Book review: Chronology of the Astrology of the Middle East and the West by Period

Chronology of the Astrology of the Middle East and the West by Period is a booklet of 38 pages wrote by Robert Hand and published by A.R.H.A.T. in 1998.

In the Preamble the author reveals that the purpose of this booklet is to:

“give a rough idea of the times and order of major developments in the history of astrology, a list of major astrologers, and events in the historical background.”

The book is divided in 2 parts: the first one is a chronological list with the most important events for astrology (from 15000 B.C.E. to 1770 C.E.) associated with brief descriptions and the second part is an extended version of an essay about astrology history.

There the author presents his point of view about the origins of horoscopic astrology:

“astrology as we know it came into being only once in time and in one place; the place is Mesopotamia (roughly modern Iraq)”

The first birthcharts were created by Chaldeans (late Babylonians) and the oldest one, written in cuneiform, dates from April 29, 410 B.C.E. Then, astrology developed very fast in Egypt and Mesopotamia and, until 1 century C.E., quite possibly several centuries earlier, the entire apparatus of horoscopic astrology was in place. In the final part of the essay the author presents his opinions about the origin of Hindu astrology and the improvements brought by Arab astrology.


Conclusion. It is a very useful book for those who want to read about the most important events in the early history of astrology. You will understand where astrology first appeared, how it started, what happened in Mesopotamia, Egypt, Greece or Persia. It is not a complete, comprehensive history, it is for those who want to get in touch with the subject and to understand the main ideas, events. If you want to learn the history of astrology this booklet is a very good place to start with. My evaluation is 7,95.