Zodiac Signs Introduction

Introduction to the Articles

About the articles on this website...

Most of these articles were originally published in Transitions Canadian Astrology Magazine in 1996-97, and are just as relevant today. Others were written within the last two years. More articles will be added in the future, as I find time to write them. The backbone of the articles is the Zodiac Sign article series, but there are other articles that provide an informative, humorous or just educational perspective. You can click on most of the headings below to go directly to those articles. Top of Page

All Twelve Zodiac Signs

The Zodiac Signs article series give in-depth information about each of the 12 zodiac signs. Regardless of what your Sun Sign is, you'll want to read all of them! They illustrate how we experience all 12 signs, not just the sign we were "born under," which is called our "Sun sign." See below for more about how these articles can help you explore the multi-faceted nature of your being. Top of Page

"Pegasus" Articles

"Pegasus" was the name given to Wendy's computer. "He" originally wrote humorous columns for Midheaven, the newsletter of Astrology Toronto Inc. He later became a regular feature in Transitions Magazine and became Wendy's puckish "alter ego" in many of her articles, intruding here and there with witty side comments and comical observations.

When he wasn't busy butting in on Wendy's more serious writing, "Pegasus" wrote his own articles. Some of these articles are posted here under two categories: Fractured Folklore (a tongue-in-cheek telling of mythological tales) and From the Disk of...Pegasus! (the original title of Pegasus' column in Astrology Toronto's Midheaven newsletter, and later transplanted into Transitions Magazine in 1997). Top of Page

Various and Sundry Articles

There are other articles on the website, some that are taken from Transitions Magazine. Other articles, written more recently, were originally published in Cauldron and Quill Magazine and The Burning Times, the newsletter of the Wiccan Church of Canada. Some of my articles are also displayed on other websites on the Internet. All of my articles explore planetary energies and various astrology subjects, from Pluto to Chiron, and from the Sun-Moon cycle to the Blue Moon. More will be added as I am able to find the time to write them! Top of Page

Horoscopes and The Low-Down on the Far-Out

The Low-Down on the Far-Out began in the Fall of 2003 as a regular column in Cauldron and Quill Magazine and The Burning Times newsletter. This column lists different planetary events and offers interpretations of how everyone is likely to be affected by them. They're great if you want to learn more about astrology and what each astrological event means. You can find out about New Moons, Full Moons, eclipses, planetary stations and retrogrades (e.g., Mercury retrograde), planet-in-sign, and planets in aspect to other planets (forming geometric relationships). It's interesting and fun to monitor the way the planets affect us on a day-to-day basis. This column is updated at the beginning of each month.

The Horoscopes take the current New Moon cycle and Full Moon and tell you how these events will affect you, based on your Sun Sign. They provide a more personal "reading" and go into more depth about the New and Full Moon energies. There is one horoscope for the New Moon, which talks about the energy of that four-week cycle, and another horoscope for the Full Moon that is the fruition and manifestation point for the New Moon cycle. These horoscopes are updated once a month, just before that month's New Moon.

Important: The information and interpretations offered in the Horoscopes and Low-Down are meant as suggestions only. They are not a substitute for consultations with professionals (doctors, therapists, astrologers, etc.). They are meant to be used in conjunction with your own good judgement and discretion. Top of Page

 

 

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A Brief Introduction to Astrology

"What does Aries (or any sign) have to do with me??"

People often think they have only one Sign. For example, you might say, "I'm a Gemini." This is called your Sun sign, which means that the Sun was going through the sign of Gemini when you were born. Since the Sun sign corresponds to a particular span of time within the year, it's pretty easy to figure out what your Sun Sign is by knowing what your birthday is.

However, all twelve signs were in the sky when you were born! Astrology reflects the multi-faceted complexity of the human psyche, and we have all 12 signs in our human make-up. No matter what your Sun sign, there are many different ways you will experience the energy of all the Zodiac signs, explained below. (By the way, if you don't understand what a word or term means, it's probably in the Glossary.)

