Who knew the Vatican had an astronomer? Brother Consolmagno, who works in a Vatican observatory in Arizona and is curator of the Vatican meteorite collection in Italy (the Vatican has a meteorite collection now?), doesn't believe that science and religion are competing theories. Last week, he commented that literal creationism (strictly, that God created the world in 6 … [Read more...]
Astronomy is the science of studying celestial bodies. In Early Modern Europe, it was commonly believed that there was a strong connection between the macrocosm (stars, sun, moon, etc) and the microcosm (human nature). This belief that the stars could influence the lives of individuals meant there was a fine line between astronomy and astrology in Renaissance Europe and scientists would often turn to amulets and birth stones or other stones connected to one's astrological sign for protection against the world's evils. Read articles about astronomy below.
Dictionnaire Infernal - Collin de Plancy (1863) (paraphrased) Stolas is a high prince of hell commanding 26 legions. He appears as an owl or as a man who teaches astronomy, the properties of plants, and the worth of precious stones. Pseudomonarchia daemonum - Johann Wier (1583) (quoted) Stolas is a great prince, appearing in the forme of a nightraven, before the exorcist, … [Read more...]
John Dee (1527-1608) was a renown philosopher, mathematician, geographer and navigator during 16th century's Elizabethan Renaissance. He was educated in Cambridge and served as court astrologer to Queen Elizabeth I - even predicting her coronation would be in 1558. Nowadays, Dee is most well known for his conversations with angels. … [Read more...]