While not as widely read or as popular as daily horoscopes, monthly horoscopes are also very important and certainly should not be ignored. This is because the longer celestial cycles, represented mostly accurately in monthly horoscopes, have always played a much more critical role in our life cycles than have the shorter day-to-day ones.
From the beginning of our earliest recorded history, man has looked to the heavens in an attempt to find an explanation on how the celestial sky above influenced the world around him. He knew through observation that much of what he saw in the sky above affected the world around him. The earth's position relative to the sun could bring on longer or shorter days and the start of new seasons. Likewise, the position of the moon to the earth could shift the levels of entire oceans through the movement of the tides. Moreover, through careful observation, early man soon learned that the stars, planets, moon and sun all follow precise and very predictable patterns. Through the study of these patterns he learned when it was the best time to hunt game, plant crops, and eventually even how to measure time itself through the invention of calendars.
Could these same celestial patterns that have the power to move oceans and bring forth new life in the spring, or bitter cold in the winter, also play a part in influencing our lives as well? Certainly early man believed so. Many early cultures including the Mayans, Celts, Chinese and Egyptians (among others) had a strong belief that astrological movements played a major role in the events that shaped our daily lives. Furthermore, since it was now possible for them to accurately predict the movement of the celestial bodies above, the question soon arose whether these very same patterns could be used to predict our personal futures as well. From this early study of how the movement of celestial the bodies affected our lives on earth, the science of Astrology was soon born.
Astrology is the study of how the patterns of distant celestial objects such as the moon, planets, sun and stars can our shape our lives. The position of these celestial bodies at the time of our birth marks our lives and can play a major role in shaping who we are as individuals including our personalities, prosperity, health and even our romantic relationships.
The astrological calendar, much like the months of the yearly calendar, is broken into twelve zodiac signs which are characterized by well recognized star formations which can easily be observed from earth. An individual’s zodiac sign is determined by which star formation the sun is in at the time of a person’s birth. The dates and associated signs of the zodiac calendar are as follows:
- Aries (The Ram) March 21 – April 20
- Taurus (The Bull) April 21 – May 21
- Gemini (The Twins) May 22 – June 21
- Cancer (The Crab) June 22 – July 22
- Leo (The Lion) July 23 -August 21
- Virgo (The Virgin) August 22 – September 23
- Libra (The Balance) September 24 – October 23
- Scorpio (The Scorpion) October 24 – November 22
- Sagittarius (The Archer) November 23 – December 22
- Capricorn (The Goat) December 23 – January 20
- Aquarius (The Water) January 21 – February 19
- Pisces (The Fishes) February 20- March 20
In addition to being associated with a specific star formation, each sign in astrology carries its own unique character attributes and symbolic meanings that shape who we are as individuals. As the sun, moon and planets change position relative to our astrological star formations or birth signs, so do our fortunes. Predictions, commonly known as horoscopes, can be made from these movements. As the celestial bodies move, the fortune of each star sign is affected differently. That’s why you will always have twelve different horoscopes.
Celestial movements can vary in length from a little as a few hours to as long as a few years. This means that the corresponding horoscope can be short or long in duration all depending on which corresponding celestial cycle is being taken into consideration by the astrologer who is making the horoscope prediction. Daily horoscopes are by far the most common, but weekly and monthly horoscopes are also very important because they follow longer astrological cycles. For this reason, monthly horoscopes should carry much more weight than shorter term astrological predictions.