People And Astrology
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What is Astrology?
Astrology is a study of patterns of movements and relative positions of celestial bodies interpreted as reflecting the potential of human affairs and the natural world, according to Jude Goodwin, on an article published by Vocal.
Some might be confused between Astronomy and Astrology. Now, here’s how they differ. Astronomy is a scientific study of celestial bodies such as planets, stars, comets, and galaxies. At the same time, Astrology, on the other hand, foretells things and events according to the alignment or movements of celestial bodies, which is not based on science or can be explained by science.
When did it all begin?
In ancient Sumer civilization, Sumerian astrology tablets are the oldest astrological documents that make up the first historical record of astrology. Sumerians taught the Babylonian Astrology. Ptolemy and others learned from Babylonians, and we learned from them- from a published article by Historical Astrology.
In ancient Babylon, priests use astrology in two ways: first, that they could determine the will of the gods, and second, by inspecting the livers of the sacrificial animals and interpret the patterns of the dark spots could be observed.
How did ancient people use astrology?
Ancient people used astrology as follows:
Some first astronomers observed changes in the sun and moon as early as 5,000 years ago. They have noticed patterns in the sun’s rising and setting. The shape and position of the moon in the evening as well. And because of this, ancient people build structures to help them trace these movements through time. Old calendars were often circular like henges or shrines. Stonehenge in the UK is perhaps the most famous prehistoric monument.
At the time of Babylonians, astrology and astronomy were one. They are believed to be the first people to use the stars and astronomy to predict events by tracking the movement of the stars. Mesopotamians and Babylonians based their astrological predictions on the study of omens at first.
The Enuma Anu Enlil is a cuneiform text and the oldest astrological document in the world. These are a series of clay tablets about omen.
Ancient Babylonian astronomers kept tracks of path and movements of planets. They believed that through this, it could help predict the future and determine the course of individuals’ life — Rachel Alexander of Sciencing.
Earlier times, when there were no maps, compass, and navigational tools, sailors use stars to help them guide in the seas. The star Polaris, known as North Star, one of the seven stars of what we called The Big Deeper, is natural navigation for ancient sailors because it sits directly over the North Pole.
In an article written by Rachel Alexander’s about Ancient Egyptian Astrology Facts about the great contribution of Ancient Egyptians were the units known “decans.” It is a group of a small constellation that rise in order on the horizon every 24 hours.
Have you ever wonder why we have 365 days per year?
Ancient Egyptians had devised a calendar of 365 days and broken the year up to 12 months of 30 days each, then astronomical signs were attributed to each month and stamped around four seasons.
During the ancient Greek period, the 12 zodiacs became popular, and these zodiacs were associated with animal constellation, natal date, personality based on the animal constellation. Although astrology has been criticized because astrologers tried to incorporate the statistical relation of planet positions and human lives, it still attracts a lot of people. Horoscopes, for example, some people base their day-to-day lives on the predictions written in newspapers or tabloids.
Astrology has been for thousands of years, maybe even long before the ancient civilization exists. It has evolved as civilization developed.
They say your zodiac sign says a lot about yourself. So, what’s your zodiac? Comment down below and let’s get to know you!