How Does Astrology Work?

Jacqueline Dautaj
Astrological clock

Astrology is based on the alchemical principle of “as above, so below”. In other words, what goes on up in the sky affects and reflects the changes of earth. Astrology works by studying the conversations that the planets are having and then applying that dialogue to your birth chart.

The Way Astrology Truly Works

Astrology continues to fascinate so many people because they want to know what the future will bring. Times often seem tenuous, so it’s no wonder that folks ask how does astrology works, and more importantly, how they can make it work for them.

Can you perceive trends and even specific upcoming future events? Yes, you can. Is astrology destiny? Not by a long shot. The “X” factor and beauty of astrology is you. In other words, circumstances present themselves, but you determine the eventual outcome.

Mathematics and Astrology

Galileo famously said that "Mathematics is the language with which God has written the universe." Astrology bears out this principle in key ways:

Conversation of the Planets

The planets “talk” via mathematical angles. The most common of the astrological angles are:

  • Conjunctions: This is an angle of 0-10 degrees that represents a fusion.
  • Sextiles: A sextile is made when planets are at 60 degrees, and represents a talent that is readily appreciated.
  • Square: The square, an aspect of awareness or tension, occurs at 90 degrees.
  • Trines: Made at 120 degrees, trines are easy aspects, but they are ones that need to be activated in some way.
  • Opposition: Found when planets are 180 degrees apart. This aspect creates tension and a need for balance.

Degree Points

Each birth chart comes with degree points. These points are there to help you locate the planet and/or constellation in the sky. However, significant events tend to take place when a planet makes an aspect to your birth chart.

The Moon

The moon is pivotal to astrology because it enters a different sign every month. Therefore, there are new moons and there are full moons. New moons represent opportunity, while full moons bring things to fruition.

Make Astrology Work for You

In order to perform predictive astrology, you need to have a copy of your birth chart. Memorize that chart. Although dependent on current astrological conditions, this chart shows every conceivable possibility of your future. Note the:

  • Planets
  • The degrees
  • The signs on each house cusp
  • The aspects the planets make

The birth chart is your personal piece of real estate in the sky, and it shows all of your talents, as well as the areas you may need to work on. From there, it’s time pay attention to the moon.

The Moon Is the Trigger

Now comes the fun part. Each month, since the time of your birth, the moon has been lighting up different sections of your horoscope wheel. This horoscope, or zodiac wheel, is like the face of a clock, but here each section governs a separate part of your life. When the moon lights in a particular area, that’s where your attention shifts for the duration of the moon’s stay. Each month, the moon moves to a different section. Thus, every three weeks or so, the energy moves, as does your focus.

From there, keep in mind that each new moon makes very specific aspects to the other planets. Your challenge is to understand these aspects, and then apply them to your birth chart. You want to do this because the house where the moon falls in will show you where the "party’s" being held, while the aspects the moon makes will tell you who’s going to show up to the party. Your birth chart houses will tell you the gifts the attendees, or the planets, are bringing.

The Next Level

Now that you have all of this information, what can you do with it? Taking these steps will help you make sense of the sky:

  • Note the section of the zodiac wheel the moon falls in for your sign. This tells you the area to focus on and gives specific information on the theme of the “party”.
  • What is the sign on the horoscope cusp (the technical name for each horoscope section). This tells you the energy of the moon, and where you need to go next.
  • Zeroing in on the house cusps, do you have any planets in the house?
  • If not, where does the ruler of that house cusp fall? For example, if the moon falls in your sixth house, and you have Cancer there, where/what house does your moon fall in? If Aries is there, look for where your Mars falls, as Mars is the ruler of Aries, etc. This tells you the elements that will be involved with the new moon.

Now, take a look at the aspects the moon makes, for example, Moon sextile Neptune. Find the house where the planet, in this case Neptune, falls. Note the “conversation” between the moon and the planet. Is it a fusion (conjunction), an easy aspect (a sextile), an aspect of awareness (a square) or a blocking, attention getting aspect (the opposition)?

This tells you whether the planets are getting along or not. In other words, if conditions are favorable or unfavorable, and what might possibly happen. The key factor to keep in mind is that you need to notice what the moon is triggering and try to anticipate what will eventually follow.

Take the Time to Understand

Astrology works, but it's a very complicated subject that is based on layer upon layer. This is why many who don't understand all the complexities that go into a chart are skeptical when it comes to the help this metaphysical art can provide.

If you are interested in astrology, don't get overwhelmed by the process. Instead, approach the study of astrology as seriously as you would take any other "hard" science. In other words, read, study, take copious notes and learn how to see the big picture. In time, you'll begin to intuitively understand what astrology is trying to tell you, as well as the possible ramifications it may have for your life.

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