New astrological signs chart
We look up and we can see Pisces and the stars shaping two fish swimming upstream and downstream, or we marvel at the beauty of the archer of Sagittarius. Constellations do not give you your traits — the planet ruling your sign gives you those. The planets will give you your influences — constellations are not capable of that either. In fact, the constellations are like a calibration system or big tape measure that allows us to refer quickly to where the planet will be traveling at any given time, and to make quick mathematical calculations in regard to the other planets in the sky, whether square 90 degrees or opposition degrees and so forth.
When we refer to a sign, we are referring to a section of the sky that is named after the constellation, not the constellation itself. In astrology it is vital to know the planet s that rules your sign. In the next paragraph, here is a list for you, and if you memorize your ruling planet, you will find this to be very helpful as you read any material on astrology, including this article, or your monthly forecast on my site, AstrologyZone. You may also want to memorize the planet that rules your sign, once you discover it.
Planetary Rulers: Mars rules Aries.
Venus rules Taurus and Libra. Mercury rules Gemini and Virgo. The moon rules Cancer, and the Sun rules Leo. Scorpio is the only sign ruled by two planets, the recently discovered Pluto and Mars. Jupiter rules Sagittarius.
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Saturn rules Capricorn. As you see, each of us has a sign and a ruling planet that bestows talents and gifts, and explains where you get your personality traits.
You get those traits, not from the constellation but from the ruling planet associated with your sign. Cute, but invisible! No one would have any idea of what personality traits to assign to Ophiuchus. Why would the ancient astrologers create such a confusing situation where the name of the sign is the same name of the constellation — but not really related to each other?
When the Babylonians designed the zodiac, the constellations actually did line up perfectly with the path of the Sun. As said, in time, the equinoxes have drifted west at the rate of one degree every 72 years. Back in ancient days, the sky was a big calendar that farmers used for knowing precisely when to plant seeds, reap their crops, and so forth, so starting with spring made sense.
The planting season was a critical one, so it began the zodiac.
To this day, Aries begins the zodiac on March 21 and begins the rhythm of life, which starts with the seed. Pisces is considered the last sign of the zodiac, and goes from February 19 to March After Hipparchus of Nicaea discovered the precession of the equinoxes in BC, a decision had to be made by the astrological community back then about how to make calculations astrology is very mathematical. The choice was whether to work with a fixed, unchanging zodiac, or one that moved.
In Western astrology, the decision was made in favor of working with the fixed, unchanging points of the four seasons and keeping the zodiac stationary. In India, the choice was to work with a moving zodiac, called Vedic also called sidereal astrology , and their astrologers shift the whole chart 23 degrees retrograde, the precise amount of degrees each sign and planet would have moved due to the precession. Your zodiac sign in Western astrology corresponds to the movement of the Sun in regard to the solstices and equinoxes.
In other words, astrologers in the West base the chart calculations on the four points of summer, fall, winter, and spring. Those are fixed, unchanging points. This way of treating astrology is called tropical astrology. Your sign does not change because it relates to a piece of unchanging sky, not to the shifting belt of the constellations.
More reading about the myth of the new star sign and Ophiucus:
In India, the Vedic astrologers acknowledge the precession of the equinoxes in their calculations, and shift all the planets and constellations 23 degrees. Vedic astrology puts much more emphasis on the fast-moving moon, and in the West, we underscore the Sun. In both systems, Western and Vedic, the sky is divided into 12 signs to correspond with each of the 12 months, with each zodiac sign accounting for 30 degrees. The reason why there are 12 signs and not 13 has to do with the lunation cycle.
There are approximately twelve cycles of the Sun and new or full moon in a year. A Sun sign stands for one month even though a month comprises a few more days than a lunar month, that latter being 28 days.
Precession and astrology
In Western astrology, the Sun is king. In Vedic astrology, astrologers in India put more emphasis on the moon, which is a faster moving body than the Sun. In the West, the Sun is the face you give to the world, and the place in the chart that shows where you shine brightest — a very Western cultural idea. The Sun indicates the father in the chart, or at the very least, authority figures. In India, the moon is more important, focusing on your inner feelings, emotions, love, family, conception, care for a child, and for mother. Each culture has a different emphasis.
I am completely oversimplifying the two methods, and mean no disrespect to those who follow the Vedic method.
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I may have characterized things a bit too simply in the interest in clarity, but if I did go too far, forgive me. I realize the precession of the equinoxes may be a difficult concept to take in, so let me show you in another way to demonstrate the way Western astrologers think about their favored tropical fixed zodiac method.
You build a charming cottage on it, and the street your cottage is near, where all your mail is sent, is called Primrose Lane, so you call your cottage Primrose House. Not many people name their house, but stay with me on this. In time, the town rezones, and the name of the street in front of your darling cottage changes. Part of your house stills stands on Primrose Lane, but now most of the cottage stands on the same street, suddenly called Blue Bell Lane.
Like many country roads, Primrose Lane runs straight into Blue Bell Lane as you go along that old dirt road. Your cottage is still there, and it is still the same. However, the name of the road in front of your house has changed. Your cottage is still called Primrose House. Even if someday the town rezones again and changes the name of the country road in front of your house to a completely new name, your house will remain the same — yours, untouched and constant — and you keep the same name.
The road constellation helps us find you. Said in scientific terms, in Western astrology, your astrological zodiac sign corresponds to the position of the Sun as it sits in relationship to the two solstices June 21 and December At the solstice, the Sun is either nearest or farthest from the equator depending on if you live in Northern or Southern Hemisphere.
In America, for example, June 21 marks the beginning of summer.
That is the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere, and December 21 brings the shortest day of the year. The signs are also tied to the equinoxes March 21 and September The equinox is when the time of daylight is precisely equal to nighttime — the two are in perfect balance. In springtime in northern latitudes, after March 21, the light begins to increase in length number of hours of each day, and beginning September 23, the number of hours of daylight decreases.
If you live in the Southern Hemisphere, the reverse dates are true for you, with spring — and longer days — coming on September People often ask me, since I write my forecasts based on the symbolism of nature in the Northern Hemisphere, can they be valid for the Southern Hemisphere, too? Absolutely yes. Astrology works the same in all locations, Northern and Southern Hemispheres. Think of astrology as sensitive to the pace, forces, and rhythms of life, as determined through the mathematical patterns and cycles seen in nature.
Those are enduring energies that are manifested in each of our lives, and within us, no matter where we are living at the time. You will always have free will to make your choice. Due to time zone changes, you may feel an aspect a day earlier or later, but that is all. You need to take into account the three qualities and the four elements. Each season has three months, and there are three different qualities. One is assigned to each of the signs falling within that three-month season.