Learn the meaning behind popular astrology terms.
Fixed: Second sign of each season. Taurus, Leo, Scorpio and Aquarius. Fixed signs are determined and tenacious. They're not easily convinced to change their minds.
Gemini: Mutable air sign, ruled by Mercury. People born under the sign of the twins are notoriously multifaceted and playful. Driven by curiosity, they enjoy examining ideas from various perspectives.
Horizon: The horizontal line dividing the birth chart in half. Your ascendant or rising sign is on the left side, and the descendant is on the right.
Houses: Everyone's birth chart is divided into twelve pie-slice-shaped houses. Each house represents an area of your life and your experiences including things like your personal appearance, self-worth, home and family, work, friends, foreign travel, etc. Knowing which planets are in these houses can show where events and circumstances unfold in your life.
Jupiter: The biggest planet in our solar system aside from the Sun. Rules (see Rulership) Sagittarius. Associated with systems such as law, religion and higher education. Wherever Jupiter lies in your birth chart reveals your zest for adventure, your natural abundance and your urge to explore.
Leo: Fixed fire sign, ruled by the Sun. Leos are charismatic, regal and enjoy attention. Creativity and childlike play are central to their well-being. When a Leo loves you, it feels like you're the star of your own movie.
Libra: Cardinal air sign, ruled by Venus. Libras are congenial, elegant and diplomatic. Relationships are vital to their peace of mind. They love music, art and romance.
Mars: Fourth planet from the Sun. Rules (see Rulership) Aries and dually rule Scorpio. Associated with action, courage, desire and independence.
Mercury: Closest planet to the Sun. Rules Gemini and dually rule Virgo. Associated with the mind, communication, travel and versatility.
Midheaven: Also known as the MC (Medium Coeli). The sign on the cusp of the tenth house. Signs and planets here describe your public reputation and professional calling. Influence from the parent who played the biggest role in your choice of career is portrayed here.
Moon: Rules (see Rulership) Cancer. In astrology, the moon is associated with your instincts and emotions. The Moon's sign and house position tell how you express your feelings, how you go about nurturing others and describes the way you make yourself feel at home.
Mutable: Third sign of each season. Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius and Pisces. Mutable signs play well with others. They are adaptable and flexible under changing circumstances.