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10 Interesting Facts About Astrology

Introduction

Astrology is an assortment of beliefs and traditions, which states that the position of the constellations or planets of the solar system at times have an influence on our lives. This article provides you with 10 interested facts about astrology.

Astrology is the correlation between celestial bodies and nature / human affairs  on Earth.  It is a phenomena that has been studied for thousands of years by many ancient and modern societies.  Astrology is very popular, but also extremely controversial.  The word “astrology” comes from the Greek word Astrologia, which means star study or ‘reason’ of the stars.

Astrology focuses on the sun, moon and planets within our solar system. The purpose of astrology is usually to forecast the destiny of a person, or gain insight into a person or event.  Predictions are based on the positions of the sun, moon, and planets at the time of birth.  Interpreting the location of celestial objects and using a map called a “horoscope”, astrologers claim to predict and explain the course of life, help people, companies, and nations in their most important decisions.

The popular use of the term astrology almost always refers to western astrology.  The term astrology can have different meaning to people, depending what culture they are from.  This is because different cultures are formed their own astrology systems, which differ slightly.  In fact, some astrologers consider their practice only able to describe the personality traits of an individual, others ensuring that it is possible to describe the different paths their lives, even their distant future.  Below are 10 interesting facts about astrology!

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History of Astrology

Overview 

Man has always searched for answers surrounding nature and existence. It was not long before human beings realized that they could understand such mysteries through celestial objects and planets. It is believed that the history of astrology began when humans started measuring seasonal changes and using astronomical patterns to predict their frequency.

History of astrology – Mesopotamia and Babylon 

The history of astrology likely starts within the Babylon period.  The first system of organized astrology was first used in Babylon around the second millennium BC. Soon after 3000BC, patterns in the galaxy were identified and named. The early astronomers of Mesopotamia identified five stars wandering in the galaxy. There was extensive use of omen-based astrology by the sixteenth century BC. During this time, Babylonians used astrology to predict weather patterns and political affairs.

Astrological symbols were mainly used to indicate seasonal activities. These include fishing, harvesting, sowing crops, and hunting. By the 4th century, Babylonians had made huge mathematical advancements. This enabled them to calculate planetary positions with a certain level of accuracy.

History of astrology

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