HISTORY IN ASTROLOGY 

For as long as there have been records there has been a unique bond between us and the stars. Arising in the second millennia BC the Babylonian's were the first to organize a system of Astrology. Yes this was more than a tracker.These celestial calibrations have influenced so much of human history, right down to daily
interactions. But how significant are they? Today we are exploring that question by discussing the history and where it has brought us to today. It was in this era that zodiac signs were first conceptualized. Of course they were very different to the ones we know today, but their significance remains the same. They create intrigue and inform
many decisions, some of them from people in positions of high power.These calendar base systems, were not only a measure of planetary movement and season changes,but also spiritual values. Up and tell till the 17th century, astrology was considered to be a highly intellectual practice,revered among the ranks of such things as alchemy and science. It was widely used as a legitimate measure to understanding personality and behaviors which occurred around the movement of the solar system - mostly due to the fact that each planet was revered as some sort of God. This is something most people know in terms of Greek and Roman legends, but the practice appears in almost all religions, including modern day ones such as wicca. Empirical studies have claimed that the information gleaned by astrology is unreliable and it has since been replaced as a scientific measure, and put into the category of pseudoscience. However, this research does not account for the thousands upon millions of people who look towards this method for guidance - often with significant results. Just because something cannot be categorized by a chart does not make it invalid. In fact, there are many degrees in the subject and considerable
scholarly data which supports astrology. The ancient Egyptians devised a system of navigating the world which focused on astrology, dividing all into two sides. These binaries were noted by the symbol of balance and the symbol of the scorpion: Something which lead on from ancient Greek traditions. Adding to the ancient Greek understandings of the Zodiac and elemental aspects, the Egyptians are known for finalizing details on the decon system. These are measures of units of time as outlined by the movement of planetary bodies and other element of the solar system such as the sun and moon. This formed the basis of what we know today as the 24-hour clock, as each decon was marked as one hour. It also allowed us to separate the times of the year according to when the sun would rise. The rising of a constellation just before sunrise (its heliacal rising) was considered the last hour of
the night, and this gave a further understanding of the changing length of day between seasons. The ancient Egyptians however, used astrology in more than just calendar making. Ptolemy was an exceptionally well regarded member of ancient Egyptian civilization, and is also known as the father of horoscopes, tailoring them to what we know them as today. It was his understanding that horoscopes were coded messages from the gods and goddesses, presenter to humankind in the movement of astral bodies. They were used to make predictions and historians argue that the words of this great scholar were taken as seriously as the bible is today. How many pharaohs made decisions based upon astrological alignments, and in doing so have claimed fame by creating some of the most cultured and evolved civilizations known throughout our history. Following ancient Egypt in the 7th century, astrology was taken up by the Arab community. These traditions continued throughout the years how many texts of the time made their way to Europe during the mediaeval era. It was in the Arab evolution that it became argued that the stars had an impact of the life on earth, seeing in them a similar way to the Egyptians but expanding on this. Scholars at this time greatly increased the knowledge of astronomy, and many of the star

names that are commonly known today. Names like Altair and Vega. Islamic scholars claimed that through the understanding of the stars that the will of Allah could be precisely known and predicted in advance, sparking arguments between scholars that rage on today. Also in Asian tradition, India has made considerable impacts to the arguments for astrological traditions through the Vedic religion. This faith uses astrology to which contains rules for tracking the motions of the sun and the moon in the context of a five-year cycle to set ritual dates and such. Kinds of astrology vary across the world - all coming to a generalized understanding. Not only is this
one argument for validity of astrology, being that it grew up in the same way despite various environmental influences, but it gives us many tools to implement the lessons of astrology by. Indian astronomy and astrology developed together and as such has come to be used to prophesies the events of the world which are still to come. One sacred text of the Vedic tradition says that one sacred tree holds the details of five million horoscopes comprising all who have lived in the past or will live in the future! That’s a lot of futures, you could say as many as there are stars in the sky! For example, in Japan that has long since been a tradition of using an almanac. An almanac is a calendar based in astrology which is used to mark out auspicious days. In the times of geisha, an
almanac would be used to determine when was best for any ritual, which is a naming ceremony. If a day did not seem appropriate according to the rules of the almanac then the ceremony would simply not occur. This goes beyond superstition and is often still used with big businesses in Eastern Asia today. In modern times we use astrology for fun, with some taking it more seriously than others. Horoscopes and other predictions often appear in newspapers and magazines.

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