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Wellness
Published Friday Oct 11, 2019 by Ashley Tracey

Astrology 101: Understanding What Your Horoscope *Actually* Means

Personal Growth
Expert Advice

Have you ever read a horoscope and thought to yourself: how do they come up with this stuff? Horoscopes are general interpretations of the movement of the stars based on how we see them from Earth. The foundation of all horoscopes comes from Astrology. 

Astrology is a language that dates back about 2,000 years ago to the Babylonians. It was used by ancient civilizations to interpret celestial events and develop some of the same tools we use today—including the calendar. As civilizations began to evolve, so did the language of astrology. 

The language of modern astrology can be broken down into three main parts: planets, signs, and houses. This makes up how astrologers—or even you— can interpret the planetary placements at the time of your birth (aka your birth chart) and what is currently happening in the sky (aka horoscopes). 

The typical sentence of astrology goes like this: the planets show what is happening, the signs show how it's happening, and the houses show where it's happening.

 

astrology planets signs
The What: Planets 

There are 10 planetary bodies in astrology, each of them representing different aspects of your mind, body, and soul. 

Sun: identity, vitality, creativity, radiant self, ego, purpose.
Moon: soul, inner world, subconscious, sensitivity, emotional reactions
Mercury: thinking process, conscious mind, communication
Mars: will to take action, drive, passion, physical energy, assertiveness
Venus: core values, desire for beauty, peace, harmony, and connection
Jupiter: growth, truth, travel, philosophy, learning by experience, teaching
Saturn: discipline, structure, authority, limits, responsibility, maturity, lessons
Uranus:  individualistic freedom, innovation, awakening, revolution, rebellion 
Neptune: intuition, spirituality, dream state, transcendent freedom
Pluto: transformation, personal power, shared resources, karma

 

astrology signs zodiac
The How: Signs 

There are 12 zodiac signs in astrology based on the zodiac constellations that planets orbit around. Each zodiac constellation is associated with particular archetypal energy which forms the basis of the characteristics of each zodiac sign. 

Aries: the warrior, energetic, assertive, independent, pioneer
Taurus: the grower, stable, steadfast, patient, fixated, earth spirit
Gemini: the storyteller, curious, communicative, adaptable
Cancer: the nurturer, empath, sensitive, seeks security, emotional
Leo: the performer, creative, dramatic, playful, leader, loyal 
Virgo: the editor, logical, efficient, service-oriented, analytical
Libra: the lover, peace-maker, social, diplomatic, refined, indecisive
Scorpio: the detective, intense, powerful, magnetic, preserving 
Sagittarius: the philosopher, truth-seeker, exploratory, optimistic
Capricorn: the planner, ambitious, responsible, disciplined 
Aquarius: the revolutionary, unique, rebellious, humanitarian 
Pisces: the dreamer, caring, sentimental, spiritual, escapist

 

astrology houses signs

The Where: Houses 

There are 12 houses represented in the zodiac wheel, which provide a down-to-earth perspective of the planetary orbits around the zodiac constellations as each house describes a different area of experience. 

House 1: self-awareness, the physical body, appearance, self-identity, new beginnings
House 2: money and possessions, what you value, your hidden talents, sense of self-worth
House 3: communication, your thought process, siblings, short journeys, and transportation 
House 4:  home, family, relationship with your parents, and your emotional foundation
House 5: children, creativity, love affairs, hobbies, risk-taking, and creative self-expression
House 6: daily work and routines, how you are of service, health, and wellness
House 7: all types of partnerships and how you relate to others
House 8: joint resources, karmic connections, and transformation 
House 9: philosophy, higher mind, travel, understanding, teaching, and publishing
House 10: status, honor, public image, prestige, reputation, and professional career
House 11: community, large groups, friends, hopes, goals, and ambitions
House 12: the hidden self, the unconscious mind, karma, and spiritual realization


To learn more about astrology, check out my online workshop The Fundamentals of Astrology or go to your local library and grab an astrology book that is calling your name! 

