From the book:
“A little more than one hundred years after the events of 7 BC, the first surviving comprehensive work on astronomy, astrology and geography was written by Claudius Ptolomy. His astronomical observations were made between AD 125 and 140. For the next thousand years and beyond, the works of this author were to set the industry standard for both excellence and science. In a chapter on prediction, taken from a former work by Hipparchus (190-126 BC), Ptolemy claims that eclipses are the most auspicious:”
“… the strongest and principle cause… exists in the ecliptical conjunctions of the Sun and Moon …”
The 8th Seal, Don Cerow, pp.145-146.