Astrology The First Science

Long before physics, chemistry, biology, or any of those other subjects you tried to avoid in high school or college, there was astrology. Astrology, in fact, was the first science. As early as 2900 b.c.e., the Sumerians built temples in the form of ziggurats, or terraced pyramids, to observe the stars and planets. It's a pretty safe assumption that astrology existed even prior to this.

Astrology soon developed into an incredibly complex practice. By 2000 b.c.e., the magi of Mesopotamia believed that there were no accidents, and that everything in the universe—people, objects, and events—was connected. Not only did the magi (priests trained in astrology and other sacred knowledge) study the stars, they looked for omens in the weather, predicted the future from the livers and intestines of animals, and listened to what they believed to be the words of trees, dogs, cats, and insects to hear what they had to say.

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Astrology began as the study of the "wandering" stars, or planets, as we know them today. It is actually the study of cycles, indicated by planetary movements and associated with energies and events occurring at the same time on Earth. It uses the harmony of the universe to observe the possibilities of human behavior and experience. Astrologers analyze the position of the planets at the time and place you were born to map your strengths and challenges and your soul's purpose.

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Your birth chart represents your possibilities: knowing if you have a tendency to be direct in matters of business or circumspect in matters of love, for example, can help you determine how to use such strengths and weaknesses to your best advantage. Think of astrology as a way of discovering more about your unique self!

Your birth chart represents your possibilities: knowing if you have a tendency to be direct in matters of business or circumspect in matters of love, for example, can help you determine how to use such strengths and weaknesses to your best advantage. Think of astrology as a way of discovering more about your unique self!

Let's forget about the magi for the time being, though, and picture our ancestors, standing outside, looking up. What did they see? Well, they saw what we see— stars, and planets, and meteors. They saw the Milky Way, and the sunrise and the sunset, and the Moon in all its phases.

Long before other sciences came along, in fact, astrology was used to explore the relationship between the position of Earth and the positions of those bodies in the heavens. In ancient times, astrology and astronomy were one science, and astrologers were the best educated people: they had to understand astronomy, math, spiritual symbols and mystic meanings, psychology, and human nature.

It shouldn't come as a surprise, then, that astrology was taught in the universities until the 1600s, when "rational science" took over. Today, most astrologers are still very well-educated and often hold college degrees in various fields. They frequently have training in psychology or counseling, and in addition to their in-depth knowledge of astrology have a great deal of spiritual understanding.

Put simply, astrology is based on the relationships between the planets; the Sun and the Moon; 12 zodiac, or Sun, signs; and 12 areas of a person's life, called houses. Even after thousands of years, astrology is still the most complex psychological model available, offering explanations for phenomena rational science just can't address.

And you thought astrology was for idiots!

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