Introduction to Astrology

Hailee Munno, Feature Editor

The mystery of the night sky has left a world of uncertainty for thousands of years; the stars tell stories and hold knowledge far beyond human understanding. From mathematics, to defining personalities, the stars answered some of life’s most challenging questions.

Astrology, though now considered a pseudoscience, has been studied and observed for centuries. In recent years, astrology has become a popular way to determine personality traits or even predict the day’s events.

In the early days of astrology, it was one in the same as astronomy. Today, the two are very different; astronomy is a science that studies everything outside of the earth’s atmosphere, and the properties and relationships of those celestial bodies, while astrology is the belief that the positioning of the stars and planets affect the way events occur on Earth, according to

 “It is worth noting, and keeping in mind, that astronomy and astrology were not separated until early modern history,” ancient civilizations teacher Jodi Patel said. “In fact, though people often make ignorant comments about superstition in the Middle Ages, it’s not like the Middle Ages had a monopoly on superstitious practices.”

Astrology goes deeper than just a silly horoscope in the Sunday paper; it has been practiced through hundreds of different cultures, evolved and spread across the globe into the Westernized astrology practices that are used in the present day.