ptolemaic system

Athanasius Kircher - Diagrams of the different World Systems: Ptolemaic, Platonic, Egyptian, Copernican, Tychonic and semi-Tychonic, “Iter Exstaticum”, 1671.

Volume 18: Tetrabiblos and Stars of the Heavens

“The founder of the Ptolemaic system, Claudius Ptolemy, wrote a four part book series describing the heavens called the Tetrabiblos- The Four Books. One of the most important works of ancient astrology, the Tetrabiblos describes the constellations of the zodiac and their astrological influence on the world. Within the system, the Earth was a fixed point with the heavens spinning around it in complicated circles-within-circles. It’s view of the universe was adopted by the Catholic Church until the time of Galileo and Copernicus some 1500 years after Ptolemy’s writing.”

“Looking up at a night sky, you’d realize there are far more than 88 stars. What this is referring to is the 88 official constellations that astronomers use to divide and chart the night sky. Each constellation represents a region of the sky and is based on the ancient Greek charts of the heavens.”

Tay’s note: So we can now assume that there are 88 keys in Earthland.

Celestial Spheres.

In the ancient world, the Circle was seen as the ideal form, so it influenced the view of the Solar System and the vision of heavens.
Ptolemy’s geocentric model, which was the prevailing view of the Solar System and Earth’s place in it for over 1400 years (until debunked by Copernicus), held that the Earth was static at the centre of the Universe, with all other bodies revolving around it in perfect circles. In the Ptolemaic system, the planets are assumed to move in a small circle called an epicycle, while epicycles rotated along a larger circle called a deferent, which in turn rotated around the Earth. The Earth then was like as the central hub of the Cosmos, everything else orbiting it eastward in uniform motion. This allowed Ptolemy to explain planetoids retrograde motion - the point at which planets seem to double back on their orbits at certain points in the year. 
With circles turning on circles at somepoint they seem to double back on themselves, which creates the idea of the spirograph like pattern in the design.