Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Astrology 101: In the News

Describing your entire personality by your Sun Sign is kind of like describing your personality by the way you style your hair. The way you style your hair does describe something about your personality, but it's not all of you. If you find your Sun Sign does not describe you that well, it's because when you were born, each planet was also in a certain sign, at certain angles (also called aspects) to each other, and each planet was at a certain angle to where you were on the planet when you were born (indicated by the rising sign and the houses).

It is all pretty complicated, and that's why there are astrologers. And why people have boiled everything down to Sun Signs, because most everyone knows their own birthday. And also why a lot of people don't believe in astrology--because they think that this popularized Sun Sign astrology is the whole of it. Since everything is connected to everything else, it follows that where the planets were and are effect our lives on a day to day basis.

The way that popular or newspaper astrology works is that the astrologer, because he doesn't know all your signs, puts the Sun Sign (makes it the rising sign) in the first house and compares where all of the planets are, and their aspects to that. So, basically, his predictions are only going to work for 1/12 of the population: those who have the same sun and rising signs (e.g. sun in aries, rising sign aries).
What it all boils down to is this: if you want your newspaper predictions to work, find out what your rising sign is, and read the prediction for that, and not your sun sign.

To find your rising sign, you need to know the approximate time/place of your birth, and go to www.astrology.com or www.geocosmic.org and get a free sample of your birth chart. They will give you a cool pic of your chart, and underneath a little blurb about what sign everything is in, including your rising sign.

Bibilioscopes, by the way, are by Sun Sign, and not your rising sign.


Blogger X. Dell said...

It's interesting to know how the newspaper astrologer puts together her or his charts. As you describe them, however, it's a one-size-fits-none (actually 1/12) kind of deal.

11:56 AM  
Blogger Suki said...

In the astrology mag I used to work for, at least they made a footnote saying to use your rising sign if you knew it--that has 100% accuracy--although for some people the events will happen earlier in the day, some later.

4:17 PM  

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