The American Heritage Dictionary defines astrology as the study of the positions and aspects of celestial bodies in the belief that they have an impact on the course of natural earthly events and human affairs. Planetary observation is the basis of astrology. The practice of astrology was also widespread in antiquity.
The history of astrology is an important part of civilization and goes back to the early days of mankind. Some of the most famous civilizations in the world made extensive use of this area. For example, ancient Chinese civilization, Egyptian civilization, ancient Indian civilization, etc. practiced astrology at some point. Arabs also practiced astrology before the advent of Islam. Arabs were quite advanced in the field of astronomy.
The ancient Babylonians were probably the first to use astrology. The Babylonians were the first to name the days of the week after the sun, moon and planets. They were also the first to set out the twelve houses of the horoscope. Baghdad and Damascus were known as centers of astrology and astronomy in ancient times. Egypt has contributed a lot to the development of astrology. Some of the astrological signs of the zodiac are believed to come from Egypt.
The Greek astronomer Ptolemy was the first to write a book on astrology. He codified the sun sign astrology that we know today. Ptolemy tried to predict the positions of the celestial bodies relative to each other and to Earth by knowing their orbital movements. During his time, astrology was part of astronomy. Later astronomy became an exact science and astrology remained part of theology.
Chinese astrology emphasizes the five elements metal, wood, water, fire and earth. The zodiac signs they use also differ from other forms of astrology.
India has a rich history of astrology. Astrology has been practiced in India since the Vedic period. Astrology is one of the six disciplines of Vedanga. The ancient Hindu scriptures also attach great importance to the various aspects of planetary movements and their effects on humans. Astrology is still studied and practiced by many in India.
It is considered vital in Indian culture. It is used to make decisions about marriage, starting a business, moving to a new house, etc. Hindus believe that human fortune or unhappiness in life is due to karma, and it is believed that karma is affected by the movements of the planets. Among the Hindus, Brahmins are considered the best authorities in astrology.
The astrologers in India claim that it is a scientific method to predict the future. They still associate this field with the parameters of Hinduism. Hindus believe in astrological predictions almost unanimously. Indeed, religious Hindus cannot imagine life without astrology. More and more Indians have started to build their houses according to the principles of Vastu Shashtra.
This ancient Indian tradition is also determined by astrological implications. Hindus believe that the general prosperity and utility of residents depends on the Vastu principles when building the house. Indian astrologers claim that they can prove that astrological predictions are actually scientific.
The horoscope is part of astrology. Daily reading of the horoscope has become a trend even in the industrialized countries of the West. The Western spirit has always put everything under the microscope and they tend to rely solely on scientific facts.
However, this does not prevent western people from being obsessed with their horoscopes. Suddenly the western world has awakened to the possibility of knowing and improving its future with the help of astrology. More and more westerners believe in the possibility of being influenced by the powerful planets and stars.
Western scientists have included astrology in their research. Astrology has never been studied and researched as it has been in recent years. In this regard, Indian astrologers should come forward and show the world the power that astrology has.