Cosmology, History
Astrology, Art, Nick Campion, Jenn Zahrt

Astrology as Art

Representation and Practice

Nicholas Campion, Jennifer Zahrt

Edited by Nicholas Campion & Jennifer Zahrt
ISBN: 978-1-907767-10-4
23 Nov 2018
£12.30 – £19.99
Paperback, ebook; 182 pages

Is astrology an art? How does art represent astrology and its practice? Is the visual language used by astrologers artistic? From Mesopotamia and Mediterranean culture to Mesoamerica and into the European Renaissance and the modern era, the nine chapters in this anthology explore the meanings of art and astrology, the iconography of astrology and the nature of its practice, the use of zodiac signs, and the portrayal stars and planets in literature and the visual arts. With contributions by Spike Bucklow, Ruth Clydesdale, Richard Dunn, Martin Gansten, Liesbeth Grotenhuis, John Meeks, Suzanne Nolan, Micah Ross, and Claudia Rousseau.


Table of Contents

  • Foreword
    ~ Nicholas Campion and Jennifer Zahrt
  • Introduction: Ars, Technē, śāstra,ʿIlm: What’s in a Name?
    ~ Martin Gansten
  • The Iconography of Libra and Pisces in Mesopotamia, Egypt and Greece
    ~ Micah Ross
  • Dwarfs as an Ancient Mayan Metaphor for the Stars
    ~ Suzanne Nolan
  • Astrological Imagery in the Rulership Propaganda of Duke Cosimo I de’ Medici
    ~ Claudia Rousseau
  • Astrological Symbolism in Wolfram von Eschenbach’s Parzivâl
    ~ John Meeks
  • Seeing the World Soul: Marsilio Ficino and Talismanic Art
    ~ Ruth Clydesdale
  • Lower Astrology and Silent Poetry
    ~ Spike Bucklow
  • Picturing the Practitioner: Notes Towards an Iconography of Astrological Practice
    ~ Richard Dunn
  • Twinkling Voices from the Gods: Fernand Khnopff’s Use of Stars as Mystical Guides in ‘Avec Verhaeren, un ange’
    ~ Liesbeth Grotenhuis
  • The Sophia Centre
  • About the Contributors
  • 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.


Dr Jenn Zarht is co-director of the press and an Honorary Research Fellow in the Sophia Centre for the Study of Cosmology in Culture at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David. She is also Director of the CAELi Institute and Revelore Press.

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