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You must be thinking What is Astrology? Astrology is a type of prediction that involves the forecast of terrestrial and human events through the observation and interpretation of the fixed stars, the Sun, the Moon and the planets. Devotees believe that understanding the influence of planets and stars on earthly affairs enables them to predict and affect the destinies of individuals, groups, and nations. Although it is often considered a science throughout its history, astrology is today considered diametrically opposed to the discoveries and theories of modern Western science.
Astrology Nature And Significance
Astrology is a method for predicting worldly events based on the assumption that celestial bodies, in particular planets and stars considered in their arbitrary combinations or configurations (called constellations), somehow determine or indicate changes in the sublunary world. The theoretical basis for this assumption is historically found in Hellenistic philosophy and radically distinguishes astrology from the celestial omina (“omens”) that were first categorized and cataloged in ancient Mesopotamia. Astrologers originally assumed a geocentric universe in which the “planets” (including the Sun and Moon) rotate in orbits whose centers are at or near the center of the Earth and in which the stars are fixed on a sphere with a finite radius whose center is also the center of the Earth. Later the principles of Aristotelian physics were adopted, according to which there is an absolute division between the eternal circular movements of the celestial element and the limited linear movements of the four sublunary elements: fire, air, water, earth.
A horoscope is an astrological chart or diagram that represents the positions of the Sun, Moon, planets, astrological aspects, and sensible angles at the time of an event, such as the time of a person’s birth. The word horoscope is derived from the Greek words ōra and scopos which mean “time” and “observer” (horoskopos, pl. Horoskopoi, or “hour marker (s)”). Other commonly used names for horoscope in English include natal chart, astrological chart, star chart, celestial map, celestial map, star chart, cosmogram, vitasphere, radical chart, radix, chart wheel, or simply chart. It is used as a method of divination regarding events related to the point in time it represents, and forms the basis of the horoscopic traditions of astrology.
In Hindu astrology, natal charts are called Kundali, which are very significant and are based on the movement of the stars and the moon. Auspicious events and rituals begin after verifying a person’s kuṇḍali, including marriage where the birth charts of the boy and the girl match.