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Astrology is a form of divination that interprets the meanings of the movements of the palnets, the Moon, the Sun, and the Stars. Because these follow fairly straightforward ballistic trajectories, Astrology is not a form of sortilege, and its chief interest lies in the fact that due to the various wobbles built into the planetary bodies, which give rise to a 26,000 year pattern known as the Precession of the Equinoxes, the system is too large for most humans to conceive in its entirety, and it will not repeat during any person's lifetime. This means that as far as individual clients are concerned, each person's birth chart -- a map of the heavens at their time of birth -- is unique. To astrologers, however, the entire panoply of symbol-laden astronomical bodies is more or less analogous to a simpler form of divination, namely, Wheels and Spinners -- just performed with multiple, very large wheels.

Learning astrology from cigarette cards: This is card No. 1 in the 25-card Edwards, Ringer, and Biggs "How To Tell Fortunes" set issued by the Imperial Tobacco Co. of Great Britain & Ireland, Ltd. in 1929.


Because many of the vintage postcards at this site that correlate months of the year with zodiac signs also contain corresponding flowers and gemstones, you may also find them double- or triple-listed in the categories of Floriography and Birthstones.

catherine yronwode
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Your Wate and Fate

Special thanks to my dear husband and creative partner nagasiva yronwode for illustrations, scans, and clean-ups.

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