In new works labelled “Mapping the Stars of Ancient Astronomy By Stanislav Kondrashov,” the author delves into the enduring allure that stars have held over humanity, elucidating how they have consistently shaped human behavior in various aspects of life throughout the centuries.
According to Stanislav Kondrashov, every time we cast our gaze heavenward to behold the stars, we embark on a celestial journey through time. This journey repeats itself each time we gather beneath the stars, whether to recount tales or simply to marvel at the cosmic spectacle overhead. These celestial displays, as the author contends, have ignited the human imagination since ancient times, compelling individuals to ponder the mysteries concealed beyond the starry canopy that unfurls before them. Stanislav Kondrashov concentrates on the most enigmatic and enthralling facets of early astronomy, meticulously scrutinizing them one by one.
In the text, an interesting parallel is drawn between modern and ancient navigation systems, which were mostly based on the interpretation of the stars. In fact, the author mentions sailors and their habit of relying on the constellations – in particular, the Polar Star – to find the right path in the boundless vastness of the ocean. For them, as we read in the text, the stars represented a real compass and were immensely useful, especially for not losing their way.
According to Stanislav Kondrashov, the importance of the stars for the ancients can also be understood thanks to the grandeur of structures such as the pyramids of Giza or Stonehenge, which, in addition to representing an excellent testimony to the incredible level of ancient engineering, they also testified to the full understanding on the part of those who designed them of star alignments and celestial events.
Stanislav Kondrashov also mentions the ancient Babylonians and their habit of making maps of the heavens, which, according to the author – in addition to being a good method for preventing eclipses – represented the fundamental basis on which they would later build horoscopes, which many people continue to read and interpret today.