Hi there. I just read my favourite magazine and discovered that Jupiter’s turning direct will have some positive effects on how I perceive myself and my achievements – weird things those horoscopes, aren’t they? Have you ever asked yourself whose idea it was to make a connection between the movement of planets and our fate down here? Well, we immediately think astrology is an ancient tradition, so it must have something to do with antiquity, the Greeks and the Romans probably.
You’re right, in parts. Modern astrology is based on the Hellenistic view that the planets themselves are exerting influence over human destinies. But the first astrologers? No, it wasn’t the Greeks.
As you might have already guessed, reading a blog about a comic based on Sumerian mythology, it was the Sumerians. They observed the movements and appearance of the moon, stars and planets and believed that certain constellations could be interpreted as signals about the gods’ intentions. You see the difference? The gods are sending their prophecies via messages on the night sky, it’s not the planets themselves or where they stood when we were born that give us the clues.
Furthermore, the idea of gods as man’s patrons was a basic concept in Sumerian religion. Each city had its patron god who lived in the city temple and took care of its inhabitants. There was no Olympus where all the gods were sitting together chewing ambrosia and scheming against each other. Of course, Sumerian gods also met, but only from time to time at special places to discuss the destiny of the universe, to mate, or simply to decide who should kill the current roaming monster threatening the earth.
For the people living in those cities this meant that from their childhood onwards they developed an attachment to a certain god who had a clear-cut personality and defined ideals and interests. It’s like being a Gryffindor you know you have to be brave, daring and courageous – you are probably inclined to be like that, otherwise you wouldn’t be there.
The same applies for the inhabitants of Eridu. They prayed to and for sure also identified with Enki, a creative water god associated with wisdom, magic and the arts and crafts of civilization. I suppose their ideals were a little different from those of the people of Uruk, whose patron god is Inanna the goddess of love who defines herself through her more or less passionate relationships with gods and heroes. The people of Sumer were born into their houses and had to do their best to fit in – no sorting hat needed, if you know what I mean.
With the decay of Sumerian civilization this concept died and with it the ancient Sumerian knowledge of seeing the gods’ intentions in the various cosmic constellations – until now. With Esemtu, the old Sumerian horoscope is revived. And we are no longer born into cities dominated by our specific patron god, we first have to find out who holds his protecting hand over us. Based on this we can try to find and interpret the signs on the night sky. Or get a prophecy from someone who’s directly in touch with them.
Don’t hesitate! Find out who your patron god is and what makes him tick and see your monthly prophecies. You can do it right now: