This is the beginning of astrology! Vishnu (sun) was the symbol of life and worshipped by the Hindus. Our beautiful sun takes many forms and incorperates its energy throughout every soul. The Hindus named each unique energy and by associating certain god-like creations with each constellation.
The Birth of the...Birthchart
3000 BC - 300 BC
During this time the Egyptians intertwined astrology and religion. They were first to cast a birth chart and designate a special god for each month. The stars all recieved names such as The Maidan (Virgo) or The Bull (Taurus).
Chiese astrology was also developed during this time. In this belief there are 12 years and each year is represented by an animal. There are also five elements that represent that positive and negative (i.e. yin and yang). Western astrology relies on the sun while Chinese astrology relies on the moon.
The Hebrews were also followers at this time. The common phrase "Mazel Tov", which means joy or happiness for a special occasion, comes from Mazot. Mazot means "sign of the constellation". So, Mazel Tov= Have a good constellation/birthday.
Reign of the Babylonians
Ancient astrologers would observe movements of stars and planets from a water tower while developing the modern zodiac. Each planet was considered a god and a name was assigned to it. The gods include: Jupiter, Venus, Saturn, Mercury and Mars.
Ramses II, an Egyption king, was buried in a lime tombstone covered with astrological symbols.
63 BC - 14 AD
Astrology was a common practice. The Roman ruler Augustus created coins adorned with his astrological sign (Capricorn).
The Fall of Rome
378 AD - 476 AD
Astrology popularity began to decline after Rome fell. The western religion Christianity claimed it was the work of the devil. Ironically, as the church grew they used astrology for their own benefit. For instance, St. Thomas Aquinas believed planets controlled everything!
Renaissance and Astrology
1101 - 1200
The Arabs and Persians began to follow Greek teachings and utilize astrology alongside other sciences like mathematics and medicine. In the 12th century these practices were shared with Europe. This helped lead us into the Renaissance. Sadly, Persian and Muslim astronomers refuted astrology due to scientific and religious purposes. This was the start of a new age and a decline for astrology.
Age of Enlightenment
1650 - 1815
This was an age full of science. As a result astrology and astronomy became separated for the first time.
1901 - 2000
Astrology rose in popularity through astrological material (books, magazines, radio programs).
New Age Movement
The beginning of the NAM (New Age Movement) meant more awareness of astrology and the power it holds. We continue to embrace the NAM today as views continue to venture towards the reality of the world.