There are (at least) five different ways that you will experience every sign in the zodiac:

  1. Planets and Points in your natal chart
  2. All 12 signs in your basic human nature
  3. Planets transiting through each sign in "real time"
  4. Each sign being transited through by each planet in "real time"
  5. The New Moon cycles and Full Moons that rotate through all twelve signs throughout the year Top of Page

Planets & Points:

Astrologers don't just look at your Sun sign they also look at the Moon and all the planets (and sometimes asteroids, comets and other sundry "space junk"). For example, the Sun might have been in Gemini when you were born, but the Moon might have been in Leo. The other planets would also be in different signs, each giving a different dimension to who you are.

There are Earth-related "points" in the natal chart (also called the birth chart) that are calculated using your time of birth, which astrologers also take into account. Some examples of these are the Ascendant (also called the Rising Sign) and the Midheaven (also called the MC).

The signs where these planets and points are found contribute more layers of characteristics, qualities and traits to your personality and your life. Top of Page

All the Signs:

By now you can see that you are so much more than just your Sun sign! And yet, even if you have no planets or points in a particular sign, that sign was still in the sky when you were born, and therefore is part of your multi-faceted personal psychology. It pays to learn about all the different parts of who you are!

When you have the Sun, Moon or planet in a particular sign, the qualities of that sign are emphasised in your personality and life experience, according to the areas of life symbolised by the planet and sign in question. So, although you might have the Sun in Gemini, your Moon might be in Leo, Mars might have been in Taurus, and so on.

The zodiac is like a prototype or archetypal map of the human spirit and experience. Even though different parts of that map are more active than others, your life experience includes the whole territory.

(To find out where the Moon and other planets are in your natal chart, you will need to have your chart calculated. A professional astrology can do this the most accurately, but the Astrodienst website provides an online chart calculation service.) Top of Page

Planets through the Signs:

There is another way you will experience the energies of all 12 signs through the planets as they travel through each sign (called transits). Actually this happens in two ways:

First, each planet carries with it the energy of the sign(s) it rules, and it is therefore like a mobile ambassador of its sign's themes. So, for example, no matter where Mars happens to be in the Zodiac, it will always carry Aries energy with it (since it is the planetary ruler of Aries). There is a part of every person's psychology that is about anger, assertiveness, drive, libido, physical and emotional energy, and this part of our human nature is symbolized and affected by the planet Mars and the sign of Aries.

Second, as each planet travels through each of the 12 signs, it brings each sign's energy into focus through its own particular lens. It expresses its own energy and activities through the qualities and traits of whatever sign it is in. So, for example, when Mercury is moving through Aries, we experience that assertive, forceful Aries energy through our communication, thoughts, ideas and exchange of information (Mercury).

So even if you're not "an Aries," you will still experience the Aries side of your human nature when planets transit through Aries, as well as through whatever Mars is doing. This is also true of all the signs and their ruling planets. Top of Page

Sun-Moon Cycles:

Yet another way that we experience a particular sign is during the New Moon cycle that begins in that sign. Every year a New Moon takes place in every sign (with rare exceptions). A New Moon occurs every 29.5 days, occurring in each sign of the zodiac throughout the year.

A New Moon is actually an alignment (conjunction aspect) of the Sun and Moon at the same degree of the same sign in the zodiac. The New Moon begins a new cycle of energy in that sign, which initiates an unfolding process that continues until the next New Moon (29.5 days later). These cycles bring us into contact with the themes, dynamics and qualities of the sign where they begin, and that sign's energies become woven into our lives in various ways. Top of Page

To see how the current Sun-Moon cycle is affecting you, see The Low-Down on the Far-Out, as well as the Horoscopes that show how the current New Moon and Full Moon affect your Sun sign.

Read Them All!

So even if you're not an Aries, read the article on Aries anyway! Same for Taurus, and all the zodiac signs. You might find a part of yourself that you always knew you had but didn't have words for, or you might discover a side of yourself you never even knew you had! Top of Page

 

If you have any questions about the information here or about the articles, feel free to contact me!

 

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