Astrology Overview

Astrology is the study of how events on earth correspond to the positions and movements of astronomical bodies. These astronomical bodies are the sun, moon, planets and stars. Depending on the position of these bodies at the exact moment of a person's birth, these bodies and their movements reflect that person's character. The knowledge of the person's character and their relation to the bodies enables astrologers to predict a person's destiny. This prediction is not limited to one person. A prediction could be for an individual, group or nation.

Horoscopes

Astrologers create charts called birth charts or horoscopes. Horoscopes usually focus on marriage, friendship, health, work, travel, love and death. A horoscope is a diagram of the heavenly bodies showing the relative positions of the sun, moon, stars, and planets at a given time. An individual's chart shows the position of the planets in relation to the earth and the stars at his or her birth. A horoscope is illustrated by a circle. This circle is known as the ecliptic which is the plane on which the earth orbits around the sun in a year. It is divided into twelve sections, called the signs of the Zodiac. The Zodiac divides the calendar year into 12 sections, and then each section is represented by a sign. The signs of the zodiac include Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius, Capricorn and Pisces. Astrologers assign every planet (including the sun and moon) with a particular sign of the Zodiac. This relationship depends on where that planet appears on the ecliptic at the time for which the horoscope is cast. Each planet or sign represents basic human drives, and each sign represents a set of human characteristics. Each of the 12 signs of the zodiac is associated with definite aspects of character, temperament, physiology, and aptitudes. Each sign of the Zodiac has a corresponding stone, metal, and symbol.

When astrologers designate a person as a certain sign, a Leo or Pisces, for example, they are referring to the individual's sun sign. In other words, it is the sign that the sun occupied at the time of the person's birth. To make an individual's horoscope, the astrologer must know the exact time and place of his birth.

When an astrologer casts a horoscope it is based on a special view of the universe. This view involves four elements: the earth, the planets, the stars and the houses. This form of Astrology was created by the Chaldeans. This from was passed down through civilizations and is still in existence today. The following describes the four elements of horoscopes:

  • The Earth: The earth is considered the center of the solar system, when forecasting a horoscope. Therefore, all heavenly bodies in relation to the earth can reveal a person's character and future.
  • The Planets: Planets influence a person more than any other heavenly body. The sun and moon are also considered planets in Astrology.
  • The Zodiac: The Zodiac is a band of stars that encircles the earth. These stars are divided into 12 equal parts called signs. Each sign of the Zodiac has certain characteristics, which are determined by a particular planet and other factors.
  • The Houses: The earth is divided into 12 parts, called houses. These houses represent characteristics of an individual's life. The houses determine how planets and the signs influence a person's daily life.

History of Astrology

Astrology is an ancient practice that different civilizations developed independently. Astrology was in use as early as 3000 BC. The Chaldeans, in Babylonia (Iraq), are attributed with creating the original form of Astrology. The Chinese were practicing astrology by 2000 BC. Other varieties formed in ancient India. Astrology was also practived by the Mayans of Central America. By 500s BC, Astrology had spread to Greece who adopted the symbols from the Babylonians. In Greece, philosophers such as Pythagoras and Plato incorporated it into their study of religion and astronomy. Astrology was widely practiced in Europe throughout the Middle Ages, despite the rejection of the Christian leaders (including Augustine). One objection of the Christian leaders was that Astrology challenged the fate vs. free will argument. Other great minds disagreed with the truth behind Astrology. Some felt that Astrology was created to set up a system to control and manipulate a culture. These opposing minds stress that there are no scientific facts to prove that Astrologer's methods are valid. Astrology has come in and out of popularity throughout history. Today, Astrology is followed more widely than ever before thanks to mass media and the everyday person's access to it.