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On Astrolabes

The spherical astrolabe, long employed in medi...
A Spherical Astrolabe (Photo source: Wikimedia Commons)

My fascination with astrolabes began a while ago, but I think it stems mainly from my fascination with clockwork and mechanical devices in general (I’m a bit of a steampunk tragic, but it’s tough to translate this into Ars Magica as it stands although perhaps exciting as a variant setting).

The image to the right is one of the most interesting I’ve found, a spherical astrolabe that would be almost impossible to craft with thirteenth century technology, but potentially simple with Hermetic craft magic.

I think a spherical astrolabe would make a great talisman concept for an astrological magus and is distinct enough from an armillary sphere┬áto play a potential role in ArM5 Sagas. I’ll be detailing other astronomical devices (predominantly mediveal Islamic in origin) over time, but for now details for astrolabes are presented here.