I’ve had an interest in Astrology since I was a kid. It all started with, the Astrologer Walter Mercado (if you don’t know who he is you MUST watch the documentary based on his life on Netflix called Mucho Mucho Amor). Walter Mercado used to be on day-time Spanish television reading horoscopes for all the zodiac signs on a daily basis. Anytime I caught him on I would wait to hear what he had to say about my sign, Leo. Later, I would turn to the horoscopes in newspapers and magazines, but it wasn’t until about two years ago that I decided to take a deeper dive.
It started at the Tarot Salon while discussing the cards some of the students would bring up the astrological associations of the tarot cards. This led me to want to know more and the Universe complied when I was gifted the book Tarot for Magical Times by Rachel Pollack and Johannes Fiebig which listed the cards and their astrological timings. This led me to a yearlong project where I posted 36 minor arcana cards associated with the 36 decans of the astrological wheel. You can see it by searching the hashtag #tarotformagicaltimes on Instagram. I completed this project earlier this year and now I’m interested in taking an even deeper dive into what is Astrology.
To answer this question, I’ll leave it to the experts, here is what revered astrologer Demetra George has to say in her book Astrology for Yourself, How to Understand and Interpret Your Own Birth Chart “Astrology is a language, art, and science that studies the relationship between the cycles of celestial bodies and the affairs of people on earth. Derived from the Greek roots astron (star) and logos (word or speech), astrology literally means “star talk.” The purpose of learning astrology is to better know and understand ourselves and our place in the cosmos.”
I also subscribe to the Tarot Lady’s, Theresa Reed’s description in her book, Astrology for Real Life, A Workbook for Beginners “Astrology is a system that studies the effects that the planets and stars have on humans. Astrologers examine the correlation between the positions of the heavenly bodies and their relationship to events on earth. By studying the patterns and positions of the planets at the time of a person's birth, astrologers believe we can get an idea of that person's character and potential. Not only can astrology give insights into your personality and possibilities for achievement (or trouble), but it can also help with timing events, exploring compatibility with your boo, and making conscious choices.”
One way I learn is by finding patterns in things. The easiest way I know to find patters is by making spreadsheets. I know spreadsheets are boring, but I am certain I love spreadsheets because I have a Virgo North Node leading me to be organized and analytical. Below is part of my master Astrology Spreadsheet I compiled using information from the book Astrology for Yourself.
I also made the chart below so I could have a visual of where the Tarot cards sit on the chart.
You may be wondering what on earth I’m doing with all this information, first I’m learning how to understand myself as self-development plays a huge role in my life and is the basis of YesSpiral. I also want to understand how Natal or Birth Charts work. If you don’t know what that is, I suggest you check out Channi Nicholas’ website breaks down the birth chart in an easy to understand way. In order to get your birth chart or natal chart you will need to have your birthdate, birth time, and birthplace. The other thing I’m doing is incorporating the information in the moonthly Circles. Every new moon is centered around one of the zodiac signs which colors the energy of the time. Right now, we are in Virgo and the energy is efficient, analytical, and discerning. If you recently had an uncontrollable urge to clean, organize, and purge things you have fallen under Virgo’s spell. If you want to learn more about Virgo or Libra, or Scorpio or... join me in my moonthly circle or purchase the Sun and Moon in Virgo workbook.