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Most human civilizations – India, Ancient Greece , Egypt, Mesopotamia, Rome, and Persia, among others – based their culture[1] on complex systems of astrology, which provided a link between the cosmos with the conditions and events on earth.[2]

Astrological tradition contributed to the development of astronomy as the study of the skies provided invaluable insights about celestial bodies. For instance, the Ptolemaic astrological tradition has already listed some of the planets in the Solar System and their movements.[3]

Astrology encompasses various approaches. Sidereal and tropical astrology represent different ways of mapping the zodiac against the backdrop of the stars from a geocentric perspective. Heliocentric astrology focuses on the Sun as the central point of reference, while psychological astrology delves into the intricate connections between celestial movements and the human psyche.

Across different cultures, astrology has taken on unique forms and interpretations. Chinese, Hindu, Islamic, Jewish, Tibetan, and Western astrology each offer distinct insights into the connection between the cosmos and human affairs.

The following is an incomplete list of the different traditions, types, systems, methods, applications, and branches of astrology.

By type

By period and place

By function

Recent Western developments

Traditions which have arisen relatively recently in the West:

Relationships with other disciplines and systems of belief

See also


  1. Campion, Nicholas (2019-05-23). "Astrology in Ancient Greek and Roman Culture" (in en). doi:10.1093/acrefore/9780190647926.013.46. https://oxfordre.com/planetaryscience/display/10.1093/acrefore/9780190647926.001.0001/acrefore-9780190647926-e-46. 
  2. Frawley, David (2005). Ayurvedic Astrology: Self-healing Through the Stars. Twin Lakes, Wisconsin: Lotus Press. pp. 3. ISBN 8120831349. 
  3. Mancuso, Piergabriele (2010). Sefer Ḥakhmoni. Leiden: BRILL. pp. 321. ISBN 9789004167629. https://archive.org/details/shabbataidonnolo00manc. 


  • Burns, William (2018). Astrology through History: Interpreting the Stars from Ancient Mesopotamia to the Present. Santa Barbara, California: ABC-CLIO. ISBN 9781440851421.