Most people only know what they read in the paper about Astrology.
What you read in the paper only relates to what Constellation a Planet is travelling through at the time and what aspect it makes to the other Planets. This of course is interesting and a lot of people get some help or guidance from this. Especially if you feel that the Astrologer is very good.
One of the facts that you never hear is that each sign has three sections called Decans. This means that each sign has three different ways of expressing itself. Quite often I hear people say " I am a Taurus" or " I am a Cancerian" but I am not like my friend/sister/mother who is the same sign as me.
Each Astrological sign is 30 degrees of the Zodaiac and starts around 21st of each month. The first 10 days of the sign equal 10 degrees. Each sign has it's own element, Fire, Earth, Air or Water.
The first 10 degrees of the sign of Leo is Leo/Leo. This has the affect of maximising the Leo traits. The next 10 dgerees is Leo/Sagittarius (as Sagittarius is the next Fire sign of the Zodiac) This adds the need to learn and travel to the Leo. The third 10 degrees is Leo/Aries (Aries being the next Fire sign after Sagittarius) This adds impatience to the Leo.
The characteristics of each of the following signs slightly alter the basic Leo traits.
If the person was Cancerian, the first 10 degrees would be Cancer/Cancer, the real mumsy Cancer. The next 10 degrees would be Cancer/Scorpio, adding the need for more control and wanting to get to the bottom of each situation. The third 10 degrees would be Cancer/Pisces. This adds a more 'dreamy' 'arty' aspect to the Cancerian, not so 'mumsy' as the Cancer/Cancer.
This happens with all the signs and is just one of the different issues in Astrology.
Another most important issue is the placement of the North and South Nodes of the Moon in a chart.
These are not planets. They are places where the Moon cuts across the Sun's path. They represent the reason you have taken this trip back to the Earth School, what you have come to learn and what you have come to overcome this time.
The position of the North Node in your Birth Chart indicates what you wish to change in your life in order to progress. The position of the South Node indicates habits and attitudes you have built up over many lifetimes. These are the easy things to do as you are so used to these behaviour patterns. Without realising it most people spend a lot of time in their lives trying to overcome past life habits. There is a very good book called Astrology for the Soul by Jan Spiller that explains this very well.
Your Ascendant or Rising sign is very important. Quite often people relate to this rather than your real Sun Sign. Your Ascendant sign is the one that is coming over the horizon when you are born. It is your outward personality and quite often carries the look of that sign. Your Ascendant is rather like a protective cloak around you until you are 40 years old. By then it has become a part of you. Usually people do not like others to see past this protective exterior. You will find that this outer 'layer' is a protection for the work that is going on inside ( rather like a butterfly growing from a grub to a butterfly) A quiet/emotional Pisces could have an Aries Ascendant that would give her/him the strength to do things that they did not think they were capable of. A Capricorn Ascendant could give a Gemini a sense of practicality to help them in the world.
Another important part of your chart and personality is the sign that sits at the top of your chart on the 10th house. This is the Mid Heaven aspect. Whatever is sitting there is how people see you at work or in public. I have dealt with many shy ladies who had Leo or Aries Mid Heaven positions and they were constantly surprised that people saw them as leaders and 'forced' them to take positions of authority.
All of thes things are important in your life as they make you the unique person you are with the unique job you have come to do in this world.