Most of us are familiar at least with the astrological signs even if we don’t know much about astrology or even “believe” in it. In simple terms however, astrology is really just the study of the positions of the planets (and for astrological purposes this includes the Sun and the Moon), and the resulting effects that these have on the Earth and its inhabitants.

For example, when a person is born, the planets will be in particular positions in the sky including the Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Neptune and Pluto (although not technically a planet anymore). The astrological signs these planets are positioned in at the time of your birth will affect a person and their personality and characteristics according to astrologers. Important to all of the planets except the Sun, is the time and place of birth too. Armed with that information, astrologers can accurately identify which planet was in which sign. They will also include in this your Rising or Ascendant sign, the sign “rising” on the Eastern horizon at the time of your birth which is usually seen as the way you present yourself to others.

From this it should be noted that astrology is far more than your date of birth and provide an explanation as to why horoscopes in magazines and newspapers are not very accurate generally-speaking – how can they be when it only looks at one small aspect of astrology, your Sun Sign (commonly referred to as your star-sign).

There are now tons of free resources on the internet that require you to only know your date, time and place of birth to accurately calculate your full birth chart (natal chart) which will give you a far more accurate reading. For example, whilst I am an Aquarius based on my Sun Sign, my Rising Sign is Leo, my Moon Sign is Aries and my Venus Sign is Pisces. I also discovered that a number of planets at the time of my birth were in the sign of Sagittarius. Taking all of this together gives me a far greater understanding of myself than simply looking at the generic Aquarius overview.

Astrology starts to get even more complex when you take into account the Houses of your birth chart and how the planets being in a certain House interplay along with the various “aspects” that the planets make to one another relative to their positions. I’d recommend sticking to learning the planets and getting to grips with your birth chart as a good starting point though.

Other factors that affect astrology include how a sign can be categorised:

The zodiac signs are said to be Masculine/Positive or Feminine/Negative as set out below:


  • Aries
  • Gemini
  • Leo
  • Libra
  • Sagittarius
  • Aquarius


  • Taurus
  • Cancer
  • Virgo
  • Scorpio
  • Capricorn
  • Pisces

The twelve signs of the zodiac are also broken down into Elements as follows:

Aries, Leo and Sagittarius = Fire Signs

Taurus, Virgo and Capricorn = Earth Signs

Gemini, Libra and Aquarius = Air Signs

Cancer, Scorpio and Pisces = Water Signs

The signs can also be categorised by their Qualities which are:

Cardinal – Aries/Cancer/Libra/Capricorn

Fixed – Taurus/Leo/Scorpio/Aquarius

Mutable – Gemini/Virgo/Sagittarius/Pisces

Finally, another way of grouping the signs is by their Polarity or opposite sign:







In fact, astrology is such a fascinating and complex subject, I wouldn’t want to even try to scratch the surface of it in one short article but hope that this short summary has given those of you interested in exploring the topic further a little more insight into what is really involved. More detailed blogs will follow where I intend to focus on specific areas of astrology in more detail but for now have a go at working out your own birth chart by finding a good birth chart calculator on the web. I personally favour Cafe Astrology.Com

Have a go and let me know in the comments below if you find out anything surprising about yourself!

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