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A Few Frequently Asked Questions

What is Astrology?

The History of Astrology

Astrology: An Ancient Wisdom

About the Zodiac

Astrology: An Ancient Wisdom

What sign of the zodiac were you born under? I should think that just about everyone knows what his or her sign is. Even if you don’t believe in astrology, you’ve probably met someone who does. Astrology teaches us that the position of the planets at the exact time of your birth is an indicator of your personality and can influence or determine events that happen to you throughout your lifetime. Is there anything to it? Or is it just harmless conversation - a way to get to know someone. Are horoscopes just hocus-pocus, or do they truly predict the course of events in your life?

Astrology is one of the earliest sciences known in human history. All over the world there are ruins of ancient temples and monuments that were built to line up with events in the heavens, and we have actual astrological records that date back to Babylon in 1645 BC. Cultures in ancient Egypt and Greece developed calendars and other methods of tracking time. As man began to observe the world around him, he also contemplated his own place it. Our early ancestors perceived the cosmos as being greater than they were themselves - not something to be conquered, but to be understood. In their efforts to define and understand their relationship to the earth, stars, planets and elements around them, they turned to the heavens. Here, they noticed that when specific heavenly bodies were in certain positions, then certain events took place on earth. The most obvious of these, of course, would be how the position of the Sun could be used to predict the seasons, and how the phases of the moon affected the tides. He then discovered that by tracking the movement of the planets and the stars, he could accurately predict many events, and furthermore, he could keep track of the passage of time.

To help keep track of the movements of the stars, they looked for (and found) patterns, like great pictures in the sky, which were given names like Leo, or Taurus etc., and called constellations. These patterns seemed to move across the sky regularly, like a great wheel. Twelve of them in particular, the ones whose names we now associate with the zodiac followed each other across the sky in a great procession, each one taking a precise amount of time to complete its journey, thus, dividing the year into twelve neat sections. Astrology was born.

Astrology has been viewed in various ways throughout the ages. At one time, it was the only science considered worthy of serious study. Every royal or influential household would consult the astrologers to make sure the stars were placed just right for planned events. From astrology, the later science of astronomy developed. Early astronomers like Galileo and Copernicus were also practicing astrologers. With the development of more quantitative sciences, astrology’s influence and position in the Western world began to diminish. It enjoyed resurgence in the 1930s with the birth of England’s Princess Margaret, when The London Sunday Express ran her astrological profile. That event was the origin of the modern daily horoscope in newspapers. In modern times astrology tends to be seen as "New Age " and not as credible as sciences like astrophysics or chemistry, but as more people open their minds, they are beginning to see that the subject is worthy of more serious study.

Oh, and incidentally, it’s no mere random event that people are now more open to all forms of wisdom. In fact you can expect to see more of it. This is the dawning of the Age of Aquarius after all. And Aquarius is all about knowledge, new technology, the environment, and yes, astrology. It is the sign of the truth seeker and of enlightenment. The Age of Aquarius will last for some two thousand years. Astrologers, of course have known that this has been coming for thousands of years, just as they know that it will be followed by The Age of Capricorn ... but that’s another story. Are you beginning to think that there may be something to it after all?

Everyone who’s ever had a really good astrological profile done for him or herself surely has to admit that there are at least some uncanny coincidences. Can we really pretend we know so much about how the universe works that we can reject the discipline of astrology. Shakespeare put it beautifully when he wrote in Hamlet, "There are more things in heaven and earth Horatio than are dreamt of in your philosophy. "

By Sylvia Richards 17th August 2009

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