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(II.) HISTORY - The Prestigious Planets

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« on: August 17, 2007, 02:05:28 pm »

By the 3rd century BC astrologers had at their command a proper almanac giving the positions of the Moon and planets at regular intervals over a number of years, together with conjunctions of the Sun and Moon. These suggested an order in an otherwise orderless, incoherent universe, an order man should strive to emulate; the movements of planets in the skies had meaning which man was capable of understanding, and related to his life - otherwise why should the planets move at all? It could not be that they were the products of accident. This theory had great political importance, and is advanced again and again over the next two thousand years throughout Europe, as an argument in favour of order in society.

The idea that the influence of the planets was all-pervading, and that a true interpreter of that influence was of enormous value, was widely spread in the centuries just before the death of Christ, by the Chaldeans. The term should really always be written in inverted commas. Chaldea was properly a province of Babylonia, whose citizens soon became the Úlite of the country, virtually dominating its ruling class as early as the 8th century BC. Eventually, 'Babylonia' and 'Chaldea' became interchangeable terms; but for some reason the popular meaning of the term 'Chaldean' came to be 'astrologer'. In the Book of Daniel, for instance, 'Chaldean' always meant that - or mathematician, astronomer, wizard or magician!

Many leading astrologers were literally Chaldeans, although many no doubt came from other areas of Babylonia or other parts of the Middle East. Even countries not noted for a special interest in astrology had a contribution to make. Persia, for instance, produced El Hakim, otherwise Gjamasp, a court astrologer to the semi-legendary king Hystaspes of Iran in the 6th century BC, who wrote a book in which he examined the effect of the conjunctions of Jupiter and Saturn on the history of the world. Judicia Gjamaspis offered predictions that have been interpreted as foreseeing the birth of Christ and the rise of Islam.
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