The Science of Astrology
Astrology has been one of the most misunderstood sciences that has existed since
ancient times and has always enjoyed a loyal following. It is called a Pseudo-Science
by many because theories proving the accuracy of astrological findings are yet to
be made. Upon closer analysis, however, the accuracy of predictions, the unexplainable
way in which people have been grouped into various groups to help understand their
personality traits, weaknesses and strengths – all contribute to the ever growing
popularity of astrology. During old times, decisions of kings were based upon rune
readings, the study of planets and charts prepared by experts adept in this subject.
Risks were avoided and the future was not entirely a realm of the unknown. Prophesies
were made by the Oracle and many of these came true, making more and more people
depend on it for a healthier and fulfilling life.
The Beginnings of Astrology
Astrology dates back to the time when the Babylonians used it to predict the recurrence
of seasons and also certain celestial events. For around 2000 years, both astrology
and astronomy were said to be the same science. The birth of Astrology is credited
to the Babylonians. In the 4th century BC the Greeks were said to be introduced
to Astrology and exhaustive work done by Plato, Aristotle and other Greek Philosophers
ensured the popularity of Astrology as a Science.
Historical documentation available on Hindu Astrology or Horoscopic Astrology suggests
that it came from Hellenic influences post-dating the Vedic Period. Jyotisha is
the term that is used to refer to Hindu Astrology, Indian Astrology or Vedic Astrology.
There are twelve zodiac signs – Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Libra,
Scorpio, Sagittarius, Capricorn, Aquarius, and Pisces Zodiac Signs are clubbed into
4 pairs based on elements – Air Signs (Gemini, Libra, and Aquarius), Fire Signs
(Leo, Aries, and Sagittarius), Water Signs (Cancer, Pisces, and Scorpio), and Earth
Signs (Virgo, Taurus, and Capricorn).