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Astrology is a form of Divination, or a means of interpreting the impact of the Divine on our lives on Earth. This article was co-authored by Jessica Lanyadoo.Jessica Lanyadoo is an astrologer with over 20 years of consulting experience. She is the author of Astrology for Real Relationships: Understanding You, Me, and How We All Get Along and is the host of the popular astrology and advice show, Ghost of a Podcast.

7 Surprising Signs That Astrology Really Works

7 Surprising Signs That Astrology Really Works

Astrology persists as a popular undercurrent in our modern, scientific, and rational world. Whereas many superstitions are long gone and forgotten, astrology remains. Could that be because there's actually something to it? Any skeptic will naturally laugh it off, but the truth is: evidence that astrology does in fact work keeps popping up in unexpected places -- unexpected if you aren't an astrologer, that is -- and skeptics keep running to plug the leaks. The following are some examples of some astrological principles science has uncovered.. and then struggled to explain away.

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Astrology & Your Love Life

Astrology & Your Love Life

Carl Jung is best known as one of the founders of modern psychiatry. He's best known as the founder of analytical psychology, and the first person to express ideas like 'the psychological complex' and describing people as 'extroverts' or 'introverts.' What is less well-known is his work with astrology.

Astrologers have always claimed there are certain connections between birth charts that lead to compatibility. Jung actually put this to the test by studying the birth charts of over 400 married couples looking for those patterns. His findings confirmed what astrologers had always claimed, with the odds of it merely being as fluke (by Jung's calculations) being over 62 million to one!

Astrology & Weather

Astrology & Weather

Ancient astrologers used astrology to find patterns in the natural world that could be of practical use -- like predicting the weather. Although the modern science of meteorology is still never 100% accurate (and may never be), the ancients found meaningful connections between the planetary positions and weather conditions. One of the tasks of astrology in its early history was to pick the best dates for planting and harvesting, and a large body of research evolved from that work. And although predicting the weather is inherently very complex, it appears there may in fact be a connection between the placement of planetary bodies and the weather. For example, research by computing scientist Sergey Tarassov and Astrologer Alphee Lavoie indicates a strong correlation between planetary placements in our Solar System, and effects on weather here on Earth.

Astrology & Fertility

Astrology & Fertility

Getting pregnant and/or avoiding it has long been a subject of interest. In the 1950s, Czech physician Dr. Eugene Jonas sought to find a way to avoid unnecessary abortions, and came up with a startling finding (startling unless you were an astrologer, that is): fertility is affected by patterns in the mother's birth chart relative to where the Sun and Moon are in the sky at any given time. Many people still swear by his methods of calculating fertility.. and they still appear to work.

Astrology & Family Patterns

Astrology & Family Patterns

You might have your Mom's eyes and your Dad's nose, but is it possible that astrological patterns are inherited as well? If people are attracted to each other because of astrological patterns, can whole groups come together because of these dynamics. Astrologer Bernadette Brady has done extensive research into the astrological patterns of families and groups of people, and found that individual members of specific groups tend to fall into patterns that match the larger grouping. Specific patterns also seem to hold true for as diverse a range of groups as Ordained Priests and Apollo Astronauts.

Astrology & Redheads

Astrology & Redheads

Astrologers have long claimed that a birth chart can determine what a person looks like. Astrologer Judith Hill selected area of study to scientifically test: the correlation of the placement of Mars (the 'Red Planet') and redheads. Amazingly, she discovered a significant correlation between people being born with Mars rising and being a redhead, as compared to a control group of non-redheads: nearly 30% of redheads were born with Mars near the Ascendant.

How does astrology determine personality

One other interesting note: in Astrology, Mars rules surgery, and a strongly-aspected Mars can make for special considerations under those circumstances. Mainstream science has already established that, on average, redheads require more anesthesia than others during surgery.

Astrology & Mental Health

Astrology & Mental Health

Astrology was a part of our conception of how the mind and personality worked long before the birth of 'psychology.' Harvard-educated Dr. Mitchell Gibson investigated the link between the birth chart and mental illness and discovered a number of striking connections.

Also: numerous studies have indicated that there is a seasonal variation in the births of people with schizophrenia, and mainstream medicine has attempted to factor in variants like weather and flu season. But no matter how you look at the numbers, there's still a greater risk of being schizophrenic if you're a Pisces.

Astrology & Athletes

Astrology & Athletes

In the mid-1970s French psychologist Michel Gauquelin set out to disprove astrology, but along the way he made an interesting discovery: champion athletes are much more likely that random chance would explain to be born with Mars rising or near the Midheaven. This so-called 'Mars Effect' has been the subject of intense scrutiny by skeptics: The Committee for the Scientific Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal (CSICOP) (now known as CSI, or 'The Committee for Skeptical Inquiry') set out to disprove The Mars Effect, fudging the numbers in their favor and causing one of their founders to quit in protest.

CSICOP finally released a policy statement in 1981, removing themselves from the field of active anti-paranormal research. The Mars Effect still lingers.

Your zodiac sign may say something about you that you didn’t know.

Astrology is often dismissed as pseudoscience by people who only know it as the horoscope signs in the back of the newspaper. There’s a lot more than meets the eye, however.

