ASTROLOGY is part of 5000 years old Veda discovered by ancient sages. In fact it is considered to be the eye of Veda.

It's Origin +

The Origin of Astrology is abysmal. Astrology has been dated to the 2nd millennium BCE with its roots in calendrical systems used to forecast seasonal shifts and to interpret celestial cycles as indications of divine communications. The birth of Astrology was based on the concept of the spherical model of heaven. During the Stone Age, the early habitants scratched the moon calendar on a piece of bone and progressively identified the solar and lunar observatories. The actual written form must have been originated around 10,000 BC, when the hunters jotted down the phases of the moon by carving notches on reindeer horns and the sailors tracked the movements of the stars. Astronomical observations started with the early civilizations of Mesopotamia, where prominent constellations were identified and named soon after 3000 BC. Likewise, the sky-watchers of Mesopotamia identified that the five wandering stars, along with the sun and moon form the seven original 'planets'. Within Mesopotamia the Babylonians, burgeoning from the 18th century BC, were the first great astronomers. The seconds and minutes of modern astronomical measurement originated from their number system. The use of omens was perceptible in the Assyrian Empire of Babylonia. King Esarhaddon took advice from the ummanus (scholars) who were playing the dual roles of scientists and priests. These 'ummanus' not only advised the king on opportune time but also on appropriate rituals for remedies. And it is the Babylonians who introduced the expedient concept of the zodiac. The Babylonians comprehended that the zodiac - the series of constellations along which the sun and the planets appear to move in their path through the heavens - can serve as a yardstick of heavenly time if segregated into recognizable and equal segments. Each of the twelve segments was allocated as a specific constellation, often referring the names of animals. The zodiac associates constellations with times of the year while the constellations have their own links with the gods. Hence, the scientific observation of star locations merges with speculation about divine effects. The zodiac, as a unique concept, is of use to both astrologers and astronomers. Many cultures have attached significance to astronomical events, and some – such as the Indians, Maya and Chinese – developed intricate systems for forecasting terrestrial events from celestial observations. Astrology, both Western and Eastern are based on the predictive system parallel to the one used by meteorology. The Egyptians were the first to follow the Babylonian principles of astrology as early as the 1st century BC.

Indian Scenario+

Indian Astrology instigated from Vedic Scriptures, dating back to atleast 20,000 years. Indian Astrology also called Jyotisha is one of the oldest systems of astrology in the world. With Greek influence during the Hellenistic era, the western version of the zodiac was introduced. In Western countries, it is known as Vedic astrology, which refers to Hindu or Indian astrology. Analogous to Babylonian 'unmanus', the Indian astrologers were also enjoying the Royal patronage as Asthana Jyothisas. Contradictory to general belief, the antique Vedas does not speak much about the astrological predictions and practices. However, it will not be erroneous to trace its roots to Vedas as it does talk about opportune time for events, which in fact is the present day's Electoral Astrology (Muhurtham). The Indian astrology delineates the actual traits of an individual, marital compatibility, career and the future based on the location of planets at the time and place of birth. In most parts of the world, astrology is flourishing again in the 21th century. In countries like India, astrology has never lost its appeal. No important step in life can be carefully commenced unless the signs are favourable. And no marriage will go ahead unless horoscopes has being drawn up.

Is Astrology a Science?+

In certain ways, astrology may seem scientific as it uses scientific knowledge about celestial bodies, as well as scientific sounding tools, like star charts. Many people use astrology to generate expectations about future happenings, much as scientific ideas generate expectations. Furthermore, astrology is supported by evidence - the experiences of people who feel that astrology has worked for them. Scientific disciplines based on hypothesis, but with no perpetual body of supporting evidence are called pseudoscience. And astrology is one among them. The difference between pseudoscience and science is the difference between subjective impressions and objective reality. Pseudoscience perverts real scientific invention and contributes to anti-intellectual attitudes. It replaces discovery and exploration with magic and mysticism. Scientists have made several attempts to test this hypothesis, but no correlation has ever been found.