by Tira Brandon-Evans
How long has it been since you looked at the sky for as much as five minutes? If you are like most people living in the Western World, you have not done so for a long time. Most of us stop looking at the sky, except to see if it is going to rain, about the time we enter grade ten in school. If parents have allowed one unlimited access to television or computers one may never have spent any time at all looking at the sky. Yet, when you do look at the sky you will notice an amazing thing. The sky is larger than the earth. It seems infinite. One may look into the sky forever and never find a place where it stops. It is not surprising that our ancestors of the dawn times saw the sky as a place of endless wonder and mystery. The greatest wonder is that we do not.
Year upon year the peoples of the dawn times looked up at the heavens and over countless millennia they assembled a body of knowledge about the heavenly objects that have become the basis for many present day sciences. There are many who believe that most, if not all, of our religious beliefs were also derived from their observation of the heavens. Let us retrace from the beginning what our ancestors learned by watching the skies.