Astrology is the science of certain cryptic relations between the celestial
bodies and terrestrial life. It is considered an art and a practical science.
It lays no claim to be what used to be called an exact science, but studies
certain predispositions or tendencies in human life, which are sometimes
indicated so clearly that they become virtual certainties. The possible uses of
astrology are endless and may be used to a variety of means.
Since the days of the Chaldeans, it was known that the sun, moon, and
planets followed similar paths, the zodiac. It is a zone of the celestial
sphere that extends from 8.5 degrees on either side if the path of the sun. As
a primitive calendar, the zodiacal belt was arbitrarily divided into twelve
sections of 30 degrees each. these are the famous signs of the zodiac. The
orgins of the names given to each sign extend into the most remote regions of
antiquity. Terrestrial animal gods, whether real or imagined , were one day
projected onto the constellations which, in the Chaldean imagination, they
resembled. This celestial menagerie has furthermore given the zodiac its name,
for in greek, it means "route of animals."
The sun enters the first zodiacal sign, Aries , and then continues its path
through the remaining eleven signs. The twelve signs of the zodiac are: Aries,
Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius, Capricorn,
Aquarius, and Pisces.
The moon and the planets pass through the signs too, but obviously at
different speeds from those of the sun. The moon, which is close to the earth,
circles the zodiac in twenty-nine days, while the planet Pluto needs two hundred
fifty years. Planets also can be seen to slow down, stop, and even reverse
directions in relationship to the constellations that they cross. In reality,
the planet inexorably continues along its way. But the speed of the earth
itself interacts with that of the planet to occasionally give this... [continues]
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