Philosophy, Astrology
Mythology, Society, Theory, Synchronicities

Cosmos, Chaosmos and Astrology

Rethinking the Nature of Astrology

by Bernadette Brady

ISBN: 978-1-907767-40-1
24 May 2014
£7.99 – £8.46
Paperback, ebook; 162 pages

This work radically rethinks astrology’s place in society. Emerging when cultures were embedded in chaotic creation mythology, astrology has persisted into modern society. Reasons for this longevity are an enigma, yet the answer may lie in chaos theory and complexity. These theories reveal that the themes of coincidence and cycles, constitutive of chaotic creation mythologies, are in fact the common features of a lived life experience. Brady argues that astrology is actually a vernacular expression of chaos and complexity, and it thus offers insights into the efficacy of the synchronicities of life. Brady thereby offers us a profound reassessment of astrology and its cultural contexts.


Table of Contents

List of Figures

Chapter 1: Introduction

  • The Nature of Chaosmos
  • The Nature of Cosmos
  • The Attributes of Astrology

Chapter 2: Creation Mythology, Three Paths to Order

  • Order Created by Emergence
  • Chaosmos, Sumpatheia and Omens
  • Order Created Out of Conflict
  • Order Created Out of Intellect

Chapter 3: The Privileging of Cosmos

  • The Rise of Cosmos
  • Chaosmos and the ‘Hocus Pocus’ of the Common Folk

Chapter 4: Astrology, the Question of Science or Spirit

  • The Philosophical Origins of Astrology
  • Cosmos and the Enigmatic Presence of Astrology

Chapter 5: The Return of Chaos

  • Linear and Non-Linear Systems
  • A Brief Overview of Chaos Theory and Complexity
  • Two Types of Chaos: Entropic and Deterministic
  • Complexity: A State of Becomming
  • Fractals and the Patterns of Life
  • Bifurcations: The Way That Change Enters Life
  • Rituals, Superstition and Omens
  • Attractors: The Ghost in the Machine

Chapter 6: Mapping Astrology to Chaos and Complexity

  • Quality Rather Than Exactness: Life As Complicated
  • Self-Similarityand Scale Invariance:
    The Astrological Use of Cycles
  • Phase Portraits and Horoscopes
  • Planetary Patterns and Strange Attractors
  • Hopf Bifurcations: The Range of Expression
    Within a Planetary Combination
  • Saddle Points and Homeostasis: The Sensitivity of Horoscopic Points

Chapter 7: Astrology and Chaosmos

  • Conclusion

Glossary of Technical Terms
Chaos and Complexity Terms
Astrological Terms


Bernadette is a cultural astronomer and astrologer who holds a MA in Cultural Astronomy and Astrology, (Bath Spa University) a PhD in Anthropology (UWTSD). Certificate in Egyptology, Manchester University and currently completing a MA in Egyptology at that university. She is a tutor for the MA in Cultural Astronomy and Astrology at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David, UK.

In her astrological capacity she is co-director of Astro Logos Ltd. In 2006 she was awarded the Charles Harvey Award for ‘exceptional service to astrology’and at UAC 2008 she received the Regulus Award in ‘Theory and Understanding in Astrology’. Bernadette lectures, teaches, designs software and writes. She is renowned for her innovative work in visual astrology, the role of fixed stars in western astrology and for her work in predictive astrology. Her MA work was in mapping chaos theory to astrology. She is currently studying Egyptology at Manchester University and lectures internationally on Egyptian Astronomy.

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