031-istock-origAstrology is a tool that offers leaps in understanding when embraced as a symbolic language. I look at it as one tool in the toolbox. Like, “I’m gonna pick up my screwdriver now and work on this project.” Or for astrology, “I’m going to pick up my natal chart now and see what insights I discover.”

I’m not a fan of using astrology for every single question. It is wonderful for seeing potential life lesson insights, though. It can help bring clarity quickly. As Steven Forrest wrote, “Astrology’s principle advantage is speed.” Astrology offers a way to focus on insights for certain areas of life and help you problem solve at any given time too.

You are probably familiar with your Sun sign even if you haven’t ever done much work learning the symbolic language of astrology at all. For example, you most likely know you are a Pisces or Taurus.

Sun sign descriptions are a nice way to open the door to a little bit of the language and symbolism of astrology. There are a lot more pieces that can be added to tap into the useful information to consider for practical relevance to your life. Whole paragraphs can be added such as, in general: how others tend to see you, what you are best known for, how you learn best, how to best nurture yourself, what makes your heart soar, what you are spontaneously willing to take action on, information about your life purpose, and many other useful pieces of information to consider.

Astrology can reveal new ideas for solutions that you have not thought of before. Then you try the new approach in your life and find out for yourself if the idea worked. I love to use astrology in this very practical way.

Because of the law of attraction, always take descriptions offered to the high side for ideas to consider going forward. For example, low side keywords to consider for Aquarius include detached, unpredictable, and arrogant. Whereas high side keywords include visionary, altruistic, perceptive, funny, and unique. You can find many more examples of keywords for all of the 12 signs to consider online. There are multiple potential interpretations for every piece in astrology. Remember to focus on the positive as you go.

The place to start is to get a copy of your natal chart. It is all done by computer software. You can get a free natal chart online at astro.cafeastrology.com. Just click on “Birth Chart” once you get there. You will need your birth date, birth time, and birth place to generate a chart.

Then you can look at a cheat sheet such as this one or, my long-time favorite, this one.

One of the first things I look at when I look at a chart is the placement of the north node by house and sign. Which gives the big picture idea of hints into life purpose. North node placement can help you sync up with a way of being that can help move you forward towards everything that you want in life. It’s a very big picture view, and it’s a lifelong journey. But you can know that as you lean in the direction of that north node, you’re heading in a good direction for personal growth. The insights and clarity from taking a look at that north node can be priceless.

Next, I often look for the Sun and Moon sign and placements. Just these bits of info provide inspirational ideas to consider and synthesize for self-growth.

Did you know that there are things to look at in your natal chart that can give ideas to consider for career too? At the top of your chart will be a sign that indicates what others quickly recognize about you. When you combine that info with your moon sign and your Mars sign you can gather some helpful ideas that can point to practical steps to try in your career.

And you can gain insights about yourself in all kinds of relationships too. For important partnerships, such life partners, look at the 7th house cusp. So, if you have Aquarius on the 7th house cusp of partnership and identifying with others, lean into being altruistic, perceptive, and funny in relationships…or any of the other high side keywords for Aquarius that resonate with you. Consider that might be the type of person you attract as well.

Now if you want to take a look at how you can take it to the high side as a parent, look at the 5th house cusp and see what sign is there then take the keywords to the high side again, see which ones resonate with you. With siblings look at the 3rd house cusp. With co-workers, look at the 6th house cusp.

I truly believe positive astrology work can result in clarity and life-enhancing ideas to try as well as a deepening of self-understanding.

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