Where does the belief of astrology come from?

Astrology entered Islamic culture as part of the Greek tradition and returned to European culture through learning Arabic during the Middle Ages. Some form of astrology appears in various belief systems in ancient cultures. Horoscopic astrology initially appeared in Hellenistic Egypt. The oldest Greek content that uses the Babylonian division of the zodiac into twelve indications of thirty equivalent degrees each is the Anaphorus of Hipsicles of Alexandria in 190 BC.

The famous Dendera zodiac, a sculpture of the ceiling of the pronaos of a house of prayer dedicated to Osiris in the sanctuary of Hathor in Dendera, containing images of Taurus and Libra dating back to 50 BC, is the oldest known representation of the zodiac of twelve signs in the old-fashioned way. Archaeologists are not sure how the board arrived in the cave or where it was originally made. Astrology originated in Babylon far back in ancient times, when the Babylonians developed their own form of horoscopes about 2,400 years ago. Can horoscopes make people feel better? Yes.

But it has nothing to do with horoscopes being right. Horoscopes make people feel better because of a psychological effect known as the placebo effect. The placebo effect is when the belief in a useless method really makes a person feel better. It is the belief in itself, and not the method, that causes improvement.

The placebo effect has been scientifically verified. If you give pills to ten sick patients that contain only water, but tell them that it is a powerful new drug that will help them, and then make ten sick patients not take the pills, over time the patients who take the pills will show better health. Because of the placebo effect, it is not only necessary to show that a new drug makes patients feel better. Must be shown to work better than placebo.

In precise medical experiments, the control group is not a set of untreated patients. Rather, the control group is a group of patients receiving a placebo. The placebo effect is the mechanism that works with astrology. When they read their horoscope and follow their advice, they feel better.

But it is belief in itself and not astrology that makes them feel better. Many pseudoscientific treatments, from crystal healing to homeopathy, help people overcome the placebo effect. Believing in a treatment that actually does nothing can help, but believing in a treatment that does is even better. Following scientifically proven treatments gives you the benefit of belief and the benefit of treatment action.

For example, instead of reading your horoscope every morning, go for a walk. Exercise has been shown to be good for the body and mind, and your belief in its effects will also help you. Each of the planet's gods has certain spheres of influence that vary throughout Sumerian-Babylonian culture, but which are stabilized in a uniform image in the astrological omen inscriptions of Enuma Anu Enlil (seventy clay tablets from the complete library of Assurbanipal, 669-626 BC, king of Nineveh). Therefore, astrology is quite capable, by nature, of comfortably adapting its worldview to Judaism, Christianity and Islam; because the creator god of these religions, who created the world, also created the heavenly bodies and their gods.

It is true that astrology is also backed by experience, but it has difficulty identifying empirically verifiable results and, consequently, it is barely scientifically recognized. Radiocarbon dating shows that the ivory used to create the zodiac images dates back about 2,200 years, shortly before the appearance of this new form of astrology. Before conducting the experiment, he adjusted the method so that several independent scientists agreed that the method was scientifically sound, and also so that all astrologers would agree that the test was fair. For example, Avicenna's “Refutation against Astrology”, Resāla fī ebṭāl aṅkām al-nojūm, argues against the practice of astrology, while supporting the principle that planets act as agents of divine causality expressing God's absolute power over creation.

Time and again, throughout the history of astrology and until today, there have been attempts to empirically justify astrology. Astrological references appear in literature in works by poets such as Dante Alighieri and Geoffrey Chaucer, and playwrights such as Christopher Marlowe and William Shakespeare. He knew enough about astrology and astronomy of his time to write a Treatise on the Astrolabe for his son. And he also astrologically explained the impending Second Coming in terms of the impending Age of Aquarius.

Astrology is the belief that the alignment of stars and planets affects the mood, personality and environment of each individual, depending on when he was born. That is the point at which astronomy came to be known as science and astrology was recognized as not a science. But then the stake on which he was being burned collapsed and the astrologer's body fell to the ground, on which the dogs immediately pounced on him and tore him to pieces. .


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