1

Semi-sextile

positive

Semi-sextile

positive

Once the astrologer has gathered all of this information and placed the symbols for the signs and planets in the right places on the chart, he or she will look at how the planets relate to each other and how far apart they are from each other. The distance is measured in degrees and this relationship is called an aspect. Aspects add more information to the chart and need to be evaluated like the other parts. Table 5.3 shows the symbols for the eight aspects, the distance that they represent, and if they have a good or bad influence.

Chinese Astrology

Ithough Western astrology stems from ancient Mesopotamia, other cultures around the world have observed the stars for omens and developed their own systems for interpreting them. The ancient Celts of the British Isles built a circle of massive stones called Stonehenge and used it to make predictions about celestial events. Likewise the Mayans of Central America created calendars that they used to make predictions. The most well known rival to the Western system, however, is the Chinese system.

In ancient China, diviners searched the sky for omens. By the Shang Dynasty (about 1766-1050 bce) calendars were developed that could be used for divination for regular people. In the Chinese calendar there is a repeating cycle of 12 years and each of these 12 years has a different character named for an animal that symbolizes it. These 12 animal symbols are often called the Chinese zodiac but they should not be confused with the Western zodiac. The 12 Chinese signs do not relate to constellations and they have nothing to do with the ecliptic. The 12 signs are meant to describe the quality of a year and the nature of the people born in that year. When developing a chart for a person the signs can also be related to the month and the hour that the person is born. See Table 5.4 for the names and order of the Chinese signs and some of the years that they rule. To find other years just keep counting by 12 from the years that are shown. The colors of each sign are the ones associated with that sign. The traits given apply to any person born under that sign, regardless of the exact year. \_/

table 5.4: The Chinese Zodiac

table 5.4: The Chinese Zodiac

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