I have chosen to explore Western Astrology and Chinese these two being the most popular and widely researched. But there are many different form of Astrology from far reaching parts of the world, please find below a brief touch on Native American Astrology and a list of many other cultures that practice this amazing form of divination.

Native American Astrology

Past and present, there have been thousands of Native American (First Nations) groups. Notably in the past centuries prior to significant European infiltration, they spoke hundreds of different languages, lived in very different environments, adapted to those environments in different ways with different material cultures, and developed different religious beliefs and cultural astronomies.  Some of these nations shared similarities: a reverence for nature is widespread. However, it is incorrect to speak about a “Native American astrology” as though there were an undifferentiated set of Native beliefs. Moreover, the only group to have practiced a cultural astronomy akin to western astrology were the Mayans of Central America.

Native Americans throughout time have held sacred, the connection between nature, animal, and man. Native American astrology is based upon your birth animal totem, which is the animal spirit that you are born under. A birth totem is similar to an astrological sign of the zodiac. Your birth totem can tell you many things about your personality, your attitudes, your abilities and your short comings.

These totems are often referred to as solar totems because they encompass many aspects of the “solar” system. From seasonal relationships to moon phases. But a birth totem is not the same thing as a spiritual totem or having a particular animal as a spirit guide. Those relationships are purely spiritual in nature. The animal acts as a teacher along your path specifically for spiritual understanding and growth.

As a birth totem, these aspects of the “birthing sign” are much more than just spiritual symbolism set along the road to help us understand a certain situation in our life. These aspects tell us about who we are, why we probably look at things in a certain way and react to situations or people using particular responses. We are more in tune with the characteristics of these aspects, almost as if we mirror of those traits and qualities. We can therefore use their strengths to help us over come our weaknesses.

                                      • Red Hawk, corresponds to Aries energy, dynamic and striving towards the future.

                                                             • Beaver, corresponds to Taurus energy, sensual and aesthetic.

                                                               • Deer, corresponds to Gemini energy, attentive and cautious.

                                                         • Woodpecker, corresponds to Cancer energy, domestic and caring.

                                                              • Sturgeon, corresponds to Leo energy, powerful and desirable.

                                                             • Brown Bear, corresponds to Virgo energy, planning and strict.

                                                                     • Raven, corresponds to Libra energy, balanced and fair.

                                                                  • Snake, corresponds to Scorpio energy, devoted and erotic.

                                                           • Elk, corresponds to Sagittarius energy, spiritual and searching.

                                                 • Snow Goose, corresponds to Capricorn energy, tenacious and persistent.

                                                       • Otter, corresponds to Aquarius energy, clever and communicative.

                                                            • Puma, corresponds to Pisces energy, hidden and otherworldly.

Japanese Blood Type Personalities

There exists a common, popular belief in Japan and other East Asian countries that a person’s ABO blood type or ketsueki-gata (血液型) is predictive of his or her personality, temperament, and compatibility with others, similar to how astrological signs are used in other countries throughout the world, although blood type plays a much more prominent role in Japanese and the societies of other East Asian countries than astrology does in other countries’ societies.

Japanese blood type personality chart
Type A
Best traits Earnest, creative, sensible, reserved, patient, responsible
Worst traits Fastidious, overearnest, stubborn, tense
Type B
Best traits Wild, active, doer, creative, passionate, strong
Worst traits Selfish, irresponsible, unforgiving, erratic
Type AB
Best traits Cool, controlled, rational, sociable, adaptable
Worst traits Critical, indecisive, forgetful, irresponsible, “split personality”
Type O
Best traits Confident, self-determined, optimistic, strong-willed, intuitive
Worst traits Self-centered, cold, doubtful, unpredictable, “workaholic”

 Vedic Astrology

Indian Astrology is an ancient science based upon the knowledge gained by ancient  Indian sages and saints on planetary influences. It had evolved long before the Western astronomers and astrologers were born. It has its roots steeped into the Vedas which date back  to 1500 BC.

