The Stages of Life According to Ptolemy

The ancient astrologer/astronomer Ptolemy (83-161 C.E.),whose ideas of the structure of the universe (based upon spheres), dominated western civilization until Copernicus and Kepler in the 16th-17th centuries, associated different planets of the solar system with particular stages of life:

Moon:  Infancy – 0-4 years old

Mercury: Childhood – 4-14 years old

Venus:  Adolescence – 14-22 years old

The Sun:  Young Adulthood – 22-40 years old

Mars:  Mature Adulthood – 40-55 years old

Jupiter: Retirement and Wisdom – 55 to 67 years old

Saturn:  Old Age – 67+

Source:  Ceol agus Realta

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