7 Best astrology apps for curious beginners, casual mystics and aspiring astrologers
Written in the stars
Not to be mistaken with astronomy—a natural science that studies celestial objects, space, and the physical universe— astrology is a pseudoscience that analyzes how the movement of celestial bodies have influence on human relationships and the natural world. Civilizations throughout history have looked to the skies to predict what’s ahead. The Sumarians and Babylonians (who divided the zodiac into 12 signs) watched planets and stars to keep track of where they were in the sky. Hellenistic Astrology, which is the basis of modern western astrology, was developed in Egypt.
Depending on an individual’s time of birth, the alignment of the stars and planets can affect their mood, personality, and environment, which is why astrology apps usually require this information. Based on it, astrologers can give individuals daily advice that can guide them in making better life decisions. Placebo or not, it definitely helps to give some people peace of mind.
To understand the foundations of astrology, you’ll have to know the three most important signs: sun, moon, and ascendant/rising. The sun sign is the one people often refer to when they ask about your zodiac sign. It signifies the core of who you are—your ego and sense of self—similar to how the sun is the center of our universe. The moon sign represents the more private and emotional parts of yourself, just like how the moon only decides to reveal itself in the night. Your rising sign or ascendant is best described as the mask that you put on when you first meet someone; it’s what you want others to think of you.
If you’re curious about what the universe has in store for you, use this guide to help you find an astrology app (or two or three).
Unlike other astrology apps, The Pattern doesn’t give you an overview of your specific sign. Instead, it gives you insights into how you'll thrive and what you'll struggle with currently. These insights are broken into three sections—foundation, development, and relationships. The app also allows you to connect with your friends and significant others, in addition to running a compatibility test.
- It’s freakishly accurate (according to Channing Tatum)
- Allows you to create bonds with friends on the app
- Advice tends to be more vague; doesn’t give you solutions
Probably the most well-known astrology app on this list, Co-Star was the first A.I.-powered astrology app available. Based on your time, date, and place of birth, the app generates daily insights based upon your astrological chart. You can also compare your chart with your friends’ and delve deeper into compatibility with their different signs.
- Gives you advice
- Tells you what you need to hear in the moment
- Might be (too) negative at times
- Not accurate and relatable in some instances
Created by Chani Nicholas, a New York Times bestselling author and astrologer with more than 20 years of experience, the app offers users a daily personalised reading of their birth chart. Chani also provides daily meditations, rituals, and a journal to set intentions and track your growth, in hopes of guiding you through your self-discovery journey.
- Many different functions
- Very detailed birth chart
- 5 per cent of profits go to Black, Latinx, Native/Indigenous, Queer and/or Trans survivors of gender-based violence
- Functional with only a premium subscription
- Some have complained the app gives the wrong charts
This app boasts an impressive glossary that teaches beginners about astrology. It even offers real time information on current astrological events. Based on your birth data, TimePassages generates daily personalised horoscopes and a detailed analysis of your natal chart. There’s also a compatibility meter that reveals not just romantic but also business relationships that have potential.
- Great app for newbies
- Offers up to the minute information of astrological events
- Additional features cost extra
Daily Horoscope AstrologyZone
A household name in the astrology world, Susan Miller is the founder of the website Astrology Zone that attracts millions of viewers a month. This app is more for those who really want to delve deeper into astrology with a library of Miller’s essays, in addition to information about planets and elements.
- Detailed analyses of daily readings
- Created by renowned astrologer Susan Miller
- Write-ups are lengthy
- More detailed readings only available for premium members
- Not as personalised
What sets Sanctuary apart from others is its social aspect. The app makes it possible for you to interact with professional astrologers, psychics and tarot readers so you can ask them questions about your life. Of course, there’s more to the app than just social interaction. Sanctuary also has guides to every sign and insights on your daily horoscope.
- Cute and doesn’t take itself too seriously
- Interaction with professionals
- Not as many features
This astrology app is designed to follow real-time astrological movements and explain how they’re affecting you in the moment. Time Nomad has a ton of features—including calculators for planetary positions, natal chart, tropical chart and sidereal zodiac, just to name a few. It’s the perfect app for an aspiring astrologer.
- Wide range of astrological calculations
- Real-time information
- Might look intimidating to beginners