Astrology means knowledge of the stars and dates back to ancient times. Its origins can be found from 3000 BC in Babylonia. The oldest known personal horoscope is from the year 410 BC. Astrology played an important part in medieval medicine; most educated physicians were trained in at least the basics of astrology to use in their practice.
The term horoscope is a combination of hour and instrument for viewing. Zodiac is Greek for animal. The Greeks divided the sky into 12 constellations then naming via the nature of each one, for example Taurus the bull placid, lover of nature and stubborn; Gemini the quicksilver, Pisces artistic and romantic always looking for their other half.
At the birth of Louise XIV (14th) (5 Sep 1638 – 1 Sep 1715), known as the Sun King, astrologer Morin de Villefranche was placed behind a curtain to cast the horoscope of the future leader. A generation back the astrologer would not have been hidden behind a curtain, but taken precedence over the doctor.
In the United States, a great surge of popular interest in astrology took place between 1900 and 1949. A very popular astrologer based in NYC named Evangeline Adams helped feed the public’s thirst for astrology readings with many accurate forecasts, her biographers say. A famous court case involving Adams, who was arrested and charged with illegal fortune-telling in 1914 was later dismissed when Adams correctly read the horoscope of the judge’s son with only a birthdate. Her acquittal set an American precedent that if astrologers practiced in a professional manner that they were not guilty of any wrong-doing.
It was reported by 1969 in America eight out of ten national magazines carried astrology columns; corporations were employing resident astrologers and Broadway hits like ‘Hair’ had their opening nights charted. This was the year America ‘discovered’ the astrologer. It had taken mainstream from LA to New York’s East Village with every bookstore stocking astrology publications. Astrology had even arrived at the Whitehouse.
Astrology is part of many religions and cultures. Everyone knows their ‘sun sign’, relating to characteristics they’ve read, even admitting to feeling the effects of a full moon.
Delving into the subject a little deeper is hard for many – it doesn’t have to be this way though. With a bit of knowledge and understanding life, relationships and career can take on a whole new meaning. I like to combine astrology with numerology for a more holistic approach. Why not take an astrology class or read-up whilst on your next retreat, you never know what you might discover.