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Western Astrology

Western Astrology

Western astrology is largely horoscopic, that is, it is a form of divination based on the construction of a horoscope for an exact moment, such as a person's birth, in which various cosmic bodies are said to have an influence. Astrology in western popular culture is often reduced to sun sign astrology, which considers only the individual's date of birth (i.e. the "position of the Sun" at that date).
 
Astrology is the study of the energetic influences of celestial bodies. Western Astrology refers to a system of astrology based on twelve constellations: Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius, Capricorn, Aquarius, and Pisces. This is also the system used for Sun sign horoscopes found in European and American newspapers.
 
"Western astrology is the system of astrology most popular in Western countries. Western astrology is historically based on Ptolemy's Tetrabiblos (2nd century AD), which in turn was a continuation of Hellenistic and ultimately Babylonian traditions."
 
The Western Astrology system uses a fixed reference point and utilizes the equinoxes for calculations and other astrological purposes. Interestingly, 1st degree of Aries is the starting point of the Western Zodiac, quite like the Vedic Astrology or the Indian Astrology system. But the major difference between the two is that the position of the Sun on Vernal equinox (the first day of spring) is taken as the 1st degree of Aries. This works equally well because the Sun moves 360° in a particular given year. This is known as the ‘Tropical Zodiac’. 
 
Astrology has been around for a long time, likely well over 5000 years, and it has even been called the first science. The first records we have of astrology in use date back to the Sumerians around 3600 B.C. and it was likely that Astrology pre-dated these records. From the Sumerians Astrology appears to have moved to Egypt, and eventually into Greece and Rome. From the Greek myths, we have the archetypes of the energies that the various planets represent. For example, Venus/Aphrodite was the goddess of love, and so the planet is associated with femininity and beauty.
 
Aspects, which are energies relating to the angles of planets within a chart, also appear to have originated during this time, with people such as Ptolemy. After the fall of the Roman Empire, Astrology and Astronomy advanced and spread primarily with the Arabs. The Moors, in particular, tended to spread it further, as they had control of a large chunk of Europe, including most of Spain, and had established centers of learning.
 
Astrology has also been taught in universities, and there are records of astrology being discussed and taught to select students at Harvard in 1721; although Nicholas Culpepper, who died in 1658, was the last doctor of astrology. Other famous Astrologers include Pythagoras, Newton, and Jefferson. Even J.P. Morgan has been quoted as saying "Millionaires don't use astrology; billionaires do."
 
Astrology can be used for a wide variety of purposes including housing, investing and relationship questions. Please check the sections regarding the specific types of astrological analysis for further information.
 
The benefits of Western Astrology as opposed to Eastern methods really depends on what a person is more likely to understand. Since some elements of Astrology can be strongly culturally based, it may be more difficult for a Westerner to follow Chinese or Vedic astrology, and vice versa. However, if a person has a solid understanding of the cultural archetypes, then there may not be any problem whatsoever.
 
The person considering Astrological analysis should think about their expectations. Given the number of factors at play, it needs to be understood that astrology is not exact. Another aspect to consider is the type and house system used. Some people find that certain systems of Astrology do not seem to work for them at all. For example, using one particular House system may resonate with the client while another House system may appear to be off. This is a fairly common occurrence and the person in question should stick with what works for them.
 
Eventually Astrology made its way across Europe and during Queen Elizabeth the First's reign, there was a law requiring that all surgeons and lawyers had to have been a practicing Astrologer for at least seven years. This law was in effect for about ten years after which the required time was reduced to one year.