Astrology is an alternative pseudo-science that claims to divine sensitive information about natural terrestrial events and human affairs by studying the movement and relative position of heavenly bodies. The ancients believed in astrology, as it was part and parcel of the culture during that period, though today we hardly believe in it for the simple reason that most of the sensible and educated people of this world do not believe in it. Even the Hindus do not believe in astrology, while the Muslims also abhor astrology, as it is regarded as idolatry. Astrology has been given birth by several interpretations, the most famous ones being Babylonian astrology, the Roman astrology, and the Indian astrology.
Astrology is largely based on the study of the 12 zodiac signs and the influences that these signs have on a person. These signs, which are called the houses, are ruled by the planets in the heavens. In each of the twelve zodiac signs, there is a planet which can be assigned to that particular sign. Each of the 12 zodiac signs has its own set of planets and also depends on the time of birth of a person. For this purpose, there is a birth chart or astrology chart, which is consulted by both the parent and the child to understand their future life.
The Chinese astrology has a very complex system. It is composed of 60 elements, each of which governs a metal. For the Chinese, astrology uses the moon, the sun, the ocean, fire, water, and wind as the major influences. This complex system of the zodiac signs and the associated element is very intricate. Only with the help of the natal chart can one come to understand the exact influence which each of the elements has on the person born under that sign. A modern astrologer may use the Western astrological charts in order to help him/her interpret the Chinese astrology chart.
The Western astrology is divided into two types: Aries and Sagittarius. This classification is made on the basis of the arrangement of the planets. The Aries is dominated by the Sun while the other half of the zodiac is made up of the Moon. For this reason, both the Aries and Sagittarius charts will mention the presence of Sun, Moon, or both Sun and Moon in the rising sign of the person. They will also mention the presence of planets other than the Sun or the Moon.
In addition to the signs mentioned above, astrologers also refer to the houses. This includes the natal chart and houses are considered to be houses of influence or of energy according to astrologers. The presence of certain planets in the rise, such as the Sun, can determine the behaviour of an individual and this can be interpreted by these astrologers. By the mention of the heavenly bodies, it is implied that the birth charts give hints about the future personality of an individual, which can be a prediction about his/her character, personality, potential, interests, career path, and so on.
As mentioned earlier, astrology is the science of the natural world along with the human and divine intelligence. ASTROLOGY uses the present day understanding of the effects of the planets on the terrestrial events and the solar system in order to produce future interpretations. It also makes use of the phenomena of the moon, stars, and other heavenly bodies to interpret the present day natural events. Furthermore, astrologers use the relationship between the heavenly bodies and the human population to make predictions about the population as well.