“The lover’s ailment is separate from all other ailments: love is the astrolabe of the mysteries of God.”


An astrolabe is a two-dimensional model of the celestial sphere. The name has Greek origins as it is derived from the words astron and lambanien, meaning ‘the one who catches the heavenly bodies’. It was an instrument that was one widely popular and used as a multipurpose astronomical instrument. It was always made elaborately by inscribing brass discs and their portability made them particularly appealing. Through its use, an astronomer could position celestial objects and name them in the sky, measure the time of the night or the day, measure the time of the year, compute what part of the sky is visible at any time, determine the altitude of an object over the horizon and determine the current latitude. It was one of the most advanced tools to be created and with more technological developments, its use got severely limited.