The Sun is the star of our solar system. The Earth and other matter (including other planets, asteroids, meteoroids, comets and dust) orbit the Sun, which by itself accounts for more than 99% of the solar system's mass. Energy from the Sun—in the form of insolation from sunlight—supports almost all life on Earth via photosynthesis, and drives the Earth's climate and weather.
The Sun is sometimes referred to by its Latin name Sol or by its Greek name Helios. Its astrological and astronomical symbol is a circle with a point at its center: . Some ancient peoples of the world grouped the Sun together with the other objects which moved across the sky (in relation to the starfield), calling them all planets. This was before the acceptance of heliocentrism.
Portal:Astrology/Featured/2 Chinese astrology
is based on the astronomy
and traditional calendars
. According to Chinese astronomy
, a person's destiny can be determined by the position of the major planets at the person's birth along with the positions of the Sun, Moon and comets. The system of the twelve-year cycle of animal signs was built from observations of the orbit of Jupiter
. In Chinese astrology the zodiac of twelve animal signs
represents twelve different types of personality. The zodiac traditionally begins with the sign of the Rat
, and there are many stories about the Origins of the Chinese Zodiac
which explain why this is so.
Chinese astrology has a close relation with Chinese philosophy (theory of the harmony of sky, humans and earth) and different "principle" to Western: the wu xing teachings, yin and yang, astronomy: five planet, the 10 Celestial stems, the 12 Earthly Branches, the lunisolare calendar (moon calendar and sun calendar), the time calculation after year, month, day and shichen (時辰).
Portal:Astrology/Featured/3 Galileo Galilei
was a Tuscan physicist
, and philosopher
who played a major role in the Scientific Revolution
. His achievements include improvements to the telescope
and consequent astronomical observations, and support for Copernicanism
. Galileo has been called the "father of modern observational astronomy
", the "father of modern physics
", the "father of science
", and "the Father of Modern Science." The motion of uniformly accelerated objects, taught in nearly all high school and introductory college physics courses, was studied by Galileo as the subject of kinematics
. His contributions to observational astronomy include the telescopic confirmation of the phases of Venus
, the discovery of the four largest satellites of Jupiter, named the Galilean moons
in his honour, and the observation and analysis of sunspots
. Galileo also worked in applied science and technology, improving compass
The Star of Bethlehem
, also called the Christmas Star
or the Jesus Star
, was an object in the sky which revealed the birth of Jesus to the magi
and later led them to a house where they found the child Jesus and his mother, according to the nativity
narratives in the New Testament
. The magi
were men "from the east" who were inspired by the appearance of the star to travel to Jerusalem
in search of a "king of the Jews
". There they met King Herod
, who advised them that the child they sought was in Bethlehem, a nearby village. The magi then went to Bethlehem, found Jesus, paid him homage, gave gifts, and returned to their "own country."
(December 14, 1503 – July 2, 1566), Latinised name of Michel de Nostredame, was one of the world's most famous publishers of prophecies. He is best known for his book Les Propheties, the first edition of which appeared in 1555.
Since the publication of this book, which has rarely been out of print since his death, Nostradamus has attracted an almost cult following. His many enthusiasts, as well as the popular press, credit him with predicting numerous major world events.
Horary astrology is an ancient branch of horoscopic astrology by which an astrologer attempts to answer a question by constructing a horoscope for the exact time at which the question was received and understood by the astrologer. There is disagreement amongst horary astrologers as to whether to use the location of the person who asks the question - the querent - or the location of the astrologer. Normally they are in the same place, but in modern times many astrologers work online and by telephone. These days the querent could be in Australia and send an email with the question to an astrologer in Europe. The horoscope would in this case be radically different. Many European practitioners take the location of the querent, but there are strong voices in traditional English schools who advocate using the location of the astrologer.
Portal:Astrology/Featured/7 John Dee
(July 13, 1527–1609
) was a noted Welsh mathematician
, and consultant to Queen Elizabeth I
. He also devoted much of his life to alchemy
, and Hermetic philosophy
Dee straddled the worlds of science and magic just as they were becoming distinguishable. One of the most learned men of his time, he had lectured to crowded halls at the University of Paris when still in his early twenties.He was a student of Nicholas Flamel. John was an ardent promoter of mathematics, a respected astronomer and a leading expert in navigation, having trained many of those who would conduct England's voyages of discovery (he coined the term "British Empire").
At the same time, he immersed himself deeply in magic and Hermetic philosophy, devoting the last third of his life almost exclusively to these pursuits. For Dee, as with many of his contemporaries, these activities were not contradictory, but particular aspects of a consistent world-view.
Astronomy is the oldest of the natural sciences, dating back to antiquity, with its origins in the religious, mythological, and astrological practices of pre-history: vestiges of these are still found in astrology, a discipline long interwoven with public and governmental astronomy, and not completely disentangled from it until a few centuries ago in the Western World (see astrology and astronomy). Early astronomy involved observing the regular patterns of the motions of visible celestial objects, especially the Sun, Moon, stars and naked eye planets. An example of this early astronomy might involve a study of the changing position of the Sun along the horizon or the changing appearances of stars in the course of the year, which could be used to establish an agricultural or ritual calendar. In some cultures astronomical data was used for astrological prognostication.
