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by Michael McClain

About astrology and the horoscope

You may be at the stage of asking, "What is a horoscope?"  What is astrology all about? If so, you're going to find the answers here. To begin, the horoscope is a map that appears as a two dimensional chart. It shows the position of the Sun, the Moon, and planets at the precise moment of your birth. The Sun, the Moon, and the planets are frozen in their position at that initial moment of birth. That is why this type of horoscope is known as the birth chart, astrology chart, or the natal chart.  This chart becomes the basis for all that follows.
A correct interpretation of these birth positions, your astrology horoscope, exposes much about you. It can be thought of as the "hand" that has been "dealt" in life. This doesn't suggest that your life has already been decided. An astrology horoscope can never show how you are going to "play" this hand. It's largely up to you to decide that. While you usually have the freedom of choice or free will, the horoscope does reflect the natural inclinations you have, the lessons you have to learn, the issues to be faced, and the problems to be solved. It may be thought of as merely an abstract formula showing the energies you've been given, or perhaps tasked. The use that you make of these energies, or opportunities, if you will, depends upon you, the individual.

Astrology can provide incredible keys to understanding of those around you, but it doesn't necessarily provide clear and simplistic answers to any problems with which you may be dealing. Obtaining information about your horoscope may give you some insights and understanding of the reasons why you behave as you do.

To have the horoscope of another revealed allows the reader to understand that person better. You can see and understand him or her more accurately, objectively, and with a much greater tolerance. Understanding your horoscope may allow you to more clearly understand and accept yourself, and therefore do what you can with your natural attributes.

Free Astrology Information Available here

This site is a little bit like a textbook on astrology.  It has a lot of chapters and  much detail.  First, you'll need to get a copy of your horoscope or natal chart.  There are a number of sites online that offer free horoscope charts.  A good site for providing a free chart is  This site is largely devoted to selling you a reading, but their chart service is very good.  You'll need to provide your name, date of birth, the time of birth (preferrably from your birth certificate) and the place of birth, like city/state.  If you have trouble figuring it out, you can write to me at michael @ providing ALL of the info mentioned above, and I will try to prepare a chart for you as time permits.  Remember, I live in the US where we do the date different than most of the rest of the world.  Here the date is usually submitted as MM-DD-YYYY.  I may be a little slow getting these out if I get very many requests.

After you obtain a copy of your horoscope, you will be ready to dive into the many mini readings that will begin to draw a special word picture unique to you or the individual whose chart you are focusing on today.

A new detailed table of contents is provided linking you to all of the astrology pages here.  

I hope you enjoy you visit.  If you do, please tell a friends and/or link us up to the social network of friends.  Thank you.

Michael McClain

© Michael McClain 1996-2012.  Permission is granted for unlimited noncommercial use.  All other rights reserved.

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Synastry (relationships)

Synastry Astrology

Aspects between 2 charts

Synastry planets in houses

Composite Astrology Readings

Relationship Reading

Planets In Aspect

Planetary Aspects

Aspects formed between the Sun and moon, and the Sun and planets
Aspects formed between the Moon and the planets
Aspects formed between Mercury and the other planets
Aspects formed between Venus and the other planets
Aspect formed between Mars and the other planets
Aspects formed between Jupiter and the outer planets

Astrology: aspect help

Aspect Configurations

Astrology Transits aspects

Help with aspects

The Horoscope and Its Houses

A brief summary of the horoscope houses

Ascendant & house cusps

The first house of the horoscope, the Ascendant
The 2nd house of the horoscope, personal security
The 3rd house of the horoscope, mental aptitudes
The 4th house of the horoscope, domestic affairs
The 5th house of the horoscope, romance and creativity
The 6th house of the horoscope, work, routine, health
The 7th house of the horoscope, partners, joint endeavors
The 8th house of the horoscope, legacies, regeneration
The 9th house of the horoscope, higher learning, philosophy
The 10th house of the horoscope, career, world stage
The 11th house of the horoscope, friends, organizations
The 12th house of the horoscope, subconcious mind

Hemispheres (influence)

Angles (Asc., MC, IC)

Planets in the 12 houses

In astrology houses: Sun
In astrology houses: Moon
In astrologyhouses: Mercury
In astrology houses: Venus
In astrology houses: Mars
In astrology houses: Jupiter
In astrology houses: Saturn
In astrology houses: Uranus
In astrology houses: Neptune
In astrology houses: Pluto

Astrology Symbols and  Keywords

Astrological Symbols

Colorful Astrology Symbols

Baby Sign Astrology Symbols 

Keywords for the 12 astrology signs

Planets in Signs

Planets in 12 Zodiac Signs

The Sun in each of the 12 zodiac signs
The Moon in each of the 12 zodiac signs
Mercury in each of the 12 zodiac signs
Venus in each of the 12 zodiac signs
Mars in each of the 12 zodiac signs
Jupiter in each of the 12 zodiac signs
Saturn in each of the 12 zodiac signs
The outer planet, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto

Sun/Moon 144 Combinations

Aries Sun with the 12 Moon signs in combination
Taurus Sun with the 12 Moon signs in combination
Gemini Sun with the 12 Moon signs in combination
Cancer Sun with the 12 Moon signs in combination
Leo Sun with the 12 Moon signs in combination
Virgo Sun with the 12 Moon signs in combination
Libra Sun with the 12 Moon signs in combination
Scorpio Sun with the 12 Moon signs in combination
Sagittarius Sun with the 12 Moon signs in combination
Capricorn Sun with the 12 Moon signs in combination
Aquarius Sun with the 12 Moon signs in combination
Pisces Sun with the 12 Moon signs in combination

Triplicities and Quadruplicities

Astrology Elements (triplicities) 
Astrology Modes (quadruplicities)

Miscellaneous Topics

The Age of Aquarius
Chiron and Astrology
Lunar Nodes
Retrograde planets
Astrology Links
Astrology Glossary A-L
Astrology Glossary M-Z
Help with astrology charts

Astrology Readings offered by Michael McClain

Astrotalk and Timeline


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