I’m sure by now many of you have heard about astrology. If not, then I feel slightly obligated to inform you. 

According to Merriam Webster, the definition of astrology is the divination of the supposed influences of the stars and planets on human affairs and terrestrial events by their positions and aspects. Basically, this means that your whole life is predetermined based on the position of the stars and planets on the date and time you were born.

The uses of astrology are quite vast, from weather prediction to world event calculation to marriage predictions. Even though astrology is considered by many to be a science, there are still some who figure it’s a hoax.

Personally, astrology is an integral part of my life. I’m not into horoscopes, however, I do use my birth chart to learn about myself and my life path. The birth chart is a diagram of which stars and planets were in what places at the time you were born. 

Each planet, or placement, lies in a specific zodiac sign and astrological house. Depending on which sign and house the planet falls in, your personality traits and life path may vary. There are six major placements that tell about a person and their personality: their sun, moon, ascendant/rising, Mercury, Mars and Venus. 

The sun is the most known placement, considering that’s what you tell people when they ask what your sign is. Your sun sign is who you are at your core and in your soul. 

Your moon sign tells you how you process and handle your emotions. Your ascendant/rising sign is who you portray yourself to be to the outside world and/or how other people perceive you. Your Mercury, Mars and Venus placements explore the way you communicate, what drives you and how you express love, respectively.

To give a bit of insight, I’m going to share some characteristics of my own chart. My sun sign is in Taurus and it’s in my eighth house. Some characteristics of the sign Taurus are stubbornness, stability, hard-work, materialism and intelligence. The eighth house is the house that deals with death, resurrection, legacies and other people’s possessions. It also deals with health and vitality, especially concerning the mind.

To sum up what that means, at my core, I’m stubborn and smart with greedy tendencies and I’m slightly obsessed with what the world will have to say about me when I’m gone. This placement also explains why I indeed have mental health struggles, such as anxiety and depression.

Next, I’d like to talk about my Venus placement. I happen to have a very controversial Venus placement, which I’m not sure is a bad thing. My Venus is in Gemini and it’s in my ninth house. 

This placement is so controversial because Gemini is one of the most hated signs in the zodiac and Venus rules over expression of love. Gemini is generally associated with deceit, wishy-washy behavior, and cheating. 

However, there are more layers to this placement. Gemini is ruled by the planet Mercury, which is the planet that rules over communication and intellect. This essentially means that I value communication and intellect in my relationships with other people.

I could definitely go on and on about my chart and tell more about myself, but my point is that, in my opinion, astrology is truly useful and should be respected as such. I’ve definitely learned a lot about myself from studying it and hopefully, I’ve inspired you all to do so as well.