The terms "astronomy" and "astrology" are very similar - so much so that it is easy to get them mixed up. The former refers to scientific study of the physical heavenly bodies in our solar system and others. The latter refers to the scientific study of the inter-relationship of those same heavenly bodies with each other, humanity and time itself.
An astrology reading is the customized study of the heavenly bodies as they relate to a particular individual - say, you. The planets and stars were in a certain alignment on the day you were born. However, they do not stay in that alignment, but continue shifting and moving throughout your lifetime. As such, they can invoke different influences and insights at different times in your life. In this post, learn more about what an astrology reading is and what to expect.
The Basics of an Astrology Reading
As with any scientific discipline, there are many different schools of thought for how to apply astrology on an individual level. The information sought typically determines the branch of astrology that best applies.
Two well-known branches of astrology are Jyotish and Western.
"Jyotish" is a word that translates to mean the "science of light." Jyotish astrology is based on the ancient Vedic scriptures of Hinduism. Jyotish astrology uses the sidereal zodiac chart with looks at fixed positions of the heavenly bodies.
Western astrology is often called "tropical" astrology. Western astrology uses the tropical zodiac chart and can be broken down into Natal, Mundane, Interrogatory and Minor astrology branches as they relate to the relative movements of the sun.
For example, "natal" or "birth" astrology looks at the configuration of the planets and stars on the day and time of your birth and uses that as a road map to better understand your personal strengths, challenges, opportunities and interests. Often, an individual astrology reading will center upon or include elements of natal astrology.
Mundane astrology's goal is to look ahead to predict global shifts in consciousness, major world events or events involving well known personalities. In contrast, interrogatory astrology's goals involve more complex analyses regarding anything from mate selection and compatibility to personal health and longevity to life direction and success.
Finally, with minor astrology, the goal is to resolve a particular issue or question, such as about a current relationship or job opportunity.
The Three Elements of a Natal Chart
Every person's natal or birth chart, which centers around the date and time of birth, includes 3 core elements: the individual's zodiac signs, The position of the planets and the 12 astrological houses of the zodiac.
Each person has two signs: solar and lunar. The solar represents the person's conscious life and the lunar represents the person's subconscious life. There are 12 signs, and an individual's signs are determined by the date and time of birth.
The position of the planets refers to where the heavenly bodies were positioned in relation to each other, with each having a major and minor angle that can deliver valuable insights.
In addition to the 12 zodiac signs, there are also 12 astrological houses which correspond to those signs. The zodiac wheel and the astrological houses wheel are frequently mixed up, but they are two entirely different wheels that can be used together to gain information for an individual astrological reading.
The zodiac wheel focuses on the sun's rotation around the Earth and the astrological houses wheel focuses on the Earth's rotation around its axis. Each house on the astrological houses wheel symbolizes a different aspect of life. These 12 aspects include (but are not limited to) self, value, communications, home, family, career, relationships, ideas, success, community and the individual subconscious.
What to Expect During an Astrology Reading
The basic information that pinpoints each individual's uniqueness - the zodiac signs, the planetary positions and the astrological houses - always forms the foundation of an astrology reading.
However, there are many different ways that the same information can be reviewed to answer different questions and gain clarity in challenging moments in life. If you have ever heard the term "reading your chart," that is what this refers to. A professional astrologist will take the basic building blocks of "you," astrologically speaking, and "read" or apply them to the specific questions or issues that have prompted your desire to have an astrology reading.
How to Prepare for an Astrological Reading
In most cases, the only pieces of information an astrologer will ask for to prepare to give an astrological reading are the date of birth, the time of birth and the city/state of birth. You may also be asked to share what you hope to gain from the astrological reading in general or in specifics. However, sharing this isn't usually necessary.
There is no other preparation that is typically required, other than to ensure you are relaxed and rested for the day and time of the astrological reading. This ensures you will get the most out of the experience of having your astrological chart read by a professional astrologer.