Astrology is the study if the influence of distant stars and planets on human lives. The forecasts are based on the position of the stars, moon, and planets at the time of a person’s birth. Man’s interest in the sky is in the heart of the creation of Astrology.
It was in Babylonia that Astrology is said to have originated 2000 years ago. They created charts that enabled them to make predictions about the seasons and celestial occurrences. It is the Babylonians who introduced the useful concept of the Zodiac.
What is the Zodiac?
The idea of the Zodiac came from the Babylonians. They based the Zodiac on the sequence of the constellations along the path of the planets and the sun and how they transited through the heavens.
The word “zodiac” comes from the Greek word “circle of animals”. The early astrologers knew that it takes 12 lunar cycles for the sun to complete its cycle. The 12 constellations were observed to have links to the seasons and were assigned animal names and person’s names
The Zodiac Groupings
The zodiac signs are further divided into groupings by different elements. The 12 signs are based on the rotation of the Earth and are related to relationships, travel, love, family, finances, etc. Each of the signs has common traits and compatibilities in relation to each other. Signs of the same element are naturally more compatible with each other.
- Fire Signs: Aries, Sagittarius, Leo
- Water Signs: Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces
- Air Signs: Libra, Aquarius, Gemini
- Earth Signs: Capricorn, Taurus, Virgo
It is said that there is no unified practice of Astrology. The ancient people had their own forms of prediction by use of the stars and planets. Aside from western astrology, there are eastern forms like Chinese, Vedic, and Tibetan astrology.
Astrology finds meaning in the sequences of events and things happen for a reason. It may also explain our strengths, weaknesses, and may give us an understanding of how things will unfold in our future.