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  • Author:
    Benson Bobrick
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    0743224825
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    Simon & Schuster; First Edition edition (November 1, 2005)
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    384 pages
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The fated sky: astrology in history. Bobrick (Fight for Freedom: The American Revolutionary War ) has given us a history of "the science of the heavens" from Sumerian civilization (. 500 . Unfortunately, much space.

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The Fated Sky: Astrology. has been added to your Cart. Benson Bobrick earned his doctorate from Columbia University and is the author of several critically acclaimed works, including Wide as the Waters: The Story of the English Bible and the Revolution It Inspired and Angel in the Whirlwind: The Triumph of the American Revolution. In 2002 he received the Literature Award of the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters.

In The Fated Sky, historian Benson Bobrick writes the first serious history of astrology and takes a fascinating look at its origins and impact on human events

In The Fated Sky, historian Benson Bobrick writes the first serious history of astrology and takes a fascinating look at its origins and impact on human events. Astrology is the origin of science itself, as astronomy, mathematics, and other disciplines arose in part to make possible the calculations necessary in casting horoscopes. In earlier times, it was a science that won the respect and allegiance of the greatest thinkers and rulers of the ancient world, and eventually claimed adherents among the great astronomers of the scientific revolution - Copernicus, Kepler, and Newton among them.

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The Fated Sky explores both the history of astrology & the controversial subject of its historical influence. It's the 1st serious book to fully engage astrology in this way. Astrology is the oldest occult sciences, also the origin of science itself. Astronomy, mathematics & other disciplines arose in part to make possible the calculations necessary in casting horoscopes.

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In a horoscope he cast in 1647 for Charles I, William Lilly, a noted English astrologer, made the following judgment: "Luna is with Antares, a violent fixed star, which is said to denote violent death, and Mars is approaching Caput Algol, which is said to denote beheading. Two years later the king's head fell on the block.

In The Fated Sky, historian Benson Bobrick writes the first serious history of astrology and takes a fascinating look at its origins and impact on human events.

In a horoscope he cast in 1647 for Charles I, William Lilly, a noted English astrologer, made the following judgment: "Luna is with Antares, a violent fixed star, which is said to denote violent death, and Mars is approaching Caput Algol, which is said to denote beheading." Two years later the king's head fell on the block. "Astrology must be right," wrote the American astrologer Evangeline Adams, a claimed descendant of President John Quincy Adams, in a challenge to skeptics in 1929. "There can be no appeal from the Infinite." The Fated Sky explores both the history of astrology and the controversial subject of its influence in history. It is the first serious book to fully engage astrology in this way.Astrology is the oldest of the occult sciences. It is also the origin of science itself. Astronomy, mathematics, and other disciplines arose in part to make possible the calculations necessary in casting horoscopes. For five thousand years, from the ancient Near East to the modern world, the influence of the stars has been viewed as shaping the course and destiny of human affairs. According to recent polls, at least 30 percent of the American public believes in astrology, though, as Bobrick reveals, modern astrology is also utterly different from the doctrine of the stars that won the respect and allegiance of the greatest thinkers, scientists, and writers -- Greek, Roman, Egyptian, Arab, and Persian -- of an earlier day. Statesmen, popes, and kings once embraced it, and no less a figure than St. Thomas Aquinas, the medieval theologian, thought it not incompatible with Christian faith. There are some two hundred astrological allusions in Shakespeare's plays, and not one of their astrological predictions goes unfulfilled. The great astronomers of the scientific revolution -- Copernicus, Tycho Brahe, Kepler -- were adherents. Isaac Newton's appetite for mathematics was first whetted by an astrological text. In more recent times, prominent figures such as Churchill, de Gaulle, and Reagan have consulted astrologers and sometimes heeded their advice. Today universities as diverse as Oxford in England and the University of Zaragoza in Spain offer courses in the subject, fulfilling Carl Jung's prediction decades ago that astrology would again become the subject of serious discourse. Whether astrology actually has the powers that have been ascribed to it is, of course, open to debate. But there is no doubt that it maintains an unshakeable hold on the human mind. In The Fated Sky, Benson Bobrick has written an absolutely captivating and comprehensive account of this engrossing subject and its enduring influence on history and the history of ideas.

Xtreem
An awesome book and the only book I know about astrology written by a real historian. The part about how Elizabethian astrologers determined how much a money a person will make will net some nice profits in the stock market. Illustrates very well that the two greatest empires in the world, the Roman and British, were guided by astrologers at their foundings. Also touches upon an American astrologer who upon doing his forecast for the month realized he was going to die; contacted an insurance agent and got a policy for a million dollars and made one payment and his family collected the dough. Guys like that could ruin the financial system. Don't expect astrology to get much ink in the popular press any time soon. Very insightful reading for the circumspectual.
Windbearer
how in the world does someone like Benson Bobrick acquire so much knowledge? - he has other terrific books.
this is incredibly well-researched. he does not take a "judgemental" approach - just tells the history of astrology. i think this is essential for anyone into astrology. i am a philosophy and religion major.
Arthunter
I appreciated that this book was written by a non-astrologer who was nevertheless willing to actually research his subject and present astrology in an objective light. Classical astrological techniques (Ptolemy, Ficino, et al.) come off looking especially good in this work, and left me eager to read more of the classical works. Historians will like this book as well, since many of the major classical astrologers knew or had a connection with royalty, politicians, artists, and writers of their day. I found Bobrick's presentation of astrologers as people who varied widely in their ethics a bit disturbing, as this may reinforce the ideas people sometimes already have of astrologers as quacks and fringe players out to abuse the public. Nonetheless, the book did not gloss over the realities of these astrologer's lives, pointing to the fact that skill in astrology is not necessarily a guarantee of ethical behavior unless the astrologer chooses that it shall be so. This also points to the value of codes of ethics that have been put in place in modern astrological organizations, such as the National Council for Geocosmic Research (NCGR).
Azago
A wonderful book. States quite the argument for astrology, but isn't overly pushy. A little too technical at times for me (and that's rare, but it is often the listing of astrological terms that have no meaning to the casual observer). But overall the book was an amazing read, and the stories about well-known favorites throughout history (from Augustus to George Washington) and their uses of astrology are never less than charming. As well, a dotted cast of new people, the unsung astrologers themselves, slowly come into focus during your read. Some are high born nobles, some brilliant mathematicians, some barely above the label of con artist. But all play a huge role in the nebulous development of this "sacred science," and The Fated Sky weaves this loom beautifully.
Mozel
A solid scholarly volume on the topic. Has a lot to say about the origins of astrology, the people who practiced it, and its relationship to religion, science, and the powers that be.
Qudanilyr
Bobrick does what most other texts of this nature fail to do: take an even-handed approach to the subject. Too many books dealing with the history of astrology take a dismissive viewpoint, as if current thought and 'science' is all that we really need to know, and astrology is but an amusing antique. Far from it!

This book sets the record straight, to some extent. It's aimed at the general reader, and aquits itself well on this count. Bobrick presents a clear and easy to follow history of the astrological tradition, clearly pointing out some of the notable high (and low) points.

Bobrick is wise to remind readers that what passes for 'astrology' today is a pale imitation of what has gone before. Modern astrology, from about 1900 onwards, is a dumbed-down shadow of the art as was practised for thousands of years beforehand. This book is an excellent overview of those thousands of years, and reminds us of the rich heritage astrology has to offer.

My only quibble is that some astrological knowledge is assumed - some terms are often not clearly explained. I've studied the subject for many years, so was not a problem.
The Rollers of Vildar
This is a great non-fiction account of astrology's history. Fascinating and thought provoking.
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