Ancient Astrology

Astrology is a form of divination based on the belief that information about the future or a person's personality can be gleaned by examining the alignment of planets, stars, moons, and comets. Astrology attempts to interpret how these celestial bodies influence human affairs.

Since ancient times, astrology has been widely practiced. Numerous ancient civilizations made extensive use of this field. Ptolemy, the Greek astronomer, was the first person to write a book on Astrology. Today's sun sign astrology was codified by him. By analyzing the orbital motions of celestial bodies, Ptolemy attempted to predict the positions of celestial bodies relative to each other and the earth. Astrology was a part of astronomy in his time. Later, astronomy evolved into an exact science, while astrology remained a component of theology.

Baghdad and Damascus were renowned as centers of astrology and astronomy in addition to being medical centers. Arabs were astronomy pioneers before the advent of Islam. The Babylonians named the days of the week after the Sun, Moon, and planets. They were also the first to establish the twelve horoscope houses.

Egypt was among the most influential locations in the evolution of astrology. Some of the zodiac's astrological signs are believed to have originated in Egypt.

Astrology was practiced in India during the Vedic period. Astro