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Introduction to Astrology, part V. The Eternal Dilemma of the Axial Precession

One of the debates that’s heard most frequently when discussing Astrology, revolves around the so-called Precession of the Equinoxes, which should – in the eyes of the detractors – explain the status of “pseudoscience” held by Astrology and PrecessioneEquinozithe inconsistence of its claims. Those who voice this opinion are generally unaware of the fact that Sidereal Astrology (the system that takes fixed stars and constellations as a reference) and Tropical Astrology (the system in use in Western countries) are two completely different branches that drifted apart centuries ago. Sidereal Astrology is different from Western Tropical Astrology in the same way the latter differs from Bazi Astrology, and Vedic Astrology from Buddhist Astrology.
The phrase “Precession of the Equinoxes” indicates the process that brings the equinoxes to move westward along the ecliptic relative to the fixed Stars;  the expression itself has become obsolete in technical language due to improvements in the ability to calculate the gravitational force between and among planets, leading to more accurate conclusions and thus to the adoption of new terminologies. What interests us, however, is that this doesn’t affect the way Astrology operates, since in the Tropical system, the names of the signs are conventional names for the twelve 30-degree segments of the Zodiac, and the system itself is based on the point of Vernal Equinox.

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Introduction to Astrology, part IV. Relationships: Synastry and Composite

When thinking of an individual’s energetical signature, it might be useful to picture said individual as the piece of a puzzle,cosmicloooooove that may or may not fit in with other pieces according to compatibility. Each one of us has a personal, distinctive vibe that might blend seamlessly, or clash, with or against somebody else’s. This is what the planets can map, and a representation of the interplay of energies that occurs on the meeting of two individuals can be observed in a Synastry Chart.
As anyone who puts at least some thought into the dynamics of associated Life can realize, several of our responses, behaviours and ways are situational; different people with different emanations can trigger different reactions in us.  Somebody else’s planets might contact our own planets in ways that might be tensive, or harmonious (the cause of this phenomena does not lie in the planets themselves; planets are markers, not the reason). Here’s when Synastry comes into play; overlapping the two natal Horoscopes, what you obtain is a bi-wheel Chart that showcases

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Introduction to Astrology, part III. Natal Chart vs. Progressed Chart

b&wcosmoAs explained in the previous post of the Introduction to Astrology series, “the Birth Chart, or Natal Chart /Wheel, is a visual representation mapping the positions of planets in the sky at the time you were transitioning into this world“. However, being conscious individuals who are perpetually dealing with the continuous flow of Life, we are bound to experience different, and further stages of awareness about our inner structure, personality and needs. Our experiences, reactions and the thought process they trigger make us re-negotiate our outlook on Life, and, since Astrology is all but a deterministic system, it reflects this natural constant of human existance. In short, humans are not stathic entities – we progress, and our Charts do, as well.
There are various techniques to calculate a Progressed Chart. The most popular one is the day-for-a-year method, commonly known as Secondary Progressions: it involves moving the Planets in the Natal Chart forward one day for each year of the person’s Life. It is not the most valid method, rather just the one that’s most frequently used. Other techniques (Solar Arc, Naibod and so on) simply provide slightly different takes and views on how the Radix chart is projected in the Present.

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Introduction to Astrology, part II. How to Cast a Chart (and what you need)

NatalChartAntiqueThe Birth Chart, or Natal Chart /Wheel, is a visual representation mapping the positions of planets in the sky at the time you were transitioning into this world. It is, in other words, a snapshot of the Cosmos on your Birth moment, capturing the cosmic forces that were playing out during your entrance into existance as an individual in your own right, separated by your mother. It is also, simultaneously, the most effective tool at your own disposal in learning Astrology – not to mention learning about yourself in the first place.
What you need to cast your chart are day, month, year and time of birth, alongside the coordinates of the location.

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Introduction to Astrology, part I. “You are more than just your Sun Sign”

The “cosmic being” is an Archetype found in many cultures across the millennia. From the Vedic Puruṣa, to the primordial giant Ymir of Norse mythology, just to name a few. Cosmic comes from the Greek word Kosmos, a word which ethymologically suggests a complex yet orderly system – something that’s more than the sum of its parts. Just as we are. As much as our Heart is the center of our body, both physically and energetically, our whole physical and energetical
being is composed of a number of other parts and functions that are equally as important; similarly, our Solar System, backdropand its orderly, harmonious whole, does not just consist of the Sun alone. In Astrology, the Sun is the natural ruler of the Heart and its planetary counterpart, signifying our Inner Self, the core of our Being, our very Essence – but there’s more to us than that. Personality, emotional needs, physical appearance, intellect, drive, motivation, ambitions, Life philosophy – all of these exceed the natural rulership of the Sun, which remains the Centre to which we’re anchored. In any Natal Chart or Horoscope, the expression of one’s Sun Sign is naturally coloured by the presence of all of the aspects above in guise of the other planets (and asteroids), and the respective aspects they make to the Sun itself and to each other. The generic Sun Sign descriptions that are found in most Astrology