What is KMT Astrology?
Everywhere that I look for information about ancient astrology; I come up against conflicting and contradicting information about the origin of astrology and the zodiac. The majority view attempts to give credit of the origins to the Greeks who themselves give credit of its origin to the Egyptians. From many years of research:This is an attempt to reconstruct of the astrology of the people of Kemet or KMT (another name for Ancient Egypt).
According to Kemetic cosmological beliefs, at the time of creation, certain powers of consciousness or forces were also made manifest. Each coming into being as the creator articulated its nature. These were/are forces that embody the powers of the creator but also assume the identity of divine beings and came to represent important religious concepts.
(Powers of creation p.15/Clark) Astrology through the ages.
How do i invite you to look back with me; so that we may both look forward? Enticement and intrigue just aren't flowing rapidly today. Instead they trickle slowly, apprehensively, longing for new and exciting, yet clinging desperately to tried and tested. So what if tried and tested doesn't work as we would want? What if sometimes there appear to be gaping holes, or just areas that able to explore further? Are we holding on to it because it's popular and we don't want to go against the grain? Could it be that there exists a more effective system? A rediscovery of an ancient tried and tested - that becomes new and exciting - now that would be something. But hey, new and exciting could let us down and then we might be back begging tried and tested again for its familiar even if half hearted embrace.
Here's my idea: Invite tried and tested to embark on the journey with us to new and exciting. If anywhere along the new road, new and exciting dares to try to get us to change from comfort zone vehicle to say loopy bus; we could always dig our heels in and tell new and exciting to piss off! Then I came across this quote, (that I need to look up again in order to credit its source.
"Disregarding the absurd or unorthodox may mean a lost
chance to understand the universal laws."
Now with cautious ticket bought and paid for, let us embark on this our journey of discovery. The first leg of this journey will take us to Ghana, or more precisely to the Akan people of the region of west Africa presently known as Ghana. What are we looking for? From the Akan we are hoping to discover and embrace the word and philosophical principle known as Sankofa.
Sankofa can mean either the word in the Akan language of Ghana that translates in English to "go back and take" (Sanko - go back, fa - take) OR the Asante Adinkra symbol.
'Se wo were finawossankofa a yenkyi. ' Turn back and fetch it.
(It is no taboo to return and fetch it when you forget. You can always undo your mistakes).
I symbolizes one taking from the past what is good and bringing it into the present in order to make positive progress through the benevolent use of knowledge.
Having bathed and clothed ourselves in the meaning and ideas of Sankofa, we must continue our journey. As beautiful as the Gold Coast is, it was only ever meant to be a pit-stop.
Better to reconnect with the God (NTR, ntr, neteru, gods goddess) you knew from ancient times, than to cling to the new God that cursed/cueses you.
As fascinating as the history of Ancient Egypt is, it can all become meaningless piles of information if there is no order, structure or use of the information. A light bulb moment came following my design of a birthday card for a dear friend who I thought would appreciate some information on the Egyptian/Kemetic deity that governed her particular birth sign. Early research uncovered many discrepancies that led to further research, and then led to piles of information I would now like to share with you, some of the fascinating information that I uncovered in my search for the most ancient astrological beliefs.
The Zodiac as we know it today is Greek based. The Greeks accredited the Egyptians with recognising the existence of the movement of the stars and the earliest detailed records are the star-clocks or 'diagonal calendars painted on the wooden coffin lids in Egypt dating back to the early Middle Kingdom. This is also shown in the ceilings of many tombs painted with stars or
the arched body of Nut, the sky-goddess depicted on the lid of coffins. The calendars consisted of 36 columns, listing 36 groups of stars referred to as 'decans' into which the night sky was divided. Each decan rose above the horizon at dawn for a period of ten days every year. Their weeks were said to be10 days long, and their months 30 days each (this is based on the 'original' stellar calendar).
According to Diodorus Sicilus:
"There is perhaps no land where the order and movement of the stars are observed exactly as in Egypt. They have kept records in which these observations have been written down for an incredible number of years. Here one finds information on the relation of each planet to birth of animals and on the good or bad influence of each star."
So the influence of stars on human affairs can be traced to ancient Egypt through classical Greece. For the Egyptians the stars had immense significance. The circumpolar stars that
never set in the west, were identified as the 'Imperishable Ones' and according to the Pyramid Texts, the Kings/Pharaohs were raised up to heaven to join their company on death, where there would spend eternity (free from change or decay). The revered dead had a long-standing association with the stars in early Egypt.
the study of the
celestial bodies interpretednt and
relative positions of
as having an influence
on human affairs and
the natural world.
Astrology - a belief in a direct and calculable connection between planetary movements and human action. In today's world this can leave us with a sense of impotence - yet ancient astrologers saw themselves as men of religion, and clothed their teachings in the language of sacred cult. The modern world has inherited the zodiac system and its system of interpretation from Kemetic astrologer -priests who had painstakingly mapped out the visible sky and they could some how foretell the future,but he could in no way influence it.
Why look to the more ancient? Haven't things developed and improved? And what is the purpose of astrology anyway?
(p.107) Freke & Gandy
When we are born
The planetary gods
Who are at the time
On duty as ministers of birth
Take charge of us
These particular powers
According to the rotation of the planets,
Make their way in through the body,
And mould the shape of our souls.
They penetrate our nerves and marrow,
Veins and arteries,
Even our innermost organs.
Where possible the planets and constellations are described from the view point of an observer in Kemet.
This research into ancient KMT astrology - is intended as a useful
guide for those of us who would like to explore some stellar magic.