This isn't surprising, as astrology is widely popular and everyone in the world knows which are their horoscope dates and signs. People enjoy reading their horoscope signs forecasts and this often leads to changes in personalities, behaviors and decision-making processes. Dec 19, 2016 to Jan 8, 2017 earth-sign Capricorn, to fire-sign Sagittarius: April 9 – May 3, 2017 earth-sign Taurus, to fire-sign Aries: August 12 – Sept 5, 2017 in earth-sign Virgo, ends in fire-sign Leo. Feb 15, 2021 Important dates and cosmic events to keep on your radar. While some are comfortable with going with the flow, curious astrology enthusiasts are probably eager to know what we can expect in 2021. Last year was full of unexpected yet life-changing events, and we can only hope for this year to be full of positivity and good vibes.
In past eras, astrology was more deterministic. People hunted, planted and migrated with the stars. Living in rhythm with nature’s cycles helped civilizations survive .
For many centuries, astrology and astronomy were one and the same. Because human beings were at the mercy of nature, they viewed the heavens with fear, awe and even superstition. Weather was the work of nature’s gods. After all, a flood could wipe out the food supply just as easily as the right amount of rainfall could guarantee a bountiful harvest. By tracking the stars, they were able to plan and predict certain patterns.
Modern astrology, like humanity, has evolved. Over the centuries, we’ve developed expanded consciousness. Mathematical, scientific and technological advances have given us more control over our lives in the physical universe. As a result, astrology has become more of a tool for living. We no longer take a fear-based approach to it (well, we shouldn’t, anyway!). Astrology’s best use is as a method for planning, gaining more self-awareness and understanding relationships.
We love what astrologer Kevin Burk says in Astrology: Understanding the Birth Chart:
“Astrology is the study of cycles. By observing the cyclical movements of the planets, we are able to gain a greater understanding of the cycles and patterns in our own lives. Astrology can be a powerful tool for healing and transformation, and it can be a key that can unlock a greater spiritual connection to the universe. Although astrology is not fortune-telling, when skillfully applied, astrology can be an extremely effective predictive tool. On a personal level, astrology…can give us insight into our personal issues, our patterns, our fears, and our dreams…Astrology is a tool that can help us understand and unlock our highest potentials, and that can teach us how to live in harmony with the universe.”
Here’s a rough timeline of this ancient practice, which has existed for nearly as long as humanity.
The roots of astrology begin with earliest civilization. Maps of the stars existed long before maps of the earth. Archaeologists have found cave paintings, mammoth tusks, and bones marked with lunar phases. Man has long coped with uncertainty and the change brought on by nature’s cycles by tracking the stars—the seven visible planets were our first GPS.
The Sumerians in Mesopotamia note the movements of the planets and stars.
The Babylonians (also known as the Chaldeans) continue what the Sumerians started, inventing the first astrological system over thousands of years. They created the zodiac wheel that we use today (with planets and houses) around 700 B.C. The oldest known horoscope chart is believed to date to 409 B.C.
Alexander the Great conquers Babylon/Chaldea and the Greeks eventually start making advances in astrology, along with developments in medicine, geometry, mathematics, and philosophy. The modern names for planets and zodiac signs come from Greek literature. In 140 A.D., Ptolemy publishes Tetrabiblos, one of the most revered astrology works ever written. Tetrabiblos contains core techniques of astrology used to this day, including planets, zodiac signs, houses, and aspects (or angles).
The Roman Empire falls. Western astrology disappears for 500 years and the Arabs continue studying and developing Greek astrology.
Astrology flourishes and is an intrinsic part of culture, practiced by doctors, astronomers, and mathematicians. Advances in mathematics help astrologers develop more accurate and sophisticated charts than ever. Many esteemed European universities at this time, including Cambridge (1225-50), had astrology chairs, and royals had court astrologers. Many popes were pro-astrology. The monk and mathematics professor Placidus (1603-68) created the house division system used by astrologers today. When Copernicus advanced the theory that the Earth travels around the Sun, he dedicated his main work to the astrologer Pope Paul III. Belief in astrology began to decline as the church gained power, and it was seen as heresy and superstition during the Inquisition. Galileo himself was found guilty of heresy and had to renounce his astrological beliefs to save his life!
The Protestant reform movement, started in the mid-1500s, abetted astrology’s decline. Later, rationalism become the popular consensus during the Age of Enlightenment (1650-1780) in Western European cafes and salons, emphasizing reason, analysis, and individualism—a reaction to excessive superstition, authority, and control from institutions such as the Catholic church. Skepticism and science were seen as a way to reform society, and to bring back temperance and balance. Astrology was viewed as mere entertainment and not a valid science, and most astrologers worked under pseudonyms.
