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SIMPLE BASIC ASTROLOGY


SIMPLE BASIC ASTROLOGY


CONTENTS INTRO PAGE 06 - 09 PLANETS PAGES 10 - 29 SIGNS PAGES 30 - 59 HOUSES PAGES 60 - 55 BIRTH CHARTS PAGES 66 - 67 SOURCES PAGES 68 - 69


WHAT IS ASTROLOGY?

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At its simplest, astrology is the study of the relationship between planets and celestial objects and human affairs.Through elaborate systems formatted in a way people can understand, astrology interprets these relationships in order to provide a meaningful insight into the human world.

As you discover more about astrology, it becomes clear how a study of charts showing the relative positions of the sun, moon, and other planetary objects and the signs of the Zodiac at a specific time, typically the time of birth, creates what we know as an astrology horoscope.

Zodiac astrology has ancient roots, dating back to around 500 B.C. Charts plotting an imaginary sphere surrounding the earth, which followed the path of the Sun through the constellations during the year, were developed into meaningful guides. These horoscopes, associated with birth dates, are now popular in many cultures and help individuals all over the world with their day-to-day lives.

Like a clock, the zodiac is divided into 12 segments, or houses, each one ruled by a different sign. The zodiac begins with the first house, and goes counterclockwise around. Each house is associated with a set of traits, beginning from the self, and expanding outward into society and beyond.

There are physical and personality traits associated with each sign and you can discover a lot of information about yourself through reading about your astrology horoscope, including the many talents and special qualities we as humans posses. It can also help to explain aspects of one’s personality and predict future events such as changing relationships. Love astrology is particularly popular in identifying compatibility in prospective partners or lovers.

Astrology can play a significant role in our lives as it demonstrates how the stars and planets can be used as a map to our personalities and a guide to our place in the world.


MY BIRTH CHART PLANETS SUN

HOUSES RISING

MOON

2

MERCURY

3

VENUS

4

MARS

5

JUPITER

6

SATURN

7

URANUS

8

NEPTUNE

9

PLUTO

10

LILITH

11

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BIRTH CHARTS An astrology birth chart—also called an astrology natal chart—is a map of where all the planets were in their journey around the Sun (from our vantage point on earth) at the exact moment you were born. An astrology chart reading can reveal your strengths and weaknesses, your opportunities for soul growth, the best timing for your most important moves.

To calculate your astrology birth chart, you’ll need your time, date and place of birth. Some people don’t know their birth time. If you can’t find it on your birth certificate, you can try contacting the Vital Records office in your state or area of birth. And if that still doesn’t work, make as close of an estimate as you can or enter 12:00 noon.

Without a birth time, you won’t be able to accurately learn the placements of signs within the planets & houses. Nor will you correctly know which houses the planets in your chart fall in. But there is still a LOT of data you can glean by entering your date and location of birth—so don’t let that stop you from checking out your astrology natal chart.

After you’ve filled out your birth chart you can read on to learn more about the signs, their placements, and the meanings of it all.

You can go online to many websites and find your birth chart: Cafeastrology.com Astrostyle.com


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PLANETS We look at ten Planets in the study of Astrology, beginning with the Sun and the Moon, also known as luminaries. Additionally, there are Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto. The energy of the Planets influences our everyday lives. That said, it’s what we do with this energy that ruly matters.

The more recently-recognized Planets (Uranus, Neptune and Pluto) do not dilute the message of the other Planets, they simply add to our spectrum of experience. Many consider Jupiter to be the most benevolent of the Planets, with Venus a close second. The Sun, Moon and Mercury also tend to cast a golen glow. On the flip side of things is Saturn’s hard energy, followed by the sharpness of Mars, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto.

The Planets move at varying speeds, depending on how close they are to the Sun. The fastest Planets (Moon, Mercury, Venus and Mars) are commonly referred to as the inner Planets and speak to the inner self. The social Planets are Jupiter and Saturn, while the outer Planets (Uranus, Neptune and Pluto) fix their gaze on the external world. Each of the Planets exerts its most powerful energy over the Sign it rules. This is also referred to as the Sign of its dignity. Directly opposite each Planet’s Sign of dignity is the Sign of detriment; this Planet’s energy is generally unfavorable.

A Planet in its natural House (such as Mars in Aries) is dignified and strengthened as a result. Perhaps the most important Planet of all is the one that rules the Ascendant. For example, those with Virgo on the Ascendant will find that Mercury, as the ruler of Virgo, exerts a considerable influence over their chart.


SUN SYMBOL

The Sun’s position by zodiacal sign in the natal chart shows our style, our life purpose, and some might say, our destiny. What are we learning to be in our lifetime? Look to the Sun for answers. Libra is not naturally cooperative — they are learning to get along with others. That is why Libra spends so much time focusing on relationships. Similarly, Cancer is learning about emotions, Aries is learning about itself and learning to be courageous, and so forth.

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Accept your Sun and happiness will come more easily to you; deny

365 DAYS AROUND

its better traits, and you won’t know where you are going in your

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life. The Sun’s sign is your style when you are at your best, and it describes your goals and life purpose.

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Another way to think about the Sun is to imagine that it is your personality’s Boss. Mercury acts much like the secretary to the Boss, and the Boss sends Venus out when personal relationships are the issue. When the Boss wants action, it turns to Mars. But remember that no matter what the situation, the Sun is the Boss

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of your personality.

The sun spends 365 days in orbit, spending about 30 days in each sign. It’s element is fire and it rules the fifth house. More extensive information of the sun in signs can be found in the SIGNS section

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ARIES

TAURUS

GEMINI

CANCER

OPTIMISTIC

PERSISTENT

ADAPTABLE

EMOTIONAL

ENTHUSIASTIC

LOVING

WITTY

SYMPATHETIC

HONEST

CALM

NERVOUS

PROTECTIVE

OUTSPOKEN

RESENTFUL

INCONSISTENT

TOUCHY

RESTLESS

DETERMINED

COMMUNICATIVE

LOVING

ADVENTUROUS

SELF - INDULGENT

LIVELY

CAUTIOUS

IRRESPONSIBLE

POSESSIVE

CUNNING

MOODY

INDEPENDENT

INFLEXIBLE

INQUISITIVE

CLINGY

LEO

VIRGO

LIBRA

GENEROUS

MODEST

DIPLOMATIC

DETERMINED

CREATIVE

ANALYTICAL

EASYGOING

EMOTIONAL

LOVING

WORRIER

PEACEFUL

MYSTERIOUS

POMPOUS

CONSERVATIVE

FLIRTATIOUS

RESENTFUL

SCORIPO

ENTHUSIASTIC

DILIGENT

CHARMING

FORCEFUL

FAITHFUL

RELIABLE

SOCIABLE

INTUITIVE

BOSSY

OVERCRITICAL

INDECISIVE

JEALOUS

CONCEITED

PERFECTIONIST

SELF

OBSESSIVE

SAGITTARIUS

CAPRICORN

AQUARIUS

PIECIES

OPTIMISTIC

PRACTICAL

FRIENDLY

SENSITIVE

LOVING

DICIPLINED

ORIGINAL

COMPASSIONATE

FREEDOM HONEST

GOOD HUMORED CARELESS

OPTIMISTIC TACTLESS RESTLESS

AMBITIOUS PAITENT

CAREFUL

FATALISTIC

PESSIMISTIC GRUDGING

HUMANITARIAN INVENTIVE

INDEPENDENT

UNPREDICTABLE UNEMOTIONAL DETACHED

IMAGINATIVE INTUITIVE

SYMPATHETIC IDEALISTIC SECRETIVE VAGUE


MOON SYMBOL

Since the Moon is the closest ‘Planet’ to Earth, this satellite literally zips around the Zodiac, completing its circuit in less than a month. It also touches us more deeply than most Planets. As the ruler of the tides, it is fitting that the Moon should be the ruler of our emotions. Still waters run deep? Making waves? A wellspring of emotion? Yes, our emotions have long been portrayed in terms of the sea: fluid, momentous, churning from

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within. Mood swings, instinct, how we feel about things and how our feelings affect others are all influenced by the Moon. Whereas the Sun gives us our spirit, it’s the Moon which gives us our soul.

The Moon is goddess-like in that it symbolizes mother and the relationship between woman and child. This Planet (also known as a luminary) speaks to the women in one’s life and their role as nurturer. Fertility, pregnancy and childbirth are also governed by the Moon. We see the Moon casting its silvery glow from our earliest moments, when we were stroked and caressed by our

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mother and felt her tender touch.

Our emotions manifest themselves through our being and set the tone for our daily lives. The Moon is party to this continuum, rendering us vital one moment and fragile the next. We’re up

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and down, naughty or nice, and may laugh wildly or cry at will.

EMOTIONS & HABITS

varied emotions in order to make ourselves complete and one

Through the Moon’s energy, we endeavor to reconcile these

with the world. The Moon also helps us see that which we want, and to use memory and the past as part of this process. The Moon spends roughly 2 1/2 days in each sign and takes 28 days to circumnavigate the Zodiac. It is feminine energy and rules Cancer and the Fourth House.

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ARIES Adaptability and inconstancy in your efforts to initiate are present here. Frequent emotional upheavals due to a fiery temper are possible. Patience is not your strong suit and if things don’t happen the way you want, and now, well, you can go off like a bolt of lightning. Your tendency is to be spontaneous, temperamental, impetuous, headstrong and you dislike restraint. You are very direct in thought, action, and speech and everyone knows how you feel.

LEO You are warm, generous, loving in your affections and you bring out devotion and loyalty in your loved ones. You want to be worshipped and adored. You need a partner you can be proud of and your own pride is very important to you. Your feelings get hurt when you feel ignored. You dislike emotional games and dishonesty. You are popular, generous, dignified, loyal and ambitious.

SAGITTARIUS You are independent, outspoken, open, generous, enthusiastic, idealistic, inspired, and optimistic and these qualities attract many friends and acquaintances. You seem to thrive on travel, sociability, fellowship, and expressing your opinions to whomever will listen. In addition, you are adventurous, playful, freedom-loving, and ready for a good time. You expect a better, brighter future.

TAURUS Your emotional nature is steadied and others find this quality soothing in you. You are generally even-tempered and peace-loving and are not easily ruffled or given to emotional displays. You can be downright stubborn at times, especially when it comes to making changes that are emotional in nature or that require emotional adjustment. You seek security and often expect this security to come from materials possessions and resources.

VIRGO You are very sensitive and cautious about showing others your feelings. You are perhaps more mental than emotional, at least outwardly. Very often your love for someone will be expressed by trying to help them. It may be difficult for you to receive affection, you often feel that you don’t really deserve it or that “they don’t really mean it”. Forgive yourself when you don’t live to expectations.

CAPRICORN You tend to be very serious and responsible, thinking that duty calls first before all else. You are not comfortable displaying your emotions for all to see and you certainly don’t want them to think that you need help and support. You never want to appear emotionally weak. There is a great sense of ambition within you, perhaps because you feel unloved, unwanted or inadequate. You then work very hard because it makes you feel important or needed.

GEMINI You tend to intellectualize your feelings. Your moods come through your words. At times you are unaware of your own or other people’ deeper feelings and emotional needs. You talk out your feelings and moods. Your need is to communicate and to share knowledge. You tend to avoid heavy, emotional relationships and involvements because their is some tendency to superficiality. Commitment scares you. You have a very receptive mind.

LIBRA You are kind, sympathetic, agreeable, optimistic, fair, and very fond of social pleasures. You are a considerate and thoughtful friend, and have a flair for making others feel accepted and appreciated. At the same time you probably possess good reasoning powers and the ability to form correct judgments. You strive for peace, harmony, and balance.

AQUARIUS Your emotions tend to be guided by intellect and you can be very detached when it comes to dealing with them. Others may think you cold and aloof because they don’t understand the ways in which you deal with your feelings. This position steadies your emotions. You find security in dealing with and working with groups of people, especially in endeavors that benefit the majority. You are inventive in thought and want to make the world a better place to live in.

CANCER You very easily respond to the emotional environment in which you are placed. You soak up feelings like a sponge. Perhaps this is why you so easily become moody, irritable and inconstant in thought and feeling. Learning to control your own moods may be very difficult, yet necessary, for you. Your greatest need is to nurture and mother someone or ones. You often appear irrational to others because you can’t always explain the reason or source of your feelings.

SCORIPO You are secretive and inclined to brood in silence over the wrongs that people have done, either in reality or simply in your own mind. The mental and emotional focus may be on sensual things or on sex or death. You find it difficult to trust people. You open yourself up to very few as you do not find it easy to trust others. You love and hate with passion.

PIECIES Your emotions are expressed sympathetically and often compassionately. You are sensitive, kind and gentle, and have an innate understanding of how other people feel and react to situations. It hurts you if another is hurt. Even if you are hurting, you seem to sense that all the pain you have suffered is for a higher purpose, if only to teach others or help show them the way.


MERCURY SYMBOL

Mercury, much like the winged messenger of the gods, comes inon feather-light wings and commands us to speak. Communication, intellect and awareness are all within Mercury’s domain, as are logic and reasoning, our manner of thinking, and how we create and express our thought processes.

