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.
My interest in Ancient Egyptian history began more that twenty five years ago (approx.1978) and I have been researching it since. I am fascinated, I presume like most people with the size, scope and sheer resilience to centuries of bombardment thatEgyptand its artefacts have endured and survived to tell us even into the twenty first entury of the glory days of their culture.
From those able to decipher the beautiful hieroglyphs we are constantly being fed with more and more translations and interpretations which seem only to offer us more mystery and intrigue. Over the years I have been fortunate enough to amass a comprehensive library on the subject and have read extensively as well as visited a few temples. The morethere are more questions than answers and the more we find out, the less we seem to know. I learn about the beliefs, and history of the ancient Egyptians is the more I realise that there is to learn. Indeed my interest in astrology and habitual reading of periodic horoscope began even earlier though at a much more superficial level. At some point in my early teenage years, I was introduced to the 'fact' that I was a particular sun sign, and that there were characteristics or traits that were embedded in my psyche (dormant or otherwise) that would be with me as long as I lived, by virtue of the time, date and place of my birth; as they related to the position of the sun, moon and stars at that particular point in time.
I soon learned, from way back then, that there were certain of the other sun signs that I was more compatible with than others, and that I could group or pigeon hole people that I met, neatly into zodiac boxes as a fast track way of summing up their personalities and achieve character profiles that though more often than not were inaccurate or irrelevant, seemed to serve its purpose in certain social settings.
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. The information strewn across my floor and the need to put this information in some order in my own mind at least: As well as to enable me to create an appropriate card. 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 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 inEgypt 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 inEgypt. 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 the 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 ancientEgypt through classicalGreece. 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 earlyEgypt.
the study of the
relative positions of
celestial bodies interpreted
as having an influence
on human affairs and
the natural world.
(in astrology) a band of sky containing the paths of the sun, moon
and main planet, divided into twelve equal parts (called the signs of the zodiac) each named after a constellation that was formerly situated in it.
2. a chart or diagram of these signs;
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?
These Neteru are alive today - living in our souls
and can be intimate companions, if we know how to reach them.
The term astrology, being an 'ology' and therefore
'scientific' conjures up academic studies so I prefer to use the terms zodiac
and horoscope (often interchangeably) as they give more freedom of use without
Conjecture and speculation - where possible the
planets and constellations are described from the view point of an observer in
Kemet. Not to be taken as a scholarly work or a definitive book on Egyptian
astrology - but it is intended as a useful guide for those interested in
exploring stellar - magic.