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Astrology
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horoscopic astrology Hand-coloured version of the anonymous Flammarion woodcut. ... Image File history File links Astrology_Project. ... The History of astrology encompasses a great span of human history and many cultures. ... Table of astronomy, from the 1728 Cyclopaedia Astronomy is probably the oldest of the natural sciences, dating back to antiquity, with its origins in the religious practices of pre-history: vestiges of these are still found in astrology, a discipline long interwoven with astronomy, and not completely different from it... This article or section is in need of attention from an expert on the subject. ... Egypt was one of the most important places in the development of astrology, although astrology first originated in Babylon. ... Hellenistic astrology is a tradition of horoscopic astrology that developed in the Mediterranean region and specifically Hellenistic Egypt sometime around the late 2nd or early 1st century BCE. Endnotes Note 1: See David Pingree - From Astral Omens to Astrology from Babylon to Bikaner, Roma: Istituto Italiano per LAfrica e... Jyotisha (, in Hindi and English usage Jyotish) is the Hindu system of astrology, one of the six disciplines of Vedanga, and regarded as one of the oldest schools of ancient astrology to have had an independent origin, affecting all other schools in and around India. ... Chinese astrology (as it is known today) is the divination of the future from the Chinese calendar, particularly its 12-year cycle of animas, referred to as the Chinese Zodiac. ... This is a sub-article of Islamic science and astrology. ... Horoscopic astrology is a form of astrology which uses a horoscope or chart to gain information from the position of cosmic bodies. ...

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Western astrology is the system of astrology most popular in Western countries. In Western horoscopic astrology, it is based on an exact moment in time, such as a person's birth, in which various cosmic bodies are said to have an influence. In sun sign astrology, only the location of the Sun is considered. Most western astrologers use the tropical zodiac beginning with the sign of Aries at the Northern hemisphere Vernal Equinox always on or around March 21 of each year. Some Western astrologers use the Sidereal zodiac which uses actual star positions. Natal astrology is based upon the concept that each individuals personality or path in life can be determined by constructing a natal chart for the exact date, time, and place of a persons birth. ... Electional astrology is a subsection of horary astrology that attempts to determine the ideal time to initiate an action, such as buying a house, starting a business, getting married, buying a car, beginning a journey/travel, or any other important moment in the natives life. ... Horary astrology is a very old branch of astrology by which an astrologer will try to answer a question by drawing up an astrological chart or horoscope for the exact time and place at which that question came to mind or when it was put to them. ... Mundane Astrology is the application of astrology to world affairs and world events, taking its name from the Roman word Mundus, meaning the World. Mundane astrology is widely believed by astrological historians to be the most ancient branch of astrology in the history of the world. ... Hand-coloured version of the anonymous Flammarion woodcut. ... Horoscopic astrology is a form of astrology which uses a horoscope or chart to gain information from the position of cosmic bodies. ... Sun-sign astrology is the form of astrology most commonly found in many newspaper and magazine columns. ... The Sun is the star of our solar system. ... The tropical zodiac is a zodiac based upon tropical time, or the apparent motion of the Sun across the sky over the course of a year. ... Symbol of Aries Aries is an astrological sign that is associated with the constellation Aries. ... Insert non-formatted text here The Northern Hemisphere is the half of a planets surface (or celestial sphere) that is north of the equator (the word hemisphere literally means half ball). On the Earth, the Northern Hemisphere contains most of the land and population. ... Illumination of Earth by Sun on the day of equinox The vernal equinox (or spring equinox) marks the beginning of astronomical spring. ... March 21 is the 80th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (81st in leap years). ... Sidereal astrology is the practice by some western and all Indian astrologers of basing their study of the sky on the actual position of the planets in relation to the starry background. ...

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Origins

Western astrology originated in Mesopotamia during the 2nd millennium BC, from whence it spread to much of the world. Other systems of astrology were developed independently in China, in the Americas, and elsewhere. Premodern observers noticed that the annual patterns of the movement of the stars coincided with such events as the advent of springtime, changes in weather, and the migration of birds every year. Without knowing why these phenomena occurred together, other events were said to be affected by the cosmos as well. In medieval Europe, important political and military decisions were often made in consultation with astrologers. Believers in astrology use it primarily for making personal decisions or attaining information about an individual through natal astrology. Today, astrology has become distinct from astronomy and mainstream scientists in general dismiss astrology as a form of pseudoscience. Mesopotamia refers to the region now occupied by modern Iraq, eastern Syria, southeastern Turkey, and Southwest Iran. ... The 2nd millennium BC marks the transition from the Middle to the Late Bronze Age. ... Natal astrology is based upon the concept that each individuals personality or path in life can be determined by constructing a natal chart for the exact date, time, and place of a persons birth. ... A giant Hubble mosaic of the Crab Nebula, a supernova remnant. ... Phrenology is regarded today as a classic example of pseudoscience. ...


