Brief History of Astrology:
An Ancient, Global Science
Moon watching is perhaps the earliest form of astrology. As the closest large object in our sky, it has held a prominence and mystery in spiritual, psychological and astrological thinking since before recorded time.
Everything in nature has some connection to lunar cycles, including human beings. As such, the moon plays an important role in modern astrology. Bookmark this page to help you know which phase of the moon we are in on any given day.
Astrology is one of the oldest sciences in the history of humankind. Evidence for tracking the phases and movements of the moon believed to be about 25,000 years old have been found on cave walls In India, Vedic astrology can be found in ancient scripture from as early as 5000 BCE.
In China, the roots of astrology go back as far as the 5th century BCE. The ancient Hebrews named the months of the year after the 12 zodiac constellations – appellations that survive to modern time – suggesting an early importance that later found its way into the Jewish mysticism of the Kabbalah.
In the Americas, various cultures developed their own astrological observations, personality associations, and predictions – the Cherokee and the Mayan being two that survive today.
The Babylonians are credited with systematizing planetary correspondences and movements, with astrological records dated to 1645 BCE. What we know as Greco-Latin or Western astrology owes much to the Babylonians, and to the mingling of Egyptian and Islamic astrologies during the pan-Hellenic period and throughout the rise of Roman Europe.
From the time of famous Greek physician Hippocrates in the 5th and 4th centuryies BCE -- who said of others in medicine: He who does not understand astrology is not a doctor but a fool -- to Galen in the 3rd century CE, and into the middle ages, the practice of medicine was informed by astrology. Some of the most noted scientists of the Renaissance were accomplished astrologers, including Galileo.
Given such a long history and development it’s easy to see that there is an enormous body of knowledge on which astrologers in the 21st century can rely.
Indeed, many types of astrology are now practiced, and a plethora of areas of expertise are available to clients -- from financial, relationship, and predictive, to personality, locational, life plan/purpose and soul-growth, medical, and more. Given my training in psychology, my readings are oriented to:
- personality features, strengths, stress triggers and coping
- natural occupational talents
- blocks and supports for creativity and risk taking
- life path challenges, conflicts, destinies, karmic lessons
- health indicators and approaches for healing
- where in the world your astrology best supports your desires
To have your chart cast you will need to provide your birth date, birth location, and birth time. If you don't know your birth time and family can't estimate it, I have a process for approximating it.