PART VI: ANCIENT SECRETS
by Anthony Forwood (2011)
49: The Age of Astrology
Since the earliest times, astrologers have been used by the ruling elite to determine the most favorable times for their undertakings, and to predict future outcomes. For most of our human history, these ruling elite have kept this source of knowledge for themselves, while discouraging its use among the general population, except as far as it served the elite. The lives of the Aztec people, for example, were dominated completely by their astrological calendar system that they borrowed from the Maya, and which is represented by the famous Aztec Calendar Stone. Each Aztec child had its horoscope determined on the day of its birth, essentially prearranging every conceivable aspect of that child’s life, which they accepted and followed.
Astrology incorporates the pattern of the stars we see in the night sky as they change over a 25,600 year cycle (others figure it at 25,920 years), known as the precession of the equinox. Each astrological sign is represented by the star formations that appear in the night sky during each 1/12th of the full cycle of the precession, or every 2,133 years (or 2,160 years). The Greek astronomer Hipparchus of the second century BC has been credited with discovering the precession of the equinox, but this is clearly false, since this knowledge of the precession was incorporated into the star-lore of civilizations that existed long before his time, and even Plato was aware of the precession. Hipparchus himself claims that his knowledge of the precession was based on information that had been accumulated over many millennia. Interestingly, the precession of the equinox was known about by the earliest civilizations of Mesopotamia, as well as by the ancient peoples of the Americas. The Maya knew of it and calculated it to be 25,625 years, dividing it into five great ages of 5,125 years each.
The art of astrology – and therefore knowledge of the precession of the equinox – can be traced back to the very beginning of our human history when we were supposed to have just started to advance from hunter-gatherer status, and yet we seem to have already been intimately aware of this cycle that repeated itself every 25,600 years or so, as well as the influences that certain star configurations are supposed to have on people and events. This knowledge couldn’t have come from simple observation and record-keeping by primitive humans, since the number of years it would take before they even recognized the pattern of this star cycle doesn’t fit at all with the length of time we believe the human race to have been around, nor the level of intelligence and understanding we expect our early ancestors to have had. Such knowledge may have been deduced through a combination of observation, mathematics, and theory, but this again seems beyond the abilities that we give our early ancestors credit for.
The evidence seems to suggest that astrology was derived from an older civilization, either remnants of an advanced prehistoric human civilization that has yet to be fully rediscovered, or as a practice that was learned from an advanced race of otherworldly beings that have since disappeared. Knowledge of the precession of the equinox, and the deeper knowledge of the stars and planets that underlies the entire art of astrology, would more likely be the product of a race that had a space-oriented nature. It would also be more likely to arise from a race that had lives of incredible length compared to our own, since this would allow them to witness and record the changes in the orientation of the stars over longer intervals of time, and to determine the effects of their influence.
The ancients knew that the Sun was the center of our solar system, and counted twelve planets (including the Sun and our moon). This is one more planet than we recognize today, but as I discuss in other parts of this book, there may be another planet in our solar system that has yet to be officially discovered. That they knew about the more distant planets in the outer reaches of our solar system would have been virtually impossible without some sort of outside help, either from the more distant past, or from an alien source.
It wasn’t until the time of the Greeks and later Romans that the idea that the world was flat became a commonly held belief, which lasted until as late as the sixteenth century, when Copernicus published his work. In spite of this late acceptance of a heliocentric universe, the early Greeks had listed the planets in their proper order, which attests to their knowledge originating from a heliocentric perspective. We’ve been taught to believe that prior to the advent of modern science and the acceptance of the Copernican view of a heliocentric universe, our ancestors had always just assumed that the Earth was flat. This is obviously false, and the ancients undoubtedly knew that the Earth was a sphere that circled the Sun.
The Babylonian astrologers/astronomers used ephemerides that were based on mathematical formulas that derived from earlier sources that have since been lost. These formulas were very exact, and calculations were governed by strict procedures that were laid out in manuals. Like the formulas, these manuals were copied from earlier sources. Who devised the formulas and wrote the procedural manuals that the Babylonians used? According to the twenty-five thousand or so clay tablets devoted to astronomy and astrology that were found at the ancient city of Ninevah, credit is given to the Sumerians for their origin. The pictorial representations of the zodiacal signs that we are familiar with today can also be traced back to ancient Sumer.
What we see in our historical record is a science that seems to have derived from certain advanced knowledge that we did not acquire on our own, but was borrowed from a much earlier civilization that predates history. Astrology eventually developed into the science of astronomy, and this suggests that perhaps astrology developed out of a science of the stars that originated with another race of very advanced beings, whether human or otherwise.
The earliest of our stargazers were interested in the stars as they related to matters on Earth, and these were primarily to do with whole nations and their rulers, rather than with the daily affairs in the lives of ordinary individuals. Thus, comets and eclipses, for instance, were portents of major global influences, and it was their natural effects that were of concern to these stargazers. A comet can cause great planetary upheavals if they come too close, and so they might have a great influence on earthly affairs. An eclipse, however, may not have a noticeable influence on earthly affairs on its own, but if it can be predicted and such a prediction and its arrival was used to the advantage of those who can predict it, it can have a great deal of influence. Such a prediction and its fulfillment might be taken by an ignorant adversary as an ability to perform miracles, to move the planets at one’s will.
The astrological cycle begins with Taurus, and moves into the next constellation or ‘house’, Aries, then Pisces, Aquarius, etc., each constellation spanning 2,160 years. Thus, calculating backwards, starting with the year 2100 AD when we will move into the constellation of Aquarius, we can see that the first house of the zodiac, Taurus, began in 4,380 BC. This is significant, because it coordinates perfectly with the ancient texts of Sumer, which reveal that this is about the time when human civilization first started, and when the gods were first symbolized by the bull. But certain evidence, such as the Sphinx, suggests that the zodiac was devised even earlier, as far back as 10,860 BC when we came into the constellation of Leo. This lasted until 8700 BC, when we moved into Cancer, followed in 6540 BC by Gemini, and then Taurus in 4380 BC. At this point we begin to see in our earliest civilizations that the bull is the symbol of the ruling god, and throughout this period the bull was sacrificed to this god. Then, in 2220 BC when we enter Aries, the ram became the sacrificed offering to a newly appointed god, and finally, in 60 BC we entered Pisces and the fish became the symbol of Christianity. This all indicates that the precession of the equinox was known about even at that early time, when the human species was supposed to be little more than hunter-gatherers. How else could this be, unless the reigns of different gods on Earth were marked by each zodiacal house, and we had developed astrology from a science that the gods might have used?
The source of our knowledge of astrology, and so much more, seems to have derived from a time before the beginning of the Sumerian civilization at around 5,000 BC. According to the ancient texts of Mesopotamia, god-like beings walked the Earth before humans came along. As we’ve seen, these gods are said to have come to Earth from the heavens, and are credited by many cultures for creating the human species, and bestowing us with certain knowledge in order to help us and guide us. Astrology, with its zodiacal calendar based on the precession of the equinox, seems to have derived from this source, since not only were our early ancestors unlikely to have acquired this knowledge on their own, but these gods with their spacecraft had every means. The evidence reveals that the gods based their rulership on astrological symbology, so that we see the symbol of the bull during the reign of one god while we were in the constellation of Taurus, the ram during early biblical times, and the symbol of the fish during the reign of Christ while we’re in the constellation of Pisces.