Zodiac and moon signs are a trendy topic. You can pick up just about any newspaper or magazine, and find a horoscope for your viewing pleasure. There are even more astrological resources available online.
And on the one hand, it’s wonderful that astrology is so widely accepted, but its popularity has also led to a lot of overreaching generalizations and vague information – information that we nonetheless accept as true.
Unfortunately, this isn’t the best way to use astrology. In fact, when you use astrology in this way, you limit yourself and make it more difficult to live an authentic life.
Astrology completes our narrative
People are narrative beings, and we like to explain our lives within the context of a bigger story. As it turns out, astrology provides the perfect solution for this inherent need.
After all, we live in a vast universe, where powerful forces surround and influence us. Astrology is one way to situate ourselves within this greater whole, and to give meaning to everyday living – even the moments that seem utterly meaningless. Astrology gives us a strong sense of assurance and connection.
However, it’s possible to take this cosmic significance too far. If left unchecked, it can lead to fatalism. That is when we think our fate and future is out of our control, and that what happens is a result of the stars and planets above us, rather than our actions and decisions here below.
In short, when we use astrology like this, it can create a limiting narrative.
Astrology is more complex than a zodiac sign
Back at the beginning of the 20th century, sun sign horoscopes were introduced into newspapers to increase sales. However, this has done a great disservice to astrology by whittling down an intricate and involved study into a couple sentences about each sun sign.
For this reason, many people know their zodiac (sun) sign even if they’re not into astrology, but there is so much more to astrology than the sun sign.
Your birth chart, for example, lays out the exact location of the sun, moon and planets, and their relationship with one another, at the exact time and location of your birth.
Together, all of this information is deeply meaningful and relevant. When analyzed and decoded as a complete whole, it helps to explain the many facets of your personality, including how you think and feel, what your strengths and weaknesses are, and things you are likely to enjoy or not.
However, what often happens is people don’t know and/or understand their birth charts. Instead, they focus on their zodiac sign, or even worse, only one or two key aspects of their sign.
For example, have you ever heard someone say the following statements before – yourself included?
“I’m like this because I’m a (insert Zodiac sign).”
“I’m such a Virgo.”
“I’m a Libra, so I’m just bad at making decisions.”
“I’m impatient because I’m a Sagittarius.”
There are several reasons why this sort of relationship with your zodiac sign can set you back rather than forward.
3 ways astrology can create problems in life
- Not taking personal responsibility for your life
Without a cultivated understanding of your horoscope, you end up with a vague and general narrative – something that could apply to anyone.
What’s more, we can cherry-pick certain aspects of the zodiac, keeping things that support what you believe, and tossing what doesn’t. In some cases, we end up using our zodiac sign as an excuse to not take responsibility.
- Matching your zodiac sign
If you believe you need to match your sign, you may censor your true self, or stop living authentically. When we believe we’re one specific sign, we think we need to fit that zodiac. As a result, we get stuck in a sign and cling to an identity that may not be accurate, instead of getting to know the truth of who we really are.
- Giving your horoscope too much power
Many people rely on zodiac signs to figure out what yoga poses to do, who to date, or even how to relax. Now, that’s not to say there isn’t helpful guidance in information like this.
However, it’s also easy to form prejudices and then project pre-existing assumptions and characteristics onto other people or even yourself. In short, we develop cognitive bias and see traits we’ve been primed to see, rather than what’s really there.
So, how can you make your zodiac and moon signs work for you? How can you make your entire horoscope a useful tool for authentic living? Let’s find out.
Astrology is a tool for timing
According to the professional astrologers, Ophira and Tali Edut, who are also known as the Astro Twins, “Astrology uses mathematical angles and is based on the time, date, and place of a birth or an event. It measures things down to the second!”
And because astrology is so precise, the Astro Twins believe it can be “An amazing tool for timing. For example, some periods are good for taking action around career or love, while other cycles are better times to do inner work, or take that steady paycheck.”
You can compare astrology to a weather forecast. For example, you may have a plan, but when you check the forecast and see that it’s going to rain, you get to choose how to continue. It’s similar to horoscopes.
For example, you may have a project or a life goal you want to pursue. Then, when you check your horoscope, you understand how the powerful universe is behaving and how you can use this energy in your favor. Rev. Colleen Lemma has weekly and monthly Angel Astrology videos that help to see the positive side of your birth chart.
Take the Void of Course Moon or Mercury Retrograde as two examples.
The Void of Course Moon (VOC Moon) lasts for a few minutes or even for a full day, and it occurs every couple of days. During this time, it’s a good idea to avoid starting or finishing major projects.
That’s because things may not go according to plans, or they just don’t work out as they’re supposed to. Instead (and if possible) use this time to continue researching and doing inner work. Once the VOC moon has passed, you can start or end big projects.
Mercury Retrograde doesn’t happen as frequently, however, it’s much more popular than VOC moons. During this time, communications and ideas tend to go astray.
But this doesn’t mean we need to stop communicating completely. Instead, knowing when mercury is in retrograde reminds you to be more clear. It also encourages us to be more patient and compassionate both with ourselves and with others.
Astrology as a self-discovery tool
Together, your sun sign, moon sign, ascending sign and the position of personal planets paint a beautiful image of you, with intricacy, shading, and nuances.
Knowing where the stars and planets were at the time of your birth can help affirm what you already know about yourself, and it can also explain different areas of your personality that you haven’t fully accepted yet.
As the Astro Twins affirm, “People have tons of free will, and it’s just about working with the energy of the planets, rather than against them. You’re never doomed.”
That’s because as powerful as stars are, they don’t force. They favor. So, they’ll indicate what your potential is, or what you can aim for, but they’re never intended to make you feel like a victim in your own life or to keep you stuck all because you’re a _______ (insert Zodiac sign).
Astrology helps you get into alignment
Obstetrician and gynecologist, Dr. Christine Northrup, M.D. is a women’s health expert and New York Times bestselling author of “Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom.” And yes, Dr. Northrup gives credence to astrology.
She teaches that “Astrology is about aligning with the forces that rule the moon, the tides, and the turning of the planets, and then finding your unique place within this system based on how the planets were lined up at the moment of your birth.”
The universe is already in alignment, moving in perfect synchrony – like a perfectly choreographed dance. We don’t have to watch and witness this dance. Stars and planets are not so condescending.
We, too, live in this big and beautiful world – this has been true from the moment we were born – a moment when the planets and stars were all in a very specific position.
When we understand our entire horoscope, we know our position within this dance, too. We also know the possible steps to take so we can move in graceful alignment both with our true nature and with the stars and planets.