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The study of the positions and aspects of celestial bodies in the belief that they have an influence on the course of natural earthly occurrences and human affairs is known as astrology A horoscope is an astrological forecast as of a persons future based on a diagram of the aspect of the planets and stars at a given moment Astrologists believe that the position of astronomical bodies such as stars planets etc at the moment of a persons birth and the position of the bodies throughout that persons life reflect that persons character and destiny Astrology has been around for thousands of years dating back to the Chaldean civilization of around 3000 BC China is believed to have developed its own independent system around the year 2000 BC Other early forms of astrology included those in ancient India and the Mayan civilization of Central America It also spread to Greece where early astronomers such as Plato and Pythagoras incorporated astrology into their theories about science and religion A History of Western Astrology by SJ Tester Astrology is believed to have come about by the fact that civilizations noted that the most prosperous crops came during certain periods of the sun and planets and then related this to human fate as well Astrology Doris Hebel Microsoft Encarta 96 One of the major factors in astrology is the zodiac The zodiac is an imaginary belt around the celestial sphere divided into 12 sections of 30 degrees each These 12 sections are the signs of the zodiac Each division of the zodiac is named for the constellation within its limits at the time of 200 BC The twelve signs of the zodiac are Aries the Ram Taurus the Bull
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