A mercurial nature brings to mind restlessness and motion. Rat-a-

ORBIT 88 DAYS AROUND SUN

tat-tat -- things happen fast here. Mercury is abouT quick thinking, possibilities, opinions, reasoning and the ability to rationalize things. Mercurial energy can be good or bad, but it will certainly be energizing! This Planet also prompts us to move from one thing to the next and to get answers on both a physical and psychological level.

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Further, Mercury’s energy is both dexterous and perceptive.

Mercury is about short trips: a visit to a neighbor or a friend across town, the workaday commute, a weekend getaway. Siblings, and transportation in general, are also within Mercury’s realm.

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Speaking, writing, books, online communications and learning are all

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within Mercury’s domain. This Planet implores us to express ourselves

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Mercury is never more than 28 degrees from the Sun; it takes about

often -- and well. When Mercury goes retrograde (the appearance of traveling backward), however, our communications will be challenged.

88 days to complete its orbit of the Sun. It is neither masculine nor

COMMUNICATION &

feminine energy and assumes the gender of the Sign it is in. It rules

REASON

both Gemini and Virgo and the Third and Sixth Houses.

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CAPRICORN A practical, cautious careful thinker and communicator. You are careful about what you say. You think about things which are practical and useful. You start new enterprises, but only after careful thought, and you will become involved in things only if they are proved and tangible. If you are a researcher, you will work carefully and meticulously, but you will tend to follow the tried and true, rather than to deal with completely different ideas

TAURUS You have a good mind and can concentrate well. ;You may also be slow to take up an issue (fixed), but when you start there is no stopping you. You tend to avoid conflict and express yourself in an indirect manner. You are practical in your communications, and tend to speak when there is a good, practical reason to do so.

VIRGO You are the thinker above thinkers. You can become almost all thought, applying reason to everything. You are adaptable and versative and learn quickly. Your practical nature means you will turn your mind to what is useful and tangible. You are a good communicator. You may appear to be insincere to some because you adapt your communications and thinking to suit the person your are communicating with.

AQUARIUS You are particularly thoughtful, and your main concerns are with other people, mainly friends, but perhaps the world in general (air, public). Your thinking deals with the new and the unconventional. Your communication can be somewhat aloof and indifferent, making you sound indifferent to personal matters. You are quite capable of making abrupt and sudden changes in your thinking. You seek the truth through communication and value the individual over authority.

GEMINI You are an excellent communicator! You can express yourself clearly and accurately. You can deal with a variety of projects and you are very versative. You have a good mind and speak what you think. You may travel a lot!

LIBRA You are a diplomatic and balanced thinker and communicator. Your mind tends to be directed to interpersonal relationships, and groups, so you may not be interested in studying science or engineering. You are a thinker who is careful about what they say. You are likely to be good at initiating communications. What you say and think comes from you, rather than to do things for because of others.

PIECIES You may have a gift for inspirational writing, particularly poetry, and a love of this kind of literature. You may be inspired by ideas or hunches that enable you to express yourself artistically. You are adaptable and versatile in your thinking so you can adjust to new ideas, especially those which relate to deep religious or even mystic ideas. When you communicate ideas, you may not know where they came from and you may be skilled in mediumship.

CANCER You have the ability to learn quickly, and probably have a good memory (water). This ability to learn quickly may be habitual and occur without your conscious awareness (instinctive). There is a danger you may try to memorise things, however, rather than to understand them (water, imagination).

SCORIPO Your curiosity delves into the depths of things and you are good at uncovering secret things. You can concentrate very well and doggedly seek your answers. Your thoughts may be directed from somewhere else. You may be psychic and seek spiritual knowledge. In your communication you do not reveal much about yourself or the deep processes going on inside.

ARIES You have a quick mind. You express yourself energetically and impulsively, with a sense of urgency. You are good at thinking up new ideas and expressing them, sometimes very forcibly. You prefer to talk about things of great moment, and enjoy conflict. You are direct and honest (as you see it.)

LEO You are an impressive communicator and perhaps artistic. You can be forceful in your communication (fire), and also because you are steady (fixed) you can succeed through persistence. You tend to be honest and straightforward in your communications (active).

SAGITTARIUS You have a good mind that benefits from higher education. You believe in freedom and tolerance, and have a free-ranging interest. This may mean you take on several subjects at the same time. You say what you think. You identify with the group. Your communication may be inspirational and powerful. You like to exchange ideas with others.


VENUS SYMBOL

Venus is all about pleasure, especially pleasure shared with someone else. This Planet concerns itself with love, romance and harmony in our emotional attachments, marriages, friendships and other unions (like business partnerships). Venus is content to spread happiness and tenderness, all the while teaching us how to love and appreciate others and the things that we possess.

ORBIT 225 DAYS AROUND SUN

We appear attractive -- and we attract others -- thanks to Venus’s energy. Socializing with and relating to others are important to this Planet. Beauty is also strongly associated with Venus. The arts (music, dance, drama and literature, to name a few) and a sense of the aesthetic fall within the ream of Venus. Venus beseeches us to

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indulge our senses and revel in the beauty of our world. This Planet is inextricably linked to refinement, culture, charm and grace.

Venus also deals with the pleasure we derive from our possessions. Luxuries (jewelry, paintings, expensive cars), good food and drink, a beautiful home and a sense of refinement all please Venus’s interests.

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This Planet asks us to appreciate the exquisite nature of things It’s a sensual -- though not always sexual -- world as far as Venus is concerned.

Venus takes 225 days to complete its orbit of the zodiac; it is never

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more than 47 degrees from the Sun. It is a feminine energy and rules both Taurus and Libra and the Second and Seventh Houses.


ARIES You may be very ardent and pursuing in relationships. Your feelings and passions are easily aroused and you usually try to take the lead in social matters and affairs of the heart. You go out and get what you think you want. Trouble is, once gotten, you may get tired of having. The thrill of the chase is more important to you than the final catch. Thus your romances may start off in a blaze of excitement and glory only to end in boredom and monotony.

LEO In affairs of the heart you are warm-hearted, spontaneous, affectionate, loyal and generous. You hate pettiness and stinginess in your partner. You seek the Hero, someone you can idolize and adore, someone you have great pride in or someone who can sweep you off your feet. You crave love, appreciation, and attention from others and like to be at the center of things. You love to feel SPECIAL.

SAGITTARIUS You are looking for someone you can grow with, someone who can expand your world and your consciousness. You are attracted to someone who is fun-loving, playful, and open to adventure and new experiences. Traveling together, meeting new people and exploring new vistas is particularly enjoyable. You want to be able to share your dreams, aspirations and ideals with your mate.

TAURUS In love affairs you are generally loyal and steady, especially if your partner is demonstrative and affectionate. You are oriented towards the sensual side of life. You are tremendously responsive to beauty and physical appearances, and the physical attractiveness of your partner is very important to you. You enjoy indulging yourself and the ones you love. Comfort is important to you. At times you can be lazy, hoping or expecting someone else to do the dirty work.

VIRGO You are quietly devoted and faithful to your loved ones, and often become a kind of servant to your love partner. You are more comfortable showing love for someone by doing something for them. You are somewhat timid about expressing too much sentiment or emotion. You may lack confidence in your own attractiveness and ability to draw love to yourself.

CAPRICORN Love and affections are expressed in cautious, reserved and serious ways. You are probably not that demonstrative towards the ones you love. You care very much about what other people think of you and you fervently desire love and appreciation, yet your reserved responses make it appear that you are really very detached. You are oldfashioned and traditional regarding courtship and love, and will remain faithful.

GEMINI In matters of love and romance, you desire a partner who is mentally stimulating, curious, one who can challenge your mind, and keeps you from getting bored. Relationships where talking, sharing ideas, going places, and learning new things together are highly preferred and needed. You need a lot of social stimulation and can be a bit of a flirt. Jealous partners turn you off. You may have a tendency to desire more than one love interest at a time.

LIBRA You are charming, tactful, courteous, considerate, balanced, poised, and have a strong desire to please and not make waves. People may take advantage of you. Although Venus is a so-called benefic planet, Venus in Libra can be fairly ruthless at times within relationships. They know what people want to hear and can be quite manipulative. You naturally attract people in your life.

AQUARIUS Your affections are expressed in an open, unconventional and rather detached way. Socializing, bringing people together and having many friends and acquaintances very much appeal to you. Because you value friendship so highly, you may be more comfortable being a friend than a lover. One thing’s for sure – you highly dislike possessive, clingy relationships. You want to be free to do whatever you want with whomever you like.

CANCER You are quiet, shy, sensitive, sentimental, gentle, and romantic and your feelings are deeply attached to your family, old friends, familiar places and memories, and the past. Remembering and celebrating birthdays and other days of personal significance is very important to you. You seek caring, emotional support and security in love affairs. You can be changeable and inconstant in matters of feeling and emotion. You desire peace and harmony in your home environment.

SCORIPO You desire and crave a deep, intense, and passionate relationship. In love, nothing short of a merging of souls will satisfy you. Venus in Scorpio yearns for the undying love of Romeo and Juliet or Heloise and Abelard. Individuals with this Venus sign are the most intense, passionate lovers of all. The bonds you form are strongly emotional and may be described as possessive. You can get very jealous regarding loved ones.

PIECIES Your affections are expressed in sympathetic, compassionate ways. You give yourself to those you love or to those who need or ask for your help. You perhaps give too much at times which make some overly dependent on you. You are very idealistic in matters of love and this sometimes plays itself out whereby you become the martyr or the savior in relationships.


MARS SYMBOL

Mars is the action Planet of the Zodiac. The ‘Red Planet,’ after all, should be pretty fiery, and Mars does not disappoint. Energy, passion, drive and determination are all right up Mars’s alley. This Planet commands you (and yes, Mars does rule the military) to stand up, be noticed and get things done -- sitting on the sidelines belongs somewhere else in the heavens. Simply put, Mars speaks to the power and confident expression of the individual.

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Ambition and competition are also within Mars’s realm. Whether it’s at work or on the field of play, Mars encourages us to face challenges and to be our best -- or better. Aggression is part of the plan here, although Mars also values courage and honor. Assertion and a daring,

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fearless nature please this Planet. It’s important to note that Mars’s energy can be constructive or destructive. The God of War in ancient times, Mars could be brutally violent.

While this energy still emanates from the Planet, it also asks us to harness this force for good. Stamina, ambition and achievement are

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all part of Mars’ mantra. Mars rules our sexuality and sexual energy, and governs weapons, accidents and surgery (the last two illustrating the yin and yang nature of this Planet). In the end, however, the energy of Mars can be quite useful if used properly.

It takes nearly two years for Mars to complete its orbit through the Zodiac. It is masculine energy and rules both Aries and Scorpio and the First and Eighth Houses.


ARIES

TAURUS

GEMINI

CANCER

You are aggressive, pioneering, adventurous, and always on the outlook to start new projects. You hate restraint and don’t like to be told to do something or how to do it. You want to lead, not follow. At times you can be headstrong, impulsive, and impatient. Waiting is not something that appeals to you. You go after what you want with great zeal and you do not take “no” for an answer. You love competition and anything that allows you to test or prove yourself.

Once you set your mind on a goal, your dedication, determination, and commitment to it are extraordinary. You enjoy a set routine and schedule. Whatever you have set your sights on, you refuse to give up or let go of it. You are loyal to a fault, unless someone betrays your trust, then all heck can break loose. You are patient and usually slow to anger unless someone takes you too far. That is when you charge, just like the bull Taurus stands for.

You are constantly in motion with many and various activities, usually several at a time. You are happiest when busy and you hate boredom. Your mind is alert, active, and constantly seeking to learn more. You absorb knowledge like a sponge and you will debate and argue with anyone who wants a mental sparring match. A great deal of nervous tension or anxiety can exist with this position and it is important that you get regular exercise to relieve the stress.

You avoid direct confrontations with others, preferring to side-step issues or attack them indirectly. Aggressive, competitive behavior makes you uncomfortable. Your ego drive is not very strong and you are not especially ambitious or eager to push your way to the top. Inner satisfaction is more important to you. You may feel inadequate in situations that call for strong, forceful action. But, when you feel your loved ones or your family or anyone you really care about is being threatened, then you will fight.

LEO

VIRGO

LIBRA

SCORIPO

You are proud and have a big ego. You want to excel, to stand out and be recognized for who and what you are. It is difficult for you to take orders or to stay in the background. You like to be noticed and will do things in a dramatic manner just to get attention and be seen. You hate being wrong and may insist that you are always right. You are forceful, strong, energetic, artistically creative, determined.

You are an energetic worker, a perfectionist. You often feel that if you want something done right, then you must do it yourself, for others never do as thorough a job as you do. Doing a task well is very important to you. You can become so much of a perfectionist that you will not even attempt many activities and projects, feeling that your efforts simply won’t be good enough.

You swing from being pushy, aggressive, confrontational, and insistent on doing things your own way to being too eager to please and too compromising. You have a strong attraction to others and if Mars is well aspected, then this brings popularity and good will. But if Mars is badly aspected, then this can bring opposition and criticism from the public and fickleness in love relationships.

You are extremely strongwilled and you pursue your goals and desires with determination. You are capable of total concentration and tremendous discipline, and you are very difficult to influence once your mind is made up. When you want something, you can be very one-sided and almost obsessed with it. You tend to be secretive. You have deep emotions and may occasionally show a primitive side.

