Ages of Man


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The medieval Wheel of Life with the five Ages of Man: child, young man, mid-life, older, and senescent. Reproduced by permission of Fortean Picture Library.

Ages of Man

(religion, spiritualism, and occult)

The Ages of Man refers to the ancient notion that the different stages of human life are ruled by different planets and the luminaries (i.e., the Sun and the Moon). The traditional schema was as follows: Moon—growth (ages 1–4); Mercury—education (5–14); Venus—emotion (15–22); Sun—virility (23–42); Mars—ambition (43–57); Jupiter—reflection (58–69); and Saturn—resignation (70–99).

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Visitors are invited to explore a selection of rarely-displayed props, costumes and accessories from the RSC collection that tell the story of Shakespeare's Seven Ages of Man speech from As You Like It.
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