What's your astrological sign? Most people know their sun sign. Even if you’re not a believer in the influence of the planets on your personality or the events that occur in your lifetime, you've certainly met someone who does believe. At the very least, it's harmless club conversation, a way to get to know someone. But is there really something to it? Are horoscopes just hocus-pocus, or do they truly predict the course of events in your life?
Astrology is one of the earliest sciences known to human history. There are astrological records that originated in Babylon in 1645 BC. Other cultures, such as Egyptian and Greek developed timekeeping and calendar methodologies. From the time man began to observe and track the world around him, he’s also contemplated his own relationship to the earth, stars, planets and elements around him. Astrology may have been one of the ways that the earliest civilizations helped define their place in the cosmos. They perceived it as being greater than themselves, not something to be conquered, but to be understood.
While in modern times astrology is seen as new age and not as a credible sciences like astronomy or astrophysics, at one time it was as credible a science as any other. Astronomers like Galileo and Copernicus were also practicing astrologers. With the evolution of more quantitative sciences, astrology's influence and position began to diminish. Western astrology enjoyed resurgence in the 1930s with the birth of England's Princess Margaret. The London Sunday-Express ran her astrological profile, and that event was the origin of the modern daily horoscope in the newspapers.
Everyone who's read a really good astrological profile of themselves, has to admit there are some uncanny coincidences. Can we really pretend we're so knowledgeable of the Universe that we can reject the discipline of astrology? Maybe Shakespeare was onto something, when he wrote in Hamlet, "There are more things on heaven and earth Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy".