A Brief Introduction to Astrology:

Astrodienst horoscopes are easy to understand, even for those who have not dealt with astrology before – you needn’t know any of the scientific jargon involved to be able to profit from our horoscope readings. If we are lucky, though, your interest in this fascinating subject matter has been awakened by one of our short texts. This short online introduction can help make you familiar with most of the astrological techniques and give you a basic understanding of how it’s all done.

Astrology sees mankind as being not only influenced by hereditary factors and the environment, but also by the state of our solar system at the moment of birth. The planets are regarded as basic life-forces, the tools we live by as well as the basis of our very substance. These planetary forces take on different forms, depending on their zodiacal position and on the way they relate to one another.

The aspects formed between the planets describe these relationships, the positions of the planets in relation to the place of birth tell us of their expression in the spheres of life depicted by the astrological houses.

By interpreting the roles of these players (the planets) and their qualities (the elements, signs and houses) and creating a synthesis, astrology is able to present a complete and comprehensive picture of the person and his potential, based on the natal horoscope.

Each of the 12 astrological signs belongs to a certain element in one of its states. This gives us twelve quite different basic types. These varying qualities provide the “backdrop” to the planetary positions. As each horoscope has different planets in different signs, there can never be a “pure” Aries or a “pure” Gemini. Each horoscope is a highly individual, very complex and usually also very varied combination of parts.

In order to understand the signs, we must take into account the typical expressions of the elements, as well as the characteristics belonging to the planets associated with the signs.


Cardinal fire, ruled by Mars
Willpower, impulsive, initiative, courage, energy, activity
Often rushes headlong into things

Fixed earth; ruled by Venus
Sensual, pleasure-seeker, steadfast, strives for security
Sees red when provoked for a long time.

Mutable air; ruled by Mercury
Mental type, witty, communicative, mobile,
takes pleasure in learning. Rarely touches down.

Cardinal water; ruled by the Moon
Emotional type, stubborn, seeks safety and closeness
Very much a family person

Fixed fire; ruled by the Sun
Glamour, generosity, organizer, the center of attention
Likes to take the lion’s part

Mutable earth; ruled by Mercury
Precise, differentiates, does what is necessary, utilitarian
A critical point of view

Cardinal air; ruled by Venus
A sense of beauty and proportion, tactful, seeks balance and harmony.
Sometimes hovers between the scales

Fixed water; ruled by Pluto
Corrosive, passionate, piercing, extreme situations
Frequently quarrels with the spirits he called

Mutable fire; ruled by Jupiter
Free spirit, carefree, love of movement, cheerful
Wanderlust, often seems to be elsewhere

Cardinal earth; ruled by Saturn
Enduring, has a sense of purpose, proud, ambitious
Can get stuck in craggy heights

Fixed air; ruled by Uranus
Communicative, humanitarian, progressive, fraternal
Universal spirit with occasional astonishing obstinacy

Mutable water; ruled by Neptune
Sensitive, compassionate, helpful, sociable
Very adaptable, hard to get a hold on

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