Astrology in Ancient Mesopotamia: The Science of Omens and by Michael Baigent

By Michael Baigent

an in depth examine of the earliest kinds of astrology in Mesopotamia and their far-reaching airtight affects from the Renaissance to the current day

• finds the roots of contemporary astrology within the Babylonian technological know-how of omens, which was once involved now not with members yet with the nation and king

• Explores Mesopotamian mythology because it pertains to the planets and to astrology

• strains the airtight transmission of this information over the centuries from Mesopotamia to Egypt to Renaissance Italy

Among the numerous major discoveries excavated from Assyrian king Ashurbanipal’s royal library in Nineveh have been drugs documenting the advance of Mesopotamian astrology, now famous because the earliest astrological science.

Drawing upon translations of the Nineveh library pills in addition to many different historical assets, Michael Baigent unearths the roots of contemporary astrology within the Babylonian technological know-how of omens. He explains how astrology within the Babylonian and Assyrian empires used to be involved no longer with members yet with the king and the kingdom. He indicates that by means of the 1st dynasty of Babylon, round 1900 to 1600 BC, astrology had turn into a scientific self-discipline, the protect of hugely educated experts reason upon studying omens from the routine of planets and stars. He explores Mesopotamian mythology because it pertains to the planets and to astrology in addition to to Mesopotamian faith, magic, and politics--for the mythology of Babylon and Assyria served the nation and therefore replaced because the country replaced. He exhibits how this historical kind of astrology uniquely represents either sunlight and Moon as masculine entities and Saturn (Ninurta) because the precept of order imposed on chaos. He examines the connections among historical astrology and the symbolism of Western religions, corresponding to how the “Greek” or “Templar” pass might signify the Babylonian god Nabu, referred to now as Mercury.

Tracing the airtight transmission of this data over the centuries from Mesopotamia to Egypt to Florence, Baigent unearths how the spiritual and magical points of early Babylonian cosmological hypothesis performed an important position within the Renaissance, influencing favorite figures reminiscent of Cosimo de Medici, Marsilio Ficino, and Botticelli.

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