The astrological zodiac (or horoscope) is a map of the astral plane, showing the relative positions of the celestial bodies at any given time. It can be seen in a variety of ways, both on Earth and in the afterlife.
Astrological symbols can be used to find and interpret the meaning of the zodiac signs. They are an essential tool for any practitioner of astrology, and an intriguing guide to the hidden meaning behind the constellations. Let’s take a closer look at how to use the astrological symbols to find the meaning of the zodiac.
The Anatomy Of An Astrological Zodiac
The zodiac is a map of the astral plane, which extends from the orbit of Earth to the edge of the Solar System. The outermost zone – from the orbit of Neptune to the edge of the Solar System – is known as the planetary zone. Beyond that is the cosmic zone, which contains all the extra-Solar Planets. This is the part of the astrological map you can actually reach…
The zodiac is made up of twelve constellations – or “signs of the zodiac” – that are named after the twelve Egyptian hierophants (or “wise men”). These constellations are traditionally arranged in order of prominence along the ecliptic (or “circle of the seasons”). This is the celestial band that marks out the path of the sun across the sky. It is basically the “belt” that marks out the domain of the zodiac.
The band of the zodiac divides the celestial sphere into two hemispheres, referred to as the “Northern” and the “Southern” hemispheres. The Northern hemisphere is made up of the signs of Aries, Taurus, Gemini, and Cancer. These are the first four signs of the zodiac. The Southern hemisphere is made up of the signs of Scorpio, Sagittarius, and Capricorn. These are the last three signs of the zodiac.
You can track the motion of the Sun across the sky using the vernal point (or “spring equinox”), marking the beginning of spring in the Northern hemisphere and the beginning of winter in the Southern hemisphere. This occurs when the sun is at the same point in the sky relative to the Earth. It is a symbol of new life and regeneration.
The exact date and time of the vernal point varies from year to year. The best way to find it is to use a program such as Sunrise or Sunset to find out when the sun will rise/set at the given time and date.
How To Read An Astrological Zodiac
You can use any method to read an astrological zodiac; there is no single right or wrong way to do it. However, when reading an astrological zodiac it is important to consider the following. First, you need to choose an appropriate birth date (for future reference) using the rules laid out in the previous section. Once you have done this you can start locating the planets and constellations in the order of their prominence along the ecliptic on the day of your birth.
Each zodiac sign occupies a fixed position relative to the other eleven signs, described by an “angular degree” which is typically given as a range, such as “26 to 30 degrees”. When the planets are in this range they are said to be in that sign’s “domain”. For example, Virgo is the 6th Sign of the Zodiac, and Mercury is in the 26th to 30th degree of Virgo’s domain. To find out more, you can read the comprehensive chart below:
- Virgo – 6
- Mercury – 26 to 30
- Libra – 12
- Scorpio – 30
- Sagittarius – 18
- Capricorn – 6
- Aquarius – 6
- Pisces – 6
Once you know the angular degree of a planet you can find out which signs it occupies using the above table, based on the traditional order of the constellations. If you want to find the sign that a specific planet occupies you can use the following formula:
(Angular Degree – Fixed Degrees of Scaling) Modulo 12=Sign That Planet In
For example, if you want to know which sign Uranus (the 8th planet from the Sun) occupies you would enter “8” in the Angular Degree field and “0” in the Scaling Degrees of Scaling field. The resulting figure (8 – 0) modulo 12 is equal to the sign that Uranus occupies, which is Aries.
The angle between two planets is calculated by adding the degrees of the first planet to the degrees of the second planet, and then subtracting 360 degrees. So, if you want to know the angle between Saturn and Neptune you would enter “14” in the Angular Degree field and “36” in the Scaling Degrees of Scaling field. The resulting figure (14 – 36) modulo 360 is equal to the angle between Saturn and Neptune, which is 30 degrees.
“Angular Degrees” and “Scaling Degrees of Scaling” are the basic units used to quantify the position of the twelve planets in the zodiac. These are typically given in ranges, such as “26 to 30” for Angular Degrees and “0 to 360” for Scaling Degrees of Scaling. In cases where the ranges overlap, you have to use the following formula:
(Angular Degree – Fixed Degrees of Scaling) + (Scaling Degree – Fixed Degrees of Scaling) Modulo 360= Sign That Planet In
For example, if you want to know what sign Mars (the red planet) occupies, you would enter “12” in the Angular Degree field and “12” in the Scaling Degrees of Scaling field. The resulting figure (12 – 12) modulo 360 is equal to the sign that Mars occupies, which is Gemini.
Where Do The Planets Go In Death?
When a person dies the moon moves into the part of the astrological map that was previously occupied by the Sun. This is known as the “Lunar Sphere”, and it is where the planets go in death. The last planet to move into the Lunar Sphere is the Sun. This is because the Moon is the planet that most closely resembles the Sun in appearance. When this happens the previous twilight turns into full night, and the darkness of night turns into the brightness of day. Once the Sun is in the Lunar Sphere, it never leaves. This is why it is referred to as the “fixed” sphere – it is fixed in place relative to the other spheres.
What Is The Role Of The Planets In Astrology?
The planets in astrology have three distinct roles to play. First, they mark or “flag” particular times in a person’s life. Second, they serve as “guides” to the various parts of the anatomy, the different organs and bodily faculties. Third, they can be used to “balance” the energies or “quests” of the various instincts and desires within a person. In all three cases, the position of a planet in relation to other planets and signs in the zodiac can be used to find out important information about that person or group of people.
The angular position of a planet in the zodiac marks or “flags” specific events and circumstances in a person’s life. These are known as the “planetary signs”. For example, if you want to know the angular position of Mercury (the planet closest to the Sun) in the zodiac you would enter “Mercury” in the Angular Degree field and “0” in the Scaling Degrees of Scaling field. The resulting figure (Mercury – 0) modulo 360 is equal to the sign that Mercury occupies, which is Gemini.