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A S T R O L O G Y - Western

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« on: August 03, 2007, 07:11:01 am »


                                                     T R A D I T I O N S

There are many traditions of Astrology, some of which share similar features due to the transmission of Astrological doctrines between cultures. Other traditions developed in isolation and hold completely different doctrines, although they too share some similar features due to the fact that they are drawing on similar astronomical sources.


The main traditions used by modern Astrologers are:

Indian (Vedic) Astrology

Western Astrology

Chinese Astrology


                                                                 VEDIC ZODIAC

Indian and Western Astrology share a common ancestry as Horoscopic Systems of Astrology and are essentially similar in content. Both traditions focus on the casting of an Astrological Chart or Horoscope, a representation of celestial entities, for an event based on the position of the Sun, Moon, and planets at the moment of the event. The main difference between the two traditions is that Indian Astrology uses the Sidereal Zodiac, linking the signs of the zodiac to their original constellations, while Western Astrology uses the Tropical Zodiac. Because of the precession of the equinoxes, over the centuries the twelve zodiacal signs in Western astrology no longer correspond to the same part of the sky as their original constellations. In effect, in Western Astrology the link between sign and constellation has been broken, whereas in Indian Astrology it remains of paramount importance.

                                                             CHINESE ZODIAC

In Chinese Astrology a quite different tradition has evolved. By contrast to Western and Indian Astrology, the twelve signs of the zodiac do not divide the sky, but rather the celestial equator. The Chinese evolved a system where each sign corresponds to one of twelve 'double-hours' that govern the day, and to one of the twelve months. Each sign of the zodiac governs a different year, and combines with a system based on the five elements of Chinese cosmology to give a 60 (12 x 5) year cycle. The term Chinese Astrology is used here for convenience, but it must be recognised that versions of the same tradition exist in Japan, Vietnam, Thailand and other Asian countries.

In modern times, these traditions have come into greater contact with each other, notably with Indian and Chinese Astrology having spread to the West, while awareness of Western Astrology is still fairly limited in Asia. Astrology in the Western world has diversified greatly in modern times. New movements have appeared, which have jettisoned much of Traditional Astrology to concentrate on different approaches, such as a greater emphasis on midpoints, or a more psychological approach. Some recent Western developments include:

Modern Tropical and Sidereal Horoscopic strology
Psychological Astrology
Sun sign Astrology
Hamburg School of Astrology
Uranian Astrology, subset of the Hamburg School

Historical Traditions

Throughout its long history, Astrology has come to prominence in many regions and undergone developments and change. There are many Astrological Traditions that are historically important, but which have largely fallen out of use today. Astrologers still retain an interest in them and regard them as an important resource. Historically significant Traditions of Astrology include:

Arab and Persian Astrology (Medieval, near Eastern)
Babylonian Astrology (Ancient, near East)
Egyptian Astrology
Hellenistic Astrology (Classical antiquity)
The history of Western, Chinese, and Indian Astrology is discussed in the main article history of Astrology.

Esoteric Traditions
Many mystic or esoteric traditions have links to Astrology. In some cases, like Kabbalah, this involves participants incorporating elements of Astrology into their own traditions. In other cases, like Divinatory Tarot, many Astrologers themselves have incorporated the tradition into their own practice of astrology. Esoteric traditions include, but are not limited to:

Kabbalistic Astrology
Medical Astrology
Rosicrucian or "Rose Cross"
Tarot Divination
Historically, Alchemy in the Western World was particularly allied and intertwined with traditional Babylonian-Greek style Astrology; in numerous ways they were built to complement each other in the search for occult or hidden

 Astrology has used the concept of the four classical elements of alchemy from antiquity up until the present day. Traditionally, each of the seven planets in the solar system known to the ancients was associated with, held dominion over, and "ruled" a certain metal.
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