Divination Toolkit: The Astrology Series- A Brief History

20161117_113804Greetings beloveds,

I’m very excited to begin a new divination series focused on Astrology. This spring The Bliss Institute will provide an introduction to astrology as a form of divination focusing on the Western 12 House, Planet, and Signs. We’ll start with a brief history of astrology to explain how this practice came to be. Then we will cover the fire and earth signs followed by a post over the air and earth signs. Then in May we will discuss the planets, their meanings, and associations. Concluding in June with an overview of the astrological houses and how they apply to astrology. Here we go!

A Brief History of Astrology

It is believed that astrology as we are familiar with it today began with the Egyptians, but it is noted that the Babylonians were the earliest found to have recorded charts of the stars and planets. These were used to track the cycles of time, seasons, and days. At that time astrology and astronomy were synonymous, having not yet been divided into different systems. From the Babylonians, astrology was passed to the Greeks and further developed by many of today’s famous Greek philosophers. Astrology grew in scope through it’s acceptance by the Romans, Arabic groups, and eventually the world. Primarily used as a way to track weather patterns, predict weather conditions, and assist in agriculture astrology played an important role in culture and society.

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Astrology as we know it now being associated with the particular attributes of animals through the zodiac holds its origins in Greek culture. Zodiac, derived from the the late French term zodiaque from the Latin term zoidiakos from zoidion meaning sculpted animal figure which comes from the word zoion meaning animal. The zodiac, in terms of astrology, is associated with about an 8 degree band of celestial space on either side of the ecliptic or the path that intersects with the sun over a year which can be divided into 12 equal spaces. Along with there being 12 moon cycles each year it was a simple conclusion to assign 12 representations to each section. These became the 12 zodiac signs which represented specific traits and attributes that those in those sections were found to hold.

The 12 signs are associated with an element, direction, planet and house as can be seen here:

Sign Dates Element Direction Planets House
Aries March 20-April 19 Fire Cardinal Mars 1
Taurus April 20- May 20 Earth Fixed Venus 2
Gemini May 21-June 20 Air Mutable Mercury 3
Cancer June 21-July 22 Water Cardinal Moon 4
Leo July 23-August 22 Fire Fixed Sun 5
Virgo August 23-September 22 Earth Mutable Mercury 6
Libra September 23-October 22 Air Cardinal Venus 7
Scorpio October 23-November 21 Water Fixed Pluto 8
Sagittarius November 22-December 21 Fire Mutable Jupiter 9
Capricorn December 22- January 19 Earth Cardinal Saturn 10
Aquarius January 20- February 18 Air Fixed Uranus 11
Pisces February 19- March 20 Water Mutable Neptune 12


Over the next few months we’ll dive deeper into each one of these aspects of astrology creating a brief but comprehensive guide to astrology. The purpose of this will be to have an on site resource to help you better understand any posts that feature astrology aspects or references.

I’m so excited for this new project and look forward to learning with you all!

With love,





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