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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 85 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
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