How Did Vedic Astrology Originate?
Three main branches of Astrology exist to date. Though there are a few more, people are mostly familiar with the names of Western, Indian, and Chinese Astrology.
We find the presence of it for the first time in Mesopotamia and the Babylonia (then Chaldea) in and around 3600 B.C. In that era, the subject was being used to predict or forecast the weather or the possibility of disaster and even to find the chances of wars that might occur in the future.
Slowly, the Kings and Monarchs or influential people in the society started to take the help of astrologers for predictions related to their personal lives. But it was limited to very few only.
It is the Babylonian who introduces the useful concept of the Zodiac. It came to Greece around the middle of the 4th century B.C. and reached Rome and other European countries before the advent of the Christian era. But the subject gained its true flavor and popularity among the common people in Europe only in the 14th and 15th centuries. In America, the subject became popular after 1900 A.D. The world must be thankful to the great astrologer Evangeline Adams of New York City, who contributed much to the study of astrology.
The Indian system developed between 1000 B.C and 1500 B.C and was a part of their holy book, Veda. The Vedas were written by the ancient sages who brought wonderful thoughts regarding planets and their significance and influence. The subject remained equally popular year after year, and a substantial portion of Indian people believe and follow the instruction of astrologers in their day-to-day lives.
Even the most famous astrologers of the Western system, either of today or the past, learn the Indian system to complete their study about it.
Though it is believed to have astrology originated in China in and around 3000 B.C, the first significant presence of it in China is found in the time of the Shing (or Yin) dynasty (1766 B.C to 1050 B.C).
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