Jyotish – Jyothisha or Light

No other science can be more interesting, instructive and useful to mankind in contributing to the moral and material advancement that Indian astrology. Indian Astrology is based upon the foretelling the future of indivudals, nations or other events relying on the planetary movements. In Sanskrit, it is known as Jyotisha or Light.

Indian Astrology interprets what it conceives to the future of the man as moulded by his previous Karma or birth and indicates by the planetary positions at the time of his birth.

Branches in Indian Astrology

There are three branches, namely: Siddhanta, Samhita and Hora. Siddantas are those who devote to astronomical study of celestial bodies.  Samhitas deal with mundane astrology, earth quakes, floods, volcanic eruptions, rainfall, weather conditions economic conditions,etc. Hora deals with predicting the suitable timing of various events in our day-to day life.

Nadi

Apart from these schools of Astrology in India, we have what we can call as Nadi Astrology (or) Nadi Shastra  which gives pictures of life and destiny patterns of people born at 12,24,48 seconds intervals. These have been written on palm leaves by our ancient sages. Only very few experts can  read and understand these, but the results and predictions are found to be amazingly accurate.

Nakshatras

The Indian Astrology study consists of 27 Nakshatras. The movements of the two luminaries Sun and Moon, the  five major planets  of Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Venus and Mercury and the two nodal points of the Moon i.e., Rahu and Ketu are considered. The outer planets like Pluto, Neptune and Uranus that have been discovered lately are not recognised by the Indian Astrology.

Moon and Rasi / Rashi

Moon is given much importance in Indian astrology as it is the nearest to the Earth and it exercises much influences on us. The waxing and the waning of the Moon causes the tides of the seas and plants and animals as also man is also affected to greater extent. The Moon’s position in one’s birth chart is called the Rasi or Moon sign and this along with the Nakshatra or the star constellation of the individual is used for predictions.

Indian astrology techniques are vastly used in India and the world over for predicting the birth, nature of marriage, career, finances, diseases, death of people. It is also used in Mundane analysis for predicting the future of countries, natural catastrophes.

Indian astrology uses a different zodiac than Western astrology and is a branch of Vedic science. In India, there is widespread belief in astrology and it is commonly used.

It generated interest with research oriented astrologers in the West from the early 1990s. Unlike astrology in the west, Vedic astrology deals with more natural matters and is not used to find lucky numbers for a lottery or to win a casino game. Siddhanta, Samhita and Hora are the basis of Vedic astrology and together they predict natural events such as earthquakes, rainfall, economic conditions and the suitable timing of various events in our day-to day life.

More recently, Indian scientists have denounced a proposal to use state money to fund research into Vedic astrology as it is a part of India’s heritage and a science that we are continuously learning from.

 Christianity & Astrology

For most of the Christians , a “Christian astrology” cannot exist; the very idea is a contradiction in terms (oxymoron is the fashionable word). Yet Christianity begins with signs in the heavens and the visit of Wise Men or Magi (literally, astrologers) to the Christ child.

“The star went before them until it stopped over the place where the child was.” (Matt. 2:9b)

The Bible itself states in its first chapter (Gen.1.14) that the lights in the heavens were put there as “signs” and signs exist to be interpreted. In his answer to Job, God asks him if he can “bring out the signs of the zodiac in their seasons” (Job 38.32).

The origins of Hebrew astrology are popularly attributed to Abraham or even Noah though it is more likely that it should be traced to the Jewish exile in Babylon. Possibly at that time the subject entered through the influence of biblical figures like Daniel, who had access to the pagan wisdom, or Ezekiel whose vision of the four creatures around the throne has profound relations to the astrology of the elements and the four fixed signs.

