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Astrology {8} ~ Chinese

Chinese astrology, or Sheng Xiao (生肖), is an ancient astrological practice that can be traced back to the Han Dynasty. This kind of astrology is founded on the concepts of yin and yang, with significant elemental, natural, and lunar influences.

Similar to Western astrology, Chinese astrology has 12 zodiac signs—which are represented by animals. However, in Chinese astrology, the zodiac sign seasons last all year long—as opposed to Western astrology’s four-week seasons.

In order, the Chinese zodiac signs are: Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog, and Pig. Similar to Western astrology, each zodiac sign animal is defined by certain characteristics. For example, Snake energy is known to be sensual and intelligent while Horse energy is easygoing and honest.

In Chinese astrology, each year is defined by two ongoing cycles: 1) the elemental cycle: Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal, and Water (called “ten heavenly stems”), and 2) the 12 zodiac signs in their respective yin or yang influences. For example, the year 2021’s elemental cycle is Yin Metal. In the zodiac cycle, it is the year of the Ox. So, 2021 is: Yin Metal Ox.

Another difference between Western and Chinese astrology is that the zodiac sign cycle is founded on Chinese New Year—which begins its calendar based on the moon’s cycles. So, the start of the Chinese calendar year varies; it ranges from late January to early February.

For that reason, it’s possible for someone who was born before Chinese New Year to associate themselves with the zodiac symbol of the year prior. If you were born in January or early February, it’s possible you may have identified with the wrong zodiac sign.

Source ~ https://www.astrology.com/us/horoscope/index-chinese.aspx

Astrology {7} ~ Vedic Astrology

The history of Vedic astrology.
The Sanskrit word for Vedic astrology, or Hindu astrology, is jyotiṣa, loosely translating to “light/heavenly body,” and the modality seems to have first appeared in the Rigveda, an ancient Indian text (though some assert it’s been around since 10,000 B.C.).

“Vedic astrology contains within it the rich spiritual traditions and myths of ancient Indian culture,” explains founder of Moondance Vedic Astrology and author of Vedic Astrology for Beginners, Pamela McDonough. “Even today, throughout much of India, Jyotish is an accepted science and, for many, is part of their lifestyle.”

In its earliest days, Vedic astrology was used to determine important dates for sacrifices and rituals. Over time it became increasingly personalized; people started studying its planetary movements in an effort to understand their own destiny.

It’s related to other ancient Indian practices including yoga and ayurveda, and similar to Western astrology, it “offers us a guide or road map to a better understanding of our physical, emotional, spiritual, and even monetary experiences,” McDonough says.

The 12 Vedic signs.
Just like in Western astrology, there are 12 signs in the Vedic zodiac. And interestingly, the characteristics of the signs are pretty much the same, too. The difference lies in the dates. So, if you swear by the identity prescribed by your Western sun sign, prepare to have your boat rocked a little. The Vedic sign dates are as follows and here’s how to calculate your Vedic chart:

Aries: Mesha (April 13–May 14)
Taurus: Vrishaba (May 15–June 14)
Gemini: Mithuna (June 15–July 14)
Cancer: Karkata (July 15–August 14)
Leo: Simha (August 15–September 15)
Virgo: Kanya (September 16–October 15)
Libra: Tula (October 16–November 14)
Scorpio: Vrishchika (November 15–December 14)
Sagittarius: Dhanus (December 15–January 13)
Capricorn: Makara (January 14–February 11)
Aquarius: Kumbha (February 12–March 12)
Pisces: Meena (March 13–April 12)

As McDonough explains, Western astrology bases charts on the “tropical calendar” (which most of the world uses) and the four seasons, while Vedic astrology charts are calculated using something called the sidereal system, which looks at the changing, observable constellations. (Western astrology does not change in the same way and works with the planets’ fixed positions.)

Another interesting distinction is that modern Western astrology has become more psychologically oriented, where Vedic astrology is based upon one’s individual Karma, according to McDonough. “Karma is a very significant element of Jyotish,” she says, “and practicing Jyotish in the United States may take a more cross-cultural approach and a less deterministic viewpoint, to chart interpretation and predication than a traditional Indian astrologer might.”

The two modalities also have a different take on what a retrograde planet actually means and what some of the planetary aspects represent. “All planets in Western astrology share the same type of aspect, such as a square, trine, sextile, or opposition,” McDonough notes. “Vedic astrology utilizes special aspects—each planet has a specific aspect or set of aspects, along with different strengths that are applied to that specific aspect.” Not to mention, Vedic astrology views your rising sign as more important than your sun sign.

“Jyotish will provide insight to one’s dharma, or life path, and reveal our innate gifts and challenges,” McDonough says. “It can help us better understand our relationships with our family, friends, and life partners. Having this fundamental understanding really helps to ease and relieve stress and our emotional ups and downs.”

Source ~ https://www.google.com/amp/s/amp.mindbodygreen.com/articles/vedic-astrology-101

Astrology {5} ~ The 12 Houses Of The Zodiac

Like a clock, the zodiac is divided into 12 segments, or houses, each one ruled by a different sign. The zodiac begins with the first house, and goes counterclockwise around.

