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All opinions on astrology are those of the original author, and are NOT those of the maintainer. 2.1) For what sort of discussions is alt.astrology intended? Answer: Alt.astrology is intended as a forum for the discussion of serious astrology. There are also two moderated groups, alt.astrology.moderated and alt.astrology.tropical, which usually have a much better signal-to-noise ratio. *** Requests for services *** 2.2) Could someone please cast my chart and/or do a chart interpretation for me? Answer: A complete interpretation of a person's chart takes a great deal of time and energy to prepare. Someone just learning astrology might be willing to do a chart for you as practice, but if you want a high-quality interpretation, you must either find an experienced astrologer on the net who is generous enough to interpret your chart without compensation, or, if that is not possible, you could consult a local professional astrologer (look in the yellow pages or look at ads posted in a local occult bookstore; you might also write to people in the group in your area and ask if they know of any good local astrologers). Professionals are not supposed to use the newsgroup to advertise their services, so you may not be able to tell which astrologers on this group will interpret charts for a fee. (They are in the minority.) Rather than bother non-professionals with requests for charts, it might be safer to consult an astrologer who advertises in your area. If there are no professional astrologers near your place of residence, you might want to take your chances and contact a member of this group if they appear sufficiently knowledgeable to be a professional. If you have a specific problem about which you would like advice, you might find that astrologers in the group are willing to give you free assistance if you post the question for everyone to read. Readers are less likely to respond with free analysis to requests for a complete chart interpretation. No amount of advice can be given unless you provide complete birth data: day, month, and year of birth, as well as the time of day and the place of birth (town or city). If you know the time zone, whether daylight savings time or war time was in effect when you were born, and the latitude and longitude of your place of birth, provide that information as well. If you just want your chart cast, without any interpretation, just visit Astrodienst: http://www.astro.ch/ This is a comprehensive automated astrology service that provides a variety of different chart services, many of them free and based on Walter Pullen's Astrolog program with a different ephemeris. 2.3) I have no idea what to do with my life. Here are my birth data. Can someone please tell me what I should do? Answer: Nobody can tell someone what to do with his or her life. However by studying one's astrological chart, one can gain insights into one's personality, and one can see areas of life where there is harmony or discord. A reading of one's chart by an experienced astrologer would be very valuable (see # 2.2). After you have such a reading done, you could probably benefit greatly from learning astrology yourself and studying your chart at leisure. You can also look at "transits," the interactions of planets in the sky with your chart across time. This tells you when opportunities and difficulties arise in various areas of life, and helps you plan your future. An astrologer can tell you about current transits, or you could learn to read your own transits. With a few good books from your local occult bookstore, it's really quite easy. (See # 4.1 about books.) Interpreting transits is much easier than reading a natal chart (which involves a synthesis of many factors). 2.4) I was born on a day when the Sun changes sign. Which sign is my Sun in? Answer: Which sign your Sun falls in will depend on your exact time of birth. There are two ways you can find out where your Sun is in the zodiac. Since the Sun is only one of (at least) ten bodies to consider, and since the whole chart is needed for an understanding of the personality and the life, it might be useful to cast a complete chart, which would tell you the exact position of the Sun as well as the exact positions of all the planets and houses. This is easy to do these days because there exists astrological software for computing charts. The most accessible software is a programme called "Astrolog" which was written by Walter Pullen, a reader of the group. (See # 7.2 for details of how to get a copy of Astrolog. See # 7.1 for details of how to get information about other astrological software.) If you do not want to calculate the chart yourself (e.g., with Astrolog), or if you have trouble doing so, another option is to order your chart from a chart calculation service, or obtain one from Astrodienst: http://www.astro.ch/ Alternatively, look in an "ephemeris," a book that lists the positions of all the planets (usually at midnight, sometimes at noon) each day. Ephemerides are available in the astrology section at occult ("new age") bookstores, or in some libraries in the astronomy section. They usually list positions for Greenwich, so you must calculate your time of birth in Greenwich Mean Time (e.g., if you were born under Pacific Standard Time, you add 8 hours to your time of birth to get GMT; Mountain Standard Time, add 7 hours; Central Standard Time, add 6 hours; Eastern Standard Time, add 5 hours; if you were born during daylight savings time, subtract one hour before adding [or subtracting if you were born east of Greenwich] the number of hours for the time zone in which you were born). Next, determine if the ephemeris lists positions at midnight or noon. Then work out the number of hours that passed between the time for which positions are given (midnight or noon) and your time of birth in GMT. (e.g., for an ephemeris that lists positions for midnight, if you were born at 4:30 pm GMT, the difference is 16.5 hours). Divide this difference by 24 to get the proportion of the day that passed before you were born. Next, calculate the number of degrees and minutes of arc that the Sun travelled through during that whole day. Multiply that amount by the proportion of the day that passed before the birth, and add the result to the position given for the start of the day (or noon if the ephemeris gives noon positions). The result is the position of the Sun at your birth. 2.5) Which Sun-signs are compatible with mine? Answer: Some people feel that, in a very rough way, people with Suns in the same element (fire, earth, air, water) or, to a lesser extent, in the same polarity (positive -- fire and air, or negative -- earth and water) tend to get along more easily. (The fire signs are Aries, Leo, and Sagittarius; earth: Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn; air: Gemini, Libra, Aquarius; water: Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces.) But interactions among specific planets and houses in two charts are far more important in determining how well people will get along. Your best match may well be someone whose Sun is in a sign of a different polarity, and your worst enemy may well have his/her Sun in a sign of the same element! Real compatibility can only be determined when the complete charts of two people are compared, or a special chart is constructed based on the two people's birth data. See answer # 3.2 for details.