Astrology is the study of influence that distant cosmic objects, usually stars and planets have on human life.Astrology is not an exact science like astronomy but merely indicates trends and directions that believed to be altered by either divine or human will.The role of the divine in astrological theory varies considerably. In its most rigorous aspect, astrology claims a totally mechanistic universe, denying to the deity the possibility of intervention and to man that of free will.
◆ Some defend that Astrology is an applied philosophy since its core revolves around celestial bodies and divine power.Special relations were believed to exist between particular celestial bodies and their varied motions, configurations with each other, and the processes of generation and decay apparent in the world of fire, air, water, and earth.
◆ These relations were sometimes regarded as so complex that no human mind could completely understand them; thus, the astrologer might be readily excused for any errors. However as a pseudoscience, astrology is considered to be diametrically opposed to the findings and theories of modern Western science.Ptolemy (2nd Cent AD) is considered to be one of the founders of Astrology.
◆ The popular one is said to be Natal Astrology which is about predictions based on person’s date of birth, place and effects of stars and planets at that time. The movements of these celestial bodies as viewed from the person’s place of birth give scope for predictions or findings and are depicted in a schematic chart called horoscope.
◆ The 12 Zodiac signs are grouped into 4 elements, such as:
◆ Fire – Aries, Leo, Sagittarius
◆ Water – Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces
◆ Earth – Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn
◆ Air – Gemini, Libra, Aquarius
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