20 Words To Learn When Studying Astrology & Zodiac Signs

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20 Words To Learn When Studying Astrology & Zodiac Signs

These are the most important astrological words you'll need to know.

So you'd like to learn more about astrology. It's an amazing science to study and can be a lot of fun to learn.

Like science, the world of astrology is filled with terms you may or may not be familiar with.

So, you want to get aquainted with resources that can help you on your journey.

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Each word is good to know. The more you know what certain concepts mean the more you can understand your horoscope and natal chart better. 

There are some scientific words such as Transit, Aspect, Retrogrades, and Direct Station can make you feel like you're wading into the world of astrology and unfamiliar territory.

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It may feel daunting in the beginning but if you are new to this world then give yourself some time, do a lot of exploring and always have fun, before long you could become so comfortable you may begin helping your friends and family understand their own zodiac sign's natal charts, too. 

Everyone loves to learn a little bit about astrology, and starting off small may be the best way to go about it.

Here are 20 astrology words that can help you understand your horoscope better once you learn them.

1. Divination: The practice of seeking intuitive guidance.

Divination is a deepening of understanding of the present or future energies primarily by means of intuition a physical tool of some sort, such as tarot cards, tea leaves, and runes etc.

These techniques have been present in human history in what I see as inarguably since civilization was birthed. There are many forms and they all have something to offer, many of them have unique ways of syncing with each other. 

Dualities: reference each gender-like energies. 


2. Feminine signs 

Feminine signs — Taurus, Cancer, Virgo, Scorpio, Capricorn, and Pisces. The astrological signs that represent the divine feminine energies.  

​3. Masculine signs 

Masculine signs —Aries, Gemini, Leo, Libra, Sagittarius, and Aquarius. These signs represent the divine masculine energies of the zodiac signs. 

4. Modalities: Cardinal, Fixed & Mutable

Modalities are the types of energy a sign primarily uses for expression. There are three modalities in astrology. 

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5. Cardinal Signs

The Cardinal signs in astrology are Aries, Cancer, Libra, and Capricorn. These are the initiator signs, they get the energy going. Liked to the bosses of the zodiac, Cardinal energy symbolizes the start of a new project or venture. 

6. Fixed Signs 

The Fixed signs in Astrology are Taurus, Leo, Scorpio, and Aquarius. These signs are the steady energy signs, they follow the Cardinal signs and are likened to have staying power to complete tasks with unwavering energy toward the final result. They forge ahead with deliberate determination. They can also be attributed to being stubborn with a "their way or the highway" attitude. 

7. Mutable Signs

The Mutable signs are Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius, and Pisces. These signs are known to be "go with the flow types", flexible and versatile. They are not known for standing their ground as much as the other signs as they want to adjust to the environment like a chameleon. Resourcefulness is a key energy to these signs and it keeps the astrological energy moving and changing. 

8. Houses: the types of themes a sign focuses on.

Houses in astrology is a system represented by 12 house divisions with each of the 12 astrological signs sharing overarching themes that reside within the house. Each of these houses will have a sign in them at your date and time of birth.

Those signs that fall in the houses in your unique natal chart will give their natural energy to the house energy to create a dynamic that will affect your life. You can think of it as the houses are where the sign energies will show thier influence the strongest. 

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9. Ascendant 

Your Ascendant or Rising sign is the sign closest to the eastern horizon at the exact time of your birth. Your ascendant represents your actual life path and what you're here to accomplish, it is also believed to represent how you appear to others.

In astrology, we can also see, with a broad view, our souls purpose with the ascendant. Your ascendant, in addition to your Sun and Moon sign, goes a long way in gauging how we interact with others.

10. Descendant

Your descendant is your rising signs opposite sign. For example, if your rising sign is Aries your descendant is the astrological opposite of Aries and in this case would be Libra.

Your descendant represents what in a partner you may reject and is actually a reflection of something within yourself that you're not resolved with. Your descendant is what beneath your surface and no often easily recognized by your own consciousness.

11. Sun: Sign Astrology

Sun—Sign Astrology is a what you'll most often find in a newspaper horoscope section and is a simplified take on the full natal horoscope often referred to as astrology, Sun—Sign astrology uses of your natal sun as the predictive element. 

12. Synastry: finding out the energies at play in a relationship 

Synastry refers to the planetary connection between your natal chart and another person for use in compatibility charts readings. These connections are great indicators of how your energies will play together. Will, you play nice and share with them or will you fight for your favorite toys? Synastry repoprts can tell you. 

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13: Zodiac: the ancient division of the sky

Zodiac, derived from a Greek word meaning "circle of animals"  was developed by the Egyptians and later adopted by the Babylonians, it quickly gained popularity from there. The zodiac describes the twelve 30 degree divisions of the sky centered on the ecliptic of the sun. The Zodiac has been used since ancient times as a reflective tool for personalities and even predictions of the future. 

14. Aspects: Conjunctions, Sextile, Trine, Opposition, and Squares

Aspects are the angles of focus used in astrology to indicate places within your natal chart where signs and planets interact, they are also used in synastry astrology to determine compatibility between two individuals. 

  • Opposition
  • Conjunction
  • Sextile
  • Square
  • Trine

15: Lunar Return

The Lunar Return refers to the time that the moon returns to the exact position it was at your birth.  The moon takes 28 days to make its trek across the sky, astrologers can create a monthly chart for the energies you interact with based on your moon sign and the energy it lends you based on where it is currently located in relation to where it was at your birth. 

16. Solar Return

The Solar Return is the time each year that our sun sign returns to the exact same position as was at our birth dates. Astrologers often create Solar return charts for their clients as a predictor of the energies you will encounter for the year ahead which is different from your natal chart which is instead said to be a blueprint for your life. The Solar Return in your natal chart would be your birthday. 

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17. Transit

Transit refers to the time and movement the planets take across the sky. Each Planet has its own unique transit period.

18. Direct Station

The point in a planets transit that it appears to hover in place before moving forward or retrograde again. This would be a reflective time of pause and assessment before beginning something new.

19. Retrograde

Only two planets move in retrograde motion and that's Venus and Pluto. In general, retrograde is used as a reference to the perceived fallback planets appear to take from our view on Earth. This perceived backward motion is really an effect of the Earths movement.

The energies are however affecting us from a hypothetical standpoint. This a time when astrologers expect to see us all faces challenges as whichever planets are retrograde give us the opportunity to go back over our troubles spots to attempt a resolution before the planet moves direct and new energy flows in.

20. Synchronicity: a term coined by Carl Jung, to further develop the theory of coincidence. 

One such famous example  be can be seen in stories such as this article from Time Magazine Oct 17 1938 stating "In Detroit, year ago, Street Sweeper Joseph Figlock was furbishing up an alley when a baby plopped down from a fourth-story window, struck him on the head and shoulders. 

Injured Joseph Figlock and itself but was not killed. Last fortnight, as Joseph Figlock was sweeping out another alley, two-year-old David Thomas fell from a fourth-story window, landed on ubiquitous Mr. Figlock with the same results".

Events that occur and seem oddly connected, I have many personal examples but one easy to convey one is my exchanging of a "Hello" with someone and turning around to see a wooden sign with "Hello" written on it. The connection seems somehow directed but no discernable cause can be found using scientific techniques. 

Amanda Ilene Sawyer is a writer and Mississippi native who is interested in science, anthropology, and spiritualism. When she's not writing about astrology, numerology, and tarot, she enjoys running her business and designing macrame pieces for her Etsy shop.