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Astrological symbols – Their Origin and Meaning

Introduction to astrological symbols

Astrology is classed as a “pseudo-science” by the US National Science Board.  It is an ancient discipline accompanying the human being in his search for meaning.  Human beings have tracked the objects in the sky for thousands of years.  The most likely object to be tracked first was the sun.  Knowing the motion of the sun helped our ancestors plant their crops at the correct times, which is essential to survival.  They also realised particular star patterns in the sky appear at different times in the year.  By dividing the night sky up into certain patterns or objects called constellations, they could use the sky to navigate.  As technology has progressed so have humans understanding of the sun, moon and planets.  Astrological symbols were created as a way of understanding objects seen in the sky.  Each planet has a particular symbol allocated to it.  Also constellations that follow the sun apparent ecliptic path were allocated symbols, and split into 12 segments such as Aries and Taurus.

Astrology is practiced by astrologers looking for correlations between people and celestial bodies outside our planet. To interpret these, the astrological symbols of the zodiac is used, which is commonly called a horoscope.  A horoscope is a circular chart split into 12 separate constellation called zodiac signs.  The sun, moon and planets are then plotted on this chart for a particular time and location.  The chart represents where celestial bodies are in the sky at a given time, from the point of view here on earth.  Each astrological symbol on a chart has a different meaning.  Each express certain personality or character traits. According to Astrology our choices, behavioral characteristics, attitudes and relationships are linked with movements of the sun, moon and planets.

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