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Astrology 101: chart quadrants

Tuesday, May 15th, 2012

Learning to read astrology charts

As you learn astrology you gradually begin to see patterns in natal charts rather than viewing it as a confusing array of lines and symbols.  One way to do this is to look at the two lines which bisect the circle of the chart horizontally and vertically.  These are are usually shown as thicker and bolder than the other lines dividing the 12 houses.  These lines—the horizontal ascendant-descendant line, as well as the vertical mid-heaven-nadir line are called the angles of the chart and are very important.
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Astrology and compatibility, part 2

Thursday, May 10th, 2012

The astrology of attraction (Libra through Pisces)

Once you start to think like an astrologer and look at the couples who know whose relationships are long lasting, chances are most of them are unions based on elemental similarity. Most people tend to pair up either with others whose Sun is in the same element or its most compatible element: Fire-Air; Earth-Water. Of course, Sun signs are not absolute indicators of personality and therefore Sun sign compatibility should be considered a set of general guidelines, rather than absolute astrology rules of attraction. Previously on Premium Astrology, we looked at the zodiac compatibility for Aries through Virgo, this time we look at which signs the last half of the zodiac tends to choose.
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Astrology and compatibility

Wednesday, May 9th, 2012


The astrology of attraction (Aries through Virgo)

Obviously attraction between individuals is built on many complex factors. In a general sense, however, the element of a sign will dictate which people someone finds attractive.  People who have a lot of earth energy are more attracted to earth and water signs and vice versa, while those whose charts are dominated by the element of fire tend to seek other fiery types or air signs, who in turn love to feed the flames of fire.

While we there is no guarantee that someone will find you attractive based on compatible sun signs, the information below provides a sort of quick and dirty guide to the fundamentals of relationships through the zodiac.
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Astrology terms: aspects (part 2)

Thursday, May 3rd, 2012

Understanding your chart aspects

Last week, I talked about the five basic types of aspects or relationships between planets in an astrology chart (aspects part 1).   This post will look at some of the other aspects, which may be less familiar to astrology newbies, and perhaps even to some intermediate students.
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Astrology 101: natal, transiting, progressed and retrograde planets

Tuesday, May 1st, 2012

Astrology Definitions: Planets

Astrology is endlessly fascinating, revealing so much about ourselves, our relationships, other people and world events. Even for people like me who have studied it for years, there is always more to discover, making it an exciting field of study. However, I have taught several beginning students, and also remember my own first tentative studies of the subject well enough to know that for novices, it can feel like a dauntingly steep learning curve.

One of the basic things I remember being confused about is the different types of planets my astrologically adept acquaintances threw around in conversation. I knew what the planets were but what did people mean when they talked about natal planets, transiting planets, progressed planets, retrograde planets? What did people mean about a planet going retrograde? My astronomy teacher in school would have mentioned it if planets moved backwards, what did these astrologers mean? These all seemed like such basic questions, I often felt embarrassed to ask.  If you’re a novice wondering about some of these 101 type questions but haven’t found anyone to ask, here’s some basic information.
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Astrology terms: aspects

Friday, April 27th, 2012

The language of astrology: aspects

In astrology, the word “aspect” is used to refer to the relationship of one planet to another. Depending on the degrees separating planets (or angles of the chart), they may have either a very flowing, natural and easy relationship or they may challenge each other, causing a sense of friction. Learning about aspects will help you better understand your own natal chart, and will also aid you if you want to begin to read other people’s charts.

Although all the planets and angles in an astrology chart can be said to have some relationship to each other, only a few relationships are considered significant. Below is an explanation of some of the major aspects astrologers use.
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The astrology of relationships: synastry

Tuesday, April 24th, 2012

Using astrology to understand relationships

Relationship astrology draws on a method known as synastry to provide insights into the potential happiness as well as challenges between two individuals . When doing a synastry reading, an astrologer compares the natal charts of two individuals, reading the relationship between them in the interactions of the planets and angles of the charts.

Astrology can provide an unbiased language for the dynamics of a relationship. Rather than react to a someone using old scripting based on past hurts, astrology permits us to look at why two people have come together and how they can use the energies between them in the most positive way.
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Learning astrology: how to read a natal chart

Friday, April 20th, 2012

Premium AstrologyAstrology 101: learning to read charts

You can learn to read some of the basic information on an astrology natal chart fairly quickly. However, to do as expert astrologers like Norah and her associates can, to look at a chart and quickly translate the symbols there into information about someone’s personality and life events takes years of studying as well as practice.
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Learning Astrology: modalities

Wednesday, April 18th, 2012

Astrology Modalities: Cardinal, Fixed and Mutable

The other day I wrote about the zodiac signs each belonging to one of the four elements. The other organizing principle for the signs is modalities. These are the basic states natural to each sign: cardinal signs lead or initiate; fixed signs have a tendency to remain, to stay stable; mutable signs have an affinity for change. Each modality includes one sign from each of the four elements.
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The vocabulary of astrology: fire, earth, air and water

Monday, April 16th, 2012

Understanding Astrology Terms:  the Elements

If you’re new to astrology, an understanding of the elements can help you begin to apply the zodiac toward understanding the people in your life. Rather than trying to learn all 12 zodiac signs at once, it is much easier for most beginning students of astrology to divide the zodiac into four fire signs (Aries, Leo and Sagittarius); four earth signs (Taurus, Virgo and Capricorn); four air signs (Gemini, Libra and Aquarius) and four water signs (Cancer, Scorpio and Pisces). All four elements have both positive and negative qualities; it is possible to have either too much or too little of any of the four.
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