From Association of Independent Readers and Rootworkers
Astrology or Star Reading encompasses several forms of divination and character analysis in which readings take into account the positions of the planets of our solar system and the stars in the sky.
Using the position of the astronomical bodies through the course of their motion through the heavens in combination with their timing, astrology or horoscope reading is a means to evaluate significant decisions, the aptitudes and compatibilities of individuals, and the conditions of magical work.
Hoodoo root doctors have long used aspects of astrological divination to assess the needs of clients and to align the timing of their spell-casting with such astrological markers as Moon signs, Sun signs, Moon phases, Solstice and Equinox points, planetary week-day rulerships, time of day, and planetary hours.
Western or Babylonian Astrology
Since ancient times, astrologers have ascribed different weekdays, colours, symbols, minerals, precious stones, plants, animals, and fragrances to the two luminaries (the sun and the Moon), and the visible planets (Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn). These ascriptions vary from one culture to another, and also have changed over time, but a typical example of such symbolism is that the Moon is a female whose day is Monday; her metal is silver; her element is water; her gems include moonstone and pearls; and the silvery herbs artemisia, wormwood, and mugwort are representative of her influence in the vegetable kingdom.
To mark the movements of the planets, astrologers in ancient Babylon, and their descendants in Europe and the Middle East, mark off twelve definite regions of the sky, in each of which is placed a symbolic animal or mythological feature. These are counted through the year, beginning on the Spring equinox, as Aries the Ram, Taurus the Bull, Gemini the Twins, Cancer the Crab, Leo the Lion, Virgo the Virgin, Libra the Balance, Scorpio the Scorpion, Sagittarius the Archer, Capricorn the Sea-Goat, Aquarius the Water-Bearer, and Pisces the Fishes.
As seen from the Earth, the planets appear to travel through areas of the sky associated with the 12 signs of the zodiac, and their character is said to be altered by the sign in which they are said to be dwelling. Thus, for example, the war-like, fiery, and energetic planet Mars is extremely practical when in the earthy sign of Capricorn the Goat, but is rendered weak and ineffective when in the watery sign of Pisces the Fishes.
As the planets move through the 360-degree circle of the signs of the zodiac, their distances from one another can be measured in degrees. These measurements are called aspects, and among them are such relationships as conjunction (zero degrees), sextile (60 degrees), square (90 degrees), trine (120 degrees), and opposition (180 degrees). Over the years, some aspects have been deemed favourable, while others have been judged as unfavourable. Thus, for example, when Venus is trine Mars, the situation is conducive to romantic love, but when Venus and Mars are in opposition, a break-up may be in the offing.
In the 19th century, when the development of powerful telescopes enabled the discovery of the planets Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto, a division arose among astrologers. Those who embraced the new technology and developed symbolisms and meanings for the "new" planets were termed "modern" astrologers. Those who did not do so became known, in time, as "Renaissance" astrologers, for they continued to use the set of planetary ascriptions and methodologies known and employed in Europe during the Renaissance.
Renaissance Astrology -- the forerunner to modern astrology -- is the contemporary name for the forms of astrological reading and prediction that developed in Europe during the Renaissance era under the influence of ancient, Hermetic, and Arabic authors. The planets whose positions and aspects are examined by Renaissance astrologers are fewer than those examined by modern astrologers, as only those visible to the naked eye are considered. The stars are also employed as strongly symbolic markers, against which the planets are arrayed.
Renaissance Astrology offers horary and electional analysis of questions, as well as the analysis of a client's natal or birth chart in terms of character, temperament, inclinations, and probable experiences.
Magical talismans, created with precise planetary timing, in order to take advantage of exceptionally beneficial or malefic cosmic aspects, are also strongly featured in Renaissance astrology. Practitioners experienced in this traditional technique may hand-craft and charge an astrological talisman during a particular planetary moment, and will subsequently offer it for sale to clients who are deemed to be in need of the energetic cosmic forces captured in and symbolically represented by the amulet. Because the pattern of the stars and planets will not repeat for more than 26,000 years, due to equinoctial precession, these talismans, filled with the symbolism of the stars and planets, are quite valuable, as each represents a carefully selected moment in time when all of the forces were aligned to produce a particular effect in terms of love-drawing, protection, cursing, safe travel, money-getting, or personal power.
Modern Astrology is a broad term that describes several different astrological schools that developed after the telescopic discovery of the outer planets during the 19th and 20th centuries. Not all "modern" astrologers actually utilize these planets, however -- some prefer to work with the ancient scheme of "seven sacred planets" but they incorporate other "modern" ideas into their readings.
