Stellar Script: Horoscope basics

Sarah Svati, the goddess of wisdom, translates the language of the stars into factual fun students can relate to.

Sarah Erickson


Sarah Svati, the goddess of wisdom, translates the language of the stars into factual fun students can relate to.

Star Logic: A Scope of the Hour

Growing up, my grandmother read our horoscopes aloud every morning. I was fascinated by them. I recall asking her several times what a Virgo is and why she was an Aquarius. I continuously inquired throughout my childhood, but the responses I received never answered my questions. Each time I asked, she gave me the same simple answer: the day you were born determines your sign.

I was too young to define my question because neither of us realized what I was asking. In fact, more than 20 years later the majority of people still cannot answer this question. Millions of Americans read their horoscope daily without knowing what their sign is or why it exists. So let’s start at the beginning.

Around 600 B.C., the ancient Greeks divided the constellations into 12 zodiac signs. Your sign is personal to you because it was determined when you were born. The sun was thought to give vitality, character and life, so your sign describes how you express yourself. It is called your sun sign.

The belief, as above so below, led astrologers to relate celestial occurrence to life events. the study of the stars includes planets because the zodiac is composed of fixed stars, other stars moved through them. Planet is a Greek word meaning wandering star and astrology means star logic.

We have sun signs, which are the easiest to find. We also have a sign for each of the seven visible planets up to Saturn. Astrologers drew charts to map the heavens and study the correspondences between planetary signs and life on Earth.

Natal charts were originally titled horoscopes, a Greek word that means scope of the hour, named because the time of birth was very important. The Greeks needed accurate birth times in order to define which planets were above or below the horizon. The hour of birth determines the sign rising in he east, called the ascendant or rising sign.

In the early 1900s, astrology books were translated into English, and astrology was introduced into our society. Carl Jung integrated ancient techniques into his personality types. The Sun represents your core personality or conscious mind, the Moon is your subconscious and inner self and your Ascendant sign relates to your outer personality and exterior projection of self.

As shown in the chart above, the 12 signs of the zodiac were divided into subcategories including elements, modes of matter and dualities. In upcoming issues we will explore your sun sign in depth and how to interpret the chart and discover its meanings like the ancient Greeks did.

In the meantime, download your free birth chart at Scroll down and click the horoscope chart drawing link.

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Stellar Script: Horoscope basics

by Sarah Erickson time to read: 2 min