What the Ancient Wisdom Teaches About the Astrological Signs

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History is full of stories showing the importance given to Astrology and Astronomy was seen as the foundation of Astrology.  All priests and governors in olden days had to have knowledge of the science of the stars and the science of numbers.  Astrology was always used to map out a person’s life.  The history of a race or country can also be determined by the influences of the day it began.  The twelve Zodiac signs represent the twelve lessons of human existence; the twelve qualities to be gradually achieved by every human being, life after life, but not necessarily sign after sign.  We have free will and can choose to work under a particular sign more often than the others or even disregard a specific sign, although this would produce a one-sided character and happens less often. 

The first sign, Aries, whose symbol is the ram, represents the first experience of life, the beginning of the human journey and bestows extreme physical activity, caring and impulsiveness.  They are ruled by Mars, the warrior.  Aries represents the head and Aries folks use their brains intensely, although without much experience of life to back them up.   At this, the beginning of the human journey, our human uses their quick-working brain and is eager and brave.  He or she is ready to lead and wants to help, but is yet a poor judge of character and can be easily deceived.  They make poor subordinates.  They need to guard against over-working their brains and need plenty of sleep. 

The second sign, Taurus, the bull, is very strong and plodding, but if suddenly aroused, they plunge swiftly to their goal and like the bull, they can be slowly aroused to anger.  Ruled by Venus, they learn lessons about loving deeply with their whole heart and with great devotion and also about money, planting and harvesting, working the earth patiently.  They are great agriculturists and nature lovers, singers and poets.  They are courageous and devoted people.  Their major problems come from overly luxurious living with much love for food and drink.  They are patient and determined.

The third sign, Gemini, the twins, ruled by the planet Mercury gives humans the next lesson which is how to use the brain for practical matters and for reasoning.   This gives a dual type of mind that can see both sides, and which also has great interest in every new idea presented.  They love to share their knowledge and make great teachers and writers.  Geminis are changeable and ambitious and their brains race up and down the tree of knowledge.  Given brilliance and quickness, they learn to develop a logical reasoning mind with rapid thought.  These qualities rely on the nervous system more than the brain, so they need to guard against overworking their sensitive nerves. 

The fourth sign, Cancer, the crab, ruled by the Moon comes in with the accumulated experience of the first three signs and the next lesson is to learn how to apply it.  Great patience and tenacity are given along with the talent for parenthood and family life.  This is the nurturing earth mother and even the men enjoy cooking and being in their secure homes.  There is restlessness too, causing an occasional desire to travel away from home.  Cancerians are like crabs, moving forward and then turning back or going sideways on to something else and so live a life of ups and downs.  The Moon makes them deeply sensitive and passionate for life.  They require discipline and order in their world.  Their accumulated experience now makes them ready to be good in the business world as well in the home.

The fifth sign, Leo, the Lion, ruled by the Sun incarnates with a great deal of knowledge of the human side of life and can produce very fine results.  The task for them is to go forth and become a powerful and well-developed human, capable of high achievements.    Often kings of men and people of power are born as Leos.  They are big-hearted, strong mentally and physically, proud, ambitious and popular.  Because they have not yet reached divine intuition, they may misunderstand and think less of those weaker than themselves.  They do, however, attract many followers.  Friends may cause them disillusionment because Leo is not used to adapting to the ways of others.

The sixth sign, Virgo the virgin, is ruled by Mercury just like Gemini.  They come in to learn discrimination.   At this point, humans have risen to great heights through using impulsiveness, forcefulness and a growing talent for self-expression.   Virgo is given a natural fastidiousness and a critical eye.  They are to begin from the angle of a critic rather than a person of action like the Mercury ruled Gemini.  They are adaptable and make excellent subordinates, work well and are usually successful.   They have exquisite taste.  Virgos will organize us.  They are the restaurant keepers, journalists, art critics and health workers. 

Up to this point Man has learned to be a complete human being, but only half the journey is accomplished.  The second half is about learning to become a spiritual person and live in both the world of power and spirit while on earth and have the mind be in touch with the Divine.  Here we learn there is more to life than the physical world.  Things become harder to understand, and the first thing our human must now learn is balance. 

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The seventh sign, Libra, the scales, is ruled by Venus just as Taurus is.  Librans can actually miss many opportunities in life through too much weighing and balancing through over-thinking things.  Now the human is becoming psychic and intuitive and would do better going with the first impression.  There is a lot of love in Libra, but it has now become more mental than physical.  They are able to love abstract things such as harmony, peace, justice and beauty.  They truly dislike all disharmony in life.  They will avoid an argument and this is because the refining process has begun.  They are definitely not cowardly or weak.  They are the lawyers, judges and specialists, the architects and researchers.  Many Librans hold themselves back, afraid to let themselves go; and so to compensate they may tend to overwork.

