From H.P. Lovecraft to Philip Pullman, popular culture is rife with the mystique of the North. Why does it command such fascination? How far into the past do its roots extend? Ranging from the Stone Age to the Space Age, Gyrus—a British maverick with boundlessly curiosity—offers a bold vision of cosmology that maps how the pole star became associated with artistic creation, political power, religious rapture, and social hierarchies.