What is Astrology?
Astrology is a very ancient science that is present in every culture. This science takes into account planets and constellations that are in the sky at the time and place of your birth. These planets and constellations play an important role in forming your personality and influence your life to a large degree. Predictions are also made based on the movements of these planets through certain aspects of your astrological chart.
Astrology is present in most cultures across the world. Chinese Astrology, Western Astrology and Vedic Astrology - all are quite popular among such guidance seekers. There are precise mathematical and scientific principles which are applied to the calculations and predictions based on either of these streams predictive sciences.
Influence of Planets and Constellations
Critics do not agree that planets and constellations which are hundreds of miles away affect us. Well, it is a matter of perspective.
Scientists have already agreed that the Moon plays a vital role in the formation of the tides in the oceans and seas. More than 70% of the earth is covered by water. And more than 70% of a human body is composed of water. Imagine the influences that can be at play here.
The sun also plays a vital role, scientifically speaking, on the various aspects of life on our planet. Day and night are controlled by the movement of the earth around the sun. Together, the sun and the moon control several factors that affect the weather patterns on earth.
Both of them are several miles away from the earth. And yet, the earth and several other planets revolve and rotate around the sun and orbit around it. One can safely say that these planets do play an influential role on things and events around us.
Sun Signs, Moon Signs and Ascendant signs
There are two manners of looking at signs in astrology.
The position of the sun in a particular sign at the time of your birth, determines your sun sign. The derivation of this sign is a very simple process. You can find your sun sign based on your date of birth. Often, every newspaper will carry an astrological forecast based on these sun signs.
The position of the moon in a particular sign at the time of your birth, determines your moon sign. Many factors have to be considered while determining this. Your place of birth and the precise time of your birth are factors that are added into this computation, to derive your moon sign. This type of chart is very complicated compared the relatively easy method for sun signs.
Your ascendant sign is the one that is in your First House, while computing your natal chart for deriving your moon sign. The ascendant sign determines your outward personality -i.e. - how others think you are, and your most prominent personality type.
For the sake of simplicity, we shall be looking at sun signs for the purpose of this article.
Astrological Signs and their Elements
Each astrological sign corresponds to one of the four elements. The four elements are Fire, Air, Water and Earth. Based on this, the twelve signs of astrology are divided amongst these elements.
Aries, Leo and Sagittarius are Fire signs. Gemini, Libra and Aquarius are Air signs. Cancer, Scorpio and Pisces are Water signs. Taurus, Virgo and Capricorn are Earth signs.
Each element imparts a certain behavioral aspect to each sun signs. Fire makes people passionate, creative, energetic and aggressive. Air makes people think, have ideas, and dream. Water makes people emotional, moody, intuitive and creative. Earth makes people more practical, down-to-earth, materialistic and sensible.
Interaction between the Elements
An individual's personality is dominated by these elements. So, when two people meet, the elements governing their signs interact with each other too. It is fun to see how these elements behave with each other. This computation is based on common sense.
Just as an example: Air feeds Fire. Air flows over Water. Air blows the Earth. Air and Air will be too windy. Water douses Fire. Earth douses Fire too. Water and Water will be too emotional. Fire and Fire is all passion. Earth and Earth is a too stable combination, and can be boring. This is the combination which can be formed between the elements. It makes for an interesting observation to see the elements combining.
We can also see such a combination for a single person, when we consider their sun sign, the moon sign and their ascendant sign.
It has been seen that the planets, the signs and the elements do make an interesting combination with which one can derive the personality traits of a person. The compatibility of two people based on these factors can be observed, by simply seeing people around you interact with each other.
That is not to say that each fire person will be alike. A lot of permutations and combinations are formed with the additional inputs from their moon signs, and ascendants and the position of the other planets in their chart.
Does this mean, that if two Earth people, say, come together, they will be bored with each other all the time? Well, that may or may not be the case as every person's individual maturity and understanding also play a key part in the workability of a relationship. The Elements and the signs, however, do help you gain a deeper understanding of the basic, instinctive natures of the individuals concerned.
Look around you, and you will see all the elements and their combinations moving about in all their glory. Observe and you will notice a trend. It is a compelling analysis that will surely help you get along with someone much better than before.