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The ancient practice of studying the movements and positions of the sun, moon, planets, and stars in the belief that they influence human behavior.

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Cultural association between directions and colors

Inspired by this question on history.stackexchange about the etymology of "Belarus" = "White Russia"... @SigueSigueBen writes in a comment: There is a tradition of giving naming compass directions ...
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Is there any basis for any month being smarter then others?

Like I noticed musicians tend to be more common in certain months according to this link. In addition ADHD tends to be more common in the August month and summer birthdays tend to be taller. Are there ...
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Literature for mesopotamian seven-tiered cosmos?

Reading up on the (excellent) Gilgamesh epic, I found a note for the 11th tablet (where Uta-Napishti - the 'original' Noah) describes the seven-tiered layout of the Ark. The author appended a note ...
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Did the Romans and Greeks worship the sun as their sun god?

Did the Romans and Greeks worship the sun as their sun god, or was their sun god distinct from the astronomical sun? Can the same be said about the moon and the planets Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, ...
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Why does the astrology sign for cancer seem to represent a yin and yang?

So there appears to be an astrology tag with very few questions. This somewhat represents mythology around cancer specifically. Why does the astrology sign for cancer seem to represent a yin and ...
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Is it Lucifer or Venus?

Which deity, according to Greek and Roman mythology, is represented by the planet that we call Venus? Is it the goddess Venus (Aphrodite in Greek) or is someone named Lucifer?
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The Great Bear and Dragon encircling the Tree of Life

In "Yeats Poems" by W. B. Yeats, pg. 522, (in notes to his poem 'The Poet pleads with the Elemental Powers') it is written, Yeats commented that the Great Bear and the constellation of the Dragon '...
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Definitive text on special stones

I'm wondering if there are any definitive texts, ancient or modern, that give some more depth to the origin of the meaning ascribed to them such as like here: Lapis is an excellent stone for ...
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Where does the idea of counting crows come from?

According to Learn Religions and many astrology websites, the number of crows you see predicts the future: "Seeing just a single crow is considered an omen of bad luck. Finding two crows, however,...
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What graphical symbols, if any, have been used for the three "modalities" in western or other astrological systems?

In western astrology the zodiac contains 12 signs each of which is assigned one of 4 elements (fire, earth, air, or water) and one of 3 modalities (also known as qualities) (fixed, cardinal, or ...
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Could it be the the Dendera Zodiak is a Glyphed description of the Egyptian Book of the Dead?

Deckenrelief (Kopie des Tierkreises) in der Kapelle des Tierkreises (Zodiak) auf dem Dach des Hathor-Tempels von Dendera, Ägypten, 16 October 2014 by Olaf Tausch Dear Egyptomaniacs, ...
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Sekhmet with the crown of Hathor?

In the astronomical ceiling of the tomb of Seti (KV17) one of the columns is denoted by the figure of Sekhmet wearing the crown of Hathor as below: What does this signify? Although Sekhmet is ...
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What are some myths involving Capricorn?

I'd like to understand the astrological sign Capricorn more fully. Are there any myths related to this sign? I am interested in both stories about Capricorn, or stories that reveal the goals of ...
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How did the discoveries of the planets Neptune and Uranus affect astrology?

According to what I understand, early astrology recognized seven astral forces: Sun, Moon, Mars, Venus, Mercury, Jupiter, and Saturn. When people later discovered the planets Neptune and Uranus, how ...