The eighth sign, Scorpio, the scorpion or eagle, ruled by Pluto and before its discovery by Mars.  Our next lesson is to transmute the tender passion of love to the higher planes.  Scorpios have magnetic, forceful personalities and others feel fascinated by them and they can draw fanatical devotion.  This sign produces many saints and many villains too; both the best and the worst!   They can be their own worst enemy, or else have the beginnings of wisdom and attainment of high spirituality.    They usually pass through the fire of the temptation of sex in all its forms to learn that it is the sex-force that gets used for higher attainment.  There is versatility and loyalty and they are capable of swaying others.  They are proud and ambitious, with intense and enduring feelings. 

The ninth sign, Sagittarius, the archer is ruled by Jupiter and the goal now is truth and the beginnings of unselfishness.  Sagittarians instinctively believe that truth is beautiful and they wish to spread it around joyfully.   They love life and travel and are full of humor.  They can be domineering and stubborn, but they always attempt to make others happy.  They are very hospitable and since they contain the qualities of all the preceding signs, they are very versatile.  Music and ceremony appeal and they will give great encouragement to music, the arts and the pleasures and luxuries of life.   Their agile minds cause them to jump to results without patient study.  They must always be actively employed and take periods of complete rest to relax their tenseness.  Sagittarians are very popular with a great zest for life.

The tenth sign, Capricorn, the mountain goat is ruled by Saturn.  Humans are now bending their will to attain spiritual accomplishment and Saturn, the great tester and trainer is here to help.  Saturn holds Capricorns down to earth, pressing upon them and sometimes depressing them.  Our humans are now ready to stand on their own two feet and work things out for themselves, rather than following others’ lead.   They are ready for thoughtful, practical work and have appreciation for intellect and the sciences as well as the occult. There is independence and pride, organization and desire for leadership.   There is tact, pity and patience and ability to now see outside of self, using suffering to identify with the feelings of all humanity.  They usually put the work ahead of the chance for fun.  Capricorn may be hard to understand, complex with unusual reactions, and yet with the stern discipline that is part of their lives, they usually live a long time and are quite healthy. 

The eleventh sign, Aquarius, the water bearer, is ruled by Uranus and before its discovery, they were also Saturn ruled.   By now our human is ready to pour out the waters of life, along with all their ideas on others.  By now, they have lost some of their pride and begun to feel that they are a part of the whole.  They are making great steps forward by beginning to give more importance to others than to themselves.    Aquarians like to gather with others in groups to work for the betterment of all.  They are no longer ambitious totally for themselves.  They will work in the background, unless inspired to work for a cause.   Their minds are learning to be non-attached, honest and free.  They have great sympathy for human weakness.  They are still overly-sensitive and can read character well.  This gives intense likes and dislikes.  They have developed some of the finer qualities of the soul, causing them to be delicately balanced.  There can be frail health, yet nobody has more reserve force than these humanitarians. 

The twelfth sign, Pisces, the sign of the fish ruled by Neptune and previously by Jupiter, encompasses the most perfected type of spiritual humans.  The lesson now is the final letting go of the self and complete merging into the lives and feelings of others.  Many wonderful actors are Pisceans, and also great poets, artists and musicians.  Pisces produces the strongest and the weakest types of humans.  The force flowing through them is difficult to handle and unless well-used, they can turn to drink, drugs and other excesses for escape.  Being the sign of fish going in two directions, they can go either way.  They need courage and confidence in themselves to be inspired to great heights of self-denial and attainment.  Having attained the qualities of all the previous signs, they now have a natural understanding.  Pisceans are very devoted to their friends and are the romantics.  They identify with the universe and love traveling and everything about the sea. 

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It’s important to note that Astrology subdivides the twelve signs many times over.  The laws of rebirth, karma and free will allow for numberless variations of the order for progressing through these signs.  The number of times the humans have accomplished the full round will determine the old or experienced souls or new souls.  The perfected human is a blend of the best of all the signs. 

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STARTING OUT WITH THE ASTROLOGY GAME OF CARDS – A Quick Tutorial

The Astrology Game of Cards:    A good place to begin to enjoy the Basics of Astrology!

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There are 4 cards for each Zodiac Sign in the above picture.

