1. Understanding what makes you who you are.
Even a very basic astrology reading will tell you what your Sun and Moon signs are, and what this means in your life. Through looking at the planets, their positions in the sky at your birth, and how they relate to each other, you will find clues as to why you are drawn to the people and situations that you are, and what you are to learn from them.
2. Knowing the skill and abilities that you brought with you into this lifetime.
Your Sun sign shows the skills and abilities that you brought with you into this lifetime. This is what drives you, where your power comes from in this lifetime. Each Sun sign will express themselves, and use their skills and abilities, in different ways. This is also karmic in origin, in that these skills and abilities were developed in previous lifetimes.
3. Determining your Life Path.
How do you know if you are following the Life Path that is right for you? Are you happy in your life? Do your work, and your relationships, support you in all ways? Are both your opportunities and your challenges moving you forward? Astrology can help you access your creative nature, and express yourself in the highest and best way possible. You will be able to pinpoint the energy that was in your past, the energy that you are currently working with, and what will be coming up for you in the future. Understanding why something is in your life (or coming into your life) allows you to look at possible solutions, and choose the best one for you.
4. Understanding the cycles of your life.
There are many different cycles in the world of astrology. Sun cycles would be one such cycle, with the Sun staying in each of the twelve signs for one month out of each year. The Moon goes through four cycles every 29 days, starting with the New Moon, then moving on to the Waxing Moon, the Full Moon, and the Waning Moon. There are 13 Moon cycles every twelve months. Each year around your birthday the Sun returns to its natal position. The Solar Return is when the Sun reaches the exact degree that it was at your birth. Studying your chart as the planets appear on your Solar Return shows you the energies for the upcoming year.
The planet Saturn moves through its cycle every 29 years, which means that you have a Saturn return every 29 years. What you are dealing with here is taking responsibility, and what form that responsibility might take.
The planet Mercury goes through three retrograde periods every year, when it appears to be moving backwards in the sky (but is really not … tis is an illusion created by the orbital rotation of the earth, related to the position of other planets in our solar system). This is an important cycle because retrogrades tend to create havoc in our lives, and Mercury the Messenger creates snafu’s in all type of communications, and then decides to start messing with our travel arrangements!
5. Relationship compatibility.
Studying our astrological chart will tell us which signs we are compatible with, and which we will have to work a little harder on. Comparing astrological charts gives us a heads up in familial, romantic and business relationships, as well as friendships. When we can put ourselves in the other persons shoes, we can create win/win situations for everyone.
6. Determining the best career.
An astrological reading can tell you (through your Sun sign) what skills and abilities you bring with you into this lifetime, and what you need from your career. You can see whether you are going to be better at multitasking, or attention to the details and hard work over the long run. Where Mercury is positioned in your chart determines your communication skills, and where your challenges and opportunities will be found. The planets in your sixth house describe the mundane, day to day details of your career. The planets in your tenth house represent the type of career you will do best in, your professional goals, and how you are perceived by others.
7. Determining when to begin a project or new enterprise.
Where do we look for the timing of new projects, beginning a new business, or even a new relationship? The Moon has great influence here: new projects are traditionally begun at the new Moon, and projects that are being wrapped up are finalized at the Full Moon. Look to Mercury here also … you do not want to begin a new project when Mercury is in retrograde. If you must do so, be very careful that you understand what other people are telling you, and that they understand what you are saying. Make a special effort to make sure that all communications have been received, because Mercury likes to play havoc with the Internet also!
8. Looking at the pros and cons of relocation.
Much of the stress can be taken out of the decision making process dealing with relocation by looking to the stars for advice. You can use this tool when looking at where to vacation, or where to live … a move across town, across state, or across the country. You will get a clear look at what your options are, what they have to offer you, and what the opportunities, and the challenges, will be in each location. Some of the things to take into consideration are career opportunities, romance, creative opportunities, community and spiritual growth.
9. Find out what your karmic influences are.
Karma has to do with lessons from past lives, and energy that has been carried over into this lifetime. Studying our karma shows us the path that we need to follow in this lifetime for spiritual growth. Also covered here are karmic relationships in our current lifetime.
10. Look at the year ahead.
Whether you are looking at the calendar year, or your personal year (from one birthday to your next birthday), astrology can show what energies lie ahead, where your opportunities and challenges will be found, when the best times to take action are and the skills and abilities that are yours to draw on to accomplish your goals.