The Glyph for the Ascendant in Hellenistic Astrology

By |2013-04-09T22:09:47-06:00October 7th, 2010|Categories: History|Tags: , , , , |

The glyphs or symbols that are commonly used by modern astrologers to represent the planets and signs of the zodiac were only firmly established in the Middle Ages.  While there is evidence that some of these glyphs may have evolved out of certain symbols that were used during the late Hellenistic tradition, and some possibly from ancient Egyptian script known as Demotic, for the most part the early Hellenistic astrologers do not appear to have employed glyphs to represent planets and signs very frequently.  Instead they tended to write out their full names as words. One of the early exceptions to [...]