To wrap it all up in a pretty package, I just want to reiterate how special we all are. All of the unique qualities that make us WHO we are come directly from the many different zodiac influences running through our personal astrology. It shows prominent influences as well as how we feel and where we are pushed to take a stand. Luck, challenges, and karma are also intertwined in our planetary story. The placement of each planet and how they were talking to the other planets shows a lot about us, too. Once we start to look at it a little deeper, or have someone explain it us, a whole new world of revelations begin to come to life.
On a final note, I want to mention another important tip for all my horoscope readers. Better results will come if we read for our Rising Sign. To make it simple, start with your Rising Sign and see how Astrology works in a whole new way. My parents are deceased, the time is not on the birth certificate that I have and my siblings are not sure of the time, but they both state that it was raining.
Of course, we know the place, so will I be able to get an accurate rising out of the information that I do have? Your email address will not be published. Connect with us. How could all of these discrepancies be? Mercury , the on-the-go planet, tells us how we communicate.
Jupiter , or the Santa Claus of the zodiac signs, reveals where we get a special abundance factor. Saturn , the hum drum planet of challenge, reveals where we have to be patient and be tested over and over again.
Uranus , the great awakener and soul-shaker, shows where each of us is unique, rebellious, and cutting edge. Yes — we all are in some facet of our lives! I had a team working on things with me, and we were all operating at top speed. Things were under control. I had booked a very early hairdresser appointment before a. My event was to be the morning of the following day, a Saturday. As I walked in, I gave a kiss to my hairdresser on both cheeks and proceeded toward my chair carrying my paper bag of coffee, breakfast muffin, and The New York Times, along with my laptop and cell phone.
I was set and planned to handle some last minute details from there. Text messages were suddenly coming in furiously, faster than I had ever seen any come in before.
The system you use to apply the ancient traditional symbols must correlate to the real sky, or what's the point? It was January 14, , and I was excited because I had my special annual talk in New York coming up the next day, where I discuss the year ahead. Taurus knows no god or magic; they only believe in the Earth, and like to stay close to it. If we looked at our personal astrology a little deeper, we would come to see a whole lot more. This difference means some individuals may very well have a different sun sign in the sidereal zodiac. My parents are deceased, the time is not on the birth certificate that I have and my siblings are not sure of the time, but they both state that it was raining.
My office was texting me, too — get back here! What had happened? I worried that a terrible disaster had hit, but was relieved to hear it was not that, but something I never could have imagined or anticipated. Five days earlier, on January 9, a lifestyle reporter named Bill Ward working for the Minneapolis Star Tribune had discovered a previous article dated October 23, , and posted on LiveScience.
The story went on to explain that this was due to a gradual westward shift of the constellations over thousands of years, called the precession of the equinoxes. Ward called on Parke Kunkle, an astronomer who currently holds a seat on the board of the Minnesota Planetarium Society, to make a comment. Basic to all scientific study is proper research, but neither Mr. Ward nor Mr. Kunkle called a single astrologer before going to press. Ward reported that Mr. The story went on to say you were likely a member of the sign previous to yours, so if you thought you were a Virgo, you were probably a Leo.
The media exploded, and the topic began to trend all over the world. The reporter had presented not one, but two, very complex ideas to discuss, each somewhat unrelated to the other: 1 adding a new zodiac sign never done on a whim , and 2 the whole concept of the precession of the equinoxes.
The story was clearly made to discredit astrologers, and astronomer Kunkle freely admitted later he had assumed astrologers know nothing about the precession of the equinoxes — but we do. I knew the Minneapolis Star Tribune story was wrong, but the situation was not an easy one to address because astrologers were now in the horrendous position of having to disagree publically with a scientist and a newspaper journalist to an already inflamed, now doubtful public.
The headlines were all very much the same — no matter what sign you think you are, it has changed today, so start reading that other sign. Upon hearing this news, the public was understandably upset, for the article suggested that the astrologers, through their ignorance of astronomy, had duped them. News of this small story was quickly picked up by bloggers, on Twitter, and on Facebook.
Suddenly the story went viral, trending in every country of the world, and my life was being turned upside down. By January 14, five days after the story appeared January 9 and I had seen some casual buzz about it from the Twitterati, a term I use to denote frequent, opinion leader posters on Twitter , every major news organization was calling any astrologer they could find for comment.
Or, I found that my words were edited in such a way that made my response patently wrong, much to my horror when I saw my interviews on air later. Many times the reporter, who seemed so warm and friendly on meeting, was really out to discredit astrology — and me — any way he could.
Because I am trusting, I did not think to put on my armor. Not all journalists were like this, but many were, and it made for a tumultuous time. At CNN, things went so horribly wrong, I did something I swore never to do — I called the reporter afterward and asked that he redo the interview that had already aired. The fact is, the theory of the precession of the equinoxes was not started by the astronomers at the Minneapolis planetarium at all, but was developed in approximately in BC by the Greek mathematician, geographer, astronomer, and astrologer, Hipparchus of Nicaea BC.
It was obvious that if Hipparchus had developed the concept of the precession of the equinoxes in BC, that meant modern-day astrologers have had 2, years to study it — and we did! Hipparchus is credited with founding the precepts of trigonometry, so he was certainly a giant in his time, and of course, that was only one of his discoveries. How Hipparchus developed this correct discovery is interesting, so I will describe it here.
