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Astrological Signs and Meanings
Origins of Astrology
The belief in a connection between astrological signs and meanings, the cosmos and earthly issues has played an important part in human history. From the very earliest times the movement of the stars and planets has fascinated mankind and made him see the connections between all things and, with time, the concepts of Astrology and Horoscope was born.
Astrological Study and Meanings
In short, Astrology is the study of the positioning of the celestial bodies in order to foretell futures and predict upcoming events and an Astrologer is someone who interprets these phenomena.
Over the millennia astrological signs and meanings have had a close association with astronomy because they both deal with celestial phenomena, though astronomers do not traditionally ascribe any sort of divine or supernatural power to the stars themselves, but study the stars and their movements in their own right.
Beginnings of Astrological Meanings
The very basic roots of astrology can be traced back to Babylonia and Ancient Egypt. The very earliest text relating to astrological meaning was a Babylonian text called the Enuma Anu Enlil (“When the Gods Anu and Enlil…”) and dates back to 1600 B.C.E. and the text refers to how the study of cosmic phenomena, specifically the movement of thee sun, moon and five of the planets recognized today related to the Babylonian kingdom, not to individuals.
Branches of Astrological Signs
Over time the study of astrological signs after that time frame branched off into three main studies: Western, Indian and Chinese. Each branch – or type – has played a significant role in that region’s history, and each is still very much alive today.
The branch of astrology that we are most familiar with today in Western societies is the Western branch. This branch can trace its roots back to Greece about the middle of the 4th century B.C.E. The Greek concepts of astrological meanings hearken back to Egypt (which in turn received its influence from Babylonia) where both astrology and astronomy were cultivated over the ages.
As it has been said, Egypt inherited its astrological concepts from Babylonia and, when Alexander the Great invaded Egypt, the Hellenistic world was introduced to the meanings of astrological signs, and soon turned it into an art form. Their system became so refined that very few changes have been made to it. Indeed, with just a few touches from the Romans (who inherited the Greek concepts of astrology) the astrology that we practice today is not at all very much different than that which was practiced in ancient Greece.
In fact, it is the Greeks and Romans whom we have to thank for today’s concept of Astrological images as well.The both sorts of astrological and horoscope symbols that we use today come from a combination of the Greek and Roman, with the Greek letters and the Roman symbol used interchangeably to represent each of the twelve zodiacal signs.