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Lunar Data In Babylonian Horoscopes

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The study of the two genres, Babylonia and Assyria, in terms of their respective astronomical content focuses attention on lunar data, and finds some interesting continuities despite their substantial differences. It is particularly the lunar phenomena not associated with the date of birth, but regularly included in Babylonian horoscopes, that concerns this paper. The author refers here primarily to the dates of syzygies, which are common enough in other genres of late Babylonian astronomical texts such as the diaries or almanacs, but have little or no evident astrological meaning in such texts. Insofar as the dates of the Lunar Three can be correlated with the earlier and less precisely formulated Enuma Anu Enlil omens for these synodic moments, some sense can be made of their incorporation within a horoscope as a contribution to the overall interpretationlucky or unluckyof the heavens on, or near, the date of a birth.

Keywords: Babylonian astronomical texts; Babylonian Horoscopes; dates of syzygies; Lunar Data; overall interpretation



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