How the Astrological Wheel Works

The western study of astrology began about the same time society was transitioning from hunter gatherers to farmers.  The ability to predict seasons and planting times and crop harvest became vital.  Ancient people didn’t have tv’s or computers to distract them when night fell.  Many ancient people lay by an evening campfire and watched the stars go by as the seasons changed.

Soon they noticed the circular nature of it.  That was the beginning of  astrology.  They could tell there were repeating patterns in the stars that were reflected in in the seasons.  They agreed on patterns the stars made and made stories up for each grouping.  Ancient story tellers even used the stars as a glorious backdrop for planting the stories of gods and goddesses in the collective unconscious.

Once they equated the heavens to a circle that moved around the earth.  They divided the circle into 12 equal parts and named each part of the sky for the constellation of stars they saw there. Thus the astrological wheel was divided into 12 houses.  Each portion of the sky was named for the constellation and correspondences were made between the gods that were equated with each constellation and those born while it was prominent in the sky.  This led to esbats or celebrations of the new moon.

Those born in april and may were ascribed to aries the god of war when winter was over and men grew restless and wanted to march and plunder.  Fall was assigned to virgo who is associated with vesta the great house keeper and tender of fires.  Queen of domesticity as things settled down and hearts yearned for home.  Simple things at first but the associations continued to be heaped on over the years until we developed our modern day interpretation of the signs.

Today we ascribe archetypal associations with them an use them in psychological work because the symbols speak so powerfully to our subconscious.

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