CAVEAT: Astrology doesn't work. No, really, it doesn't. I've tried (when I was much younger and much more foolish). It's unfalsifiable. If it actually reliably worked, a Ph.D. in astrology would be as respected as a Ph.D. in astronomy.
That said, the topic of the OP has been known for some time: the precession of the equinox gradually moves the position of the equinox through all of the various constellations. Hence, "the age of Aquarius," and so on. The equinox moves backwards through the signs, so early on it was in Aries, then for that past 2000 years or so it was in Pisces, and now it's more or less in (or close to) Aquarius.
I've Ascendant and Venus and Mars in Aquarius, so if you believe in astrology, I just have to know what I'm talking about, right?!
The best theory I had for astrology "working" is that it affected the magnetic fields around the earth (gravity is just to weak to justify anything, but electromagnetism is fairly strong). There is enough natural activity that goes through daily (ascendant), monthly (moon), and yearly (sun) cycles that one could posit something resembling traditional astrology that affects human lives. Assuming that it aligns with the yearly cycles, then it is more important that it be consistent with spring/summer/winter/fall than particular constellations in the sky: the yearly cycle is significant in terms of where seasons fall for most living things, but not where the sun "actually" appears in arbitrary constellations around the sky.
Sooo ... the traditional constellations as based on the spring equinox have long been regarded as the "real" signs of the zodiac, in spite of the positions of stars in the sky. The stars are incapable of affecting anything locally, but they make sense as markers for the time of the year, which are simply "off" by a couple of signs (constellations) 4000 years after Western astrology was devised.
Let me close by again saying astrology doesn't "work". It's bogus. It is equivalent to taking the contents of dozens of self-help books and randomly sprinkling their advice throughout millions of combinations of sign, planet, house and aspect. Thus it sounds real and wise, but the advice would apply to just about anyone in any situation, and where the advice doesn't apply, true believers simply ignore it and skip to the next reasonable astrological declaration.
An argument is two people sharing their ignorance.
A discussion is two people sharing their understanding, even when they disagree.
Um, yeah. That's the ticket. Forget that bit where I said astrology is hogwash. Yes, I ooze sex.
I agree it's hogwash...
Originally Posted by uumlau
Venus is conjunct the Ascendant and sextile Mercury. Mars is about 10 degrees off, sextile the midheaven and trine the north node. :rolli:
The sextile mercury would make the sex-analytical mind aspect even stronger (it does bring in somewhat airy feeling to it too, like you don't take your sexual self-image seriously, you play with it). What sign is mercury? Mars sextile midheaven and trine north node would mean that your iniative and assertiveness are crucial for your karma and that will show especially through your career.