About The Ageless Wisdom Of Astrology
The skies have, practically since the dawn of the human race, been a great mystery to humanity. Beyond even the skies, for thousands of years, human beings have looked up at the night sky and wondered exactly what the dizzying array of patterns made in the heavens above. For the past eight thousand or so years of human civilization, stargazing has become an important part of human culture and this will likely never change as long as human beings can still see the night skies. Questions about the nature of the stars and the places where they dwell is a matter of thousands of years of study, studies that have only gotten more intense and determined since the dawn of the space age.
The earliest students of the heavens, however, were the earliest sages from essentially every human civilization on the planet. Many times, stargazing was found to be a useful survival tools. After the priest magicians of pharaonic Egypt determined that the appearance of the bright star Sirius (known to the pharaonic Egyptians as the goddess Sothis) preceded every annual flood of the Nile river. Given as the floods of the Nile river were both the most dangerous natural hazard and most essential life giving event of the year, knowing the flooding was happening in advance proved to be a valuable boon to Egyptian civilization. Similarly, the ancient Polynesian mystics found that the appearance of Sirius in the sky preceded the winter season and its impact on the many islands the Polynesian peoples called home. It was not long before they discovered that the star could also be used as a valuable navigational aid, enabling Polynesian culture to become one of the most widespread of the ancient world.
These early astronomers, however, were also the first astrologists. Using the clear signs of the stars to determine the impact of events, these ancient sages eventually began studying other correspondences between the stars and planets and events on planet Earth. The priests of ancient Babylon equated many of these stars and planets to their many deities and planned their empire’s calendar and their rituals around the movements of the heaven so as to make the maximum impact. The importance of the stars persisted well after the fall of these societies and even after the coming of Islam to the region, the Arab peoples remembered the power of the stars, associating them with the might of God.
The associations of the events of the stars and the events on Earth culminated in the study of astrology. This is an ancient and profound wisdom, capable of providing startling insights into the events of the lives of even ordinary people as readily as mighty empires. Though truly discerning the future from the stars is a feat that is essentially an ancient legend, the movement of the stars and their associations with events on Earth can, when read right and properly correlated with ancient wisdom about the impact of the heavens on Earth, allow people to gain a new perspective on any situation they find themselves in.
However, there are many different systems of astrology, consisting of a large number of associations between the appearance, positioning and timing of the stars and planets and their impact on Earth. While the Western astrological correspondences system is most familiar to people in the English speaking world, many other societies had their own long traditions of using the stars to gain fresh insight into their problems. Many of these traditions were preserved for some centuries in purely oral lore, while others, such as the almost as famous Chinese systems, were recorded and have since become quite popular outside their nations of origin as well.