Friday 6 January 2012

Astrology Spotting

I don't want to go into how astrology was once accepted by the church and now it's shunned.    However, I do want to share some visual evidence of their union once upon a time.  

I first witnessed this union back in the winter of 2003, during a 2-week tour of Europe.  I saw a stained-glass window depicting the 12 signs of the zodiac inside Cologne Cathedral in Germany.  Initially, I was shocked to see it, as I normally get an ear full from my Christian friends on how sinful I am and how I'll grow out of it 'When you know all you need is God', so seeing glimpses of astrology inside a church was simply unbelievable.  My disposable camera  couldn't capture its splendour at the time, so here's a link of it from another traveller's blog:

In the majestic setting of Oxford in 2008, I attended the annual Summer School organised by the Faculty of Astrological Studies.  If I recall correctly, over dinner or breakfast one day, John Etherington told us about the astrological stone roof bosses found at the gate of Merton College, so one afternoon, I set off with some other faculty students and captured the following:
Can you identify some of the zodiac signs represented here?
Cancer and Leo
Aries and Capricorn


In the summer of 2010, during a visit to the Victoria & Albert museum in London, I encountered more astrology.  You can read about them here:

Have you come across any astrological symbols in churches, cathedrals or other ancient buildings?


  1. I used to work for the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, DC. It wasn't easy there, being a person who believes that humans have both a rational mind and a connection to the spiritual world and the energies depcited by the zodiac symbols. I was fond of pointing out to my colleagues that the iron gates at the entrance to the main building of the academy have beautiful zodiac symbols.

  2. Hi Karen. Thanks for sharing that fascinating piece of info about the National Academy of Sciences - do you have a picture of the entrance gates by any chance?

  3. This post has great personal interest to me, and I'll be linking to it on my own blog!! Great information, Great pictures, thank you!


  4. Thanks Aine. Please do. If you spot any Astro symbols around you, share them with us!


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