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Sky and Symbol

PROCEEDINGS OF THE NINTH ANNUAL SOPHIA CENTRE CONFERENCE, 2011

Edited by: Nicholas Campion and 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

Description

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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Introduction: Sky and Symbol
Nicholas Campion and Liz Greene

PART ONE: THE NATURE OF SYMBOLS

PART TWO: ANCIENT, MEDIEVAL AND EARLY MODERN EXPRESSIONS

  • The Burning Sun and the Killing Resheph: Proto-Astrological Symbolism and Ugaritic Epic
    Ola Wikander
  • From Babylon to Jerusalem: The Roots of Jewish Astrological Symbolism
    Andrea D. Lobel
  • The Perugia Fountain: An Encyclopaedia of Sky, Culture and Society
    Darrelyn Gunzberg
  • Theosis, Vision, and the Astral Body in Medieval German Pietism and the Spanish Kabbalah
    Elliot Wolfson
  • ‘Chemistry, That Starry Science’: Early Modern Conjunctions of Astrology and Alchemy
    Peter Forshaw

PART THREE: CELESTIAL SYMBOLISM IN THE CONTEMPORARY WORLD

  • Katherine Maltwood, H. P. Blavatsky, and the Origins of the Glastonbury Landscape Zodiac
    Anthony Thorley
  • Reading the Future in the Landscape: Astrology in Zanadroandrena land, Central East Madagascar
    Christel Mattheeuws
  • The Celestial Imaginary in Weimar Cinema
    Jennifer Zahrt
  • Receiving the ‘Messengers’: The Astrology of Jung’s Liber Novus
    Liz Greene

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