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Origins of Druidical Astrology.pdf

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Twelve sign astrology, traditionaly attributed to the Chaldeans, finds its
origins in the shamanistic lithic cultures of Eurasia. It then reached a higher level of
sophistication with the early Vedic science of the early Indo-Europeans. It was
already very ancient when Hipparchus of Nicaea had catalogued the positions of
some 1022 stars and 49 constellations. By this time, the ancients were already in
possession of a sky chart. They knew that their ancestral homeland was situated in
the stars of the northern skies. This is why the study of stars was very important to
them. The ancient seers saw themselves as star children. Zodiacal constellations
were a thing long familiar to the seers of Antiquity. In 174 BCE Hipparchus
identified a new star in the constellation of Scorpio. He was very eager to chart all
the visible stars, for he correctly suspected that the skies were not eternal. He
made himself famous by discovering the Earth's precession caused by the
oscillation of the rotational axis every 25 600 years. This oscillation affects the
position of the celestial poles by causing a slow shift of the equinoxes. Around 280
BCE, another Greek, Aratus of Soles, gave in Phenomenons and Prognostics, a
very precise description of the skies for the practical use of navigators and farmers.
Aratus, who was born in Cilicia, Asia Minor, and sometime around 320 BCE was
drawing information from the work of Eudoxus (c. 370 BCE). This study was the
first true scientific work on astronomy. The old constellations identified by the
ancients are generally those that run along the ecliptic, those referred to as the
Zodiac and which serve to mark the passing of seasonal time. They also identified
the circumpolar stars, Ursa Major, then called the Great Wain with alpha Draconis
as the Pole Star before 2500 BCE. From the names hinted at in the zodiac, i.e.
Orion and his dog (Sirius), we can guess the general pastoral theme. Some authors
believe that the oldest proofs for the antiquity of Western Astrology are to be found
in the Denderah planisphere artefact dated before 1800 BCE and kept at the
Bibliothèque nationale de Paris. However, it now certain that the time of creation
of the relief is no earlier than 50 BCE during the time of the Greco-Roman period.
because of the astronomical positions of stars and planets. It was also observed
that the uncharted skies without zodiacal representations run along the 36 degrees
latitude. The centre of the band coincides with the position of the southern pole in
2500 BCE. This indicates that the Egyptian astronomers were drawing on a more
northern tradition than their own. Bronze Age Greece of the Minoans and
Mycenaeans (ca. 2500 -1100 BCE) and Old Hittite Kingdom (ca. 1600 -1400
BCE) were just above the 36th latitude. This Greek and Anatolian position
rightfuly hints at a Northeastern Mediterranean origin for the zodiac.
David Frawley, the Vedic scholar and Vedic astrologer, has found through an
exegesis of the Brahmanas, the Yajur and Atharva Vedas, that the vernal equinox
was in the Krittikas (Pleiades; early Taurus) and that the summer solstice (Ayana)
was in Magha (early Leo) thus yielding a date of around 2500 BCE for the Vedic
system. This therefore proves that the Vedic system was contemporaneous with
that of the Brronze Age Micenaean and Harappan cultures.
The concept of astrology as we know it was not only an integral part of the overall
mindset of early Hellenic and Vedic cultures but at its base, a science already