The real beginning of The study of the influence of celestial bodies on earth and humans should be considered with the development of the Hellenistic Astrology. This is a complex, traditional, horoscopic astrology. Hellenistic astrology tells us about three things: Universal astrology or Mundane astrology, Birth, natal chart is used for birth chart astrology and Katarchik astrology or Electional astrology.
Hellenistic astrology got its name from the region and period, in which it was being practiced i.e., surrounding Mediterranean region (Hellenistic Egypt or Mesopotamia) and Hellenistic period i.e.(1st century B.C.).
With blending of ideas, thoughts and multicultural activities, the complex tradition that prospered was known as Hellenistic Astrology.
The period of the beginning of Hellenistic astrology
Though the exact period is not known, it is believed that its practice began in sometime 3rd century B.C., after Alexander the Great conquered Persia. So many cultures came under one rule, resulting in single official language and same pattern of life.
People also believe that Hellenistic astrology was practiced until the 7th century B.C. approximately.
This astrology, being the ancient of all the modern types of astrology influenced many other subsequent traditions of astrology across Europe, The Middle-East, Africa and India. No doubt, Hellenistic astrology is still flourishing around the world.
The various things Hellenistic astrology tell about are as follows:
1. Universal astrology (Mundane Astrology): Natural calamities and destruction which affect a large group of people or nations: Earthquakes, Eruption of volcanoes, floods, epidemic diseases and also War among two or more countries
2. Natal Astrology: Natal astrology is the majority of the text found and it tells us about the personality of individual and other future prospects, by creating the A diagram showing exact position of planets in signs at time of birth of an individual prepared with the help of time, date and place of birth with the help of the time and date of birth of the individual.
The concept of These are twelve sections of zodiac circle having 360° numbered clockwise Ascendant is known as the first house and the last house is known as the twelfth house Each house represents specific traits used for prediction. (in birth chart) and other Angular distances between planets, based on zodiacal longitudes, calculated in specific degrees, viz trine, square, represent relationship between two planets Planets generally influence 3rd, 5th, 7th, 8th, 9th and 10th house due to their aspect of Hellenistic astrology which were practiced in that period are still used today.
3. Katarchic astrology or electional astrology: This helps individuals to know the best time to do something according to their chart, by electing and picking up the perfect date for a particular event.
Recently, there is revival of Hellenistic astrology, due to translation of the texts from Greek and Latin languages to other languages as well, which have been published in last few decades.