Sit around in any bar for long enough and someone is sure to come up and ask you what your sign is. (I always say, “Go slow, dangerous curves”-but that’s another story.)
They are talking about zodiac signs, an important component in astrology, an ancient science used by Witches (and a lot of other people) for divination and magick.
The Encyclopedia of Magic and Alchemy by Rosemary Ellen Guiley defines astrology as an ancient system “based on a principle attributed to Hermes Trismegistus: `as above, so below.”‘Hmm … isn’t that interesting?
Astrology uses the positions of the planets and the stars to predict the future and explain the past. Zodiac signs in particular are often used to shed light on the various character traits that people tend to have and can be used as a tool for self-exploration and self-improvement.
Zodiac signs and astrology are used in casting horoscopes as well. Using the date and time of your birth (horoscope is Greek for “I look at the hour”), an astrologer can come up with predictions tions on future trends or events in your life. Astrology has been practiced by cultures around the world throughout history, including the Chinese, Mayans, Egyptians, and Greeks. During the Renaissance, it was considered to be a serious science but then dropped out of favor until relatively recently.
Witches don’t just use zodiac signs to find out if that cute person they met in the bar is a good match. Astrology can also be used to determine the best time to do a spell or a ritual. The signs of the zodiac are divided into earth, air, fire, and water, just like many of the other elements of Witchcraft, which may help you decide which time is best for doing any particular magickal work.
If, for instance, you want to work on magick for prosperity, you may wish to do a spell when the moon is in Taurus, Virgo, or Capricorn-all earth signs. On the other hand, if you want to do magick for something emotional (like love), then you may decide to wait until the moon is in Cancer, Scorpio, or Pisces, since they are all water signs.
Deborah Blake. Everyday Witch A to Z: An Amusing, Inspiring & Informative Guide to the Wonderful World of Witchcraft