Portal:Astrology/Featured/9 Elias Ashmole
(23 May 1617–18 May 1692), the celebrated English antiquary
, was a politician
, officer of arms
, student of astrology
, and an early speculative Freemason
. He supported the royalist
side during the English Civil War
, and at the restoration
of Charles II
he was rewarded with several lucrative offices. Throughout his life he was an avid collector of curiosities and other artifacts. Many of these he acquired from the traveller, botanist, and collector John Tradescant the younger
, and most he donated to Oxford University
to create the Ashmolean Museum
. He also donated his library and priceless manuscript
collection to Oxford.
Astrological transits are one of the main means used in horoscopic astrology to forecast future trends and developments (the other means used is astrological progression , which progresses the horoscope forward in time according to set methods). As its name implies, astrological transits involve a method of interpreting the ongoing movement of the planets as they transit the horoscope. This is most often done for the birth or Natal Chart of a particular individual. Particular attention is paid to changes of sign, or house, and to the aspects or angles the transiting planets make with the natal chart.
A particularly important transit is the planetary return. This occurs when a transiting planet returns to the same point in the sky that it occupied at the moment of a person's birth. What this means is that the planet has completed a whole circuit of the sky, and signifies that a new cycle in the person's life is beginning. The most significant returns are those of the outer planets Jupiter and Saturn. The Jupiter return occurs approximately every 12 years and heralds a new phase of growth and development. The Saturn return occurs approximately every 30 years, and heralds a new phase in the aging process when new realities and responsibilities could be faced.
Portal:Astrology/Featured/11 Claudius Ptolemaeus
(Greek: Κλαύδιος Πτολεμαῖος; ca. 90 – ca. 168 AD), known in English as Ptolemy, was a Greek or Egyptian mathematician, geographer, astronomer, and astrologer who flourished in Alexandria, Roman Egypt.
Ptolemy was the author of several scientific treatises, three of which would be of continuing importance to later Islamic and European science. The first is the astronomical treatise that is now known as the Almagest (in Greek Η Μεγάλη Σύνταξις, "The Great Treatise", originally Μαθηματικἠ Σύνταξις, "Mathematical Treatise"). The second is the Geography, which is a thorough discussion of the geographic knowledge of the Greco-Roman world. The third is the astrological treatise known as the Tetrabiblos ("Four books") in which he attempted to adapt horoscopic astrology to the Aristotelian natural philosophy of his day.
, an aspect
is an angle
make to each other in the horoscope
, and also to the ascendant
. The aspects are measured by the angular distance along the ecliptic
in degrees and minutes of celestial longitude
between two points, as viewed from the earth. They indicate focal points in the horoscope where the energies involved are given extra emphasis. The astrological aspects are said to influence affairs on Earth according to millennia of astrological tradition
As an example, if an astrologer creates a horoscope showing the apparent positions of the heavenly bodies at the times of a person's birth (a natal chart), and the apparent distance between Mars and Venus is 92°, the chart is said to have the aspect "Venus square Mars" with an orb of 2°. The more exact that an aspect is, the more important it is said to be according to astrological precedent and tradition. The difference between the exact aspect and the actual aspect is called the orb.
Portal:Astrology/Featured/13 Planets in astrology
have a meaning different from the modern astronomical
understanding of what a planet is
utilises the ancient geocentric
model of the universe in its calculations and thus employs the term in its original geocentric sense. Before the age of telescopes, the night sky was observed to consist of two very similar components: fixed stars, which remained motionless in relation to each other, and wandering stars, which appeared to shift their positions relative to the fixed stars over the course of the year. To the Greeks and the other earliest astronomers, this group comprised the five planets visible to the naked eye and excluded the earth. Although strictly the term "planet" applied only to those five objects, the term was latterly broadened, particularly in the Middle Ages
, to include the Sun
and the Moon
, making a total of seven planets. Astrologers retain this definition today.
To ancient astrologers the planets represented the will of the gods and their direct influence upon human affairs. To modern astrologers the planets represent basic drives or impulses in the human psyche. These drives express themselves with different qualities through the twelve signs of the zodiac, and in different spheres of life through the twelve houses. How the planets manifest themselves also depends on the aspects that they form with each other in the sky as seen from Earth.
Portal:Astrology/Featured/14 Psychological astrology
, or Astropsychology
, is the result of the cross-fertilisation of the fields of astrology
with depth psychology
, humanistic psychology
and transpersonal psychology
. The horoscope
is analysed through the archetypes
within astrology to gain psychological insight into an individual's psyche
. Astrologer and psychotherapist, Glenn Perry characterises Psychological Astrology as "both a personality theory and a diagnostic tool
The origins of Psychological Astrology can be traced to the writings of ancient Greek philosophers such as Thales, Plato, and Aristotle (especially in his De Anima treatise). Their theories on the nature of the Soul were adapted to astrology by Ptolemy and Al-Kindi. In the twentieth century, this esoteric tradition inspired Carl Jung, Swiss psychiatrist and founder of Analytical Psychology, to formulate his archetypal hypothesis from Plato's theory of ideas or forms. In his research into the symbolic meaning of his patient's dreams, conversations and paintings, Jung observed recurring mythical themes or archetypes. These universal and timeless archetypes channel experiences and emotions, resulting in recognizable and typical patterns of behavior with certain probable outcomes.