As personal computers became more accessible, astrologers and astrology enthusiasts could buy them, employ astrological or astronomical calculating software, or create these programs themselves. Michael Erlewine, an astrologer and computer programmer, was instrumental in the early development of the public release of astrological software for microcomputers in the late 1970s.
Erlewine developed Matrix Software in 1978, and in 1980 he produced a book containing all the algorithms and information needed for microcomputer users to create their complete astrology applications. American astrologers initially rejected astrology software because they disapproved of computers being used in their profession. However, acceptance increased as it became apparent how much more effective and profitable such software might be.
A few hundred repaired astrology computers were created, and Ronald Reagan’s astrologer started using one in 1981. With the introduction of Astrolog in 1991, astrology software was made available under the open-source philosophy.
Today’s computer astrology programs typically perform precise solar system stance calculations, display and print these positions using graphic charts and zodiacal glyph symbols, save and retrieve individual data from database files, compare the planet positions of various charts to find astrological aspects between them (for example, to determine suitability), choose the dates of significant future events for a chart, and search the saved chart database. Some create vibrant maps of the earth with lines that indicate where the planets rise and culminate at crucial moments, typically the time of a person’s birth or the founding of an institution (called astrocartography).
The electronic atlas typically comes with astrology software that allows users to analyze historical data on city and town longitudes, latitudes, and time zone observances. Many compile interpretive text about the various element combinations in a chart into comprehensive reports.
Astrology’s Earlier Days
Numerous societies have given significance to astronomical occurrences. The Indians, Chinese, and Mayans all created sophisticated systems for extrapolating information about celestial events to forecast what would happen on Earth. Around 1800 BCE, astrology was practiced during the Old Babylonian era of Mesopotamia. One of the earliest known Hindu works on astronomy and astrology is Vedga Jyotia (Jyotisha). According to astronomical and linguistic evidence, the text is dated by several academics between 1400 BCE and the last centuries BCE. The Zhou dynasty developed Chinese astrology (1046–256 BCE). Horoscopic astrology was created by combining Babylonian and Egyptian Decanic astrology in Alexandria after 332 BCE. Astrology was introduced to Ancient Greece and Rome due to Alexander the Great’s invasion of Asia.
Astrology was regarded as a scholarly tradition for most of its existence and was popular in academic settings, frequently in close association with astronomers, alchemy, meteorological, and medicine. It was discussed in literary works by Dante Alighieri, Geoffrey Chaucer, William Shakespeare, Lope de Vega, Calderón de la Barca, and political circles. However, astrology lost its standing as a serious scholarly study during the Enlightenment. Researchers have successfully refuted astrology on theoretical and experimental grounds since the end of the 19th century and the widespread adoption of the scientific method, demonstrating that it lacks any scientific validity or explanatory capacity.
Thus, astrology lost its conceptual and scientific stature, and popular confidence in it fell until a comeback that began in the 1960s.
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The discipline known as the Vedga that accompany Vedic ceremonies is Jyoti: 376 There is no information about planets in early Jyoti, which is concerned with creating a calendar to calculate dates for sacrifices: 377 The Chndogya Upanishad and the Atharvaveda both refer to “demons” that are said to be responsible for eclipses, with the latter citing Rhu, a shadow being alleged to be in charge of meteors and eclipses: 382 Originally used to refer to a demon, the word Graha now refers to a planet: 381 The term graha was not used to refer to Svarbhnu until the later Mahbhrata and Rmyaa. The Rigveda also refers to an eclipse-causing demon named Svarbhnu.
Hindu astrology is based on bandhu, the relationship between the microcosm and the macrocosm, as found in the Vedas (scriptures). The sidereal zodiac differs from the tropical zodiac used in Western (Hellenistic) astrology in that an Ayana adjustment is made for the slow precession of the vernal equinox, which is the primary zodiac used in practice. The lunar mansions (Nakatra) system and other subtle subsystems of interpretation and prediction unique to Hindu astrology are found nowhere in Hellenistic astrology. The planets in India were only set in their position in the seven-day week order following the transmission of Greek astrology.
The twelve zodiac signs beginning with Aries and the twelve astrological locations beginning with the ascendant were transmitted by Hellenistic astronomy and astrology. 384 The Yavanajtaka, which dates to the early centuries CE: 383, is the first instance of Greek astrology being introduced to India. The Yavanajtaka, also known as “Sayings of the Greeks,” is the first Indian astrological treatise written in Sanskrit and translated from Greek to Sanskrit by Yavanevara during the second century CE. However, only the verse version of Sphujidhvaja, which dates to AD 270:383, has survived. The Ryabhaya of Ryabhaa was the earliest Indian astrological treatise to specify the weekday (born AD 476).