Astrology is as complicated as you make it. That's not to say we make it complicated
without reason. It just means you don't have to understand the advanced techniques
and nuances of interpretation to use astrology. It's a bit like math, if you are
filing long form taxes or running a company you need advanced book-keeping skills.
If you know basic math you can balance a checkbook.
The most basic elements of astrology are planets, signs, houses, and aspects. The
houses are divisions of a chart while signs are divisions of the Zodiac. Each house
is associated with a sign, and they have the same ruling planet. For example, Aries
(the first sign) is related to the first house, and both are naturally ruled by Mars.
The signs represent a type of energy and method of operation whereas the houses represent
a part of yourself or life.
For example (among other things) Aries represents a tendency toward assertiveness
and the urge to begin things while the first house shows how you go about asserting
yourself, and new beginnings themselves.
If your first house falls in Virgo, you may approach new things (first house) with
caution and precision (Virgo), stating your case calmly and clearly with facts to
back it up (Virgo) when challenged (first house).
The planets fall within signs/houses, telling us where and how they operate. The
aspects explain how it’s all connected and where the strongest connections are.
To learn more about the meanings of individual houses, signs, planets and aspects
and what role each of these play in an astrological chart, explore the links below.