History of Astrology

History of Astrology

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. 

The roots of Western astrology can be traced back to the ancient people of Mesopotamia; the most detailed, surviving records of the origins of astrology are found in the archaeological remains of the ancient cities of Babylonia. Some of the oldest recorded astrological tablets date back to Babylonian civilization from 2400 BCE.[1] Records show this region settled as early as 4000 BCE and growing into the cultural region known as Babylonia—is what is presently known as Iraq.[2] Early astrological practices from the region consisted of observing and recording the movement of the planets against the backdrop of the fixed stars.
I have conducted many studies on the importance that the Ottoman Sultans placed on astrology. My research into and admiration for the Münecimbashi system of astrology that spanned from the 14th century up to the late 18th century drew my attention to a correlation between Ottoman Talismanic Shirts and the Yantras of Vedic Astrology. At a critical stage in my research, I realized the same method of calculation was used in constructing both the Talismanic Shirts and the Yantras.
Maggie Nalbandian was born on April 5, 1937 at 15:00 (3:00 PM) in Plainview (Hale County), Texas. She died in June 2015. Maggie founded a bookstore, an annual astrological conference and Kepler College. The bookstore was a starting point for Maggie's enthusiasm and energy. In her own words:  
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