Astrology is the science of certain cryptic relations between the celestial
bodies and terrestrial life. It is considered an art and a practical science.
It lays no claim to be what used to be called an exact science, but studies
certain predispositions or tendencies in human life, which are sometimes
indicated so clearly that they become virtual certainties. The possible uses of
astrology are endless and may be used to a variety of means.
Since the days of the Chaldeans, it was known that the sun, moon, and
planets followed similar paths, the zodiac. It is a zone of the celestial
sphere that extends from 8.5 degrees on either side if the path of the sun. As
a primitive calendar, the zodiacal belt was arbitrarily divided into twelve
sections of 30 degrees each. these are the famous signs of the zodiac. The
orgins of the names given to each sign extend into the most remote regions of
antiquity. Terrestrial animal gods, whether real or imagined , were one day
projected onto the constellations which, in the Chaldean imagination, they
resembled. This celestial menagerie has furthermore given the zodiac its name,
for in greek, it means “route of animals.”
The sun enters the first zodiacal sign, Aries , and then continues its path
through the remaining eleven signs. The twelve signs of the zodiac are: Aries,
Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius, Capricorn,
Aquarius, and Pisces.
The moon and the planets pass through the signs too, but obviously at
different speeds from those of the sun. The moon, which is close to the earth,
circles the zodiac in twenty-nine days, while the planet Pluto needs two hundred
fifty years. Planets also can be seen to slow down, stop, and even reverse
ons in relationship to the constellations that they cross. In reality,
the planet inexorably continues along its way. But the speed of the earth
itself interacts with that of the planet to occasionally give this impression.
The symbolism of the twelve signs is a very ancient tradition passed along
from Manilius and Ptolemy of Alexandria. It ascribes well-defined properties to
each sign, influences transmitted to the child at birth that determine his
character, health, and destiny. Passing through twelve signs, the planets, play
different parts. Being born at the moment when one of the signs is occupied by
several planets confers the properties of this sign on the individual. The most
important celestial figure is that of the sun. This what determines what sign
the child was born under.
In this way an ancient tradition has divided human beings into twelve
psychological types whose descriptions are intuitive of human nature.
This interpretation of the twelve signs is a blend of several different
works but generally agree on the signification of the signs of the zodiac.
ARIES (March 21-April 20)
Ruled by Mars, the Aries is the incarnation of violent will, impatience,
impulsiveness, and rapid, often precipitated, decisions. The principal
qualities are enthusiasm, courage, independence, and pride. But Aries is too
aggressive and impulsive. Like the animal that it symbolizes, he has a great
tendency to thrust ahead with his horns without having reflected beforehand. To
succeed in life the aries must keep his enthusiasm but moderate his ardor.
The Aries essence is the principal of acceleration personified. “Fast” is
the word that governs all activities from falling in love to saving a hopeless
situation. Ariens talk
fast, think fast, move fast and have no patience for
people who don’t.
Ariens thrive on challenge and are born leaders, eager to break through old
barriers to watch their ideas take hold. Their nature is dynamic, fiery and
fiercely determined to have its own way, regardless. And because they can be
such an audacious, impassioned, overwhelming force to handle, they get their own
way more often than not.
A displeased Aries can be like a tornado: if caught standing in the path of
either, there is no way to remain impervious. There may be disturbing sounds and
things may begin to fly, but it doesn’t last long.
Ariens are highly generative and immensely positive in their approach to
all they undertake. There is an extraordinary courage in this sign that springs
from vitality and confidence that sings of miracles. This is a sign that senses
possibility in the improbable and that can create new conditions out of chaos.
The Aries vision is progressive and expansive, and their approach enthusiastic
and inspiring. They bring an incandescence to everything they care about.
One strength this sign is missing is subtlety. And one way this deficiency
comes through is with the kind of candor that can kill. When Ariens are good,
they are very good; when they are bad, they are very bad.
Taurus (April 21-May 22)
It is Venus who governs this sign. In general, Taurus is a concrete being,
firmly attached to the goods of this world. He has a strong but peaceful
sensuality. His anger is rare, in the image of the peaceful beast that is his
totem, but it comes abruptly and violently: he easily “sees red.” Most often
however, he demonstrates his good sense, stability and fidelity. He can
sometimes be reproached for lack of detachment and disinterestedness.
Taurus is archetypal earth, steady and enduring, solid as the ground
beneath one’s feet. By nature, Taureans are strong and basic, practical and
uncomplicated in their approach to life. Taureans are loyal and loving in
pragmatic ways that promote positive feelings. Builders of bonds, nests, and
families, Taureans know instinctively how to make a house a home.
Taureans have a way of consuming their own possessions, or preserving and
cherishing them like objects of fine art. The sheer sensuous pleasure that a
Taurean is capable of taking in life is something the more mental signs can
learn from. However, like anything else, it is prone to excess and can pose
The Taurean tunes negative can be cold, brutal, violent, and sadistic, the
type of person to take a life simply to make an angry point. Bottled up and
often displaced anger is a key problem for they do not deal well with their
When fixed in a chosen direction and highly motivated, the typical Taurean
can outendure all competition, opposition and obstacles of every kind. However,
the motivation has to spring from something that is highly valued.
Gemini (May 21-June 21)
It is Gemini that influences the gemini, the crafty Mercury, god of
eloquence, merchants and thieves. He is above all a shrewd being, constantly
proving his adaptability in all circumstances. He enjoys social contacts. All
recognize Gemini’s brilliance and spirituality. He must nonetheless guard
against falling into easiness that would make of him a superficial, unstable and
mixed-up individual. He should put intelligence in the service of a durable
cause. In love,he must be careful
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