Astrology: A Guide to Understanding Your Birth Chart

Astrology: A Guide to Understanding Your Birth Chart

by Yasmin Boland

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ISBN-13: 9781781806470
Publisher: Hay House Inc.
Publication date: 12/06/2016
Series: Hay House Basics Series
Pages: 296
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Astrologer Yasmin Boland is read by millions of people each week through her newspaper, magazine, and internet columns. She writes for Red, Closer and Good Health, among others, and is the author of several books, including Angel Astrology 101 (co-authored with Doreen Virtue), which reached number 1 on the amazon.com astrology best-sellers charts. www.moonology.com

Table of Contents

Preface xv

About the book xix

Part I The Basics of Astrology

Chapter 1 What is astrology? 3

The origins of astrology 4

The zodiac 5

How does astrology work? 7

Branches of astrology 7

The birth chart, or horoscope 9

Chapter 2 Your birth chart - the map to your life 11

Casting your birth chart 11

Getting to know your birth chart 15

Identifying the zodiac signs in your chart 17

Identifying the planets in your chart 19

Identifying planets in signs in your chart 22

Identifying the houses in your chart 24

Identifying your houses' signs 25

Your ascendant, or Rising Sign 26

Chapter 3 Understanding the zodiac signs 29

The elements (Fire, Earth, Air and Water) 29

Fire, Earth, Air and Water signs 30

The elements in your chart 34

The qualities (Cardinal, Fixed and Mutable) 37

Cardinal, Fixed and Mutable signs 37

The qualities in your chart 38

The polar/ties (yang/yin) 41

The polarities in your chart 41

Chapter 4 Getting to know the planets 45

The inner and outer planets 45

Generational planets 47

The meaning of the planets 48

The Sun 49

The Moon 51

Mercury 53

Venus 55

Mars 57

Jupiter 59

Saturn 61

Uranus 63

Neptune 65

Pluto 67

The positive and negative sides of the planets 69

Chapter 5 Exploring the zodiac signs 73

The signs' ruling planets 74

The meaning of the signs 75

Aries 76

Taurus 77

Gemini 79

Cancer 81

Leo 82

Virgo 83

Libra 85

Scorpio 86

Sagittarius 87

Capricorn 89

Aquarius 90

Pisces 92

Chapter 6 The angles 95

The ascendant (Rising Sign) 96

Signs on the ascendant 97

The descendant (the Love Line) 100

Signs on the descendant 102

The Medium Coeli (the MC, or Career Line) 103

Signs on the MC 103

The Imum Coeli (the IC, or Home Line) 105

Signs on the IC 105

Chapter 7 The houses 109

Different ways of looking at your birth chart 110

Angular, succedent and cadent houses 113

House cusps 114

The meaning of the houses 116

1st house 118

2nd house 118

3rd house 119

4th house 119

5th house 120

6th house 121

7th house 121

8th house 122

9th house 123

10th house 123

11th house 124

12th house 125

A guide to your house rulers 125

Aries or Aries Rising 126

Taurus or Taurus Rising 127

Gemini or Gemini Rising 127

Cancer or Cancer Rising 128

Leo or Leo Rising 129

Virgo or Virgo Rising 130

Libra or Libra Rising 131

Scorpio or Scorpio Rising 132

Sagittarius or Sagittarius Rising 133

Capricorn or Capricorn Rising 134

Aquarius or Aquarius Rising 134

Pisces or Pisces Rising 135

Part II Going Deeper

Chapter 8 Degrees, aspects and orbs 141

Identifying the degrees in your chart 141

Planetary aspects (aka planetary angles) 144

Conjunctions, sextiles, squares, trines and oppositions 145

The condition of a planet 148

Interpreting the aspects 150

Chapter 9 Aspect and chart patterns 155

Major aspect patterns 155

The T-square 155

The Grand Trine 156

The Yod 158

The Mystic Rectangle 159

The Kite 160

Major chart patterns 161

See-saw 161

Tripod/splay 162

Locomotive 162

Bucket 163

Bundle/wedge 164

Splash 164

Chapter 10 Retrograde planets 167

What causes a retrograde? 167

How do planet retrogrades affect us? 168

The meaning of retrogrades 169

Mercury retrograde 169

Venus retrograde 170

Mars retrograde 171

Jupiter retrograde 172

Saturn retrograde 172

Uranus retrograde 173

Neptune retrograde 174

Pluto retrograde 174

The three passes of a retrograde 175

Chapter 11 The Moon's nodes 181

Working with the Moon's nodes 182

The meaning of the Moon's nodes 183

Part III Putting It All Together

Chapter 12 An introduction to chart reading 189

Taking the birth chart as a whole 189

Synthesizing a birth chart 191

Chapter 13 Your astrological cookbook 195

Reading the planets by sign and house position 195

The Sun 196

The Moon 197

The ascendant (Rising Sign) 204

Mercury 205

Venus 209

Mars 212

Jupiter 214

Saturn 217

Uranus 220

Neptune 223

Pluto 226

Chapter 14 Love, money and other secrets in your chart 231

Money 231

Love 233

Career, success and fame 235

Lessons and luck 236

Travel and adventure 237

The way you come across to others 238

Family life 238

Children 239

Health 240

Sex 240

Creativity 241

Fears 241

Making friends 242

Life purpose 243

Chapter 15 Predictive astrology 245

What are predictions? 245

A note about the Astrological Cookbook 246

Making predictions with an ephemeris 247

Predicting with planetary cycles 254

Conclusion 257

Glossary 261

FAQs 268

Recommended reading 271

Acknowledgements 273

About the author 275

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a must have for anyone interested in astrology. I’ve always known the zodiac signs but this gives a clear guide to the signs,the planets, the houses and how they all relate to each other. I use this book almost daily. It is not a read once kind of book but more of a reference guide. You will learn a lot about yourself and those close to you as well. I keep it on my side table so it’s always handy.~As above so is below