Over 5,000 years ago, astrology evolved from the observations of celestial movement made by people dependent upon natural rhythms for their survival. They noticed that planetary movements had an influence on the timing for planting and harvesting. The ancient civilizations of the Akkadians and the Sumerians worshipped the star. Their astrological observations were further developed by the Babylonians into an astrological system. The earliest artist renderings, depicted the constellations in the familiar animal and mythical form, are on Babylonian stones dating back to 1100 B.C. They have recognizable symbols for Sagittarius, Capricorn and Scorpio carved into them. After the fall of Babylonia, astrologers moved their schools. The science of astrology moved to Egypt, Greece, and Rome, as well as to the Orient. The structure of astrology, as we practice it today, was fixed by the Romans during the time of Christ’s birth. As we approach Christmas day, think about the three wise men who found baby Jesus. They were following the star of David. These wise men were called “magi”, which means astrologer. Much of the art found in monasteries,churches, cathedrals and abbeys reflects the acceptance of astrology into the church doctrine. Even the Vatican is amply decorated with astrological themes, as is the cathedral of Notre Dame. So during this holiday season, consider the connection between astrology and Christmas, and I wish all of you a safe and happy end to 2014.