There was a time when astrology was an accepted science. It was a part of medical diagnoses, as much as were a patient’s physical symptoms. It’s hard to say whether we’ve evolved or devolved, as we no longer think about living in harmony with cosmos. We consider ourselves too advanced scientifically to think about the movements in the stars and planets. These movements in our planet might have a serious impact on our daily lives and our health.
Astrology, Medicine, Astronomy
But are we right? Who is anyone to say that man, with his limited brain? It can truly comprehend the workings of the universe, or how he fits within it? But it wasn’t always so.
Astrology is one of the most important historical contexts in which astronomy developed. The Babylonians carefully assembled tablets of the position of Venus.
Claudius Ptolemy composed the Tetrabiblos, believing that astrology could be placed on a rational footing. Despite being a conjectural art like medicine. Furthermore, the physicians routinely consulted astrological charts as part of the diagnostic process.
For instance, every sign of the zodiac was considered to rule a part of the human body. The Sagittarius ruled the thighs, Pisces the feet, and so on. Since the attraction of the moon might cause excessive bleeding.
Numerous medical manuscripts, as well as almanacks, include the figure of the ‘zodiac man’. It is as a reminder of the specific influence of the moon. In addition, the power of the moon’s pulling power varied by its phases. Thus almanacks usually showed the phases of the moon.