Astrology, Studies, Scholarship, History
Nick Campion, Astrology, Conference, 2010


Plurality and Diversity in the History of Astrology

Edited by Nicholas Campion & Liz Greene
ISBN: 978-1-907767-01-2
18 Aug 2011
Paperback, ebook; 274 pages

The Sophia Centre Press presents an anthology comprised of a selection of papers from the ‘Astrologies’ conference, organised by the Sophia Centre, University of Wales Trinity Saint David, and held in Bath on 24-25 July 2010. The broad range of topics explored in these papers reflects the impressive diversity of techniques and underlying philosophies infusing an enduring human perception of meaningful relationships between the heavenly bodies and life on earth.

The papers are grouped into three basic themes: the symbolism of astrologies, the history of astrologies within different cultural contexts, and the practice of various astrologies from both ‘insider’ and ‘outsider’ perspectives. Although astrology has been treated in many scholarly works as a monolithic entity, all of the papers in this book demonstrate one of the paradoxes of astrological thought and practice: the existence of a relatively stable tradition of cosmological and astral representations and ideas combined with an adaptability that has enabled astrologies to meld with different spheres of human endeavour in a variety of cultures.

Contributors include: Bernadette Brady, Nicholas Campion, Robert Collis, Martin Gansten, Nicholas Goodrick-Clarke, Liz Greene, Darrelyn Gunzburg, Robert Hand, Jay Johnston and Garry Phillipson.


Table of Contents

  • Contents
  • Images
  • Acknowledgements
  • Introduction: Astrologies: Plurality and Diversity
    ~ Nicholas Campion & Liz Greene
  • Signs, Signatures, and Symbols: The Language of Heaven
    ~ Liz Greene
  • The Horoscope as an imago mundi: Rethinking the Nature of the Astrologer’s Map
    ~ Bernadette Brady
  • The Philosophy of William James as a Context for Astrology
    ~ Garry Phillipson
  • John Partridge – One of the Founders of Modern Astrology?
    ~ Robert Hand
  • Placidean Teachings in Early Nineteenth Century Britain: John Worsdale and Thomas Oxley
    ~ Martin Gansten
  • Using the Stars: Astrology at the Court of Peter the Great
    ~ Robert Collis
  • Stonehenge to the Sphinx: Esoteric Theory and Practice in Twentieth Century Astroarchaeology
    ~ Nicholas Goodrick-Clarke
  • How Do Astrologer’s Read Charts?
    ~ Darrelyn Gunzberg
  • Reading the Body Invisible: Subtle Bodies, Astrology, and Energetic Healing
    ~ Jay Johnston
  • Astrology’s Place in Historical Periodisation:
    Modern, Premodern, or Postmodern?
    ~ Nicholas Campion
  • Contributors
  • The Sophia Centre
  • Index


Dr Nicholas Campion is Principal Lecturer, Institute of Education and Humanities, and Associate Professor in Cosmology and Culture. He is the director of the Sophia Centre for the Study of Cosmology in Culture, the only academic Centre in the world to deal with cultural relationships with the sky and the cosmos. He is responsible for taking forward the Centre’s research and teaching activities, through supervising PhD students, sponsoring research projects, organising conferences and other events, and publishing research via the peer-reviewed journal Culture and Cosmos. He also serves as Programme Director of the MA in Cultural Astronomy and Astrology.


Liz Greene is held in high esteem by astrologers all over the world, professional and non-professional alike. She is a prolific author of books and various publications and has been instrumental in shaping modern psychological astrology. She holds doctorate degrees in psychology and (as of 2010) in history and is a qualified Jungian analyst. She also holds a diploma in counselling from the Centre for Transpersonal Psychology in London, and a diploma from the Faculty of Astrological Studies, of which she is a lifetime Patron.

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