Book cover, fine art, oil on canvas depicting deities struggling in the sky surrounded by clouds and bursting lights.
Studies in Cosmology & Culture

Sky and Symbol


Edited by Nicholas Campion & Liz Greene

Series: Studies in Cultural Astronomy and Astrology, Vol. 4
ISBN-13: 978-1-907767-03-6
Paperback: 350 pages
Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1.0 x 9.2 inches


Human beings in all cultures have long used the sky to tell stories and weave myths that impart meaning to life on earth. The key to all such systems is symbolism, in which one thing is used to signify, imply, represent, or embody another. The papers included in this volume are all concerned, in one way or another, with various perceptions of the world of celestial phenomena as symbols. These explorations range from art history and analytical psychology to critiques and accounts of astrology, and roam from western to non-western cultures, as well as from the ancient world to the modern. The papers, most of which were given at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David Sophia Centre Conference in Bath, UK, in 2011, provide a valuable addition to the scholarly literature on our understanding of the origins, function, and nature of symbols, especially their use in relation to cultural applications of astronomy, astrology, and the sky.

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