We have been taught the ancients were ignorant, compared to our current high level of science and general knowledge. Gaining understanding of the extent of their knowledge, and how they obtained it, is most relevant to what is called Astrology, whether Tropical or Sidereal; because the ancients used both reference points.
Consciousness is currently a great mystery in Science. The answer being sought to the question whether consciousness is secondary or primary, is a big one. Naturally, the answer depends on how the world is seen.
The Sun is considered a mild malefic in Jyotish. Chandra Wickramasinghe, an Astrobiologist may have recently found one of the reasons for such a decision. He has proven a link between low solar activity and pandemics actually exists. It seems space holds various types of viruses which can be carried to earth when the Sun is producing few solar flares.