Astrology Basics 101

Written by Sasha Jones

Beyond our horoscopes are many more planetary alignments that affect who we are and how we interact with the universe. No matter what month you were born in, there are some astrology basics that everyone should know. read this guide as we help you to understand the magic behind your birth day, the planets and connecting to the universe around you:


Sun Sign:

If you know your zodiac sign, you know your sun sign. The sun sign defines aspects of individuality, such as your ego, creativity and logic. This is an overall representation of personality and how you approach life, which is why horoscopes may be relatable, but vague.


Moon Sign:

Moon signs can be found by calculating the location of the moon at the time and place of your birth. The moon controls fundamental organs in the body, such as the heart and brain, and the flow of hormones, therefore it defines emotions, instinctive behavior and influential memories.


Rising Sign:

This is the sign that was rising over the Eastern horizon when you were born. While the moon sign defines what is often referred to as the “inner you,” rising signs are the “outer you,” affecting appearance, attitude and how others may perceive you.


1st House:

The first house of the horoscope reveals the rising sign, so these two are very similar. The first house controls first impressions and personal desires; including self-image, leadership abilities, temperament and fresh starts.


2nd House:

The second house rules over your surroundings and values. This may include finances, material possessions, physical and emotional security.


3rd House:

The third house controls all forms of communication. This affects speech, analytical thinking, learning style and self-expression.


4th House:

The fourth house is considered to rule over foundations, including the home, privacy, connection with the past, parents and family. There is some controversy as to which parent the fourth house has more control over; many astrologers believe that the house covers the one who nurtures, which is oftentimes the maternal figure, thus placing the paternal figure in the tenth house.


5th House:

Pleasure, romance and entertainment are controlled by the 5th house. Examples of this include creativity, pettiness, attitude towards monogamy and how leisure time is spent.


6th House:

The sixth house rules over health and services. This includes hygiene and nutrition, as well as schedules, organization, work (but not careers) relationships with employers, co-workers and pets.


7th House:

Unlike other houses, which may overlook less serious relationships, the seventh house controls committed partnerships. This includes marriage and what you look for in another person, but also includes business deals, counselors, competitors and other one-to-one contracts.


8th House:

The eighth house rules over intense transformations and crises, such as birth, death, addiction, sex and bonding at deeper levels. Here, sex is vulnerable and intimate rather than a one night stand, which is why it is placed in the eighth house.


9th House:

As it is located higher on the birth chart, the ninth house controls the higher mind. This involves religion, luck, culture and foreign languages, higher education, sense of adventure and morality and ethics.


10th House:

The tenth house rules over career and status. This is considered to be the most public part of the chart as it includes public image, aspirations, social standings and roles within a community. Astrologers who believe that maternal figures are controlled by fourth house believe that paternal figures are controlled by the tenth house.  


11th House:

Known as the house of hopes and wishes, the eleventh house rules over friends, social justice, charity, personal goals and your sense of true purpose.


12th House:

The last house on the chart covers endings, including old age, secrets, separation from society (including hospitals and prison), hidden fears, strengths and weaknesses and the subconscious mind.


If you are interested in creating your own birth chart cafeastrology provides free reports and calculations.

Note: You should know your birth day, year, place and time.


Edited by Neah Gray and Danielle Germain

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