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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
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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.
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Fitness
Published Friday Jul 23, 2021 by Bailey Clark

Why I’m Stoked Surfing Will Debut in the Olympics

Fitness

For the first time ever, the globe will be watching surfing take center stage at the 2020 (postponed to July 2021) Olympics. People from all over the world will be appreciating the sport, many for the first time.

This symbolizes the surfing community breaking through centuries of negative stereotypes. Though conditions play a big part in the sport, the biggest hurdle the athletes will have to overcome to see success is mental. The winner will be the one who chooses their waves wisely with their understanding of the conditions and ability to intimidate and therefore overcome components. Meanwhile, they will be challenging themselves to emerge from crashing barrels, fly into the air, and land on the shifting surface gracefully. No big deal. 

You’ve probably heard the invention of a wave pool, which creates the perfect man-made wave. In 2007, Kelly Slater founded his wave company with a passion to build the perfectly rideable wave at his surf ranch. It was debated whether the Olympics should be held in the ocean or on a manufactured wave, with many differing opinions on what would be right. The decision was made, and the event will take place in the sea, at Tsurigasaki Beach in Japan, about 40 miles east of Tokyo, where the rest of the 2021 games will be hosted.

As you watch, take a moment to reflect on the century of effort for this to happen. This initiative can be traced all the way back to the 1912 summer games that took place in Stockholm. Duke Kahanamoku, known as the father of modern surfing, won three gold medals in swimming, and while accepting his medal, he expressed that it was his dream to see surfing be added. To add fuel to the fire, International Surfing Association, recognized as the surfing world's governing authority by the International Olympic Committee (IOC), began lobbying for the inclusion of surfing in the Olympics in 1955.

The magic of surfing

Surfing is a multidimensional sport unlike any other. Nothing compares to paddling out to the serene silence that awaits beyond the breaking waves. Once you get out there, you immediately escape the many annoyances ingrained in everyday life—the constant notifications on your phone and laptop, your back-to-back schedule, answering to other people. You’re no longer on the time that your watch reads, you’re on mother nature’s time. You’re also no longer in control of your surroundings. Now, all you can do is surrender and wait for the next set to come, while trying to position yourself for when it does.

The high from catching the perfect wave is so addicting that surfers would fail on one hundred in a row just to catch that one. After you catch that perfect one, you replay it in your mind for the rest of the day.

A successful session is reliant on so many factors of mother nature—a force way bigger than us. For ideal conditions to exist, a good-sized swell must approach from the right direction, the wind must be flowing offshore, and you have to time your session right with the ebb and flow of the tide.

The sport is always teaching you life lessons. It is humbling, even if you’ve been practicing it for many years. One reason why it takes so long to master is that the conditions are going to be different every time you get out there. You might have caught a million yesterday, but today makes you feel like a kook because you can’t land one decent wave.

The community of people that you become a part of when you surf is special. A shared obsession with the ocean that brings you to dive into the water at dawn to get a session in bonds you quick. When you’re out there, you’ll find yourself interacting with people of all ages and backgrounds. People enjoy sharing the stoke of the sport. When you see someone out there teaching somebody new, you’ll encounter them cheering at the top of their lungs when they catch a good wave, and as you look around, you’ll see smiles all across the lineup. The other day, I caught a long wave in to be met with a cheering crowd of locals who frequent the spot that I do. When I got to shore, a local showed me their secret stash of hot packs to access in case I, or someone else, gets stung by a stingray when they aren’t around.

Being out in the ocean and abiding by her rules gives surfers a deep love and connection to nature. It’s common to see sea animals out there, like dolphins, stingrays, and fish. When you have an encounter, it’s a reminder that we are invading their territory. It sucks when you see trash floating in the water, or on the sand in its route to the water. It’s a sad reminder of the negative impact that humans can have on natural environments. It inspires you to pick up trash and advocate for sustainability so that we, as a collective, can take care of the beauty that we are lucky to have access to.

Tune in to see surfing break into the biggest international sporting event in the world beginning on Saturday, July 24th. 

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About the author
Bailey Clark is a serial optimist whose passion for marketing lies within creating authentic connections to make the world happier and healthier. As a San Diego native, her favorite pastimes are surfing, F45, practicing yoga, meditation, and really any opportunity to soak up the sun.