Welcome to the Sophia Centre Press

The Sophia Centre Press is a spinout company from the University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD), established in 2009. It publishes and promotes scholarly work, sponsors and organises conferences and courses related to the work of the University’s Sophia Centre for the Study of Cosmology and Culture, in partnership with the University.

Our work is based in the Humanities and crosses history, anthropology, philosophy and archaeology. We examine the role of cosmological, astronomical and astrological beliefs, models and ideas in human culture, including the theory and practice of myth, magic, divination, religion, spirituality, architecture, politics and the arts in any time period or culture. 

We are concerned with how we live on our home planet, with questions of nature, ecology and harmony.

Recent Publications

Prophecy and Power:

Astrology in Early Modern England
Patrick Curry
(May 2024)

Patrick Curry‘s Prophecy and Power, first published in 1989, represents a seminal moment in the new historiography of astrology. Taking a non-judgemental view of a practice which had frequently been misrepresented, Curry questions simple demarcations such as magic, science and religion, and focuses instead on how astrology was used and conceptualised in seventeenth-century England. He opens up a window into astrologers’ universe of discourse, a cosmos in which all things are connected, and sustained by meaning and symbol. The book contributes significantly to our understanding of wider cultural developments in the seventeenth-century, as the culture of the Renaissance gradually turned Into what we now know as the modern world, as well as offering insights into astrology’s philosophy, practice and cultural function.

This new edition includes a forward by H. Darrel Rutkin, of the Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia

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