Many people in the Western world are familiar with Western astrology, which calculates birth charts based on earth's orbit around the sun, the seasons, and the four classical elements. The 12 Western zodiac signs are based on the specific birth date, time, and place of the individual seeking an astrology reading. In the Eastern world, many people are familiar with Chinese astrology, which is based on the year one is born and the Chinese theory of five elements. There are 12 signs of the Chinese zodiac, as well, each represented by an animal. And while these two types of astrology are extremely well known, there are others as well that are equally interesting and accurate.
Tropical Astrology and Sidereal Astrology
Tropical and sidereal astrology differ in the how the calendar year is calculated. Both have 12 zodiac signs, but the difference is where the signs (constellations) are in the sky. Tropical astrology uses the interpretation of heavenly bodies found in the Western zodiac. Sidereal astrology has a different interpretation that is used in other branches of astrology, such as Vedic (Hindu) astrology.
Other Types of Astrology
Along with Western astrology, there are other types of astrology you can delve into as well. You'll find other systems of astrology such as:
- Egyptian astrology, with its signs relating to gods and goddesses
- Mayan astrology based on the Mayan calendar
- Celtic astrology with tree-based astrological signs
Different Astrology Methods for All Aspects of Your Life
You can engage with astrology to learn more about various aspects of your life. For example:
- Evolutionary astrology looks at the evolution of your soul through this life and many others you have lived.
- Spiritual astrology takes a deep dive into your life's (and soul's) purpose.
- Financial astrology is a method used for predicting securities markets and helping you develop investment strategies.
- Horary astrology is a form of predictive astrology to answer one specific question asked in a specific time/place.
- Compatibility astrology looks at compatible relationships.
Explore the Skies
With so many types of astrology and uses for it, there's plenty to learn about how the skies affect your life. In fact, there's so much it can be hard to know where to start, which is why many people begin with a simple natal chart. This provides a blueprint of you that you can use to explore more deeply the many uses for astrology in your life.