Renewed interest in spirituality and mysticism in England invigorate astrology again in Europe. Psychologist Carl Jung (1875-1961) pioneers the use of astrology in analysis, and other developments in the field are made.
In 1920s, newspapers and magazines begin publishing the Sun-sign-based horoscopes that we still read today. Since they give only 12 predictions for the entire world’s population, they are seen more as entertainment. Later in the century, computers make it fast and easy to cast charts, replacing the need to do laborious charts by hand (though some stricter astrologers still prefer to do them that way).
Keeping track of Mercury retrograde periods can allow you to increase your productivity and avoid at least some of the frustration they can bring about. Let’s look closely at Mercury retrograde and what it means to you.
|January 5 – January 25, 2016 in Aquarius, ends in earth-sign Capricorn|
|April 28 – May 22, 2016 in earth-sign Taurus|
|August 30 – September 22, 2016 in earth-sign Virgo|
|Dec 19 2016 – Jan 8, 2017 in earth-sign Capricorn, ends in fire-sign Sagittarius|
|Dec 19, 2016 to Jan 8, 2017 earth-sign Capricorn, to fire-sign Sagittarius|
|April 9 – May 3, 2017 earth-sign Taurus, to fire-sign Aries|
|August 12 – Sept 5, 2017 in earth-sign Virgo, ends in fire-sign Leo|
|December 3 – December 22, 2017 in fire-sign Sagittarius|
|March 22 – April 15, 2018 in fire-sign Aries|
|July 26 – August 18, 2018 in fire-sign Leo water-sign Scorpio|
|November 16 – December 6 in fire sign Sagittarius, ends water sign Scorpio|
|March 5 – 28, 2019 in water-sign Pisces|
|July 7 – 31, 2019 starts in fire-sign Leo, ends in water-sign Cancer|
|October 31 – November 20, 2019 in water-sign Scorpio|
|February 16 – March 9, 2020 in water-sign Pisces, ends in air-sign Aquarius|
|June 17 – July 12, 2020 in water-sign Cancer|
|October 13 – November 3, 2020 in water-sign Scorpio, ends in air-sign Libra|
|January 30 – February 20 in air-sign Aquarius|
|May 29 – June 22 in air-sign Gemini|
|September 27 – October 18 in air-sign Libra|
|January 14 – February 3 starts in air sign Aquarius, ends in earth-sign Capricorn|
|May 10 – June 2 starts in air sign Gemini, ends in earth-sign Taurus|
|September 9 – October 2 starts in air-sign Libra, ends in earth-sign|
|December 29 – January 18 in earth-sign Capricorn|
|See above, Dec 29, 2022 – Jan 18, 2023- goes direct in earth sign Capricorn|
|April 21 – May 14 in earth sign Taurus|
|August 23 – September 15 in earth sign Virgo|
|December 13, 2023 – January 1, 2024 in fire-sign Sagittarius|
|See above, January 1, 2024 goes direct in fire-sign Sagittarius|
|April 1- April 25 in fire-sign Aries|
|August 4 – August 28 in earth-sign and ends in fire-sign Leo|
|November 25 – December 15 in fire-sign Sagittarius|
|March 14 – April 7 starts in fire-sign Aries, ends in water-sign Pisces|
|July 17 – August 11 in fire-sign Leo|
|November 9 – November 29 starts in fire-sign Sagittarius, ends in water-sign Scorpio|
|February 25 – March 20 in water-sign Pisces|
|June 29 – July 23 in water-sign Cancer|
|October 24 – November 13 in water-sign Scorpio|
|February 9 – March 3 starts in water-sign Pisces, ends in air-sign Aquarius|
|June 10 – July 4 starts in water-sign Cancer, ends in air-sign Gemini|
|October 7 – October 28 starts in water-sign Scorpio, ends in air-sign Libra|
|January 24 – February 14 in air-sign Aquarius|
|May 21 – June 13 in air-sign Gemini|
|September 19 – October 11 in air-sign Libra|
|January 7 – January 27 starts in air-sign Aquarius, ends in earth-sign Capricorn|
|May 1 – May 25 in earth-sign Taurus|
|September 2 – September 24 starts in air-sign Libra, ends in earth-sign Virgo|
|December 21 – January 10, 2030 in earth-sign Capricorn|
|See above, December 21, 2029 – January 10, 2030 in earth-sign Capricorn|
|April 12 – May 6 starts in earth-sign Taurus, ends in fire-sign Aries|
|August 15 – September 8 in earth-sign Virgo|
|December 5 – December 25 starts in earth-sign Capricorn, ends in fire-sign Sagittarius|