Stolas appears as an owl or as a man who teaches astronomy, the properties of plants, and the worth of precious stones.
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.
John Dee (1527-1608) was a renown philosopher, mathematician, geographer and navigator during 16th century’s Elizabethan Renaissance.