How to Get Started Studying Astrology

Astrology is a complicated discipline that requires years and years of practice before you become an expert. Unfortunately, reading your monthly horoscope and knowing the characteristics of the 12 sun signs doesn’t make you an astrologer!

If you’re ready to go beyond reading other peoples’ interpretations of astrology and start reading into the planets yourself, it will require a lot of research and practice. With the desire, though, you can absolutely learn this intuitive practice. Here’s how to get started.

Step 1: Get a Copy of Your Birth Chart

The first step on your journey to becoming a self-taught astrologer is to get a copy of your birth chart. One popular resource for this is Astro.com. A birth chart will tell you the position of the planets in relation to Earth at precisely the moment you were born. Heads up: You’ll need to know the exact time and place of your birth in order to get an accurate birth chart.

Once you have your chart, it’s time to get acquainted with your subject matter. Review the chart and look up what its symbols and markings mean. This can all usually be done online. Get a firm grasp on the symbols and meanings of your chart before you move on to the next step.

Step 2: Learn to Read an Ephemeris

A birth chart may tell you a lot, but an ephemeris is the tool you need in order to make any kind of future readings or predictions. An ephemeris is essentially an atlas for the position of the planets throughout the year. It outlines the exact positions of celestial bodies and shows how they move through the sky throughout a given year. The most popular here in the US is the American Ephemeris, but you can also find other versions online if you prefer.

You’ll need to use your research skills to figure out how to read the ephemeris. Begin to study how the planet transits affect you based on your individual birth chart. Astro.com has tons of resources for helping you teach yourself how to interpret these transits.

Step 3: Read, Read, Read (Or Take a Class)

When you have a basic grasp on your birth chart and the ephemeris, it’s time to get to studying. Eventually, you’ll want to be able to interpret the skies not only in relation to your own birth chart, but for others as well. Here are some commonly recommended books for beginner astrologists:

Alternatively, you can also enroll in an astrology class, whether in-person or online. Throughout this learning phase, be sure to follow your own chart closely, considering the transits in the ephemeris throughout the entire process.

Step 4: Practice with Family and Friends

Finally, put your skills to the test by practicing on family and friends. Do just as you did for your own outlook: Get their birth charts, analyze them and then read their charts each day/week/month with the ephemeris. Good luck!

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Marie W
Marie W4 months ago

Thanks for sharing

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S J
S J10 months ago

I love Astronomy better, thank you anyway

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Sheila Miller
Sheila Miller10 months ago

We to have a telescope. It is time we put it to good use. Thanks for this article. Astrology sounds fun!

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Philippa Powers
Philippa Powers10 months ago

Thanks. I have just recently acquired a telescope.

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Marge F
Marge F10 months ago

Thank you for posting this interesting article.

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Marge F
Marge F10 months ago

Thank you for posting this interesting article.

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Chad Anderson
Chad Anderson11 months ago

Thank you.

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Julia S
Julia S11 months ago

I vastly prefer Astronomy to Astrology. For me, it's the best way to read into stars. Thank you!

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Julia S
Julia S11 months ago

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Peggy B
Peggy B11 months ago

Noted

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