CAPRICORN

AQUARIUS

PIECIES

Your actions serve your needs for recognition and status. You are not content to follow, but must have a leading role in whatever you do. If not handled well, the energies of this placement can make you appear ruthless, manipulative and bull-dozing over anyone who stands in your way. You are efficient, tenacious, organized, dedicated, practical, disciplined and steadfast in your resolve to feel successful.

Your energies are expressed in unique and original ways. There may be genius shown in the way you go about things. You are inventive, scientific, a bit eccentric, unconventional and perhaps a bit rebellious. Working with others to get things done appeals to you. You enjoy taking part in group activities and unite with others of similar ideals and persuasions.

SAGITTARIUS You are aspiring, enterprising, idealistic, and forever following some bright and distant star, planning some new venture or investigating new potentials that will expand your horizons. You aim high and are not content simply with a quiet, secure existence. You like to stretch your limits, to see how far you can go, and to take risks. You are a positive thinker, expect success for yourself, and are philosophical about failures.

Your energies and aggressions tend to come out in noncombative and noncompetitive ways. You are a bit of a pacifist and do not enjoy tackling anyone or anything head-on in a directly confrontational manner. Working around people or situations or working behind the scenes, in secret, is more your preferred style. If necessary, it is more your tendency to give up something rather than to fight for it.


JUPITER SYMBOL

Jupiter is the thinking person’s Planet. As the guardian of the abstract mind, this Planet rules higher learning and bestows upon us a yen for exploring ideas, both intellectually and spiritually. Intellectually speaking, Jupiter assists us in formulating our ideology. In the more spiritual realm, Jupiter lords over religions and philosophy. A search for the answers is what Jupiter proposes, and if it means spanning the globe to find them, well, that’s probably why Jupiter also rules

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long-distance travel. In keeping with this theme, Jupiter compels us to assess our ethical and moral values; it also addresses our sense of optimism.

Luck and good fortune are associated with Jupiter for good reason

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This is a kind and benevolent Planet, one which wants us to grow and flourish in a positive way. Jupiter may be judge and jury, but it’s mostly an honorable helpmate, seeing to it that we’re on the right path. While our success, accomplishments and prosperity are all within Jupiter’s realm, this largesse can, at times, deteriorate into laziness and sloth (Jupiter, at its worst, is associated with weight

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gain!).

More often than not, however, Jupiter will guide us down the primrose path. Leisure time is also one of Jupiter’s pastimes. Sports of all kinds, games of chance, and a stroll in the park with the family

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pet (Jupiter loves animals) are all ruled by this Planet. Finally, Jupiter often presages great wealth, material and otherwise. This is a good friend in the heavens!

It takes Jupiter about twelve years to circle the Zodiac (the Planet visits an average of one Sign a year). It is masculine energy and rules both Sagittarius and Pisces and the Ninth and Twelfth Houses.

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ARIES You are enthusiastic, assertive, energetic, and filled with many ideas on how to grow, start, promote, or expand the ideas which fill your head. You are opinionated and can be very persuasive in getting people to go along with your plans and ideas. You like dealing with the big picture and have leadership qualities. A need to learn patience and to think before you act is probable. Your tendency to promise more than you can deliver should be watched.

LEO You are generous, kind, compassionate and altruistic. You have organizing and executive abilities and crave positions of trust and responsibility, never being content to simply follow. You have an abundance of energy and a strong constitution. You love anything that tends to uplift society. On the negative side, though, you can become cruel, egotistical, abnormally fond of pleasure and subject to loss.

SAGITTARIUS You are big-hearted, idealistic, loyal, generous, humane, broad- minded, philosophical and tolerant. You may be prophetic and inspirational and you can inspire trust in other people. They are attracted to your sense of honor and integrity. You have a strong desire to help others. You may be in a position of power and prestige or work in the professions. You tend to be conservative because of a desire for people to like you.

TAURUS You desire to expand the world around you with tangible, material things. The rewards you expect from your efforts must be material in nature. A simple “thankyou� is not as good as some little something in the form of something concrete that you can hold and see. You are generous with your possessions and share freely what you have, but only if the cause merits such action. Your nature tends to be a bit extravagant or self-indulgent and it is up to you to control your desire nature.

VIRGO You have a cautious, intellectual, analytical, and practical nature. You can determine the essential from the non-essential and the truth from the fiction. You have a strong desire to expand your field of knowledge and to develop technical skill. On the negative side, you can at times be cynical, carping, critical, mistrusting of others, and get lost in details.

CAPRICORN Your positive qualities are honesty, sincerity, faithfulness, ingenuity, resourcefulness and some degree of mechanical ability. Your attempts at growth, expansion, meeting new opportunities and getting ahead in the world are met with reserve, discipline, caution, system, practicality and organization. You have a desire for material success, yet this may not bring satisfaction or happiness if gained.

GEMINI You are clever, witty, and cheerful. You love traveling because of the knowledge you gain from your experiences and the people you meet. There may be a natural talent for learning and speaking foreign languages. Excessive nervous energy may lead to agitated speech or in the tendency to talk too much or promise more than you can deliver. There can be literary ability of a marked degree. You are constantly looking for things in life which will expand your horizons and your own philosophy of life.

LIBRA You are philosophical, sympathetic and friendly. You expand your horizons and grow through using your ability to be outgoing with and well-liked by others. There is a love for beautiful things and perhaps an interest in art or law. On the negative side, there is danger of selfindulgence or extravagance, and not appreciating what is had in life.

AQUARIUS You are a humanitarian and are concerned with the welfare of all people. You believe in the universality of life and the brotherhood of man. Reform and large group projects appeal to you as they give you wide scope for your own personal growth and expansion. You work well with others because of your inventive mind, your keen judgment, your fine intellect and your friendliness. You are intuitive, tolerant and sociable.

CANCER You are loving, peaceful, friendly, sociable, sympathetic and probably very patriotic. You have a most vivid imagination and have many Utopian dreams. There is probably interest in mystical things. Much help is received from the parents. You may have weight problems, especially later in life because you do enjoy the delicacies of the dinner table. Your full potential may not be reached until middle or later life. There may be a tendency towards stinginess, holding on too long to possessions.

SCORIPO You tend to be efficient and hard-working, with a flair for business and finance. You are resourceful and willing to do all the work necessary in the fulfillment of a task. You are secretive, but there is, also, great inner strength and courage. You have a magnetism that draws people to you. You have an ardent, aggressive, self-reliant nature and an enthusiastic, constructive mind.

PIECIES Your needs for growth and expansion are perhaps best satisfied when you are working to help raise mankind to a higher spiritual level. You recognize that we are all in this together and what is bad for one is bad for all. You are sympathetic, charitable, genial, unassuming, quiet, visionary, intuitive, with a subtle sense of humor.


SATURN SYMBOL

Saturn doesn’t make things easy. That’s the role of the taskmaster of the Zodiac. Saturn commands us to get to work and to work hard. Discipline and responsibility are important to this Planet, yet if we’re eager to conquer the world, that’s okay, too. Much like Father Time, Saturn implores us to look at the clock its glyph, after all, is the sickle of Chronos, the God of Time). Is there time for everything we want to do, or are there limits? Those limitations are important to Saturn, and

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we must learn to manage them.

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Restrictions are the province of this Planet, as is any form of discipline

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or delay. In keeping with the passage of time, Saturn governs old age along with the lessons it teaches us. Learning life’s lessons is key to

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this Planet, in keeping with its role as teacher. The majesty of older age also brings with it a certain sense of tradition, conventionality (our learned patterns of behavior) and wisdom, and Saturn is mindful of these characteristics. This Planet applauds our perseverance and the fact that we’ve withstood the test of time (yes, time comes up once again). This senior status further brings with it a measure of

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authority, and Saturn lords over that as well.

Structure, order and the way in which we conduct our affairs are all ruled by this ringed Planet. Contraction and the reining in of assets are also important here. Lastly, Saturn, again in its role

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as teacher, concerns itself with karma and the lessons which past experiences might bring.

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It takes Saturn 28-30 years to complete its orbit of the zodiac. It is masculine energy and rules Capricorn and Aquarius and the Tenth and Eleventh Houses.

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ARIES You can be a very capable leader, one who knows what to do and is not afraid of going out and doing it no matter what it takes or how long it takes. Combat and competitiveness spur you on to greater achievements. Self-reliance is high within you and you probably feel that you are more capable than those around you. You dislike restraint of any kind and do not take kindly to others telling you what to do.

LEO You tend to be self-rel iant, conservative, and are extremely efficient. You may have difficulty expressing your emotions and your affections, which may make you appear cold and unloving. You need love, but may not know how to go about giving or receiving it, thus you may isolate yourself from others. you may be cruel and quicktempered, jealous.

SAGITTARIUS Benefit can be gained from meditation and introspection. You need physical exercise and fresh air, especially in your sleeping quarters. On the negative side, you may be cynical, atheistic, selfishly ambitious, dogmatic, insincere and sarcastic. There is a need for everything to be proven before belief is possible.

TAURUS You are very persistent in carrying out your goals. You can be overly concerned with material possessions and in wanting to squirrel away too much for that proverbial rainy day. You tend to place too much emphasis on material goods and possessions for security and if carried too far, you can become miserly and miserable due to worrying about what might happen tomorrow and if you have enough money.

VIRGO You have a cautious, intellectual, analytical, and practical nature. You can determine the essential from the non-essential and the truth from the fiction. You have a strong desire to expand your field of knowledge and to develop technical skill. On the negative side, you can at times be cynical, carping, critical, mistrusting of others, and get lost in details.

CAPRICORN You may find it difficult to divide your energies between work and play. You may experience feelings of loneliness and inadequacy and that could be one reason why you tend to work so long and hard. Prestige and social standing may be extremely important to you and you will be tempted to do whatever you have to in order to acquire them. Selfishness and a great love and desire for power can also be present.

GEMINI Your thinking is deliberate and serious and you possess organization skills, concentration and mental stability. You can focus on deep and difficult matters and come up with practical solutions to problems. You enjoy learning. But there may also be tendencies towards cynicism, depression, and pessimism. Nervous tension can be a problem. It will be important for you to discipline your mind.

LIBRA There is a need for you to cooperate and share in harmony, patience, and love with other people. Marriage or partnerships may be restricting, requiring hard work and discipline so that you may learn the lessons of cooperation rather than competition. You may take great trouble to find a mate who is able to demonstrate a similar integrity, and thus marry at a later age than most.

AQUARIUS You may have difficulty in understanding other people’s goals. You need to learn tolerance for other people and must develop forgiveness. You can think ahead and plan things with an inventive flair. Seeing things in a whole new way is one of your strengths. You tendency is to be serious, impersonal, detached and scientific. On the negative side you can be opinionated, vindictive, cold with a tendency to get quite aggravated when opposed.

CANCER You can be moody, fearful and insecure perhaps because you feel unloved, probably by one or both parents. Emotional depression is something you need to conquer. Your unconscious fear of being hurt by others can cause you to withdraw from too close an emotional involvement with others. You are kind, but may lack empathy. You can be so busy protecting yourself from hurts that you are unable to see the hurts of others.

SCORIPO People may find you difficult to understand because of your reserved exterior and secretiveness. Your mind may be mechanically oriented and you are resourceful, even under the most adverse circumstances, patient and persistent. There is danger of stubbornness, revenge, lack of forgiveness, resentment, and ruthlessness. There is a need to transform your desires. You need to learn when and how to let go.

PIECIES It may be difficult for you to set boundaries for yourself and others, or to be as disciplined and organized as you want or need to be. Things have a way of getting lost in the shuffle of everyday life and it may be hard for you to keep your touch on the pulse of things around you. Sometimes you just get lost in the fog and can’t see your way clearly. You can be indecisive and moody, and can react emotionally to negative conditions.


URANUS SYMBOL

The Planet Uranus wasn’t discovered until 1781. As one of the outermost Planets, it moves rather slowly through the Zodiac. The result is that its effect is felt more generationally than individually. Uranus brings with it a new way of looking at things, and its approach is best met with an expanded consciousness. Originality, inventions, computers, cutting-edge technologies and future events are all ruled by this Planet. Uranus sees no need for the status quo, preferring

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instead to break with tradition and create a new mold. While the building blocks (science, electricity) are safe here, this Planet would rather focus its gaze on a new world order. To that end, rebellion, revolution, dictators, an autonomous state and free will all fall under the aegis of this Planet.

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No one will ever characterize Uranus as subtle. This is the Planet which coaxes erratic and bizarre behavior and byzantine schemes. A bohemian, utopian society is more in keeping with Uranus’s bent, as are humanitarian ideals. Freedom and creativity are important to this Planet; Astrology is also within its realm. Lastly, in keeping

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with its sudden, sometimes violent and often unexpected manner, Uranus rules earthquakes and other natural disasters.

It takes Uranus 84 years to complete its trip around the zodiac. It is an androgynous energy and rules Aquarius and the Eleventh

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House. Uranus is considered to be the higher octave of Mercury and the first of the transcendental Planets.


