The waves that describe these cycles also describe the location of the planets in our solar system, and the longer waves describe the location of the major fixed stars. The ancient annual forecast for rain was based on the visibility of one specific cluster of very faint stars. If they could be seen, it would be a dry year. If they could not be seen, they were said to be obscured by rain, and it would be a wet year. The more moisture, the more productive the land and its animals, and also the more likely an enemy army invasion, because the more moisture, the more fat is stored in the livers of animals, and a person familiar with a specific animal’s liver, the more accurately the person can tell whether the overall moisture has been above or below average for that specific area, and how many war horses the local area is likely to support.
War horses were a staple in all countries except those with trained elephants. These horses were trained to fight by pawing with their front feet and striking with their back feet. Staying on top of a bucking bronco is the shadow remaining from these living tanks from the past. They weren’t very effective in a starved condition, however, so it was important to have food for them. That food depended entirely on the amount of rain that fell on the areas to be invaded. Knowing how much rain would fall during the coming year was critical to kings planning invasions, so predicting it became a prime skill for astronomer/astrologers (both fields were simultaneous in the original form).
Strangely enough, the visibility of a certain cluster of faint stars reflects how much moisture is in the outer space atmosphere. Space is not empty, a vacuum, or otherwise quiet; it is filled with various kinds of matter, of which tons fall to earth each year, including moisture in the form of dew. The ancient people called it Aether. There are also 5 rivers in the air that hold more water than all the oceans combined, the “waters above” is what Genesis calls them. Whatever the source, the fertility of the lands is totally dependent upon the amount of rain that it receives, and the amount of rain determines the abundance of both plants and animals. During seasons with heavy rainfall, the livers of animals grows larger than normal, augmented by stored fat. It is this fat content that the “readers of the livers” were looking for and using to judge how much food would be available for both men and animals during their invasions.
For persons interested in this type of prognostication, the works devoted to the study of cycles would be a wealth of information, covering wars, trade in animal hides and fur, rise and fall of kingdoms, and a host of other topics.
It will be noted that these studies into cycles began after the year 1900, when Marconi’s radio transmission from Italy to New York was received, marking the tipping point of the change-over from the age of Pisces (a water sign foretelling the greatest migration across water that the world has ever known) to the age of Aquarius (an air sign that ushered in the age of wireless communications).
The Zodiac and the Qumran calendar are inextricably intertwined, each reflecting the other. To understand one, it is necessary to understand both.