Basics of Astrology: Day by Day


Once we have created a birth chart we have two paths to consider: we can look to see how the chart reflects our characteristics and personality, or we can seek to find answers about what is going on in our life at this moment or next week.  The birth chart alone can not answer those questions.

We need to first recognize that the birth chart shows us a sky-picture for a given moment in time, for a given place.  Before, at, and following that moment everything seen and unseen in the sky around us has changed on a continuing basis.  That implies that there are ‘cycles’ and ‘developments’ that we need to know about.  The sine wave diagram above depicts the diagramming of a cycle.  A “Cycle” is continuing, repeatable, and somewhat constant.  A cycle can be diagrammed on a two axis chart; the first (horizontal) axis representing ‘time’, the second axis (vertical) representing a scale relative to a base line.  The scale can be set to hours, days, years, degrees, etc.  In the diagram above, a generic sine wave plot shows that a variety of applications are cyclic and chartable.

I call your attention to the seasonal-astronomical labels: Equinox, Solstice, Equinox, and Solstice.  After each point in the annual cycle, a season occurs.  Here in the northern hemisphere (as the Sun’s path takes it higher in the sky each day), the first ‘equinox’ shown leads us into the spring season, with the others to follow.  We all know this.  What we may not realize at first is that this ‘sine wave’ diagram can be plotted as a ‘circle.’  This is what an astrological chart is, a circlular plot of multiple planets and their individual cycles — all being shown at the same time.

Imagine looking at a sine wave chart where ten or twenty or more cycles of varying lengths and ranges overlayed each others.  It would look like a pile of spaghetti.  Unworkable. We can choose to isolate just one cycle, a cycle showing the relationship of one factor or planet to another factor or planet.


The simple diagram at the left shows the Earth in the center (the circle with a cross represents the Earth), the natal Sun is shown at a given position, the transiting Sun has returned to its natal position.  This is just another way of depicting the annual seasonal cycle shown in the sine wave diagram above.

As noted earlier, we can also chart or diagram one astrological ‘planet’ in relationship to another ‘planet.’  Such an example would be when the transiting (moving, orbiting) Moon reaches Moon-Sun Cycle-Jthe position where the natal Sun position is located).  Likewise we can plot the date and time when the transiting-moving Moon reaches a point opposite the position of the natal Sun.

A ‘Solar Return’ (occurring on one’s birthday) focuses upon the astrolgical Sun’s ‘meaning.’  The Sun represents our will, vitality, character, life style.  Charting the progress of this cycle tells us much about how these characteristics will be affected during the year as other factors interact with this cycle.

A ‘transiting Moon to the natal Sun Return’ combines two factors within a cyclic relationship.  The transiting Moon represents daily changes in our world, or family, our interactions with others.  The ‘moods of the world around us’ are represented by this Moon.  The natal Sun represents our adult, developed life style.  Together, these two (within this type of charting format) show us how daily life flows and ebbs, how we react to change and seek to rebalance our life.  These charts also portray the time-or-date when these changes are likely to occur.

The earlier essays in this series showed us what the planets were and what their meanings were, how they acted in relationship to each other, what the ‘houses’ were and the expressional areas they represented, what the zodiac signs meant.  All of those ‘tools of understanding’ can be used in the ‘Moon-to-Sun Return’ charts that are used in this blog site to explore life-events that affect the public-figures being reviewed.  There is no need to know how to create these charts for those who are interested in the subjects being discussed.  You just need to know enough to follow and understand the conversation.  Of course, if you decide to become an astrologer, that is another thing altogether.  You will find many friends to help you to follow that path.