23 Things You Didn’t Know About Astrology

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1. You have more than one sign.

2. Your moon sign is the sign that speaks to your emotions.

3. Your rising, or ascendant, sign represents identity, the first impression you make on others, and your outer personality.

4. Your sun sign is what motivates you from the heart and deep within.

5. Generally speaking, the compatibility of signs with one another is influenced by the elements of nature: fire, earth, air, and water.

6. Born in between signs? You might be a cusp.

7. The degrees of a sign don’t mean what you think it does.

8. Signs don’t influence your physical appearance - but they can describe it.

9. Mercury retrograde can actually be good!

10. Mercury retrograde does not actually mean the planets move back.

11. Mercury is not the only planet to have retrograde periods.

12. No, mercury retrograde is not going to ruin your life.

13. During the Reagan Administration, there was a White House astrologist.

14. If you really want an accurate reading of your birth chart, you should know your birthplace and time of birth.

15. Catholic popes used to believe in astrology.

16. According to Marchesella, everyone has some degree of all 12 signs, all the planets, and all the 12 houses of the horoscope in operation.

17. Shakespeare is known to have created some of his characters around their astrological signs.

18. British Intelligence Agency MI5 hired astrologist Louis de Wohl during WWII as a mouthpiece for wartime propaganda.

19. In Japan, people treat blood types like horoscopes and believe that personality types are tied to blood type.

20. Gerolamo Cardano, an Italian mathematician whose research lead to the invention of the combination lock, was imprisoned in 1570 for casting the horoscope of Jesus Christ.

21. The most common astrological sign in the U.S. is Scorpio (9.6 percent of U.S. population), and the least common sign is Aquarius (6.3 percent).

22. Benjamin Franklin was an astrology enthusiast.

23. Some people believe there are 12 people on a jury because of the 12 astrological houses.

El Greco

Portrait of Charles de Guise, Cardinal of Lorraine, 1572

Kunsthaus Zürich, Switzerland

Charles de Lorraine (1524–1574), Duke of Chevreuse, a member of the powerful House of Guise, was a French Cardinal, Abbot of Cluny, and Archbishop of Reims. Charles became an influential statesman, all-powerful during the reigns of Henry II and Francis II; he was an orator of talent, protector of renowned writers such as Rabelais and Ronsard, and founded the first Reims University, but is also often held to be responsible for the outbreak of the Huguenot wars, and to have attempted to establish the Inquisition in France. — “Brilliant, cunning and a master of intrigue, he was, like all the Guises, devoured with ambition and devoid of scruples.”

Vespasiano Gonzaga 
(Italian nobleman, diplomat, writer, military engineer, 1531–1591) 
Ritratto di Gentiluomo (’Portrait of a Gentleman’) 
1570s / 1580s (1582 ?)
Attributed to Bernardino Campi (Italian, 1520–1591) 
Oil on canvas, 60 x 51 cm. (23.6 x 20 in.) 
Private collection, Pienza, Italy