COUNTLESS ages ago a great ball of matter moved in space with clock-like precision among other assorted spheres. This very special one was resplendent with great bodies of blue water and large land masses. Upon the surface of this globe existed a particularly lush garden providing all manner of beautiful, edible vegetation and cool pools of water from which to drink.
Early one morning, as if by magic, mankind materialized here. Hungry, he partook of the tasty fruit; thirsty, he drank freely of the refreshing water. Fully satiated, he reclined in the shade of a giant green tree by a babbling brook. A deep sleep soon overtook him. Time passed peacefully; suddenly he awoke! Darkness enshrouded everything. As far as he could ascertain, the garden -- with all its splendor -- was gone. Little else was visible save the faint glow of flickering tiny lights above.
Sore afraid, he reckoned that all was lost; there was no hope! He groped his way to a nearby cave to shiver in extreme trepidation for what seemed to him an eternity. His natural instincts cried for survival.
What great joy he experienced when the "great light" made its reappearance, restoring his garden -- his source of life -- to him! But he couldn't rid himself of the concern whether this wonderful rebirth would last. Fear caused him to be more watchful of the warm light's movement from the point it had reappeared. He noted the changes and lengthening of the shadows.
As the light grew dimmer, he started to gather food and made his way back to the safety of his cave which he could still see in the waning light. Without then knowing it, man had just experienced part of his first day, his first night, his second day -- and was about to experience his second night on Earth.
As he soon became somewhat accustomed to this cyclic change, his fears subsided to the point that, in time, he dared to venture outside his cave into the frightening darkness of the night. Upon finally doing so he noted a "lesser light" in the darkened sky. Strangely, it seemed to change in size and shape, and some nights was totally absent from his view. On those nights especially he directed his attention to the "tiny lights" above as any light gave him hope.
Much time passed and he began to note that certain of these "tiny lights" moved, while others seemed to remain in place -- and to twinkle.
In time, he began, perhaps by scratching marks on rocks, to record the movements of the "greater light," the "lesser light," and the "tiny lights." After much of this "recording," he (and his descendants) started to give each of these "lights" names. Further, it became clear that certain patterns were formed by these "tiny lights" that didn't move as did the "greater light" and the "lesser light." These he named after animals and objects he typically observed around him, or created in his imagination. He no doubt may even have worshiped certain of these "lights" because of their importance to his very survival.
He (they), of course, were followed by many others as time progressed. All his descendants also were interested in these "lights" and their cycles -- and, in time, kept more detailed primitive records regarding the changes and activities of all the "lights" above.
As man gained knowledge of these heavenly bodies and their regular movements, he started to note that the various "lights'" positions seemed to have a relationship to what was happening in his environment, his tribe, his life, and current events. Then, there was no "prediction," only observation, study and reflection.
As the centuries passed, cumulative records and lore related to earthly occurrences began to serve as indicators of the types of happenings/events that were to be anticipated as certain fore-known heavenly cycles were about to repeat.
Over time, man's observations became more precise as new inventions, devises, and techniques enabled more accurate measurements, and aided his ability to relate planetary positions and movements to members of his "tribe" as a whole, and certain individuals -- especially as related to their potential talents, limitations, strengths and weaknesses.
Increasingly, man became more and more aware of the cyclic nature of all creation as he watched the seed sprout, grow, reproduce more seed, and die. Man, on whatever part of the planet, thought he was the only intelligent being possessing such knowledge. But then came other inventions -- the wheel, seagoing vessels and other faster means of moving from one place to another which, in time, enabled contacts with other civilizations. Then, perhaps to his surprise, man discovered that his sort of observational practice had evolved in other "tribes" as well.
But the enlightened members of these diverse civilizations soon came to the realization that such an evolutionary study would be only a natural outgrowth of man's curiosity and his desire to attempt to understand himself and his environment -- as strongly related to his instinctive need to survive.
Without such knowledge, how would he have learned how to prepare for seasonal changes, when to sow and reap, when he could effectively hunt at night, and a host of other matters related to survival?
At various times governments, religious wars, ignorance and other unfortunate situations have succeeded in retarding astrological study but a sufficient number of "believers" survived to continue to study, record and act with nature's cycles as could clearly be "read" in the heavens above.
Scribes and then the printing press enabled the "devoted" to spread this valuable knowledge to the masses -- both the "believers" and the "non-believers." Countless numbers have used this knowledge and gained from it; others scoffed and condemned it as mankind became more "scientific." Astrology, the father of astronomy, was deserted by astronomy's so-called scientists long ago.
Despite all its outspoken critics, its ups and downs, its attempted take-overs by psychics and other assorted fortune-tellers, Astrology still survives -- and will survive so long as mankind remains interested in the study and proper use of this the oldest of natural psychologies known to mankind. Astrology -- a true science-art.