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Astrology 101 – A Beginner’s Guide

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Astrology 101 – A Beginner’s Guide

Understanding Your Astrological Chart
Doreen Virtue
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Mar 06, 2014 at 09:00 AM

 Ancient Babylonians, Egyptians, Indians, Arabians, and Greeks, as well as Kabbalists in the Judaic tradition, all had input into the development of astrology as we know it now. Along the way, our ancestors noticed patterns among the dispositions of people according to their time, date, and place of birth. These observations also became the basis for modern natal astrology.

 Initially, it was rare that anyone except kings and queens knew the day of their birth, let alone the hour. So ancient astrology had little to do with what we think of as astrology today. Ordinary people didn’t get their charts read. Only ye olde kings would have a court astrologer note when certain planets were getting together in harmonious or angry ways. They informed their king of the best times to shore up relations with an ally or launch an attack against an enemy, for example.

Modern-Day Astrology

Today, if you consult an astrologer, you will be asked the time, date, and place of your birth. Based on this information, the astrologer will note where the planets were on the day you were born. This person will also know whether the planets were making beautiful music together or clashing. This is called natal astrology. You can get your natal astrology chart now at

It may be that until now, all you’ve known about astrology is what you’ve read in newspapers and magazines. This is called solar astrology, as it simply looks at your Sun, which represents your ego. This type of astrology is very much a “quick fix,” compared to having your entire chart examined. Even so, there’s nothing inherently wrong with it.

Columns in newspapers and magazines are often the first initiation into astrology for many people. This type of astrology is very accessible and can be an excellent vehicle for Divine messages from the cosmos. In fact, newspaper or media astrology got a bad rap because in the 20th century, these columns were often written by the office intern who also made the coffee! They had nothing at all to do with real astrology. Times have changed, though, and today the majority of columns published in the media have qualified astrologers behind them.

Presidents Using Astrology

Many modern leaders, including former U.S. President Ronald Reagan and France’s presidents Jacques Chirac and François Mitterand, had astrologers on their teams. Many astrologers believe that President Barack Obama has an astrologer on-site, since so many of his pronouncements and actions have been made at propitious moments, astrologically speaking.

However, you might be interested to know that President Obama’s first inauguration took place at a very inauspicious moment. As he was sworn in, the Moon was Void of Course (meaning that the Moon had made its last major planetary connection before changing signs). It’s said that whatever happens when the Moon is Void of Course bears no fruit. As you can imagine, astrologers the world over (especially American Democrats) were having conniptions about President Obama being sworn in under this Moon.

But do you remember what happened? He very conveniently flubbed his lines and had to do the swearing-in again later, in the Oval Office! And when that occurred, the Moon was no longer Void of Course. (It should be noted that President Obama has never confirmed or denied having an astrologer.)

Astrology and Angels

It’s obviously not just kings, queens, and presidents who can benefit from astrology. Astrology is a trustworthy pathway to self-discovery for all. Through astrology, you can understand your personality, relationships, moods, energy cycles, and even your life purpose. Astrology is aligned with all religious and spiritual paths, as it’s a time-honored tradition for unlocking your Book of Life. In my book Angel Astrology 101 that I wrote with astrologer Yasmin Boland, we specifically incorporate angelic guidance into each astrological reading.

Our book has a chapter for each of the 12 astrological signs with the associated sacred archangel for that sign whom I have carefully studied and connected with. We share how to connect with the archangels whose roles and traits are specific to your astrological chart as well.  This doesn’t mean that these archangels only work with one particular astrological sign, as archangels are unlimited beings who work with everyone who calls upon them. 

Delving into astrology can become a lifelong interest. The more you understand your chart, the more you can understand yourself. Astrology, like the angels, is a guide that is always there to support you if you remember to use it for the good of yourself and others.


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Doreen Virtue
Doreen Virtue Doreen Virtue graduated from Chapman University with two degrees in counseling psychology. A former psychotherapist, Doreen now gives online workshops on topics rela Continue reading