Astrology Basics



For centuries, humans have looked to the heavens for guidance. Astrology is, put simply, the study of the correlation between the astronomical positions of the planets and events on earth. Astrologers believe that the positions of the Sun, Moon, and planets at the time of a person's birth have a direct influence on that person's character. 

Astrology can be used as a powerful and fun tool for understanding ourselves, others, and the world around us. We use many different tools, or languages, to define and understand our world. For example, we can use psychological tools and terminology to explore human behavior. Similarly, Astrology gives us tools for understanding our human behavior and presents us with an opportunity for communicating our observations with others and using timing to get what we desire and navigate challenging times and difficult relationships. 

The 12 signs are recognized according to element and quality or modality. The first category reads as follows: Earth, Fire, Water & Air. 


Qualities (There are three qualities in Astrology)

Fixed: Taurus, Leo, Scorpio and Aquarius (Determined/Passionate/Committed personalities)

Cardinal: Aries, Libra, Cancer and Capricorn  (Active/Outgoing/Enthusiastic personalities)

Mutable: Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius and Pisces  (Changeable/Malleable/Flexible personalities)

How are they different and what does this mean?

Fixed signs are imaginative, passionate, and emotional, subtle, persistent, intense, obstinate and unyielding. They are the organizers of the zodiac. They tend to move more slowly than cardinal signs and can be seen as stubborn. They resist change and they are always on the lookout to establish roots and stability.

Mutable signs are reserved, modest, practical, discriminating, industrious, analytical, painstaking as they seek to know and understand. They are the communicators of the zodiac. They are flexible, changeable and communicative. They don't get locked into rigid thoughts or belief systems.

Cardinal signs are reserved, prudent, patient, are naturally acquisitive, disciplined, determined and quick to seize opportunity. They are the leaders of the zodiac. They are active, impatient and great at starting things. But unless a project or relationship holds their attention, they lose interest and may not always finish what they start.

Elements (There are four elements in Astrology) Earth, Air, Fire & Water

Water:  Cancer, Scorpio and Pisces: (Keywords of Water signs are Secretive, Reflective and Strategists) Water signs live through their emotions, imaginations and intuitions.

Fire: Aries, Leo and Sagittarius: (Keywords for Fire signs are Aggressive, Dynamic and Idealistic) Fire signs are warm, optimisitic and passionate about whatever they do.

Earth: Taurus, Virgo and Capricorn: (Keywords of Earth signs are Practical, Studious and Disciplined) Earth signs are the builders of the zodiac. They are practical and grounded in everything they do.

Air: Gemini, Libra and Aquarius: - (Keywords for Air signs are Analytical, Detached and Social) Air signs live in world of ideas. They are excellent communicators.


The Overall Blending Elements and Qualities

Fire Signs – Aries, Leo and Sagittarius

Fire blends well with Fire and Air but will need tolerance and patience when blending well with Earth and Water signs.

Air Signs- Gemini, Libra and Aquarius

Air blends well with Fire and Air but will need to exercise tolerance when dealing with Earth and Water.

Water Signs – Cancer, Scorpio and Pisces

Water blends easily with Water and Earth but requires extra tolerance to blend with Fire and Air.

Earth Signs – Taurus, Virgo and Capricorn

Earth blends easily with Water and Earth but will need patience to blend with Fire and Air.
Mercury - Intellect, and logic, self-expression
Mars - Sexuality, aggression, physical energy, motivation and war 

The Planets in Astrology

Sun - The Ego, 1st impressions and YOUR image.

Moon - What you need and who you need.

Venus - Love, appreciation, admiration, money, music and all things harmonious, beauty and what attracts you and how you love others. 

Jupiter - Luck, success, beliefs, expansion and prosperity

Saturn - Lessons and tests of maturity

Pluto - Transformation (slow but powerful change) 

Sex, birth and death and personal rebirth to an ultimate transformation.

Uranus - Shock, sudden surprises and events you didn't see coming/The unexpected 

Neptune - Illusions, deception, magic and things we can't see clearly

Home is where YOUR planets belong!

Here is a breakdown of the BEST/IDEAL placements for YOUR planets to be in/occupy.

Aries- Mars (Mars in Aries)

Taurus - Venus in it's sensual form (Venus in Taurus)

Gemini-Mercury in it's communicative form (Mercury in Gemini)

Cancer - The Moon (Moon in Cancer)

Leo- The Sun (Sun in Leo)

Virgo- Mercury in it's critical form (Mercury in Virgo)

Libra - Venus -in it's aesthetic and critical form (Venus in Libra)

Scorpio- Pluto, co ruled by Mars (Pluto in Scorpio) 

Sagittarius- Jupiter (Jupiter in Sagittarius)

Capricorn-Saturn (Saturn in Capricorn)

Aquarius - Uranus replacing Saturn (Its previous ruler) (Uranus in Aquarius)

Pisces- Neptune replacing Jupiter (Its previous ruler) (Neptune in Pisces)


The following placements in your CHART are referred to as having a planet(s) in exalted signs. Read for more below:

Sun exalted in Aries: physical energy, assertion, sexual energy, motivation, self-confidence and won't take no for an answer.

