of Astrological Symbols.
Zodiac Sign Symbols:
on the Astrology chart:
outer "rainbow" coloured ring represents the twelve
divisions of the sky as these circle the earth due to its
rotation. These twelve division together are
known as the "zodiac", which is a classical Greek
word that means "animals" and alludes to the fact
that in the ancient
zodiac all the signs were designated by animals (as is
still the case in Chinese astrology).The modern zodiac signs
are, in order: Aries (the Ram), Taurus (the Bull), Gemini
(the Twins), Cancer (the Crab), Leo (the Lion), Virgo (the
Virgin), Libra (the Balance), Scorpio (the Scorpion), Capricorn
(the Goat), Aquarius (the Watercarrier) and Pisces (the Fishes).
The zodiac signs provide the qualities that enables an astrologer
to interpret the personal attributes of a person.
white circle further in, contains the planets together with
the numbers that indicate their positions along the zodiac.
The term "planet" also comes from classical Greek
and means "wanderer". This refers to the planets
independent movement along the background of fixed stars.
Astrologers consider the seven classical planets that were
known to the ancients: Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars,
Jupiter and Saturn, each of which is associated with a specific
influence. Many modern astrologers also consider the more
recently discovered planets: Uranus, Neptune and Pluto.
In addition to the planets, there is the Part of Fortune,
which is a mathematical point in the sky,
and the Ascending and Descending Nodes of the Moon, which
are places in the zodiac where the Moon appears to reverse
it northward or southward direction of travel.
grey circle, which is the third circle in, contains the twelve
Houses. The Houses are fixed divisions of sky from the perspective
of an observer on the ground. The First House starts at
the Ascendant, which is the eastern horizon where the Sun,
Moon and other planets rise, while the Seventh House starts
at the Descendant, which is the western horizon where the
Sun, Moon and planets set. The Medium Coeli or Midheaven
is located at the start of the Tenth House; it is the point in the sky directly overhead the observer,
while the Imuum Coeli starts at the Fourth House and is
directly opposite the Midheaven, below the observer's
feet. Each House is seen by an astrologer as relating to
a specific aspect of a person's life and physical environment.
white and innermost circle contains the lines that link
aspects - which represent meaningful relationships - between planets
and/or important points in the sky. The details of these
aspects are shown in the large triangular table on the lower
part of the page. Aspects broadly consist of two types:
harmonious, which are trine (120°) and sextile (60°)
aspects, and inharmonious or stressful aspects, which are square (90°) and opposite (180°) aspects. Another
aspect is the conjunction, where
planets line up together. This can either be a beneficial
or an adverse aspect, depending on the planets involved. The astrologer takes the nature of an aspect into
account when interpreting the chart. Some astrologers also
use other aspects than those listed, but the ones given
above are the main and most important aspects used in classical