By Roger Beck
A quick heritage of historical Astrology explores the speculation and perform of astrology from Babylon to historical Greece and Rome and its cultural and political effect on historical societies.
* Discusses the union among early astrology and astronomy, unlike the fashionable dichotomy among technological know-how and superstition.
* Explains the traditional realizing of the zodiac and its twelve indicators, the seven planets, and the fastened circle of 'places' opposed to which the symptoms and planets revolve.
* Demonstrates the way to build and interpret a horoscope within the historic demeanour, utilizing unique old horoscopes and handbooks.
* Considers the relevance of historic astrology this day.
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6 Science and the Horoscope This completes our survey of the astronomical data needed to construct a horoscope in the ancient world and of the geometrical model of heaven and earth which furnished the matrix for the data. Since the data are appearances only, in other words the apparent positions of the celestial bodies relative to a particular terrestrial locality, the advances of science have not significantly changed them or affected their limited validity. Astrology never was and never claimed to be astrophysics.
I describe of course an ideal of stability and public accessibility; in practice, as we shall see, the reality on the ground was quite different. My point here is one of form, not substance. The question is not whether astrology as a matter of fact succeeds or fails in its predictions, for along with most moderns I take it that astrology generally fails and that its occasional successes are matters of mere coincidence. Rather, my concern is with horoscopic astrology as a system of signs, a language of sorts with its grammar and semantics.
The top edge of the slab represents the local horizon, which thus bisects the spinning dial into visible and invisible semicircles, the celestial contents of which constantly change as the stars and planets rise and set. If an observer in the northern (terrestrial) hemisphere faces south and then looks east to her left, she will see the celestial bodies and the signs of the zodiac rising one after another in the east. The equivalent of the rising point on our horoscopic clock is nine o’clock on the stationary frame.