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Astrology 101 - Read People Like a Pro!

teacher avatar Elena Sakopoulos, Chicago-based astrologer

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10 Lessons (41m)
    • 1. Intro - Who is Astrology For? Why Learn Astrology?

    • 2. Understanding the Signs

    • 3. Planets & Basics of Interpretation

    • 4. Understanding the Houses

    • 5. Incorporating Outer Planets

    • 6. Understanding Aspects

    • 7. Incorporating the Asteroids

    • 8. Unlocking the Degrees

    • 9. Transits (The Key to Deciphering your Horoscope)

    • 10. Conclusion & What's Next?

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About This Class

This course will walk you through a beginners' approach to astrological interpretation. Whether you are considering beginning a career in astrology and the healing arts, or if you'd just like the skills to creep on new crushes and impress friends and family, this is the course for you.

Each of us was born when the planets were aligned in a certain configuration in the sky, which imparts a specific life path and personality characteristics. The particular configuration during the moment of your birth is captured in what is called an astrological “birth chart”. In this course we will break down the basics of the planets and the zodiac signs, the houses and aspects, and everything else you need to read like a pro. It's going to be a blast!

No prior understanding with astrology is required to participate in this class, but you do need to have a copy of your birth chart. I recommend pulling a copy of your birth chart from, which is free and reliable. You will need to enter your birth date, time (precise to the nearest minute), and location in order to get an accurate chart. I have a full tutorial on pulling a copy of your chart on YouTube.

