Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Astrology, From Ancient Times to Today

By Rhyanna Regan

Astrology, in one form or another, has existed since history has been recorded. Certainly, as soon as we developed the intellectual ability to be aware of ourselves as "human", bigger questions arose. How did we get here? What happens when we die? How should we live our lives? What is the force behind our existence? Looking at the stars only can confirm the enormity of the world beyond the boundaries of earth. <

Perhaps the Ancient Babylonians created some of the first organized "rules" of Astrology. Other cultures: Chinese, Indian, Egyptian, Mayan, or Ancient Greece, either built upon the constructs of the Babylonians, or independently created their own interpretations. In fact, the study of Astrology is present throughout history in nearly every civilization. The core belief of all of these systems is that the stars and planets project certain energies. The positions of the stars and planets, relative to earth and to each other, create patterns that can influence the nature of our character, and also reveal the path of our future behaviors.

The basic energies of the (Vedic) or Western cultures have created may differ dramatically in the interpretation of the constellations, it is interesting to note that the underlying premise is consistent across these systems, that is: the stars both form us and guide us.

In Western Astrological tradition, the horoscope is the tool used to create an actual map of the position of stars and planets, which identifies the influences and energies that are in effect. This tradition follows the classical zodiac, incorporating the mythology of Ancient Greece.

Astrology and Horoscopes

Natal Astrology is the study of an individual's horoscope, or sky chart, at the time of one's birth. It makes a logical first step in understanding the effects of Astrology in one's life. The horoscope is very literally a map of the sky, which moves according to the rotation of the earth and planets, so defining the actual time and place of the birth is essential to creating an accurate chart.

In addition to the zodiac constellations and planets, an astrological chart will reflect the position of the horizontal and vertical axis, and the divisions of the astral houses, and the aspects of the planets. Each sign carries characteristics of masculinity or femininity, the elements: earth, air, fire, and water, and whether it is cardinal, fixed or mutable. Each descriptor contributes to the creation of a person's distinctive profile.

There are even more components to a fully plotted natal chart, and actually plotting the elements correctly is only the first step. Once the chart is completed, the process of interpreting the influences of the stars can begin.

The complexities of the horoscope are compelling and fascinating. Certainly, each chart will be as individual as the person it belongs to. The subtleties of the interpretations will be revealed by a skilled astrologer who is familiar with the full range of possibilities.

While the stars cannot replace the power of our free will, becoming familiar with the deepest components that forge our personalities can lead to a more complete understanding of one's personality, needs and emotional tendencies, provide a context for one's behaviors, and inform one's decisions.

In understanding our stars, we can understand ourselves.

Rhyanna Regan is the author and director of "Your Psychic World", the source of Free Online Psychic Readings.

She has written articles on Psychic subjects including Tarot Cards, Love and Relationships, Dream Interpretation, Astrology, and Palm Reading.

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