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The Origins and Foundations of Astrology

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Astrology means different things depending on the person who explains it: certain people see astrology as a language which allows them to describe the energies forming the universe; others define it as the action of observing the celestial bodies, the planets, their movements, and the energy patterns which they create at all times. What we call today ‘modern astrology’ finds its origins in the ancient practices of various people who had a certain awareness regarding the fact that we are a microcosm in the entire universe.

Ancient cultures all around the Globe depended upon the movements of the planets, living by the seasons, so that they may know when to harvest the crops. They also studied the Sun’s journey in the sky throughout the entire year, as the bright star moved through the Zodiac. Based on their observations, those ancient scholars and astrologers came to the conclusion that people born under the Sun signs shared certain traits.

The information they gathered enriched their knowledge of the universe, of its cycles and patterns, allowing them to ponder fate, predict future events, and even chose important things such as a life partner or the right moment to conceive a baby. The intrinsic human curiosity and thirst for knowledge lead to the appearance and development of a system of Astrology in every tradition and culture.

At the moment of your birth, the stars and planets form a certain pattern which will influence your entire life’s course. Your birth chart portrays this pattern, showing key personality traits, weaknesses, major life events, future struggles, and so much more. An experienced astrologer can design a “map” of your whole existence based on your natal chart.

One of the most well-known astrology-related predictions is the horoscope. They are based on the Sun sign, otherwise known as the twelve signs of the Zodiac. Given that the Sun sign represents your basic nature, it may be the best place to start when learning Astrology. There are many astrologers who make predictions relying on your Sun sign, tracking the solar houses in which the other planets fall. In order to learn which are your other planets, an astrologer will create your natal chart starting from your time of birth, and then moving on from there.

When trying to decide whether a person is the right life partner for you or not, the first thing you should analyze is how well your Sun signs get along as traditionally described. Then, to expand your analysis, take into consideration the Moon and Rising signs. For example, Venus tells you what kinds of friends you attract into your life and what lovers you prefer, while also revealing what qualities render you attractive to others.

As you have probably noticed by now, Mercury’s position and movement play an important role in astrology. This planet usually follows the Sun closely, sometimes even being in the same sign. Mercury and its aspects to other planets in your birth chart reveal how you communicate with others, describing your cognitive processes and what triggers them.

However, astrology can’t be fully understood if it is approached through the intellect only. It is a domain which requires that all your senses be involved, because there is always something new to learn, and you will need all your energy and concentration. Just start small, with the Sun sign and their characteristics, and then continue to the elements – water, fire, air, and earth – and to the Houses and qualities.

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