ARIES

TAURUS

GEMINI

CANCER

There will be erratic tendencies, however, and patience is not enhanced. This placing highlights the search for what is new, out-of-theordinary and different. Selfconfidence and leadership power is reinforced. However, foolhardiness must be checked, since it can surface in an extremely eccentric way with the individual becoming involved in silly and daredevil feats. Caution must be developed.

If other fixed signs are prominent in the chart, the individual may proudly say, ‘Once I’ve made up my mind I don’t change it.’ However, it the chart tends towards indecision, this is a good placing, since it gives a combination of stability and Uranian originality. On the one hand, the fixed influence of Taurus makes one want to be conventional. If balance is achieved, we often find an original and practical individual.

Here is excellent potential. If Mercury and Jupiter are well placed in the chart, this adds a sharp attitude and quick responses. This is good for literary or academic work, a career in the media or communications. If poorly aspected, Gemini’s restlessness will be a problem. If Mars in involved in negative aspects to Uranus, distress, worry, and headaches may be a problem. Relaxation techniques such as yoga may help.

The changeable moodiness of Cancer, combined with the unpredictability of Uranus, may at times cause problem. If you have Uranus in Cancer, friends may never know what to expect from you. Uranus is a cold, unemotional planet, always encouraging logical, clear-cut action, while Cancer is all intuition and very emotional. If Uranus is a personal planet, this can be a source of tension for the individual.

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With Uranus in Leo there is increased energy and boldness. Because of Leo’s fixed quality, stubbornness may be a problem. Self-confidence is boosted, and sometimes there is a liking for power. If properly managed, a talent for leadership arises. These individuals often have a creative flair.

SAGITTARIUS Uranus in Sagittarius opens the mind and makes it more original. This placement makes for a lively individual with a good sense of humor, and very good brains. The Sagittarian influence adds an adventurous spirit to the Uranian humanitarian desire. This means that these individuals will be useful in fixing our world.

Uranus in Virgo is a potential source of tension, especially if the individual is rather nervous or anxious, or if tension is evident in other areas of the chart. These energies can be put to good use as they will inject the mind with ability to analyze and research, and will also encourage a certain originality of approach to any problem or project that is under consideration.

CAPRICORN Uranus is somewhat boxed in by Capricorn. The benefit is the ability to put problems into a coherent and logical perspective. However, conflicts will arise when Uranus’s unpredictability and shock tactics try to express themselves. Capricorn is the most conventional sign, preferring to do things ‘the proper way.’ Here Uranus’s energy is concentrated and may be put to good use.

Libra will add glamour, power of attraction, and more of a romantic streak to Uranus. But if Uranus or Venus is a personal planet, problems may arise when Uranian desire for independence fights with Libran desire to relate to others. In this case, the individual may want a partnership but not a partner. This placing of Uranus makes for an excellent, caring, helpful, and sympathetic friend.

AQUARIUS Uranus rules Aquarius, so these people will have many of the general Aquarian traits. They may be friendly and humanitarian, but independent and emotionally detached. Uranus’s influence is greater than usual here because it’s in its own sign. As always, its influence increases even more if Uranus is a personal planet in the chart.

Uranus in Scorpio gives extra power and intensity. You are brave and daring, but tend to avoid showing emotions, or even reject them. This placing indicates a potential, or a need, for power. This need for power streams from a desire to help heal the world in some way. There is great potential here, but if this energy is misdirected, life may drag these individuals down.

PIECIES When Uranus is in Pisces, idealism, sympathy, sensitivity, and sacrifice for others is joined with humanitarianism and logical thinking. There is much creative potential here. As with any potential, it must be channeled correctly or else the individual must beware of escapist tendencies. These are helpful people.


NEPTUNE SYMBOL

Neptune’s slow orbit around our Zodiac ensures that its effect is generational in nature, affecting the lifestyles of everyone born during the 14-year period it spends in a sign. Neptune’s glyph is the trident of Poseidon, God of the Seas. Much about this Planet is fluid (Neptune rules the oceans of the Earth), changeable and illusory in nature. Dreams, illusion, abstract thought and the mysterious are all governed by Neptune. Our spirituality is important to this Planet,

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and how we harness that energy for our personal betterment.

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Poetry, music and dance are among the trance-like activities which this Planet favors. Neptune does have its showier side, as it rules movies, television, theater, fashion and all forms of glamour. In

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essence, Neptune is creating an illusion -- of what is enchanting on the outside and captivating within. Neptune has a mystique which doesn’t come out easily. It can be a poser, too, dabbling in flattery -- and subversion.

Neptunian energy reeks of escapism on its darker days, a sea of

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delusion, hypochondria and abnormality. Sleep and dreams are also lorded over by this Planet.

The house where Neptune sits in the natal chart shows the area of life in which you experience disappointment, or at least confusion.

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It is where you are most susceptible to being deceived, where you expect a result that never occurs. Your attitude towards concerns of this House may be uncertain and indecisive. You tend to take the easy way out of situations in matters related to this House. On the positive side, this is the House where you are most inspired, where you can visualize and dream. But this is where you must be careful of self-delusion and unrealistic expectations.

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PLUTO SYMBOL

As the outermost Planet in our solar system, Pluto is also the farthest from the Sun. Pluto’s energy may be subtle, but its results will hit you like a ton of bricks. This Planet is about transformation, regeneration and rebirth. Things aren’t pretty with Pluto, but they do get done. Pluto asks us to transcend that which we know, redeem ourselves in the process, and come out stronger as a result.

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For all that Pluto (re)creates (it also governs the reproductive system), it loves to destroy. This Planet rules destruction, death, obsession, kidnapping, coercion, viruses and waste. That’s definitely not pretty. Pluto also governs crime and the underworld, along with many forms of subversive activity (terrorism, dictatorships).

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No one will deny Pluto’s power (it rules atomic power, too) and intensity. This Planet’s energy is often focused on the masses and what the collective will do. Pluto beseeches the masses to look inward (and to their subconscious) to see what’s there. It may be scary, but Pluto doesn’t care. This Planet knows how to push buttons.

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It takes Pluto approximately 248 years to complete its orbit around the

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The House that Pluto occupies in your birth chart is likely to be a source

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to start over. If Pluto is negatively aspected, there is the possibility of

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obsessing about the affairs of this house. This is the area of life where

Zodiac. This makes Pluto’s sign influence a ‘generational’ one, affecting everyone born during that time. It rules Scorpio and the Eighth House.

of difficulty. Matters of this House are usually uprooted, forcing you

we experience profound change, intense transformation, and healing.


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SIGNS The Zodiac is a circle around the earth, used in astronomy to pinpoint positions of planets and other objects in our surrounding cosmos. Since ancient times, this circle has been divided into twelve parts, each 30° wide of the circle’s total 360°. Those are the Zodiac signs. They correspond to constellations of stars in the sky, but the latter are not equally wide. Astrology as well as astronomy use the 30° Zodiac division. In Zodiac sign astrology, the sun’s position in the Zodiac at the time of your birth decides what star sign (or sun sign) you are. Each Zodiac sign represents a basic character, a tendency, which affects the sun in your horoscope accordingly.

The sun is not the only celestial body influenced by the Zodiac in the horoscope. Every planet moves through the Zodiac signs, and changes character according to what sign it occupies at the moment. In astrology, each Zodiac sign is said to have a ruling and an exalting planet. This simply means that some planets are particularly enforced by the traits of that Zodiac sign. Both the sun and the moon are regarded as planets in this context. Since there are twelve Zodiac signs and only ten planets, Venus and Mercury rule and exalt in two signs each.

The Zodiac sign character traits mainly stem from their astrological element and quality. Every Zodiac sign in the horoscope belongs to one of the four Greek elements, which represent four basic expressions of life: FIRE, EARTH, WATER, AIR.

Since there are twelve Zodiac signs and four elements, three signs belong to each element. There are also three different basic qualities that signs have, expessing their major tendency: CARDINAL, FIXED, MUTABLE.

Four elements and three qualities make twelve possible combinations. So, each Zodiac sign has its own unique combination of element and quality.


ELEMENTS & QUALITIES Each Sign is made up of two things: the Element and the Quality. The Element (Fire, Earth, Air, and Water) describes the basic component present in the sign, while the Quality (Cardinal, Fixed, Mutable) describes how that Element is being expressed. Put four and three together and you get twelve possible combinations, as seen in the chart below:

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CARDINAL

FIXED

MUTABLE


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Fundamentally, everything is said to be made up of the four

Whereas an Element is the basic building block itself,

Elements. And that, in one way or another, includes people.

you can think of the Quality as the energy infused into the

In astrology each Element (also called a triplicity) stands for

Element, showing how it being expressed. Qualities (also

a piece of a person, as so:

called modalities, quadruplicities, or modes) seem to have cropped up in medieval Europe, where they were derived

FIRE It is alive with energy, drive, confidence, aggression, recklessness, and sexuality. Here is your thirst for adventure,

from the Three Principles of Alchemy.

fun, and excitement, the part of you that is driven for

CARDINAL Every seasonal cycle starts with a Cardinal

happiness and fulfillment. This is the element of creativity

sign. These signs are leaders, authorities, initiators, and

and self-expression; the ego-driven, self-important, inner child

directors. These signs are all alphas in their own way. They

whose lust for life and endless stores of energy are uninhibited.

are enterprising, outgoing, author their own destiny, and take over other people. Even if they are more subtle about

EARTH

Living in the real, physical, material world makes

this element one of practicality and sensuality. This element is

it, the dominant Cardinal energy is there.

more grounded, serious, anxious, and more concerned with

FIXED After the initial beginning the season is sustained

safety and security than anything else. Here is a love of nature,

by a Fixed sign. This is the quality that maintains and

good food, wealth, a nice home, a stable income, a love of

keeps on building. Reliable, loyal, strong, and persistent,

sensual pleasure, and a deeply held fear of change.

they have a hard time changing or letting go of anything. Most often they are characterized by their stubbornness,

AIR is the MIND what we commonly recognize as the most "human" part of ourselves, what sets us apart is our human

determination in getting what they want.

consciousness and advanced ways of thinking. This element

MUTABLE The season eventually ends with a Mutable

is the most logical, intellectual, and rational among them,

sign. Hence, this is the quality of versatility, adaptability,

more concerned with problem-solving and advancing society

and changeability. At once restless and directionless,

in a positive way. it is also talkative, social, and relationship

these signs tend to become inconsistent, unreliable,

oriented, even though it is largely detached emotionally.

and scattered. But they are excellent in service and communication roles, and their flexibility leads them to

WATER is the EMOTION of the most deeply personal, this is the element of human emotion, of compassion, empathy, spirituality, and physic intuition. Water has no shape, taking on the structure of whatever container it is in; in this way, your emotions reflect and react to what is going on around you. This element is not highly social, but these relationships are deeply personal, emotional, private, and formed through loyalty and trust.

become valuable to any group they are a part of.


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The Fire element of Aries brings assertive “I” energy. This is a flaming drive and the desire to do something! The Aries will is full of tension and passion; the “I” brings a need for independence. Aries coincides with spring time, when seeds

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germinate in an outpouring of energy and growth. This sign as has an instinctive identity, early extroversion, spontaneity, and a very direct approach. “Fire” can rage out of control. Aries’ cardinal-sign assertiveness can become too willful.

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Then we have wild spring weather -- a storming nature and a passion for power. Spontaneity can become impulsive -as only a sign ruled by energizing Mars can be! Balance comes by adding gentleness to independence and by tempering the Self with self- awareness.

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POSITIVES The Arien has many positive points to their character. People born under this first sign of the Zodiac are often quite strong and enthusiastic. On the whole, they are forward-looking people who are not easily discouraged by temporary setbacks. They know what they want out of life and they go out after it. Their personalities are strong. Others are usually quite impressed by the Arien’s way of doing things. Quite often they are sources of inspiration for others traveling the same route. Aries people have a special zest for life that is often contagious; for others, they are often the example for how life should be lived. The Aries person usually has a quick and active mind. They are imaginative and inventive. they enjoy keeping busy and active. They generally gets along well with all kinds of people. They are interested in mankind, as a whole.They like to be challenged. Some would say they thrive on opposition, for it is when set against that they often do best. Getting over or around obstacles is a challenge he generally enjoys. They likes to keep abreast of new things that are happening in the world. Ariens are often fond of speed. They like things to be done quickly and this sometimes aggravates their slower colleagues and associates. The Aries person always seems to remain young. Their whole approach to life is youthful and optimistic. They never say die, no matter what the odds, They may have an occasional setback, but it is not long before they are back on their feet again.

NEGATIVES Everybody has his less positive qualities-and Aries is no exception. Sometimes the Aries is not very tactful in communication with others; in the hurry to get things done they can

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be a little callous or inconsiderate. Sensitive people are likely to find Aries somewhat

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sharp-tongued in some situations. Often in the eagerness to achieve their aims, they miss the mark altogether . At times the Arien is too impulsive. They can occasionally be stubborn and refuse to listen to reason. If things do not move quickly enough to suit the Aries person, they are apt to become rather nervous or irritable. The uncultivated Arien is not unfamiliar with moments of doubt and fear. They are capable of being destructive if Aries doesn’t get it’s way. They can overcome some problems by

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steadily trying to express themself as they really are, but this requires effort.

