Is Astrology real?

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        In the 80’s, I was a hardcore Carl Sagan follower. He mocked astrology, citing a few scientific reasons why it can’t be true. He was clever and funny in his takedown. I loved it. I wanted to leap on said bandwagon, and set out to debunk astrology on my own. I was out to prove that anyone who believed it was fooling themselves. I thought, “That bullshit astrology column in the newspaper lists only twelve possibilities for all human interaction? Pathetic!” And so, my quest to rip it apart began.

        I learned something very important right away. The astrology column in the newspaper (next to the comics) is bullshit. We’re talkin’ “for entertainment purposes only.” I learned that real astrology is something far more complex.

Suddenly, I had a lot to learn if I was going to debunk this shit.

The first thing I learned was we all have many signs in our chart—very unlike what the astrology column next to the comics says. The comics one has only our Sun Signs. I am a Virgo. That is my Sun Sign. The Sun Sign is our foundation sign. But there’s much more.

We have a Rising (Ascendant) Sign, which I learned is more important than our Sun Sign. “Wow,” I thought, “actual astrology is doing what I set out to do—debunking the astrology column in the paper.” And it does. The Rising Sign is how we interact with people and the world, and it solely determines our Houses, a whole other aspect of Astrology I won’t get into.

But, I wasn’t sold. All these other signs in me had to read as accurate, and I figured they weren’t going to. I was still certain astrology was bullshit, albeit a more complex bullshit than I’d originally thought.

I had no idea what my Rising Sign was, because I didn’t have an ephemeris. It was the 80’s—no one had a computer, cell phone or the internet. But, a friend gave me a brief description of the twelve signs, and I looked through them to determine which was most like me. I’ve always been a bit regal and leader-like. I was always the boss with the neighborhood kids growing up, and when I was very little, I often pretended I was a large cat (even though my family never had pets). I’d go up and down the stairs like a cat on all fours at age four or five. So, after using the process of elimination with the other eleven signs, I felt strongly that if Astrology is real, I must be a Leo Rising. Soon after, I had my chart done. I am a Leo Rising.

That’s when I started to believe that which I set out to debunk.

I learned that we have a Moon Sign. Our Moon is the part of us that wants the world to be a certain way. Our little crying baby, if you will. Our inner sensitivity. We are drawn to things that have that quality—if you have Moon in Pisces, say, you’ll generally like being around people that are very Pisces, more than, say, are very Aries.

I learned that I have Moon in Libra. And that made total sense when I read the “socialite” traits of a Libra Moon. I was not only starting to believe, I was hooked.



Before learning more of the signs in my chart, I learned a very important, basic aspect of astrology: ALL OF ASTROLOGY COMES DOWN TO 4 THINGS:  FIRE, EARTH, AIR, WATER. All the signs and houses and trines etc. in our charts—in all their complex patterns—can be reduced to FIRE EARTH AIR WATER for explaining our behavior. Four simple things. You want to know what someone’s like by just reading their chart, if you never meet them in the flesh? Take note of these ELEMENTS:

FIRE:      Aries, Leo, Sagittarius   =   action-oriented, leadership-ish, bold

EARTH:   Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn   =   earthy, planning, details, annoyed

AIR:       Gemini, Libra, Aquarius   =   the realm of ideas, intellect, forgetful

WATER:  Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces   =   sensitive, moody, hold-it-in, psychic

After years of doing people’s charts, I’ve found that most people are strong in just two or three of these, which always helps explain their behavior, reactions, wants and needs.

I will write more about the other signs in our chart in my next Astrology Blog.

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