"When the Moon is in the 7th House / And Jupiter aligns with Mars / Peace will guide the planet / And love will steer the stars."
— Lyrics from "The Age of Aquarius" sung by the 1960's group Fifth Dimension
People who devote themselves to soul evolution should consider the importance of astrological readings. To live an intentional life and gain more self-awareness, you must have as many facts as possible about yourself and what surrounds you.
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Many of us are "seekers". We want to understand our influences, the role of free will and ultimate purpose of our lives. If you are spiritually inclined, you may spend a lot of your lifetime discovering and fulfilling your destiny.
Being aware of your sign of the zodiac and your individual astrological chart can help personal growth, soul evolution and promote both body and spirit healing.
An individual astrological reading often answers some complex questions, like:
- What is the purpose of my current problems?
- What do I really want?
- How does my sign of the Zodiac influence me?
- What are my natural-born talents and gifts?
- How do I nurture and support these talents?
- With hat other people, based on their zodiac sign, will I be compatible?
- Can I change my destiny? Do I even know what my destiny is?
- How can I overcome my current circumstances in a positive and constructive manner?
A good astrology reading should validate you. It can answer many questions. It should also reassure you and comfort you. Each chart is like a distinctive blueprint of each soul.
The Origins of Astrology
The planets and stars have always inspired awe since early man first noticed them shining above him.
Astrology is both science and art which predates recorded history. Every civilization in recorded history has had references to religion and science of astrology.
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Astrology and astronomy were originally considered one field of science or study. So even though astrology predates recorded history, we do know that every civilization and most religions studied the patterns in the stars and their connection to humankind.
Astrological charts were originally drawn to predict harvesting seasons and celestial events (like the phases of the moon). Ancient holy men and scholars noticed patterns in the heavens that predicted human events, as well as human identifiers.
The Signs of the Zodiac
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There are 12 zodiac signs. Although there is some overlap in dates, the signs follow the calendar, like so:
- Aries (March 21 to April 19)
- Taurus (April 20 to May 20)
- Gemini (May 21 to June 20)
- Cancer (June 21 to July 22)
- Leo (July 23 to August 22)
- Virgo (August 23 to September 22)
- Libra (September 23 to October 22)
- Scorpio (October 23 to November 21)
- Sagittarius (November 22 to December 21)
- Capricorn (December 22 to January 19)
- Aquarius (January 20 to February 18)
- Pisces (February 19 to March 20)
Each sign of the zodiac has different characteristics, strengths, and weaknesses. An astrological chart reveals even more detail.
What is an Astrological Chart?
An astrological or natal chart is a forecast that details personality traits and insights into life events. Each chart is drawn based on the exact location at the moment of birth. At the time you were born, exact positions of the Sun, Moon, and each planet are "mapped".
Astrologers and intuitive readers use your chart to predict life events based on the intersection of your zodiac sign and the locations of each planet. Most certainly, your point of beginning is your time and place of birth.
Chart generated by AlwaysAstrology
The astrological chart is a map of your personality and a forecast of the journey through life events and possibilities that you will take.
The Earth is at the center of the circle. The Northern half of the circle is the Sun’s highest point during the day you were born.
A good reader understands and interprets the influences of your natal chart. She or he will look at all aspects. Locations of the planets in each of the 12 Houses creates the energy in the chart. Astrological readers must use their intuition and their knowledge of all the “moving parts” to find answers.
Astrological charts were once complicated work that only gifted scientists could accomplish. Technological advances like better telescopes, calculators and computers have changed things. Astrologers in the digital age have access to more comprehensive information that they can obtain more easily than ever before.
Even though the science of astrology is easier now, chart interpretation requires knowledge, patience, and more than a little intuition.
And it’s not at all about fortunetelling.
The Benefits of An Astrological Reading
An astrological reading is a tool that helps people better understand their current circumstances and future direction. A good reading should be solution-oriented.
Life presents everyone with the challenge of learning to overcome our weaknesses and use our strengths. We each have unique life lessons that are opportunities to grow, learn and change. Each part of our astrological reading will reveal both positive and negative possibilities.
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It is through understanding ourselves on the deeper level of our astrology that we can learn about our place in the universe and how to embrace our lives.
Astrology can help you to get "unstuck" and to re-focus your energies in the right direction.
When you have unhealthy patterns that make you feel like you are repeating the same mistakes over and over again, you can benefit from an astrological reading.
Every reading should give us focus. It is all about changing life for the better. Planetary influences don't stop us from accomplishing peace of mind and success. These astrological imperatives help us to overcome and heal old patterns.
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An astrology reading can help to understand ourselves and clear up the confusion. Knowing who we are helps us to take the steps to begin a more conscious and intentional direction.
Everything in your chart is there to provide enlightenment. Use this opportunity to learn about yourself and head towards your true potential.
Astrology helps to define us and to support positive decision making. When used correctly it helps you to be the best you possible.
Whether you are trying to change personal patterns or remove roadblocks to romance, an astrological reading can help. Anyone can have a chart done. Astrologers can even prepare charts for a city or the birth of a business. Astrology readings are as personal as a fingerprint and as large as the heavens. It's an experience you shouldn't miss!