Astrology Across Various Cultures
It’s fascinating to note that different cultures around the world—Babylonians, Greeks, Indians, Mayans, and many others—separated by huge distances, all say that the stars influence the events that happen to humans.
Astrology is a combination of various systems of divination, based on the premise that the position of the planets at the time of birth of a person influences the events that happen in the human world. This belief system has existed for many thousands of years across cultures from all around the globe because it helps understand the events in a person’s life.
In this article, we’ll briefly explore the cultures that have used astrology throughout the ages.
The first record of astronomical observation begins in Mesopotamia. in the year 3,000 BC, the constellations were recognized and named for the first time in history. Interestingly, during this time, the first astronomers identified the five planets closest to Earth, which, along the Sun and the Moon, form the seven original “wanderers” as they were called in antiquity. Today, the Sun, the Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn form the core planets used in most astrological readings.
Around a thousand years after the first astronomical findings in Mesopotamia, the Babylonians recognized that the sequence of constellations moves in passage through the heavens. They realized that these constellations could be divided into equal segments. They identified them with the name of animals or professions.
Greece and Rome
The origins of Greek and Roman astrology are found among the ancient Babylonians. The Greeks invented the individual’s natal chart and found the connection between someone’s time and location of birth, and the events that would later happen in their life. This system employed the “Ascendant,” known as the “hour marker” in Greek, and the twelve celestial houses we are familiar with. This form of astrology spread quickly into Europe and the Middle East.
India has had its system of astrology for over 3,000 years. “Jyotisha” is the traditional Hindu system of astrology, also known as Vedic astrology. Astrology is so widespread in India that some universities offer advanced degrees in Hindu astrology. In India, not many people marry or perform anything of importance without horoscopes being drawn up.
According to Hindu teachings, life is meant for personal growth. This growth is facilitated by karma. Vedic astrology says that a person’s karma is related to the positions of the planets and stars. Therefore, Vedic astrology is a method for divination by observing the planets as it relates to karma.
The “Vedas” describes that everyone is under the control of time. Vedic astrology believes that individuals pass through various stages of life before they eventually pass to the next life, an action that is determined by their karma.
The Mayans, considered great astronomers, invented their horoscope. Unlike the traditional Greek horoscope we know, they divided their horoscope into 13 parts. For the Mayans, the Moon was more important than the Sun. Therefore, their year was divided into 13 lunar cycles consisting of approximately 28 days, for a total of 364 days. They dedicated the last day, the day 365, exclusively to celebrations.
Various cultures from all around the globe have created their own astrological system. Today, the system we use most often is Greek Astrology. If you wish to learn more about the signs that influence your personality, I suggest that you check out this free astrology video report published by Accomplisher.com
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