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1. Intro - Who is Astrology For? Why Learn Astrology?: Hi, guys. Eleanor, from hitting gift astrology here. And I'm so excited to welcome you to this skill share course how to interpret charts like a pro astrology 101 This course is designed to cover astrological interpretation, which is the key to unlocking all of the really interesting aspects of your personality. Each of us has what's called an astrological birth chart, which is a map of where all the stars were in the sky at the moment of your birth. And if you know how toe uncover and interpret your birth chart, you're able to unlock a whole lot of information about your personality, who you are, why you are the way you are. And you can do this for your friends, your family members, um, someone you might have a crush on, or something like that. Astrology has absolutely transformed my life. It is completely changed the way that I interact with people and helped me understand everyone in my life a whole lot better. And I'm really excited to share that with you today, So to participate in this course, you don't need any sort of background in astrology whatsoever, but it is really helpful if you already have a copy of your birth chart on hands, I really like using astro dot com to pull my birth chart. And to do that, you're just going to need your birth dates, your birth time and your birth location. You don't even need to make it a counter anything if you don't want. Teoh and I also have a quick video tutorial on how to pull your charter nascar dot com in case that's helpful so you can check that out of my YouTube page. Thanks so much, and I'll see you for the next lesson. 2. Understanding the Signs: the key to understanding the astrological science beyond just the stereotypes is understanding the elements and the modalities that classify the science. All of the science can be divided up into four elements in three modalities that give more detail on how each of the science is expressed. Elements can be subdivided, actually into two polarities that really have very little to do with our understanding of sex and gender. Is humans the masculine signs air active there, extroverted? They're concerned with life in the external world, and the feminine signs are there receptive, introverted counterparts. Feminine signs are much more concerned with internal life and making things happen for oneself individually. The masculine signs are fire science, which are all about creativity and passion. Fire science have a vision that they want to share with the world. And they want to paint that vision in Technicolor down to the very last detail so that they can share their vision with the world and have people see what they see. Air science, air all about mental, logical understandings of the world's they like to see themselves is very emotionally detached and sort of viewing things from a above 360 degree view. These are very intellectual signs that want to make sense of things and understand how they work. Feminine signs are earth science, which are all about stability, practicality and material. Real world concerns. Earth signs are all about our finances, our money and our work in our day today life what exists in a very tangible and real world sense and water signs or the emotions, the passion, the spirituality and sensuality that ties it all together. Water signs provide us with the empathy and the compassion that allow us to step into other people's shoes and foster a sense of connection that makes it all seem worth it. So the fire science are Aires, Leo Sagittarius. The Earth signs are tourists. Virgo in Capricorn, your Signs gem and I Libra, Aquarius and Water Signs Cancer, Scorpio and Pisces. The modalities are just another way to divide up the Zodiac signs. Cardinal signs are all about action initiation, making things happen rather than waiting around for someone else to get things off the ground. And the fixed signs are all about being steadfast, Loyal determines seeing things through the ends, acting as a writer die mutable sign. Superpower is their adaptability in their flexibility. They're definitely not the most confrontational signs, so they're much more likely to change their own needs or wants to make a situation work. The cardinal signs are areas cancer, Libra in Capricorn, fixed signs or tourists. Leo, Scorpio and Aquarius Mutable Signs, Gemini, Sagittarius and Pisces. I also wanted to include the symbols for each of the science, also known as the cliffs, because it is very helpful to know what each of the signs are represented by when you're looking at a chart in the beginning stages of interpretation, super helpful to have a cheat sheet to refer to. So once you know the element and the modality of each sign, you can start to interpret what it means. So, for example, when you're looking at Aires, you know that you are looking at cardinal Fire. So that is all about initiation, about getting things done about action, about initiation, about energy, working towards your goals and with prices. Let's say we're looking at mutable water. That's all about connection, about intuition and emotions and adaptability, flexibility. So we might imagine that this is somebody who's very empathetic and might not always have the greatest sense of where they and another person begins. You could also look up stereotypes for each of the science and based your interpretation on that. There's tons of information on that on YouTube and other parts of the Net. But I really think that looking at the elements and the modalities of each of the signs is the best way to do your interpretation. That way it comes from the heart, and it comes from what you know and understand about each of the signs, and I think that's the best way to do it to go. 3. Planets & Basics of Interpretation: you're probably already familiar with your sun sign, but astrologers actually believe that the positions of all of the planets in your charts dictate different pieces of your personality. So, for example, the sun is all about your general vitality, your ego and your sense of self. And Jupiter is your sense of optimism and positivity where you were the luckiest. All of those pieces come into play to give you a much more complete picture of your personality, and who you are is an individual. Before we jump into it, I think it's important to point out that off all of the celestial bodies that are up on the screen here on Lee Mercury, Venus and Mars are actually play. It's until there's a better astronomical