Astrologers in the Sea of Stars (A to Z)

1 April, 2021

Look to the starsThe Sea of Stars is an astrologers’ paradise (or, perhaps, nightmare) as below the floating islands there are stars and, once the Sun is out of the sky, there are stars everywhere at night.  So many in fact that on a cloudless night it is a bright as a full Moon (which there never is these days in the Sea of Stars, but that removes at least one variable for horoscopes, usually).

Because the stars are so omnipresent in the Sea of Stars they are vested with power and insight they may or may not have.  Even those of lowly birth know under what sign they were born under and many know their complete horoscope with influences of other stars and signs, comets and sighting.  While not all are true believers in the fortunes told by astronomy, few dismiss it entirely out of hand, for some people it serves as an infallible guide and for others as a warning.  Even the casual believers are willing to wait a day to start a journey under auspicious stars or to arrange that major events fall on dates judged to likely to bring success.

Because of such, there is always work for astrologers seeking auspicious and inauspicious days, drawing up astrological charts, trying to divine the secrets that the stars are trying to tell us.  Many royal and noble houses, merchant consortium and even guilds have their own astrologers (or at least one on call) to keep everyone happy.  Belief in astrology is universal, though the depth of the belief does vary widely.  Even the Draconic Houses employ official astrologers, though far more for reasons of status than any belief in astrology, the dragons do not like to be told what to do, not even by the stars.

While lesser astrologers can be found everywhere, some of who are base frauds (the horror!), and most are happy to accept new clients.  But many of the most famous and skilled astrologers choose to live in strange and inaccessible places that give them unique perspectives on the stars.  Astrologers maintain an informal information network, exchanging information, observations and speculations, so there is money to be made moving messages and charts between various such people for the reliable courier, but such items are usually protected from prying eyes with magics of various potency.

While information about the stars is exchanged, people’s astrological charts are very, very proprietary and often encoded, magically defended or both, as such information can reveal weaknesses.  Some people would pay highly for the astrological charts of their rivals (or even their allies).

Notes: And so the A to Z Challenge begins.  You can read a little more about astronomy in the Sea of Stars here.

Photo “Detail, Giambologna’s ‘Woman Reclining and Writing (Geometry and Astrology)’ (London, England)” by takomabibelot is marked with CC0 1.0 .

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