By Roger Beck
A quick heritage of historical Astrology explores the speculation and perform of astrology from Babylon to historic Greece and Rome and its cultural and political impression on historical societies.Discusses the union among early astrology and astronomy, not like the trendy dichotomy among technological know-how and superstition.Explains the traditional realizing of the zodiac and its twelve symptoms, the seven planets, and the fastened circle of 'places' opposed to which the indicators and planets revolve.Demonstrates how one can build and interpret a horoscope within the historical demeanour, utilizing unique historic horoscopes and handbooks.Considers the relevance of old astrology at the present time.
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We can be confident that genethlialogy and its astronomical support were up and running in Egypt in the first century bce, if not already in the second. 4 Pseudo-Histories The older the better. Age, until modern times, was always the badge of legitimacy and authority. So, strangely enough, for the Greeks was foreign origin. ’’9 To be sure, they were quite capable of cultural chauvinism – less so of out-and-out racism, since being ‘‘Greek’’ was not so much a matter of ethnicity as of speaking the language and assimilating oneself to the culture.
These are the two ‘‘inferior’’ planets, so called because in the ancient geocentric system they are the planets closer to earth than the Sun and so ‘‘below’’ him as one moves ‘‘up’’ from earth to heaven. In appearance the inferior planets are the close attendants of the Sun in his annual progress around the signs. Mercury is never more than one sign away from the Sun and Venus never more than two. Consequently they are only observable either in the sky to the west after sunset or to the east before sunrise.
Since the data are appearances only, in other words the apparent positions of the celestial bodies relative to a particular terrestrial locality, the advances of science have not significantly changed them or affected their limited validity. Astrology never was and never claimed to be astrophysics. The only new facts of which modern astrologers are obliged to take cognizance are the positions of the trans-Saturnian planets, Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto, unknown to their colleagues two millennia ago.