Astrology, as we know it in modern day, is the study of movements of the planets and constellations in the sky and the relative positions of celestial objects. It dates back to 3,200 B.C during the reign of the Mesopotamian empire, often corresponding with religious or ritual tradition. It also bases itself with surrounding events of history and the present and future. This ancient practice has developed over the years, being heavily studied in various civilisations throughout history. The zodiac – a Greek word which means circle of animals, encompassing the 12 different animals or star constellations which represent characteristics of human personality. Ancient Greece adopted this tradition and created the classical map of the sky – consisting of 48 different constellations.
However, it was the Sumerians who first dabbled in the mystics of astrology. They established the modern-day 12 major constellations and aptly named it – ‘Shiny Herd’. It deemed to be one of the first methods of jotting down a calendar. Observations were timely and accurately associated with the rising and falling of planets, stars and celestial objects.
There has been speculation believing that certain biblical references connected to Moses and him announcing the end of the Age of Taurus and the beginning of the Age of Aries. The New Testament, is namely linked to the Age of Pisces, through the coming of Christ.
Ancient India and the Chinese also deeply studied the zodiac, inventing a similar version of the 12 signs of the zodiac, with the Hindu Zodiac amounting to similar names and symbols.
In modern day, humans believe in and often research about the Chinese animal zodiac – ‘sheng xiao’ which translates to ‘born resembling’. Legend claims that the origin of the Chinese zodiac calendar stemmed from Buddha himself. He once invited all the animals to a race; the first 12 animals to win the race then became the icons of the zodiac calendar. The Chinese Zodiac revolves around a repeating cycle of 12 years, which represents Jupiter’s orbit around the Sun, concluding 60 years of a celestial cycle.
Now, astrology is not to be confused with astronomy! Astronomy is what society considers actual science – studies which revolve around the studies of celestial objects and phenomena. Simply put, the study of the stars, planets and everything that encompasses outer space.
Is astrology sub-topic of astronomy? Perhaps. Is astrology considered actual science? At least not in the Western society. Although it includes studying the planets and stars and its movements, there has been a lack of scientific reinforcement of evidence. We call this phenomenon a pseudoscience. Scientific research and discipline based on hypothesis without supporting evidence is often referred to as pseudoscience. Physical effects are unknown, benign to the reality of the Universe. Otherwise, astrology often coincides with human psychology and the characteristics of human trait.
This was made entirely possible by the famous Carl Jung.
Carl Jung is well known for his breakthrough work in psychiatry and the founding of analytical psychology. He also coined the term – Synchronicity which correlates with the occurrences’ of ‘meaningful coincidences’. The bright psychiatrist and thinker not only manage to coincide several important events, such as World War I and the founding of ‘Alcoholics Anonymous’ with the study of psychological astrology, but he modernised the 20th Century’s methods of such studies, greatly influencing the rest of the world.
Here I will briefly show an example of a natal birth chart:
Okay, so the different houses each represent different aspects of your life. I’m not going to give you a personalised reading or attempt to coax you into signing up for some astrology study yet if you are genuinely interested, here are a few sites you should visit to check out your horoscope;
I’ve had my reading report at the first link and thanks to a dear friend, I was able to comprehend what the charts meant and how to analyse it, just in case you wanted to know. To me, it’s intriguing and relatively accurate. It does enable you to question certain aspects of your life and the self in general. Pretty amazing.
Surprisingly, Astrology in general has a lot to do with synchronicity, and synchronicity is indefinitely related to the Law of Attraction & Manifestation. This may sound like a bunch of mambo jumbo, but the things that I mentioned are susceptible to discovering more about the self and human psyche and possibly improving your quality of life overall.
Finally, should the subject of Astrology remain a tool for heretics and crazy mystics? This scientific discipline is something that has been embedded subconsciously into our daily lives and I would say that much of the world’s population has been or is currently interested in the study of Astrology & Horoscopes. Useful as a tool for basic guidelines of life, there are many hidden areas of the personality and the human psyche that would still be unknown if not for such studies. Quite frankly, this study of the star constellations and planet movements have been around since the dawn of mankind! This itself should disprove certain theories about it as a lunacy prophecy kind of topic.
Do not be afraid to delve into the mysteries of the universe and the magical wonders that are beyond our imaginative capacities.
Written by Yoji Amashiro
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