The History of Astrology

a star constellationAstrology dates back to the beginning of time but the Babylonians are generally credited with its birth. The charts they produced on astronomy and astrology predicted the changes in the seasons and events that occurred regarding the movement of celestial bodies. So from the inception for the first 2000 years, astronomy and astrology were viewed from the same scientific angle.

The Greeks were introduced to Babylonian astrology at the start of the 4th century B.C. and through now famous thinkers of the time namely Plato and Aristotle, the science of astrology became highly regarded as a science. The Romans and certain Arab fractions soon embraced this science, giving rise to the birth signs of the zodiac that we still use today, and the philosophy soon spread around the world.

The earliest astrology, as can be easily imagined, was used to bring order at a very chaotic time in history, but was soon used to forecast weather, especially for agricultural purposes for farmers to increase crop yields. It was later used to foretell of pending disasters such as wars, earthquakes, and floods. Popularity grew as some successful predictions spurred belief and astrology soon became accepted by Kings and leaders of the then civilized world and over time has become a thought process for millions of people around the world.

The Zodiac

The first astrologers worked out that it took 12 moon cycles to orbit the sun and return to their original position once again. The early Greeks named this movement ‘The Zodiac’ or circle of animals and that is why today we still refer to our birth signs in the terms of people and animals associated with the weather. Each of these signs is linked to a constellation which is also linked to the seasons. The rainy season is coupled with an air sign in this case Aquarius.

The Zodiac is made up of 12 signs, approximating the 12 months of the year and then divided into 4 sections representing the 4 seasons and the elements that make up our world. The 12 zodiac signs are categoriezed into their elements, below;

  • Water signs: Pisces, Scorpio, and Cancer
  • Air signs: Aquarius, Gemini, and Libra
  • Earth sign: Virgo, Taurus, and Capricorn
  • Fire signs: Leo, Aries, and Sagittarius

The four groups above form a quadrant of houses arranged around a circle making up the 12 signs of the Zodiac. The daily rotation and the position of each sign in relation to another form the basis of circumstances that occur regarding our daily lives in relationships, good fortune, and prosperity. Furthermore, besides the Sun sign (above) a person also has a Moon and Rising sign depending on the time of their birth. To know more, see my article, here.

Each of the various planets is associated with two signs with the Moon and the Sun one each. The planet association of each sign comes from the early Greek and Babylonian thinking that each planet possessed great power over our lives. Mars, for instance, appears red in the night sky and thought to represent war and aggression. Venus, however, is the brightest star seen from earth was associated with well-being and prosperity when seen in conjunction with other stars or planets that make up the overall Zodiac.

So there you have it, the history of astrology summed up for you in a nutshell. Astrology has a fascinating and rich history, spanning many centuries and cultures. What are your thoughts on the origins and evolution of astrology? Let me know in the comments below!