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There is more to astrology then simply reading your sun sign. It is a complete work of all the planets and more to make a chart just about you.

When most people are asked about their astrological sign, they will most likely respond by giving their Sun sign – that is, the sign that falls within one-month window of their birthday. For example, if someone were to respond with, "I’m a Leo," he or she would say this because he or she was born between the dates July 23 and August 22. If another were to say, "I was born on January 8, what does that make me?" This person’s sun sign would be Capricorn.

What most don’t know is that the study of astrology is much more complex. In order for anyone to fully understand the nature of astrological influences, a complete birth chart is necessary. However, the creation of an astrology birth chart is a very intricate, mathematical, and time consuming process. Still, it is important to realize that even basic astrology goes beyond the sun sign.

Every person who ever walked this Earth was born at a unique point where the sun, moon, and planets were all lined up in a particular fashion. In the absence of a full birth chart, it can still be easy to determine a rounder, astrological interpretation of yourself by studying your Sun sign, Moon sign, rising sign, and planetary influences.

How many times have you opened a book about astrology and read all you could about your Sun sign, only to put the book down and think, "That doesn’t explain me at all." The reason for that is because there is more to your astrology chart, personality, and life path then just your Sun sign. And even though your sun sign may explain your personality in a broad spectrum you need to know how the rest of astrology works before you can really make sense of who you are.


We learned in elementary school that the Earth travels around the sun every 365 days, hence one year. Within that time, the earth moves through each of the twelve astrological signs, Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius, Capricorn, Aquarius, and Pisces. The sun spends about a month’s time in each sign – twelve months, twelve signs. The sign that the sun was drifting through at the time of your birth is your sun sign.

The Sun sign represents your core personality traits, these are characteristics that both you, as well as others can visibly see and interpret. For example, the typical person born under the sign of Aries is headstrong, ambitious, and for lack of better terms, tends to run up a hill at full speed. On the contrary, those born under the sign of Libra — Aries’ polar opposite — are calm, peaceful, and make it up that hill as well, only after stopping to smell the roses along the way. These are traits that you recognize in yourself, and they are also obvious to outside observers. These are qualities that make up the whole of a person; they are fully integrated into the persona of each individual born under a particular sign.

The Sun is the most active force in your astrological chart. It is the most talked about and the most popular. That makes sense since it is the bigger part of your personality and that part is what the world gets to see the most often. The sun is the living force for our entire planet, and as such the Sun sign is the living force for who you are and how you achieve your goals. It is the part of yourself that you can at most times control, the force behind how you act and how other people perceive you. Yet, it is not the only planet in your birth chart and if read on its own seldom makes complete sense to the reader.


Your Sun sign is broke down into three decanates. The first decanate is the first 10 days of the sign, the second are the next 10 days, and the third are the last 10 days. It doesn’t always follow a 10 day cycle since not every month has 30 days. Decanates help to refine your Sun sign without losing the basics for the sign. This is the first of many reasons why two people with the same sign can seem very different.


To be born on a cusp is to be born on the day that one sign moves into the next sign. People born on a cusp often have the influence of both signs in their personality, yet one is always stronger. That is because a sign doesn’t change just because the calendar marks it. It is when the Sun will move from one to the next. A person who is born on Sept 23, the day Virgo moves into Libra, will be one or the other depending on the time of their birth. If that person is born at 8:32 AM and the sun is still in Virgo until 4:03 PM that person is a Virgo not a Libra. It is important for people born on a cusp day to know what time they were born and where the sun was on that day to know which sign is truly theirs.


The moon is the second most important planet in your birth chart. In some ways it is just as important as the sun, for one doesn’t work without the other. The moon sign is the inner, sometime darker workings of your personality. It controls emotions and how you feel, react, and fantasize. It forms the parts of your personality that you normally don’t want others to see and at times you yourself don’t want to admit too. All your secrets and inner personality are formed by your moon sign.

