Tales of the Ruddy Spirits Taproom
The following is a brief summary of the Astrology system used by Senji in his art to predict the future. In drawing up a chart, Senji can either use the specific dates related to an individual to determine what is in store for them or look at the heavens and the position of the various planetary bodies to get a more general idea of what the future holds.
The Planets & Astrological Bodies
By placing the position of the following bodies, a lot can be discovered about the future.
Sun – The the largest and closest body, it can have great influence. The sun can indicate the immediate future or the beginning of something new.
Luna – The larger of the two moons. It is often the brighter moon. Luna can indicate longer term destinies in the distant futures.
Lumni – The smaller of the moons, it is often hidden in the shadow of it’s larger sister. Lumni often indicates warning of possible dangers in the coming future.
Telum – A small yellowish orange planet closest to the sun. It moves quickly and is often an indicator of coming news (good or bad) associated with the sign it passes through.
Jann – A huge planetary body that moves slowly in the space between Telum and our own planet. Jann can represent obstacles that may block the future.
Barsoon – Our nearest neighbor, this red planet brings portents of conflict or war. It it typically considers a bad thing when this crosses your path.
Akrys – This pale planet sits just past Barsoon. Unlike the closer planet, Akrys brings portents of romance and passion.
Wynn – Further out lies Wynn, a brownish planet that moves slowly but can signal changes in wealth or status for the signs it crosses. Note that this is not always a positive change.
Prothean – At the edge of our system lies a small dark planet that is often hard to detect. It moves slowly and may not be visible for long stretches. This planet often indicates an ending.
Imani – Beyond our system, there is a vast void, but there is also the bright light of the closest star. When the star of Imani enters a chart, it can indicate something strange or mysterious.
The position of a sigh on the star chart determines how mutable or subject to change a sign is.
The signs that lie along the horizontal axis of the chart are considered fixed. Fixed signs tend to be very constant and reliable. Forces like life and death or the power of creation or leadership will typically always exist. Fixed signs can symbolize resistance to change but also suggest great willpower.
Conversely, the signs that border the vertical axis are considered cardinal. Cardinal signs are action oriented. These signs tend to be filled with vitality and prone to action over rest. Those with cardinal signs tend to have greater initiative.
Finally the signs that do not lie against either axis and are between a fixed and cardinal sign are the mutable signs. Mutable signs signify change and instability. Visions and war can change at any minute and are therefore mutable. Those with a mutable sign are often considered very adaptable.
The quadrant in which the sign lies determines the element of the sign. The element of the sign often helps further define the personality of the group of signs.
Air – The element of air lends a degree of mystery, the unknown, and even faith. Hard to grasp and and difficult to see clearly, the influence of air is often felt rather than observed by those influenced by this group of signs.
Earth – The element of earth can range from the drive to express ones self to emersion in the material world or even cautious practicality. The earth is solid and stable but also houses wild nature.
Fire – The element of fire can signify communication, socialization, and enthusiasm. Just as fire once bound the original civilizations, it still encourages communion and interaction with others, even through conflict.
Water – The element of water is associated with deep emotions, greater empathy, and a degree of sensitivity. Water is often considered the core of life and ties in closely with nature and the element of earth.
The Constellations & Signs
The sky is divided into 12 sections each dominated by a specific constellation. Each constellation is represented by a symbol. When astrological bodies pass through certain points in the sky, they indicate aspects of the person and their fate. Below are the twelves sky symbols.
Life – The sign of the morning sun represents life, birth, and new beginnings. People born under this sign have a zeal for life. They tend to be drawn to nature as well as people. When a planetary body enters this sign, it brings life, birth, or general well-being. This sign is a fixed sign of the xx element.
Seer – The sign of the seeing eye represents vision, prophesy, and knowledge. People born under this sign have the gift of intelligence and foresight. They often become scholars or practitioners of magic. When a planetary body enters this sign, it can mean clarity of thought or information, or it can signify the coming of future events. The closer to the center of the chart, the sooner the event may happen. This sign is a mutable sign of the xx element.
Sea Serpent – The sign of the twisted sea serpent commonly appears on large maps and represents movement, travel, and trade trade. People born under this sign often have the desire to move or travel. They rarely like to settle in one place and can excel as explorers or merchants. When a planetary body enters this sign, it can suggest a coming journey or profitable venture. However, the serpent can also represent danger in travel or trade. This sign is a cardinal sign of the xx element.
Horse – The sign of the noble horse, at times drawn as a unicorn, represents purity, health, and natural beauty. People born under this sign are often seen as innocent, but can also be seen as naturally strong and healthy. Athletes often fall under this sign. When a planetary body enters this sign, it can mean good health or physical and mental cleansing. This sign is a cardinal sign of the xx element.
Satyr – The sign of the half man, half goat satyr represents passion, lust, and fertility. People born under this sign are often wild and unpredictable, but full of passion. Many artists, musicians, and actors are born with this sign. When a planetary body enters this sign, it can mean love or a new relationship may be possible. This sign is a mutable sign of the xx element.
Crafter – The sign of the twin hammers of the craftsman represents creation, creativity, and new possibilities. People born under this sign are craftsmen, blacksmiths, and stone masons. They are good with their hands and solving simple problems with sometimes complex creations. When a planetary body enters this sign, it can mean new possibilities or a coming burst of creativity. This sign is a fixed sign of the xx element.
King – The sign of the monarch represents dominance, decision, and judgement. People born under this sign make strong leaders and often become judges or leaders in their chosen profession. When a planetary body enters this sign, it can mean dominance or the advent of a significant decision. This sign is a fixed sign of the xx element.
Warrior – The sign of the warrior with his spear represents war, power, and victory. People born under this sign hunger for power and often become warriors or seek position of power. They often have a high temper but also a sharp and decisive mind. When a planetary body enters this sign, it can mean a shift in power, pending battles, or even potential war. This sign is a mutable sign of the xx element.
Phoenix – The sign of the rising phoenix represents destruction, renewal, and hope. People born under this sign often see great change through their lives. The have periods of great highs and deep depressions. When a planetary body enters this sign, it can suggest great destruction or catastrophe. Luckily, this period of destruction is often followed by a period of renewal. Destruction tends to be seen near the outer edge of the chart while renewal is nearer the center. This sign is a cardinal sign of the xx element.
Dragon – The sign of the vicious dragon represents wealth, danger, and survival. People born under this sign are often seen as greedy, dangerous, and willing to do everything to survive. These people often make shrewd businessmen or dangerous criminals. When a planetary body enters this sign, it can mean great danger, possibly with great reward. This sign is a cardinal sign of the xx element.
Chimera – The sign of the changing chimera represents change, chance, and variety. People born under this sign are often considered secretive and inconsistent. They often have trouble convincing others to trust them. When a planetary body enters this sign, it can mean great change. This is often considered the most difficult sign to interpret as it is the most mutable. This sign is a mutable sign of the xx element.
Death – The scythe of the reaper of death represents death, decay, and entropy. People born under this sign are dark tempered and often sickly. These people are associated with death or decay and are likely to find a profession associated with the grave. When a planetary body enters this sign, it can mean impending illness or death. This sign is a fixed sign of the xx element.