A recent article in science magazine Nautilus has a promising (sub) title: Why Astrology Matters. Seeing meaning in the stars is a vital part of the scientific story. The author was unable to answer my simple question: Why are we interested in astrology? After sending my 2018 blog to a friend, I realised that astrology is another example of the decline in our Common Knowledge (my blogs).
For thousands of years, humans “have been making astrological connections—mapping the heavens and trying to discern their influence on the Earth—for much longer than we have been doing science.” (Nautilus) Hence, those efforts must have been very important.
Several ancient archaeological sites around the world are geometrically linked to stars in our Universe. BBC-2000: “Ancient Egyptian astronomers aligned the pyramids due north by using two stars that circle the celestial polar point.” Harvard: “Stonehenge continues to be the quintessential symbol of ancient astronomy.”
Perhaps even more fascinating is Göbekli Tepe, “an archaeological site in the Southeastern Anatolia Region of Turkey  dating back to the 10th–8th millennium BCE.  Radiocarbon dating as well as comparative, stylistical analysis indicate that it is the oldest known temple yet discovered anywhere.” (Wiki). Also see Andrew Collins on this site.
In the words of Ian Hodder of Stanford University: “Göbekli Tepe changes everything”. “If indeed the site was built by hunter-gatherers as some researchers believe then it would mean that the ability to erect monumental complexes was within the capacities of these sorts of groups, which would overturn previous assumptions.” (Wiki)
Göbekli Tepe gives rise to wild interpretations: “Was Göbekli Tepe built as a sacred interstellar portal connecting the people of Earth with extraterrestrial civilizations?  As the world’s oldest monument, built in the cradle of civilization, this discovery may be our strongest evidence connecting the establishment of human civilization under the rule of the Annunaki.” (Gaia-2017)
Clearly, astrology and astronomy have been extremely important in our ancient human past. Still, we do not know why. The Great Flood of 11,000 BC – 4,000 BC – following the Last Ice Age – is probably the main reason for this decline in our Common Knowledge.
“And some things that should not have been forgotten were lost. History became legend. Legend became myth. And for two and a half thousand years, the ring passed out of all knowledge.” The opening line from J.R.R. Tolkien‘s book The Lord of the Rings.
Seasons (1969) by Earth & Fire
There were times before
The skies were blue
Before the sun could burn the dew
Times without years and seasons
Note: all markings (bold, italic, underlining) by LO unless stated otherwise.