history of horoscope

Does horoscope have its history?

Yes, of course it does!

Today lots and lots of people read their horoscope every single day. But do they know that horoscopes have been used for centuries now. Can you believe it?

One of the oldest records of astrological reading belongs to year 3000BC – it’s more than 5000 years back from now! From the Middle East to China, all through Europe and even Central America, numerous societies started utilizing the position of the stars to make speculations and forecasts about common life.

Obviously, horoscopes weren’t precisely the same as they are now.

Astrology was initially used to determine the influence of divine bodies on homesteads – how productive they would be, when reaping could possibly happen, etc. And only around 500BC greek logicians implemented astrology into religious studies.

Horoscopes as we know them today didn’t genuinely come to fruition until the early 20th century. Publishers saw the expanding interest to astrology and began to integrate horoscopes into daily papers, books and magazines. Today, horoscopes are made by calculating an individual’s date of birth related to the position of divine bodies like the Sun, the Moon and other celestial bodies.

Horoscope Origins

The modern word ‘horoscope’ is originally derived from the two Greek words, which are hõra and scopos which mean ‘time’ and ‘observer’ (or ‘marker(s) of the hour’). Source: Wikipedia

The word ‘horoscope‘ has been used long ago in other cultures, too.

Let’s say, the Sanskrit term for horo is Hora or the Latin variation of the word is horoscopus, ultimately derived from the Greek.

In Early Modern English the word ‘horoscope’ has been in use, and we still use it nowadays.

You might also want to know that there’s such a noun as horoscopy, – it stands for ‘casting of horoscopes’ and has been in use since the 17th century.