By Michael Baigent
A close examine of the earliest sorts of astrology in Mesopotamia and their far-reaching airtight impacts from the Renaissance to the current day
• finds the roots of contemporary astrology within the Babylonian technology of omens, which used to be involved now not with members yet with the country 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 various major discoveries excavated from Assyrian king Ashurbanipal’s royal library in Nineveh have been pills documenting the improvement of Mesopotamian astrology, now well-known because the earliest astrological science.
Drawing upon translations of the Nineveh library capsules in addition to many different historic assets, Michael Baigent unearths the roots of contemporary astrology within the Babylonian technology of omens. He explains how astrology within the Babylonian and Assyrian empires was once involved now not with contributors yet with the king and the nation. He indicates that through the 1st dynasty of Babylon, round 1900 to 1600 BC, astrology had turn into a scientific self-discipline, the shield of hugely informed experts motive upon reading omens from the activities 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 country and hence replaced because the country replaced. He exhibits how this old kind of astrology uniquely represents either solar and Moon as masculine entities and Saturn (Ninurta) because the precept of order imposed on chaos. He examines the connections among historic astrology and the symbolism of Western religions, similar to how the “Greek” or “Templar” move may well 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 finds how the spiritual and magical points of early Babylonian cosmological hypothesis performed an important position within the Renaissance, influencing sought after figures equivalent to Cosimo de Medici, Marsilio Ficino, and Botticelli.
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