For thousands of years, astrology has been a tool for describing people and for anticipating events in their lives and environments. Could this ancient method of categorizing personalities and predicting events based on the stars tell us about a modern city? (And something which unquestionably affects a city’s residents?)

Derived from the Latin mundus, a branch of astrology known as “mundane astrology” uses the positions of the stars in the sky on astral charts to describe characteristics of human cities and their behaviors, based on their “date of birth,” that is, on the day a city was founded or legally incorporated. According to experts on the subject, there are metropolises with more than one natal chart because they may have changed places or been founded more than once in their histories. If, in common astrology, accuracy is required in the date, place, and time of birth for a reading, it’s the same with places. But despite all the possible inaccuracies, as a method of prediction it continues and has been relied on for centuries.

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From the day of a city’s founding and, generally, taking for granted a time of birth as noon, experts in mundane astrology can foresee future events in a city or town including possible natural disasters and favorable times for agriculture, to name but two examples. Astrologers dedicated to this kind of prediction are often contacted by people who want to know which geographical location might provide them good fortune in love, work, or in some other area of life. To know, astral charts of cities are consulted and then compared with the individual’s astral chart —a concept known in astrology as synastry, referring to the compatibility of such charts.

In a person’s astrological chart, the place of the Moon, for example, plays an essential role within one’s deepest personality. With places, the Moon refers to the way a space relates to the people inhabiting it. The Moon represents emotions and nutrition (in a symbolic sense), and therefore, in a city it refers to its human resources. Likewise, for a city, the placement of Saturn relates to the its laws, and the place of Mercury to its communications.

According to historical records, this practice dates from at least the second century CE, when the first organized astrological system was created in Babylon. It, for the most part, gave information about political events in specific places. Historically, kings and emperors consulted astrologers and appointed diviners to their courts (such as the great John Dee, Elizabethan magician and counselor to England’s Queen Elizabeth I) to make decisions that might be related to their personal lives, as well as their political and military affairs. In more recent times, presidents and political leaders have resorted to such methods to guide their own decisions.

Broadly speaking, astrology works on the assumption that the movements and positions of the planets affect our lives. It’s something that’s never been scientifically proven. But irrespective of whether or not astrology might provide useful or even truthful information, the idea that a city has a personality is not entirely divorced from reality. Human metropolises are very different from one another and have something that might well be called a “personality.” Thus, mundane astrology, in some ways, a study of the essence of these spaces, their defects, and qualities, and their “sub-spirits,” remains a thought by no means entirely unreasonable.

 

 

 

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For thousands of years, astrology has been a tool for describing people and for anticipating events in their lives and environments. Could this ancient method of categorizing personalities and predicting events based on the stars tell us about a modern city? (And something which unquestionably affects a city’s residents?)

Derived from the Latin mundus, a branch of astrology known as “mundane astrology” uses the positions of the stars in the sky on astral charts to describe characteristics of human cities and their behaviors, based on their “date of birth,” that is, on the day a city was founded or legally incorporated. According to experts on the subject, there are metropolises with more than one natal chart because they may have changed places or been founded more than once in their histories. If, in common astrology, accuracy is required in the date, place, and time of birth for a reading, it’s the same with places. But despite all the possible inaccuracies, as a method of prediction it continues and has been relied on for centuries.

signozodiacal1
From the day of a city’s founding and, generally, taking for granted a time of birth as noon, experts in mundane astrology can foresee future events in a city or town including possible natural disasters and favorable times for agriculture, to name but two examples. Astrologers dedicated to this kind of prediction are often contacted by people who want to know which geographical location might provide them good fortune in love, work, or in some other area of life. To know, astral charts of cities are consulted and then compared with the individual’s astral chart —a concept known in astrology as synastry, referring to the compatibility of such charts.

In a person’s astrological chart, the place of the Moon, for example, plays an essential role within one’s deepest personality. With places, the Moon refers to the way a space relates to the people inhabiting it. The Moon represents emotions and nutrition (in a symbolic sense), and therefore, in a city it refers to its human resources. Likewise, for a city, the placement of Saturn relates to the its laws, and the place of Mercury to its communications.

According to historical records, this practice dates from at least the second century CE, when the first organized astrological system was created in Babylon. It, for the most part, gave information about political events in specific places. Historically, kings and emperors consulted astrologers and appointed diviners to their courts (such as the great John Dee, Elizabethan magician and counselor to England’s Queen Elizabeth I) to make decisions that might be related to their personal lives, as well as their political and military affairs. In more recent times, presidents and political leaders have resorted to such methods to guide their own decisions.

Broadly speaking, astrology works on the assumption that the movements and positions of the planets affect our lives. It’s something that’s never been scientifically proven. But irrespective of whether or not astrology might provide useful or even truthful information, the idea that a city has a personality is not entirely divorced from reality. Human metropolises are very different from one another and have something that might well be called a “personality.” Thus, mundane astrology, in some ways, a study of the essence of these spaces, their defects, and qualities, and their “sub-spirits,” remains a thought by no means entirely unreasonable.

 

 

 

Images: 1) Public domain 2) Public domain