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Edited by Nicholas Campion

Series: Studies in Cultural Astronomy and Astrology, Vol. 1

ISBN 13: 978-1-907767-08-1

Paperback: 170 pages

Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.4 x 9.2 inches


In the Greek world, the cosmos was imagined as a unified living organism, eminently ordered and perfectly beautiful. In modern science, the cosmos is ‘out there’, but in traditional societies it is not only all around, but also ‘in here’, permeating everything from objects to thoughts and feelings. The ‘Cosmologies’ conference, given in 2009 in Bath, UK, is the seventh in a series of annual conferences hosted by the Sophia Centre for the Study of Cosmology in Culture, based in the School of Archaeology, History and Anthropology at the University of Wales, Trinity Saint David. The papers published in this volume, which represent the breadth and depth of the Centre’s work, include a variety of approaches to understanding the many ways in which human beings relate their lives to the cosmos from the ancient world to the modern, using perspectives informed by history and anthropology.


Table of Contents


Introduction: ‘Cosmologies’
Nicholas Campion

Coves, Cosmology and Cultural Astronomy
Lionel Sims

Calendars and Divination in the Dead Sea Scrolls: the Case of 4Q318: 4QZodiac Calendar and Brontologion
Helen R. Jacobus

Reshaping Karma: an Indic Metaphysical Paradigm in Traditional and Modern Astrology
Martin Gansten

Néladóracht: Druidic Cloud-Divination in Medieval Irish Literature
Mark Williams

Astrology in the Seventeenth-Century Scottish Universities
Jane Ridder-Patrick

Decoding the Inter-Textual Literary Strata of the Mummers’ Play: Some Unexpected Astronomical Themes and a Pagan ‘Fingerprint’ -Continuity or Reconstruction?
Glenford Bishop

The Beltane Fire Festival: its Place in a Contemporary World
Pauline Bambrey

The Traditional Festivals of Northern Europe
Ronald Hutton

Cyberspace and the Sacred Sky
Frances Clynes


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