As you begin to explore the ins and outs of astrology, there are a lot of interesting tidbits of information to seek out, including Chinese astrology, the relationship between astrology and alchemy, and an introduction to the zodiac sign of Sagittarius.
Astrology and Alchemy
Based on tradition, each of the seven planets found in the solar system have held meaning to the ancients and were paired with a particular metal that they believed took on a “ruling” position. In the past, known rulerships included the Sun over gold; the moon associated with silver; Mercury ruled quicksilver; Venus ruled copper; Mars ruled over iron; Jupiter ruled tin; and Saturn ruled lead. In modern times, associations opened up to include Uranus (Uranium), Pluto (Plutonium), and Neptune (Neptunium).
It is the Chinese calendar that is used to establish Chinese astrology, which deals with the future based upon a mixture of astronomy and ancient Chinese philosophy. Originating during the Shang Dynasty, it is the sexagenary cycle (60 years) that has been documented over the years that serves as the basis of this astrological path. A basic cycle deals with two sets of cycles that include the ten heavenly stems (basically the five elements showcasing yin and yang forms), as well as the 12 earthly branches, which are also referred to as the 12-year cycle of animals associated with what is known as the Chinese zodiac. Operating on a cycle of months (or moons) and hours in a day, the Chinese animal zodiac is quite influential.
The tradition of using horoscopic astrology from during the days of Hellenistic Egypt and the Mediterranean is called Hellenistic astrology. Texts written in Greek (and at times, Latin) are used in this kind of astrology, which dates back close to the late 2nd or early 1st century BCE.
All About the Sagittarius
If you were born between November 22nd and December 21st, then you belong to the zodiac sign of the Sagittarius. With Jupiter ruling this sign, it is the archer that stands as its symbol. Some of the personality traits associated with Sagittarius include bluntness, optimism, generosity, impatience, faithfulness, and enthusiasm. When looking for love, it is suggested for a Sagittarius to seek out Taurus, Virgo, Aries, and Gemini, which are all known as good matches.
The Ins and Outs of Capricorns
Individuals born between December 22nd and January 19th are Capricorns , the zodiac sign represented by the goat and ruled by Saturn. Shyness, responsibility, carefulness, and practicality are all characteristics of this sign. While a Capricorn is seen as shy, they are still faithful to their family and friends, which is one of their best qualities. If you’re trying to do a little match-making for your Capricorn friend, try fixing them up with some of their best love matches , Taurus, Virgo, Cancer, and Leo.
In additional installments to come, you will learn about other aspects of astrology including a bit about Indian astrology with an introduction to Chandra.