Essays In The History And Contemporary Culture Of Astrology
Edited by Frances Clynes
Astrology claims that meaning can be identified in the nature and movements of the celestial bodies. It exists is most human cultures and thrives in the modern world as a feature of popular culture. Modern western astrology has its roots in the classical Greek world and, before then, in the ancient Near East, and its popularity represents a remarkable survival of a world view which held that all things are interconnected and interrelated.
Skylights breaks new scholarly ground with its analyses of the diverse theoretical assumptions and practices of modern astrology. Beginning with three chapters on aspects of astrology in the classical Greek, Islamic and Medieval European worlds, the book moves into eight chapters on topics which, together, have never been the focus of academic attention. They consider the nature of astrology as a language, it’s approach to history, application of the classical concept of the daimon, theory of the soul, adaption of psychology, and popularisation in the media.
The book will appeal to those interested in the background and intellectual contexts of astrology, the history of ideas and esotericism, alternative and New Age spiritualities, popular culture and the study of astronomy and culture in the modern world.
~ Frances Clynes and Nicholas Campion
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Seeing and Listening to the Gods in Iamblichus’ De Mysteriis: Astrology as a Paradigm of Interaction with the Divine
~ Akindynos Kaniamos
Cosmic Chaos in Islamic Apocalyptic Eschatology
~ M.A. Rashed
Signs from Heaven or a Dark Art? How the Church embraced Arabic Astrology and introduced it into the Christian West
~ Chris Mitchell
In search of the conscious historical process: Alexander Chizhevsky and Johannes Kepler
~ Karine Dilanian
An Observation Tower: Aby M. Warburg and the Transmission of Astrology
~ Jennifer Zahrt
The Daimon in Twentieth Century Psychological Astrology
~ Alina Pelteacu
The Nature of the Soul within Contemporary Western Astrology
~ Jayne Logan
Charles Carter, Margaret Hone and Psychological Astrology
~ Laura Andrikopoulos
Kim Farnell: The Development of the Horoscope Column and its Relationship with Women’s Media
~ Kim Farnell
Spatio-Temporal Representations and the Language of Astrology
~ Crystal Eves
Panpsychism and Astrology
~ Garry Phillipson
About the Editor
Frances Clynes is a tutor in the MA in Cultural Astronomy and Astrology, currently teaching on the Sky and Psyche and Sacred Geography modules. I also supervise MA dissertation students and provide IT Support. She works as a Computing Lecturer in a Dublin college and as a tutor on the MA in Cultural Astronomy and Astrology. I am also a Distance Learning and Online Tutor with the Faculty of Astrological Studies as well as their IT Manager. She is a member of the European Society for Astronomy in Culture, a Board member of the Astrological Association, and a Council member and tutor with the Faculty of Astrological Studies. Her academic interests include ongoing research in the area of dualism, the Internet and astrology, Irish mythology and the Irish Neolithic monuments, Alan Leo, and C. G. Jung with particular interest in the Liber Novus.