Every time I pick up the morning newspaper I take a look at the headlines and start looking for the page where the astrological horoscope is. A friend of mine too, when she sees me reading the newspaper, she will ask me for her horoscope. Horoscopes usually mention your luck, your love life, or your fortune for the day. It also includes your moods, and sometimes your lucky number, or what not to do for the day to avoid trouble or bad luck. This is why many people consult their personal horoscopes every day to find out what their future is for the day or for the whole week. Horoscopes are usually published in newspapers, magazines, and books. But what are horoscopes really and when did they start? Who started it? Well, let’s try to find out the history of horoscopes.
Let’s try to know the history of the astrological horoscope. The ancient Greeks used horoscope and astrology to predict and predetermine a person’s life by the position of the moon, sun, and stars. Astrology is the Greek name which means “science of the stars”. They believed that a person’s life and future events that might happen to him would depend on the position of the suns or planets. In addition, farmers before depended on the positions of the constellations. During this time, the planters used the star signs to determine the effective way of knowing when to plant and when to harvest their crops.
During this time, there was no formal education to give reliable information. People looked to the stars in the sky for the answers to some constant questions about their continued existence. In fact, we still do it today when we are faced with problems and cannot find solutions. Some believers look to astrologers for their solutions to the problem or many businessmen wonder about their future in the business. It was China that began the study and use of astrology for agriculture and to decide the best seasons and months for different planting cycles.
In 500 BC, Plato, the philosopher, got interested in and deepened astrology and even used it. Due to Plato’s study of astrology, interest in astrology continued. His work was continued by Galileo Galilei who was the first person to use the telescope. So Christians had a powerful voice that the practice of astrology had quietly hidden. In order to avoid the rage of the Church and to make it more acceptable in 1600 an astrologer William Lilly renamed the astrology “Christian Astrology”. Clancy published his own magazine called “American Astrology”. He helped popularize astrological horoscopes as we know them today.
Apart from Greek, the Chinese also had their own horoscope method, but they used different methods, if Greece used the constellation, the Chinese used the signs of the animals which are rats, ox, tiger, fish, the dragon, the dogs, the rabbit and others. The use of animals will depend on your date of birth. A horoscope is a map or diagram of the signs of the zodiac that depicts aspects of the stars and planets at any given time and predicts the future not of the individual, but also of a geographic region or even the world.
Astrological horoscopes have been used throughout history to determine if there will be any wars to come. Miss Nancy Reagan hired an astrologer to protect President Reagan as there had been an attempt to assassinate her. The astrologer has predetermined the right times for him to sign important documents, the right time to visit places, the right time to hold conferences and meetings. Well, indeed, we can say that these were accurate predictions since President Reagan remained alive until he completed his two terms as President of the United States. Astrology horoscopes are fun, interesting, and can definitely be accurate.