What is Astrology?

Astrology is a science of right moments that uses the time, date and place of one's birth to chart out the position of sun, moon and the planets unique to a person's birth data. Astrology is a science of right moments that uses the time, date and place of one's birth to chart out the position of sun, moon and the planets unique to a person's birth data. This chart otherwise called a horoscope is used in the understanding of a person's nature, his life paths and all the good and the bad associated with his unique birth moment. A practitioner of astrology is called an astrologer.

An astrologer needs to have fundamental knowledge in mathematics and astronomy. Our solar system consists of sun and the nine planets - mercury, venus, earth, mars, jupiter, saturn, uranus, neptune and pluto (which has recently been domoted from the status of a planet. The demotion of the planet pluto will not affect the astrological predictions that have been done for centuries now because horoscopes are developed using 9 houses which are sun, moon, mars, jupiter, mercury, venus, saturn, ascending lunar node and descending lunar node.). Six of the planets in our solar system are surrounded by their moons. These planets include earth, mars, jupiter, saturn and neptune. All nine planets revolve around the sun in regular stable and nearly circular orbits.

Determining the position of planets is very essential. It was found that planets moved in plane that created a belt which represents a circles around the earth. This circular belt is called the zodiac which is divided into twelve equal parts of 30 degrees. The beginning point of the zodiac is Aries. However the twelve group of stars were not considered to be strictly 30 degrees apart. The movement of one group was comparatively faster than the other. Hence came about two types of zodiac - the tropical and the sidereal. The sidereal zodiac was divided into 27 constellations with equal parts of thirteen degrees and 20 minutes each. The sideral zodiac is widely used by many astrologers.