Was it Written in the Stars? Astrology and Genealogy

Christmas is over and the start of a new year is just around the corner. The days before the New Year is often a time of reflection and somberness as we review the year. And what better way to do that but ruminate over the complicated nature of our families astrologically?

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A (Very) Brief History of Astrology

Astrology, in its Western origins and understanding of the planets and the Zodiac, is a form of divination that originated 4,000 years ago in ancient Mesopotamia, or around modern-day Iraq. The earliest it was said to be practiced was 2000 BCE. From there, astrology went through various boom and bust cycles across Eurasia until it almost collapsed in Europe during the 17th century. It wasn’t until the 20th century that astrology was revitalized in the West. By then, what is now called modern Western astrology looked and functioned very differently from its ancient Mesopotamian roots.

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