Is my horoscope telling me the truth?
I dont even know what horoscopes are.
Are they true??
Suggestion by James
Horoscopes are for fun, they are worded in a very general way so that it SEEMS like it relates to your life, but it’s all a scam to make you believe that other people know something about your life.
Read them for fun only, they mean nothing.
Suggestion by Alice Cullen
horoscopes are based upon the months we are born, they tell us generalizations in which we attempt to connect ourselves with to tell us “it’s real!” though they are vague and therefore anyone could connect with it, say for instance you showed someone a blank horoscope and said it was their sign when in reality it was not, they would connect themselves with and and believe it was true, when in reality its not even their own horoscope.
they are not true 😮
Suggestion by Wawa
Horoscopes are based on an ancient system of reading the positions of stars and planets for advice. It seems ridiculous, absurd, but if done well a horoscope can be jaw-dropping accurate. The hitch is: 99% of horoscopes are not personalized and not interpreted well. Horoscopes in the newspaper or magazines are extremely general because they not only are dividing all of humanity into 12 groups, but they must assume all those people were born about the same time of day.
The best possible horoscope is done by an astrologer who takes the exact hour and minute of your birth and the place, then calculates your own reading. I have seen readings for me that stunned me in accuracy, but that happened only a couple of times, and the astrologer had all my details of birth time and place.
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Did the Classical Greecians have horoscopes?
I was wondering if the Greecians had anything like horoscopes.
I am think of making some for a project for school. So you have any examples?
Suggestion by Michelle
Yes. In fact the word “horoscope” comes from the Greek “horoskopos,” which means “hour watcher,” and the word “zodiac” comes from two Greek words that mean “circle of animals.” Ptolemy, a Greek, was both an astronomer and an astrologer, and Hipparchus (ca 125 BCE) was another. Hipparchus invented the zodiac system, in fact.
This is just a taste, but I hope it helps.
Suggestion by Markab
They invented horoscopic astrology. Prior to the Hellenistic Greeks* astrology was a reading of omens in the sky. The Greeks developed the horoscope pretty much the way we know it. The Greek word horosokpus referred to the rising degree. As late as the 17th century and possibly later writers referred to “the horoscope” when they meant the rising degree.
Although Claudius Ptolemy is the best known of the Hellenistic Greek astrologers**, others in his era whose work has survived are Paul of Alexander, and the Roman Vetius Valens. Paul or Paulus as he is better known wrote a few hundred years after Ptolemy. Claudius Ptolemy’s work called the Tetrabiblos (Greek) or Quadriparte (Latin) is the most influential astrology text ever written. Both words mean “Four Books.”
*Historians tend to date the Hellenistic period earlier than astrologers do. Historians date the period from the death of Alexander the Great (323 BC) to the conquest by Rome (146 BC). But the Hellenistic culture continued even under Roman rule. Ptolemy’s Tetrabiblos was written about 125 AD. Valens wrote a couple of decades later. The Romans were in charge but the Greek culture continued.
**Although his text is undoubtedly the most influential of all astrology works, it is not known if Ptolemy ever cast a chart in his life. We have no evidence that he was an astrologer. The Tetrabiblos is the foundation of Western astrology, there are a few eyebrow raising assertions, and a few glaring omissions for a basic text. Ptolemy never mentions houses or the concept of fire, earth air and water signs (he mentions triplicities but only as masculine or feminine) giving rise to the speculation that Ptolemy was an encyclopediaest, not an astrologer.
Hipparchus, or more correctly Hipparchos (c. 190 BC – c. 120 BC) did not invent the zodiac. He did catalog the constellations with reasonable accuracy and was perhaps the first western astronomer/astrologer do do so. The zodiac came from the ancient Babylonians (long story). He is credited with discovering the precession of the equinoxes – a subject modern astronomers think astrologers never knew until last month.
It’s not clear what sort of examples you’re looking for. There is a book, written by a famous anthropologist titled “Greek Horoscopes,” see below, that details astrology in the ancient Greek world.
This is a scholarly work, and I don’t know how old you are, but it is well above high school level, and if you know the glyphs and understand some of the terminology, you might wade your way through it.
Other books you may find online:
Almagest, and Tetrabiblos by Claudius Ptolemy
A History of Western Astrology by Jim Tester
A History of Horoscopic Astrology by James Holden
A History of Western Astrology by Nicholas Campion
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