Astrology can provoke very dynamic forms of opinions. You’ll have a few that just don’t connect with their sun sign description or care much to check magazines and news papers for their daily horescopes and then you’ll find a select a few that live by these ancient descriptions of their archetypes.
But astrology happens to be much more complex and dynamic in nature than contrary belief. You are not only your sun sign and your sun sign might be so insignificant in your birth chart that you may not identify with it at all. But this is a subject that has been dumbed down greatly and filtered to a minor aspect that plays no major role in the greater functioning of things.
This subject having been greatly reduced to its basics would put the ancient civilizations that have used this system and included this into their daily lives, in shame. Astrology arised in the 2nd millenium in Babylon(modern day Iraq) as a means of weather forecast which evolved into a system designed to predict planetary influences on a person. This system started with Babylonian texts known as Enuma Anu Enlil which compirsed of seven thousand celestial omens. Thirty two tablets containing planets associated with Gods and Goddesses that represented archetypes. These goddesses and planets correspond to everything here on earth from personality traits, to colours, to even crystals and metals.
Later, astrology was adapted by Egypt as it was conquered by the Persians in 525 BC who were said to have been influenced by the Mesomatamian influences. Egypt formed a system as they followed 36 constellations known as the decans that rose consecutively on the horizon throughout each earth rotation. A new decan rose every ten days with a set of stars with corresponding divinities. The rising and setting of decans marked ‘hours’ and groups of 10 days made an Egyptian year. The book of Nut is the source of the decan ideology.
Later egyptian and babylonian astrology combined after Alaxender the Great occupied Egypt to create horescopic astrology. This contained the Babylonian zodiac with its system of planetary exaltations, the triplicities of the signs and the importance of eclipses. Along with this it incorporated the Egyptian concept of dividing the zodiac into thirty-six decans of ten degrees each, with an emphasis on the rising decan, the Greek system of planetary Gods, sign rulership and four elements.
Through Alexander the great’s conquest, he was exposed to the ideas of Babylon, Syria, Central Asia and Persia. At 280 BC, A priest of Bel from Babylon moved to the Greek island of Kos in order to teach astrology and Babylonian culture to the greeks. From that emerged two types of astrology. One with more of a theurgic nature which involved the transformational process of an individual required for his/her ascension. The other type took more of a personal horescopic role informing the individual of their life, past, present and future.
However, as astrology travelled to western Europe, this art became fragmented as a result of the loss of Greek scientific astronomy which was due to condemnations by the church. Yet, even in the 1500s, physicians were required to use the moon cycles as a way to indicate when medical procedures should be done.
Nostradamus, a French apothecary and seer is known for his published collections of prophecies; some of which had came true. His method to construct these prophecies were judical astrology with a pinch of gifted intuition. He has predictred the Great Fire of London, a three day blaze that affected a total of 80, 000 locals, world war two, the birth of Hitler(written in his texts as Hisler) and his consequtive rise to power, death of the Kenedy brothers.
Today, astrology is not seen as legitimate and at times it is rightly so thought this way but it to regrard this anceint art passed down for centuries by civilizations consequtively is illogical. Astrology is an intuitive and dynamic art. A planet and/or sign has several different potentials and manifestations, and covers many different domains. Venus rules the earthy taurus as the balance-seeking libra. This planet represents beauty, love, harmony, the arts, sweets, justice, peace, pleasure, finances, luxury and femininity.