Unlike some of the more subjective esoteric arts, such as Tarot, astrology is actually based upon external observation of cosmic events. And people have made these astrological observations since 7000 BC.
Some of the earliest Mesopotamian writings, called the Enuma Anu Enlil tablets, collected by Ashurbanipal in the 7th century BC, concerned the planets’ effects upon individuals and upon events on earth – the tides, seasonal changes, etc. Gods acted through the planets, and in certain cultures, actually were the planets.
Dynasties and countries were the focus of astrological prediction, not as prominent, were individual destinies. Prediction for national and worldwide events became known as Mundane Astrology. Natal astrology did not evolve until the Hellenistic period (4th c BC and after). The oldest horoscopes were recorded in the last few centuries before Christ.
The development of the science of Astrology became a lot more delineated in Greece. Various types of astrological forecast evolved to meet the needs of the people, and are still practiced today. At that time, the priests assumed the role of forecasters. Theology, astrology and astronomy were inseparable. Natural phenomena were all dictated by heavenly influence, according to the ancients.
Prediction was of the highest importance and it was believed that astrology must always be consulted when making decisions. There are 3 main typ0es, other than natal charts. 1) Electional: which determines the most favorable time to begin a new venture; 2) Horary: which determines whether a particular course of action is wise; #) Mundane: as mentioned above, to predict natural events.
The Christian church, around the time f Christ, reconciled theology and astrology by saying we had free will to change the destiny of our charts — though they did believe in the chart itself. Having lost some of its power due to the antagonistic influence of St. Augustine, Astrology made a rebound in the Middle Ages. Literature is rife with astrological allusion, and once again the masses accepted it.
So what happened? It is still prominent for the millions of people who read their horoscopes in the daily newspapers and magazines every day and it’s popular in the New Age movement. But, it is not given serious credence by an entire population as it once was.
Unfortunately, the daily, weekly, and monthly columns are vague and inadequate compared to what services Astrology can render, based upon one’s natal chart. Obviously, magazine forecasts are possible trends at best, but an in-depth look into a natal chart reveals so much more. It is one’s personality and evolutionary direction on earth.
Why are some people afraid of or not interested in getting their chart cast? Well, maybe because of the following arguments against Astrology, such as:
1) The fear that our lives could be run by abstract planets, rather than an all-knowing, all-seeing god. In rebuttal, a higher intelligence created the planets, and the plan might have been to use their cycles as a sort of calendar of destiny, in which certain astrological aspects would trigger influences in our world.
2) The mistrust in believing in what can’t be seen, since most of us are suspicious of unseen forces. To some, it is irrational to think that a planet at such a great distance, could affect us all. But, what about the Moon? The Moon rules all things of a watery nature It rules the tides, rhythms of the body, planting cycles, as well as the emotions, moods and dispositions of us all. The size of a pea compared to most planets and look at the effect that little body has on us. Exponentially, the size of the planet and the distance from us is comparative: the larger the planet, the greater the distance, and it can still be effective.
3) The Universe has no plan or order — only random chaos. It is hard to imagine the world as random chaos, when throughout nature, there is defiance of this. There is order, symmetry and classification of species…yes, there are mutations and anomalies, but not to the extent of no order and chaos.
4) Astrology does, to some degree, favor preconceived or karmic potentials. Actually, it dictates the tools we will be given; we determine what we build, or if we build at all. Different people are given different types of tools. If one doesn’t believe there is a pre-destined path, then how can it be explained how innate talents are found in each individual? These are natural proclivities, many times despite cultural conditioning and upbringing.
What causes someone to be born at a certain time and to be given the pre-disposition found in a chart? It is the same influence that caused the parents to choose the time to conceive (conscious or unconscious) It’s all about planetary timing. Cause and effect. It is a form of destiny, at the very least, one which we could learn from if we were willing; and the benefits would be a far greater enhancement to our evolution on the planet than living in a narrow, ideological box of denial.