What is Astrology?

For centuries humans have looked to the heavens for guidance. Astrology is put simply the study of the correlation. between the astronomical positions of the planets and events on earth. Astrologers believe that the positions of the Sun Moon and planets. at the time of a person’s birth have. A direct influence on that person’s character.

These positions are thought to affect a persons destiny. although many Astrologers feel that free will plays a large role in any individual’s life.

We at Cafe Astrology feel that Astrology can be used as a powerful and fun tool for understanding. ourselves others and the world around us. We use many different tools or languages to define. And understand our world For example. We can use psychological tools and terminology to explore human behavior. Similarly, Astrology gives us rich tools for understanding human character, and offers us a language for communicating our observations with others.

While we can use the natal chart.

also called a birth chart or horoscope) as a “window” into any individual or event. we should never use it to pass judgment or to label people. Neither should we use it as an excuse for our behavior. We can never purport to know absolutely everything. about someone just because we have their natal chart before us.

It is a good idea to approach Astrology as an imperfect language.

Even if it were perfect we are not so our interpretations can never be considered. Anywhere close to perfect. It follows to be wary of anyone claiming to be an Astrologer.

who also alleges to “know all”, or makes dire predictions.

This kind of practice is not only irresponsible and misleading. it can affect the lives of those who believe them in adverse ways.

Fortunately, obtaining

your natal chart is now as simple as gathering your birth information. and pointing your browser to a site with a good Astrological chart generating software program. If you have not already had your natal chart drawn, turn to our article,

 How to Obtain Your Natal Chart,

for the simple steps to take. Once you have your chart in hand (or onscreen!), you can learn to interpret it by first learning what the symbols mean.

What’s Your Sign?

When a person asks your “sign”, even if they don’t know it, they are referring to your Sun Sign, which is the zodiacal sign position of the Sun at the time of your birth.

Sun Sign Astrology gets a lot of press. However, with a little thought. it is rather intuitive to feel that dividing the entire human population into only 12 categories (the 12 Sun Signs) is far too simplistic. The truth is, every individual on this planet is complex.