Ancient Astronomy

    It’s a fairly well established fact that many ancient civilizations were obsessed with astronomy.  Obsessed in the sense that they seem to have spent a great deal of time studying the movement of the sun, moon, the planets and the stars and building fantastic monuments to help.  We all know that Stonehenge is designed to record a number of astrological events, but it is not the only one.  There are other henges, mounds and circles in the British Isles that record similar events such as the Newgrange mound with it’s white wall of quartz crystals.  And we know that the ancient Egyptians studied astronomy and that the pyramids and other monuments are often aligned with stars or the sun.  Lesser known astrological monuments can be found in other parts of Europe, Asia and South America.  
    So why were these people so concerned about astronomy, even in places where there was nothing but primitive hunter gatherer villages?  One theory is that the earth shattering event that nearly wiped out the planet about 11,000 years ago altered the tilt of the planet (among other things) making it necessary to do these studies to figure out the seasons for planting, etc.  Another is that the ancients placed a great deal of importance on astrology.  Not in the sense of the simple fortune telling that is common today, but in helping them calculate all aspects of their lives.  This would include when to plant crops of course, but also such things as when to conceive a child, when to get married, when to start a war, when to relocate, etc.  We tend to think of Astrology as a European thing, but the Mayans with their well known calendar and associated prophecies were also very much into astrology.  So were the ancient Egyptians.  One interesting fact about the well know pyramids of Giza, the Great pyramid and two smaller ones is that the three pyramids form a line that, in direction and size of each pyramid, perfectly mirrors the three stars in Orion’s belt, but not as they appear from Earth now, but as they appeared 10,000 years ago!
    One reason why the ancients were so into astrology is spiritual development.  The priests, priestesses and shaman used it to determine the potential of a person to develop spiritually and where to concentrate their efforts on helping them develop.

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