guide you through life. Anyone can learn how to use astrology. It’s important to understand that astrology doesn’t define who you are. It can help explain your personality traits, but every person is a mixture of a combination of many aspects.

Applications of astrology are almost endless. From choosing a career path to your approach to love and romance, following astrology and your horoscope can open your eyes to a new way of thinking. This new outlook might show you more about yourself and those around you than you ever knew before.

If this article has left you with more questions than answers, then by all means, keep digging! Don’t hesitate to seek out further information regarding whatever it is that’s left you wondering!