History of Astrology – Few Interesting Facts

Three main branches of the subject exist till date. Though there are few more but the people are mostly familiar with the name of Western, Indian, and the 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. At that era the subject was being used to predict or forecast the weather or about the possibility of disaster, and even to find the chances of the wars which might take place in future.

Slowly the Kings and Monarchs or the influential people in the society started to take the help of astrologers for the purpose of predictions related to their personal lives. But it was limited to very few only.


It is the Babylonian who introduces the useful concept of 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 Christian era. But the subject gained its true flavor and the popularity among the common people in Europe only in the 14th and 15th century. 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 in the study of astrology.




Indian system developed in between 1000 B.C to 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, their significances and influences. The subject remained equally popular years after years and a substantial portion of Indian people believe and follow the instruction of the astrologers in their day to day life.

Even the most famous astrologers of Western system either of today or of past learn 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 Shing (or Yin) dynasty (1766 B.C to 1050 B.C).