Moon in Taurus: Instincts and reactions are always on target and there is an ability to excel in Creativity

Mercury exalted in Aquarius: The ability to win a universal audience through factual logic, innovative concepts and intellectual staying power.

Venus exalted in Pisces: Sensitivity will encourage a love of everyone, unusual creativity and universal appeal.

Mars exalted in Capricorn: This placement instinctively knows how to put the right energy to work which always results in fame and fortune on some level.

Jupiter exalted in Cancer: This placement will encourage the need to mother others and grow from it.

Saturn exalted in Libra:  This placement brings issues of justice, balance, responsible judgement and rational thinking.

Uranus exalted in Scorpio: This placement is overly extreme, intense and brings about transformation.

Neptune exalted in Cancer: This placement is able to get security without the help of others and also is blessed with an ability to transcend to an elevated status.

Pluto exalted in Pisces: This placement removes what isn't working with what does work. It also clears out the past to make way for a transition and a transformation into the future.



The Houses in Astrology 

The 1st House: The impression you make &The Face (image/appearance) you project to the public. Aries traditionally rules the 1st House in Astrology. Mars is always associated with this House.

This House describes your outer personality as well as certain physical attributes such as your height, weight and the shape of your face and your figure. Your personality and basic approach to life. Your First impression, Your self image, sex appeal and personality shine here. The 1st House asks what motivates you. It rules your overall physical appearance, the first impression you make, your ego, beginnings, physical attractiveness, taking the initiative and how you see yourself. The image you wish/hope to project and most importantly, how you appeal to other occurs here. Aries (1st House) and the planet Mars (planet) is where the chart begins.

The 2nd House: The House of Self-Esteem,Your personal possessions Values & Money - Taurus traditionally rules this House. Venus is always associated with this house.

The 2nd House describes your personal possessions, special collections, resources and how you deal with these possessions such as property, an intimate relationships(s) and money. It also reveals your earning and spending capacities and your debt, if any. Your self worth, money and any income are properties of the 2nd House. It is ruled by Taurus

The 3rd House: The Internet, Siblings & How you Communicate - Gemini traditionally rules this House. Mercury is always associated with this House.

Lower education (schooling before college) early childhood environment. Mental facilities and faculties, cousins, relatives. and your siblings - if any. Neighborhood and community matters. Short distance local travel and transportation. Your car, transportation, computer, cell phone and how you deal with those closest to you via communication. Emails, texts, letters, the Internet, writing, daily living and correspondence. This House is all about how you exchange information with others.  
This House describes how you communicate with others, how you reach out to others nearby and how you handle your immediate environment. It also shows how your thinking processes work and the way you express your thoughts to others. It is ruled by Gemini

The 4th House: The House of Home,The Past, Future and present living conditions and Family. Cancer traditionally rules this House. The Moon owns this House and is forever associated with it. The Moon is a planet in Astrology!

Ancestry, heritage and roots. Motherhood. Property, The early foundations of your home environment. Home and family life. Your Mother. The caretaker of your household. Endings. The past. Nurturing or the lack of it. The circumstances at the end of your life. It represents where you have lived, where you are currently living and where you will be living in the future. It also rules real estate, zoning laws and property. Rules, real estate and home regulations also occur here. It is ruled by Cancer

The 5th House: The House of Creativity, Pleasure and Children -  Leo traditionally rules this House. The Sun shines down on the 5th House and is always associated with this House. Yes, the Sun is also considered a planet in Astrology. 

Recreational and leisure activities, children, flirtations, brief romantic encounters, booty calls, one night stands, fun, romance, love affairs and sex. Things that you do for enjoyment and entertainment. Games and gambling. Creative self-expression. Hobbies. The performing arts. This House represents your creative ability, children, challenge, variety, fun, romance and love affairs are all highlighted by the 5th house. This is also the house where to look for affairs, flirtations, and brief romantic encounters (rather than long-term commitments such as marriage). A desire to experiment can become evident. Household pets are also ruled by this House. Pressure, responsibility, sex appeal will stand out, for better or for worse! It is ruled by Leo

The 6th House: The House of Health, Wellness, Daily routines and your Well Being - Virgo traditionally rules this House. Mercury, the planet of communications, written and spoken is associated with the 6th House in Astrology.

 Routine tasks, daily chores, employees, manual labor and duties. Skills or training needed to work, Jobs and Employment. Health and overall well-being. Being of service to others, selflessness, care taking. Taking care of pets (repair/maintenance) fall under the 6th house. Accidents can and will also happen/occur here.

This House has been called the repair and maintenance House. It reveals how you take care of your body, health and nutrition. It is where you look to organize yourself, be of service and to perform efficiently in the world. Here is where you get things done, where you look after others and fulfill service duties. It is also the House of self-improvement. It also shows your diet, service to others and your health and fitness regimens. It is ruled by Virgo.

