What Is Astrology? A Beginner’s Guide to Sun Signs & More!

what is astrology

what is astrology

Have you ever wondered about what’s behind all those fun horoscopes you see in magazines?

I’m guilty of being one of those people that flips to the horoscopes first. While I don’t plan my life around it, I do find it interesting to read and certainly identify with aspects of being a Taurus.

That’s why I decided to bring some of that to the blog – with a new column dedicated to astrology, with topics like: What is astrology? What is a sun sign, rising sign and moon sign? What does it mean to be an Earth, Air, Fire or Water sign?

And, hopefully, this column will become a regular feature with monthly horoscopes written exclusively for I Spy readers.

Today I get to introduce you to the very first contributing writer for I Spy Fabulous, Stephanie Pixi Morris, and her first post for the blog:

Related: Check out the new monthly horoscope column on the blog!

What Is Astrology? A Beginner’s Guide:

what is astrology

When I began my spiritual journey, one of the first things I discovered was the power of astrology.  There were so many different ways to use the information I acquired to help myself and others grow. It also laid the foundation for becoming more in tune with nature and all that is.  I felt more connected to the cosmos and to my inner nature as well. 

Many people have been opening up to the fact that we are all made of energy and things around us do have an impact on our lives.  We are made up of about 78% water, so much like the moon controlling the movement of the waves, the cosmos directly affect our inner ocean energetically, physically, and emotionally.  

“As above, so below, as within, so without, as the universe, so the soul.” – Hermes Trismegistus

The study of astrology is the influence and impact of the stars, the moon, and planets have on events on earth and our day-to-day lives.  Most people know their “sun sign,” which is one of the 12 signs of the zodiac. If you don’t know your sun sign, it is based on the day you were born and you can discover that here:

The 12 Sun Signs:

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

Knowing your sun sign  is the most basic form of astrology where we can determine daily horoscopes and more.  Some astrologers believe that it has a very limited viewpoint and we are made up of so much more, including moon signs and rising signs.

The Rise of Astrology:

what is astrology

They say that astrology was born in Babylon around 2,400 years ago.  The practice of astrology started to spread to the eastern Mediterranean about 2,100 years ago.  Since then, it has evolved into various forms and there is no single, correct way to read astrology.

We are most familiar with western astrology, which many of us use to see our horoscope or get a quick reading of our astrology chart. There are also popular eastern practices such as Chinese, Vedic, Tibetan, and Shamanic Astrology.  

Even with western astrology, there are various methods to how one interprets the information:

Mundane Astrology –

Astrologers use this to look at how the planets are affecting the world as a whole, and can determine future affairs, wars, economic issues, and more.

Interrogatory Astrology –

This type of astrology goes deeper into specific subjects that a person wants to know and uses planetary influences to determine things like love life, finances, etc.

Natal Astrology –

This is what most people know.  A natal chart is used to look at the beginning of one’s life and see how that person is from certain standpoints such as how they appear to others, what their strengths and weaknesses are, as well as how they communicate and more.  It’s used to get to know oneself better.

Using Astrology in Your Own Life:

what is astrology

Not everyone believes in astrology, yet it is a very practical tool to use when you are needing more clarity and want to dive deeper.  

Understand Others:

It can help you understand others and their inner motivations.  As you look at or read about another’s chart, you might see their struggles, as well as ways to better communicate with them.  There are also ways to see how compatible you are with another using a compatibility chart. Of course, don’t let this be the determining factor in a relationship, but allow it to help you both grow. This will create a stronger connection and easier way to develop empathy.  

Understand Yourself:

For the same reasons above, it can also help you understand yourself and gives you the clarity to be able to transform.  As you read about your own chart, you start to receive affirmations regarding who you are. Some of these things you already know about yourself, but it is great to see how we are so connected to all around us and how it impacts us.  We are literally made of stars.

Clarity for the Future:

Your chart can help you see the future, and again, change it.  When you move past basic natal chart readings, there are chart comparisons you can look at to see how you are being affected by the energies right now.  Once again, don’t let this be the determining factor in how things will pan out. It’s simply a guide so you can have the clarity to make better decisions.  I have listed some apps below this article that help to show the energies that are affecting you right now and in the future.

Heal your Wounds:

It helps you to see your inner child and the wounds that may have impacted you, thus helping you to heal them.  Use your natal chart to see your struggles. A lot of the affirmations you receive from reading your natal chart will bring up emotions and possibly issues from childhood.  The first step is seeing the wound, knowing it was not our fault, and forgiving ourselves.

Better Timing:

You start to learn things like the best time to garden, get your haircut, go shopping, make big decisions and more.  Farmers of the past and present follow the “Farmer’s Almanac” which shows, based on astrology, the best times to plant seeds, harvest their garden, and when to simply allow growth.  To start with a basic sense of astrology and the cosmos, if you’d like to grow your hair out, only get your haircut on the new moon or as the moon is waxing. If you’d like to let your hair grow slowly so you can save on haircuts, get your haircut on the full moon or as the moon is waning.  

Deeper Connection:

Just as described above, as you pay more attention to what phase the moon is in or what planets are in the sky, you become more in tune with nature.  You can discover more by seeing what sign the planets are in or what sign the moon or sun is in. These energies affect us, each other, and our world. 

These are just the tips of the iceberg with how astrology can help you grow.  If you’d like to dive deeper, stay tuned for more posts on horoscopes and astrology coming your way soon.

Recommended apps that use astrology:



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About the Author:

Stephanie Pixi Morris is a high priestess and intuitive coach.  She helps women manifest their soul’s purpose using science, spirituality, and alchemy by offering priestess training, one-on-one coaching, and various online courses.  With her Masters in Education, she enjoys teaching about astrology, reiki, crystals, kundalini yoga, meditation and so much more. In her spare time, Stephanie spends time with her family at the beach in Charleston, SC and voraciously reads on many different topics.  To find out how to work with Stephanie, go to her website piximorris.com



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