History of Horoscopes

By Ashley Randazzo
September 23, 2005

Horoscopes are some of the most entertaining and exciting features to magazines, newspapers and other written articles, but who believes in them and why are they so important to some?

Horoscopes have a vast history from the information we get from the alignment of the planets to the symbols of the zodiac.

Astrology is known to many as the science of the stars. The history surrounding astrology can be dated as far back as 3,000 years ago. There are some who believe that astrology could have even begun before then, but there is no proof of that idea. Astrology was used to predict what happens to countries, the outcome of wars, economic trends and even personal futures, according to www.findyourfate.com.

What makes astrology so appealing? An opinion of one student, junior Christina Gentile, thinks that they are entertaining and loves reading them daily. When asked if she believes in them, she said, “There are some things that are true, but mostly they don’t apply to my life.”

According to www.stariq.com, they provided some very helpful hints to know how many people are full believers of their own personal horoscopes. Approximately one third of Americans believe in astrology, with the fastest growing group being professionals. Furthermore, 75 percent of astrology consumers are women.

Because humans are ever changing in their moods, some depend on the alignment of the planets to predict their next mood. The planets Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune are all planets involved in the prediction, with the exception of Pluto, because it is not on the same orbital track for the alignment of the planets. In a recent discovery, a 400-year-old manuscript was uncovered and belongs to Johannes Kepler, one of the most famous contemporary astronomers. Kepler lived from 1571 to 1630 and is known for his discovery of orbital motion. Kepler believed strongly that the planets influenced men and women, according to http://www.ucsc.edu/oncampus/currents/98-99/03-01/kepler.htm.

To explain horoscopes of different people, we have the zodiac. The zodiac includes different categories where people are placed due to their birthdays. There are 12 different categories, with each one having a representative animal. Each category describes the type of person you are emotionally, mentally and psychologically. It is also used to find out perfect relationships between people. Dating services often provide ways of using astrology and your zodiac sign to find out who you are compatible with.

Many Americans are looking into astrology to give them answers about themselves and even the world around them. Because there is so much to learn and understand, it may take many more years until we find out the complete truth about astrology and the zodiac, but until then, it’s an entertaining part of our lives. What’s your sign, baby?

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