ISBN 978-1441181299
Paperback 392 pages
Publisher: Bloomsbury (16 April 2009)
Product Dimensions 15.6 x 2.06 x 23.39 cm


Astrology is a major feature of contemporary popular culture. Recent research indicates that 99% of adults in the modern west know their birth sign. In the modern west astrology thrives as part of our culture despite being a pre-Christian, pre-scientific world-view.

Medieval and Renaissance Europe marked the high water mark for astrology. It was a subject of high theological speculation, was used to advise kings and popes, and to arrange any activity from the beginning of battles to the most auspicious time to have one’s hair cut.

Nicholas Campion examines the foundation of modern astrology in the medieval and Renaissance worlds. Spanning the period between the collapse of classical astrology in the fifth century and the rise of popular astrology on the web in the twentieth, Campion challenges the historical convention that astrology flourished only between the twelfth and seventeenth centuries.

Concluding with a discussion of astrology’s popularity and appeal in the twenty-first century, Campion asks whether it should be seen as an integral part of modernity or as an element of the post-modern world.


“Campion leaves few stones unturned and the large section of notes and the ample bibliography make these two volumes [History of Western Astrology Volume I and II] an excellent starting point for those who wish to dig deeper.”
~The Observatory

A History of Western Astrology Volume II

The Medieval and Modern Worlds

Table of Contents

1. The Early Medieval World

2. The Twelfth Century Renaissance

3. The Thirteenth Century: Magic and Politics

4. Medieval Cosmology

5. The High Middle Ages

6. The Fifteenth Century: the pagan revival

7. Reform and Revolution

8. Renaissance Magic

9. The Seventeenth Century: the Last Flowering Decline

10. The Newtonian Revolution

11. The Esoteric Enlightenment

12. The Radical Sky

13. The Revival of Horoscopic Astrology

14. The Theosophical Enlightenment

15. The Psychological Cosmos

16. Astrology in Popular Culture

17. Science and Scepticism

18. Astrology as a Modern Religion

19. Astrology and the Post-Modern Condition

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