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Traditional astrology

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What is traditional astrology?

We all know what astrology is, and we’ve all heard about the horoscope. But when it comes to the credibility of astrology or its effectiveness, we have some major doubts. Why? Because astrology is seen today as a method of character analysis and nothing more. Psychological astrology was born in the late 19th century during new age exploration and was later fueled by developments in psychology in the 20th century.

Astrology has its roots in the ancient world where astrology and astronomy were one and the same science. The oldest evidence for the western tradition of astrology comes from Mesopotamia in the late 3rd millennium BCE . Traditional astrology is divided into 3 distinct periods: Hellenistic (1st century BC to 7th century CE), Medieval (7th century CE to 14 the century CE), and Renaissance (14th century CE to 18th century CE).

Greek interest in astrology began in the Hellenistic period as Alexander the Great`s conquests exposed Greek thinkers to the Mesopotamian culture. Hellenistic Alexandria was the center of astrology and the Hermetic texts that originated there incorporated astrology into their religious system. The astrology which had been practiced in the Roman Empire was the creation of Greeks (1st -6th centuries AD). The most important astrological writer in the Roman Empire was the Greek astronomer and mathematician, Claudius Ptolemy (2nd century CE), author of the most influential ancient astrological book TETRABIBLOS.

Medieval astrology is the astrology practiced from 750 AD to the Renaissance (1500 AD), firstly by Arabs and Persians then later by astrologers of Western Europe and the Byzantine Empire (in the East)

Medieval astrology

Medieval astrology only refers to techniques and philosophies that were developed within the historical medieval period. We don’t live in the Middle Ages anymore, but aside from technological development not much has changed. Many astrologers today say that humanity has evolved and things are significantly different compared to how they were hundreds or thousands of years ago. This may be partly true, but people still deal with common life concerns such as health, marriage, money, career etc. These issues are extremely important to us no matter what century we live in and traditional astrology can help us with more accurate and specific answers.

traditional astrology

Astrology has gradually developed during antiquity, influencing people’s lives.

Astrology continued in the medieval period, the peak reached in the 16th century.

Astrology today is seen primarily as a method of character analysis and psychological insight. Prediction is dismissed as impossible due the considerable loss of technique. Medieval astrology being before psychology, has no psychology in it.

When we speak of traditional astrology, we are referring to texts and it is to these sources of knowledge that we must turn: Nechepso Petrosis, Ptolemy – Tetrabiblos, Liber Hermetis , Vetius Valens, Dorotheus – Carmenun Astrologicum, Julius Firmicus, Antiochus, Masha`allah, Alkindi, Abu Ma`sahr, Abu Ali Al-Khayyat, Ibn Ezra, Guido Bonatti, Schoner, William Lilly, Jean Baptiste Morin, Placidus , Henry Coley, John Dee, John Gadbury .

When we read these texts we realize that the kind of astrology taught by the masters has almost nothing in common with the astrology practiced today. Many people are not even aware that you can use astrology to predict with great accuracy the length of life, diseases, what kind of profession you will have, and so on.
Psychological astrology, in particular, Jungian (Carl Jung), appeared in the late 19th century and beginning of the 20th century when the interest in psychological and spiritual development took astrology into a new era of psychological analysis.

The sun sign approach to astrology began to grow in popularity through newspaper columns in the first half of the 20th century and flourished when New Age went mainstream in the 1960s.

Its not about that. Medieval astrology only refers to techniques and philosophies that were developed within the historical medieval period. We don’t live in the Middle Ages anymore, but aside from technological development not much has changed. Many astrologers today say that humanity has evolved and things are significantly different compared to how they were hundreds or thousands of years ago.

This may be partly true, but people still deal with common life concerns such as health, marriage, money, career etc.

These issues are extremely important to us no matter what century we live in and traditional astrology can help us with more accurate and specific answers. So as we can see it`s not about being outdated or oldfashioned, but it`s all about the tehniques we use when it comes to predict life events, and these tehniques are very different from the ones used in modern astrology.