Although astrology is not considered an academic science, many of its supporters are in fact scientists and professors themselves. Most have come to believe in it for two reasons: it has steadfastly stood the test of time—even grown in popularity over the centuries—and its analyses and predictions have proven so uncannily accurate that it has quelled the skepticism of the most ardent disbelievers.

When ancient Egyptians studied the stars and planets, they understood that there was more to be learned from them than just the cold data of astronomy. They perceived that as celestial dies orbit, they have a profound effect on each other. And since there is no life on any of the other planets in our solar system, we can confine our study to their effects on the earth, and specifically, the most highly-evolved creature on earth, man.

Your astrological profile, then, is quite complex: the fundamental qualities of your personality are formed by the positions of the sun, moon, and planets at the time and place of your birth; the changeable aspects of your personality, as well as the events of your life, are influenced by the changing positions of these heavenly bodies every minute of every day. Because the sun is easily the dominant celestial body (every planet, of course, orbits around it), it has the greatest influence over you; thus people of the same sun sign have many similar qualities. But each person on earth is a unique individual; astrologically, this is because those celestial bodies are always moving, changing positions relative to individuals on earth.

For example, your sun sign may be Taurus. But there are millions of Taureans on earth, and they are obviously not all the same type of person. If, however, we were to compare the fundamental qualities of each, we would find a great deal of similarities. The differences are accounted for first by each individual's time and place of birth (within the month of Taurus), and second by the effects of all those bodies up there moving around from day to day.

So if you were born, say, on May 12,1961 in San Francisco, you would share many of the same personality traits as a person born on April 29, 1947 in Paris, but a great deal of specifics would vary, due to the differences of time and place. These differences would then be compounded by your own reactions to the moving planets, leading to two fundamentally similar, yet specifically different, individuals. This is why it's so much fun to have your own horoscope charted, because it's done to such fine detail that it can be yours and yours only.

Naturally, then, this book cannot hope to provide you with an exact astrological profile—that is only possible in a private session with an astrologer who will take the time to draw up your chart and analyze it. Instead, we'll focus on the most important determiner—the sun sign. We'll also point out the effects of the smaller factors— the moon and the planets—and along the way, have some fun with it all.

One last note: If you were born on a day that falls on the borderline of two signs, your astrological profile probably reflects qualities of both. You'll want to study each sign that applies to you to get the full picture.

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