Dear Domna: Astrology

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When the notion of astrology comes up in conversation, there are usually mixed responses in regard to the validity of it. Maybe I’m just weird, but I like to ask people their signs when I first meet them. It’s not because I’m trying to jump to conclusions about people and judge a book by its cover. I have spent a lot of my free time researching astrology and the meanings behind people’s zodiac signs. I’ve also practiced by finding similarities in people that I know share a sign. I enjoy meeting someone new and figuring out how their personality corresponds with their astrological sign.

A lot of people think that astrology is absolute bullshit. People think it’s all too general and that there’s no real “science” behind it. My take on it is as follows: Think about how if you weren’t at a certain place at a certain time, you wouldn’t have met certain people, done certain things or been presented with certain circumstances. Literal seconds can change your life forever. Therefore, the time that you were put on this planet has to be relevant to who you are as a person. As such, where the planets were aligned when you were born must have relevance to who you are! Think about how much influence the moon has on Earth. It can move entire oceans; it sways the tide. In reality, we are all a source of energy being pulled by other energies. When planets are moving and shifting, it also affects us.

There’s a lot more to astrology than just your sun sign. The three most important elements that describe you best are your sun sign, your moon sign and your ascendant or rising sign. Your sun sign is based off of where the sun was positioned at your birth, which corresponds with one of the 12 zodiac signs. Your moon sign is the zodiac sign aligned with the moon’s position at the time of your birth. Finally, your rising sign is the zodiac sign that was rising on the eastern horizon at the moment of your birth. Zodiac signs are based off of a 12-section celestial calendar that relies on the positions of the sun, moon and most familiar planets.

Your star or sun sign is the part of you that is most apparent on the surface. It governs your individuality and your drive to fulfill your goals in life. Your moon sign is very much the part of you that you cannot see, it makes up the unconscious side of your personality. It is much more hidden and represents more of your inner core and your emotional sphere. Your ascendant or rising sign reflects your outward demeanor and  how you appear to others. Remember that you are a complex and unique combination of signs.

Your compatibility with other people relies on these different “elements.” There are four traditional elements the zodiac are based on: Water, Earth, Air and Fire. Water is Pisces, Cancer and Scorpio, Earth is Virgo, Capricorn and Taurus, Air is Aquarius, Gemini and Libra and Fire is Aries, Leo and Sagittarius. When you think of your relationships with other people, link them to your elements. Earth and Water need each other and find ways to coexist despite their differences. The sea finds joy in passionately striking waves against the shore. In Fire and Air relationships, think of how fire needs air in order to stay aflame, but Air can extinguish or rekindle a flame whenever it pleases– so long as even a little spark remains. Some elements work better together than others and some just take more work to properly adjust.

Even if I haven’t convinced you to believe in astrology, remember the phrase know thyself. This was inscripted in the Delphi temple by the ancient Greeks, and it’s as relevant today as it was then. This is part of the reason I study astrology and take part in private activities such as writing and meditation. If you don’t understand yourself — who you are and what your values, morals, fears, insecurities and flaws are– you will never be able to understand anyone else. In regards to astrology, remember that the stars have been here and will always be here. If there is something to learn from them, then we should take advantage of that. If you can use astrology as a way to understand yourself, it will help you better understand the world.

I encourage everyone to find out what time and where they were born and read their entire birth chart. A website I recommend would be:
To further understand your compatability with other people, I suggest the website:

Domna Dali

Domna Dali writes relatable, anecdotal advice under the column “Dear Domna.” She is studying journalism and digital media. Originally from the East Coast, she loves the mountains as much as she loves the ocean and New York City.

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