Not only is astrology and the zodiac incredibly complex and fascinating, but there might also be something to it. The universe works in mysterious ways and what astrology attempts to explain is the symbiotic relationship between the way the universe works and the way we work as beings within that universe.

We’re fundamentally linked to the universe, so using it to learn a little bit more about ourselves actually makes a lot of sense. In this post, we’re going to look at some of the basics of astrology and how zodiac signs came about.

How do zodiac signs work? Let’s find out.

Astrological History

Astrology is a search for meaning in the sky. Philosophers and scientists have been looking up and asking big questions about existence since the earliest societies. The scope of astrology is huge and what it encompasses differs between cultures, but Western astrology is usually associated with horoscopes and zodiac signs. How to read divisional charts in astrology.

Your astrological sign is determined by your birthday. The 12 signs represent twelve-30 degree sections of the ecliptic and the signs are based on the constellations present in the sky during the ecliptical section. Visit this link for more info on the meaning of constellations.

Western astrology has its roots in ancient Babylon. The Babylonian system was influential on the ancient Greeks and Egyptians, who eventually developed the relationship between astrological omens and the birth chart.

How does astrology work

The twelve houses and their association with the four classical elements was another development of the Greeks. Starting in the 2nd century AD, in due part to Ptolemy’s Tetrabiblos, knowledge of astrology had spread across Europe, where it’s remained relatively unchanged since its inception.

How Do Zodiac Signs Work?

Okay. Now that we’ve covered the beginnings of what has become known as Western astrology, we can look at how zodiac signs work and how to apply them to your life.

In total, there are still 12 zodiac signs; Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius, Capricorn, Aquarius, and Pisces. The ecliptical position, the position of the sun and planets, and the movement of the moon are all important factors in analyzing a person’s characteristics.

When your birthday falls determines your astrological sign. The idea is that people are always in symbiosis with the stars that are present during their time of birth and the movement of the stars deeply affects their personality traits.

The 4 Elements

Each astrological sign is also associated with one of the four classical elements; earth, fire, water, and air.

Cancer, Scorpio, and Pisces are all water signs. They tend to be passionate people, that are full of emotion. They’re occasionally mysterious and they’re known for their intimacy.

Capricorn, Virgo, and Taurus are earth signs. They’re extremely down to earth and practical. They use logic and are able to withstand letting emotion get in the way of their better judgment.

Gemini, Aquarius, and Libra are air signs. These are outgoing people with great communication skills. They have large friend groups and never shy away from a conversation.

Aries, Leo, and Sagittarius are fire signs. They’re dynamic people, but highly emotional. They can get angry easily, but have a lot of energy and are very strong-willed. They’re also extremely intelligent.

Finding Your Sign

A lot of people do know their sign but wouldn’t be able to tell you any of the other ones. If you don’t know it, just match your birthday to one of the date ranges and you’ll have it.

  • Aries: March 21 to April 19
  • Taurus: April 20 to May 20
  • Gemini: May 21 to June 21
  • Cancer: June 22 to July 22
  • Leo: July 23 to August 22
  • Virgo: August 23 to September 22
  • Libra: September 23 to October 22
  • Scorpio: October 23 to November 21
  • Sagittarius: November 22 to December 21
  • Capricorn: December 22 to January 19
  • Aquarius: January 20 to February 18
  • Pisces: February 19 to March 20
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The Houses

The houses of the zodiac are probably the most confusing aspect of astrology because their meaning is a bit vague. They’re meant to represent different experiences and energies where planets and signs operate in relation to your personal experience in life. Get it?

Each house corresponds to one of the zodiac symbols (in the same order) and represents an aspect of a person’s life. They’re a crucial piece for determining someone’s horoscope.

  • House I (House of Self): All about ego, physical appearance, traits, and one’s general outlook on the world.
  • House II (House of Value): This house corresponds to monetary and spiritual worth.
  • House III (House of Communication): Education, intelligence, happiness, and travel are covered in this house.
  • House IV (House of Family): Your ancestry, caretaking, and comfort are important here.
  • House V (House of Pleasure): This house is for recreational activities, games, children, love, and creativity.
  • House VI (House of Health): Your skills, well-being, caretaking, and pets are represented here.
  • House VII (House of Partnerships): This one is about relationships, marriages, friendships, and diplomatic ties of any kind.
  • House VIII (House of Reincarnation): Here, you’ll be dealing with committed relationships, occult and psychic matters, and self-transformation.
  • House IX (House of Philosophy): This relates to foreign travel, religion, education, knowledge, and experience.
  • House X (House of Social Status): Your career and status in society, the government, authority, and public appearance are represented.
  • House XI (House of Friendships): Your hopes and wishes, like-minded acquaintances, clubs, and societies are represented.
  • House XII (House of Self-Undoing): This represents mystery, seclusion, elusiveness, privacy, retreat, and reflection.

How Does Astrology Differ From Astronomy

An Interesting Field

Next time someone asks you, “How do zodiac signs work?”, you can answer them. It’s a complicated system, but learning about the zodiac can provide you with some insight into the inner-workings of the universe.

Ancient cultures took great meaning from the zodiac and people today still consider it an important part of daily life. In a society that’s becoming more and more disconnected from the terrestrial world, it’s important to still look to the sky once in a while for answers.

How Does Astrology Determine Personality

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