Study Of Astrology-Vol-12
The easiest method for us to discover the reason why ancient astrologers occupied such a respected position in even the earliest of civilizations, is to put ourselves in their places. For primitive man, the sky was lavished with marvelous and awesome wonders. We must make an effort to imagine the way of life of the days when men wandered in nomadic tribes over the expanse of the
The first and most evident phenomena you would notice is the alarming alternation between night and day. It is light and warm during the day but colder and dark at night. There is a great bright ball in the sky which appears and disappears coinciding with the periods of light and dark. Daylight ends when the "thing" reaches a direction opposite to that from which it started. Like anything else you must give it a name and you call it the "Sun". Clearly, it is an object of the most immense power. It provides you with warmth and daylight and, in addition, is the brightest of all the objects which shine down from above. At night, you can notice that the situation is very different. The Sun is no longer visible, yet, there are numerous specks of light which illuminate the heavens. These you call stars, and they seem to appear in the same places night after night.
However, there are some stars that do not fit into these patterns because they never really stay still in the sky but continually weave and wander in and out among the rest. These stars seem to wander and have their own lives quite independent of the other stars that move around the sky together. Because of their very distinct motion, you refer to them as "the wanderers." At night there is another body, seeming to take the place of the Sun, which appears regularly. Similar to the Sun it starts its journey from one side of the Earth and ends up on the other. It is most confusing because it continually changes its shape. Although it does not keep us warm, it does provide us light at night and seems to have a peculiar effect on the bodies of water which surround us. Again you must find a name for it, and you come up with the word "Moon."
As you and your contemporaries soon discovered, your most obvious need was for some sort of a calendar to guide your daily actions. It was the changing shape of the Moon which provided you with the most satisfactory answer, for the 29 1/2 day interval between one new moon and the next was neither too long nor too short. It was simple to remember and easy for counting long periods of time. The use of the Moon's phases as a calendar was extremely valuable for night expeditions for it told when to expect bright nights and when to expect dark ones. The earliest human civilizations relied on herding, farming, fishing, or hunting and were at the whim of the vagaries of nature. The creation of the calendar limited natural crop disasters for it taught man to plant at the most opportune time. The actual definition of the Sun and Moon and the creation of the calendar produced Man's first astrological knowledge. The door was opened and what was to follow can only be properly labeled wisdom.
If a person delves into the history of any of the great civilizations of mankind, he finds that almost all of the early writings reflect an uncritical belief in the influence of the stars and extra-celestial beings upon the behavior of mankind, the animal and plant kingdom. Just as all the prehistoric civilizations independently came to an acceptance of the idea of some order of Supreme Being, primitive man also came to remarkably similar beliefs regarding the influence of the heavenly bodies upon man. The first chapter of Genesis contains references to the zodiac, although the account is incomplete. Some astrological historians speculate that the zodiacal cycle may have been complete in the original Genesis, but that the various translators did not understand the significance and so were unable to properly turn the signs into their native tongues. When the Assyrian King Ashurbanipal (669-626 B.C.) came into power at
Recently, some clay tablets were unearthed near the site of
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