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pre-history

It is impossible to say when mankind first had the notion that the movements of the planets might have an effect on us all. However, we do know that by 1500bce tables existed setting out the times when planets rose and set, and by 1000bce astrologers were versed in the notion that the heavens was a great circle around which these beings revolved.

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An astrological tablet from the ancient city of Uruk in Iraq.

The effect of the Sun on the Earth is very evident in the light and warmth it provides, and the Moon's effect is nearly as apparent. It creates the seas' tides, for example, and affects basic plants and animals, and the menstrual cycle. While no-one can say for sure, we can reasonably presume that such effects were observed long before the advent of writing, and that gradually the subtler effects of other planets were then noticed and studied.

Writing in the 1st century bce, Cicero had an interesting explanation for the development of astrology. He said that: "The Egyptians and Babylonians reside in vast plains where no mountains obstruct their view of the entire hemisphere, and so they have applied themselves mainly to that

An astrological tablet from the ancient city of Uruk in Iraq.

kind of divination called astrology."

Not only in the Middle East but also in the Far East, and in the Incan, Mayan, and Mexican civilizations, the planets that could be seen by the naked eye -Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn -were identified as influential gods.

early astrologers

Astronomer/astrologers (and for centuries one name described them both) observed the strange ways in which the planets behaved - sometimes hesitating, sometimes appearing to move backwards, sometimes meeting each other then parting - and began to elaborate a theory based on these movements, as well as the mysterious and frightening eclipses of the Sun and Moon.

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