term for us to use. Astrologers are just going to use planets to refer to any relevance celestial body or astrological point that we're using. In our interpretation, Um, I hope that works for you. If you have any better suggestions, shoot him out there. So without a disclaimer, out of the way with the sun, we're looking at the active go it part of yourself. The sun is a part of you that has goals and a conscious expression. This is the party you that is quote unquote, Matt, masculine and out in the outside world, the moon is the feminine counterparts to the sun. And though it is not the part of you that is productive and active and external facing, it is just a Zim Porton as the sun. I think that the sun holds a lot of weight in our society, and most people tend to only know their son sign because we value productivity and goals and being externally driven in our society. But that's not the only important part of our expression. The moon tells us all about our emotions. Our reactions are habits and really the less conscious ways of our being. It can show us a lot about in green behavior patterns and green beliefs and on understanding of ourselves, that kind of ride below the surface. Mercury, of course, is the planet closest to the sun and the quickest moving from our perspective. And all of that quick moving, darting around sort of energy tells us a lot about communication. Are mental energy learning and understanding. Mercury tells us about how we communicate with others what we like communicating about and even about travel and trips that we take. Venus tells us about our love, nature, romance, sex and in a broader sense, about what we value. Venus can tell us about our friendships and how we value our friendships. It can tell us about how we act in social situations and our perspective on money and finances as well. If the sun is the masculine counterpart to the moon, Mars is the masculine half of Venus that gives us the other perspective on our romantic and sexual nature. Venus is what we want. Mars is going to be how we go about getting it. This also has to do with our work style because Mars tells us about how we take action and express our tells. So if we have these goals and these objectives that the sun puts in our awareness, the Mars is gonna be how we go about getting them. The last point that we're going to discuss is the rising or the ascendant sign or the first house cusp. This is the ambassador that you share with the rest of the world's. Some astrologers even call it thes social mask, and it's how other people see you In a lot of cases, if you ask someone to guess your Zodiac sign, they might actually guess your rising sign, Which is interesting, because it's the part of your expression that you share most easily and readily with people that you don't know very well. So once you know what planet you're looking at and the sign that it's in your really ready to start interpreting, think of it this way. If the planet is the now one of your sentence, which determines the subject that you're looking at, the sign is going to be the adjective that determines how that's now on is expressed. So if we're looking at Venus and tourists, for example, we know we're looking at somebody's romantic nature and their values, and we know that with tourists were looking at fixed Earth. So we can deduce that this is somebody who is loyal, Steadfast Rider die, and they are very concerned with practical matters. The five senses will might say sensuality. So this is somebody who enjoys the simple pleasures with their significant other. Similarly, if we look at Mars and Jim and I, we know we're looking at how somebody takes action and expresses themselves and with Jim and I were looking at mutable air. So logic, mental energy darting all around and adapting to different circumstances. This is somebody you probably talks a lot of work, maybe does some negotiation of some sort and more than likely thrives in a chaotic environment. Once I do my first, or as I do my first few interpretations, I'm definitely going to look online and read what other people have written about those placements just to kind of do it double check on what my gut is telling me. But essentially, that's all there is to interpretation. I think you're ready to get started yourself. So for your first class of Simon, I'm going to ask you to look at two of the planets in your charts and write up a short paragraph describing an interpretation of that planet in the sign share on our class wall, and I am looking forward to seeing what you all share soon 4. Understanding the Houses: if the planets are the announce of the charts which show you all the different areas of life and life experiences that we all go through and the science are the adjectives which give all of those planets their court sort of particular flavor in expression. The houses are going to be the adverbs which show you where and what capacity those themes are going to show up in your charts. If you follow through each house in the themes that they signify consecutively, they tell you Ah, whole story of human development, which is really interesting, starting with the first quadrant down in the bottom left, we get a picture of you as an individual in the first house. We see your basic personality, the ambassador that you share with the rest of the world. As we discussed in our definition of the rising sign, the first house can also tell you about your looks and your physical appearance. The sign that sits on the second house cusp and any planets that may be in the second house tell you about what you have and how you treat and how you value what you have. The third house is all about communication. It can tell you about who you communicate with, how you communicate and also about your childhood, your siblings and any sort of short trips that you take in the second house. We start getting into how you express yourself. The fourth house is your roots, your emotions, your ancestry. It is a very subconscious party yourself and can have a lot to do with your family and your home, both literally and figuratively. This is the most private and intimate part of yourself, because it's at the bottom of your chart. This is not a part of yourself that you really showed people very readily, like your moon sign. The fifth house is what you birth in this lifetime again, either literally meaning your Children or figuratively meaning your hobbies, your creative expression, your passions Fifth House tells us about will be enjoy and what we like to do in this