Is there any Credence to Indo-Iranian Archeoastronomy?
In Irano-Aryan Faith and Doctrine as Contained in the Zend-Avesta author Albert Pike has this to say:
The oldest Vedic Hymns were certainly composed at least 4000 and perhaps 5000 years before Christ, when the sun entered Gemini at the Vernal Equinox, and the stars Castor and Pollux were therefore worshipped as the Asvins. Zarathustra's reform could not have been subsequuent to the composition of these Hymns, and to the subordination of the worship of the Stars and Planets, to that of the Fire and LIght principles, Agni and Indra. If it had, we should have found some traces of these names in the Gathas.
The Vaidic Devas were the Heavenly orbs; and their worship had preceded that of Agni and Indra. Zarathustra proscribed this Star and Planet worship, and the Daevas became for his followers, evil spirits and malevolent genii. Therfore his reform must have occurred before the worship of Agni and Indra had grown up, and at least 6000 years before Christ, probably in Bactria. The Gathas give positive and ample evidence of a general state of society much more primitive and simple than that of the Punjab as reflected and painted in the Veda. - pg. 17
As to the question of antiquity, there is little danger of fixing too remote a date for the time of Zarathushtra. The Vedic hymns were composed, or at least the Aswins (or twin Horseman) became Aryan deities, when the sun was in Gemini at the Vernal Equinox, i.e., at least 5000 years before Christ; and the Zend and Sanskrit were then distinct and fixed languages, and the Indo- and Bactro- or Medo-Aryans had long been separate and distinct peoples, ther common origin forgotten by each. Wehn the Hellenic stream flowed off, Dyaus, the sky, and the Devas, or Heavenly bodies , were the gods of the race, and Jupiter, Venus and Mars the only bodies known as Planets or Wanderers, were adored as Varuna, Mitra, and Aryaman. Dyaus became Zeus, Dios and Deus; and Aryaman, the god of the Aryan warrior, became the Greek Ares, or Mars; and Varuna, Ouranos. - pg 31
Is there any truth to what is being stated here? Can anyone expound upon what Pike is saying?