Read the top 5 reasons why your sidereal birth chart doesn’t fit.
With astrology more popular than it has been in decades, there is a lot of conversation around what kind of astrology is the “right” kind. More specifically, there is much debate around which zodiac is the right zodiac. Should one use the tropical or sidereal zodiac? Is there a reason beyond the astronomy of the zodiac that one would use one or the other? (Read my thoughts on that here.)
But why do people have such an intense reaction around which zodiac to use? And why do people often reject the sidereal zodiac only after looking at their birth chart? I’ve listed the top 5 reasons why people immediately feel like their sidereal birth chart could not be right, and thus reject the sidereal zodiac.
5. You think the Sun is the most important planet in your birth chart.
The zodiac sign that the Sun occupied on the day that you were born is the gateway (and exit door) to astrology for most people. “I am a [insert zodiac sign]” is an easy way to identify one’s self and communicate to other people certain assumptions about who you are. But who said that the Sun is indicative of who you are?
The birth chart puts every planet in a sign—Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn, plus the Sun and Moon. Each planet represents something very specific about not only who you are becoming, but how became that way. When you understand the depths of what astrology is capable of articulating, you learn that the Sun may be the least powerful or significant planet in your birth chart.
4. You’re biased against certain zodiac sign.
You once dated “a Cancer” and they did you wrong. Now you ask every person if they are “a Cancer” because you refuse to deal with that moodiness ever again. *insert eye roll*. Maybe you’ve got a thing for “Scorpio” because you believe what they say about their sex. *sigh*
How could you make an assumption about so many people based off of your experience with one or two people? And why does your experience create a factual basis for astrology? That’s definitely not how this works! Read some books, and see number 1.
3. You don’t understand what a zodiac is.
There is this whole debate around constellations and how many signs are there and which zodiac is the “real” one because it aligns with the stars… Blah, blah, blah.
The zodiac is a projection onto the elliptic with segments, 30° each, named after 12 of the 88 (yes, eighty-eight) constellations. The elliptic is the path the Sun appears to follow as it rises, sets, and culimnates each day. The Sun actually isn’t doing anything though. The Sun is stationary, Earth (and the other planets) move. So save your drama about the “real” zodiac versus the “fake” one. And read a book!
2. You think zodiac signs = astrology.
Oh, so you’ve been reading your horoscope since you were 12. Congratulations! Have you ever heard of a birth chart? What about the term secondary motion? Do you know any time lord techniques? What about the concept of sect? Do you know which of the 4 humors are associated with each planet?
Read a book, boo!
1. You know way less about astrology than you think you do.
Most people who see their sidereal birth chart for the first time have a major astrological crisis of identity. They want astrology to be real and true, they know it is. But how could they have identified with the “wrong” chart, or sign, this whole time?
Our brains evolved to be able to come to life saving conclusions with as little information as possible. Our survival depends upon our ability to ascertain threats and to be safe from them. Threats to one’s identity are the hardest to comprehend because identity is such an intangible thing. At least with the body you have a quantifiable medium.
Astrology is vastly complex and is a topic fit only for lifelong study. A few months of internet study, or a year of looking at charts is not enough to make any substantive judgment about astrology or which zodiac or style is “right”. You have to pick one style or zodiac, and stick to it long enough to gather experience, data, and observe patterns that give you a real idea of what you’re working with. I mean, it was 7 years of study that led me to the sidereal zodiac!
Your birth chart is not astrology. Your love for Scorpio or beef with Cancer is not astrology. The identity you’ve crafted from your understanding of the zodiac signs is not astrology.
There really isn’t a clear consensus amongst astrologers on what astrology is and what its function is. But the best designation I’ve been able to make sense of is that astrology is a language. It is more than zodiac signs. Planets, and the two lights (Sun and Moon) are the most important of all, and everything else is derived from them.
So, before you make grand declarations about which zodiac is right or wrong, or which chart is right or wrong, separate your identity from your astrology, read books, and a whole bunch of charts!