ISBN 978-1859736821
Hardcover 178 pages
Publisher: Routledge; 1st edition (1 Feb. 2004)
Product Dimensions 13.97 x 1.11 x 21.59 cm


Mainstream science has long dismissed astrology as a form of primitive superstition, despite or perhaps even because of its huge popular interest. From daily horoscopes to in-depth and personalized star forecasts, astrology, for many, plays a crucial role in the organization of everyday life. Present-day scholars and scientists remain baffled as to why this pseudo-science exercises such control over supposedly modern, rational and enlightened individuals, yet so far they have failed to produce any meaningful analysis of why it impacts on so many lives and what lies behind its popular appeal. Moving beyond scientific scepticism, Astrology, Science and Culture finally fills the gap by probing deeply into the meaning and importance of this extraordinary belief system. From the dawn of pre-history, humankind has had an intimate connection with the stars. With its roots in the Neolithic culture of Europe and the Middle East, astrology was traditionally heralded as a divinatory language. Willis and Curry argue that, contrary to contemporary understanding including that of most astrologers astrology was originally, and remains, a divinatory practice. Tackling its rich and controversial history, its problematic relationship to Jungian theory, and attempts to prove its grounding in objective reality, this book not only persuasively demonstrates that astrology is far more than a superstitious relic of years gone by, but that it enables a fundamental critique of the scientism of its opponents. Groundbreaking in its reconciliation of astrologys ancient traditions and its modern day usage, this book impressively unites philosophy, science, anthropology, and history, to produce a powerful exploration of astrology, past and present.


“Dr Roy Willis was a former Colleague at the University of Edinburgh Department of Social Anthropology. His Shaman’s ruled his technology and mine. Super!”
~Dr Darshini Anna De Zoysa

“Collegiate astrologer Patrick Curry and anthropologist Roy Willis (Willis for Chapters 1-3, 10 and 11, and Curry for Chapters 4-9). Essentially one book of nuances that introduce the true appearance of astrology that authors think to academic and academic fields. In the introduction part argues that Galileo’s words “only measurable truth”, this book dare to grant privileges to astrology (= quality, second sense) more than astronomy (= quantity, first sense).
Willis’s writing is an innovative work of anthropologist A. Marshack, a woman’s contribution to cosmology and mythology, and a bias of “Masculinization.” , Mesopotamian and Egyptian astrology that inherited many elements from the Paleolithic astrology (hereinafter, Chapter 1, “Science of Stars in Prehistory”), and field work cases around the world, starting in Babylonia , “Asymmetry” (Chapter 2, “The Sky as a Mirror”) that Levy-Strauss advocated… The core of the book above is approaching, based on a wealth of anthropological examples.
Curry’s sentence is a brief astrological history introduction (Chapter 4), horoscope and stars (Chapter 5), science and astrology (Chapter 8), etc. Although it will be discussed in the background, revue believes that the author who was actually involved with people studying other studies such as history, history of science, psychology, and anthropology. Read in conjunction with Jeffrey Cornelius “The Moment of Astrology”, which the author often cites. The seventh chapter of “Enchantment”, which Curry often cites its importance, can be colored.”
~AquaLibro, Reviewed in Japan (16 February 2019)

“Astrology, Science and Culture is a pioneering work that brings a postmodern perspective to this ancient subject….I highly recommend this thought provoking work for anyone trying to find a new approach to conceiving of anomalous phenomena. – Journal of Scientific Exploration When the definitive history of astrology in the late modern age is finally written, Astrology, Science and Culture will no doubt be quoted as an important source text.”

Astrology, Science and Culture

Pulling down the Moon

Table of Contents


1. Astral Science before History

2. The Sky as Mirror

3. Actors on the Celestial Stage

4. The Astrological Story

5. Divination and the Stars

6. Varieties of Astrological Experience

7. Disenchantment – and Re-enchantment

8. Science and Astrology

9. Divination Today

10. Minding the Heavens

11. Conversing with the Stars




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