It's amazing how flaming balls of gas, billions of lightyears from Earth, can have such an impact on human existence. -- Anon Guest
It was mathematics. Geometry. Therefore it had to be as true as the four humors. Cassius watched as the Greek made notes and drew lines between symbols. It was, ultimately, a star-shaped drawing inside a circle, and some other intersecting lines.
"What are the omens?"
"The empire's displeasure continues. You will not rise yet," said Sophus the Prognosticator. "The emperor has fallen, and the new one is standing in his shadow. If his sun shines, then you may have a chance. If he continues in his current path, he will fall soon after. It is a time of strife."