Historical Record of Astrology — When you begin to study astrology, you are faced with an avalanche of myriad subjects and possibilities, the study of which can seem very daunting. Astrology is a massive body of information that has been handed down for millennia. It was initially verbal, eventually codified and written as the advance of human skills codified writing as we understand it. Or is that statement entirely true?
I have long been aware of ancient cave drawings in France that indicate knowledge of the lunar cycle. I could not recall exactly how old these drawing were thought to be so I Googled to date them. Imagine my delight when I was supplied with new website sources I had never seen previously thanks to our current internet information flow.
I found support for ancient lunar calendar knowledge through other archeological artifacts as well. You can do this yourself simply by putting ‘lunar calendar drawings’ into your browser search box and then visit those web pages that seem to be archeological or primitive relic-oriented. I hit pay dirt in my first two tries. Online encyclopedic sources are marvelous for information.
Historical Record of Astrology
Records of a written language from Babylonia circa 3400 BCE is the usual example given for mankind’s origination of a fully codified writing system. As archeology expands its search worldwide the validity of that claim is in question.
Records are continually being unearthed around the world, some in countries such as China that were not accessible until recently. Unfortunately few records have withstood the ravages of time or are perhaps still buried awaiting discovery. Counting and pictographs (picture symbols) predate a written language and it is difficult to categorize some of these finds as language or pre- (proto) language.
For this article I am looking to the bone, tortoise-shell, hillside carvings and cave drawings mentioned (relics) that are variously dated ranging from 18,000 to 35,000 years old. Can you imagine? The cave drawings in Lascaux, France of horses and a 29-day lunar cycle are potentially 18,000 to 35,000 years old.
Sources and dating vary as dating is difficult. The amazing Ishango Bone from the Congo area of Africa is thought to be a mathematical device from 25,000 to 20,000 BCE. The Blanchard Bone plaque appears to be a meandering two-month lunar calendar and comes from the Dordogne, France region. It is dated to 32,000 to 25,000 BCE.
The Isturitz Baton (deer antler) comes from the region of Isturitz, France and is dated 25,000 to 20,000 BCE. The markings on the baton seem to represent both a four-month and a five-month lunar calendar. These ancient relics are so involved they go beyond the simple 29-day lunar cycle and represented both calendars and mathematical recordings of a primitive sort.
These are a few of the relics that have been found. There is so much speculation here, precise dating and interpretation are difficult as this is not writing per se but it is record-keeping of a form, and is based on the lunar cycle. Go online and see the pictures of these archeological treasures.
Original astrology/astronomy must have been primarily lunar based because that was the only large body of potential information that was visible to ancient man. Yes, they could clearly see the Sun and the solar cycles seemed to have evoked such places as Glastonbury and others because such sites clearly mark major solar cycles.
But the Sun itself is so intensely bright that during daylight hours, little else is visible with the exception of the monthly lunar crescent to full moon passage and the limited dawn and twilight visibility of the morning and the evening stars, Venus and Mercury. Most measurements, observations and eventual delineations came from the night sky after the bright object called the Sun exited the sky for the evening and allowed human observation.
The ancients were able to view, observe, measure, and develop theories, again, primarily using the night sky, the lunar patterns. For example, the ancients were able to see the planet Venus as a Morning or an Evening Star at dawn or twilight and developed meanings for their observations. As observed Venus might lead the Sun over the horizon or follow that setting Sun under the horizon.
The Sun would represent the life-giving force, the leader, the king, the father figure to the Moon’s queen, the matriarch, Venus could be seen as the bringer of the light or the follower of that light. The old word for the light bringer was Lucifer who is now thought to be the devil.
There is currently a group of highly educated, professional astrologers researching the old records and charts looking for buried treasure, seeking to understand the original concepts that have been passed down through the ages. During the telling and retelling of the old stories over the millennia, many changes occurred.
The researchers are sifting through the smorgasbord of astrological lore to find kernels of truth. Their continuing search will uncover, sort, discern, eliminate or verify, find new choices and expand the astrological information base for all astrologers.
Lacking any viable proof, my own thoughts are that for our ancestors first there was observation of seasonal changes leading to a lunar calendar, eventually leading to observations of the effect on human experience that produced both astronomy and astrology. Initially the two comprised one practice but have drifted apart with the rise of science and technology.
