As I said in my basic Tarot post, I like taking complicated subjects and breaking them down into easy to understand parts.
And there is no more complicated and widely known esoteric practice than astrology, in my oh so humble opinion.
This is just a basic description with more complex and informative content to come later. Many people who have practiced astrology for awhile seem to glaze over or assume someone with zero knowledge of the subject knows a little bit. So, I’m going to start at the beginning.
“What’s your Sign?”
Even this slang expression found in 70’s disco bars everywhere comes with complications and knowledge beyond the average layperson. So let’s go even more basic than that.
The Sun. You know what that is right? 😉 The basic 12 month calendar that everyone knows is called a Solar Year. It takes approximately 365 days for the Earth to go around the Sun. Us humans, in our “wisdom” created the modern calendar as a way to track time. As in EVERYONE being on the same time. Farmers use lunar cycles and many other different methods to keep track of their crops, but everyone in day to day life is familiar with January through December. Your Sun sign is the astrological sign the sun was in the moment you popped out into this world.
This is the most important and most commonly known sign that you can identify with when some guy in bellbottoms buys you a martini with a dead goldfish in the stem.
The correct answer to, “What’s your sign?” is one of 12 signs. The 12 signs do NOT follow the Solar Year. Hence, Aries starts in March around the Spring Equinox. The twelve signs are in order: Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius, Capricorn, Aquarius, and Pisces.
So, if you were born on March 27, you are an Aries. If you were born on April 26, you are a Taurus, and if you were born on November 5th [like moi] you are a Scorpio.
What about Cusps?
Oh dear goodness. You poor suckers born in the middle of the month. A cusp is an SAT word meaning edge. An astrological cusp is when your birthday is on the edge of a sun sign. Hence, if you were born on March 17th, you are mainly a Pisces but some Aries can sneak right in there. This makes astrology complicated for you because you have two sun signs. A cusp is traditionally three days around the transition date. Astrology signs differ each solar year by a day or two. Yikes! That means the following:
If you were born on April 20th, and the beginning or transition date for Taurus in the year that you were born was the 21st, you are on the cusp between Aries and Taurus. Your SUN sign is Aries, but you might exhibit more of a Taurus attitude.
The total cusp would be people born the 19th through the 22nd.
Steps for Finding Out Your “True” Sun Sign if You Are on a Cusp
1. Get an astrologer to do it.
2. Go to this site for a basic chart with lots of other information as well for free.
3. Research it yourself. 🙂 Find the astrological dates for the year that you were born using a search engine, use the 3 day rule, and you got it!
There is so much more to talk about so stay tuned for more blogs about this!
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