Horoscope

Main article: Horoscope

A horoscope or chart is based on a moment in time and shows where planets and various other cosmic bodies were positioned in relation to each other at that moment. The most prominent of these features is the position of the sun in relation to the signs of the zodiac. The signs used in Western astrology are based on the tropical zodiac and thus bodies are not in the actual constellation. From these planetary positions astrologers draw conclusions about the moment. In astrology, a horoscope is a chart or diagram representing the positions of the planets, other celestial bodies, and sensitive angles at the time of any event, such as a persons birth. ... In astrology, a horoscope is a chart or diagram representing the positions of the planets, other celestial bodies, and sensitive angles at the time of any event, such as a persons birth. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... This article is about the astrological and astronomical concept of the zodiac. ...


Interpretation

In Western horoscopic astrology the interpretation of a horoscope is governed by:

Some astrologers also use the position of various mathematical points such as the Arabic parts. The astrological aspects are noted in the central circle of this natal chart, where the different colors and symbols distinguish betwixt the different aspects, such as the square (red) or trine (blue) In astrology, an aspect is the relative angle between two heavenly bodies. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... This article is about the astrological and astronomical concept of the zodiac. ... This 18th century Icelandic manuscript drawing shows the twelve astrological houses with signs for the locations of the planets, the sun and the moon. ... Horizon. ... The Ascendant is noted as As and is in the nine oclock position in the chart The ascendant of a given geographic location at a given point in time is the point on the zodiac which coincides with — i. ... The term descendant or descendent has several meanings, some of which are listed below: A living being, like a plant, animal or person, that belongs to a particular lineage. ... In broad terms, the zenith is the direction pointing directly above a particular location (perpendicular, orthogonal). ... The Midheaven is noted as Mc in this Natal chart, close to the top Ptolemys definition: The Medium Coeli is the point which is upper square from ascendant, eg. ... The nadir (from Arabic nazir, opposite) is the astronomical term for the point in the sky directly below the observer, or more precisely, the point in the sky with an inclination of -90°. Geometrically, it is the point on the celestial sphere intersected by a line drawn from the observer... In astrology, the Imum Coeli, or IC, is the point in space where the ecliptic crosses the Meridian in the north, exactly opposite the Midheaven in degrees and marking the 4th house cusp in most house systems (this is reversed in the southern hemisphere). ... The lunar nodes are the orbital nodes of the Moon, that is, the points where the orbit of the Moon crosses the ecliptic (which is the apparent path of the Sun across the heavens against the background stars). ... In astrology, the Lots or Arabian Parts (or Arabic parts) are based on a mathematical calculation of three points in the horoscope. ...


Sun-sign astrology

Main article: Sun sign astrology

Newspapers often print astrology columns which purport to provide guidance on what might occur in a day in relation to the sign of the zodiac that included the sun when the person was born. Astrologers refer to this as the "sun sign", but it is often commonly called the "star sign". These predictions are vague or general; so much so that even practising astrologers consider them of little to no value. Experiments have shown that when people are shown a newspaper horoscope for their own sign along with a newspaper horoscope for a different sign, they judge them to be equally accurate on the average.[citation needed] Professional astrologers claim that a more complete, personalized horoscope is more effective, but critics claim that this is not the case (see external link to "The AstroTest" below). Sun-sign astrology is the form of astrology most commonly found in many newspaper and magazine columns. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...


Western sidereal astrology

There are two camps of thought among western astrologers about the "starting point", 0 degrees Aries, in the zodiac. Sidereal astrology believes that the starting point is at a particular fixed position in the background of stars, while tropical astrology (which is adopted by the vast majority of Western astrologers) believes that the starting point is when the position of the Sun against the background of stars coincides with the Northern hemisphere vernal equinox (i.e. when the Sun position against the heavens crosses over from the southern hemisphere to the northern hemisphere) each year. Sidereal astrology is the system of astrology used by some western and all Jyotish astrologers which bases their interpretation around the use of the sidereal zodiac. ...


As the Earth spins on its axis, it "wobbles" like a top, causing the vernal equinox to move gradually backwards against the star background, (a phenomenon known as the Precession of the equinoxes) at a rate of about 30 degrees (one Zodiacal sign length) every 2,160 years. Thus the two zodiacs are aligned only once every 26,000 years, with the most recent alignment being about 2,000 years ago when the zodiac was principally established. This phenomenon gives us the conceptual basis for the Age of Aquarius, whose "dawning" coincides with the movement of the vernal equinox across the cusp from Pisces to Aquarius in the star background. Precession refers to a change in the direction of the axis of a rotating object. ... The Age of Aquarius (starting around the 27th century) is one of the twelve astrological ages. ...