And God said, “Let there be lights in the expanse of the sky to separate the day from the night, and let them serve as signs to mark seasons and days and years, . . .” (Genesis 1:14) 

God told the Israelites: “Let the children of Israel also keep the passover at his appointed season.” (Numbers 9:2)

How were they supposed to know when the “season” of Passover had come? By watching for the Full Moon.

 Islam & Astrology

According to Islam, Astrology is the scientific study of stars for determining and fixing time division such as months and seasons and directions.In modern times, this is lawful because it is perceived by the senses and fixed calculations, which can help determine the times of prescribed prayers, and other religious duties that should be observed at certain times. 

Allâh has informed us of His intended purpose for the stars: to guide mankind in the right path and to drive away evil satanic forces that might disrupt one’ life in this world of ours. 

“And the Sun runneth on unto a resting place for him .That is the measuring of the mighty, the wise. And for the Moon, we have appointed mensions till she returns like an old shrivelled palm leaf. It is not for the sun to overtake the Moon, nor doth the nights outstrips the day. They float each in an orbit.”

(Surah X X X VI. verse 38,39,and 40). These verse prove the well ordained and well knit mechanism of Allah’s creation.

At another place He says, “He is who appointed the Sun a splendour and the Moon a light and measured for her stages that he might know the number of the years, and the reckoning. Allah has created not (all) that save in truth.”

We find that in the Holy Quran, in several verses, Almighty has asked and encouraged mankind to look into and ponder over the objects of his creation, including the heaven, the stars and the Moon, in orders the understand his signs and thereby his supreme might, glory and greatness. Mention in regard to Astrology or the influence of planets and stars is found in the Holy Quran in connection with Pharaoh, who was warned of the birth of Prophet Moses.

As a consequence of the prediction by the court astrologers of King Namrood who Predicted birth of Prophet Ibrahim so much so that they predicted accurately the conception of Prophet Ibrahim in spite of the best efforts of the King Namrood to prevent it.

 Hinduism & Astrology

Vedic Astrology or Indian Astrology or Hindu astrology, is a system that originated in ancient India, and was documented by sages in the Vedic scriptures.Also known as “Jyotish” – the science of light Vedic astrology deals with astral light patterns that are thought to determine our destiny.

It is a little known fact that the ancient maharishis from the Vedic era of India (c. 3000 B.C.) were also master astrologers. Parashara, considered the grandfather of modern Vedic Astrology, was the grandson of the Rishi Vasishta, and the father of Veda Vyasa, who compiled the Vedas, the Bhagavad Gitaand many other scriptures of the Vedic tradition. Throughout the centuries of India’s long history, countless saints, scholars, and sages have studied and practiced the sacred science of astrology.

The basic premise of this Vedic astrology is that all things are linked. Your karma or fortune is determined by a predestined cosmic design. You are a soul incarnating in a body at a very specific time and place, and your life is a reflection of the greater whole into which you are born just as flowers bloom at certain times, say during spring time, when all conditions are perfectly congenial. So is the case with our births on this planet.

In Jyotish, the main item is your chart. It’s a map of the planets in the signs of the zodiac. Charts are cast based on an exact moment at an exact place on earth. Therefore, the moment you were born and the place you were born has a chart, and that is your “birth chart” or “natal chart”.

 natalchart
 By reading the chart of the heavens for the time and place of your birth, claim vedic astrologers, they can know much about you. The positions of the planets in the real star-based zodiac are taken and your “dashas” (predictive timeline) are arranged. Your Vedic chart will most likely reflect your real life and your dashas are probably operating the way they should. The Vedic astrologer looks at these planets, signs and house placements in your chart and can “see” your personality, as well as life events and possibilities – both the good and the bad times in your life. The dashas are then used to determine “when” the events will unfold in the life.
 Through Vedic Astrology we can discover the underlying unity of existence, the cosmic connection between the macrocosm and the microcosm. It can be a doorway to mystical awakening, a window into the Infinite, a pathway to Self-knowledge. It can be all of these things for you, if you choose to become a seeker of wisdom.