lifetime, the six house looks at habits day to day routine, your work style, your health. And in the third quadrant we starts to get into how you really to others, which is the theme for really the whole top of your chart in the seventh house. We looked at purely your relationships with others in a one on one sense. Of course, this has a lot to do with romantic relationships. This also has to do with friendships, business partners and even enemies. If you have open enemies, if you have secret enemies or people who were perhaps trying to sabotage you from behind the scenes, this is going to show up more. In the 12th House in Eighth House, we look at everything that is hidden in relating to others. This has to do with secret dealings and affairs, sex, the occult and other people's money. And in the ninth House, we start looking at mind expansion. This is your beliefs, your philosophy, travel that you take that expands your mind and any sort of higher education that you undergo. This is where you begin to make sense of it all in a broader sense and start moving towards the fourth house, which is all about you in the world's how You Relate to the world and your lived experience in the 10th House, which is the top and most public party. Your charge. We're looking at your career, your legacy, your public image in the 11th House. We're looking at society, societal groups, humanity as a whole and identity categories. And the 12 house is very interesting, because here we start to look at the space that is kind of between worlds in the 12th House . We're getting ready to start back over in the first house and start over with a whole new set of expressions. And this is where we start to get into spaces that we don't really see very clearly. The 12 house tells us about our blind spots and where something might be super super apparent, somebody else. But we just can't see it. No matter what we dio, The 12 house has to do with secrets that we aren't fully aware of hidden enemies, as we've mentioned, and space is separate from society. This could be jails, prisons, solitary confinements and anything sort of escapist and spiritual in a way. So when looking at the houses in your charts, it's best to start with looking at the signs that are on each of the house cusp. So So, for example, looking at the second house cusp, I can learn a lot about second house themes in my charts. The first house costs with the rising or ascendance sign so on and so forth. And of course, looking at where the planets fall in all of the houses is going to give you a great deal of information as well. However, it's important to point out that just because you may not have any planets in a given house does not mean that that house is not important for you. For example, if you don't have any plans in your seventh house, that does not mean that you are doomed in relationships that you're never going to be in a relationship, anything like that. If you have, let's say Saturn or Mars, some of the more challenging planets in the seventh House. That might mean that you have really challenging relationships, so it might be better to just have the sign there in an empty house. So going back to my Venus and gem and I example, let's say that this Penis and Gemini is in the fourth house. They're probably going to want a have a lot of those experiences at home. Maybe it's most stimulating for them to, I don't know, decorate their home with their partner or, um, you know, learn about new things sitting on the couch, watching a Netflix special. This is quite the contrast for somebody who might have Venus and Gem and I in the 11th house, for example, a Venus and gem. And I in the 11th House Person is probably gonna want to be out in the world with their partner. They're probably going to want to introduce them to all of their friends and build a new social circle circle together, make sure that all their friends really like their partner and they all get to have fun together. So the house really allows you to take the interpretation of a planet in the sign to the next level and get really specific about how that's going to show up for you or for anyone else. So for this next assignment, you're going to go back to the planets that you had done an interpretation for in the last course. And look at the houses that they're in. How does that change? Or maybe kind of further refine the interpretation that you put forth in our last lesson? I'm curious to know what you think 5. Incorporating Outer Planets: so So far, we've really only looked at the Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars and the ascendant sign. We haven't talked at all about Jupiter Saturn and definitely not the outer planets we turned up to in your anus and Fluto. That's because all of the latter planets really moves so slowly that you're gonna have the same sign placement as anyone else. That's about your same age. Therefore, I don't tend to look as closely at those planets when I'm doing an individual's chart interpretation there. Very, very helpful when we're looking at kind of time periods and generational astrology. But for your individual charts, anything from Jupiter through puto is going to be most interesting, either. If it's in an aspect to one of the inner planets, which we'll talk about in a later video or if it's in one of the angular house is the first house, the fourth house 7000 the 10th house. It's going to be a lot more prominent in your charts. Quick disclaimer again before discussing the rest of the planets. I include Jupiter and Saturn in the outer planet category because, in my opinion, looking at Jupiter and Saturn will tell you less about an individual's personality in the birth chart analysis and more about their relationship to their generation or their peer group. So I tend to group them into the category with Neptune, Uranus and Puto rather than categorizing them. It's personal planets. Jupiter is our planet of luck and positivity. This is the most positive planet in our chart, and wherever you have, it is going to show you wherever you are, the luckiest, where you are going to have the most good fortune and where you were going to experience really good things. However, it is important to point out that because you better is this big planet that expands whatever it touches. If it is placed in a harsh aspect, or if it is an aspect to a more negative play it like Saturn or Mars, it might be too much of a good thing and lead to negative things in your chart. It all just depends. This next slide should say Saturn up