Astrology is a means of divination using planetary groupings— the twelve so used being known collectively as the zodiac. Each is said to reflect individual personality characteristics.
However, since the system of astrology was created in ancient times, Earth's position in relation to the planets has shifted, yet most astrologers ignore this fact. Also they treat the "influences" of the planets as equal, although the planets are actually different distances from Earth.
Astrology critic Milbourne Christopher asks (in his ESP, Seers & Psychics, 1970): "Why is someone born at a certain time, on a certain day, in a certain part of the world of a certain nature? Did the originators of astrology study the traits of millions of people and discover that all those born at a specific time had identical chracteristics and futures? No! Nor has it been proven since that the early fictions are fact."
The display shown here features (center) an astrology kit (including Zodiac Wheel, Table of Years, Book of Readings, notepad, and pencil). At left is a cardboard "Astrology Computer" (an advertising giveaway of Tender Leaf tea) and a figure of Melchior, acording to legend one of three "magi" or "wisemen"— learned priest-astrologers— who brought gifts to the infant Jesus. At right and foreground are three old postcards (circa 1910-1920) with astrological subject matter.