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Astrolabes and Astrology (A to Z)

1 April, 2020

The Sea of Stars is well named, below, there are stars and, once the Sun is out of the sky, there are stars everywhere at night.  So many that it is a bright as a full Moon (which there never is these days).

By guided by the starsThe stars are used for light, for navigation and fortune telling:

As night, the stars provides considerable light, as long as it is not overcast, with slight enhancement it is even enough to read by.  But those that wish for shadows and stealth, should wait for an overcast night.

The density of stars usually make navigation basic navigation a simple task, though proper tools such as astrolabes make it even easier for those skilled.  The most precise navigational tools are used by the pilots of starships and, especially, skyships,  Those made by the elves are considered to be the finest available and are passed through generations, though most others use the nearly as good dwarven made astrolabes which are also more user friendly but still extremely expensive.  Other groups make their own astrolabes, usually made with a particularly specialized purpose in mind.

The stars and astrology are a vital part of many of the cultures across the Sea of Stars, most people know at a minimum what sign they were born under and, often, their entire horoscope with influences of other stars and signs.  Not everyone takes astrology seriously but everyone knows someone who does.  In any town, you can find an astrologer and in a city, there are usually dozens of them serving wealthy and paupers alike.  There can be good money made in transporting astrological charts and new sighting to believers and astrologers alike.

Many of the most famous astrologers choose to live in strange and inaccessible places that give them unique perspectives on the stars.  Escort petitioners to these locations can be challenging but valuable in money or information.

Notes: And so the A to Z Challenge begins.  Just with some information and plot seeds.

Photo The spherical astrolabe from medieval Islamic astronomy, c. 1480, in the Museum of the History of Science, Oxford found on Wikimedia Commons and taken by Brian from Glasgow, Scotland and used under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license.

 

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