Welcome, cosmic warriors. I'm Aliza Kelly Faragher, her resident astrologer, and this is Aliza's Allure Astrology, a column dedicated to astrology, esotericism and everything related to magic. Today we are becoming familiar with the planetary meanings and the basic concepts of birth charts. The stars offer an unlimited vision, which these days is often presented through horoscopes. Our horoscopes can illuminate our daily experiences and help us recognize how the movements of the planets, such as the transition from Saturn to Capricorn, trigger a massive transformation that changes lives. But let's take a step back: how does this process of interpreting the locations and movements of the planets work? What is the definition of a zodiac sign and how the signs impacted by the planets? These questions are essential to learn the basics of reading your birth chart, which reveals the location of the planets in the sky at the time of birth. An analysis of this table, also called natal chart, can provide a deep insight into your personality, motivations and desires. Let's take a look at how the art of astrology was formed and the skill of reading native graphics, and how you can apply it as well. What does astrology have to do with stars? Humans have made a stellar look since the beginning of time. For thousands of years, our prehistoric ancestors tracked incredible phenomena such as eclipses and short-range comets, as well as frequent cyclic patterns. Distinctive sets of twinkling stars were considered "constellations", while fixed celestial bodies were identified as "planets". Under the calm of the velvety night sky, the moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn, known as the "classical planets", were discovered. The ancient Babylonians created the zodiac by dividing the sky into twelve sections, each named after the largest constellation it contained. The zodiac calendar traced time and provided predictions: the Babylonians observed that the movement of the planets, called transits, corresponded as much to the propitious events as to the misfortunes on earth. The Romans adopted the zodiac at the dawn of the first century, expanding the roles of stars and planets through mythology. It was at that intersection of meticulous observation and epic folklore that astrology was born. For centuries, astrology was at the heart of science, medicine, philosophy and magic. The hermetic axiom "as above, below" signified the belief that the vast and mysterious macrocosm of the universe reflects the microcosm of human experiences. The advent of the telescope and the corresponding discovery of the so-called "modern planets" – Uranus, Neptune and Pluto – completed the celestial puzzle. Although the function of astrology has changed (it is now more often used to measure romantic compatibility than to predict the fate of the harvest), today we still observe the planets as did the ancient Babylonians. Featured images What do the planets symbolize? Although astrology is an extensive, complex and highly specialized study, the basic principles are clear: a birth chart is a snapshot of the sky at the time of birth (you can calculate yours here). It reveals the precise location of each of the planets and which constellation they occupied. In some birth charts, all the planets are in the same constellation; in others, they are scattered across the sky. The distance between these planets is important since each one has its own celestial function. Let's look at each significant entity in heaven. The sun When someone asks you what your sign is, whether they know it or not, they are asking about the position of the sun at the time of your birth. The sun symbolizes our fundamental essence. This vibrant celestial body represents our ego, sense of self, basic personality and general preferences. (You can read more about what your sun sign says about you here). The sun rules the sign of the zodiac Leo, the sign of lively and dynamic fire that emanates both bravery and theatricality. It takes about a month to travel, or cross, a zodiac sign. The Moon The gravitational attraction of the moon regulates the climate and the ocean tides. Within astrology, the moon represents our emotional inner world. While the sun exposes our external experience, the moon symbolizes everything below the surface. It represents the spiritual retreat of our most private beings. The moon governs the zodiac sign Cancer, the sensitive and protective sign of water that defines nurturance, comfort and safety. The moon is the celestial body that moves faster in the sky and takes about two and a half days to travel a zodiac sign. Mercury The smallest and inner planet of the solar system, Mercury, is named after the Roman deity that served as the messenger of the gods. Within astrology, Mercury symbolizes communication. While the moon reflects our emotions, Mercury reflects logic and rationality. Mercury uses his ingenious intellect and his tireless curiosity to analyze, order and classify, helping us to synthesize and articulate complex ideas. Mercury rules both the Gemini air sign and the Virgo earth sign, each representing a different side of Mercury's expression: Gemini is emitted, while Virgo is input. Mercury takes 13 or 14 days to travel a zodiac sign and retreats three or four times a year. Great sights Venus Born in honor of the charming Roman goddess, Venus is the vibrant planet that represents beauty, love and money. Known in traditional astrology as a "benefic" (Jupiter is the other beneficial), Venus boasts an auspicious influence. Indulgent Venus is happier when it is enjoyed: fine wines, extended baths and aromatic moisturizers align with the spirit of Venus. The intense tastes of Venus reflect our interest in art and culture, while their romantic sensibilities reveal our idealized perception of love. Both the Taurus earth sign and the Libra air sign are ruled by Venus, each representing a different side of the expression of Venus: Taurus is physical, while Libra is cerebral. Venus takes approximately four to five weeks to travel a zodiac sign and becomes retrograde every 18 months. Mars The Red Planet is known for its war cry. Named after the Roman god of war, Mars symbolizes action, determination and aggression. His passionate spirit often manifests when we compete to meet a deadline, run to take a flight or compete for a selective position. Mars is the fire under our ass, which provides the impulse of adrenaline-charged energy that fuels the movement. It also reflects our physical passion and lust. This planet rules Aries, the impulsive fire sign known for its high octane liveliness. Mars takes approximately six to seven weeks to travel a zodiac sign and back every two years. Jupiter The largest planet in the solar system, Jupiter, or Zeus, in Greek mythology, is recognized for its colossal presence. Known as the "Great Benefit" in traditional astrology, Jupiter symbolizes fortune, philosophy, abundance and spirituality. This generous planet governs