In 2017, Astrology took social media by storm and seemed to be all the rage. Astrology has been around for ages but in recent times it’s become more and more popular in the media. Now, when the average person hears Astrology, they think ‘Horoscopes,’ and many tend to think ‘Fake astronomy bullshit.’ I am here to tell you what it truly is, and whatever you take away from it is completely up to you because that’s apart of what astrology is about. Being subjective.
Astrology was created by ancient Babylonians more than 2,000 years ago to help them predict when certain celestial events where to occur & to help them decipher what these meant. To them, astrology and astronomy were synonymous. In early 4th Century B.C. the Babylonians introduced astrology to the Greeks, who had amazing scientist and philosophers like Plato, Aristotle, etc to add onto what astrology was. With their knowledge and help, astronomy was soon elevated to a higher regard and was basically considered a science of it’s own. They went beyond just using astrology for explaining unnatural occurrences but used it for war predictions, weather changes, and human affairs.
In modern times, we use astrology for more personal uses. Western astrology is derived from its Greek and Babylonian origins, but is not as drastically needed as it was back then. In todays use, we mainly focus on the Zodiac (derived from the Greek word ‘the circle of animals’.)
The Zodiac consists of twelve different animals all representing the twelve lunar cycles, which is another way to say to represent each month. They then came to the conclusion that those twelve constellations were linked to the progression of the seasons and labeled the Zodiacs accordingly.
Here are the twelve Zodiacs:
• Fire Signs: Aries, Sagittarius, Leo
• Water Signs: Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces
• Air Signs: Libra, Aquarius, Gemini
• Earth Signs: Capricorn, Taurus, Virgo
And here is a chart to visually help you understand.
Now, the reason Astrology gets a bad rep is because of people simply not doing their research. There is a lot of science that backs up astrology and the reason we use it, but it can be viewed as very vague when it comes to personal traits or horoscopes. Now personally, I don’t read daily horoscopes because each day is a new day and at the end of the day you control how you want to live your life, but I definitely believe your Zodiac sign can help you figure out more about yourself. As Joanne Woolfolk said in her book The Only Astrology Book You’ll Ever Need, “Basically, it’s all about you. Astrology has been described as a stairway leading into your deeper self. It holds out the promise that you do not have to pass through life reacting blindly to experience, that you can within limits direct your own destiny…” Astrology (in my own personal definition) is a way of thinking. It’s a hyperawareness of emotions, choices, and personalities. I am going to show you guys an example of my birth chart:
Now, I’m not saying everybody is exactly what their chart says. You might feel the exact opposite of what your sign or chart tells you, but it’s simply a guide to help you. And there are a lot of little things that go into astrology that differentiate us all. Like I bet you didn’t know there are dualities (masculine or feminine), triplicities (your element), quadruplicates (qualities i.e. Cardinal, Fixed, and Mutable) and polarities (your opposite) in the 12 signs that all make us different.
This article was meant to help people understand a little more that there is a whole science behind astrology and it’s not just twitter girl mumbo jumbo. A lot of people take it very seriously, but whether you use astrology on a wide or small scale it can be helpful if you use it properly.
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