For thousands of years, many people have relied on the alignment and positions of the stars, the planets and the moon to help them understand themselves and pave a better path to the future. We see this Astrological practice even in the modern world. Everyday, millions of people turn to the horoscope page in the newspaper, for instance, to learn more about what to expect during the day. Others choose their partners based on compatible Zodiac signs. Some even wear Zodiac jewelry as testament to his or her characteristics or personality.

In India alone, majority of the population use Vedic Astrology, which is ingrained in the country’s culture, to map out their decisions and actions for astrology day. In addition, the exact date, time and year of a person’s birth is likewise used to come up with perfect matches in marriage.

The True Astrology

But, while most people rely on the daily horoscope seen in newspapers and the Internet, these short forecasts are inaccurate most of the time. To be able to get a good grasp and understanding of your daily life, you should take many other things into consideration besides the month and day of your birth.

Real astrology can be made by drawing a map of yourself, seeing what exact positions the stars and planets were at the time of your birth and in the place you were born. Also called a ‘natal map or a ‘birth map,’ this chart makes all of us unique. You might be born in the same day, month, time and year as Marilyn Monroe, for instance, but since you were born in Thailand, then you will have a completely different natal map from hers. You can then use this natal map, along with what you know about your own Zodiac sign, plus your environment and the people around you to guide you in making decisions in life.

Using Your Zodiac Sign as Guidance

The word ‘zodiac’ actually means ‘circle of life.’ It was probably given this name because these signs are mapped out according to the circular motion of the Sun against the stars and our planet, and the relative positions of other planets to this. It is important to note that some people call Zodiac signs ‘sun signs’ as well. These signs are composed of twelve signs, which are divided in to two groups. The masculine signs are: Aries, Gemini, Leo, Libra, Sagittarius and Aquarius, whereas the feminine signs are Taurus, Cancer, Virgo, Scorpio, Capricorn and Pisces.

Your Zodiac sign can determine a lot about your personality and characteristics. Those born under the sign of Aries, for instance, tend to be aggressive and powerful, while those born under the Pisces sign are usually empathic and selfless. Be careful not to generalize when reading about your own sign as well as the signs of others, though! Remember that there are a lot of other considerations to be taken when studying Zodiac signs.