People look at the stars and tell stories. They notice the patterns
and work those into the stories. They make stories to teach and
explain the patterns.
On the stars, they hang many tales of important events. Thus the
stars become a history book. Tales that incorporate the locations
of the planets, and the locations of the constellations (rising
or setting) afix a time stamp to the story.
After many generations of history was tied to the stars, it seems
natural that people in their quest for pattern making, for seeing
order in the world, would wonder if the connection went the other
way as well. If the patterns in the sky could be used to predict
the future as well as the past. Thus was astrology born.
People love to classify and categorize, to organize their knowledge
to see if new connections are made. The planets and stars have
been used heavily in this way for a long time.
Now the study of the stars is so often separated from the study
of myth, language, and culture. Things are compartmentalized and
it has been fashionable for a while to think that we are better,
smarter, and more knowledgable than our ancestors.
Respecting our ancestors and trying to reclaim their knowledge, to
understand that the stories we now know as 'myth' were describing
things of great importance to them in solid physical ways as well
as psychological or metaphysical, has been problematic. Since this
way of thinking was outside the academic norm, academics who have
tried to restore this thought have had difficulty being published.
The people most vehement about being heard, have often been somewhat
on the kook side, adding unnecessary bits about planets changing
orbits, or alien visitations.
Happily this seems to be changing now.
More well-written and rational materials are being published and
people are daring to look across disciplines and look for the
connections. Secret of the Inca's is very good in that it shows
how the myths were used in a practical way to transmit information
about the culture and it's experiences across the centuries.
You can recombine the knowledge yourself. Take a myth that interests
you and look for locations and animals mentioned in a star chart.
Which planets might relate to the active figures - people or gods?
What sorts of numbers and shapes recur in the story? Do these
remind you of any astronomical features?