Astrology, according to the American Heritage Dictionary, is the study of the positions and aspects of celestial bodies with the belief that they have an effect on the course of natural earthly events and human affairs. Astrology is founded on planetary observation. Astrology was also practised in ancient times. Astrology’s history is entwined with civilization and dates all the way back to the dawn of the human race. Several of the world’s most renowned civilizations made extensive use of this field. For instance, the ancient Chinese civilization, the Egyptian civilization, and the ancient Indian civilization all practised astrology to some extent. Prior to the advent of Islam, Arabs also practised Astrology. The Arabs were quite advanced in Astronomy.
Astrology was probably invented by the ancient Babylonians. The Babylonians named the days of the week after the Sun, Moon, and planets. They were also the first to define the horoscope’s twelve houses. In ancient times, Baghdad and Damascus were known as centres of Astrology and Astronomy. Egypt made significant contributions to the development of Astrology. It is believed that some of the zodiac signs originated in Egypt.
Ptolemy, a Greek astronomer, was the first person to publish a book on Astrology. He codified what is now known as sun sign astrology. Ptolemy attempted to forecast the positions of celestial bodies in relation to one another and to the earth by studying their orbital motions. Astrology was a branch of astronomy during his lifetime. Later, astronomy developed into a precise science, while Astrology remained a component of Theology.
In Chinese astrology, the five elements of metal, wood, water, fire, and earth are emphasised. Even the zodiac signs they use are distinct from those used in other forms of astrology.
Astrology has a long and illustrious history in India. Astrology was practised in India during the Vedic period. Astrology is one of Vedanga’s six disciplines. The ancient Hindu scriptures place a high premium on the various aspects of planetary motions and their effects on humans as well. Numerous people in India continue to study and practise astrology. It is a vital part of Indian culture. It is used to make important life decisions such as marriage, the establishment of new businesses, and relocating to a new home. Hindus believe that human fortunes or misfortunes in life are determined by karma, which is believed to be influenced by the planets’ movements. Brahmins are considered to be the best authorities on astrology among Hindus. Astrologers in India assert that it is a scientific technique for forecasting the future. They continue to confine this field of study to the confines of Hinduism. Hindus almost universally believe in astrology. Indeed, Hindus who are devout cannot conceive of life without Astrology. Indians are increasingly building their homes according to Vastu Shashtra principles. Astrological implications also play a role in this ancient Indian tradition. Hindus believe that the overall prosperity and well-being of the occupants is contingent upon the application of Vastu principles during the house’s construction. Indian astrologers assert that they can demonstrate the scientific validity of astrological predictions.
Horoscopes are considered to be a subset of Astrology. Daily horoscope reading has become popular, even in developed Western countries. The Western mind has always scrutinised everything and tends to rely exclusively on scientific facts. However, this does not stop westerners from being obsessed with their horoscopes. Suddenly, the western world has recognised the possibility of using astrology to learn about and improve one’s future. Westerners are increasingly believing in the possibility of being influenced by powerful planets and stars. Western scholars have conducted research on astrology. Astrology has never been scrutinised and researched in the way it has been in recent years. In this regard, Indian astrologers should step forward and demonstrate the power of astrology to the world.