The articles in this section are focused on techniques for interpretation and how those techniques are applied. This includes approaches from different types of astrological practice. It also includes questions that astrologers find themselves confronted with when they select a particular technique.
Until the 17th century, astrology was an integral part of Western culture. In India, it still is. You will find references to astrological symbolism in literature, art, music and other cultural expressions. In several of his plays, Shakespeare used astrological descriptions as a short-hand description of the personality and attitudes of his characters. The artists of the Renaissance used astrological symbolism in their paintings, sculptures and in the stained glass windows of churches. We still refer to people as firey, airy, and earthy. It is interesting that wetness has not retained a similar adjectival role. And even though astrology is decried in public on a regular basis, nearly all newspapers and magazines still have the horoscope column and polls continue to show that 25% - 30% of people believe astrology can work.
Articles that cover information on building an astrology business, including finance and websites.
Astrology and esotericism have a long history together. The definitions of esoteric generally refer to a study by a small group of people, where the transfer of knowledge is often shrouded in ritual or mystery and the understanding comes over time. Alice Bailey felt esotericism was the science of the soul. In this category, we are using esoteric and its relation to astrology in its broader meaning that includes the many domains of Western esotericiam. This includes the astrology of Alice Bailey, but also magic, alchemy, Rosicruian and Masonic beliefs, and more.
The most common astrology practiced in the West, and to a degree in Hindu astrology, has its origins from approximately the 2nd Century B.C.E. with the development of what we call Hellenistic astrology. You can also trace natal astrology's development from the first record we have of a natal chart around 415 B.C.E. And if you are exploring the origins of the basic symbolism of Western astrology, you can stretch your studies to the stone momuments of Europe, like Stonehenge, that marked important celestial events through to the divinitory analysis of the Egyptians and the different cultures of Mesopotamia that linked celestial events with the fate of the king or kingdom. If we broaden our view still further, archeological evidence of human societies making a meaningful connection between the sky and man reach back 350,000 to 250,000 years.
Musings on the philosophical side of astrology, on how astrologers work, books, etc.