Western astrological glyphs

Planets

Astronomical symbols/glyphs representing the Sun, Moon, Pluto and planets, along with the Earth, in Western astrology. ... Image File history File links File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Astronomical symbols/glyphs representing the Sun, Moon, Pluto and planets, along with the Earth, in Western astrology. ... Image File history File links Moon-symbol. ... Astronomical symbols/glyphs representing the Sun, Moon, Pluto and planets, along with the Earth, in Western astrology. ... Image File history File links Astronomical Symbol for Mercury File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Astronomical symbols/glyphs representing the Sun, Moon, Pluto and planets, along with the Earth, in Western astrology. ... Image File history File links File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Astronomical symbols/glyphs representing the Sun, Moon, Pluto and planets, along with the Earth, in Western astrology. ... Image File history File links Earth_symbol. ... Earth (IPA: , often referred to as the Earth, Terra, the World or Planet Earth) is the third planet in the solar system in terms of distance from the Sun, and the fifth largest. ... Image File history File links File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Astronomical symbols/glyphs representing the Sun, Moon, Pluto and planets, along with the Earth, in Western astrology. ... Image File history File links Symbol of Jupiter Created by Brent Friedman (myself), Aug 10 2005, using Photoshop CS File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Astronomical symbols/glyphs representing the Sun, Moon, Pluto and planets, along with the Earth, in Western astrology. ... Image File history File links Symbol of Saturn Created by Brent Friedman (myself), Aug 10 2005, using Photoshop CS File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Astronomical symbols/glyphs representing the Sun, Moon, Pluto and planets, along with the Earth, in Western astrology. ... Image File history File links Uranus-symbol. ... Astronomical symbols/glyphs representing the Sun, Moon, Pluto and planets, along with the Earth, in Western astrology. ... Image File history File links Neptune_symbol. ... Astronomical symbols/glyphs representing the Sun, Moon, Pluto and planets, along with the Earth, in Western astrology. ... Image File history File links Pluto-symbol. ... Astronomical symbols/glyphs representing the Sun, Moon, Pluto and planets, along with the Earth, in Western astrology. ...

Signs

This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Image File history File links Symbol of Aries Created by Brent Friedman (myself), Aug 10 2005, using Photoshop CS File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Symbol of Aries Aries is an astrological sign that is associated with the constellation Aries. ... Image File history File links Taurus_symbol. ... Symbol of Taurus Taurus is an astrological sign, which is associated with the constellation of the same name. ... Image File history File links Symbol of Gemini Created by Brent Friedman (myself), Aug 10 2005, using Photoshop CS File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Medieval representation of the symbol of Gemini Gemini is an astrological sign, which is associated with the constellation Gemini. ... Image File history File links Cancer_symbol. ... Medieval representation of the crab symbol of Cancer Cancer is an astrological sign, which is associated with the constellation Cancer. ... Image File history File links Leo-symbol. ... Symbol of Leo Leo is an astrological sign, which is associated with the constellation Leo. ... Image File history File links Symbol of Virgo Created by Brent Friedman (myself), Aug 10 2005, using Photoshop CS File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Symbol of Virgo Virgo is an astrological sign, which is associated with the constellation Virgo. ... Image File history File links Libra_symbol. ... Symbol of Libra Libra is an astrological sign, which is associated with the constellation Libra. ... Image File history File links Scorpio_symbol. ... Symbol of Scorpio Scorpio is an astrological sign, which is associated with the constellation Scorpius. ... Image File history File links Sagittarius_symbol. ... Photo of Sagittarius with added art. ... Image File history File links Capricorn_symbol. ... Symbol of Capricorn Capricorn is an astrological sign, which is associated with the constellation Capricornus. ... Image File history File links Aquarius-symbol. ... A Medieval representation of the water bearer symbol of Aquarius Aquarius is an astrological sign, which is associated with the constellation Aquarius. ... Image File history File links Symbol of Pisces Created by Brent Friedman (myself), Aug 10 2005, using Photoshop CS File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Symbol of Pisces Pisces is an astrological sign, which is associated with the constellation Pisces. ...

