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What do you know about astrology? If you are a beginner and donít know more that your popular horoscope sign found in the paper, then you might be surprised at just how much there is to learn.

When we are asked, "What sign are you?", this pertains to the sign that the Sun was in at the time of birth. Sun Signs are the first thing that most of us learn about astrology, and due to the misconceptions surrounding the Sun Signs, sometimes they are the last.

A thinking person might say, "How can astrology be valid when one-twelfth of the population is obviously not the same?", and unfortunately never look any further into the subject.

Astrology is made up of many parts, the Sun being only one. For those who are familiar with psychology, the Sun represents a personís will, sense of self, and ego. While this is important, we certainly are not just ego. (Though I bet you know so folks that seem that way sometimes!) Actually, you have all signs and all planets somewhere in your astrological make-up. Each of us has what astrologers call a natal or birth chart listing all of these things like a fingerprint, individual for you, that can be cast for the exact moment, latitude, and longitude of your birth. Here is where real astrology begins.

So, what IS astrology? Well, in many ways it remains a mystery. There are many theories on why it works, possibly as many theories as there are astrologers. A common though is that the stars have some kind of control over us, or that they impel us in some way. This is highly doubtful, however. These ideas are held over from the beginnings of astrology, when the Babylonians, Sumerians, and other ancient civilizations believed that the planets were gods. A newer though on the nature of astrology is that it is a synchronicity, the universe moving as one with the planets reflecting us, and vice verse. It is also possible that astrology is actually a psychological projection of ours on the sky. While we don't know where astrology comes from, astrologers and long-time astrology students know it works quite effectively!

There are many types of astrology: natal, horary, mundane, financial, and more. It is a study you could devote your life to learning, as most successful astrologers have done to achieve the knowledge they use. However, you do not have to be a psychic to be an astrologer. This is not mysterious information that is hidden, or privileged to a few. Anyone with a dedication, a willingness to learn, and a tad of intuition can begin to study this subject!

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