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Is It Wacky to Believe in Astrology and UFOs?

  • Geoffrey Kirby
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Part of the Astronomers' Universe book series (ASTRONOM)

Abstract

Astrology is probably the oldest recorded attempt by humans to understand and interpret the patterns in the natural world. Thousands of years ago it was well known that the cycles observed in the stars were related to the cycles seen in the countryside. Plants grew most vigorously when the Sun was moving through the area of the star pattern that we now call Taurus the Bull, with its beautiful clusters of the Hyades and the Pleiades; these star patterns having been drawn thousands of years ago on the walls of early inhabited caves. It was natural that early farming communities should have believed that the movements of the Sun, Moon, planets and stars were controlling the natural environment; the evidence was all around them.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Geoffrey Kirby
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  1. 1.WeymouthUK

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