"Teach Yourself Astrology" #2
The Language of Astrology: Symbols, Patterns, and Forms.
Learn astrology: how astrologers interpret horoscopes using astrological symbolism.
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Teach Yourself Astrology 2:
Planets, Signs, Houses
Basic Concepts in Astrology
It would be very helpful for you to begin with this Astrology FAQ section so you understand the real-world meaning of the astrological terms being used here. The Basic Concepts of Astrology are being presented up front so you can see a summary and decide if you wish to delve deeper into the language of Astrology.
It would be best to read this Astrology FAQ section next so you understand why, like the Tarot, Astrology is a symbolic language which may seem strange at first, but becomes a valuable tool for insights which could help you understand the meaning of your own perceptions about yourself and others, and what is really going on in the world you live in. See also some interesting comments by Dr Carl Jung on symbols.
The Patterns - Key Themes in Astrology
The Patterns - Key Themes in Astrology
- A Planet is...WHAT ENERGY NEEDS TO BE EXPRESSED OR UNDERSTOOD
- A Sign is.....HOW IT MANIFESTS as drives or personal style
- A House is....WHERE IT MANIFESTS as situations or events.
Another way to express this would be:
- The Planet is....a PSYCHOLOGICAL FUNCTION [or an Objective]
- Its Sign is......its METHOD or MODE OF OPERATION [or its Strategy]
- Its House is.....its AREA OF APPLICATION [or its Terrain]
The Forms - Sub-Themes
A Planet is:
- a PSYCHOLOGICAL FUNCTION [or a Spiritual Ideal]
- a CAPACITY to EXPRESS a certain PART OF THE PSYCHE
- a POTENTIAL ENERGY which SEEKS EXPRESSION
- a DRIVE or MOTIVATION TO BE or BECOME or DO
- a DESIRE to ACT OUT a CERTAIN THEME
- a NEED or HUNGER which SEEKS SATISFACTION
- an OBJECTIVE which USES THE STRATEGY OF A SIGN
- an ENERGY which has POSITIVE & NEGATIVE POLARITIES
- a CURRICULUM of LESSONS to be learned.
A Sign is:
- a PSYCHOLOGICAL PROCESS, working out a FUNCTION
- a MANNER of EXPRESSING certain parts of THE PSYCHE
- a WAY of EXPRESSING a POTENTIAL ENERGY
- a FILTER to FOCUS & COLOUR a DRIVE or MOTIVATION
- a STRATEGY for ACTING OUT a certain THEME
- a PREFERRED WAY of SATISFYING a NEED or HUNGER
- a STRATEGY to achieve the OBJECTIVE of a PLANET
- a POSITIVE or NEGATIVE EXPRESSION of an ENERGY
- a WAY of EMPHASIZING certain LESSONS to be learned
- an EVOLUTIONARY METHOD, a WAY of GROWING.
A House is:
- a MANIFESTATION of a PSYCHOLOGICAL PROCESS
- a FIELD of ACTIVITY for THE PSYCHE
- a PLACE or SITUATION in which to EXPRESS an ENERGY
- a DIRECTION for a DRIVE or MOTIVATION to MANIFEST
- a THEATRE where certain THEMES are ACTED OUT
- a SITUATION or EVENT which SATISFIES a NEED
- a TERRAIN where a STRATEGY can ACCOMPLISH an OBJECTIVE
- an AREA of APPLICATION of an ENERGY using a STRATEGY
- an AREA of LIFE where ENERGIES can MANIFEST as EVENTS,
or RESULT in REALIZATIONS, or TEACH a LESSON
- a PLACE where LESSONS are LEARNED.
Astrology and Tarot Correspondences
In the traditional Tarot cards, the 22 Major Arcana cards numbered 0 to XXI correspond to: the 12 Astrological Signs of the zodiac, the 7 visible Planets known to the ancients, and 3 of the 4 Elements (Fire, Air, Water - but not Earth). Since the discovery of the three outer planets Uranus, Neptune and Pluto in modern times, the Tarot cards corresponding to the three Elements have been seen to also correspond to these three Planets. Thus we have the 22 Tarot cards corresponding to the 12 Astrological Signs and the 10 astrological Planets (Sun, Moon, and 8 planets, excluding Earth).
A study of the Major Arcana ("the Greater Mysteries") of the Tarot can be a major step towards your understanding of the symbolic meaning of the Planets and Signs of Astrology. To see how some themes of the planet Mars correspond to the themes of one of the Tarot cards, may I suggest you read my article on The Tower card in the "Teach Yourself Tarot" series at STAR SIGNS Astrology and Tarot Zine.
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