First, some Biblical history ...
When Noah and his family left the ark after the flood, it's believed they stayed close to the place they landed. Eventually, Noah's grandsons were dispersed into other parts of the world. Some didn't like the regions they were assigned, preferring the 'fertile crescent', as well as the Nile valley, the Anatolian and Iranian plateaus, Arabia, and Ethiopia. A majority of Noah's descendants lived in the lower regions of Mesopotamia (which would come to be called Sumer and Akkad).
Archaeology confirmed that the first inhabitants of these areas were homogeneous in race and culture, and researches indicate it was from here population, animal husbandry, metallurgy, agriculture, and civilization spread through the earth.
The 'Land of the Seven Cities', commonly found in the world's early mythologies, originated from the seven major cities built near the head of the Persian Gulf. These seven cities are given in Genesis as those which were conquered by Nimrod, establishing the world's first empire. The earliest Babylonian legends tell of a conquering people who came up out of the Persian Gulf and established an empire from these cities, concurring with what is known of Nimrod's movements early in his career. A native of Ethiopia, Nimrod traveled through the few populated areas. He decided to build an army of conquest and recruited from his 'cousins', the descendants of Sheba and Dedan, who had settled on the Asian mainland at the Straight of Hormuz and Indus river in what is now Afghanistan. These were the Dravidians who were driven south into India by the Aryan invasion. Nimrod ferried his army up the gulf in the world's first naval armada and conquered the people to form his empire.
The Bible simply states: "Kush fathered Nimrod, who was the first powerful ruler on earth. He was a mighty hunter before Adonai -- this is why people say, “Like Nimrod, a mighty hunter before Adonai.” His kingdom began with Bavel, Erekh, Akkad and Kalneh, in the land of Shin‘ar." (Genesis 10:8-10)
Nimrod was the king who began construction of the Tower of Babel. The Tower was mankind's attempt to ascend to heaven. Of course, God nixed the idea and dispersed the peoples to different parts of the world, giving them different languages so they couldn't organize themselves for such an endeavor again.
In the midst of the tumult of war, Nimrod and Semiramis met. Tradition states that she was an inn and brothel keeper in the city of Erech. The name Semiramis is a later, Hellenized form of the Sumerian name "Sammur-amat", or "gift of the sea."
Semiramis and the mother-son cult
Sammur, translated into Hebrew, is 'Shin'ar' (the Biblical name for lower Mesopotamia) and where we derive 'Sumeria'. This woman had such a lasting impact upon world religions that not only is the land from which civilization flowed called by her name, but it is recorded in the Biblical text. Of course, an ex-harlot could not sit on the throne, so she was reinvented as a virgin from the sea at Nimrod's landing, making her a suitable bride for the emperor. Her original name and history is lost to time.
Semiramis formed what is known as the mother-son cult, corrupting the belief of Noah's ancestors (and continued through the Hebrews) that the Mazzaroth (Hebrew: lights) told the story of HaSatan's (the enemy of the Name) rebellion, the war in the heavens, his subversion of mankind, the fall of Adam and Eve, the promise of Messiah who would relieve man from the curse of sin, and the final reclaiming of all creation to God.
These lights were for timekeeping as Psalms 104:19-23 reveals: "He made the moon to mark the festivals; the sun knows when to set. You bring darkness, and it becomes night, when all the forest animals stir. The young lions roar for their prey and seek their food from God. The sun rises; they go back and lie down in their dens. Man goes out to his work and to his labor until evening."
But, they were also for much more: "The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky proclaims the work of His hands. Day after day they pour out speech; night after night they communicate knowledge." (Psalms 19:1) [emphasis added]
Hebrew scholars support the belief that the Mazzaroth reveals God's timetable for mankind. The constellations tell of mankind's fall from grace (or relationship with God) and redemption by Him, but also provide a framework for the Ages of mankind's existence until God's plan is completed. God used "the stars, which [He] set in place" (Psalms 8:3) to illustrate His plan since there were no written documents. God's creation also convicts those who refuse to recognize Yehovah as the Creator and Redeemer for it is written in the stars.
But, HaSatan corrupted the minds of men (and women) to see a much different 'story' in the stars. Which is why astrology, among many other things, is forbidden in Deuteronomy (18:9-11):
'When you enter the land Adonai your God is giving to you, do not imitate the detestable customs of those nations. No one among you is to make his son or daughter pass through the fire, practice divination, tell fortunes, interpret omens, practice sorcery, cast spells, consult a medium or a familiar spirit, or inquire of the dead.'