What is Astrology?
Astrology is a science, art and a language!
In a literal translation, astrology is a science about stars, but is in fact researching and recognizing the principles and relations between macrocosms and microcosms.
Observing the sky: stars, planets, their cycles and relations, we gain insight in to conditions, possibilities and cycles of personal, social and political life on earth.
There is more than 17 000 years that people started noting down phases of the Moon. From its beginnings, agriculture has been tightly connected to astrology. Today we are getting back bio dynamic farming in accordance with planetary positions. Every culture and civilization on Earth had some kind of astrology.
The past of astrology is intertwined with the past of religion. Before 6-8000 years following the calendar was a question of religious ritual. Even today, the symbolic of Christmas is closely linked to winter solstice and that of Easter to the spring equinox.
In the beginning, astrology was guarded and practiced by priesthood, but from Ancient Greece it has been practiced by scientist and philosophers, and used to answer profane, worldly questions. Also, the first rifts between so called scientific and intuitive astrologer appeared.
Romans degraded astrology to mere fortune telling, giving it the bad reputation astrology is still coping with today. But then Arab scientists, mathematicians and thinkers took over the torch, giving astrology valuable additions.
In the Middle Ages astrology, just as literacy, survived in monasteries, but in the time of Renascence astrologers leaned to magic and alchemy, for which and not astrology, they often had trouble with Inquisition. Many great scientific minds like Copernicus, Kepler and Galileo were astrologers.
Science and not Church as often thought, pulled the rug under the feet of astrology. In the Middle Ages it was a central science, but because many practiced unscientific methods, it divided in to Astrology and Astronomy. Big blow to astrology was the end of old stile education; namely, before you would learn the entire scope of knowledge, but the industrial revolution and increasing technical demands asked for tighter specialization, so many things disappeared from educational and intellectual circles (see Nicolas Campion, An Introduction to the History of Astrology, publisher : Institute for the Study of Cycles in World Affairs).
But astrology stayed on as a tool for research in history and chronology; almanacs and predictions were still published, farmers were sawing and sailors sailing in accord with stars.
Jung showed how astrology offers an important insight in to a human psyche like a map of personal mythology, and the existence of the so called astrological effect has been proven.
Today astrologers realize how astronomers are not inquisitors, astronomers realize how astrologers are not witches, and astrology is once more recognized as a key to human understanding, science of past and future, tool for self-knowledge and more, knowledge of everything that can be described with coordinates of space and time.
Astrology is a language of symbols, with its grammar and syntax.
Astrology is an art, harmony of spheres and the music of the universe.
Julia Pintar Lhadon, Croatian Astrological Association 2004 © juju.com.hr 2020