Like the Earth, the moon also makes its yearly orbit around the sun, passing through each sign throughout the duration of its journey. The sun and the moon move at different speeds however, so your moon sign will not necessarily be the same as your Sun sign. The location of the Moon at the time of your birth (in other words, the sign the moon is passing through) will be your Moon sign. Discovering your Moon sign is not quite as simple as your Sun sign—in which all that is required is a birth date—in order to find out what sign your Moon is in, you need your exact birth date—day, month, and year.

While the Sun sign reflects the integrated, outer self, the Moon sign is reflective of your inner self, or the part of you that is hidden, mysterious, and private. Think of your Sun sign as your public self, and your Moon sign as your private self – the self that only you know, the part of you that you may even keep hidden from family and loved ones. Once you know your Moon sign, you will find that your concealed self will take on the characteristics of that sign. For example, if at the time of your birth, the Moon was passing through the sign of Cancer, traits of this sign — warmth, emotionalism, imagination, and a deep moodiness — will embody your inner world.


Identifying your Rising sign or your Ascendant is a bit more complicated than your Sun or Moon sign. Given that you were born in the Western Hemisphere, your Rising sign is the sign of the Zodiac that was "rising" in the Eastern Hemisphere at that time of your birth. If you were born in the Eastern Hemisphere, the opposite is true. In order to become familiar with your Rising sign and its significance, accurate measurements need to be taken. You will need the day, month, year, time, and hemisphere (possibly even the exact location) of your birth.

If the Sun sign represents your recognized, outer self, and your Moon sign represents your private, personal self, your Rising sign is reflective of your external appearance, the ‘vibe’ you radiate, or in other words, it’s the way in which people first receive you – their first impressions, in a sense. This may or may not correspond with the way you see yourself; this is different from you Sun sign, where you commonly accept those traits as part of who you are. Joanna Martine Woolfolk, astrologer and author of The Only Astrology Book you’ll Ever Need says of the Rising sign, "Your Ascendant is called the sign of your self – your self-awareness, your self-sufficiency, your self-interest. In many ways your Rising sign signifies your goals, aims, and objectives, and indicates the main thrust of your creative powers."

With this in mind, when you discover your Rising sign, take this aspect of yourself and see if it matches with the classic characteristics of that sign.


Of course it doesn’t end there, the rest of the planets and how they were aligned the day and time you were born play a part in the forming of your unique personality.

Just like the earth and moon, the planets of our Universe — Mercury, Venus, Mars, Saturn, Jupiter, Neptune, Uranus, and Pluto — also make their yearly cycle around the sun. Of course, the planets are in such vastly different locations, separated by extraordinary large distances, and each has their own operating cycle. However, each of the planets was passing through a different (or in some cases the same) sign on the date of your birth. Despite the great distances, their influence still comes through.

Each planet is associated with different aspects of the personality, or the characteristics that can be found in all humans, throughout all of mankind. They are as follows:

* Mercury is associated with communication and intellectualism. If Mercury was passing through the sign of Leo during the day you were born, the traits of the Leo will play a part in your communication style. Since the Leo loves the self, and loves to entertain, you will undoubtedly be self-expressive, or a good storyteller.

* Venus- This planet is associated with love and romance. If Venus was traveling through the sign of Aquarius at time of your birth, your love style with be synonymous with the qualities of that sign. So you might look at love as idealistic, broad adventure.

* Mars-Physical Energy

* Jupiter-Good luck, Optimism, Success, Generosity

* Saturn-Responsibility

* Uranus-Change, Orginality

* Neptune-Mystery, Illusion

* Pluto-Awesome power

When each planet is charted, it is then put into a House. Houses divide the influence of the planets into specific functions to further narrow down who you are and how you make life decisions, form opinions, and achieve your goals. There are twelve houses, all representing something different for your personality and your life path.

* House of Self

* House of Money

* House of Communication

* House of Home

* House of Creativity

* House of Service and Health

* House of Partnership and Marriage

* House of Death and Regeneration

* House of Mental exploration and long distance travel

* House of Career and Public standing

* House of Friends, Hopes, and Wishes

* House of Secrets, Sorrows, and Self-Undoing


This is just the basics. To fully understand all the elements of astrology and birth charts one must study the subject. By learning about astrology you get the chance to understand yourself from the inside out. Astrology is about learning and understanding human behaviour and the first step in understanding is to first get to know who you are. There are countless books and websites available that can help give you a clearer sense of who you are astrologically. There are books that contain charts that can help you identify your Moon, Rising, and planetary signs. There are also "sign" calculators on the Internet. If you want to go beyond the Sun sign, and dig into your background as a person who this universe created, seek out some of these resources that can help you discover that Astrology goes well beyond newspaper horoscopes. As Woolfolk says in her book, "In my own work as an astrologer, I have found that the personality you outwardly project is almost always a perfect blend of your Sun sign and Rising sign. It is this combination that makes your unique impact on the world."


The horoscope is a map that appears as a two dimensional chart showing the position of the Sun, the Moon, and planets at the precise moment of your birth.  In the natal horoscope, the planets are frozen in their position at that initial moment. This type of horoscope is known as the birth chart or the natal chart.  A correct interpretation of the birth positions shows us the "hand" that you have been "dealt" in life.  A horoscope can never show how you are going to "play" this hand. While you have freedom of choice or free will, the horoscope does reflect natural inclinations that you have to live with, lessons you have to learn, issues to be faced, and problems to be solved.  You can think of a horoscope as an abstract formula showing the energies that you've been given.  The use that you make of these energies, or opportunities, if you will, depends upon you, the individual.  

Although, astrology can provide incredible keys to understanding, it won't provide clear and simplistic answers to your problems.  But, obtaining information about your horoscope may give you insights into the reasons why you behave as you do.


Understanding how to do astrological interpretation offers everyone a chance to fully understand their own and other people's character. However, most methods of teaching astrology force people to memorize planetary placements, study the solar system, learn complex astrological and astronomical facts, etc. As a result, many people think learning astrology is "too complex" for them.

Actually, the basics of astrology are simple and easily learned. There are six easy steps (taken from the ideas of Stephen Arroyo and several other astrologers) which give the basic information needed to begin interpreting astrological charts.

First, either obtain an astrological chart to interpret or create an astrological chart. Use a chart-making program to create the chart. Follow the instructions to enter the person's birth information. If possible, use the birth time on a birth certificate. If a birth certificate is not available, ask those who were present at the birth. However, this time will tend to be less accurate than a birth certificate.

Go to the Halloran Astrology Software site at  They have one of the most accurate, inexpensive and complete software programs for the Professional as well as the Amateur Astrologer.   For Astrologers who want to stick with just the basics, they have the Astrology for Windows calculation program, which is a free astrology software download that is available in the English, Spanish, Portuguese, Norwegian, Dutch, Swedish, French, Italian, Czech, Romanian, Finnish, German, Russian, Slovakian, and Polish languages.  

This is a reliable, very accurate, and easy to use astrology calculation program. It does not attempt to provide interpretations, which avoid being superficial only in complete report writer software such as they sell commercially. Halloran Software has been creating a line of astrology software since 1985 and has been selling Windows astrology software since 1992. This program is unique among shareware in the support that it provides for copying both text and graphics to the Windows clipboard, in calculating to such high accuracy, in calculating return charts and a transits list, in its comprehensive atlas module, in analyzing compatibility between people's charts, in the high quality of its two graphic wheels, and in its support for international date formats and languages.

As soon as you have created the chart using the Astrology for Windows software, click on The First Lesson   It is the first in a series of six lessons which will give you a very basic understanding of how to create a Horoscope.

In addition, when you visit the Halloran Astrology Software site you will be greeted by the most complete Professional Astrology Software system available.  For a few hundred dollars you can acquire software which Astrology professionals usually pay thousands of dollars for from other software companies.

We highly recommend Halloran Astrology Software to satisfy all the needs of the Professional as well as the Amateur Astrologer.

