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Robert Fludd's An Astrologer Casting a Horoscope 1617
'An Astrologer Casting a Horoscope' from Robert Fludd's Utriusque Cosmi Historia, 1617

Astrology is a pseudoscience that claims to divine information about human affairs and terrestrial events by studying the movements and relative positions of celestial objects. Astrology has been dated to at least the 2nd millennium BCE, and has its roots in calendrical systems used to predict seasonal shifts and to interpret celestial cycles as signs of divine communications. Many cultures have attached importance to astronomical events, and some—such as the Hindus, Chinese, and the Maya—developed elaborate systems for predicting terrestrial events from celestial observations. Western astrology, one of the oldest astrological systems still in use, can trace its roots to 19th–17th century BCE Mesopotamia, from where it spread to Ancient Greece, Rome, the Arab world and eventually Central and Western Europe. Contemporary Western astrology is often associated with systems of horoscopes that purport to explain aspects of a person's personality and predict significant events in their lives based on the positions of celestial objects; the majority of professional astrologers rely on such systems.

Throughout most of its history, astrology was considered a scholarly tradition and was common in academic circles, often in close relation with astronomy, alchemy, meteorology, and medicine. It was present in political circles and is mentioned in various works of literature, from Dante Alighieri and Geoffrey Chaucer to William Shakespeare, Lope de Vega, and Calderón de la Barca. Following the end of the 19th century and the wide-scale adoption of the scientific method, researchers have successfully challenged astrology on both theoretical and experimental grounds, and have shown it to have no scientific validity or explanatory power. Astrology thus lost its academic and theoretical standing, and common belief in it has largely declined.

Astrological signs

A person's astrological sign (usually referring to Sun sign) is based on their birthday. A list of astrological signs is below.

Sign English name Dates
Aries The Ram March 21 to April 20
Taurus The Bull April 21 to May 21
Gemini The Twins May 22 to June 21
Cancer The Crab June 22 to July 22
Leo The Lion July 23 to August 22
Virgo The Virgin August 23 to September 23
Libra The Scales September 24 to October 22
Scorpio The Scorpion October 23 to November 22
Sagittarius The Archer/Centaur November 23 to December 22
Capricorn The Sea-goat December 23 to January 20
Aquarius The Water Carrier January 21 to February 19
Pisces The Two Fish February 20 to March 20

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