# What the Heck is a Degree and a Minute in Astrology?

#### Astrology has some terminology that is foreign to many people. One of the biggest questions that people ask me is "What does a degree and minute mean?"

#### The term degree is most often used to describe where a planet, celestial object or calculated point is on your natal chart.

#### The term degree is a math term. Geometry, to be exact.

#### Interestingly, the term has its basis in astrology.

__Let’s Talk Degrees!__

__Let’s Talk Degrees!__

#### If you have looked at your chart, you will see numbers here:

#### Or you will see them in the key that is on the chart here:

#### These numbers represent the degree and minute of the sign that the planet is in.

#### In the case of the key, it also includes seconds.

#### Why are degrees, minutes and seconds used in this way? It's all about geometry!

#### Think back to your days in geometry class. Do you remember learning about circles?

**Your chart is a circle. **

**Your chart is a circle.**

#### Every circle can be divided into 360 units called degrees.

#### Mathematicians believe that the ancient Babylonians came up with the calculation.

#### In about 2400 B.C., they noticed the circular motion of the Earth around the Sun.

#### They calculated that it took about 360 days for this circular orbit to be completed.

#### That’s how the Babylonians came to divide the circular path into 360 degrees.

#### This allowed them to easily track each day's passage on a circular calendar.

__More Simple Math (I Promise!)__

__More Simple Math (I Promise!)__