Astrology in Ancient Mesopotamia

Drawing upon translations of the Nineveh library tablets as well as many other ancient sources, Michael Baigent reveals the roots of modern astrology in the Babylonian science of omens.

Astrology in Ancient Mesopotamia

Astrology in Ancient Mesopotamia

A detailed study of the earliest forms of astrology in Mesopotamia and their far-reaching hermetic influences from the Renaissance to the present day • Reveals the roots of modern astrology in the Babylonian science of omens, which was concerned not with individuals but with the state and king • Explores Mesopotamian mythology as it relates to the planets and to astrology • Traces the hermetic transmission of this knowledge over the centuries from Mesopotamia to Egypt to Renaissance Italy Among the many significant discoveries excavated from Assyrian king Ashurbanipal’s royal library in Nineveh were tablets documenting the development of Mesopotamian astrology, now recognized as the earliest astrological science. Drawing upon translations of the Nineveh library tablets as well as many other ancient sources, Michael Baigent reveals the roots of modern astrology in the Babylonian science of omens. He explains how astrology in the Babylonian and Assyrian empires was concerned not with individuals but with the king and the state. He shows that by the first dynasty of Babylon, around 1900 to 1600 BC, astrology had become a systematic discipline, the preserve of highly trained specialists intent upon interpreting omens from the movements of planets and stars. He explores Mesopotamian mythology as it relates to the planets and to astrology as well as to Mesopotamian religion, magic, and politics--for the mythology of Babylon and Assyria served the state and thus changed as the state changed. He shows how this ancient form of astrology uniquely represents both Sun and Moon as masculine entities and Saturn (Ninurta) as the principle of order imposed on chaos. He examines the connections between ancient astrology and the symbolism of Western religions, such as how the “Greek” or “Templar” cross may symbolize the Babylonian god Nabu, now known as Mercury. Tracing the hermetic transmission of this knowledge over the centuries from Mesopotamia to Egypt to Florence, Baigent reveals how the religious and magical aspects of early Babylonian cosmological speculation played a significant role in the Renaissance, influencing prominent figures such as Cosimo de Medici, Marsilio Ficino, and Botticelli.

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Astrology in Ancient Mesopotamia
Language: en
Pages: 256
Authors: Michael Baigent
Categories: Body, Mind & Spirit
Type: BOOK - Published: 2015-07-17 - Publisher: Simon and Schuster

A detailed study of the earliest forms of astrology in Mesopotamia and their far-reaching hermetic influences from the Renaissance to the present day • Reveals the roots of modern astrology in the Babylonian science of omens, which was concerned not with individuals but with the state and king • Explores
Mesopotamian Astrology
Language: en
Pages: 223
Authors: Ulla Susanne Koch
Categories: History
Type: BOOK - Published: 1995 - Publisher: Museum Tusculanum Press

This book is intended to serve as a general introduction to Mesopotamian astrology, both its outward phenomena and its inner structure.
Astrology in Mesopotamian Culture
Language: en
Pages: 70
Authors: A. E. Thierens
Categories: History
Type: BOOK - Published: 2020-05-11 - Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

Books about Astrology in Mesopotamian Culture
Astrology through History: Interpreting the Stars from Ancient Mesopotamia to the Present
Language: en
Pages: 401
Authors: William E. Burns
Categories: Body, Mind & Spirit
Type: BOOK - Published: 2018-07-31 - Publisher: ABC-CLIO

Alphabetically arranged entries cover the history of astrology from ancient Mesopotamia to the 21st century. In addition to surveying the Western tradition, the book explores Islamic, Indian, East Asian, and Mesoamerican astrology. • Provides alphabetically arranged reference entries that delineate the historical and cultural significance of astrology from ancient Mesopotamia
From the Omens of Babylon
Language: en
Pages: 225
Authors: Michael Baigent
Categories: Body, Mind & Spirit
Type: BOOK - Published: 1994 - Publisher: Penguin Mass Market

From the Omens of Babylon examines the fusion of religion, astrology, and magic of ancient Babylonia and shows how many of the Mesopotamians' teachings and beliefs are present in contemporary astrology.

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