Today I'm listening to a presentation on astronomy and astrology by the Faculty of Astrological Studies in London. Here are my notes.
Both astronomy and astrology are Greek words; the former meaning "the law of the stars", the latter, "word" or "reason" of the stars.
Around 1000 BC, Mesopotamia is where myth, astrology, and mathematics became linked. Only the Babylonian and Sumarian priests studied it. Then the Greeks, who were fascinated with philosophy and mathematics studied it. They looked to the sky for omens. In 61 BC, we got the very first chart. 150 AD, it makes its way to Rome. People went to astrologers wanting their chart done.
Then it went on to the Arab culture, Arabs being brilliant mathematicians. They provided amazing star maps. Then it went to Europe at the time of the Arab transmission.
Europe, at the time of the Renaissance was when astrology was really honored and understood. At that time, the earth was considered still a magical place, the earth was very much considered to be alive.
With the advent of science and the scientific revolution, we lost that. Astrology went underground, while at the same time, above ground there was a lot happening in understanding the psyche. It wove its way into Jung's work on the psyche, through his understanding of myth and symbols. Liz Greene also mixed astrology with psychology.
Today astrology is a little out of reach from the common person, but slowly our culture might be starting to re-embrace it.
When we enter astrology, it's a chance to connect with the world as being alive through symbols. Its strength is that we can find patterns in our lives and free ourselves from unwanted patterns.
The teachers carry on the teachings from one generation to the next, a tradition that started all the way back in mesopotamia, although as it spent time in each of the cultures, it shifted a bit as they adapted it to their worldview.