Beginner’s Guide to Astrology

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Most people, regardless of whether or not they are deeply interested in astrology, typically know what their sun sign is, or the zodiac sign whose season they were born in. For many, this is enough, but astrology and natal charts run much deeper than just this one individual sign.

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You actually are ruled by more than one sign: yep, that’s right! You actually have an entire chart of astrological signs dictated by the specific date, time and location you were born. All of these signs and their placement in your chart is actually what makes you you, which can explain why you never felt that you related to your sun sign, or the sign dictated by the specific time of the month you were born.

Does this all seem overwhelming? Confusing? Not to fear — VALLEY has got you covered on all the best resources for beginner astrology and your personal chart!


When you’re just starting to learn about astrology, one of the first steps you should take is finding out what your own birth chart — or natal chart — looks like. This used to be a difficult, lengthy process, but with modern technology all you’ll have to do is plug in your birth date, time of birth and the city you were born in to find your birth chart! If you’re unsure of the exact time, most sites have default settings for times such as noon or midnight, like the ones listed below.

After reading your whole chart, you may be curious as to what certain words or phrases mean or how your chart placements affect you personally. Each planet rules or controls a different component of our internal beings, and where each planet lies in your chart can dictate how you approach specific aspects of your life. For a better understanding of this tricky topic, click the links below!

If you’re looking for an in-depth analysis of your personal chart or even just a daily horoscope, it may be in your best interest to download an astrology app on your phone! (VALLEY tip: when reading your horoscope, look for both your sun sign and your ascendant, or your rising sign!)

Newsflash: if you’re using Co-Star for your daily astrology and horoscope, don’t. The app has openly admitted to sending harsh notifications and calling users out when a planet is in retrograde or in astrological turmoil. Not only are their daily horoscopes aggressive, but they are made to be so incredibly generic that they’re not really personalized to a particular sign or planet. Simply put: it’s lazy. Co-Star has also been known to actually not accurately read user’s charts and does not adhere to the whole sign house rule that Western astrology is based on.

So if you shouldn’t use the most popular horoscope app out there, what can you use? Plenty of different apps, actually!

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Sanctuary is credited as one of the best astrology apps on the market. Users get regular notifications personalized to their chart, daily horoscopes for both their sun and rising signs and daily tarot readings. Sanctuary also offers psychic readings — they’re not free, but the app offers discounts almost daily on psychic readings!

Time Passages is considered one of the best astrology apps for newbies and is run by the highly-credited Astrograph site. The app saves your natal chart, has expert-approved daily astrological changes and news and has options for beginners to learn more about the ins and outs of astrology.

Astrology Zone is also a highly-credited, popular app amongst even the most seasoned astrologers. Astrology Zone offers compatibility tests, key dates and even vacation ideas in addition to regular letters and notes from the app’s founder, Susan Miller.

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If you like to listen to podcasts during your workouts or commute to class, VALLEY has some excellent astrology podcasts recommended for your listening pleasure!

The Parcast Network, available on Spotify, releases new episodes every day for each zodiac and their daily horoscope. (VALLEY Tip: listen to the daily horoscope for your sun, moon and rising signs!)

The self-proclaimed “comedy podcast for astrology lovers AND haters,” What’s Your Sign? is a podcast for both followers and nonbelievers of astrology. Whether you’re looking for something to further feed your beliefs or your skepticism, this podcast has something for everyone.

The Astrology Podcast is a weekly podcast hosted by professional astrologer Chris Brennan. The podcast is meant to stir “intermediate and advanced level discussions about astrological topics, ranging from explorations of specific techniques to treatments of issues pertaining to the history and philosophy of the subject. ”

Instagram Pages

By now, you’ve probably seen the hundreds of Instagram pages with cute graphics edited with made-up phrases or quotes with each sign listed on the sides of the image. Sure, these pages are fun to share on your story or to DM to your besties, but the posts are often so generic that they’re not truly specified to each sign or certain aspects of them. They’re not usually backed with facts, but merely based on stereotypes or whichever sign seems to fit the aesthetic of each image. So, where on Insta can you really turn to for real astrology content?

@realastrology shared Tumblr-esque text posts describing the signs, certain traits or qualities associated with them or what each planet in the sign can look like.

@cogey is a vintage-inspired astrological meme page that often runs polls and asks questions in their stories. Her content is as beautiful as it is funny and painstakingly accurate.

@moonomens shares the occasional horoscope or sign-specific post, but focuses primarily on how transits or changes in the planets — specifically the moon, as the name implies — will affect your day-to-day life or what these shifts may mean.

TikTok Pages

Just like it has in every other community, TikTok has created a home for astrologers and astrology-related content.

Perhaps the most famous TikTok astrologer is Maren Altman, who is under fire for her history of plagiarism, racism and anti-Semitism online — and rightfully so. If you’re still interested in finding some astrology content on your FYP, there are plenty of other creators on TikTok who produce accurate, educational and funny astrology videos.

@astrologybymari, whose YouTube is linked above, makes funny TikToks about each sign, their compatibility amongst each other, notable traits and even general facts.

@urfavastrohoe makes daily content roasting and praising her placements as well as everyone else’s. Her funny, colorful TikToks are as educational as they are playful, and everyone leaves her page having learned something new.

@astro.forecast is a TikTok page dedicated to educating users on how the cycles and changes in our solar system effects the energy around us as well as within us. There’s a video on her page dedicated to how astrologers predicted the disaster that was the year 2020 based solely on its predicted astrology and the shift in the planets.



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