WHAT IS ASTROLOGY?
Astrology is all about studying the movements and patterns of the planets, stars, and other elements in space and showing how they affect who we are and how we behave.
How astrology began The kind of astrology practiced today began in the ancient world of Babylon and Greece.
The Babylonians created the concept of the zodiac (the 12 animal constellations) and the practice of finding meaning in the movements of the planets.
The Greeks took up these ideas after the conquests of Alexander the Great in the 4th century BCE. Shaped by their
own beliefs about the stars and heavens, they created the “horoscope” we know today.
What is a horoscope?
A horoscope is a wheel-shaped picture of the heavens at a particular time and place, with the person looking at it in the centre. The 12 zodiac signs are at the edge of the horoscope wheel, and the Sun, Moon, and the planets are arranged
Your birth chart is an image of you and how you fit into the world.
around the wheel according to their position in the sky.
Your birth chart
Your horoscope is also called your birth chart. It is an image of you and how you fit into the world. Its symbols describe your unique personality and how this guides your feelings and behaviour. It shows what is important to you and how you can find ways to shine.
IN THE BEGINNING
Astrology has existed since ancient times. It began in Mesopotamia (the modern-day Middle East) and spread to Europe, then worldwide.
It has had highs and lows of popularity. Today, as in the past, people use it to help them live their best lives.
Starting in Babylonia
Humans have always looked to the skies to answer questions about religion, farming, and the passage of time. Lunar cycles, for instance, were recorded as long as 25,000 years ago.
Babylonian astronomers were the first to document the cycle of the planets. From them, we get the 12 signs of the zodiac, which track the Sun’s movement
through the constellations. By charting how and when the planets move, ancient astronomers could make predictions about the future
To Greece and Rome
Astrology next spread to Greece and Egypt, where the horoscope was born. It combined the zodiac, Greek ideas of the four elements and heavenly bodies, and Egyptian
It seems a natural part of human experience to seek meaning in the sky.
symbolism. In ancient Rome, everyone—from emperors to common people—looked to astrology for answers.
A high point
The Medieval and Renaissance periods in Europe were a high point in astrology’s history. It was often classed as one of the liberal arts at universities, and it formed the basis of some medical practices.
Most royal courts had an astrologer-astronomer in residence. At the same time, the Renaissance brought a new search for scientific knowledge, and astrology’s popularity declined.
At the end of the 19th century, people began to believe that there was a link between astrology and psychology.
Astrologers also saw that our universe happens both outside and within us and that the two realms are linked. Today, people are again turning to astrology. As in ancient times, it shows us how we can live our best lives in rhythm with the heavenly pattern.
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