The roots of western astrology originate in Egypt and Mesopotamia while also incorporating philosophical ideas from other cultures such as classical Greece. The first codification of the western judicial system of horoscopic astrology begins in the Hellenistic period around year zero in Alexandria Egypt, one of the great centers of ancient learning. The methods of Hellenistic astrology would be a major influence on Indian astrology and the later innovations of the medieval, renaissance and later historic periods of astrology in European universities and popular culture.
Similarly in the same period the east was developing systems of astrological art and science in the Chinese, Indian and Buddhist traditions. These systems would embody a profound understanding of time especially for the practical purpose of elections, religion and medicine as well for individual purposes.
Astrology uses the real time positions of the planets in either the tropical signs of the zodiac that are based on the solar year and seasons or the sidereal zodiac that observes the planets in relation to the constellations. The placement of planets in signs is further enhanced by the houses of the horoscope which have to do with the rotation of the earth and signify in what areas of the life will be most stimulated by sign and planets and also how strong that planets effect will be. In astrology each second of time has a specific energy created by the configuration of the cosmos at that particular moment using planetary and fixed star placements and their relationships to each other. These configurations and interactions become the basis of astrological delineation.
The purpose of astrology is to give a greater ability in navigating the relative world by using the qualities of the moment advantageously for self understanding, dilemma resolution and planning different areas of life for the present and future. Astrology enhances life with precision in our affairs. With astrology one knows where and when there is strength and weakness enabling greater reactivity and understanding. The purpose of astrology is to bring focus and clarity to different areas of our life and life in general that ultimately leads to a greater sense of fulfillment and happiness.
The traditional methods are unique in having been tested and practiced in many cases for over a thousand years bringing an accuracy and effectiveness that many modern schools cannot claim. Astrology is ultimately about unlocking one’s deepest potential to live a rich and meaningful life. Sky Mandala uses these time tested methods for the pressing issues of our modern times.