THE ASTROLOGER

sterrenwichelaar
DE STERRENWICHELAAR

pencil on paper
pencil on paper
1979 - 300 x 400 mm

The translation of the title should in fact read: 'The Stars Diviner'. The word Astroloog also exists and is commonly used in Flemish. Sterrenwichelaar is an older word from which the verb-part, wichelen, also can be found in Wichelroede, which is a divining rod.
Do I believe in astrology? No. I'm a non-believer. Yet I'm interested in it because, apart from strict data it also has a large associative and a poetical quality. In my opinion and from my experience there is more to it than sheer wishful thinking and superstition. There is more than enough data to consider (this word comes from the stars) serious examination.