FRIENDSHIP As fire can be a fleeting thing, so can be the friendship of a Ram. If you want to call an Aries up for a night on the town, you’ll have an exciting companion for the evening -- but don’t try to make plans for next week. This Sign needs variety in their friendships. If one group of people can’t keep up with their constantly changing interests, they’ll move on to new friends. Not that they ever lack for companionship: The Ram is well liked for their edge, so making new friends is never a big problem. Friends are nice, but not exactly necessary for independent Aries, who doesn’t need a big group to have fun. When they are in one, though, their competitive nature is liable to get the better of them Don’t try to borrow even a cup of sugar from this one. Ruled by the First House of Self, selfishness can sometimes take the upper hand when it’s a choice between people and possessions. On the other hand, the Ram can be very warm toward their friends. As long as Aries feels that they are the number one friend in your life, you can count on having an exciting, albeit brief, whirlwind of fun.


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The Earth element of Taurus brings strength and the desire for solid ground, form and structure. Preservation is important. The Bull’s fixed motivation seeks first to stabilize, then produce. Ruled by loving Venus, Taurus has great emotional depth. Friends and

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lovers rely on the warmth and emotional accessibility of this sign. Taurus represents consistency, loyalty, and patience. Fixed earth can be very rigid, too cautious to take some of the risks necessary in life. Sometimes the Bull ends up temporarily stuck in the mud.

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He or she may not want to rise to every challenge or potential. And stubborn? Ah yes! The Taurus Bull may always surface. This sign’s Yin energy can go too far; Taurus becomes very passive, even lazy. Balance comes with a reliable plan, satisfying Taurus’ need for stability while allowing for action and accomplishments.

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POSITIVES The Taurus person is known for his ability to concentrate and for his tenacity. These are perhaps his strongest qualities. The Taurus person generally has very little trouble in getting along with others; it’s his nature to be helpful toward people in need. He can always be depended on by his friends, especially those in trouble. The Taurean generally achieves what he wants through his ability to persevere. He never leaves anything unfinished but works on something until it has been completed. People can usually take him at his word; they are honest and forthright in most of hid dealings. A Taurus person has a good chance to make success because of many positive qualities. Those who aims high seldom falls short of his mar. They learn well by experience. They are thorough and does not believe in short-cuts of any kind. The Taurean’s thoroughness pays off in the end, for through their deliberateness they learn how to rely on themselves and what they have learned. The Taurus person tries to get along with others, as a rule. They are not overly critical and likes people to be themselves. They are a tolerant person and enjoys peace and harmony-especially in his home life. The Taurean is usually cautious in all that he does. They are not a person who believes in taking unnecessary risks. Before adopting and one line of action, he will weigh all of the pros and cons. The Taurus person is steadfast. Once his mind is made up it seldom changes. The person born under this sign usually is a good family person-reliable and loving.

NEGATIVES Sometimes the Taurus person is a bit too stubborn. He won’t listen to other points

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of view if his mind is set on something. To others, this can be quite annoying. The

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Taurean also does not like to be told what to do. He becomes rather angry if others think him not too bright. They do not like to be told they are wrong, even when they dislike being contradicted. Some people who are born under this sign are very suspicious of others-even of those persons close to them. They find it difficult to trust people fully. They are often afraid of being deceived or taken advantage of. The Taurean often finds it difficult to forget or forgive. Their love

DETERMINED LOVING

SELF - INDULGENT CALM

POSESSIVE

RESENTFUL INFLEXIBLE

of material things sometimes makes themm rather avaricious and petty.

FRIENDSHIP When they say they’re your best friend forever, the Bull means it. They take childhood friendship oaths seriously, and still have the other half of that charm necklace in which are inscribed the words “Best Friends Forever.” Their friendship stands the test of time, and many Taurean friends have been this devoted since childhood. Constant, steady, loyal and devoted, this friend will stand by you through life. If you need to call someone to pick you up in the middle of the night, Taurus will be there in a flash, hot cocoa in gloved hand. Be warned, though, this is only if you’ve proven yourself to be as loyal a friend to them as they are to you. It’s a case of them scratching your back if you scratch theirs. Taurus makes a steady friend, but be careful not to arouse their jealousy. This Fixed Sign will be possessive of their buddies and aren’t so likely to understand the old adage that “absence makes the heart grow fonder.” You’ll find a wonderful friend in Taurus, so long as you don’t cancel any plans at the last minute.


GEMINI DATES

SYMBOL

MAY 22 - JUN 22

ELEMENT

HOUSE

3

The Air element of Gemini brings communication, intellect and speed! This is one of the joy-of-life signs, one that reaches out, expands and expresses. Ruler of Mercury. Gemini is an inquisitive student with a quick grasp of subjects. Mutable motivation brings

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adaptability. This is wonderful because variety-loving Gemini needs change. A flexible personality ensures that Gemini can connect with others. Gemini’s active energy can go too far, and then Gemini has a hard time finding the right direction.

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Members of this sign needs a countervailing force of stability. The desire to communicate quickly and rapidly benefits when tempered by receptivity. Then not only can the Twins speak, they can listen in return -- and complete the circuit! Balance comes from slowing down, listening, and learning follow-through!

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POSITIVES The person born under this sign of the Heavenly Twins is usually quite bright and quick- witted. Some of them are capable of doing many different things. The Gemini person very often has many different interest. He keeps an open mind and is always anxious to learn new things. The Geminian is often an analytical person. He is a person who enjoys making use of his intellect. He is governed more by his mind than by his emotions. He is a person who is not confined to one view; he can often understand both sides to a problem or question. He knows how to reason; how to make rapid decisions if need be. He is an adaptable person and can make himself at home almost anywhere. There are all kinds of situations he can adapt to. He is a person who seldom doubts himself; he is sure of his talents and his ability to think and reason. The Geminian is generally most satisfied when he is in a situation where he can make use of his intellect. Never short of imagination, he often has strong talents for invention. He is rather a modern person when it comes to life; the Geminian almost always moves along with the times-perhaps that is why he remains so youthful throughout most of his life. Literature and art appeal to the person born under this sign. Creativity in almost any form will interest and intrigue the Gemini man or woman. The Geminian is often quite charming. A good talker, he often is the center of attraction at any gathering. People find it easy to like a person born under this sign because he can appear easygoing and usually has a good sense of humor.

NEGATIVES Sometimes the Gemini person tries to do too many things at one time-and as a result,

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winds up finishing nothing. Some Geminians are easily distracted and find it rather

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difficult to concentrate on one thing for too long a time. Sometimes they give in to trifling fancies and find it rather boring to become too serious about anything. Some of them are never dependable, no matter what they promise. Although the Gemini often appears to be well-versed on many subjects, this is sometimes just a veneer. Their knowledge may be only superficial, but because he speaks so well he gives people the impression of erudition. Some Geminians are sharp-tongued and inconsiderate; they think only of themselves and their own pleasure.

COMMUNICATIVE WITTY

LIVELY

NERVOUS

CUNNING

INCONSISTENT INQUISITIVE

FRIENDSHIP The social butterfly of the Zodiac has lots of friends. In fact, the Twins should have twice as many as any other Sign. One side of a Gemini will want to go hang-gliding and run around outside, while the other is keen on sitting cozily at home and playing a board game. Their friends need to be as diverse as they are in order to keep up, or they just need to know when to let Gemini go free. The Twins can bond well with lots of different kinds of groups. If they get bored with one set of people, they always have a few more groups that will be more interesting -- for awhile. Gemini is a sociable creature who enjoys having friends. If you can match their pace and mercurial temperament, you and your friend will have a blast. The best way to develop a bond with a Gemini is to make an intellectual connection. Interested in exploring anything at all? Take along your Gemini pal and enjoy the new perspective they give to even the most ordinary situations. If you can match wits with this one, they’ll respect your intellect and work to develop this worthwhile friendship.


CANCER DATES

SYMBOL

JUN 22 - JUL 22

ELEMENT

HOUSE

4

Cancer’s element is Water. Symbolic of the emotions, water signs need to give and receive. They thrive on the exchange of feelings. They need security and love to be wrapped in an environment of love and comfort. Truly a wonderful example

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of Yin receptivity, Cancer seems to absorb memories, feelings and psychic messages. Of course, they send back their own good vibes in the process. The cardinal’ motivation energizes their strong ability to provide for others. Few work as hard

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and as tenaciously as Cancer. Without the balance of Yang assertiveness,Cancer’s confidence can be a bit wobbly. After all, the Crab is so very sensitive to everything. Just as the sign’s ruler, the Moon, goes through phases, Cancer often experiences mood swings. Sometimes the desire to love results in giving too much. In such cases, the Crab can become over-protective or dependent. Balanced, the Cancer adds personal independence to their priorities.

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POSITIVES The Cancerian’s most positive point is his understanding nature. On the whole, they are a loving and sympathetic person. He would never go out of his way to hurt anyone. The Cancer person is often very kind and tender; they give what they can to others. They hate to se others suffering and will do what they can to help someone in less fortunate circumstances than themselves. They are often very concerned about the world. Their interest in people generally foes beyond that of just their own families and close friends; they have a deep sense of brotherhood and respect humanitarian values. The Cancerian means what he says, as a rule; they are honest about his feelings. The Cancer person is a person who knows the art of patience. When something seems difficult, they are willing to wait until the situation become manageable again. They are a person who knows how to bide his time. The Cancerian knows how to concentrate on one thing at a time. When they have made their mind up he generally sticks with what he does, seeing it through to the end. The Cancerian is a person who loves his home. They enjoy being surrounded by familiar things and the people he loves. Of all the signs, Cancer is the most maternal. They like to take care of people in the their family-to see that they are well loved and well provided for. They are usually loyal and faithful. Family ties mean a lot to the Cancer person. Parents and in-laws are respected and loved. The Cancerian has a strong sense of tradition. They are very sensitive to the moods of others.

NEGATIVES Sometimes the Cancerian finds it rather hard to face life. It becomes too much for them.They can be a little timid and tiring, when things don’t go too well. When

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unfortunate things happen, they are apt to just shrug and say, “Whatever will be will

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be.” They can be fatalistic to a fault. The uncultivated Cancerian is a bit lazy. They don’t have very much ambition. Anything that seems a bit difficult he’ll gladly leave to others. They may be lacking in initiative. Too sensitive, when they feel injured, they’ll crawl back into his shell and nurse his imaginary wounds. The Cancer often is given to crying when the smallest thing goes wrong. Some Cancerians find it difficult to enjoy themselves in environments outside their homes. They make heavy demands

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PROTECTIVE MOODY

TOUCHY CLINGY

on others, and need to be constantly reassured that they are loved.

FRIENDSHIP The Crab is likely to send you frequent invitations to dinner. Of course, they enjoy your company, but they love it when you come over and complement them on their house, decorations and excellent cooking skills. They make loyal friends, so long as you do nothing to betray their trust. If you can handle a super emotional pal who is likely to call you up and cry into the phone for no reason, you will have a devoted buddy who is just as likely to arm themselves with a box of tissues and come to your aid when you’re feeling blue. Though the Crab would usually rather sit around the house tending the garden and organizing their bits of nostalgia, they will still occasionally be in the mood to go out for dinner and a movie. Your favorite Crab will always be there with a camera. A Cancer who is hurt hurts deeply and for a long time, though, so take care with the fragile emotions of your friend.


LEO DATES

SYMBOL

JUL 22 - AUG 22

ELEMENT

HOUSE

5

Leo is Fire to the core of the Sun! Fire brings a desire to create, innovate, and lead. The sign radiates mega-confidence. Of course, the Lion must have an audience. Without applause, what else is there? The fixed motivation adds self-reliance,

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a characteristic that works well in leadership positions. Leo is a formative energy, with the ability to consolidate and stabilize. Fire can rage out of control, so it helps to balance self-confidence with humility! Leo needs to become a humble

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but lovable lion. The playfulness associated with Leo can regress to childish demands for attention, as opposed to healthy recognition and encouragement. Leo benefits by allowing peaceful receptivity to surface. The mature Leo exudes big, beautiful heart and sheds sunshine on all who care to enjoy this bold spirit.

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POSITIVES Often Leos make good leaders. They seem to be good organizers and administrators. Usually they are quite popular with others. Whatever group it is that he belongs to, the Leo man is almost sure to be or become the leader. The Leo person is generous most of the time. It is his best characteristic. They likes to give gifts and presents. In making others happy, the Leo person becomes happy themselves. Leo likes to splurge when spending money on others. In some instance it may seem that the Leo’s generosity knows no boundaries. A hospitable person, a Leo is very fond of welcoming people to his house and entertaining them. They are never short of company. The Leo person has plenty of energy and drive. They enjoy working toward some specific goal. When they apply themselves correctly, they get what they want most often. The Leo person is almost never unsure of themselves. They are a person who is direct in almost everything he does. They have a quick mind and can make a decision in a very short time. Leos usually set a good example for others because of their ambitious manner and positive ways. Although the Leo person may be good at making a joke, they are not superficial or glib. They are a loving person, kind and thoughtful. There is generally nothing small or petty about a leo, They do what he can for those who are deserving. They are a person others can rely upon at all times. They mean what they say. An honest person, generally speaking, Leo is a friend that others value.

