(Greek, little world.) So man is called by
Paracelsus. The ancients considered the world as a living being; the
sun and moon being its two eyes, the earth its body, the
ether its intellect, and the sky its wings. When man was
looked on as the world in miniature, it was thought that the movements
of the world and of man corresponded, and if one could be ascertained,
the other could be easily inferred; hence arose the system of
astrology, which professed to interpret the events of a man's life by
the corresponding movements, etc., of the stars. (See Diapason.)
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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