The ancient art or science of divining the fate and future of human beings from indications given by the position of stars and other heavenly bodies.
Followers of Astrology: Less than 1% of the world's population (note).
There is no one known founder. In the 4th century BC, the Babylonians introduced their astrological charts that predicted the change of seasons and other celestial events to the Greeks. Later, astrology was accepted by the Romans and the Arabs and eventually began to spread throughout the world. As study increased, astrologers claimed to be able to interpret the motions of celestial bodies and their influence on human affairs.
• The Zodiac:
Developed in ancient Egypt, later accepted by the Babylonians, the Zodiac is a band of the celestial sphere extending about eight degrees north and south of the ecliptic, representing the portion of the sky within which the paths of the Sun, the Moon, and the planets are found. In astrology, the zodiac is divided into 12 equal segments, each of which is named after a constellation through which the ecliptic passes in that region of the sky. The traditional beginning point of constellations is Aries, followed in calendrical order by Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Libra, Scorpius, Sagittarius, Capricorn, Aquarius, and Pisces.
A diagram of the heavens, showing the relative position of planets and the signs of the zodiac, for use in calculating births, foretelling events in a person's life, etc. A prediction of future events or advice for future behavior based on such a diagram.
Authors: "There are plenty of free horoscopes on offer out on the web, with no particular guarantee about the expertise of who has written them." - Nikki Harper, "Confessions of a Horoscope Writer"