I did a poll over on my Instagram account asking you to send me questions that you have about astrology! I received a bunch of awesome ones, so I am going to answer those for you today. If I get enough questions, I may make this a regular thing! My DMs are always open and you can always email me with anything you want to know & I'll do my best to answer! I want to preface this by saying that, as always, these are just my personal opinions based on what I've learned so far.
@cayla.mary asks: "Do you believe in the compatibility of the signs? Do you think you should let astrology guide relationships?"
I absolutely love this question because it's something that I am always thinking about. My answer is both yes and no. I do believe that certain signs & combinations of signs are more suited to working well together. My keyword, though, is combinations. I don't think that based on sun sign compatibility alone one can determine whether or not something is true love or a perfect match. Moon sign compatibility and Venus sign compatibility can mean a lot more than your typical sun sign matches.
I also want to say that I do not think peoples' signs define them. That is to say, if two signs are supposedly great together, the human interactions between people can still go awry. Astrology does not predetermine your actions, it only tells you about the type of person you have the potential to become! When signs are more likely to get along, it makes the path to love or a relationship much easier! But if your partner is supposedly your worst astrological match, listen to your heart. Compatibility goes deeper than just a face value match. And the universe always has a way of surprising us!
@melissagaviria asks: "What is a stellium and how does it affect our natal charts?"
A stellium occurs when you have three or more planets in the same sign. It could be your moon, ascendent, and Venus, your Venus, Mars, and Jupiter, or any other combo of three or more of your planets! When a stellium occurs in your chart, it means that your chart has a strong influence from that sign. You can have more than one stellium or none at all. When a stellium occurs outside of your sun sign (i.e. you have Sun in Leo but a Mercury/Mars/Ascendent stellium in Scorpio), it may mean that you don't identify strongly with your Sun sign and may identify more strongly with the sign of your stellium!
A stellium is just another way of understanding the inherent alignments of our charts. You can look at the combination of elements you possess (air, water, earth, fire), the combination of qualities (fixed, mutable, cardinal), a stellium, ruling planets (i.e. Venus rules Taurus), etc. There are a thousand ways to interpret your chart. If the elements are something that you really relate to, then view your chart through that lens. If the signs are what you understand more, then use those. It's all about combining the different methods of analyzing your chart and following those that you are drawn to.
@miss_julia_w asks "Why isn't astrology a legitimized science? In other words, why can't I change my major to astrology?!?!"
This one made me laugh - I feel like I would have aced an astrology class. In terms of why it isn't a science, you can probably find two dozen articles online explaining that, but in my opinion, it's because it is very dependent on context.
Astrologers use very real scientific information to determine the placements of planets, their angles, etc. Thankfully, most of that info is easily calculable thanks to algorithms and computer programs that read through all of those lengthy, complex tables for us. The process of calculating a natal chart seems pretty scientific to me. But the interpretation of that chart is where things become less of a science and more of a matter of opinion and perspective.
Astrology also assumes certain things to be true which science does not. Astrology assumes some things like the idea that we have an inherent purpose and path or that certain people are predisposed to certain behaviors based on the position of the planets in relation to the position, time, and date of their birth. When you get down to it, astrology is more of a religious or spiritual concept than a science, though it certainly can coexist with science & other religions better than most religions can.
@daniflowersghulam asks: "Can you explain/breakdown the different branches of astrology? I mean I know my zodiac sign but when people start getting all fancy talking about their moon in Venus, Scorpio descendent or whatever, I have no clue what that means."
I love this. I actually have a post where I explain all of the basics of astrology and how to get started with it here. That will give you a good beginners' guide.
I hope you guys enjoyed this post! Please leave your questions in the comments and I'll be sure to check them out in the next one!