Familiar images in surprising places

I was recently in Chicago to meet with Laura Nalbandian and others to work on the logistics of UAC 2018. As many of you know, Chicago has a wealth of beautiful architecture, public in door and out-of-doors art, well-kept grounds, museums, private estates, and, and, and. Of course while I was there I took advantage of the many visual delights Chicago has to offer.
One spot, in particular, stood out for me on this trip: The old Chicago Public Library which has morphed into the Chicago Cultural Center. While the whole of the interior is finished in a truly beautifully rendered mosaic tile effect, the space is well known for its exquisite Tiffany stained glass dome with around 30,000 pieces of glass covering more than 1,000 square feet.
Other than mentioning UAC, you may well be asking right now, “What does any of this have to do with Astrology?”

Well, as you can see from the top image what surmounts the fish scaled glass dome is what caught my eye: Yes, the Zodiac! I have been to several places around the US and have been surprised to find zodiacal references.
This was my latest surprise experience, but other places include Lotus Land and the Hoover Dam (if you take the old route). This blog post isn’t as much about astrological understanding or ideas as much as the images that show up in surprising places. Hope you enjoy the imagery.
Lotusland is in Montecito California, not far from Santa Barbara, is recognized as one of the 10 best gardens in the world with 37 acres of amazing flora and cacti. When I turned the corner years ago and came upon the zodiacal clock, I was excited.
And then of course, there is the wheel at Hoover Dam: