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practices of planetary astrology in
Organized systems of planetary astrology started in Babylon in the second century BC although
there are some possible indications in Sumeria in the third century BC. It developed as a method
of divination of the future and also the interpretation of omens. In 525 BC, Egypt was conquered
by the Persian Empire and it is extremely likely that Egyptian astrology was affected by
developments in Mesopotamia. The astrologer and astronomer Ptolemy was a key figure in the
development of horoscopic astrology and his works develop the basis of Western astrology.
In India, horoscopic astrology is regarded as a result of the interaction between Indian and Greek
culture even though there is proof of some earlier work. Greek was often spoken in the Indus
Valley region following the conquest of Alexander the Great. The earliest surviving documents,
such as the Yavanajataka or the Brihat-Samhita, can be dated to the second or third century A.D.
and one of the earliest works is a translation in Sanskrit of a document originally written in Greek.
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In China, astrology dates back to the third millennium BC and development is tied to that of
astronomy under the rule of the Han Dynasty. Chinese astrology has a close partnership with
Chinese philosophy and uses the principles of yin and yang along with other ideas which don't
exist in Western astrology. Astrology was held in higher esteem in China even by sages like
Confucius and the 60 year cycle combines the five elements with the 12 animal signs of the
Throughout the Renaissance in Europe, a type of scientific astrology was utilized in which
astrologers supplemented their study of horoscopes with genuinely new discoveries concerning
the nature of the universe. A large number of the greatest scientists such as Galileo and
Johannes Kepler themselves practiced astrology. In reply to the new scientific discoveries, the
17th-century astrologers made strenuous efforts to update astrology. Nevertheless, between the
years 1700 to 1900, astrology was seriously followed only by a handful of practitioners and many
from the techniques and practices of the earlier years had been lost. By the year 1900, there was
a resurgence of interest in astrology due to groups like the Theosophists and also the order of the
Golden Dawn and their interest in esoteric sciences. However, astrology was now viewed as a
tool for character analysis and psychology and the earlier emphasis on predictions was largely