Before delving into the origins of Astrology it is good to distinguish it from the horoscopes that we are used to reading in newspapers and magazines, which represent an infinitesimal part of this complex and varied discipline. In fact, it is easy to understand how it is absolutely impossible that a given prediction concerns all the members of a certain sun sign, different the discourse as regards the personalized astrological interpretations, which are not limited to the analysis of the sign but include a whole series of additional information regarding the individual subjects, analyzed in their uniqueness and complexity. You can learn more about this by link.
Not to mention that the characteristics of the solar signs, that is our zodiac signs, can manifest late in life; this happens because the solar sign represents our true essence, usually hidden by the masks we wear. In fact, it often happens that we find greater correspondences with the ascendant (the sign that rises on the local eastern horizon at the moment of birth), the image we give of us to the outside world. Those who identify too much with this mask and find it difficult to make their sign of belonging active, may recognize little in the latter. This is the case, for example, of a person Gemini ascending Cancer who recognizes himself in Cancer and little in Gemini. An indispensable premise to understand that only through a thorough analysis of the Christmas Theme (graph that shows the celestial situation at the moment of birth) can we obtain exhaustive information about our personality, everything else is in itself incomplete.
The Origins of Astrology
Astrology has its roots in a distant past (over 3000 years ago) when the first ancient civilizations began to look to the sky and wonder what the stars and heavenly bodies were, convinced that they held important messages for all of us. This was the case in Babylon, Greece, China, Egypt, India and ancient Rome. The planets, then considered gods, were identified with the names still used today: Venus, Saturn, Jupiter, Mars, Mercury, Uranus, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto.
At that time astrology and astronomy were one and the same, it can be said that astrology is the mother of astronomy, which later rejected the magical/esoteric substratum of the former. This happened when the geocentric system (Earth at the center of the Universe), accredited until then, was replaced by the Copernican heliocentric system (Sun at the center of the Solar System and Earth rotating around it). Astrology, in fact, continued to rely on geocentrism in the formulation of its predictions (since its interest is man) while not rejecting, on a scientific level, the discovery of Copernicus.
Despite the passage of time and this separation from Astronomy, it has continued to fascinate many researchers and continues to be, today, not only a pleasant pastime but a complex and very varied subject of study.
What is Astrology
Astrology is a discipline that believes in the influence of the stars, celestial bodies, on our collective and individual lives. The term comes from ancient Greek, (astrology = ἀστῆρ/ἀστέρος, astêr/asteros, star + λόγος, lógos, discourse “source: wikipedia”), which literally means “discourse on the stars”. If astronomy is interested in phenomena related to celestial bodies, astrology focuses its attention on the effects that these same bodies have on human beings, depending on their position at birth.
Astrology is the first system of ordered knowledge that is interested in the Inner World, based on the idea that Macrocosm and Microcosm, Infinitely Large and Infinitely Small, High and Low, are absolutely similar. And here one can understand, according to this logic, why the study of the heavenly vault is so important for spiritual knowledge.
Man, for astrology, is intimately connected with the universe and its motions, far from being a separate entity but a part of the Whole. In this perspective we are all influenced by the position of our solar system at the time of birth, as well as cultural and hereditary factors, which good astrologers take into account anyway. Depending on how the planets arrange themselves in the zodiac and how they interact with each other at the moment of birth, the person will therefore be more influenced by some than others.
Specifically, the position of the planets indicates how their influences manifest themselves in the different spheres of our life (the so-called Astrological Houses), while the aspects that form between them define the modes of expression of these relationships. Through the analysis of the different planets, their qualities and the houses in which they are located, Astrology is able to draw a personality map, i.e. it identifies individual characteristic traits, qualities and defects, strengths and weaknesses and so on. Infallible, no, but definitely interesting: to believe it a little bit more, it would be enough to have the birth chart drawn up by an accredited astrologer!