 Zoroastrian & Astrology

Zoroastrian astrological system is the original source of all subsequent currents and tendencies in astrology. The calendar cycle includes 32 years, in which each year has a certain symbol connected to one of the animals with a totem. The totem has certain symbolics and properties given to the person who has been born in the given year. Every totem has an antitotem, warning about devil temptations, offered to people of the given year of birth.

Zoroasto Horoacopes

 Owl

1904, 1936, 1968, 2000

If Owl is your animal, you see what others don’t see. You hear what others don’t hear and are able to discern the truth behind falsehoods. You’re an old soul and have an inherent wisdom that continues to expand as you mature. You have a very finely tuned awareness and sensitivity to others. One of your greatest gifts is being able to foresee the further. You’re able to contact the spirit world through your clairvoyance and clairaudience.

Falcon

1905, 1937, 1969, 2001

You have a strong need to reside or rest in places that offer a panoramic view. You’re independent and require a lot of time alone. You’re tactful, diplomatic and a sharp strategist and gravitate naturally to work that utilises these talents. You’re very intense individual with an awesome ability to mentally focus and concentrate without distracting yourself. You have considerable agility and you’re able to stop on a dime and change directions quickly- all with very fluid, flowing and natural movements. Although you’re very patient, when you set your mind on something you want, you do for it decisively and unequivocally.

Deer

1906, 1938, 1970, 2002

You maintain a balance of the masculine traits of mastery, authority and protection with the feminine characteristics of love, nourishment and surrender, yet relate most closely to those associated with your gender. You’re highly sensitive and intuitive and are often aware of the feelings of others before they are. You can move with intention, awareness and speed and can change directions quickly while staying completely centered. You’re most comfortable outdoors, particularly in the woods or forest and must frequently spend time there to recharge and regenerate.

Ram

1907, 1939, 1971, 2003

You’re very confident. Unquestionably believing in yourself and your abilities. You’re typically stoic, detached and unemotional, relatively unaffected by the events happening around you. You keep things to yourself and rarely communicate what you’re thinking or feeling. You’re very imaginative and have a great deal of curiosity that increases as you mature and you’re willing to pursue whatever attracts your attention. You’re very spontaneous, even to the point of being impulsive, willing to move quickly when a new opportunity arises.

 

Mongoose

1908, 1940, 1972, 2004

You’re very agile and quick with lightening-fast reflexes of great use when you need them. You’re intelligent, witty and enjoy performing for others when called upon to do so. You’re very clear about your purpose and relish the opportunity to express that purpose each and every day. You have a very high tolerance for (and a great deal of patience with) people whom others find annoying and toxic.

Wolf

1909, 1941, 1973, 2005

You have a strong sense of family and community, an intuitive sense of social order and are very affectionate with your friends and family. You would rather avoid confrontations but will fiercely defend yourself and your loved ones whenever necessary. You’re very expressive verbally and nonverbally and can tell  a story with a great deal of passion, sincerity and animation. You’re a natural born teacher, imparting knowledge based on experience more than from formal education. Although you’re at ease with your closest friends and family in most situations you’re actually quite shy.

Stork

1910, 1942, 1974, 2006

You’re very caring, nurturing and dedicated parent. You love to initiate new projects and see them through to their completion. You enjoy doing movement and dance with others, particularly sacred practices such as Sufi dancing. You’re able to experience your emotions without becoming overwhelmed by them, remaining in control but not in denial. You’re able to communicate a lot with your body language in ways that allow others to clearly get your message.

 Spider

1911, 1943, 1975, 2007

You tend to have only two speeds; staying relatively still and motionless, or moving lightening fast. It takes quite a bit to arouse your anger but once that happens your sting can hurt a lot. You’re in touch with and express a very powerful feminine creative force, whether you’re female or male. You have a knack for writing, with the ability to weave words  together in new and creative ways, often affecting others profoundly with their magic.

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