Astrological Heritage: Babylonia through Hellenistic

Astrological Heritage: Babylonia through Hellenistic

Astrology developed within cultures, not independently of time and place. Understanding the geography, historical periods, and concurrent cultural beliefs helps us to understand the types of astrology and astrological techniques that developed in response.

Deepen your astrological practice by studying the cultural lineages from which the tradition emerges, with this historical survey of the foundations of astrology.

Instructor: Inga Thornell
RH115 (5 weeks) – Winter 2023-24
Class begins February 10, 2024
Advance pricing ends January 27, 2024

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Instructor: Inga Thornell
Day: Saturday, beginning February 10, 2024
Time: 9:00 – 11:00 AM Pacific Time
Course Length: 5 weeks – all live sessions are recorded



This five week history course covers the beginning of recorded astrology, offering a survey of the historical periods incorporating astrologically significant events and discoveries. We’ll explore the major periods from Mesopotamia to the Hellenistic Era and discuss the contributions of each.

Students will also be introduced to concepts such as The Origins of science and philosophy, Christianity, Islam, Hellenophilia, Orientalism, Scholasticism and Humanism.

Students will:

  • Examine how astrology originated in various cultures and what questions it sought to address
  • See how astrology became embedded in mainstream culture in these societies
  • Study the lineages in which different astrological theories developed
  • Examine the relationship between the history of science and religion, philosophy and mythology
  • Explore the changes in cosmology throughout history and how these changes affected society’s attitudes.


Weekly topics:

  1. Mesopotamian Contributions
  2. Egyptian Contributions
  3. Greek Contributions
  4. Hellenistic Astrology
  5. Rome and Astral Religions




Required Texts:

  • A History of Western Astrology Volume I: The Ancient and Classical Worlds Original title: The Dawn of Western Astrology: The Ancient and Classical Worlds by Nicholas Campion
  • A History of Western Astrology Volume II: The Medieval and Modern Worlds by Nicholas Campion

Recommended Text:

  • A History of Horoscopic Astrology by James Herschel Holden



View Inga’s bio here


Registration closes at 7:00am on Wednesday February 14th, 2024


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