Signs Of The Zodiac

Astrology is a set of divinatory practices that, since the 18th century, have been recognized as pseudoscientific, claiming to discern information about human affairs and terrestrial events by studying the apparent positions of celestial objects.

Since at least the second millennium BCE, various cultures have used forms of astrology, which originated in calendrical systems used to predict seasonal shifts and interpret celestial cycles as signs of divine communications.

Most, if not all, cultures valued what they saw in the sky, and some, such as the Hindus, Chinese, and Maya, developed elaborate systems for forecasting terrestrial events based on celestial observations.

Western astrology, one of the oldest still in use, can be traced back to Mesopotamia in the 19th-17th systems BCE, from where it spread to Ancient Greece, Rome, the Islamicate world, and eventually Central and Western Europe.

Modern Western astrology is frequently associated with horoscope systems that purport to explain aspects of a person’s personality and predict significant events in their lives based on celestial object positions; the majority of professional astrologers rely on such systems.

Throughout most of its history, astrology was regarded as a scholarly tradition and was widely practiced in academic settings, frequently in conjunction with astronomy, alchemy, meteorology, and medicine.

It was mentioned in various works of literature, ranging from Dante Alighieri and Geoffrey Chaucer to William Shakespeare, Lope de Vega, and Calderón de la Barca. However, astrology vanished as a legitimate scientific pursuit during the Enlightenment.

Following the end of the nineteenth century and the widespread acceptance of the scientific method, researchers successfully challenged astrology on both theoretical and experimental grounds, demonstrating that it lacked scientific validity and explanatory power.,…

Astrology was regarded as a scholarly tradition for the majority of its history. It was accepted in political and academic circles, and it was linked to other fields of study such as astronomy, alchemy, meteorology, and medicine.

New scientific concepts in astronomy and physics (such as heliocentrism and Newtonian mechanics) called astrology into question at the end of the 17th century. Astrology has thus lost its academic and theoretical standing, and popular belief in astrology has declined significantly.

The system of Chinese astrology was developed during the Zhou dynasty (1046-256 BCE) and flourished during the Han Dynasty (2nd century BCE to 2nd century CE), when all the familiar elements of traditional Chinese culture – the Yin-Yang philosophy, the theory of the five elements, Heaven and Earth, and Confucian morality – were brought together to formalize the philosophical principles of Chinese medicine and divination, astrology, and alchemy. Before the advent of Islam, the ancient Arabs who inhabited the Arabian Peninsula held a widespread belief in fatalism (adar), as well as a fearful regard for the sky and the stars, which they held to be ultimately responsible for every phenomenon that occurs on Earth and for the fate of humankind.

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