What is Astrology, Exactly?

posted: 11/14/16
by: Kelly McClure
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Even if you're not a believer in the paranormal or otherworldly, chances are you still enjoy reading your horoscope from time to time or making small talk by asking a new friend "what's your sign?" Whether you're a Leo, a Pisces, an Aries, a Taurus (*cough* the best sign *cough*) or any of the others, your daily horoscope lays a lot of information out for you. Where does it come from?

Astrology is, simply put, "the study of the movements and relative positions of celestial objects as a means for divining information about human affairs and terrestrial events," according to Wikipedia. Okay, but how? And how long has this been a practice?

The study and practice of astrology dates back to 2nd millennium BCE--which is a long LONG time ago. Paying attention to the location of the stars and planets back then was the only way people could determine what season it was, but it grew in usefulness from there. The primary use of astrology now is to determine the type of atmosphere the planets are creating, and how that atmosphere can affect our individual moods--hence the commonly used expression "the stars are aligned for me today."

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