Each house is associated with a set of traits, beginning from the self, and expanding outward into society and beyond. At the moment you were born, the planets were all in specific signs and houses. When an astrologer interprets your chart, she blends the meaning of each planet, the house it’s in, and the sign it’s in, to map the obstacles or gifts you’ll face in this lifetime.

When planets visit a house, they light up that part of your chart, and energize that house’s traits. Astrologers use the houses to predict which parts of your life will come into focus, and where you can take the best possible action. To learn more about a house, read about the sign that’s associated with it.

The first six houses are known as the “personal houses,” while the last six houses are known as the “interpersonal houses.”

1ST HOUSE:
The first house begins the zodiac, and covers the all “firsts”: first impressions, the self and appearance, leadership, new initiatives, fresh starts and beginnings. The sign on the cusp, or starting edge, of this house, is referred to as your rising sign or ascendant. (Ruled by Aries)

2ND HOUSE:
The second house covers all matters related to your immediate material and physical environment—taste, smells, sound, touch, sights. The second house also rules income, money, and self-esteem. (Ruled by Taurus)

3RD HOUSE:
The third house rules all forms of communication—talking, thinking, gadgets and devices (cell phones, pagers, Instant Messenger, etc.). The third house also covers siblings, neighborhoods, local travel, libraries, schools, teachers and community affairs. (Ruled by Gemini)

4TH HOUSE:
The Cancer-ruled fourth house sits at the very bottom of the zodiac wheel, and thus, rules the “foundation” of all things. This includes your home, privacy, your basic security, your parents (particularly your mother), children, your own mothering abilities, nurturing, and TLC. (Ruled by Cancer)

5TH HOUSE:
The fifth house is ruled by dramatic Leo, and it governs self-expression, drama, creativity, color, attention, romance, fun and play. (Ruled by Leo)

6TH HOUSE:
The sixth house is the domain of health and service. It rules schedules, organization, routines, fitness, diet and exercise, natural and healthy living, helpfulness and being of service to others. (Ruled by Virgo)

7TH HOUSE:
The seventh house is the sector of relationships and other people. It governs all partnerships, both business and personal, and relationship-associated matters, like contracts, marriage, and business deals. (Ruled by Libra)

8TH HOUSE:
The eighth house is a mysterious sector that rules birth, death, sex, transformation, mysteries, merged energies, and bonding at the deepest level. The eighth house also rules other people’s property and money (real estate, inheritances, investments, et. al. (Ruled by Scorpio)

9TH HOUSE:
The ninth house covers the higher mind, expansion, international and long-distance travel, foreign languages, inspiration, optimism, publishing, broadcasting, universities and higher education, luck, risk, adventure, gambling, religion, philosophy, morals and ethics. (Ruled by Sagittarius)

10TH HOUSE:
The tenth house is at the very top and most public part of the chart. The tenth house governs structures, corporations, tradition, public image, fame, honors, achievements, awards, boundaries, rules, discipline, authority, fathers and fatherhood. The cusp, or border, of the tenth house is also called the midheaven, and it clues astrologers into your career path. (Ruled by Capricorn)

11TH HOUSE:
The eleventh house rules teams, friendships, groups, society, technology, video and electronic media, networking, social justice, rebellion, and humanitarian causes. It also rules originality, eccentricity, sudden events, surprises, invention, astronomy, science fiction and all things futuristic. (Ruled by Aquarius)

12TH HOUSE:
The zodiac completes with the twelfth and final house, which rules endings. This house covers the final stages of a project, tying up loose ends, completions, the afterlife, old age, and surrender. It’s also associated with separation from society, institutions, hospitals, jails, hidden agendas, and secret enemies. And it rules the imagination, creativity, arts, film, dance, poetry, journals, and the subconscious mind. (Ruled by Pisces)

Source ~ https://astrostyle.com/learn-astrology/the-12-zodiac-houses/

Astrology {4} ~ Modalities {3} ~ Mutable ~ Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius & Pisces

The mutable modality is attached to the signs Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius, and Pisces. The mutable houses are the third, sixth, ninth, and twelfth. If a horoscope shows a preponderance of planets in these houses, its energy is weighted toward mutability.

Mutable signs know how to go with the flow. They are adaptable and flexible and can change their form of expression to whatever a situation requires. Standing their ground is of little import to mutable folks. These people would much rather conform to the norm, so long as their doing so will help the greater good. Luckily, mutable individuals are versatile and find it quite easy to change. Consider them the chameleons of the zodiac, since they can take on varied personae.

Mutable people are blessed with a tremendous resourcefulness. Talk about making lemonade out of lemons! They know how to squeeze that last drop of juice and make things better in the process. Those influenced by a mutable modality in their horoscope also enjoy learning, play fair and are diplomatic and well-liked by others. To their further credit, they are sharp, sympathetic and can see (via a sixth sense?) the essential elements of a situation. At times, however, their desire to please everyone can get them into hot water. They may come across as wishy-washy, inconsistent and downright duplicitous. All this in the name of aiming to please!

The beauty of mutability is that those possessing it are flexible, versatile and highly resourceful. These folks are quick to help others and are selfless in the process. While they may occasionally stretch themselves to the breaking point, they know how to bounce back.

Source ~ https://www.astrology.com/modalities/mutable