Astrology literally means "the Science of the
Stars", from the Greekastrologia:astron(constellation; star)
andlogia(study of; ordering
principle; utterance). It contains both the idea of an organised
body of knowledge of the cosmos, along with the way the stars
"speak" to us, or give meaning to our lives. A person who practices
astrology is called an astrologer. A very ancient, but still vital
discipline, astrology seeks the meaning and application of the
influences of the planets, stars and other celestial phenomena in
our lives. Astrology and
Astronomyhave in modern times become
separate studies, though for most of human history they were two
sides of the same coin.
What most people know about astrology is their "sign,"
which refers to one of the 12 constellations of the zodiac. This is
a form of sun-sign astrology, which is the astrology upon which
newspaper horoscopes are based. It is probably the simplest form,
because nothing more than the date of someone's birthday is needed
to generate a sun-sign horoscope. Many astrologers will tell you
that this form of astrology is so simplistic that it produces very
To produce a more accurate reading, astrologers check to
see what sign each planet was in at the time of birth. The planets
and signs combine with other elements, such as houses and angles, to
form a complex and often very specific profile of a subject's
personality, life and future prospects.
There is no single unified theory or practice of
astrology. Ancient cultures all practiced their own forms, some of
which combined and evolved into today's common western astrology.
Eastern cultures continue to practice their own forms of astrology:
Chinese, Vedic and Tibetan astrology are among the most
Even within western astrology, there is a considerable
diversity of methods and philosophies. Some divide astrology by the
end result that is intended.
What You Have to Know to request an
The three things any
astrologer has to know in order to cast your chart are your place,
date and time of birth. Everyone knows the first two, but the third
can be tricky, and your parents' memory -- especially, not
surprisingly, your mother's -- is not really reliable. It's
best to check your birth certificate. Or check with the hospital, or
see whether if family has some other record.
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