  • Column 1 shows  the Number cards
  • Column 2 shows the Constellation cards
  • Column 3 shows the Key Word cards
  • Column 4 shows the Symbol cards

Notice that on the left column, the Number cards start at the 1st sign Aries and go down to the 12th sign Pisces.  Each of the other columns do exactly the same, showing them in order from Aries to Pisces.   Shuffle the cards and find one card for each of the different types.  Then sort all of the cards into different piles; each pile made up of the same kind of card.  Then, starting with the Number cards, sort that pile into the order of their place in the Zodiac.

Notice that at the very top are two of the Helper cards…one showing the Order of the signs, and the other is an example of a Horoscope Wheel.

The helper card should now be used to help you sort each of the columns from Aries to Pisces.

If you play with the cards this way a few times, you will rapidly become familiar with them and this knowledge will be helpful as you begin to play all the fun games to follow!

If you look at the Symbols cards, you will learn the dates that each sign falls within.  e.g. Aries falls between March 22 and April 20th.  ( The dates for each sign can change according to your year of birth.  Birthdays on a cusp need a Birth Chart  done to determine their actual sign.  e.g. the beginning or end dates could change if you were born close to the beginning or end of a sign.

Now that you are familiar with the cards, a great game to start with is the “old fashioned” game of  WAR.   After shuffling, the deck is divided between the players.  Without looking at their cards, each player simultaneously plays their top card and the highest sign takes all the cards (Pisces being the highest card for this game).  If there is a tie, each then lays 3 cards face down spelling out w-a-r and turns up the 4th card proclaiming the word war and the highest card takes all cards in that play.  The largest pile wins!

Now you are ready to play some more great games!  See my Blog on How to Play The Astrology Game of Cards, which is also on the Menu Bar.

An Astrology Game For Fun and Learning

    “THE ASTROLOGY GAME OF CARDS”© IS HERE!

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PISCES CARDS SHOWN ABOVE – ALL 12 ZODIAC SIGNS FOR A TOTAL OF 48 CARDS ARE INCLUDED ALONG WITH SUGGESTED CARD GAMES.

A FUN AND EASY WAY TO LEARN THE AGE-OLD SCIENCE OF ASTROLOGY!

See my later posts for More Information!

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ASTROLOGY: DID YOU KNOW?

Did you know……..                                             sleepy moon

The Vatican has the most extensive library of Astrology in the world. I want to go see that!

Leo Moon people almost always feel drawn toward performing or drama of some kind.

Virgo Rising Sign people tend to be hyper-critical about their work with their high standards.

The average Taurus always wants to know why when told something and never forgets it.

Avoid having elective surgery during the full moon, day before and day after = more bleeding.

Surgery should also  be avoided when the Moon is moving through the body sign it rules.

Love and marriage seem to be the most important issues in Astrological consultations.

Career, finances and health problems follow closely in importance for Astrological visits.

If planning marriage, Astrologers can help you pick the best timing for a long, happy marriage.

The planetary aspects to a woman’s Sun sign show how the opposite sex will affect her life.

The planetary aspects to a man’s Moon Sign shows the effect of the opposite sex on his life.

If her Sun sign is well aspected, she attracts luck, fortune and favors from the opposite sex.

If his Moon sign is well aspected, he attracts help and favors from women; first from mom.

Venus is very important in comparing lover’s charts; showing if it will last or burn itself out.

How well you communicate depends on Mercury in each chart, it’s a very important issue.

If Saturn is transiting your Sun or squaring it, don’t marry anyone until he moves past!

If unsure of your birthtime, Astrologers can rectify your chart by noting important events.

Everyone needs an Astrological  lifemap to best get through this lifetime on planet earth!

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IS ASTROLOGY TRUE? DISCOVER THIS FOR YOURSELF!

I like what Derek and Julia Parker have to say in one of my favorite books,  The Compleat Astrologer.

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Astrology has always served to enlarge our understanding.  Changes have been made in recent years that promise to have a major effect on the progress of astrology; the new directions it can be expected to take, and the attitudes people are likely to adopt towards it.

These changes are mysterious and illuminating. Progressive astrologers, attempting to relate astrology to a science-oriented society are working with hardheaded scientists.  Looking at other points of view, common ground has been discovered in the field of biological rhythms and cycles, enough to show that astrologers and scientists are becoming very compatible.

The age of Aquarius holds a new fascination for the younger generation in search of meaning, although astrology is for people of all ages and generations. It knows no cultural or age differences.  Astrological truths are for all of us and hold us all together as a human family.

