The Science And Art Of Astrology
Astrology is the ancient practice and study of the stars and planets. Its history goes back to Babylonian times. Astrology is not the same as astronomy. Astronomy studies only the science of the planets, stars and universe.
Astrology experts follow the periodic alignment of planets, looking at the time and date of one’s birth to find the common characteristics and events associated with these points in time and predict patterns in the world. They also claim to define traits in a person born under a certain astrological sign.
The practice of astrology, zodiac signs and associated horoscope predictions is considered by scientists to be nothing more than superstition.
Whatever your personal beliefs, one thing is true. In today’s world, the study and practice of astrology is big business, and many people devoutly believe the predictions made by astrologers.
Astrologers say that each planet moves in a predicted manner, and that the behavior and fate of human beings is greatly affected when these planets align or shift. ‘Katarchic Astrology’ is the art of looking at the overall astrology charts and planetary alignment to predict the best time to start a new business, find financial prosperity or look for a new home.
Add to this your personal horoscope – based on the date and time of your birth and astrologers will describe character traits purported to result from the planetary alignment at the exact time of your birth. That study is called Natal Astrology.
Tarot And Astrology
Perhaps you are wondering how Tarot cards relate to the art of astrology. The origin of Tarot reading, or predicting one’s problems, victories and future through a deck of Tarot cards, did not include astrological import. Some modern Tarot decks incorporate astrological symbols into the card deck.
The first such Tarot deck was used in Florence, Italy. It contains ninety-six cards and is called the Minchiate deck. The Tarot deck used most often today in Western culture is the Rider-Waite deck. While some Tarot readers associate astrological meaning to Tarot cards, this particular deck makes no specific reference to astrology.
If you wish to have a tarot reader use your birth sign in a reading, or to have a professional astrologer work on your horoscope or astrological chart, you must first know your zodiac sign. The most recognizable zodiac signs in Western countries are assigned by the month of the year. These ‘signs’ are each ruled by a planet and astrologers believe that each monthly sign includes specific character traits and personality types.
The Zodiac Signs And Astrology
The twelve Western Zodiac signs are each aligned with a specific stellar constellation, said to add associated traits to those born under that zodiac ‘sign’. These traits come into play when an astrologer reads your horoscope.
Astrology and Predicting Your Future
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The Western Zodiac signs are included here:
- Aries (March 21 to April 19)
- Taurus (April 20 to May 20)
- Gemini (May 21 to June 20)
- Cancer (June 22 to July 22)
- Leo (July 23 to August 22)
- Virgo (August 23 to September 22)
- Libra (September 23 to October 22)
- Scorpio (October 22 to November 22)
- Sagittarius (November 23 to December 21)
- Capricorn (December 22 to January 20)
- Aquarius (January 20 to February 19)
- Pisces (February 19 to March 20).
There are numerous other zodiac charts, from Mayan cultures, and Chinese, East Indian and Egyptian cultures.
There is much more to the study of astrology, and its use in the prediction of events, character or the future of mankind. If you are interested in studying these topics further, we hope you will take the time to do some personal research. Whatever your beliefs or interest in astrology, tarot guides, horoscope or astrology readings, the study and art of these topics, with a bit of research and experience, you are bound to find these topics interesting and provocative.