NEGATIVES Leo, however, does have his faults. At times, they can be just a bit too arrogant. Leo thinks that no one deserves a leadership position except them. Only they are capable of doing things well. His opinion of himself is often much too high. Because of his conceit, they are sometimes rather unpopular with a good many people. Some Leos are too materialistic; they can only think in terms of money and profit. Some enjoy lording it over others-at home or at their place of business. What is more, they feel they have the right to. Egocentric to an impossible degree, this sort if Leo cares little about how others think or feel. He can be rude and cutting.

KEY WORDS GENEROUS

ENTHUSIASTIC CREATIVE FAITHFUL LOVING BOSSY

POMPOUS

CONCEITED

FRIENDSHIP The Lion can never be accused of hiding behind their mane. They’re happiest when people surround them, especially as they’re likely to be the center of attention in any crowd. Leo has a ton of friends. After all, anyone who thinks so highly of themself must have something good to offer! The Lion makes a great friend, though. They can be playful as a kitten and are always ready to spread their sunshine around. Beware of their competitive side, though. As your friend, Leo wants to be proud of you and will do everything in their power to ensure your success -- so long as you don’t outshine them. As long as you’re the underdog, you’ll have a loyal friend. Everyone can be friends with a Leo. They don’t really discriminate, preferring to have a big mix of people to play with. Leo always wants the best and might take you out for fancy dinners and such. Don’t worry if you can’t quite afford it -- the generous Lion is quite willing to chip in. Make sure you remind them again and again how grateful you are for their help, though. A friend who is not appreciative enough of the Leo’s charms and generosity may not get the chance to show it later.


VIRGO DATES

SYMBOL

AUG 22 - SEP 22

ELEMENT

HOUSE

6

Virgo is an Earth sign, with a need for solid ground and form. Ruled by shape-shifting Mercury, Virgo works hard to stability. This sign analyzes and organizes life; the goal is to build a firm foundation. A good educational background is important to

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the Virgo. Mutable’ motivation surfaces in the form of helping, teamwork and cooperation. Humbleness and the ability to work behind the scenes, without complaining, often cause Virgos to miss more opportunities than they should. A dose of selfconfidence helps Virgo promote what he or she has to offer.

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Virgo gets stuck if he or she expresses too much earthy energy. They may try too hard. When frustrated, Virgo can get trapped in that notorious perfectionism. Because of the desire for security, Virgo may worry constantly about work: “What if they don’t need me anymore?” “What if I make a mistake?” Balance comes with trusting that all will be OK and that imperfection is human!

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POSITIVES The person born under the sign of Virgo is generally very busy. They know how to arrange and organize things. They are a good planner. Above all, Virgo is practical and is not afraid of hard work. The person born under this sign knows how to attain what they desire. They stick with something until it is finished. Virgo never shirks his duties, and can always be depended upon. The Virgo person can be thoroughly trusted at all times. The person born under this sign tries to do everything to perfection. Virgo doesn’t believe in doing anything half-way, they always aim for the top. They the sort of person who is constantly striving to better themself-not because they want more money or glory, but because it gives a feeling of accomplishment. The Virgo person is a very observant person. They are sensitive to how others feel, and can see things below the surface of a situation. They usually put this talent to constructive use. It is not difficult for the Virgoan to be open and earnest. They are never secretive or under-handed. They are as good as their word. The Virgo person is generally plain-spoken and down-to-earth. They have no trouble in expressing themselves.The Virgo person likes to keep up to date on new developments in their particular field. Well- informed, generally, they sometimes have a keen interest in the arts of literature. What they know, they know well. Virgos ability to use their critical faculties is well-developed and sometimes startles others because of its accuracy. The Virgoan adheres to a moderate way of life; they avoid excesses. Virgo is a responsible person and enjoys being of service.

NEGATIVES Sometimes a Virgo person is too critical. They thinks that only they can do something the way it should be done. Whatever anyone else does is inferior. They can be rather annoying in the way they quibble over insignificant details. In telling others how things should be done, Virgo can be rather tactless and mean. Some Virgos seem rather emotionless and cool. They feel emotional involvement is beneath them. They are sometimes too tidy, too neat. With money they can be rather miserly. Some try to force their opinions and ideas on others.

KEY WORDS MODEST

DILIGENT

ANALYTICAL RELIABLE

WORRIER

OVERCRITICAL

CONSERVATIVE

PERFECTIONIST

FRIENDSHIP If you ever need a designated driver for a night on the town, Virgo is the one to call. Not only will they show up for any and every important occasion, they’ll be early enough to take care of last minute details and put everything in order. The Virgo is the most helpful friend you’ll ever have. They’ll help you work out at the gym every day, they’ll help you remember not to gorge on junk food, they’ll remind you to brush your teeth at least twice a day, and they’re there to assist in the planning of the minute details of your life. All this helpfulness might drive you batty. At the same time, if you ever actually do need something, Virgo will be right there for you. They give excellent advice and are fast on their feet in crisis situations. Their practical outlook will help you through the rough times, so long as you don’t embarrass them with any big displays of emotion. If you can handle your Virgo buddy jumping up to do the dishes as soon as dinner is over, you’ll have a loyal, intelligent and interesting friend for a very long time.


LIBRA DATES

SYMBOL

SEPT 22 - OCT 22

ELEMENT

HOUSE

7

Libra represents the Air element. It is a sign that is more extroverted and active. For Venus- inspired Libra, beauty, balance and harmony are important. There is a great need to share, to be fair and impartial. Even with this need for calm,

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Libra remains a very active, outwardly radiating personality. Libra is the cheerleader we all need to work together and build a team! With all of these positives here, how can the sign of The Scales be unbalanced? Sometimes loving Libra

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can need others too much and fall into the trap of dependency. The need for partnership leads this sign to falsely believe that there is no personhood with a partner. The temptation is to give away too much to others and reserve too little for oneself. Then life reels out of control. Trying to be too fair undermines decision-making abilities. Libra may fear making the wrong choice or upsetting others. Inward-focused energy restores permission to take care of themselves.

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POSITIVES Librans love harmony. It is one of their most outstanding character traits. They are interesting in achieving balance; they admire beauty ad grace in things as well as in people. Generally speaking, they are kind and considerate people. Librans are usually very sympathetic. They go out of their way not to hurt another person’s feelings. They are outgoing and do what they can to help those in need. People born under the sign of Libra almost always make good friends. They are loyal and amiable. They enjoy the company of others. Many of them are rather moderate in their view; they believe in keeping an open mind, however, and weighing both sides of an issue fairly before making a decision. Alert and often intelligent, the Libran , always fair-minded, tries to put himself in the position of the other person. They are against injustice; quite often they take up for the underdog. In most of their social dealings, they try to be tactful and kind. They dislike discord and bickering, and most Libras strive for peace and harmony in all their relationships. The Libra person has a keen sense of beauty. They appreciate handsome furnishings and clothes. Many of them are artistically inclined. Their taste is usually impeccable. They know how to use color. Their homes are almost always attractively arranged and inviting. They enjoy entertaining people and see to it that their guests always feel at home and welcome. The Libran gets along with almost everyone. They are well-liked and socially much in demand.

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Some people born under this sign tend to be rather insincere. So eager are they to

DIPLOMATIC

achieve harmony in all relationships that they will even go as far as to lie. Many of them are escapists. They find facing the truth an ordeal and prefer living in a world of makebelieve. In a serious argument, some Librans give in rather easily even when they know they are right. Arguing, even about something they believe in, is too unsettling for some of them. Librans sometimes care too much for material things. They enjoy luxuries and possessions. Some are vain and tend to be jealous.

CHARMING

EASYGOING SOCIABLE

PEACEFUL

INDECISIVE

FLIRTATIOUS

SELF INDULGENT

FRIENDSHIP You’ll be doing a lot of looking at your watch and tapping your foot impatiently if you befriend a Libra. It’s not that the Scales enjoy being late, it’s just that they take their time to decide anything in enough time to make it anywhere. They may make you wait, but Libra is a great friend to have. They can charm the socks off even the stodgiest of people, and, as their friend, you’ll never be able to stay mad at them for very long. Libra hates being alone, so expect your friend to be a bit demanding of your time and attention. They’ll make up for it, though. Libra will be able to talk their way into the swankiest restaurants and hottest clubs. If you ever need anything, they know exactly who to call, and the person on the other end will feel honored to help them out. Even if they do need to stand in front of their closet for hours, whatever they wear will be in perfect taste, and you can count on them to help you look just as chic. Don’t worry if your Libra buddy seems a little down at times. They’ll leap out of that soon enough, ready to take on another fun adventure.


SCORPIO DATES

SYMBOL

OCT 22 - NOV 22

ELEMENT

HOUSE

8

Scorpio is a Water element, and this makes it a somewhat enigmatic sign. Water is more receptive and introverted, but Scorpio is a Plutonian-power force. Perhaps that is why Scorpio is the sign capable of the greatest metamorphosis and renewal.

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If we think about it, we may look at a lake and see the interplay of light and shadows. Unless we explore further, we cannot tell just how deep it is -- or what is going on within. You’ll find great love, feeling, desire and sensitivity when we probe the depths of

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mysterious Scorpio. A fixed nature makes Scorpio favor stability. Without some positive energy, Scorpio can go to extremes. The Scorpion may use his or her the strength to exert power over others. Love can become a stronger passion than even the Scorpio can handle, and possessiveness or jealousy can surface. Independence brings balance. The Scorpio with inner security can let partners explore and remain receptive to their needs

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POSITIVES The Scorpio person generally knows what he or she wants out of life. They are a determined person. He sees something through to the end. The Scorpion is quite sincere, and seldom says anything he doesn’t mean. When they set a goal for themselves, they try to go about achieving it in a very direct way. The Scorpion is bracer and courageous. They are not afraid of hard work. Obstacles do not frighten them. They forge ahead until they acheive what they set out for. The Scorpio person has a strong will. Although the Scorpion may seem rather fixed and determined, inside they are often quite tender and loving. They can care very much for others. They believe in sincerity in all relationships. Their feelings about someone tend to last; they are profound and not superficial. The Scorpio person is someone who adheres to his principles no matter what happens. They will not be deterred from a path they believe to be right. Because of many positive strengths, the Scorpion can often achieve happiness for themselves and for those they love. They are a constructive person by nature. They often have a deep understanding of people and of life, in general. They are perceptive and unafraid. Obstacles often seem to spur Scorpio on. They are a positive person who enjoys winning. Hey have many strengths and resources; challenge of any sort often brings out the best in Scorpio.

NEGATIVES The Scorpio person is sometimes hypersensitive. Often he imagines injury when there

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is none. He feels that others do not bother to recognize him for his true worth. Sometimes

DETERMINED

they are given to excessive boasting in order to compensate for what they feel is neglect. The Scorpio person can be rather proud and arrogant. They can be rather sly when they put their minds to it and they enjoy outwitting person or institutions noted for their cleverness. Their tactics for getting what they want are sometimes devious and ruthless. They don’t care too much about what others may think. If they feel others have done them an injustice, they will do their best to seek revenge. They often have a sudden

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EMOTIONAL INTUITIVE

MYSTERIOUS JEALOUS

RESENTFUL OBSESSIVE

temper; and this person’s interest in sex is sometimes quite unbalanced or excessive.

FRIENDSHIP The mysterious Scorpion may turn out to be the best friend you’ve ever had -- or your worst enemy. The first rule of friendship with a Scorpio is that you never, ever cross them. Their sting is strong, and they never forget a wrong done to them. That said, it’s fairly easy to keep your Scorpio friendship intact, and, as soon as you prove that you are worthy of their devotion, they will be a loyal comrade. You will never know what is on their mind, and you may not have any idea where you stand with them, but their secrets will always fascinate you. Kissing up is a major turnoff for your Scorpion pal, so let them know how great they are without fawning all over them. Scorpio does not have too many friends, but they hold on tight to the ones they do. Friendship is not the most important thing in their lives, but they will stay true to a long-term companion. A Scorpio will gladly give you the shirt off their back if you need it, but you may get the slightest inkling that they have an ulterior motive for doing so. Friendship with the Scorpion will always be full of surprises.


SAGITTARIUS DATES

SYMBOL

NOV 22 - DEC 22

ELEMENT

HOUSE

9

Sagittarius is Fire energy and the ruler of Jupiter. This is a very active, extroverted, mobile, expansive sign. The Archer is always ready for action, bursting with goals and idealism. This sign is the very personification of jovial, outward-bound, enthusiasm

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-- the ultimate cosmic host or hostess with the “mostess.” They can be spellbinding in their philosophies! Mutable motivation brings compelling powers of attraction. Change and variety are important. Sag won’t hesitate to initiate either. Without balance

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energy, Sagittarius can become too changeable; he or she may bend to every force or influence. Restlessness can diffuse energy, and finding a secure position in life isn’t as easy as we would think. Quiet contemplation can temper the fire’ and heighten the intuition. Receptivity can slow the impatient desire to move way too fast at times. What a wonderful balanced energy this is!