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But is astrology true?  You must discover this for yourself.  No one can be persuaded simply by being told about it.  You have to choose to learn more about it.  To understand the influence of the heavenly bodies on mankind, we must understand the science behind astrology and the techniques of its art.  Astrologers honor and respect the truths of past masters.  We want to cast a deeper, clearer light on human life.

A star was the ancient Sumerian symbol for divinity. The stars provided a very impressive background to the interaction of other celestial bodies. Today we are naturally aware that the sun and moon exert a strong physical influence on our lives.  Back then, the Sun kept people warm and faded in the winter; day alternated with night, the sea rose and fell with the tides. These were mysterious processes of growth and decay, and the ebb and flow of the natural order helped provide a physical explanation of the universe.
From the viewpoint of earth, the stars turn around us in the pattern that is virtually unchanging from one year to the next.   The shifts that constantly occur were so slight that they were hardly noticed by the earliest observers.  The seven major bodies were noticed because of their rapid movement against the starry background of sky.  Early observers noticed the Sun, Moon, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn.  In  Babylonian times there are stories written about  the planets, sun and moon representing gods with the power to direct or intervene in life, each one being allocated power over an area of human experience.

 from Mars seeing Earth and Jupitr   The view from Mars of Earth and Jupiter

For example, Mercury was seen as a quick, cunning and wise god. Mars was the ruler of violence and war; Jupiter was a benevolent king-like ruler of men; Saturn was seen as a distant cooling sun in exile; quick-tempered and cruel.  Gradually, as these associations gained in authority, they were joined together to form the basis of astrological lore.

To add a little humor, today I saw this written:  God made the planet Saturn and he liked it, so he put a ring on it!!! saturn rings

 

CAPRICORN, THE MOUNTAIN GOAT

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if you want a reliable, determined, ambitious, careful, patient, persevering person, find a Capricorn!

These are the folks who climb the corporate ladder, always looking for the next promotion.  They are excellent workers and great in business.  They also know how to climb the social ladder!   Capricorns have a good sense of humor; their dry wit can be extremely funny and sometimes their smile looks like a smile in reverse, with the corners of the mouth turning down.   A Capricorn can deal with a lot of difficulty and handle it patiently.  They tend to be somewhat conventional in nature, unless other planets in their chart say otherwise.   They are pretty self-contained and put a lot of focus and energy into their career.  This may even take some of the fun out of life if they get too serious.  Capricorns have great discipline and purpose.

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A Capricorn has the ability to plan ahead in detail.  The mental outlook is cool and calculating.  Once he/she fully learns and understands something, it will never be forgotten.  They are worriers and of all the signs, most prone to depression.   Sometimes a Capricorn feels alone or lonely, either due to a bit of shyness or because too much time is spent on business and social life takes a back seat.  Too much time alone can lead to sadness or depression and it’s important  to get out with people and find something fun to do.

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Capricorn careers include:   Government officials, politicians, osteopaths, scientists, teachers, engineers, farmers, mineralogists, musicians, builders, architects, surveyors, dentists, sales, or any kind of administration.   Security is very important with a regular paycheck.  Capricorn will make steady progress and eventually the sky is the limit!  There is often musical ability, especially if there are some Taurus or Libra planets in the chart.  There are a few Capricorn types that are just not interested in management and prefer to find a career that is secure and not too demanding.  They are creatures of habit and find happiness in permanence and stability.

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Reading, listening to music and rock-climbing are all interesting recreational pursuits for Capricorns.

Capricorns are ruled by Saturn

They are one of the signs adaptable to living in two distinct extremes of climate, enjoying the benefit of contrasts.  Where they live in their youth is rarely the same as where they live later in life.

Flower is carnation of darker colors.

Saturday is their best day of the week

Lead is their favorable metal

Onyx, jet, moonstone, diamond are all their favorable precious stones

Gray, black, indigo, sage green, and any darker somber tones of color are favorites

Musical keynote they vibrate to is “F”

The planetary number of Saturn, their ruler, is 7, thus their favorable number.

Vulnerable body areas:  bones, especially knees and joint ligaments, skin problems. Periods of melancholy can upset the nervous system.  Rheumatism and arthritis are problems after middle age.

Necessary herbs:   caraway, chickweed, clove, dill, fennel, garlic, hops, mint, rosemary, rye, sarsparilla, sassafras, wintergreen.

Favorable trees and plants:  Cypress, beech pine, yew, hemlock, apple, banana, dates, papaya, quince, citrus fruits.

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