What Is the Base Of Horoscopes

imagesNone of us can deny reading horoscopes. We have all done it at some point in our lives either when waiting at the doctor’s office or every morning before we set out for work. There are varied reasons why people read horoscopes. Most do it for fun while a few are driven by an innocent curiosity to predict the future. Whatever the reasons, we often ask if there is any truth in the interpretation of these zodiac signs.

Horoscopes might appear frivolous and trivial, but in reality they are based on a beautifully-arranged system called the cosmos – the sun, the moon, the planets and the stars. The positions of these celestial bodies give one a deeper insight into their love life, career and personality traits.

The Wheel of the Zodiac

The astrological system can be understood with an illustration of the wheel of the zodiac. The wheel is an eternal circle called the sun. Within this circle is a band containing twelve houses. Each of the twelve houses is roughly 30 degrees and represents a particular sun sign. Thus, there are 12 signs – Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius, Capricorn, Aquarius and Pisces.

Also known as the wheel of life, the wheel of the zodiac has no formal beginning or end. Any point can be regarded as the start. However, to simplify the system, Aries has been chosen as the starting point in common agreement. The date of birth is used as a cue to determine your sun sign.

Elements and Ruling Planets

In astrology, every zodiac sign has an identifying symbol. For example, the Ram is the symbol for Aries, the Twins for Gemini and the Bull for Taurus. In addition to this, every sign is governed by an element and ruled by a planet. There are four elements. They are Earth, Water, Fire and Air. There are three fire signs (Aries, Leo and Sagittarius), three water signs (Cancer, Scorpio and Pisces), three air signs (Gemini, Libra and Aquarius) and three Earth signs (Taurus, Virgo and Capricorn).

Every house also has a ruling planet: Aries (Mars), Taurus (Venus), Gemini (Mercury), Cancer, Leo, Virgo (Mercury), Libra (Venus), Scorpio (Pluto), Sagittarius (Jupiter), Capricorn (Saturn), Aquarius(Uranus) and Pisces (Neptune). Cancer and Leo do not have a ruling planet. Cancer is controlled by the Moon and Leo by the sun.

The interpretation of the horoscope is tied to the interactions between symbol, the element and the ruling planet. A person’s character traits are determined on the basis of the nature of the element. Fire being a symbol of heat and rage signifies a hot or short-tempered person. The symbol also attributes certain qualities to the person.

The final factor is the ruling planet. The planets have specific qualities. For example Venus has associations with love while Neptune in moody. The three governing celestial bodies – the sun, the moon and the planets travel through the 12 houses. Owing to the differences in temperaments planets interact differently with each house. Horoscopes are generated on the basis of the interactions between planets and sun signs.

Venus Retrograde – Money, Love and Happiness

imagesVenus rules your money, your relationships and above all, what makes you happy. One of the best things you can do during a Venus retrograde is to think carefully about what makes you happy, what brings love and joy into your life.

It’s a great time to complete any unfinished business you have around finances and relationships. For example, you may come up with a new plan for getting out of debt, you may be in an unhealthy business partnership that needs to be redefined or ended, you might have a great new business idea that needs more planning and structure before you can proceed.

In your relationships, people from the past may come back into your life so that you can resolve any unfinished business that might be preventing you from moving on with your life. Have you learned the lessons associated with this relationship? If you have been having challenges in a relationship, this could be a good time for a reconciliation.

Venus retrograde tends to slow everything connected with money and love giving you enough time to think about things and to see the bigger picture more clearly.

With Venus retrograde in Capricorn, it’s likely to be focused on money and business as Capricorn rules big business, debts, financial institutions, banking and insurance. Capricorn is also ruled by Saturn so you may need to restructure your finances and your relationships or anything that is not working for you in these areas. There could be endings and completions in order to make way for something new and more satisfying to come into your life.

Do you have enough balance in your relationships? Are you giving too much? Are you taking too much?

It is a good time to examine your spending habits, and with Venus retrograde in Capricorn, you may have to tighten your belt and only spend on what you need rather than what you want.

As this retrograde occurs over the holidays and the New Year, I would suggest waiting until after 20th December before buying any luxury or large items because you will probably find that there are huge price reductions and bargains galore to be had once Venus goes retrograde. I anticipate finding lots of great deals in the majority of the retail stores.

If you do buy anything during this time, make sure you keep all the receipts, warranties and guarantees as things can get lost during a retrograde. I once bought a coat during the Venus retrograde for$150.00 and I returned it to the store as it didn’t fit very well. Instead of refunding $150.00 onto my credit card, they refunded just $15.00! It took me months to get the rest of the money out of them.

On the personal front, you may meet someone and you may feel as though you are falling in love with them. Try to go slowly during the retrograde, take your time, because when Venus goes direct on January 31st 2014, this person may not be quite who you thought they were and you could end up being very disappointed. As long as you have gone slowly and you haven’t gotten yourself too emotionally embroiled, then you are not going to feel devastated if things don’t turn out as well as you had hoped.

Venus also rules the currency of a country, its money.

Around the world our economy is changing and crumbling and during this retrograde I wouldn’t be surprised if we see even more bankruptcies on a global scale and also on a personal level where people have just overloaded themselves with financial commitments that they are unable to keep.

If you have been working hard, you have no debts and your relationships are healthy and are founded on integrity and trust, then this Venus retrograde in Capricorn won’t affect you adversely. If however, you have been overspending and your relationships are toxic, then this may be a time of disruption giving you the opportunity to get your finances and relationships into balance once more.