What is Astrology?
As long as mankind has been around, we have been fascinated with the stars. They have lit up our night sky, helped us navigate the oceans and have even guided us through life. Mankind has certainly made a habit out of studying the stars.
The study of the stars, or cosmos, as it is commonly known, is called astrology. Astrology is essentially the “science of the stars”, and its study contains the organization of the stars as well as the way the stars speak to us and guide us through our lives. Although astrology is one of the most ancient disciplines, its beliefs and traditions are far from antiquated.
Studying the stars, planets and other celestial phenomena and how they relate to our own personal lives is really quite interesting if not theological. Those who believe in and apply the principles of astrology into their daily lives are called astrologers and their relationship with the heavenly bodies is ingrained deep into their souls.
What Does Astrology Do For Us?
Astrology gives us insight into the relationship between astronomical phenomena and the world we live in today. It enables us to express ourselves within the cosmos and teaches the idea that we are all significant no matter how small we may seem compared to the universe around us. Astrology can teach us about ourselves and what is going on around us no matter how insignificant it is and no matter what the end effect, the stars gives us a spiritual “roadmap” of sorts to take along on our journey through life and beyond.
Although many cultures such as the Indians, Chinese and Mayans have developed elaborate systems to predict these terrestrial events, most people use a basic horoscope-based system which has shown to be less elaborate and much easier to use, especially by the layman. The horoscope system delves into the explanation of one’s personality and has often been used to predict one’s own future. To do so, astrologers take into account the placement of the sun, the moon and other planets at the time of one’s birth. These specific alignments are of great importance for predicting one’s future and the path they are destined to take.
The use of astrology has been dated back to around the 3rd millennium B.C. by findings of certain calendar systems that were used to predict the change of the seasons and to better explain celestial cycles. Astrology has been widely accepted as a scholarly tradition, even being used in famous literature and by many of the world’s greatest playwrights and poets.
Is Astrology Still Relevant?
Many scientific studies have offered the suggestion of a decline in astrological studies over the years but it isn’t so. In fact, now more than ever, there are millions of people all over the world from every culture and every region that study astrology and still believe in the positive effects it can play in one’s life. The truest and most pure study of the stars, astrology is still going strong today.