However, you cannot ignore that the two practices have common roots. Ancient practitioners were both astronomers and astrologers as were many of our most revered scientists and astronomers over the centuries. Astronomy measures and astrology interprets. They are the marriage of science and art but seemingly divorced. As an astrologer, I use both so they are inseparable to me. Our rich human observational history facilitates our use of astrology.
Ancient Galilee covered an area of approximately 1,000 square miles. The area of the earth is about 197 million square miles. Thus, it would take approximately 197,000 ancient Galilees to cover the surface of the earth. Earth is larger than it’s immediate neighbor planets. But, roughly 1,400 earths would fit by volume inside of Jupiter, the largest planet in our solar system. And yet, the sun compromises over 99.8% of the total mass of this same solar system.
Most astronomers believe our sun is larger than an average star. Yet, our sun is tiny compared to a star called Arcturus. And, Arcturus in turn, is very small compared to another star known as Antares. VY Canis Majoris is the largest known star in the universe and next to it in illustration in a typical book-sized drawing, our sun becomes essentially invisible to the unaided eye.
Even this largest of stars would easily fit within the vastness of our own solar system. But our solar system is but a grain of sand in a Milky Way galaxy of 200 billion stars, which is about only 1/5 the size of galaxy M-31, also known as Andromeda, estimated to be 220,000 light years in diameter. And yet, M-31 is miniscule compared to the estimated 6 million plus light year diameters of the largest known galaxies.
Space is so vast, that the nearest star to our sun is over 24 trillion miles away and yet, there are an estimated 100 billion galaxies of stars in the observable universe. Some scientists believe that the currently visible approximately 13.5 billion light year radius, represents an area smaller than a period on this page, compared to the actual size of our universe.And some scientists believe there may be as many universes as there are stars in our own.
It is fair to say that creation may go on forever and ever. And thus, someone standing on the shore of the Sea of Galilee today might feel overwhelmed and incredibly insignificant. But this is only part of a much larger or as some might argue, smaller picture.
There are an estimated 10 trillion cells in an average adult human body, perhaps 50 times as many as there stars in our Milky Way galaxy. And about 100 trillion micro-organisms live in a typical adult human gut, about 100 times as many as there are stars estimated to be in the Andromeda (M-31) galaxy.
About 7,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 atoms are thought to be contained in a typical adult human body. Atoms are similar in size of our solar system in relation to the sun and and planets, in comparison to the size of various sub-atomic particles within them.
And similar to the sun in relation to the planets, the nucleus of an atom contains over 99% of its total mass. If someone were to illustrate an atom in true scale, showing its protons and neutrons as being about 1.5 inches in diameter, then electrons and much smaller yet other particles, would be less than 0.1 millimeter in size and, the atom itself would be about 6.25 miles in diameter.
Human beings are very large in the light of subatomic particles and, very small compared to the size of the observable universe, thus we are placed inbetween the largest and smallest expressions of creation art. And, just as a great artist like Rembrant might paint a large mural and yet, pay close attention to the smallest detail of facial expression and slightest variation of color, how much more then, does our Father in heaven, in a grand expression of creation art, pay close attention to the most microscopic realities of creation?
And then, there is the sacrifice of God’s son for the human race on a Roman cross, the ultimate expression of God’s love beyond any and all magnitude of comprehension. Thus, it is no small wonder that no one can deserve God, no matter how righteous, intelligent, strong or otherwise superior to others, we in vain may fancy ourselves to be.
Many people casually assume their religion or viewpoint of God is mainly correct, without ever stopping to consider what and who the known evidence demonstrates God really is and, how little they actually know about either God, life, love or anything else.
Atheists and agnostics pretend the grand design of the universe could somehow magically exist without any Grand Designer, as if a living being as incredibly complex as a fruit fly, could somehow randomly appear on it’s own and magically over time, change into a somewhat less credible human being fancing him or herself as being “educated”.
Thus, we should be quite careful about trusting religionists, scientists and other educators to actually know much more of value than the average truck driver or motel maid.
And, we should be even more careful about passing on to our children what we supposedly know is true about God. Or otherwise, will the lies we tell our children and mis-information we leave them, come back to haunt us for a very, very, very long time? After all, as the Bible says, let God be true but every man and woman a liar and, there is a most obvious of reasons for the cross.