What is Astrology?
Astrology studies the correlations between the events that take place on Terra and the position and movements of planets. Astrology is the oldest known science. It has been studied and applied by diverse civilizations.
People feel the need to study astrology, just as they feel the need to dedicate themselves to religion or to understand themselves in relationship with the environment. Astrology is part science, because it includes empirically observable phenomena (planets movement), and in part art, because it makes use of symbols which need interpretation.
This discipline is based on the holistic philosophy, according to which the Universe – and all things within the Universe – form an interrelated, interdependent unity, and humanity is an integral part of this ensemble. This hypothesis is an integral part of the oriental religions and it seems to be supported even by the quantum theory of physics.
Native Astrology is based on the belief that an individual embodies the characteristics of the temporal moment of his/her birth.
History of Astrology
As a science, astrology was born in Mesopotamia, between Tigris and Euphrates, at the beginning of the 3rd millennium BCE, under the aegis of Shamash, the Sun God. A proof of that are the 70 tablets that survived until the present times, 50 of which are dedicated to the Moon and the Sun’s movements on the celestial vault.
By observing the stars, the scientists from Ur, Mari, Babylon and Nineveh created the oldest known calendar, divided in 12 months, each month of 30 days, the day of 12 hours, each hour of 120 minutes.
The sky was considered a mirror of the Earth, therefore a whole network of astrologers were observing the stars, predicting events that were most likely to affect the imperium and reporting them regularly to the imperial court.
About the Babylonian prince, Belus (Bel-ibni), who served as King of Babylon between 702 and 700 BCE, we find out from the historical sources that he was telling his children: “I have read everything that will happen to you and to your sons in the sky charts”. In Chaldea, the land of Magi, there were numerous towers for observing the movement of stars: the planets, the Sun and the Moon.
These observatories, known as ziggurats, were wooden buildings, in the form of terraced pyramids, having a shine on the last platform. One of these observatories was the one from Nannar, dedicated to the Sacred Taurus, the distant ancestor of the Holy Cow for Egyptians, personalized by Hathor and also of the Holy Cow from India, countries where astrology was especially developed. For the Chaldeans, a place of honor was held by the Sun (Shamash), governing the day and by the Moon (Sin), governing the night.
Alongside these celestial bodies, there were also Mars (Nergal), Venus (Ishtar), Saturn (Nnib), Jupiter (Marduk) and Mercury (Nebo), each deity that represented these planets having specific characteristics and attributes.
Astrology or “the speech of stars” – from the Greek terms “astro” and “logos” – is one of the oldest disciplines in the world, but also the one practiced by most civilizations. From Amazonia to Greenland, from China to Europe, from Oceania to Africa, astrology has always represented a matter of interest for humanity.
Types of Astrology: Astrology of the Solar System, Esoteric Astrology, Holistic Astrology, Kabbalistic Astrology, Karmic Astrology, Moon Astrology, Medical Astrology, Mundane Astrology, Astrocartography, Horary Astrology, Predictive Astrology, Psychological Astrology, Relational Astrology and Vocational Astrology.
If astrology, initially, attempted to explain as purely divine the essence of phenomena, later on they were formulated based on more or less mathematical correlations between what was happening between the visible cosmos and the destiny of life on earth.
It was found that stars not only influence the destiny of human beings, but they also influence each other, inhibiting or intensifying their action upon people. The position of stars on the celestial vault, which, in some astrologers’ vision, were represented by images of human beings, animals or objects formed the zodiac.
The zodiac is the celestial vault circle that contains the 12 constellations the Sun seems to cross during one year. This circle is divided in 12 sections, assigned to 12 signs, called zodiac signs, each of them corresponding ta a constellation.
The 12 zodiac signs are:
- Aries – from 21st of March until 19th of April, inclusively;
- Taurus – from 20th of April until 20th of May, inclusively;
- Gemini – from 21st of May until 20th of June, inclusively;
- Cancer – from 21st of June until 22nd of July, inclusively;
- Leo – from 23rd of July until 22nd of August, inclusively;
- Virgo – from 23rd of August until 21st of September, inclusively;
- Libra – from 22nd of September until 21st of October, inclusively;
- Scorpio – from 22nd of October until 20th of November, inclusively;
- Sagittarius – from 21st of November until 20th of December, inclusively;
- Capricorn – from 21st of December until 19th of January, inclusively;
- Aquarius – from 20th of January until the 18th of February, inclusively;
- Pisces – from 19th February until 20th of March, inclusively.
The Astrological Houses
As the zodiac signs, called the Houses of Heaven, the Houses of Earth are also 12 and each of them is associated to a material, terrestrial domain of existence of each one of us.
1st Astrological House, in analogy with planet Mars and Aries
The house of personality and of character, of temperament, but also of physical appearance is referring to what makes us different from others, the way you see yourself and the way you are seen and also the potential you have; this is the house that can help you fulfill your life purpose.
2nd Astrological House, in analogy with planet Venus and Taurus
The house of qualities, of spiritual and material values, of earnings, of the assets you own or you inherit and provides you physical and emotional comfort; it also represents sensuality, feelings.
3rd Astrological House, in analogy with planet Mercury and Gemini
The house of relationships and family, of communication with siblings, relatives, friends and other people, but also the house of studying, of intellect, of freedom of speech.
4th Astrological House, in analogy with the Moon and Cancer
The house that refers to your background and to the purpose, the end of life, to family, feelings, emotions; maternity, sadness and nostalgia are also associated with this house.
5th Astrological House, in analogy with the Sun and Leo
The house of love, associated to physical and spiritual passion, to fertility, children, life partners, lovers, romantic relationships and, in general, the capacity to love.
6th Astrological House, in analogy with planet Mercury and Virgo
The house of health and physical illness, but also of daily tasks, of assumed liabilities, of dependency to others, of relationship with your superiors and subalterns.
7th Astrological House, in analogy with planet Venus and Libra
The house of marriage, of connection with the people surrounding you, of collaboration with the life partners, the house of work and travelling; the enemies, the opponents we are crossing are also represented by this house.
8th Astrological House, in analogy with planet Pluto and Scorpio
The house of death, but also of rebirth, influencing your capacity of recovery, of regeneration, refers to the life trials and the way you manage to overcome them, the way you deal with the unknown; this house is also associated with sexuality, with your expectations and your sexual desires.
9th Astrological House, in analogy with planet Jupiter and Sagittarius
The house of wisdom, of your relationship with the divinity, with spirituality and religiosity, the relationship with justice and the moral values; it is the house of learned lessons, of dreams and of superior ego.
10th Astrological House, in analogy with planet Saturn and Capricorn
The house of career, of professional achievements, of social recognition, of acquired functions, is a house that influences your success in life.
11th Astrological House, in analogy with planet Uranus and Aquarius
The house of friendship and altruism, it refers to the guardians who help us finalize our plans, it is also the house of private life, causes, ideals, bold actions, courage and popularity.
12th House, in analogy with planet Neptune and Pisces
The house of sacrifices, power of dedication, of fears, deceptions, it is responsible for emotions and presentiments, of our hidden self and karma; the attempts, betrayals and vices are also associated to this house.
The Planets in astrology
In astrology, the planets represent (symbolically) energy sources or patterns of psychological behavior. The planets are real, they have a mass and they orbit around the Sun. However, in astrology, the planets have a symbolic meaning.
For example, the Sun and the Moon are seen as planets, although it is not scientifically correct. Thus, in astrology, the following planets are taken into consideration when creating an astrological chart: Moon, Sun, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto.