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The Origin of the Zodiac

The Origin of the Zodiac

Autore/i: Gleadow Rupert

Editore: Jonathan Cape Ltd

pp. 240, nn. illustrations b/n, London

For centuries, astrologers and others have believed that the position of the sun, moon, and stars within the zodiac (an imaginary belt in the heavens divided into 12 equal parts, or signs, each named for a different constellation) affects human affairs and can be used to foretell the future. In this lively account of the birth and growth of astrology, a well-known scholar (and practicing astrologer) examines the nature, philosophy, and mythology of the zodiac in the ancient cultures of Mexico, Tibet, China, India, Greece, Rome, Babylon, and Egypt. Taking the middle ground between skepticism and belief, Mr. Gleadow analyzes the controversy between those who favor the tropical zodiac (based on the spring equinox) and those who prefer the sidereal or constellation zodiac. He has also included a fascinating chapter on zodiacal gems and birthstones, as well as an extensive bibliography and detailed notes on sources. The text is enlivened with numerous anecdotes, as well as many illustrations and tables, including lists of Chinese hsiu, Indian nashatras, and Egyptian decans. Students, scholars, New Agers, and anyone interested in the long and colorful history of the zodiac in human affairs will want to have this absorbing, well-researched study.

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1 The Zodiac As We Know It
2 The Rediscovery of the Ancient Zodiac
3 What Astrology Is and Does
4 Medieval Magic and Psychology
5 The Twelve Gods: Plato and Augustus
6 The Zodiac in China
7 From Mexico to Tibet
8 Persia and the Four Elements
9 The Bible and Birthstones
10 India and the Asterisms
11 Babylonian Myths and Omens (i) The Eighteen Signs; (ii) The Eleven Signs
12 The Horoscope of Eternity (i) The Calendrical Basis; (ii) The Zodiacs of Denderah; (iii) The Decans; (iv) The Standard Diagram; (v) The Hour-Stars; (vi) Planetary Dates computed from the Heliacal Rising of Sirius; (vii) Decans or Pentads?; (viii) The Mysterious Text from Abydos
13 The Naming of the Constellations

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Argomenti: Astrologia, Zodiaco,


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