Ashley Tracey
Written by
Ashley Tracey
Astrologer | Empowerment Coach
About the author
An all-around spiritual badass based in Denver, Colorado, Ashley Tracey is a passionate and empathetic soul whose life purpose is to help others live at their highest potential. Working with clients around the world to empower wholistic well-being, she helps to expand their consciousness and activate soul-centered living.
black-owned beauty and wellness businesses
Beauty
Published Sunday Jan 30, 2022 by Denise Prichard

Black-owned Beauty and Wellness Businesses to Know

February is Black History Month—a celebration of the achievements and contributions of African Americans in society.  As the beauty and wellness industry becomes a more welcoming and inclusive space for all, we are taking this opportunity to continue to shine a light on the gap of inclusivity and diversity in our industry, and take action to promote, empower, and honor the Black community that shapes and grows wellness.  

While the beauty industry is making improvements—it's important to showcase and support Black businesses and the creatives in this space every day. To honor them, we're shouting out some of our favorite Black-owned beauty and wellness businesses to support. 

1. Beauty Bin 

Beauty Bin is a full-service day spa and dry bar located in Asheville, NC. With a focus on inclusivity for people of all backgrounds, genders, and races, their MO is to match the outer beauty of every client to their inner beauty. From eyelash extensions and hydrafacials to waxing and massage, Beauty Bin is a one-stop-shop for all the spa services.  
 

2. KIKA Stretch Studio  

The KIKA Method® is a gentle assisted stretching process that loosens up tight muscles freeing your body from pain and stress. By practicing this method, clients can experience decreased muscle tension, increased energy, enhanced flexibility, a substantial reduction in stress, improved posture and relaxation, and increased mental clarity. While its headquarters is located in Las Vegas, NV, they have multiple locations sprinkled throughout the US, including Atlanta, New York City, and Dallas—just to name a few.

3. Kimberly Coleman Salon 

At Kimberly Coleman Salon, their philosophy begins with promoting healthy tresses, elegant sets, unique accouterments, perfect pampering of hands and feet, and precision cuts. Known for working with models and celebrities, they fully appreciate and celebrate the diversity of their clientele which also includes super moms and warrior dads. 

4. Pressed Roots 

Pressed Roots was developed with the simple concept in mind—that everyone deserves access to easy, and quality hair care. What started as a single pop-up shop in Boston, grew to a multi-city pop-up tour, and is now slated to be the largest national hair salon franchise specializing in the care and styling of highly textured hair, they launched their first flagship location in Dallas, TX.  

5. SW3AT  

Jersey City resident, Alyza Brevard-Rodriguez started SW3AT. The company began as a fitness apparel line in 2015 but evolved into a sanctuary catered to health and wellness now known as SW3AT Sauna Studio—the first infrared sauna studio in Jersey City. The healing power of infrared heat therapy is a phenomenal option for holistic health proven to strengthen the immune system and provide relief from joint stiffness and muscle pain. It is also supportive of any fitness program as it aids in weight loss (you can torch up to 900 calories in a 45-minute session) while also detoxifying your body from some of the most harmful toxins. 

6. The TEN Nail Bar 

Kelli Coleman and Anika Jackson opened The TEN Nail Bar in Detroit to address a void in their city. They saw a need for a quality, modern nail bar that could also serve as a fun social space for Detroit’s residents and professionals. They designed the TEN to provide their clients with a #Perfect10 experience—where you can relax, enjoy music, a drink, your friends, a clean and precise manicure, and a much-needed break from all your hectic days. 

7. Bettye O Day Spa 

Located in the beautiful downtown Hyde Park Chicago area, Bettye O Day Spa specializes in first-class treatments. They aim to nurture and relax each of their clients with individualized and innovative therapeutic techniques. From body wraps and massages to facials and hydrotherapy, this day spa promises to be a safe place for healing to occur.  

Looking for more businesses to support? ClassPass has also created a list of Black-owned business to check out all year-round. While both of these lists are a great start to get you familiar with many of the Black-owned businesses either in your neighborhood or around the globe, we have only scratched the surface. We'd love to keep these lists growing.If you have any businesses you'd like to see on this list, click here to submit a Black-owned business we should be highlighting as well! 

denise prichard
Written by
Denise Prichard
Senior Marketing Content Specialist
About the author
Denise Prichard is a certified yoga instructor (RYT-200) and an experienced content marketing professional with a penchant for writing compelling copy within the health, wellness and beauty industries. When she isn't writing or editing, you can find her teaching yoga classes, at a spin class or hanging out with her rescue pups.