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Astrology

Ok, first I have to tell you that I'm not an astrologer, or Astrologist, as those who get paid large sums of money, call themselves.  Fortunately for me, and you, I do know a few astrologers who have been willing to write some articles for this section of CyberWitchcraft.

One of the things you learn very quickly about Witchcraft, is that you will hone your research skills.  There are resources all over the Internet, our job at CyberWitchcraft, is to bring them to a single place for your convenience.

Astrology has always had a reputation for being confusing. Propbably more so than any other form of divination.  The following articles are meant to explain some of the aspects of astrology, and hopefully demystify it just a little.

History of Astrology

It's always a good idea to know something of the history of anything you wish to study.  The History of Astrology is long and involved, so it has been broken up into two parts.

History of Astrology Part 1 delves deep into the mists of time, starting with the Ubaidians, an ancient civilization of the Middle East, and how those civilizations used the stars to foretell events to come.

History of Astrology Part 2 relates how the science of astrology was used by the Renaissance.  How it lost favor, the failure of "The Great Conjunction", and brings that history up to modern day.

How Astrology Is Used

One of the basic concepts in astrology is the Horoscope.  Just what is a horoscope, and how is it used?  As you've learned in the History of Astrology, the Horoscope is a relatively new development of the art.

There is a debate about how effective astrology really is, because most astrologers use the same calculations that the ancients did.  
Unfortunately, due to the wobble in the Earth's orbit, the stars are no longer where they once were.  The argument between Tropical vs. Sidereal Astrology continues today...

So what does this have to do with Witchcraft?  Lunar Magick and using the phases of the moon is one of the most basic components of magick.  Magickal timing is all based on astrology...

Reading Charts Reading an astrological chart is a little like inventing a new recipe: You have to know how all the ingredients you are going to use taste, as well as how they all taste together, in order to come up with something that works well. If Signs provide a general idea of what is happening in a particular part of a chart, Planets provide the specifics. Everything in a chart except the Planets are abstractions painted by the minds of astrologers on the canvas of space... In the previous two articles, I have referred several times to “where,” “what area,” or “what part” of a chart a particular Sign or Planet is in. Houses are what define “area” in a chart... An Aspect is the indication that one part of the chart is affecting another part of the chart; therefore Aspects are relationships between other things in the chart...

Now we look at Transits.  What are transits? They are a specific, time-limited celestial event with a noticeable effect here on Earth.  Understanding when and what the effect will be, can help you avoid unpleasant events.

Signs are the twelve constellations visible in the sky that appear to form a ring (the Zodiac) around the earth, and appear to revolve with the seasons. These are the most basic part of any astrology chart.

If Signs provide a general idea of what is happening in a particular part of a chart, Planets provide the specifics. Everything in a chart except the Planets (Signs, Houses and their Cusps, and Aspects) are abstractions painted by the minds of astrologers on the canvas of space. 

In the previous two articles, I have referred several times to “where,” “what area,” or “what part” of a chart a particular Sign or Planet is in. Houses are what define “area” in a chart. 

An “Aspect” is the indication that one part of the chart is affecting another part of the chart; therefore Aspects are relationships between other things in the chart, rather than anything that has independent existence.
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