Hipparchus had been looking at a brand new star in the Scorpio constellation, and the appearance of that star gave him the idea of cataloguing all the stars he knew about — the list numbered over 1, stars. To this day, that list is considered to be remarkably accurate. Next, Hipparchus looked up observations noted by other ancient astronomers who had recorded those same star positions years before and noticed that those stars had shifted from the fixed points that they had occupied in their constellations.
After he made those comparisons, he must have instantly known he was on to something. Those changes had to be a result of the movement of the axis of the earth in the direction of the apparent daily motion of the stars. This causes the equinoxes to fall ever so slightly earlier than they had the year before. I need to show you how we fix the position of planets in astrology.
In other words, those constellations are not found all over the sky, but in a very narrow band that circles the earth. Remarkably, this holds true in all astrologic theory, whether you subscribe to Western astrology or Vedic astrology, which is practiced in India. One is to draw the equator, the thin circle you draw around the center of earth, separating earth into Northern and Southern Hemispheres. The celestial equator is important because it provides a standard of reference for positional measurements without the necessity of taking the varying distances of the planets and stars involved.
The ecliptic is defined as the path that the Sun will take, as it seems to travel around the earth. This is an apparent motion, not a real one, because of course, the earth travels around the Sun, not the other way around. The ecliptic lies at an angle to the celestial equator, and where these two elliptical circles touch, twice, sets 1 the Vernal equinox, marking the start of Aries, and 2 the Autumnal equinox, marking the start of the sign of Libra. Now we need a little bit more science, but this next section is easier to understand, and actually quite fun to think about. It involves the three ways the earth rotates — you may never have thought much about it.
Lovely, yes? Sometimes we take all this for granted! A third way the earth moves is a little more complicated so I will describe it this way. Imagine a gigantic dinner plate that holds the earth, its moon, and all the planets, all spinning together as a group, our solar system. You can see it as you remember you were taught in grade school or how you saw those planets aligned at the Planetarium.
The earth and all the planets will keep spinning on this big imaginary white dinner plate through all twelve signs of the Zodiac, with the rotation speed of approximately 10 miles per second, in the Milky Way. You have heard of the Age of Pisces and the Age of Aquarius — this is what they are talking about — the departure of the earth from its 2,year visit to Pisces and its recent or impending entrance into the sign of Aquarius. I say we arrived the minute Sputnik went up in the s.
The Age of Pisces saw the birth of Christianity and the age of faith. The art reflected the emphasis of the times, and the beautiful cathedrals came out of the Age of Pisces. Astrologers look to the cultures of the age to help to pinpoint these Great Ages. The earth, as it spins, creates a wobble like a fast spinning top.
This means that certain fixed stars, such as Castor, which used to be in Gemini, is now in Cancer.
In Western astrology we use a tropical or fixed zodiac, and refer to the area of the sky named after the constellations, rather than the constellations themselves. Imagine a round piece of fruit like an orange earth with a long metal rod pierced through the orange at an angle signifying the North and South Poles.
In some future date, thousands of years from now, it will point to another star altogether, such as Vega. This refers to one way the earth rotates, in a backward or retrograde motion, through all the zodiac signs, each called Great Years, each of which take a little over 2, years. That will be important for you to know, for it relates to the Great Ages that we will talk about in regard to the Mayan Calendar in the next chapter. You may have heard that earth is moving out of the Age of Pisces, a period of over 2, years of faith and emphasis on religion, to the Age of Aquarius, an age of peace and brotherhood, and also likely to be a time of vast technological change.
While there were Great Ages prior to Leo, we measure those years by what can be seen as emphasized through culture.
The Leo Great Year corresponds to the cave paintings of great beauty in Lascaux, France, some of the earliest artwork ever found, and typifies the creativity of Leo. The Age of Cancer showed the initiation of farming techniques and the start of structured housing, and speaks to the home-orientation of Cancer. Keep in mind that the earth is spinning in retrograde motion, so that we have the Age of Leo, followed by the Age of Cancer, and so forth, going backward.
To put astrology in context, astronomical observation began in Mesopotamia, where prominent constellations were recognized and named shortly after BC. The minutes and seconds of modern astronomical measurement derive from their numbering system. It was the Babylonians who introduced the concept of astrology and the zodiac as we know it today. The Virgin Virgo also is human, not animal, but the word zodiac covered all signs anyway. The Babylonians lived in the Great Age of Aries.
Finding out that the equinoxes were moving west is the crux of the concept of the procession of the equinoxes.
No matter your birth date, there's only one answer -- no one actually has two signs. But if you were born within a few days of the Sun's move from one zodiac sign to the next, this means you were born on the cusp , and you might feel an influence from two different signs. Each cusp period has a name that reflect the distinct energy it carries. If you're born on the cusp, you might find that you possess personality traits from your neighboring sign.
Astrology fans, the stars that make up the zodiac have shifted – which means that your horoscope isn't what you think it is. If you're ride or die with your zodiac sign, I'm about to drop an astrological bomb: it actually changes throughout your life. Here's how that.
For instance, people born under Aries, but on the Aries-Taurus cusp, often make great leaders. Either way, being born on the cusp can give you a variety of qualities that can blend and shine in different ways. Learning about both the blessings and the curses of your cusp helps you embrace your interesting -- and sometimes complicated -- self! Cusps are controversial in the Astrology world! This is a concept that has been questioned and considered repeatedly. While some astrologers utilize cusps in their practices, most do not.