How To Use This Deck To Learn the Fundamentals of Astrology
What Is Astrology?
Astrology is the study of the positions of the planets, stars, and other celestial bodies at the exact moment and location of your birth and how these positions influence your life in some way.
What Is a Natal Chart?
A Natal Chart is a snapshot of the cosmos the moment you are born. This is a fixed chart. It does not change at any point in your life. A Natal Chart is what an astrologer refers to/works off of whenever you receive an astrological reading. In order to create your Natal Chart, the location and exact time of your birth are required.
Astrology Is Full of Nuance and Duality
No zodiac sign is good or bad, helpful or hurtful, lucky or unlucky. Each sign has its strengths, as well as its temptations. I have created these Astrology Oracle Cards to capture the nuance and duality inherent in each zodiac sign, planet, and house. When you are in balance with your energy, you will easily manifest your talents and gifts; but when you are out of balance, you are more likely to give in to temptations and self-sabotaging behavior. By incorporating this deck into your daily life, you will gain awareness of your full astrological potential. Areas that are out of balance will be illuminated. And then the choice is yours, “Do I want to be in or out of balance with my energy?” Because you have free will, it is up to you to decide. Included in this Guidebook are practical and powerful ways to bring equilibrium back into your life.
You Are More Than Just Your Sun Sign
It’s important to remember that you are so much more than just your Sun sign (Gemini, Aquarius, Scorpio, etc.). Because astrology is refined and complicated, it has been overly simplified and boiled down over the years to focus only on zodiac Sun signs. Although the Sun is very important in a Natal Chart, it is one of only five personal planets: Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, and Mars. (Please note that in astrology, the Sun, Moon, and Chiron are referred to as planets, even though the Sun is a star, the Moon is an astronomical body that orbits the Earth, and Chiron is a comet.) They exert great power in your Natal Chart, and their power is what is important to understand. If you are not yet familiar with your Natal Chart, there are many services online which will create one for you free of charge. Once you have your Natal Chart, find your personal planets along with your Ascendant. Notice which zodiac sign and astrological house each planet is in, and then look them up in the Guidebook to learn more about them. For example, if your Sun is in Gemini in the Eighth House, look up the Gemini Card, the Sun Card, and the Eighth House Card. Also, look up the zodiac sign your Ascendant is in. Do the same for the five outer planets (Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto). However, the zodiac signs that they’re in are not as important as their house placements. So, if your Pluto is in Virgo in the Third House, just look up the Pluto Card and the Third House Card.
ASCENDANT: The degree that is rising on the eastern horizon at the exact time and location of your birth. One of four angles (Ascendant, Imum Coeli, Descendant, and Medium Coeli) in a Natal Chart. It is the cusp (first degree) of your First House and is a sensitive trigger for all First House issues.
ASTROLOGICAL HOUSES: Your Natal Chart is divided into 12 parts known as houses. Each house rules a different area of experience, such as children, work, love, health, etc.
ASTROLOGY: The study of the positions of the planets, stars, and other celestial bodies at the exact moment of your birth and how these positions influence your life in some way.
BENEFIC PLANETS: The planets Jupiter and Venus are thought to be auspicious (especially in older astrology texts).
CONJUNCTION: When two planets share the same astrological degree, they create an Open Door. When astrology opens a door for you, walk through it with confidence.
CUSP: The first degree of an astrological house is also known as its cusp.
DESCENDANT: One of four angles (Ascendant, Imum Coeli, Descendant, and Medium Coeli) in a Natal Chart. The Descendant is the cusp (first degree) of the Seventh House and is a sensitive trigger for all Seventh House issues.
DETRIMENT: A planet is in its detriment when it is in the zodiac sign opposite the one it rules. For example, Mars, which rules the sign Aries, is in its detriment when in the sign Libra. Mars is independent energy that likes to take action; Libra’s diplomatic energy hampers the forward momentum of Mars, making it harder for the planet to assert itself.
ELEMENTS: The twelve zodiac signs are grouped into four elements: fire (Aries, Leo, and Sagittarius), earth (Taurus, Virgo, and Capricorn), air (Gemini, Libra, and Aquarius), and water (Cancer, Scorpio, and Pisces).
EXALTATION: When a planet is in its exaltation, it is considered to be auspicious, such as when the Sun is in the sign Aries.
FALL: When a planet is in its fall, it is considered to be inauspicious, such as when Venus is in the sign Virgo.
HARD ASPECT: Conjunction, square, or opposition.
IMUM COELI: One of four angles (Ascendant, Imum Coeli, Descendant, and Medium Coeli) in a Natal Chart. The Imum Coeli is the cusp (first degree) of the Fourth House and is a sensitive trigger for all Fourth House issues.
INCONJUNCT: An aspect of 150 degrees that requires an adjustment.
MALEFIC PLANETS: The planets Mars and Saturn are thought to be inauspicious (especially in older astrology texts).
MEDIUM COELI: One of four angles (Ascendant, Imum Coeli, Descendant, and Medium Coeli) in a Natal Chart. The Medium Coeli is the cusp (first degree) of the Tenth House and is a sensitive trigger for all Tenth House issues.
MODALITIES: The twelve zodiac signs are grouped into three modalities: cardinal (Aries, Cancer, Libra, and Capricorn), fixed (Taurus, Leo, Scorpio, and Aquarius), and mutable (Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius, and Pisces).
NATAL CHART: A snapshot of the cosmos the moment you are born. This is a fixed chart. It does not change at any point in your life. A Natal Chart is what an astrologer refers to/works off of whenever you receive an astrological reading. In order to create your Natal Chart, the location and exact time of your birth are required.
OPPOSITION: An aspect of 180 degrees that is a Closed Door. You still have a way out, just not the way you came in.
ORACLE DECK: Oracle cards are a contemporary version of Tarot cards. They are used for divination and spiritual transformation. Unlike the Tarot, which is always the same seventy-eight messages, only designed differently, each Oracle Deck is unique. It can focus on angels, animals, chakras, you name it. No two Oracle Decks will ever be alike because not only do the images differ, but so do the meanings. This Oracle Deck uses Western Astrology to convey inspirational and transformative messages.
OUTER PLANETS: Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto.
PERSONAL PLANETS: Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, and Mars.
RETROGRADE: The period of time when a planet appears to move backwards in the sky relative to the Earth. Several times a year, Mercury, the planet of communication, goes retrograde, striking fear in the hearts of many. These times are known as Mercury Retrogrades. The outer planets (Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto) and the personal planets Venus and Mars also have retrogrades.
RULERSHIP: The twelve zodiac signs are ruled by planets. For example, Aquarius is ruled by Uranus and co-ruled by Saturn. When a planet is in the sign that it rules, its energies are more easily expressed.
SEXTILE: An aspect of 60 degrees that is an opportunity aspect. When opportunity comes chirping, learn the song and sing along.
SOFT ASPECT: Sextile or trine.
SQUARE: An aspect of 90 degrees that creates a Locked Door, but you are the key.
TRANSITS: When planets in the sky form relationships/aspects with planets in your Natal Chart. Transits are the cornerstone of change.
TRINE: An aspect of 120 degrees that is a gift. Just don’t forget to open it.
WESTERN ZODIAC: Begins with 0 degrees Aries and is based on the seasons.