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The “What Is Astrology” Guide 2018

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What Is Astrology?

What is Astrology?

Okay, let’s start with the basics.

1. Astrology is the study of the hypothetical connection and correlation between;

  • the astronomical phenomena, celestial events and heavenly bodies in space
  • the relative positions of the planets
  • human affairs and events here on earth in the real world

2. Astrology is used as a powerful and fun tool for understanding ourselves, other people, our relationships with each other and the world around us.

Astrology Meaning

FACT: The word astrology is from the Greek word ‘astrologia‘.

In fact, Astrology is the combination of the 2 Greek words: astro, which means star and logos, which means study.

Simply put. Astrology means “study of stars”

What Astrology Is Not

Important Note: We should probably point out the following for obvious reasons.

  • Do not expect that horoscopes (from anyone at all) will tell you your irreversible future!
  • We are not lame puppets dangling on some mad God’s string!
  • We have free will! Astrology only tells us tendency, common practice, personality and probability.
  • It does NOT tell you a future that you cannot change, or that has predefined before we were born.

It is important to point this out because people who do not believe or follow Astrology will often use this as an argument against the use of Astrology.

Firstly, you need to discard the idea that all forms of astrology are superstition; hocus pocus mingled with the paranormal which can only be understood by mystical wise old folk.

In the modern era, some predictive astrology has been presented in this manner, but this is not true “traditional astrology”.

The thing is with Astrology, it is like many other subjects, some people believe in it.

Some people do not.

It’s that simple.

History Of Astrology

A Brief History Of Astrology

Astrology and astrological beliefs between observations of celestial objects and things in Space and terrestrial events on Earth have influenced various aspects and elements of human history.

Astrology was considered a scholarly tradition, and it helped drive the development of astronomy.

Every ancient culture (Greeks, Romans, Egyptians etc.) had some form of science/religion that was concerned with patterns of movement in the stars and position of the moon.

At this point, astronomy and astrology were considered the same thing.

Ancient scientists observed and recorded the patterns they saw in the sky (astronomy); then, they extrapolated those observations to fit their cosmology and life experiences (astrology).

Some of these include worldviews, language and many elements of social culture.

Early on, two varieties of astrology were in existence. 

One that required the reading of horoscopes to establish precise details about the past, present and future.

The second the other being theurgic (literally meaning ‘god-work’), which emphasised the soul’s ascent to the stars. 

As with much else, Greek influence played a crucial role in the transmission of astrological theory to Rome and the Romans. However, our earliest references to demonstrate its arrival in Rome reveal its initial influence upon the lower orders of society, and display concern about uncritical recourse to the ideas of Babylonian ‘star-gazers’.

Among the Greeks and Romans, Babylonia and Babylonians became so identified with astrology that ‘Chaldean wisdom’ came to be a collective term for divination using planets and stars.

 

Astrology has been dated to the 3rd millennium BC, with roots used to predict seasonal shifts and to interpret celestial cycles as signs of divine communications.

Even famous predictor Nostradamus both Astrology and Astronomy.

Astrology was considered a scholarly tradition, and it helped drive the development of astronomy.

Every ancient culture had some form of science/religion that was concerned with patterns of movement in the stars. 

At this point, astronomy and astrology were one and the same.

Ancient scientists observed and recorded the patterns they saw in the sky (astronomy); then, they extrapolated those observations to fit their cosmology and life experiences (astrology).

It was commonly accepted in political and cultural circles, and some of its concepts were used in other traditional studies, such as alchemy, meteorology and medicine.

Towards the end of the 17th century, upcoming scientific concepts in Astronomy were undermining the theory of astrology, which then led Astrology to lose its academic standing.

So it was considered a science in the early history of man? Believers call it a science, while non-believers call it nonsense.

Even today, some still do with good reason. So yeah, Astrology was regarded as a big deal. Believers call it a science, while non-believers call it nonsense

Astrology has gained broader consumer popularity through the influence of newspaper horoscopes.

