A Little Bit of Astrology: An Introduction to the Zodiac
by Colin Bedell
In the popular “Little Bit of” series: a fresh, accessible introduction to the practice of astrology.
Curious about astrology?
Explore the zodiac, and see how it affects your life! Astrology is an ancient art in which the movements of the stars and planets can divine the future. Find out more about the practice, its history, and each of the 12 sun signs—and then follow the detailed information on how to create a natal chart and use it to craft personalized horoscopes.
Take a deeper look at the zodiac and find out what it can reveal in this concise, accessible introduction. Astrology is an ancient art in which the movements of the stars and planets are used to help divine the future. Learn about its history, consult and overview of each sun sign, and find out how to create and use a natal chart to craft personalized horoscopes.
About the Author:
Colin Bedell is a student of astrology who writes the weekly horoscopes at Cosmopolitan.com, contributes to Astrology.com and TheArtGorgeous, and supports New York City’s Zodiac Lounge, where he gives monthly readings. He runs the website Queer Cosmos, exploring the intersection of astrology, comparative spirituality, and queer theory. He lives in Brooklyn, NY.
“Crystals for the Zodiac
When it comes to which stones are associated with the sign of the zodiac, there could be as many opinions as there are gemologists, authors, astrologers, and metaphysicians! Of course, that’s an exaggeration, but there are many practitioners with their own take on which gemstones are associated with which zodiac sign. Always remember that intention is everything. When you are choosing a stone to correspond with your zodiac sign for the purpose of self-knowledge and self-realization, you have many choices available to you, not just one as you may have once assumed.
In this chapter, I match up the astrological signs with some of their vibrationally matching gemstones. This information and insight are based on my more than three decades of study with many different teachers from many different traditions. When determining the associations, I take into account the way the mineral grows, the color, chakra qualities, the stone’s geometrics, and how the geometric formation relates to the qualities of the astrological sign.
Keep in mind, too, that there’s more than one astrological influence in everyone’s personal natal charts (also called a birth chart; a map of where the planets were at the moment of one’s birth). We are each so much more than our Sun signs, which you are probably most familiar with. The placement of the planets in the houses of the astrological chart and the zodiac signs all come together to create your personal blueprint of unlimited potential.How you use the energies is always up to you”.