Astrology is actually an ancient science that predates
both astronomy and psychology, contrary to its popular
reputation as a New Age subject, Studied and used throughout
the world for thousands of years.
Astrology is the study of the interactions among the
Stars and the Planets, based on mathematical cycles.
The earliest known astrological records date back to
Babylon, 1645 BC, and the earliest horoscope dates back to
410 BC. The origins of astrology can also be traced to
several other locations and cultures, including Greece,
Egypt, and Rome.
During the Renaissance, when literacy became more
widespread, almanacs began publishing astrological
information for public consumption. Several notable figures
of the era, including Galileo and Copernicus, were both
practicing astrologers and founders of the modern scientific
movement. Astrology began to lose popular credibility when
myriad predictions about the great conjunction of 1524
failed to "come true", despite the seemingly easy
relationship between Astrology and science, however,
Astrology and various other arts fell by the wayside, as
the Scientific Revolution surged. Many individuals still
practiced the art, however, and Astrology enjoyed small
revivals in England in the 17- and 1800s.
Astrology became popualr once again with the birth of
Princess Margaret in 1930. The London Sunday Express ran an
astrological profile of the princess to celebrate her
birth-and so began the modern newspaper horoscope column.