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POSITIVES People born under this sign are often honest and forthright. Their approach to life is earnest and open. The Sagittarian is often quite adult in his way of seeing things. They are broadminded and tolerant people. When dealing with other the person born under the sign of Sagittarius is almost always open and forthright. He doesn’t believe in deceit or pretension. His standards are high. People who associate with the Sagittarian, generally admire and respect him. The Sagittarian trusts others easily and expects them to trust him. They are never suspicious or envious and almost always thinks well of others. People always enjoy his company because they are so friendly and easy-going. He Sagittarius person is often good -humored. Sag can always be depended upon by friends, family, and co-workers.The person born under this sign of the Zodiac likes a good joke every now and then; they are keen on fun and this makes him very popular with others. A lively person who enjoys sports and outdoor life. The Sagittarian is fond of animals. Intelligent and interesting, they can begin an animated conversation with ease. They like exchanging ideas and discussing various views. They are not selfish or proud. If someone proposes an idea or plan that is better than his, he will immediately adopt tit. Imaginative yet practical, he knows how to put ideas into practice. They enjoy sport and game, and it doesn’t matter if he wins or loses. They are a forgiving person, and never sulk over something that has not worked out in their favor. They are seldom critical, and is almost always generous.

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Some Sagittarians are restless. They take foolish risks and seldom learn from the mistakes

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they make. They don’t have heads for money and are often mismanaging their finances Some devote much of their time to gambling. Some are too outspoken and tactless, always putting their feet in their mouths. They hurt others carelessly by being honest at the wrong time. Sometimes they make promises which they don’t keep. They don’t stick close to their plans and go from one failure to another. They are undisciplined and waste a lot of energy.

FREEDOM LOVING

HONEST

GOOD HUMORED CARELESS

OPTIMISTIC TACTLESS

FRIENDSHIP The Archer is keen on having anyone or anything around that will provide just a little more insight or education with regards to life in general. Because of their fascinatingly intellectual and adventurous nature, your Sagittarius friend is likely to be constantly surrounded by comrades and acquaintances. If anyone ever loved having a pie thrown in their face, it’s a Sag. Often the class clown, their sense of fun and love of madcap exploits draws people to them. As a bonus, their knowledge of travel, philosophy and culture makes them fascinating conversationalists. If you meet a Sagittarius while hiking through the Himalayas with a pack strapped to your back, you’ve made a friend for life. Looking to discover more and more about the world around them, the Archer will make friends with people from all over the world and from every walk of life. An instant bond can be struck if you’re attending a class on a foreign culture or language. You can count on those midnight phone call to be answered by your Sagittarius friend promptly and effectively, and they will never grudge a favor.


CAPRICORN DATES

SYMBOL

DEC 22 - JAN 22

ELEMENT

HOUSE

10

Capricorn is the leader of the Earth signs, ruler of Saturn. Here is a stabilizing force, one of the hardest-working signs of the Zodiac. The Mountain Goat has intense powers of self- concentration, but not in an egotistical sense. Members of this sign find a great deal

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more confidence what they do than in who they are. Earth hangs

CARDINAL

tough when it comes to stabilization, so achievement provides that stability and structure. Capricorn is one very high-achiever! Without balance, however, Capricorn can become too rigid -- as in the tall

PLANET

palm tree, falling to the ground, under heavy wind gusts. To be able to move with the winds of change, the Mountain Goat must bend and flex a little bit! That makes life much easier. Capricorn can also focus too much on achievement. Then they forget the little joys in life. When the Goat finally relaxes and enjoys life, his or her most delightful secrets emerge. No one has a better sense of humor than the Capricorn. Oh, that Cap might let us bask in that warm smile! :-)

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POSITIVES The person born under the sign of Capricorn is usually very stable and patient. They stick to whatever task they has and sees them through. They can always be relied upon and they are not averse to work. An honest person, the Capricornian is generally serious about whatever they do. They do not take duties lightly. They are a practical person and believe in keeping feet on the ground. Quite often the person born under this sign is ambitious and knows how to get what they want out of life. They forge ahead and never gives up his goal. When they are determined about something, he almost always wins. They are a good worker-a hard worker. Although things may not come easy to them, they will not complain but continue working until the chores are finished. They are usually good at business matters and knows the value of money. They are not a spendthrift and knows how to put something away for a rainy day; they dislike waste and unnecessary loss. The Capricornian knows how to make use of their self-control. They can apply themselves to almost anything once they puts their mind to it. His ability to concentrate sometimes astounds others. They are diligent and does well when involved in detail work. The Capricorn person is charitable, generally speaking, and will do what is possible to help others less fortunate. As friend, they are loyal and trustworthy. They never shirk duties or responsibilities. They are self-reliant and never expects too much of the other fellow. Capricorn does what they can on his own. If someone does them a good turn, then they will do his best to return the favor.

NEGATIVES Like everyone, the Capricornian, too, has his faults. At times, they can be over-critical of others. They expect others to live up to his own high standards. They think highly of himself and tend to look down on others. Their interest in material things may be exaggerated. The Capricorn person thinks too much about getting on in the world and having something to show for it. They may even be a little greedy. They sometimes thinks they knows what’s the best for everyone. They are too bossy. They are always trying to organize and correct others. He may be a little narrow in his thinking.

KEY WORDS PRACTICAL

AMBITIOUS

DICIPLINED PAITENT

CAREFUL

FATALISTIC

PESSIMISTIC GRUDGING

FRIENDSHIP If a Capricorn thinks you can’t do anything for them, it may be difficult to break into their inner circle. If, however, you’ve managed to work your way up the corporate ladder or have something to offer, the Goat will embrace you for life. Expect yours to be a structured friendship. If you make plans, your Capricorn buddy will schedule an itinerary for you, and you had better be on time and ready to go along with the plan. At times, the Goat may seem to you more like a parent figure than a friend. They might think they have all the answers and will try to impress you with the extent of their knowledge on any subject they think will help you. If you have impeccable manners, are successful in your own right and manage to win the affections of Capricorn, you will find that you have earned an extremely devoted friend who will be kind to you no matter what happens in your life. Don’t be alarmed if they test your loyalty over and over again. A Capricorn who has once had their trust betrayed, by anyone, takes a long time to heal.


AQUARIUS DATES

SYMBOL

JAN 22 - FEB 22

ELEMENT

HOUSE

11

Ruled by shocking Uranus is a element of Air, Aquarius very much epitomes the planet that inspires it. This sign has astonishing intellectual and communication skill. Aquarius may the sign of the rugged individualist, the mad scientist and the

QUALITY FIXED

lone eccentric, but this visionary also represents social interaction and higher consciousness. Aquarius’ title, the “Humanitarian of the Zodiac,” is well earned! For a fixed sign, Aquarius has a lot of adaptability. Attribute this to the need to accommodate

PLANET

others. A passion for life, new things, and novel situations sends Aquarius in all directions! Without stability and a willingness to listen, however, this sign can become erratic. Aquarius can try many new things but end up mastering none. That can stifle the great success potential here. Slowing down long enough to establish a solid foundation gives Aquarius the ability to ground their electrical energy. Aquarius’ future-oriented energies give all members of this sign the advantage of living as if they are well into the 25th Century!

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POSITIVES The Aquarius person is usually very honest and forthright. These are their two greatest qualities. Their standards for themselves are generally very high. They can always be relied upon by others. The Aquarian is perhaps the most tolerant of all the Zodiac personalities. They respect other people’s beliefs and feel that everyone is entitled to their own approach to life. They would never do anything to injure another’s feelings. They are never unkind or cruel. Always considerate of others, the Aquarian is always willing to help a person in need. They feel a very strong tie between themselves and all the other members of mankind. The person born under this sign is almost always an individualist. They do sometimes believe in teaming up with the masses, but prefer going his own way. Their ideas about life and mankind are often quite advanced. There is a saying to the effect that the average Aquarian is fifty years ahead of his time. They are broadminded. The problems of the world concern him greatly. They are interested in helping others no matter what part of the globe they live in. They are truly a humanitarian sort. They like to be of service to others. Giving, considerate, and without prejudice, Aquarians have no trouble getting along with others.

NEGATIVES The Aquarian may be too much of a dreamer. They make plans but seldom carries them

KEY WORDS

out. They are rather unrealistic. Their imagination has a tendency to run away with them.

FRIENDLY

Because many of their plans are impractical, they are always in some sort of a dither. Others may not approve of them at all times because of their unconventinal behavior. They may be a bit eccentric. Sometimes they are so busy with his own thoughts, that they lose touch with the realities of existence. Some Aquarians feel they are more clever and intelligent than others. They seldom admit to their own faults, even when they are quite apparent. Some become rather fanatic in their views. Their criticism of others is sometimes destructive and negative.

HUMANITARIAN ORIGINAL

INVENTIVE

INDEPENDENT

UNPREDICTABLE UNEMOTIONAL DETACHED

FRIENDSHIP Aquarius rules the Eleventh House of Friends, so it’s no wonder that they appear to be friends with absolutely everyone. You’ll only be deceived by this circumstantial evidence until you try to get close to the Water Bearer, however. Though they have many acquaintances, Aquarius rarely lets people get to know them on a deep level. They are somewhat aloof when it comes to their actual feelings. If you’re ever down, though, Aquarius will jump at the chance to buy you dinner -- or buy you anything for that matter. They’re not trying to buy your friendship. Why should they? They are, however, very generous individuals and happy to help anyone in times of need. Don’t let this make you too clingy. If an Aquarian sees a possible loss of freedom, or if they feel cloistered, they’re bound to make a bolt for the door. The Water Bearer is an adventurer. Be sure to keep an open mind, and they’ll take you to some exciting new places. The perfect Aquarius companion is one with whom they can make an intellectual connection. If you give them their space while keeping conversation lively, they’ll be your friend forever.


PISCES DATES

SYMBOL

FEB 22 - MAR 22

ELEMENT

HOUSE

12

Pisces is a Water element, ruled by mystical Neptune! This sign is extremely receptive, nurturing, compassionate, and other directed. As with Scorpio, we have to explore and probe to find out the depths of this water. Pisces feelings run very, very deep. A mutable

QUALITY MUTABLE

nature endows Pisces with adaptable and unifying energy. These sensitive people are like the water that flows gently downstream, around the rocks and obstacles in its path. Pisces receptivity can translate into psychic energy. Pisces knows all and sees all but

PLANET

probably won’t tell’ all. The Fishes keep the secrets of the universe within and to themselves. Without balance, Pisces can sink into the whirlpool of emotion. This can bring out hidden fears and insecurities. Lack of ego-strength can make Pisces feel dependent and helpless. Then they can fall into the martyr trap. Pisces benefit by truthfully sharing their own difficulties, feelings, and need. They need to remember that they too have the right to receive all the help and support they are so used to giving! A happy, confident Pisces brightens the world and all our lives.

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POSITIVES The Piscean can often understand the problems of others quite easily. They have a sympathetic nature. Kindly, they are often dedicated in the way he goes about helping others. The sick and the troubled often turn to them for advice and assistance. They are very broadminded and does not criticize others for their faults. They know how to accept people for what they are. On the whole, they are a trustworthy and earnest person. They are loyal to their friends and will do what he can to help them in time of need. Generous and good-natured, they are a lover of peace; they are often willing to help others solve their differences. People who have taken a wrong turn in life often interest them and they will do what they can to persuade them to rehabilitate themselves. They has a strong intuitive sense and most of the time he knows how to make it work for him; the Pisccean is unusually perceptive and often knows what is bothering someone before that person, themself, is aware of it. The Pisces person is an idealistic person, basically, and is interested in making the world a better place in which to live. The Piscean believes that everyone should help each other. They are willing to do more than his share in order to achieve cooperation with others. The person born under this sign often is talented in music or art. They are a receptive person; they are able to take the ups and downs of life with philosophic calm.

NEGATIVES Some Pisceans are often depressed; their outlook on life is rather glum. They may feel

KEY WORDS

that they have been given a bad deal in life and that others are always taking unfair

SENSITIVE

advantage of them. The Piscean sometimes feel that the world is a cold and cruel place. They are easily discouraged. They may even withdraw from the harshness of reality into a secret shell of their own where they dream and idles away a good deal of his time. The Piscean can be rather lazy. They let things happen without giving the least bit of resistance. They drift along, whether on the high road or on the low. They are rather short on will power. Some Pisces people seek escape through drugs or alcohol. When temptation comes along they find it hard to resist. In matters of sex, they can

IMAGINATIVE

COMPASSIONATE INTUITIVE

SYMPATHETIC IDEALISTIC SECRETIVE VAGUE

be rather permissive.

FRIENDSHIP They may seem to be wandering about in their own little world sometimes, but Pisces is one of the most caring friends you’ll ever have. This Water Sign has emotions to spare, so prepare yourself for long evenings of heart-toheart talks with your Pisces pal. This friend will truly want to know the real you, and they’ll probably be able to pick up on how you’re feeling no matter what you tell them. They’re a great friend when you’re in need. If nothing else, they’ll have an open ear for your troubles and a handy box of tissues for your tears. Watch out, though. Pisces can be easily manipulated, and their feelings can be hurt by the slightest misguided comment from a friend’s mouth. What they need is for you, as their friend, to reassure them and help them past their insecurities. They will always be open with their emotions, so the biggest favor you can do for them is return that trust by revealing yourself. You’ll never be bored with your creative Pisces buddy if you just keep an open mind and let them whisk you away into their world.