Since this is Welsh Oriented Astrology Section.  Here is The Welsh Zodiac:

     Aries - yr Hwrdd, arwydd yr Hwrdd

     Taurus - (arwydd, cydser) y Tarw

     Gemini - arwydd y Gefeilliaid

     Cancer - arwydd y Cranc

     Leo - arwydd y Llew

     Virgo - y Forwyn, arwydd y Forwyn, chweched arwydd y sidydd

     Libra - arwydd y Fantol

     Scorpio - arwydd yr ysgorpion, un o ddeuddeg arwydd y sidydd

     Sagittarius - cysawd y Saethydd a nawied arwydd y sidydd

     Capricorn - arwydd yr Afr

     Aquarius - y Dyfrwr (seryddiaeth)

     Pisces - arwydd y pysgod

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Classic Astrology Texts from related to basic astrology (all aspects of natal chart interpretation)

It can be difficult to choose which astrology books are essential to your collection. These classic texts are highly recommended for both amateurs and professionals.

Astrology is a fascinating field for self-study, whether as a professional astrologer or simply a hobby. It can be difficult to mine your way through the many astrology books out there, so here are some key texts by leading astrology writers to give the reader a well-rounded knowledge.

Alan Oken's Complete Astrology  – Alan Oken (Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing Group, 1988)

This book is actually three books in one, which makes its 640 pages easier to tackle. Oken’s compassionate style is accessible and yet also plumbs the depths of astrology, perfect for those who want to take their understanding a step further. It also gives you the tools to cast your own chart like a professional.

Planets in Transit: Life Cycles for Living – Robert Hand (Whitford Press, new edition 2002)

This modern classic, the original written 20 years ago, discusses the outcomes and possible effects of transiting planets on the individual, looking at both small and large life cycles.

Synthesis and Counseling in Astrology: The Professional Manual – Noel Tyl (Llewellyn Publications, 1998)

At over 800 pages, the size of this book can be daunting, but it is an excellent reference tool. This one is more for the professional astrologer, but many of its concepts will also be fascinating to the layperson. Two of the strongest sections deal with the blending of the sun and moon energies in a person’s chart, and with using dominant aspects in a chart to create a picture of the client. The book includes sections on interpreting the patterns in birth charts; synthesis of one’s findings; and how to counsel clients, as well as 122 actual horoscopes. Tyl's application of psychological concepts to astrology is quite unique.

Predictive Astrology: The Eagle and the Lark – Bernadette Brady (Samuel Weiser, 1999)

This simply written, clear and concise book is a perfect introduction to the theory and techniques of predictive astrology. The ‘eagle’ is the use of techniques such as transits and progressions, and the ‘lark’ is the intuition that the astrologer employs. Both are combined to give insight into the future, and perspective to the current life circumstances of the client.

Astrology, Psychology, and the Four Elements - Stephen Arroyo (CRCS Publications, 1984)

A thorough understanding of the elements is key in astrology. In his compelling, no-jargon style, Arroyo reveals the underlying logic of the signs, houses and aspects as they relate to the four elements. Not to be used as a ‘cookbook’ of astrology, this is a foundation for the practitioner to go out and use the tools in his own chart interpretations.

Pluto: The Evolutionary Journey of the Soul (Vol I) – Jeff Green

The ‘piece de resistance’ of books on this small but powerful planet, discusses Pluto as it manifests through the different houses and aspects. The action of this planet is related to the soul’s journey, and by using sample charts Green describes how to use the Plutonian energy in the most appropriate way according to one’s horoscope. This is an extremely insightful, fascinating and original book, whether you want more insight into your own chart or are interpreting for others.




Books from related to Relationships:

  • The Art of Chart Interpretation
    by Tracy Marks
    Good basic information to lead you through your natal chart as a whole. By one of my favorite authors, with a Jungian focus and use of inner child symbology and dream work. Paperback

  • Astrology and Your Health
    by Jeanne Avery
    An excellent survey on the subject of astrology and health. Includes an address from which to request charts: Jupitor Pluto Communications, 204 E. 77th Street, New York, NY 10021, send $15.00 to cover costs. Paperback


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