On International Astrology Day, astrologers around the globe ring in the new astrological year Mar. 20 with a celebration of humanity's long relationship with the stars.
“Astrology is truly a global language,” says Gisele Terry, former president of the International Society of Astrological Research. “We are all under the same sky. Sharing both our common and diverse perspectives on how we relate to the stars is the gift of International Astrology Day.”
Astrology, the exploration of meaningful connections between patterns in the sky and events here on earth, has been practiced in some form by various cultures around the world for nearly 3,000 years.
“Astrology's message may be even more relevant today than it's ever been,” explains Donna Woodwell, astrologer and senior editor for AstrologyHub. “So much in our modern world seems meaningless and disposable. Astrology evokes a sense of purpose and connection between the world out there and the inner world. My clients are successful people who want to make their own lives – and the world – a happier, healthier place.”
Eric Francis, editor of the online magazine Planet Waves, uses astrology as a lens through which to explore current events. “Astrology offers a look behind the scenes of the news and newsmakers,” says Francis. “Sometimes it helps me peer right into the heart of the matter, or at least provide what might be thought of as a spiritual view of the situation and how it affects people.”
International Astrology Day was founded in 1993 by the Association for Astrological Networking (AFAN) to promote the positive aspects of astrology, as well as to raise funds for AFAN's legal, media, and other networking projects
“The study of astrology has blossomed since the first International Astrology Day,” says Enid Newberg, president of Kepler College, an online astrology school. “Scholars in history, anthropology, archeo-astronomy, the classics and other disciplines are investigating astrology's roots. It's an ancient practice that's contributed a great deal to science, philosophy, art and literature and its impact continues to this day.”
In the last decades, personal computers and the internet have also made astrology accessible in new ways. Calculations that once took an hour or more can now be done with astrological software in seconds.
David Cochrane, creator of Cosmic Patterns Software and instructor at the Avalon School of Astrology pushes astrology forward to new levels. “A combination of modern research methodology, modern science, computer technology and ancient wisdom is leading us forward to a revolution in astrological understanding,” he says.
Celebrated annually on the northern hemisphere's spring equinox, International Astrology Day marks the day the Sun enters the tropical zodiac sign of Aries. Astrologers and astrological societies around the world will host special public educational events this week to mark the occasion.
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