here, I apologize for the typo. Saturn is clearly trying to teach me a lesson here about typos and proof, reading and doing good work, which is appropriate because Saturn is all about discipline and lessons and hard work. Saturn is our practice makes perfect planet, and it can drive us crazy and early life because we can't take shortcuts wherever we've got a Saturday on our chart. However, because it has such a drive towards perfectionism, we're going to be able to master are Saturn lessons by the end of our lifetimes. Neptune is our planet of rose colored glasses. It's where we see things very metaphorically and symbolically ends. Things may not speak exactly as they seem. This could be really beautiful. A lot of musicians and artists have a strong Neptune energy, and it tells us a lot about spirituality and psychic nous. But it can also have to do with deceits or illusion and things not being what they seem in that sort of way. So, like with every planet, there is sort of a positive and a negative side to Neptune. If Neptune is our rose colored glasses, Uranus is our electric, both of energy. Uranus brings excitement and unpredictability and and eccentricity to whatever it touches. It's where we might experience really sudden changes and a lot of different perspectives and experiences throughout our lifetimes and where things air unstable and unpredictable. This exciting, buzzing sort of energy can be presented as anxiety sometimes, especially in people who have a lot of Uranus energy in their charts. And sometimes it can be this energy of almost getting thrown into a situation that seems like too much. But we've got a rise to the occasion, and ultimately it ends up being great. Fluto is all about depth, regeneration and transformation. Plateau is our Phoenix from the ashes planet. It is where we kind of metaphorically die over and over throughout our lives so that we can keep recreating ourselves. It is where we are perfecting and refining similarly to Saturn, but much more in a raise it all to the ground and start over from scratch, type away where were just regenerating constantly. So we're going to hold off on putting out an assignment for this lesson. But I will ask you to look at the outer planet placements for you and for one other person with their consent. Of course, what's most interesting to you about those house placements and in the next video, we're going to cover aspects, which is another great way to incorporate outer planets into your analysis 6. Understanding Aspects: aspects are the angles that your planet's make to each other in your charts. Once you get a handle on, interpreting the individual planets is really helpful to look at the energy that comes between or around planets that are in your chart in order to make sense of some of the internal conflicts or harmonies that you might be experiencing. So these are the major aspects that were going to be discussing today. There are also minor aspects which are represented by these dotted lines or the green dash lines. But those are not going to be quite as importance for the purpose of this lesson. We're just going to focus on the solid red in the solid blue lines in the middle of your chart. You can also find aspects by looking at this little graph down here. So I have the moon here. I've got Saturn here, and I know that this little symbol is a conjunction. We're only gonna look at this little symbol in the lower left of the box. For now. Ah, conjunction is where two planets sit at the same or very close to the same degree. It isn't necessarily positive or negative But it does imply that the energies of those two planets are very linked in some way. In opposition is, as the name implies, 180 degrees between two planets on opposite sides of the Zodiac. And the way that in opposition shows up is with some sort of tension or something that seems to be incontrovertible between two energies, sometimes in opposition shows up as two truths that seem very, very opposing. But our way of dealing with the opposition is to create a world view that allows for both of those truths to be known simultaneously, though, they may seem very opposing and conflicting. A square aspect, or 90 degrees between two planets is similar to an opposition. A lot of times is going to be even more challenging and confrontational, especially in early life. But as we learn to deal with the energy of a square and allow for freer flow of energy between the planets involves, a square can actually be one of our greatest assets in our later life trying to sex tiles or where we get into more positive energies between planets. This is where we have gifts and talents and assets that we can rely on in hard times. Trying is between two planets in signs of the same elements. So to planets and water signs or two planets and air science. And a sex style is between two planets in compatible elements. So fire and air or earth and water. So using this chart as an example, there's a lot of red, as you can see, but nearing and specifically on the square between Venus and Saturn and also Venus in the Moon because we've got a moon Saturn conjunction down here. We can learn a lot about this natives romantic nature. So knowing that Venus is about love and romance and Saturn is about boundaries and restriction in hard lessons, this is probably going to be someone who has a lot of harsh, harsh Russians that they need to learn love. This is going to be somebody who might have some romantic misfortune, especially at the beginning of their lifetime, and needs to learn a lot of their life lesson through relationship. So that's just one example for this lessons assignment. We're going to have you look back at the planets from your first excitement. What aspects do you see to those planets from either inner or outer planets right out. One paragraph for one of those aspects narrowing in on what you think changes the expression of the planet you'd originally looked at. And at this point, you're ready to start reading for as many people as possible and as many people as you can find who are interested in having you read for them. You now know about the signs, the planets, the houses and the aspects between the planets. So you're really getting into the meat of interpretation. Practice makes perfect at this point. 