‘The Ancient Ones,’ let’s call them that because it sounds mysterious and fun.
A blog about astrology should be full of fun and mystery. Isn’t it?
But really, I am just referring to our ancestors, way back in time, but humans just like us, with an inquisitive mind and a thirst for knowledge in this extremely chaotic and confusing world.
”What to binge watch next on Netflix?”
”What to do over the weekend?”
”Should I continue eating donuts like there is no tomorrow or should I be scared of diabetes because my dad is diabetic?”
These are the questions that bug me and my generation when my mind is idle. Those are also the days when all of us regular people end up thinking about life, it’s meaning and other such questions. Don’t we?
Well, ‘The Ancient Ones’ could not browse memes when they got bored. They could not jump in a car and go to a cafe whenever they got restless. They could not have heated arguments about Friends V/S HIMYM. Sad!
Aside from the fact that they died super young because of lack of modern medicine, ‘The Ancient Ones’ had a lot of time on their hands and way fewer distractions. Hence, they did all sorts of other things like performing grand rituals everyday, write epics, make from scratch everything from food to furniture, judge people excessively and think about things that we rarely give any thought to.
That brings me to what this blog is really about. The ancient civilizations of Mesopotamia, China and India have been practicing the art of studying the Sun and planets and their influence on human affairs and in turn other worldly events since 2nd millenium BCE.
I feel that they knew that the human race wasn’t evolved enough to figure out the meaning of life so they looked up to the cosmos to find answers to these very important questions.
‘The Ancient-er Ones’ had already noticed that the planets, Sun and other stars all had a pattern to their movement so they started recording them. Comparing the movement of celestial bodies to the various natural phenomenon occurring on our planet led to the recording of time, tides and seasons. This gave our ancestors an upper hand at being able to predict the ‘mood of nature’ which had been a complete mystery up until then. They were able to predict most natural occurrences with more precision which in turn helped them with the most vital part of human survival and settlement – Growing and harvesting Food Crops.
Every other necessity was easily met with because these societies were rich. However, the growing population needed food in surplus which needed water to grow. Being able to predict timely rains or a delay in the monsoons thus became a necessity for settled colonies.
But just like the modern weather department, they were wrong at times. It was really easy to blame it on angry Gods and evil spirits. So, that’s that!
Celestial bodies were Gods that decided the fate of the vast planet Earth and everything that went on here so why couldn’t these same observable Gods not decide the fate of humans too?
It was obvious to The Ancient Ones that if they could study the cosmos and predict the next rainfall, they could also study the same to figure out if The Ancient One – Chandra, would be able to have another baby or if it was okay for The Ancient One – Mansukh, to go for his work trip or if it would be inauspicious for him.
For the first time, ancient humans, in their quest for the meaning of life, chose to look up to the cosmos for answer.
Astrology was born.