We've all seen the clickbait "If You're a [insert sign], You Should Never Date [other sign] Ever Again" Pop astrology is about as useful as a teapot made of chocolate. It looks fancy and sweet, but it doesn't hold up much to the hot water that is the complexity of human life, personality and potential.
Most of what you see about astrology on social media is a watered down mess of sad, wasted candy; "what's your sign" from the 60s has turned into "what's your birth time", mercury is always in Gatorade and everyone hates libra's somehow. In reality, astrology is a study of mathematics, charts, relationships and the patterns that repeat through history. It can be used to forecast the fate of a nation, make personal decisions, or even find a lost dog. But, most importantly, it's a way to discover things about yourself, others and the world around you through the lens of the skies above.
A birth chart is a map of the skies at the location, time and date of a person's birth. The planets and other objects in our solar system make up the main portion of what astrologers look at. That is to say, 10 planets. We also have the 12 signs of the tropical zodiac, and the 12 houses a chart is divided into... But wait, there's more! Aspects, or the angular degrees at which planets interact with each other, can be numerous. That's quite a lot of possible combinations.
In story format, a mentor explained it to me like this: The planets are *what* we are looking at. The signs are *how* that planet is expressing itself. The houses are *where* that planet is most relevant, or the areas of life it impacts or works from. And to that I add, aspects, which are the dynamics present when planets meet each other at certain angles.
There's SO much more to astrology than meets the eye, and I'm excited to get to share it with you.