7. Incorporating the Asteroids: so, like outer planets, asteroids could be most important if they're in a major house, which I define as the 1st 4th 7th and 10th house. Or if they're in a major aspect to a personal planet. There are countless asteroids look at and there minor, of course, is asteroids. They're not full on planets, so they're not the most important part of your interpretation. But they can be a fun element to add in every once in a while. From astro dot com, you can find the asteroids if you go to extended charts election under free horoscopes, you can scroll down to where it says additional objects. There's a pop up that has some of the asteroids that you can just add in individually. Or if you want to get really fancy with it, you can enter in the asteroid numbers into this little manual entry box. There's a full list of all the asteroids here, with all their numbers and tons of information online. There's an asteroid for literally anything you can think of. For the purposes of this video, I'm going to talk about some of the major asteroids that astrologers tend to really like starting with Chiron, which is astrologers, favorite asteroid Kyron and the mythic Chiron tells us all about the wounded healer and in our chart. It is where we have our deepest and security Kyron choses, where we're able to really help others and really heal others. But we may be very blocked from healing ourselves. Serious is all about nurturing motherhood and taking care of others and ourselves. If we have Children, Siri's is going to tell us a lot about how we are as parents, and it also tells us a lot about how we treat ourselves and our bodies. If we have issues with body image, this might be due to an affliction to the asteroid Siri's or if we have really great health and body image on the other side of things, that might be a really positive, serious placement palaces. Named for the Roman goddess Pallas Athena, which represents the wise feminine Pallas, Athena is concerned with justice, a sense of right and wrong crafts and Haiti work and sort of trickster mental wisdom. Juno, in Roman mythology, was the wife of Jupiter and in astrology. The asteroid, you know, tells us all about marriage. Venus also tells us about marriage, as you might imagine, but do you know, I think gives us a much more modern view into relationships. Venus represents a very archetypal submissive, feminine side, and and I think, you know, is where we think a lot more about equity, about boundaries and fairness and relationship, where we work with issues like gender roles and think about jealousy, control, how we act in a relationship, and the terms of our relationship that we want to put out there investigates the scenes of self sufficiency again. In Roman mythology. Vest A was the sister of Jupiter and Juno who never married and similar to Palace. Athena bested The asteroid gives us a view into the feminine kind of decoupled from sex and sexuality. In this case, this is because of Vestas focus, dedication and her sense of self respect and self worth. Vest is all about breaking things down and putting them together ritual and process sends how we're able to purify and create in our own lives. So for this lessons assignments, look up the asteroids that we mentioned in this video by sign and house placements. Pick one and write up a couple sentences on how it plays out in your chart. Let us know what you think 8. Unlocking the Degrees: So at this point, it goes without saying that each of the planets in your chart falls into a particular astrological sign, but we're in particular. Within that sign, each of the signs of the Zodiac takes up 30 degrees of the night sky and figuring out where within those 30 degrees each, pure planets falls concave you even a little bit more information and insight into how it's expressed in your chart degrees air, not the most important part of astrological analysis. But they are a cool element to throw in every now and again. So it's actually very easy to find the degrees of each of your planet's. On astro dot com, the degrees are going to be this larger number. That's right by each of your planet's. The smaller numbers are minutes of arc, which is just the smaller unit of degrees, and you can round up or down with the whole unit of 60 is appropriate, Of course, This also shows up in our little cheat sheet graph at the bottom of the chart, where we have the planet, the sign and the degree that each planet is at planets at lower degrees of each of the signs, so from about zero to tended degrees, tend to be less developed and less expressed in our charts. We tend to not be as sure of how we want to share those planets with the outside world, and they tend to be a little bit stunted or perhaps even underdeveloped or just less consciously expressed in our charts. In contrast, planets at higher degrees. So let's say 20 to 30 degrees of our chart are going to be much more fully expressed and much more active and conscious part of the way that we act in the way that we experience ourselves in the outside world, specifically the 29th degree of any sign called The Anorexic Degree is going to be a representation of the most intense energy in the purest form of each of those signs. So definitely something to keep in mind. If you have a planet at 29 degrees of any of the signs, it's gonna be a powerful one. Beyond that, there are also specific degrees that traditional astrologers have singled out as being most impactful in any of the signs, so that would be 0 13 and 26 degrees of the cardinal signs nine and 22 degrees of the fixed signs four and 17 degrees of the mutable signs, and you can also look up the Sabian symbol for any degree in your chart. The Sabian Cymbals were produced by a clear Ivorian's in the early 19 hundreds and essentially provide an image or a significant shin for each degree of each sign. So that's 360 images total. It could be interesting to look up the symbol for your sun sign or any other relevant point in your chart to get a different take on what it might mean. So, for example, my son at 16 degree cancer has this Abyan symbol of a man studying a mandala before him with the help of a very ancient book. I think that's very interesting. It's a symbol that feels personally resonant with me and gives me another look into what my cancer sun sign might mean. You can look up the Sabian Cymbals online or check out the book inside degrees by alias Lansdale, which gives you a right up on each of the SAPIEN symbols. So for this lessons assignment, find one planets and write up a couple sentences on the degree that that planet is that How do you think the degrees that this planet sits at modifies or determines its expression in any sort of way? 9. Transits (The Key to Deciphering your Horoscope): by now