the expansion, encouraging us to expand our reach and broaden our horizons through philosophy, spirituality and education. Jupiter rules Sagittarius, the adventurous fire sign known for its thrill-seeking disposition. Jupiter takes about 12 to 13 months to travel a zodiac sign and becomes retrograde every year for about 120 days. Saturn The giant of ringed gases is associated with time, regulations and restriction. On a good day, Saturn symbolizes hard work, professional achievements and constant resilience. However, on a bad day, Saturn can be hard and devoid of emotion, forcing us to learn through hard love and difficult challenges. Although this planet has a strange way of showing its affection, Saturn has our best interest in mind. He simply wants us to play according to the rules. Saturn governs Capricorn, the enterprising sign of the earth known for his restless ambition, and it takes approximately two and a half years to travel every sign. It becomes retrograde every year for approximately 140 days. Uranus Uranus is unusual: it is the first planet discovered by a telescope, the only celestial body that bears the name of a Greek deity, and is so inclined on its axis that it essentially orbits the sun on its side. Fittingly, Uranus symbolizes technology, rebellion and innovation. This revolutionary planet hates the rules and is always eager to facilitate dynamic and innovative change. Uranus can have amazing effects (after all, the planet loves the shock value). Aquarius governs, the sign of open air that is recognized by its eccentricity and nonconformity. Uranus takes about seven years to travel through each sign and becomes retrograde each year for about 150 days.Getty ImagesNeptune The vivid blue color perfectly complements its astrological significance. Named after the Roman god of the sea, Neptune governs the magical and mysterious vastness of the spiritual unknown. When a thick fog extends across the ocean, it is difficult to discern the separation between water and the sky. Similarly, the power of Neptune exists at the intersection of fantasy and reality. On a good day, Neptunian energy is extremely creative and powerfully psychic. On a bad day, however, Neptune can become illusory and escapist. When you feel the influence of Neptune, explore your imagination, but remember to throw an anchor: you will never want to get lost in the sea. Neptune rules Pisces, the intuitive water sign recognized for its incredible imagination and psychic powers. The planet takes approximately 14 years to travel through each sign and becomes retrograde every year for about 150 days. Pluto Although this icy celestial body was not up to the astronomical definition of a planet, according to astrological standards, Pluto is still a big problem. Pluto symbolizes power, transformation, destruction and regeneration. The name of the Roman god of the underworld ("Hades", in Greek mythology), the power of Pluto is rooted in darkness. This captivating planet slides smoothly into complex infrastructures, silently transforming systems from within. Pluto reminds us that in order for us to manifest the change, we must release the past. It is associated with Scorpio, the elusive water sign defined by its mysterious disposition. Pluto takes approximately 14 to 30 years to travel each sign and becomes retrograde each year for about 185 days. Complete images How can I join all this and start interpreting the natal charts? Learning about the planets in relation to the zodiac is a critical step to begin your journey to the stars. Planets with short orbits move through the zodiac frequently and are specific to the date and time of birth of an individual. Known as the inner planets, they include the sun, the moon, Mercury, Venus and Mars, and directly impact our unique personalities and our everyday experiences. The planets on the other side of the asteroid belt are known as the outer planets. These celestial bodies – Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto – move much more slowly, changing the signs every thirty years. The outer planets define larger life issues, as well as experiences shared by generations. The importance of the outer planets in a natal chart is determined by the houses they occupy. A birth chart is divided into twelve sections called houses. Each house represents an area of life: houses from one to six address everyday activities and mundane affairs such as personal finances, home and routines; houses from seven to 12 are related to more abstract concepts, which include philosophy, legacy and psychic abilities. The location of the planets in the houses reveals where we store our energy, as well as our strengths and weaknesses. Examine your own letter and consider the planets and their corresponding signs and houses. How does the function of a planet influence its zodiac sign and what area of life affects more directly? From here, your unique interpretation of a natal chart should follow this formula: Planet + Sign + House = Interpretation For example, if your natal moon is in Sensitive Cancer in the seventh house, the house that represents committed associations, your emotional happiness may Be very connected to your relationships. If your natal Mars is in pragmatic Virgo in the eleventh house, the house related to humanitarianism, may be motivated to help others in very practical ways. The unique location of the planets in the houses is determined by their ascending sign, also known as your ascendant. This is the zodiacal sign that was on the eastern horizon at the exact moment of its birth. Your rising sign creates all the architecture of your natal chart and defines your planetary chart rule, the planet associated with your card (to calculate yours, identify your rising sign and then which planet rules that zodiac sign). This rising sign also defines our external experience: if your sun sign writes the discourse, your rising sign is how the discourse is pronounced. As the astrologers describe it, it is the "mask used in public". It reveals how others perceive you and how you interact with the world. Whether your goal is to become a professional astrologer or simply interpret your natal chart, understanding the planets, signs and houses can expose the complex depths of astrology. wisdom. Spend a lot of time with your birth chart: your ability to interpret the locations in it will be strengthened as you apply the chart to your daily life. Do not be afraid to create stories and make bold observations. After all, this is how the solar system was discovered. At the core of astrology, the cosmic warrior, is the enduring belief that the human spirit reflects the universe: both are beautifully diverse and infinitely mysterious. And finally, astrology is the art of looking at the stars. Your curiosities will always illuminate the darkness .—– Read more stories about astrology and the occult: —– I have the scoop on what sign you should sign your sign here: find Aliza on Instagram, Twitter and her. website.