A Brief History of Ancient Astrology (Brief Histories of the by Roger Beck

By Roger Beck

A short historical past of historical Astrology explores the speculation and perform of astrology from Babylon to historical Greece and Rome and its cultural and political effect on old societies.Discusses the union among early astrology and astronomy, unlike the fashionable dichotomy among technology and superstition.Explains the traditional figuring out of the zodiac and its twelve symptoms, the seven planets, and the mounted circle of 'places' opposed to which the indicators and planets revolve.Demonstrates the way to build and interpret a horoscope within the old demeanour, utilizing unique historical horoscopes and handbooks.Considers the relevance of old astrology this present day.

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1 as our clock-face, we must imagine these seven planetary hands sweeping round in a counter-clockwise direction (with occasional reversals to be mentioned below). The Moon completes her circuit in a month, though the month in question, the ‘‘tropical’’ month,1 is about two days shorter than what we usually think of as a month, that is the period of time between one ‘‘new moon’’ and the next. The latter is the ‘‘synodic’’ month and it is longer than the tropical month because the Moon needs the additional time to catch up with the Sun which is also on the move.

9). Note, however, that in the early system of Hermes, Thrasyllus, and Antiochus, quoted above, the descendant itself is ‘‘indicative of the last age and end of life,’’ while the preceding place (no. 6) is just as sinister (‘‘indicative of troubles, sufferings, and enemies’’), and the following place (no. 8) is impotent (‘‘futile’’). 8 The metaphor of a life rising at birth and setting at death can be pressed only so far, for it cannot convincingly accommodate the underground places which, strictly speaking, would have to precede birth and follow death (nos.

15 We have already seen a specimen of the astrological learning falsely attributed to the Persian prophet Zoroaster. But the figures who emerged as the putative founders and arch-authorities of astrology were Egyptian; Nechepso the king and Petosiris the priest. ) There may have been historical persons behind these two authors, as there was of course behind ‘‘Zoroaster,’’ but if so they certainly did not compose the works attributed to them. 16 The collection of material cannot be precisely dated since it grew by accumulation over time, but the consensus is that it formed in the second half of the second century bce and/or the first century bce.

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