ROMANCE & COMPATIBILITY Love compatibility using the elements of the zodiac works in a scientific manner. What happens if you pour water onto fire? You get steam, and then the fire goes out, or, things pick up steam! Add water to the earth and you nourish the soil, but if there’s too much water you get a mudslide. It’s the same between Water Signs and Earth Signs. Earth Signs can smother fire; fire can scorch Earth Signs. Air Signs can blow Earth Signs away into dust, or they can add fuel to Fire Signs so they burn brightly. When you understand how the elements work in nature, you can get a pretty good idea as to how the different astrological elements interact with each other. You can also see the magic behind the science of zodiac compatibility.

So let’s have a brief look at the love compatibility quotient of each zodiac sign. Then scroll down to our easy to read chart to find out who your best match is. Remember, every relationship is different. So if your current squeeze is in a “No” zone for you, that’s okay. Success in love is all about how you choose to “relate” in relationships. Use this handy guide to find out how to do just that.

GREAT

58 • SIGNS

GOOD

MAYBE

NOPE

NO WAY


HOUSES The 12 Houses of astrology are arranged on a circle-shaped chart, or wheel. Do not confuse the wheel of Houses with the zodiac wheel -they are 2 different wheels. The zodiac wheel is based on the sun’s apparent yearly rotation about our Earth (along the ecliptic), while the wheel of Houses is based on our Earth’s 24-hour rotation about its own axis. The 2 wheels join together at points derived by calculations involving your exact birth time and astronomical birth coordinates. Then, the planets are described in 2 ways: as being in a zodiac sign, and also as being in a House. For example, two people may both have a Libra Sun sign, but one may have the Libran Sun in his 12th House, while the other may have his Libran Sun in his 1st house. This could make for two very different types of people. (Another reason why the popular daily Sun Sign Horoscopes are a bunch of silliness: they are written assuming everyone has their Sun in the 1st House. There is no warrant or accuracy in that).

The 12 Houses of astrology are symbolic of the all the departments that make up human life. The planets and zodiac signs will manifest themselves most strongly in the sphere of life represented by the House in which they fall on your chart and also in the House which they rule. Remember, the houses are not “energies” like the elements or planets, nor do they color the expression of energies like the zodiac signs do. The houses are WHERE these energies are most likely to manifest. The houses are the fields of experience, not the experience themselves.

Notice how the order of the Houses follows the developmental path of a human’s life, from the original impulse of individual being (1st house), to learning what is “mine” and how to use what one owns (2nd house), to learning how to communicate within the limitations set by our environment (3rd house), etc. The following description of the Houses are short and topical, directed at beginners.

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AQ U PISCE S

SC O R

10

12

9

8 7

EARTH

3

4

5 LE

US

2

6

VIRG O

1

A LIBR

11

ES ARI

SAGITT ARI US

O PI

US I R A

ICORN R P CA

O

CER CAN

GEMI NI

TA U R


RISING SIGN Your rising sign, also called your ascendant, is the sign that was rising over the eastern horizon when you were born. It can affect your appearance, your attitude, and the way you come across to others. For example, a conservative Capricorn with a Leo rising can appear to have some Leo-like features—s/he may have wild hair, an outgoing personality, and a more expressive style than the average Capricorn. If people always peg you for a sign other than your own, don’t be surprised to discover that it’s actually your rising sign.

How do you find your rising signs? The rising sign changes every two hours, so you need to know your time of birth to get an accurate answer. Some birth certificates unfortunately don’t list the rising sign, so you may need to rely on a parent’s memory or have a professional astrologer “reconstruct” your chart and make their best guess. Don’t have your birth certificate? If you were born in the United States, you can write to the Office of Vital Records in your birth state for a copy.

The ascendant is the cusp, or beginning borderline, of the zodiac’s first house. It’s always denoted by a dark line at what would be 9:00 on a clock. From the first house’s cusp, we travel around the zodiac wheel in a counter-clockwise direction.

Imagine that you are standing right in the center of this horoscope wheel. The ascendant indicates the eastern horizon line that the Sun is “rising” over at that moment. The ascendant is also the starting point of the 12 houses, with the first house beginning at the Ascendant, and all the houses follow counterclockwise around the chart, until the 12th house ends at the same point that the 1st house begins—at the ascendant.

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ARIES People with Aries Ascendants are direct and quick. Their first instinct is to do, rather than think. Planning ahead? Forget it. Aries rising simply charges forward without much ado. They have a youthful, direct manner that sees what it wants and generally goes for it.Their temper is quick, too. It’s also quick to disappear. Rarely do you find Aries rising people holding grudges. Their mannerisms are rather simple and straightforward.

LEO Leo rising people cannot help but be noticed. They radiate a special energy and magnetism that gets others’ attention. Sometimes it’s because they are loud people who pay a lot of attention to their personal appearance, other times it’s due to a regal manner that simply demands interest from others. Leo Ascendant people are very self-aware and bodyconscious. They are acutely aware of others, and how they come across.

SAGGITARIUS The world is filled with adventure, new things to experience, and, most of all, hope, with this Ascendant. There is an unmistakable faith and enthusiasm with Sagittarius rising people. Grand schemes, big promises, and a willingness to explore and experiment are themes, although follow-through is not a strong characteristic of Sagittarius. They always seem to be looking for something that is just out of grasp — and many do this their entire lives.

TAURUS

GEMINI

CANCER

Slow, steady, and capable are adjectives that we can safely attach to individuals born with a Taurus rising. These natives have tremendous stamina and staying power. They’re often quite loyal to those they care about. Although they generally don’t come on strong, they have personal presenceand fairly radiate stability. Taurus rising natives are often quite cautious and careful.

Those born with Gemini rising see the world as a place to learn. They are curious about the people around them. These are people who love to ask questions, to move around freely, and to mingle. There is a cleverness to Gemini Ascendants that can intimidate some, especially sensitive folk. As children, natives born with a Gemini Ascendant are often labeled as the intellectual, inquisitive, and perhaps odd child.

These people come across as gentle creatures. There’s something familiar about them — they’re the guy or gal next door. When they enter a room, they don’t walk in with a splash. Instead, they move to the sides and weave their way inwards. These people have a familiar feel to them. Because they are sensitive to their environment, they can get flustered easily.

VIRGO

LIBRA

SCORIPO

Generally, there is an intelligent and reserved aura about Virgo rising individuals that is unmistakable. These are actually somewhat shy people who need time to analyze things around them before they warm up to both situations and people. This quality can be received exactly as that, or it can be received as a rather stand-offish, cool, and even critical manner.

CAPRICORN There’s a seriousness to Capricorn rising people that is unmistakable. Even when they’re joking around, it’s of the deadpan variety. In fact, plenty of very humorous people have Capricorn Ascendants. It’s all in the timing…and the fact that they don’t giggle before the joke is over. Capricorn Ascendant people project competence. They simply ooze it. They want to appear successful, and they generally succeed!

Everybody seems to like Libra rising. They just come across as nice, pleasant, and fair. These natives attract others to them effortlessly. Libra rising generally appear to be smoothing everything over. They have charming smiles, a gentle approach with others, and an easygoing image. They’re persuasive, although they will almost always use a “soft sell” approach when they want to win others over, which is all of the time!

AQUARIUS These individuals are just that — individuals, and they won’t let you forget that fact. Often turned to for advice, these natives possess intellectual poise and savvy. Not that they are flamboyant by nature, but they do like to, albeit quietly, get a rise out of others. Some natives born with Aquarius on their Ascendant can be quietly provocative and irreverent.

Scorpio Ascendant people have a lot of presence. There is something about them that tells the world that they are not to be pushed around. Their manner commands respect, and in some cases, fear. They always seem powerful and determined. You either love or hate Scorpio rising people,they are rarely people who go through life unnoticed. Some of them are confused when faced with the fact that they get such strong reactions from others.

PIECIES Go with the flow seems to be a Pisces rising motto. They move about the world in a vaguely directionless, gentle manner. Ttheir open minds and hearts can give them a chameleon-like persona. Although often quiet and shy, another day may find them talkative and passionate. They are hugely impressionable, have a dreamy disposition, and a soft-hearted personality.


HOUSE

SIGN

INFLUENCES SELF & PERSONALITY

1

The first house begins the zodiac, and covers the all “firsts”: first impressions, the self and appearance, leadership, new initiatives, fresh starts and beginnings. The sign on the cusp, or starting edge, of this house, is referred to as your rising sign or ascendant. (Ruled by Aries)

POSESSIONS & FINANCES

2

The second house covers all matters related to your immediate material and physical environment—taste, smells, sound, touch, sights. The second house also rules income, money, and selfesteem. (Ruled by Taurus)

COMMUNICATION

3

The third house rules all forms of communication—talking, thinking, gadgets and devices (cell phones, pagers, Instant Messenger, etc.). The third house also covers siblings, travel, neighborhoods,libraries, schools, teachers and community affairs. (Ruled by Gemini)

HOME & FAMILY

4 5 6

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The Cancer-ruled fourth house sits at the very bottom of the zodiac wheel, and thus, rules the “foundation” of all things. This includes your home, privacy, your basic security, your parents (particularly your mother), children, your own mothering abilities, nurturing, and TLC. (Ruled by Cancer)

LOVE & CREATIVITY The fifth house is ruled by dramatic Leo, and it governs selfexpression, drama, creativity, color, attention, romance, fun and play. (Ruled by Leo)

WORK AND HEALTH The sixth house is the domain of health and service. It rules schedules, organization, routines, fitness, diet and exercise, natural and healthy living, helpfulness and being of service to others. (Ruled by Virgo)


HOUSE

SIGN

INFLUENCES PARTNERSHIPS & RELATIONSHIPS

7

The seventh house is the sector of relationships and other people. It governs all partnerships, both business and personal, and relationship-associated matters, like contracts, marriage, and business deals. (Ruled by Libra)

SEX, DEATH & MONEY

8

The eighth house is a mysterious sector that rules birth, death, sex, transformation, mysteries, merged energies, and bonding at the deepest level. The eighth house also rules other people’s property and money (Ruled by Scorpio)

EDUCATION & TRAVEL

9

The ninth house covers the higher mind, expansion, international travel, foreign languages, inspiration, optimism, publishing, broadcasting, universities and higher education, luck, risk, adventure, gambling, religion, philosophy, morals and ethics. (Ruled by Sagittarius)

CAREER & STATUS

10

The tenth house is at the very top and most public part of the chart. The tenth house governs tradition, public image, honors, achievements, awards, boundaries, rules, discipline, authority, fathers and fatherhood. The cusp, or border, of the tenth house is also called the midheaven, and it clues astrologers into your career path. (Ruled by Capricorn)

FRIENDS & ASSOCIATIONS

11

The eleventh house rules teams, friendships, groups, society, networking, social justice, rebellion, and humanitarian causes. It also rules originality, eccentricity, sudden events, surprises, invention, astronomy, science fiction and all things futuristic. (Ruled by Aquarius)

SUBCONCIOUS & SPIRITUALITY

12

The Twelfth house, rules endings, completions, the afterlife, old age, and surrender. It’s also associated with separation from society, institutions, hospitals, jails, hidden agendas, and secret enemies. It rules the imagination, creativity, arts, film, dance, poetry, journals, and the subconscious mind. (Ruled by Pisces)


BIRTH CHART OF : PLANETS SUN

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HOUSES RISING

MOON

2

MERCURY

3

VENUS

4

MARS

5

JUPITER

6

SATURN

7

URANUS

8

NEPTUNE

9

PLUTO

10

LILITH

11

ASC NODE

12


BIRTH CHART OF : PLANETS SUN

HOUSES RISING

MOON

2

MERCURY

3

VENUS

4

MARS

5

JUPITER

6

SATURN

7

URANUS

8

NEPTUNE

9

PLUTO

10

LILITH

11

ASC NODE

12


BIRTH CHART OF : PLANETS SUN

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HOUSES RISING

MOON

2

MERCURY

3

VENUS

4

MARS

5

JUPITER

6

SATURN

7

URANUS

8

NEPTUNE

9

PLUTO

10

LILITH

11

ASC NODE

12


BIRTH CHART OF : PLANETS SUN

HOUSES RISING

MOON

2

MERCURY

3

VENUS

4

MARS

5

JUPITER

6

SATURN

7

URANUS

8

NEPTUNE

9

PLUTO

10

LILITH

11

ASC NODE

12


BIRTH CHART OF : PLANETS SUN

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HOUSES RISING

MOON

2

MERCURY

3

VENUS

4

MARS

5

JUPITER

6

SATURN

7

URANUS

8

NEPTUNE

9

PLUTO

10

LILITH

11

ASC NODE

12


BIRTH CHART OF : PLANETS SUN

HOUSES RISING

MOON

2

MERCURY

3

VENUS

4

MARS

5

JUPITER

6

SATURN

7

URANUS

8

NEPTUNE

9

PLUTO

10

LILITH

11

ASC NODE

12


SOURCES All of the content of this book was found online by multiple sources. The internet is a wonderful place to learn more about astrology from various different perspectives. http://astrology-numerology.com/ https://astrolibrary.org/houses/ http://cafeastrology.com http://astrostyle.com https://www.thoughtco.com/ http://www.astro.com/ https://astrologyanswers.com/compatibility/love/


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A beginners guide to understanding the basic aspects of astrology: planets, signs, houses, and birth charts.

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