The primary focus of Modern astrology is the natal horoscope or birth chart, a star-map which is constructed for the client's exact time and place of birth. This horoscope is in essence a picture of the configurations of the heavens at the moment of your birth. Patterns between the planets are charted, some of which are beneficial and some detrimental, and their position with respect to the signs of the zodiac are also noted. Compatibility star-charts, especially love-match horoscopes, are another very popular feature of modern astrology.
Modern astrology involves both character analysis based on attributes ascribed to the planets and zodiac signs and predictions or forecasts based on where the planets will be in months or years to come. Modern astrological forecasts are based upon a reading of the planetary aspects in your natal chart and that chart's progressions, as well as how these aspects interact with the current or transiting placements and interrelationships of the planets and luminaries.
Some modern astrologers mingle the symbolic correspondences between the planets and signs of the zodiac with hoodoo practices, enabling them to prepare hand-made planetary and zodiacal dressing, anointing, and ritual conjure oils; spiritual altar incense; hoodoo herb baths and mineral salt baths; sachet powders; and special washes and waters for clients. The resulting spiritual supplies can be used while doing altar work and prayer, empowering and enchanting fixed and prepared amulets, coin charms, and talismans; or performing candle spells.
Asian or Chinese Astrology
Asian astrology, popularly known in Europe and America as Chinese Astrology, is a traditional system of determining a person's personality, characteristics, and destiny via a twelve-year Jupiterian cycle of animal signs, known as the Chinese Zodiac.
Each Chinese Zodiac sign begins on the Chinese New Year and its animal holds sway for one year. The twelve animals of the Chinese Zodiac are, in order: the Rat, the Ox, the Tiger, the Rabbit, the Dragon, the Snake, the Horse, the Sheep (sometimes referred to as the Ram or Goat), the Monkey, the Rooster, the Dog, and the Boar (also known as the Pig).
These twelve animal signs are modified by a cycle of five elements, which are Metal, Water, Wood, Fire, and Earth. Each of these five elements takes its turn governing one year, thus a Rooster may be a Metal Rooster, a Water Rooster, and so forth.
Each element also has both Yang (positive or male) and Yin (negative or female) years, which alternate polarity year by year. Thus one may be said to have been born in the year of the Female or Yin Ox or the Male or Yang Dragon.
In practice, the twelve animal signs of the Chinese Zodiac are described in terms of the polarity, the element, and the animal, making for a total of ten possible refinements of the basic animal sign, so if a Chinese astrologer does your chart, your sign may be, for instance, a Yang Water Horse, a Female Wood Ox, a Yin Metal Boar, or a Male Fire Dragon -- each of which has specific personality traits and is inclined to succeed best in certain forms of career, and to marry a person of a harmonizing sign.
Vedic or Indian Astrology
Vedic Astrology, also known as Joytish or Joyotisha, is a sidereal or star-based system of fortune telling that developed on the sub-continent of India many thousands of years ago. Vedic horoscope charts are based upon the positions of the planets in the heavens at the moment, with constant adjustment for astrological precession.
As with Western astrology and Chinese astrology, Vedic astrology is employed for analyzing the characters, behaviors, and aptitudes of people, as well as for the prediction of outcomes and events. In particular, Vedic astrology emphasizes that certain zodiacal patterns can assist a person in optimizing his or her life.
Vedic astrology horoscope readings include practical methods by which your astrologer will determine your best choices in a number of different areas, including career, money, and marriage. Your Vedic astrologer may also prescribe physical exercises, diet, colours, talismanic gems, health routines, and spiritual practices best suited to you.
Whether your astrologer employs Modern, Renaissance, Chinese, Vedic, or another system of astrology to draw up horoscopes and interpret them, he or she will be able to provide you with a number of services, according to your particular needs.
Character Analysis and the Natal Chart
Character analysis through reading the birth chart horoscope can be used to understand yourself and your relationships with others. Your horoscope can help you focus on and develop your strengths, as well as seeking ways to balance your weaknesses. A natal chart may help you develop a satisfying family life, point the way toward a fulfilling career, and guide you through life's ups and downs with confidence and surety of purpose.
In order to cast an accurate birth chart for character analysis, your astrologer will want to know not only the date of your birth, but also the place and, if possible, the exact time of day. But don't worry, even if the time is not on your birth certificate and no one in your family remembers it -- by looking at you body type and facial features, asking questions about your interests, and investigating the timing of important events in your life, your astrologer may be able to perform a "rectification" of your chart that will prove as satisfactory as if the birth time was precisely known.
