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Natal Astrology
When most people think of astrology, they think of natal astrology. Natal astrology focuses on your unique birth chart. By exploring the birth chart you can learn about your personality, your behavior patterns, and the things you need to pursue to become truly happy. Dynamic triggers to your birth chart can indicate the timing of important life events.
No matter where your interest lies, it’s best to begin your studies with natal astrology.  e skills needed to interpret a natal chart form the basis of the skills needed to interpret other types of charts.
Interrogatory Astrology
Interrogatory astrology is the branch of astrology that answers questions by interpreting the chart of the question or the event. Horary astrology answers the question, “Will this happen?” Electional astrology answers the question, “When is the best time for this to happen?” And the chart of an event answers the question, “What happened?”
Astrological Research
If you enjoy statistics, data, and the scienti c method, you may be drawn to astrological research. It’s not the most glamorous branch of astrology, but it does make
lasting contributions to the practice and profession of astrology.
Mundane Astrology
Mundane astrology is the oldest branch of astrology. It’s concerned with understanding and forecasting events in the world. Mundane astrology can be used to explore social changes, political activity, weather
patterns, and economic  uctuations.
Other Specialties
With the renewed interest in traditional astrology and the growing availability of translations of classical astrology texts from around the world, some astrologers choose to specialize in a particular era. Hellenistic astrologers explore the astrology practiced in ancient Greece as documented by Ptolemy, Dorotheus of Sidon, and
Vettius Valens. Other traditional astrologers specialize in medieval astrological tools.
On the other end of the spectrum are modern astrologers who debate the use of new planets, asteroids, or hypothetical points in the chart.
Do You Want to Know Astrology or Just Know About It?
 e di erence between knowing about astrology and knowing it is essential to understand. When you know about astrology, you can follow along when someone demonstrates a technique or interprets a chart. When you know astrology, you can interpret a chart on your own.
 e path of learning astrology moves from information, to education, to training, and at the end of the path, you become a Talented Astrologer. However, you don’t need to walk the whole path. You just need to follow the path until you  nd your sweet spot: the point where your investment of money, energy, and time returns the greatest amount of enjoyment.
Information, usually in the form of astrology books and articles, helps you know about astrology. Information requires the smallest investment of money, energy, and time, and for many people, it’s su cient. With astrology information, you can enjoy reading astrology books and attending lectures and
workshops. You may not grasp the  ner points, but
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