Horoscopes: Where They Came From

The Rise and The Evolution of the Horoscope

Horoscopes are the representation and translation of the energies of each of the Zodiac constellations and their fixed stars. The term zodiac comes from a Greek word meaning, “circle of animals”. Rooted in Greek mythology, the animals representing the signs were placed among the stars usually for great acts of heroism.

The zodiac is that great celestial belt that marked the path of the Sun at that time, each constellation of stars symbolizing a passing sign. The number of constellations, the figures formed by the connections of the stars, varied in shape and significance by each civilization, according to their their myths, and imagery.

From the influence of mythological images of the Babylonians, Egyptians, Greeks and Romans, the 12 signs became standard and they are what we know today. With a fixed reference for observing the stars, the zodiac horoscopes paved the way for the individual birth chart – an analysis of the sky at the time of birth bringing revelations about the person and his destiny.

When did horoscopes come into recorded existence? The first records of horoscopes appeared in the 7th century BCE. It was the time when ancient civilizations were dedicated to observing the movement of the stars in the heavens believing the stars could influence human life. But it was in the 5th century BCE that the confluence of the astrology of the different ancient civilizations resulted to the creation of the Zodiac.

Interpretation of the signs also evolved through the eras, like since early Christianity, which considered the change of the seasons and the temperament of persons born under the same sign. Then the sun path over the centuries also changed with the direct correspondence between astrology and astronomy no longer as accurate as it was in the past. The sun now passes through constellations that are not part of the zodiac, as well as in periods different from those observed in ancient times. The horoscope has adapted to changes over time such as when planets Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto were discovered, which brought new elements to the astrological heavens.

Stars and Signs in Lynnwood

Now you know how the horoscope started. And if you want to dig more, such as the origins of the individual Zodiac signs, come to The Psychic Shop in Lynnwood. It makes for interesting lessons to know where your birth sign came from. Take a peek into your persona, only here in Lynnwood.