Types Of Astrology

Different Types of Astrology

As with many other forms of study in different fields, Astrology has variants from all over the world.

Chinese Astrology, Mayan Astrology, Vedic Astrology are just some various forms of astrology.

For this website, we will be primarily discussing what is commonly known as Western Astrology.

1 Western Astrology

Western Astrology is considered the most popular amongst western culture. With all references to horoscopes, compatibility and predictions using this form of Astrology.

It is also used to make predictions about national affairs and events, economies and wars.

 

2 Chinese Astrology

Chinese Astrology refers to Astrology used primarily by the Chinese and Chinese Culture.

It is still considered very important in terms of compatibility and also compatibility and predictions. 

 

3 Vedic Astrology

Also called Hindu Astrology, this form of Astrology is considered one of the oldest forms of astrology to exist.

This form originates from India and surrounding countries and it still used in marriage compatibility amongst Indian Culture.

 

4 Mayan Astrology

Mayan Astrology is related to Mayan Culture and the Mayan Calender.

The Mayans were typically located in Mexico and Latin America.

The Mayan, Aztec and Inca cultures of South America had complex astrology based on a zodiac of 20, including symbols like the jaguar, the earthquake, the ape, rain and the dog.

These systems have not been passed on or incorporated into modern astrology because the civilisations themselves died out.

What Is The Difference Between Astrology & Astronomy?

The close spelling and the related subject often confuse people.

So before, we move on, let’s just address this:

  • Astronomy: Astronomy is a science that studies everything outside of the earth’s atmosphere, such as planets, stars, asteroids, galaxies; and the properties and relationships of those celestial bodies.
  • Astrology: Astrology, on the other hand, is the belief that the positioning of the stars and planets affect the way events occur on earth, especially in our personal lives.

What Is Astrology Used For?

Astrology is also used professionally in areas of work like psychology, business studies and profile analysis.

Even within western astrology, there is a considerable diversity of methods and philosophies.

Some divide astrology by the result that is intended:

1 Mundane Astrology

This area of astrology is used to examine worldly events.

It is also used to make predictions about national affairs and events, economies and wars.

2 Interrogatory Astrology

This area of astrology can be subdivided further.

Generally refers to Astrology that seeks to make specific predictions or analyses about the subject’s objectives or events within the subject’s life.

3 Natal Astrology

Natal is the most popular form and what most people think of when they think of Astrology.

Natal Astrology seeks to make predictions and analyses their natal chart based on the date of a person’s birth.

What Astrology and Astrologers try to do is to describe tendencies in the characters of individuals.

Astrologers suggest dangers, energy patterns, challenges and opportunities that may come to them (based on their birth chart information) and then advise how to react to those circumstances when they present themselves in people’s lives.

 

3Sun Sign Astrology

Probably the most popular form of Astrology in the world is most likely Sun Sign Astrology.

The basis for the horoscopes that you have seen in newspapers and magazines. 

It is also the foundation for most synastry compatibility between Zodiac Signs.

An example could be Taurus is compatible with Virgo (because they are both earth signs),  Pisces with Scorpio (both water signs), Libra with Gemini (both air signs) or Aries with Leo (both fire signs).

This comparison is made because the signs share the same element. But for a more in-depth analysis, you would need to look at someones astrological chart.

All good?

Okay, let’s move on.

They are not in Control

The planets and the signs do not cause anything to happen.

What they observe is synchrony – that things are taking place in sync.

One movement is flowing throughout our Space, Heavens, and Earth.

Instead of causing things to happen, the planets indicate things, describing what is already taking place.

Often astrologers use phrases like, “your Venus makes you like this,” or “their Mars made them act like that.”

Astrology: A Quick Guide Summary

So just a quick recap:

  • Astrology is the study of the stars and planets and their influence on our lives
  • It has been around as long as humans
  • It is NOT about predicting the future of your “already mapped out” life.
  • There are MANY different forms of Astrology, with Western, Chinese and Vedic being the most popular.
  • It is used as a spiritual tool to help people understand themselves and their lives.

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