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The Remarkable History of Astrology

The premise of astrology is the possibility that adjustments of the sublunar domain are somehow not set in stone by the heavenly bodies, like the planets and stars considered in their arbitrary combinations or designs (constellations). Hypothetically, astrology varies from celestial omina ("signs"), which originated in old Mesopotamia. This thought has its verifiable roots in Hellenistic way of thinking. Astrologers previously had confidence in a geocentric world, in which the "planets" (counting the Sun and Moon) move in circles with focuses that are at or close to the center of the Earth and in which the stars are fixed upon a circle with a finite radius, the center of which is the Earth. Afterward, the Aristotelian concepts of physics were embraced, which express that there is an outright detachment between the four sublunar components of fire, air, water, and earth and their restricted, linear movements. These connections were incidentally remembered to be convoluted to the point that no human mind could completely figure them out; subsequently, any blunders made by the celestial prophet could be not entirely overlooked. Those whose comprehension of material science was nearer to that of the Greek scholar Plato likewise hypothesized a comparable arrangement of unique connections. Since they accepted that a divinity made the celestial bodies themselves, the Platonic astrologers accepted that the component of fire penetrated the divine spheres as a whole. They were likewise more probable than the Aristotelians to accept that a god could mediate in the regular processes by applying heavenly influences on Earth.

Indian Astrology post the Hellenistic Period

Hellenistic astrology has its Indian renditions. They are very similar. With its Indian rendition, much of it now had an Indian flavor to it ignoring its ideological basis, so that it would be significant to the culture. The Indians additionally found it helpful to foster the all-around unpredictable Hellenistic astrological technique. The nakshatras (or lunar manors), a complex arrangement of three classifications of yogas (or planetary blends), various assortments of dashas (planetary periods) and antardashas (subperiods), and a tangled hypothesis of ashtakavarga in light of nonstop horoscopy were undeniably added as significant components. The Indians also devised military and interrogatory astrology, muhurta shastra (a soothing cathartic astrology), and iatromathematics.

In order to identify some form of statistical correlation between planetary positions and human lives, astrologers have attempted to incorporate the planets discovered since the Renaissance into the broader astrological framework. To skeptics and other astrology detractors, none of these attempts seem to be at all persuasive, and it also appears that there is no solid justification for the stated impact of the planets, their purported nature, or how they function. Even in the face of these and similar accusations, astrology continues to draw devotees from all areas of life, from those who just read their horoscopes in the daily newspaper to those who have their star charts created by qualified astrologers. In conclusion, astrology in its modern and historical versions continues to be of significant interest to academics and a wide range of the general public, despite the fact that many people believe it to be intellectually low.


Q1. Who translated the Hellenistic astrology in India?

Yavaneshvara was the one that made the Sanskrit translations of Hellenistic astrology.

Q2.  Is Astrology related to the worship of God?

Astrology doesn’t involve any idol worship, but places its faith in an intelligent presence that transcends the heavens and the earthly world.