The 7th House: The House of Marriage, Love and Partnerships - Venus rules Taurus and Libra and always will hold rulership over the 7th House.

Close and committed relationships. Marriage and business partners. Agreements, justice and the lack of it and the courts. Legal affairs/matters. Open enemies. Attraction to qualities we desire/seek from a lifelong partner. Attitudes towards partners. Anyone you have commitments, contracts and agreements with. How you relate to others, lawsuits, divorces and marriages all happen here. Where the 1st House represents "One", the 7th House represents "Two", for better or for worse. Legal rights, partnerships and marriage all happen here, for better or for worse. Your current partner, future partner(s) and signing of legal documents. It is ruled by Libra 

The 8th House: The House of Sex, Transformation and Power - Scorpio traditionally rules this House. The planet Pluto, once demoted, is alive and kicking and is the main ruler of Scorpio with Mars acting as a co-ruler and these planets will forever be associated with Scorpio and the 8th House. 

Cycles of Death, Rebirth, Sex and personal Transformation. Sexual relationships and deeply committed relationships of all kinds. Joint funds, finances. Other people’s money. Power, control, psychology and the collective unconscious. The occult, unsolved and solved mysteries, magic, psychic and taboo matters. Inheritance. Regeneration. Self-transformation and physical transformations.

This is one of the most mysterious and powerful Houses. This House tells about sex, death, wills, insurance, taxes, life threatening illnesses, sudden drastic life changes and legacies are all ruled by the 8th House. This is where you want to transcend yourself with occult or psychic experiences due to pain, deception or loss. This is also the House where you make personal sacrifices for yourself and for others. It describes how you merge with someone or something and how you handle issues of power, sex, intimacy and control. It is ruled by Scorpio

The 9th House: The House of Travel, Travel Overseas and your world views and life philosophies - Sagittarius (The Sign) traditionally rules this House. (The planet) Jupiter is associated with this House.  

This House is associated with higher education, legalities, writing, spiritual values, long journeys, overseas travel, publishing, your philosophies/world views of/on/about life, religion, spirituality, morals, foreign people, public relations, advertising, exotic cultures and places. The 9th House also represents your belief system about the world we all live in. It is ruled by Sagittarius.

The 10th House: Your Career, AMBITION Public Life, Prestige, VIPs and Social Status - Capricorn traditionally rules this House. The planet Saturn has always been associated with this House. 

Your Ambition(s). The Public. High profile activities, How the world sees/views you. Motivation. Career (not a routine job). Status in society, fate, honors and reputation. Prestige, Government and Big Business are all properties of this House. Authority Figures.Your standing in the community. Father or father figures. Laws of the physical universe. One's public impression and reputation at large as the public sees it. Many famous people have key favorable planets in this house. Capricorn rules this House naturally.

The 11th House: Your Friendships, Hopes/Wishes and Social groups and affiliations. - Aquarius (The Sign) traditionally rules this House.(The Planet) Uranus, will forever be associated with this House.

Friends and acquaintances of like-minded attitudes. Groups you identify with, Political affiliations, People you see as equals, Humanity, Rebellion against social structures or conventions. Hopes, wishes, groups, clubs and high societies. Higher associations. Benefits and fortunes made through careers. One's hopes and wishes. Ex loves, people from your past and friends will also appear here. So will elements of timing and luck.

This House also reveals your ambitions and aspirations. It is where you extend yourself to a group, a goal, or a belief system. Strange and unusual experiences, bizarre and eccentric situations and personalities. The Future and forward thinking concepts. Technology and futuristic ideas. Here is where you become concerned with “what other people think” or where you rebel against social conventions. It is mainly regarded as your hopes and wishes House. It also is the House of friendships. The planet Uranus is associated with this house. Aquarius rules this House.

The 12th House: The House of Privacy and Secrets -  Pisces rules this House and Pisces is ruled by Neptune, the planet that will always be associated with the 12th House in Astrology.

Magic, places of seclusion, privacy, hospitals, prisons and institutions, including self-imposed imprisonments. The world of entertainment, Things which are not apparent to oneself yet clearly seen by others. Elusive, clandestine and secretive matters. Events occurring in secret. Retreat, reflection and self-sacrifice. Transcending unimaginable limits, Selfless giving and selfless receiving. Dreams, imagination, Unknown enemies. Secrets and fears.The end of a life cycle. 

 In your daily life, the 12th House reveals your deepest intimacies, your best-kept secrets, especially those you hide from yourself and others. Realize that when we "undo ourselves:, we eventually surrender control, boundaries, limits and rules. But instead of self-undoing, this can create a great capacity for endless creativity and can bring about your hidden talents. Your imagination can be limitless here.
This House is traditionally associated with places we go for solitude, do spiritual work or to be in seclusion. It also speaks about death and past lives. Pisces is associated always with the 12th House in Astrology. And Neptune is the planet that rules Pisces  and is co ruled by Jupiter!  

Painting by Kelly Lynn Kimball