How to Learn Astrology
I am not going to tell you that to learn astrology all you have to do is read a couple of books then you will be able to interpret any astrology chart and predict the future. To learn astrology takes a commitment and dedication and a deep desire to understand the mysteries of the universe.
However complicated an astrology chart is and learning how to read it can be, you can break it down into easy to handle step by step system.
First you need to do some memorization, learn the symbols for the planets and signs.
Learn what the houses in the chart mean.
Learn what each planet represents.
Learn what each sign is about.
Learn what the rulerships and the dignities of the planets, which planet rules which signs.
Learn the symbols and the meanings of aspects; The conjunction, sextile, trine, square, semi square, quincunx, and opposition.
Once you have studied these basic components you will have the building blocks in order to have a basic understand of the fundamentals in astrology.
From there you can begin to expand your knowledge and add on other components such as the progressed chart and transits which will enable you to be able to have an idea of what will be happening in your life.
Here is your first to do list to begin in your astrology studies.
1) Memorize the astrology symbols for the signs, planets, and aspects
2) Learn the meaning of the Signs
3) Learn the meaning of the planets
4) Learn the meaning of the houses
5) Learn to recognize and the meaning of aspects between planets
6) Learn what planets rule what signs
7) Learn how to recognize the dignities and strengths of the planets in the chart
8) Learn how to recognize the planets in debility, and when planets are weak
9) Learn the meaning of the moons nodes and the meanings of the moons nodes in the 12 houses
10) Learn the meaning of the planets in the different houses
11) Learn the meaning of the ruler of a house in another house.
12) Learn what the secondary progressed chart means and its relationship to the natal chart
13) Learn the meanings of the different planet transiting the charts planets.
14) Learn the meanings of the eight different moon phases
With this core understanding you will be on your way to being able to be your own astrologer.
Learning astrology is a fascinating discovery into our inner psyche and key to self-awareness. It is a way to integrate the different parts and pieces of our self and understand why we do what we do.
When you learn astrology you will be able to understand yourself and the people around you better. Your astrology chart does not make you do things, or be the way you are: it reflects the lens that you have in your view and interpretation of events that happen. The purpose of astrology is to help you be a better person by understanding your weak points and developing the weaker areas into stronger characteristics and to also expand and use what your natural talents and gifts are.
After an astrology reading a lot of people ask;
How can I learn astrology?
The best approach is to jump in and start looking at your own chart and transits.
That said understand that there are many different approaches towards astrology, different astrology schools and systems. I am a full time professional astrologer and astrology teacher who has a psychological approach to teaching astrology, which is using astrology as a tool for self-growth and awareness. Jungian archetypal symbols are so obvious in the interpretation of the meanings of the planets it is impossible to dismiss the basic human characteristics described in the myths of the ancients Greeks and Romans from whence the Planets were names after to not see the correlation between human characteristics and fallibility and understand it as a reflection of innate psychological makeup. Indeed as the astronomers are discovering more and more dwarf planets and other objects in our solar system the complexity of the chart expands.
This is a reflection of the complexity in our daily life expanding and the constant news and interconnectedness we have with what is happening in the world.
There are many astrology books on the market that will help you learn astrology. The best way to learn astrology, and the best astrology teacher I ever had, recommended that you learn the basics of astrology and then follow the transits in your chart along with the astrological movements of the planets, current transits, to have an experience of exactly how astrology works. While studying astrology this way you will inevitably be able to predict events or the general influence of what might happen, not only in your chart but in world events. The astrology course that I offer follows this path. Every month you learn what is happening in the sky, the astrology transits, how it is related to world events and how to be able to predict upcoming changes by understanding the astrological influence. You learn month by month what the signs mean, what the planets mean, what planets rule what signs, and how to incorporate this knowledge into your daily life to improve your life.
The planets have influence, years ago I wrote about the upcoming world financial crises and government crises by knowing that Pluto was going to enter Capricorn and that there would be a Uranus Pluto square that reflected back to the Uranus Pluto conjunction in the mid 1960’s. You too can understand the upcoming world changes and the changes in your life by knowing what is happening in the astrology sky. Once you have the basics down it is fairly easy to learn how to interpret these astrological influences.
I believe that astrology is a gift from the universe that all beings walking the spiritual path need to know. It is not a magic bullet that will instantly make any problems go away, but it will help you know what to do and you can get in the flow of the planetary energy field and use the help of the planets when you know how to. I would be happy if you studied with me, but the important thing is to find an astrology teacher that you can connect with to study from. It is more important to me that you understand the beauty and mystery of astrology and that you let the power of astrology help you than whether or not you choose to learn from my astrology classes and courses.
As the astronomers aptly name these newly discovered bodies after ancient myths the archetypal patterns and problems of the mythological deity is woven into our world.
Of course you need to know the basics of astrology to understand and to be able to read an astrology chart.
Once you get past memorizing the symbols for the signs and planets, and know the basic meanings you can begin to put the pieces in place.
To learn astrology begin with the basics:
3.) Houses (not all schools of astrology use houses, and different systems of astrology use different house systems- don’t stress too much about that at first, pick one then continue to learn about the other astrology house systems)
4.) Aspects which are how the planets are in mathematical angles to each other
There are astrology classes and astrology courses you can find that will give you the basic fundamentals symbols but leave you with a what next feeling. The easiest way is to bite the bullet, learn the planetary glyphs and symbols for the signs and move on to incorporate the deeper meanings and archetypal patterns found in astrology.
Once you learn the fundamentals of astrology then you will want to further your knowledge with:
1.) Asteroids- there are thousands of asteroids, start with Juno, Ceres (now re classified as a dwarf planet along with Pluto) , Vesta, and Pallas Athene
2.) Centaurs and the dwarf planets Chiron especially- Chiron in the chart is very important and you will want to begin using Chiron as soon as you have learned the astrology basics.
3.) Fixed stars- again there are many stars but bit by bit you can incorporate the fixed stars in your chart interpretation
4.) Midpoints- especially the midpoint between the sun and moon, ascendant and mid heaven
5.) Heliocentric planetary nodes
6.) Symmetrical astrology, Cosmobiology, and the Transneptunian planets
7.) Sabian Symbols
Whatever system you use to learn astrology the important point is to get started. Do not be discouraged if you find it complicated, as in all disciplines the deeper you study the more you discover there is to learn. I have been exploring and learning astrology for decades. It is my passion to share with you all the blessings and gifts it has brought into my life.