Aspects

In astrology, an aspect is the relative angle between two heavenly bodies. ... Image File history File links Conjunction-symbol. ... Image File history File links Opposition-symbol. ... The astrological aspects are noted in the central circle of this natal chart, where the different colors and symbols distinguish betwixt the different aspects, such as the square (red) or trine (blue) In astrology, an aspect is the relative angle between two heavenly bodies. ... Image File history File links Trine-symbol. ... The astrological aspects are noted in the central circle of this natal chart, where the different colors and symbols distinguish betwixt the different aspects, such as the square (red) or trine (blue) In astrology, an aspect is the relative angle between two heavenly bodies. ... Image File history File links Square-symbol. ... The astrological aspects are noted in the central circle of this natal chart, where the different colors and symbols distinguish betwixt the different aspects, such as the square (red) or trine (blue) In astrology, an aspect is the relative angle between two heavenly bodies. ... Image File history File links Sextile-symbol. ... The astrological aspects are noted in the central circle of this natal chart, where the different colors and symbols distinguish betwixt the different aspects, such as the square (red) or trine (blue) In astrology, an aspect is the relative angle between two heavenly bodies. ... Image File history File links Semisquare-symbol. ... The astrological aspects are noted in the central circle of this natal chart, where the different colors and symbols distinguish betwixt the different aspects, such as the square (red) or trine (blue) In astrology, an aspect is the relative angle between two heavenly bodies. ... Image File history File links Sesquiquare-symbol. ... The astrological aspects are noted in the central circle of this natal chart, where the different colors and symbols distinguish betwixt the different aspects, such as the square (red) or trine (blue) In astrology, an aspect is the relative angle between two heavenly bodies. ... Image File history File links Semisextile-symbol. ... The astrological aspects are noted in the central circle of this natal chart, where the different colors and symbols distinguish betwixt the different aspects, such as the square (red) or trine (blue) In astrology, an aspect is the relative angle between two heavenly bodies. ... Image File history File links Quincunx-symbol. ... The astrological aspects are noted in the central circle of this natal chart, where the different colors and symbols distinguish betwixt the different aspects, such as the square (red) or trine (blue) In astrology, an aspect is the relative angle between two heavenly bodies. ... Image File history File links Quintile-symbol. ... The astrological aspects are noted in the central circle of this natal chart, where the different colors and symbols distinguish betwixt the different aspects, such as the square (red) or trine (blue) In astrology, an aspect is the relative angle between two heavenly bodies. ... Image File history File links Biquintile-symbol. ... The astrological aspects are noted in the central circle of this natal chart, where the different colors and symbols distinguish betwixt the different aspects, such as the square (red) or trine (blue) In astrology, an aspect is the relative angle between two heavenly bodies. ...

Other

Image File history File links Ascendant-symbol. ... The Ascendant is noted as As and is in the nine oclock position in the chart The ascendant of a given geographic location at a given point in time is the point on the zodiac which coincides with — i. ... Image File history File links Midheaven-symbol. ... The Midheaven is noted as Mc in this Natal chart, close to the top Ptolemys definition: The Medium Coeli is the point which is upper square from ascendant, eg. ... Image File history File links Northnode-symbol. ... The lunar nodes are the orbital nodes of the Moon, that is, the points where the orbit of the Moon crosses the ecliptic (which is the apparent path of the Sun across the heavens against the background stars). ... Image File history File links Southnode-symbol. ... The lunar nodes are the orbital nodes of the Moon, that is, the points where the orbit of the Moon crosses the ecliptic (which is the apparent path of the Sun across the heavens against the background stars). ... Image File history File links Retrograde-symbol. ... Prograde motion is the motion of a planetary body in a direction similar to that of other bodies within its system, and is sometimes called direct motion, especially in astrology. ...

See also

Hand-coloured version of the anonymous Flammarion woodcut. ... In astrology, a horoscope is a chart or diagram representing the positions of the planets, other celestial bodies, and sensitive angles at the time of any event, such as a persons birth. ... Natal astrology is based upon the concept that each individuals personality or path in life can be determined by constructing a natal chart for the exact date, time, and place of a persons birth. ... Astronomical symbols/glyphs representing the Sun, Moon, Pluto and planets, along with the Earth, in Western astrology. ...

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Astrology - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (4431 words)
Astrology is a group of systems, traditions, and beliefs in which knowledge of the relative positions of celestial bodies and related information is held to be useful in understanding, interpreting, and organizing knowledge about personality, human affairs, and other terrestrial events.
While astronomy is the scientific study of astronomical objects and phenomena, the practice of astrology is concerned with the alleged correlation of heavenly bodies (and measurements of the celestial sphere) with earthly and human affairs.
This Babylonian astrology came to Greece initially as early as the middle of the 4th century BCE, and then around the late 2nd or early 1st century BCE after the Alexandrian conquests, this Babylonian astrology was mixed with the Egyptian tradition of Decanic astrology to create Horoscopic astrology.
Western astrology - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (764 words)
In Western horoscopic astrology, it is based on an exact moment in time, such as a person's birth, in which various cosmic bodies are said to have an influence.
Western astrology originated in Mesopotamia during the 2nd millennium BC, from whence it spread to much of the world.
Newspapers often print astrology columns which purport to provide guidance on what might occur in a day in relation to the sign of the zodiac that included the sun when the person was born.
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