“What’s your sign?” wasn’t always a corny pickup line. In fact, many people — starting with ancient Babylonians — insist that the month and date of a person’s birth hold critical information to their personality. Known today as astrology, the school of thought was originally lined up with astronomy, although the divide has grown deeper thanks to the advent of modern science. Astrologists garner plenty of criticism, yet the fascination persists. Not so sure? Ask a person what their blood type is and they might not be able to tell you, but even the most cynical anti-astrologist will surely know their Zodiac sign.
Horoscopes have always been of particular fascination to astrology enthusiasts. After all, who doesn’t love a prediction of the future? The tool relies on the date, time and place of a person’s birth and where the planets are positioned at such time to give predictions and suggestions about personality traits, fears, flaws and the like. Some people also consider signs when embarking upon romance, as certain star signs are said to be more compatible than others.
It’s not all about personality and romance, though. Astrologists were often consulted in the days before weather technology to predict forecasts and other types of disasters. Astrology also became popular with rulers looking to make decisions about their people and even wars. As recently as World War II (and let’s be honest, probably after that) astrologers were routinely questioned about possible battles and even the enemy’s intent!
For centuries, people have sought answers about their lives by looking to the heavens as a road map for their destinies. How much do you know about astrology? Take the quiz and discover your astronomy IQ now!