Astrology — the art of foresight

Already in ancient times, people have learned to predict the fate of a person depending on the location of the stars at the time of his birth. In the court of each monarch has always been an astrologer, amounting to all family members of the royal personages horoscopes for life and predicting how successful will be a battle or a diplomatic meeting.

Astrologers and priests of ancient China, India, and the Chaldeans from the study of the stars foretold various natural disasters: flooding, droughts, floods, earthquakes. In those days people still consider themselves a part of nature, not towering over her. Therefore, it seemed natural to recognize the dependence of their destiny on the processes occurring in nature. The first attempt to unite all the astrological experience together can be considered as the famous "Chetyrehknizhie" of Ptolemy, which codified all the available knowledge of the cosmos.

With the advent of the Christian era attitude toward astrology has undergone some changes. The early theologians in some cases have had to somehow refer to the achievement of astrologers. Moreover, they sincerely believed that the stars are God's beautiful creation, intelligent creatures, and that comes from the planets of some force, which has given them by God. Clement of Rome, a close friend of Peter, believed that the planets and stars "are objects that are fixed in the sky the hand of God for people to be able to identify them past, present and future.
During the Renaissance, the court astrologers were all European monarchs. Moreover, even the Pope Innocent III, Julius II, Leo X and Paul III often turned to astrologers for advice on personal and important political issues.

Astrologers have been following diseases princely families and, in addition, indicate the time to lay the best temples.
However, in the middle of the XVI century, the church has changed its attitude to astrology. Pope published in their bulls were threatened with punishment by all known predictors of the future, so that they did not attempt to know, is known to the Lord alone. Astrology no longer teach at the University of Bologna. Within the walls of the other universities in Europe, it remained a little longer. These changes were due to the desire of the Church Fathers to eliminate all pagan and magical rituals contained in the Catholic religion.

The most famous astrologers and soothsayers of the Renaissance include Richard Russ, Tommaso Campanella, Paracelsus, Rabelais, Cardano and others. They were considered the leading experts on the occult sciences. Interested in astrology and many statesmen of the West and the East — Catherine de 'Medici, SuleymanaI Qanooni, Ivan the Terrible. They were all highly educated, well-versed in many sciences, such as literature, medicine, and law.

Currently, astrology became unusually high popularity. Sometimes astrologer people trust more than anyone else. Conversely, a good astrologer, and guided by the knowledge of the impact on the fate of the planets and stars, can warn people of any adversity and misfortune.

What caused such a public trust in astrology? Perhaps the point is that forecasters are often more honest and truthful scholars working in any other field of knowledge. The motto of all the modern astrological schools are the words: «Omnia exeunt in mysterium (All permitted in secret)." Thus, as the astrologers would argue exceed-hodstvo secrecy over knowledge. Man should not be forcibly intrude into the space beyond. His fate — wait patiently for nature will deign to apply any label to the action and the key to solving the riddle of the future. Only then will people be able to know everything that interests him: the past, the present, and, of course, about the future.

Category: The prophecies and predictions, visions and hypotheses

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