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Traditional verses  Modern Astrology :
 

Hellenistic astrology is a fascinating and complex system of divination that has its roots in ancient Greece and Egypt. It was developed during the Hellenistic period from the 4th century BCE to the 1st century CE, and was an integral part of the philosophy and religion of the time. Astrology was seen as a way to understand the will of the gods and the workings of the universe, and it was believed that the positions and movements of the planets and stars had a direct influence on human affairs. 

At the heart of Hellenistic astrology is the concept of the zodiac, which divided the sky into twelve equal sections, each named after a constellation. Each section was associated with certain planetary rulerships and qualities, which were thought to influence the characteristics and events of people born under each sign. Hellenistic astrologers also used a system of houses to determine the placement of the planets in an individual's chart. The houses were based on the exact time and location of an individual's birth, and each house was associated with certain areas of life, such as health, wealth, and relationships.

In addition to the zodiac and the houses, Hellenistic astrology also used a system of planetary aspects to determine the relationships between the planets in an individual's chart. Aspects were based on the angular relationships between planets and were thought to indicate the strength and nature of their influence on each other. For example, a conjunction occurs when two planets are in the same sign and degree, and is thought to indicate a strong and focused influence between them.

Some of the most influential Hellenistic astrologers include Ptolemy, Vettius Valens, and Dorotheus of Sidon. Their works have been preserved in ancient manuscripts and have been studied and translated by modern scholars. Despite its ancient origins, Hellenistic astrology continues to have a lasting impact on modern astrology. Many of the techniques and concepts developed in Hellenistic astrology are still used by modern astrologers today, and its insights into the underlying patterns and influences of the universe continue to resonate with people around the world.

 

Hellenistic astrology is a rich and complex system of divination that provides a fascinating glimpse into the beliefs and practices of ancient cultures. Its enduring legacy shows that the study of astrology has played an important role in human history and continues to offer insights and inspiration to people today. Order your personal reading today! 

Modern Astrology: 

Modern astrology refers to the astrological practices and techniques that have developed since the 19th century. Unlike Hellenistic astrology, modern astrology has its roots in the Western Esoteric tradition rather than in ancient Greek or Egyptian philosophy.

One of the most significant differences between modern and Hellenistic astrology is the role of the Sun, Moon, and outer planets in the astrological chart. While Hellenistic astrology focused primarily on the classical planets (Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn), modern astrology also takes into account the Sun, Moon, and the three outer planets (Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto). This expansion of the astrological toolkit has allowed for a more nuanced understanding of human behavior and the influence of celestial bodies on our lives.

Another key difference between modern and Hellenistic astrology is the emphasis on psychological astrology. Modern astrologers often use astrology as a tool for personal growth and self-awareness, exploring the ways in which the position and relationships of planets in an individual's chart can provide insights into their personality, strengths, and challenges. This approach to astrology has been popularized by figures such as Carl Jung, who saw astrology as a way to access the unconscious mind and explore the archetypes that underlie human behavior.

Modern astrology has also seen a proliferation of specialized branches, such as financial astrology, medical astrology, and relationship astrology. These sub-disciplines apply astrological principles to specific areas of life, providing insights and guidance that are tailored to the needs and interests of modern individuals.

Despite its relatively recent origins, modern astrology has become a global phenomenon, with millions of people around the world incorporating astrology into their daily lives. It has also faced criticism from skeptics who see it as unscientific or overly deterministic. However, many modern astrologers argue that astrology is a valuable tool for self-reflection and personal growth, and that its insights can provide a unique perspective on the human experience.

Modern astrology is a diverse and evolving field that continues to inspire and intrigue people around the world. Its focus on personal growth and psychological insight has helped to make astrology a popular and accessible tool for people seeking a deeper understanding of themselves and the world around them.

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