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Astrology: Primitive (and Advanced) Man Viewing the Sky.
|We can imagine how, in olden days, a man or a woman might
stroll out into the night and ponder on the meaning of existence. They might gaze at the
stars and wonder...
They might notice something different or even spectacular in the skys and puzzle what it might mean. They might relate changes in the skies to happenings in their day-to-day world.
A father, as he awaits the birth of his child, might gaze at the stars and ask if what he sees in the sky will be a clue to what the child will be. A king might wonder if the skies hold a message for him about the decisions he has to make. Will the coming war lead to victory or defeat. Will his kingdom be attacked by wandering tribes?
It seems that many cultures decided that the skies did give information about the worldly life. From Egypt through Asia to South America and to Europe civilisations developed the mathematics and the knowledge to learn about the future by observing the skies. In almost all of these civilisations, there was advanced knowledge of the movement of the stars and the planets. The knowledge was advanced compared to the knowledge of the average person today. To the modern man in the street, the ability of the ancients to calculate the position and movements of the planets - even the precession of the equinoxes is a source of marvel. It is a source of marvel because modern city-living man may almost never see the moon and the stars - the city lighting and pollution hides them from his eyes. Many people in the modern world, therefore, are ignorant of direct experience of the heavenly phenomenon.
This man-made canopy of pollution and artificial light that obscurs the heavens deprives modern man of the direct experience of heavenly phenomenon and the opportunity to observe first-hand the role of the heavens in everyday life.