Love Match Horoscope Readings
When an astrologer compares your horoscope to that of someone you love, the resultant reading is called a compatibility chart, synastry chart or love match horoscope reading. Everyone knows that certain Sun signs relate better to others -- but where is your Venus? Your Mars? Your Moon? By comparing the positions of all your natal planets with those of your loved one, a skilled astrologer can give you a detailed guide to the intricacies of your relationship -- and tell you what the odds are for it to succeed.
Predictive Astrology Tells the Future
Predictive Astrology is a type of modern astrology that involves close examination of transiting planets and progressions with the intention of helping you make decisions about future events.
Transiting planets are those currently in motion, moving over or "transiting" some sector of the sky. The transits of the planets, Sun, and Moon, as well as unusual events such as eclipses, are examined in relation to the client's previously established natal or birth chart.
Progressions are a sort of "work-out" system whereby the natal chart is moved forward one day for each year of the client's life, and the resulting chart is compared to the birth or natal chart. For example, a 70-year-old person's progressed chart would be the chart of someone born 70 days after the person was actually born, and this horoscope would be compared with the actual birth chart to see if any good or bad aspects or planetary movements could be observed. New patterns and angles, revealed by reading the progressed horoscope chart, are examined to determine changes, opportunities, and challenges.
Once both the transits and the progressions have been worked out with respect to the natal chart, the three types of chart can be compared to one another in a horoscope reading to pinpoint specific days in which certain types or events are most likely to occur.
Electional Astrology Sets the Date
Electional Astrology deals with determining the most beneficial or auspicious timing for events which can be planned in advance. For instance, electional astrology may be used to select a wedding date, the date a business is founded or incorporated, or the safest date for elective surgery.
If you seek the services of a qualified electional astrologer, you will know that everything about the day that has been selected -- from the zodiac sign of the Sun and the aspects between the planets to the waxing or the waning of the moon -- supports your plans, and that the entire cosmos is in sympathy or harmony with your intended outcome.
Wedding dates, which must take into consideration both the bride and the groom's natal charts, are chosen with particular care. Such work may take an astrologer many hours -- and a sunny June wedding is not assured.
Horary Astrology Answers the Question
Horary Astrology is an ancient and highly specialized branch of astrology which answers specific questions with clear and useful answers. Horary charts are unlike astrological divinations in that the astrologer constructs a chart of the zodiac for the exact time that the seeker asks his or her question, and does not rely upon -- or even need -- the seeker's natal information. In this way you can get answers to questions about people whose names and times of birth you may not know.
The answers you will receive to your questions with a horary astrology chart are based on the traditional symbolism associated with Renaissance astrology, and are often remarkably detailed and precise. For instance, if you ask, "Am I cursed?," a reader experienced in horary astrology will certainly be able to give you a definite "yes" or "no" answer -- and if the answer is "yes," will also be able to tell you a great deal about your enemy's appearance, age, and place of residence.
Relocational Astrology Assists the Move
In Relocational Astrology, also known as Astro-Mapping or Astro-Cartography, your astrologer begins with your natal horoscope and then constructs a chart for geographic areas to which you are considering moving or traveling. Relocational astrology presumes that each planet's influence is stronger or weaker along lines which traverse the globe, but these astrological patterns vary from client to client, as they are based upon each person's individual and unique birth chart. Astro-mapping can help you choose between two locations, or decide upon a travel itinerary,
If you are not satisfied in your present location but have no place to move in mind, an astro-cartographer can assist you by selecting specific towns or areas with planetary configurations which augur well for your success in career, love, family life, fame, or spiritual development. Some areas will provide you with a greater probability of romance and marriage, for instance, while other areas will be better suited for your business success. Similarly, some areas may be less comfortable or even have potential for danger.
Astrological Remediation Fixes the Problem
If you were born with an unlucky star or bad aspect in your natal chart, an astrological reading may indicate that you have less than expected chances of career success, romantic love, wealth, or physical health. Do not despair, for as is often said, "The Stars impel, they do not compel." The impact of negative zodiacal aspects on you or your relationships can be greatly lessened and even reversed by an astrological spell-caster who has the knowledge and experience to balance and blend your planetary energies, using a form of magical working called Astrological Remediation.
When you seek astrological remediation from a specialist in this work, you may be given prescriptions to wear certain colours or make use of certain fragrances that are symbolic of the hidden harmony in your horoscope, and your astrologer may work at his or her altar to craft a custom-made astrological or zodiacal talisman for you on a specific day and charge it with cosmic energies that will radiate vibrations symbolic of success in those areas of life that previously gave you difficulty.
- Divination and Fortune Telling by Astrology, Horoscopes, Zodiac Charts, and Astromancy