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Life is a journey. Even from the start of life, the search taken to gain an understanding of it is a venture outward. As the eyes peer outwardly examining, or embracing, or confronting the ‘other,’ the universe is seen to contain ‘the me and ‘the not me.’ The search is also upward to connect with a supreme All.

Looking out and up soon fixes the gaze on the vastness of the sky—an expanse that appears to increase in the darkness of night. Instinct can quickly bring the attention inward along with an eternal question about ones place in the universe. The personal path to understanding then becomes a journey inward, spiraling downward through deep insight and death

While on the path, symbolic structures and figurative speech best serve any dialogue about the complex phenomena forever encountered throughout existence and languages. Astrology employs such symbolic short-hand as it uses the universally accessible celestial bodies to explain a needed connection between the heavens and humanity. By mapping the position of the planets at the exact time and place of ones birth, astrological practice is said to provide descriptions of and predictions about a life. Because astrology is said to interfere with free will it is sometimes dismissed or feared.

Some conclude, “Astrology is portraiture” (Noel Tyl) or that “Astrology is valid for the same reason the multiplication table is valid—because it works.(Grant Lewi). Still, the practice remains fascinating and controversial from antiquity into the start of the 21st century.

This exhibit supports the Kutztown University Performing Artists Series and the dynamic production by the Aquila Theatre Company of Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales on Tuesday, October 3, 2006.

Also see a bibliography of Rohrbach Library resources on this topic.