Wednesday, 25 July 2012

Two views of the Universe

Much though I love the images sent back to Earth by the Voyager probes, the Pioneers, and similar NASA probes of the planets and their moons, allowing us mere mortals on Earth to see the splendour of these other worlds, I still have a passion for old astronomical and astrological ideas, maps, and thoughts.  Below is a map of the heavens as envisioned by Robert Fludd.  It is impossible not to be drawn in, and feel that although science has furnished us with many answers, there is still much which remains unanswered.

Utriusque Cosmi Maioris Scilicet Et Minoris Metaphysica Atque Technica Historia
Fludd's model for the transformation and spiraling descent of spirit into matter, in his view of the universe as having been constructed in concentric, separate spheres, with the earth still very much in the centre.  Copernicus and Galileo be damned !!

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