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Did you know that astrology was considered science in man's early history? And some still do with good reason. Also until just a short time ago it was considered the same as astronomy, an extension of it. Astrology is the study of the planets position and direction relative to a certain celestial body such as the sun and its potential influence on a natural organism such as a single person.

Astrology only tells us the tendency, personality and probability. Though these are very strong and will occur if unchecked, it is still not the end all and be all. What astrologers try to do is to describe tendencies in the characters of individuals, to suggest dangers, challenges and opportunities, which may come to them, and to advise how to react to those circumstances when they do arrive.

The other thing is the dates of the astrological signs that is the Zodiac.

Although we are used to our year beginning on January 1st, it was only in the middle of the eighteenth century that it was decided that the year should begin then. Before then December 25th began the year, and after the conquest of the Normans, March 25th became New Year's Day. It was this way until 1752.

The zodiac is made up of 12 different sun signs. Your date of birth determines which one you are. The first sign of the zodiac, which is Aries was placed at the beginning of the year from the spring march 21st. Each sign was given characteristics of its own. The signs of the zodiac are also classified in three other ways. Each is either positive i.e. masculine (spontaneous and self-expressive) or negative "feminine" (withdrawn and passive) or each one is assigned one of the four principle elements i.e. fire which is...