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Astrology - Planets In The Signs
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These sections are ones where we are learning to combine the keywords for the various items in the horoscope. These are isolated snippets which would not be taken on faith in a real horoscope. The Houses are very important as part of an interpretation, and we need to take into account the aspects, and the rulers of the signs, to get a realistic picture.
If this material was taken literally and put together in a horoscope, there would almost certainly be contradictions or many contradictions. One thing says one thing and another says the direct opposite.
For instance, the sun in Aries may mean you are independent, outward looking, a person of action, a pioneer. Not particularly emotional, and perhaps a bit aloof, or appear to be. You act directly and think later.
And in the same chart, Mars in Cancer might mean you are pushed into action for emotional reasons. Your home, or early upbringing has a strong effect on you. You may consider yourself to be shy. You can be emotionally sensitive, and withdrawing.
While these aren't exactly opposites, they do require some reconciliation. This is something that is very difficult for a computer program to do, and requires someone to take into account more factors to see where and when the person might show one kind of behaviour rather than the other.
Nonetheless, we must start somewhere, and it seems that by studying the planets in the signs, we begin to build the skills we need to interpret charts. By learning simple relationships in isolation, we can later build on this practice to interpret charts with more understanding.
The ten planets in the twelve signs make 120 combinations. If we include the Ascendant, MC, and the Moon's Nodes, then we have 168 combinations. Combined with the twelve Houses we have 2,016. Of course, the rulers of the Houses/Signs will increase this by another 12: 24,192. There will, of course be aspects to be taken into consideration.