The Fated Sky

The Fated Sky

Astrology in History

Book - 2006
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Baker & Taylor
An exploration of astrology's impact on history considers such topics as the fervent observance of astrology by notable Greeks and Romans, St. Thomas Aquinas's belief that astrology was compatible with Christianity, and the astrological consultations of such modern figures as Winston Churchill and Ronald Reagan. Reprint. 35,000 first printing.

Simon and Schuster
From ancient times to the present day, astrology has captured the imagination -- is it possible that human fate is influenced by the stars? Astrologers throughout the ages have advised the powerful, from popes to presidents to royalty, and their influence can be seen as a hidden history behind the great events of the past. In The Fated Sky, historian Benson Bobrick writes the first serious history of astrology and takes a fascinating look at its origins and impact on human events.

Astrology is the origin of science itself, as astronomy, mathematics, and other disciplines arose in part to make possible the calculations necessary in casting horoscopes. In earlier times, it was a science that won the respect and allegiance of the greatest thinkers and rulers of the ancient world, and eventually claimed adherents among the great astronomers of the scientific revolution -- Copernicus, Kepler, and Newton among them. Statesmen such as Churchill and de Gaulle consulted astrologers, and St. Thomas Aquinas thought astrology not incompatible with Christian doctrine. It is even said the Incas submitted to the Spanish conquistadors without a fight because their arrival coincided with an astrological prophecy. And astrology permeates our cultural consciousness, from references in the Bible and Shakespeare to expressions such as "ill-starred" or "lucky stars."

Rich in historical anecdote and astrological lore, The Fated Sky shows us that while the true power of astrology may be open to debate, the belief in its power has been -- and continues to be -- an enduring and intriguing influence on history and the history of ideas.

Publisher: London : Simon & Schuster, 2006.
ISBN: 9780743268950
0743268954
9780743224826
0743224825
Characteristics: viii, 369 p. : ill., map ; 22 cm.

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kilaya Sep 01, 2013

astrologer himself be prudent, gentle, of few words, elegant, well-dressed, grave, faithful, and honest, and exemplary in every way. For often the artist can adorn the art.”

kilaya Sep 01, 2013

BYCARDANO’S DAY,medical astrology had been developed to a high degree. Hippocrates, the great Greek physician and source of every doctor’s oath, had insisted that his students master astrology for its help in determining when patients were most at risk. This seemed to him of such importance that “the doctor who does not understand astrology,” he declared, “is a fool.”

kilaya Sep 01, 2013

BYCARDANO’S DAY,medical astrology had been developed to a high degree. Hippocrates, the great Greek physician and source of every doctor’s oath, had insisted that his students master astrology for its help in determining when patients were most at risk. This seemed to him of such importance that “the doctor who does not understand astrology,” he declared, “is a fool.”

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