you are a master of chart interpretation, so to give you a little bit of teaser for what's next if you continue your study of astrology, I wanted to introduce you to transits, which is another way to figure out kind of what's going on in your life right now. And the key to unlocking timing and prediction using astrology so kind of like the horoscopes that you read in the newspaper Astrological transits allow you to overlay the planets that are in your birth chart with where the planets are at right now, currently in the night sky. And this could give you a lot of insight into what's going on in the world at large and how you were experiencing all those things personally. So if you have your chart on astro dot com, there's actually this handy button at the top right of the charts, which will allow you to add transits instantly. So around the outside of my chart in Lime Green here I have all the planetary transits for today. I can also go back outs, toothy extended chart selection page, and I'm going to go to where it says chart type here and scroll down to Natal chart and transits. And then, if I go to this box here where it's a start date, I can put any date for the future for the past and look at transits for that period of time , which it's super super interesting. For now, though, I'm just going to stick to today's transits, and astro dot com provides this a whole table up where it says additional tables in the top lefts where I can look at's both the aspects that I have in my Natal chart here. Or I can go to this second page and look at the relationship between my birth planets or needle planets up here and the transit planets. Or I can just say on this page here and do a visual scan of the transits that I see. The moon is always going to be our fastest moving transit. The moon changes signs every 2.5 days reliably without fail, because every 30 days we get a full cycle of the moon through the Zodiac signs. If you get really good at tracking moon transits, this can give you the most specific and precise bellwether of how you might be feeling from day to day at any point in time. The sun, Mercury, Venus and Marge change signs every, let's say, 3 to 6 weeks, except if they are retro baiting, which all but the sun do at least a couple times every few years. Right now, and looking at my transits, I see that there's a whole lot of pricey stuff that I have going on. We've got the moon and prices right now. For the short two day period. We have Venus and Pie sees mercury and prices and also Neptune and prices, which is a longer term transit. So lots of stuff going on there. And I also see some longer term transits that I have going on. So I see that Saturn and Pluto's or opposite my son and Mercury in cancer right about now. And because Saturn and Puto are slower moving, these are gonna be transits that I have for a while, more like a couple years, as opposed to a couple weeks or a couple days. Saturnin, plu toe are some of the harsher planets that give us tough lessons and provide tough love. So I know that the next couple of years air probably going to be all about discipline and tough love lessons and bringing myself up to my next level. And I also see that I have the North node about two transit over my son. We haven't talked about the North note in this class, but if you're curious, I highly suggest that you look more into the north and the South nodes is. They're very, very interesting astrological points and seeing the North node coming towards my son. I know that there's a lot of really interesting and sort of faded occurrences that I have to look forward to, so we will see how all that plays out. But it is very helpful to have astrology, as in predict of tools, so that you can figure out what you may have to be working on before you're in the middle of experiencing it. So for this last class assignment, we're going to have you look at one major transits that's going to be an outer planet transit in somebody else's chart. Write up a short paragraph describing what the individual might experience or be experiencing during the course of this Trans and then talk to that individual and get their take on whether any of those predictions have come true. It's only through talking to other people and getting their take on your analyses that you're able to take your interpretation up to the next level, so continue to practice with reading other people's charts. 10. Conclusion & What's Next?: so thank you so much for participating in this course. I've had a lot of fun, and I hope that you have to. So at this point, you're ready to stock your crush, impress your friends, make sense of all of your complicated family dynamics. Astrology gives you the tool toe, unlike all of its When I got into astrology, I remember just being able to make sense of the world. For the first time, I was able to understand why I was the way that I waas and why my interactions with people went the way that they did. And I just decided I never wanted to stop learning about this stuff. And that's really why I love astrology is that even with this course right now, we are barely scratching the surface of it. I tend to use a very modern, Western centric, almost psychological post to astrology. But the techniques that I use with this approach are completely different from modern or from sorry from traditional astrology techniques used in Hellenistic astrology in the Vedic astrology that they use in India. And this is really only one branch of astrology with looking at birth charts. There's also what's called election. All astrology, which can help you pick important states for significant events, and Horry astrology, which can answer important questions and help you uncover lost objects. I also encourage you to consider getting a professional birth chart reading done from an astrologer. If you want to continue on with this stuff while your own interpretation of your chart, it's always gonna be the most accurate in the most insightful. I think it can be very helpful to hear what a professional might have to say about what you have going on and to use their advice in there. Inside, it's a starting off point for the continuation of your studies, and, of course I would love for you to stay in touch with me. You can find me on Instagram at Hidden Gift astrology or Booker reading from me at hitting gift astrology dot com, and I love talking about this stuff, so please let me know if you have any questions or if there's any additional information you'd like to have, thank you so much and have a good one