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Sophia Centre Press

The Collected works

The Sophia Centre Press brings together the Sophia Centre’s wider activities. The Centre’s remit is the consideration of how we live on planet Earth, with particular reference to the sky and cosmos as part of the wider environment. Its work is partly historical, partly anthropological and partly philosophical. It has a wide-ranging remit to investigate the role of cosmological, astronomical and astrological beliefs, models and ideas in human culture, including the theory and practice of myth, magic, divination, religion, spirituality, architecture, politics and the arts. We deal with the modern world as much as indigenous or ancient practices.

Publications Portfolio

Titles of the Sophia Centre

The Harmony Debates

The Harmony Debates Exploring a Practical Philosophy for a Sustainable Future Edited by Nicholas Campion Foreward by HRH The Prince of Wales The chapters in this volume explore Harmony from
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Astrology as Art

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.
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Imagining Other Worlds

This anthology brings together chapters from astronomers, historians, and writers who are inspired by the sky, and who originally gathered at the conference on the Inspiration of Astronomical Phenomena at London’s Gresham College in 2015. Its topics range from the representation and exploration of the sky in the arts, architecture, and literature, and from the ancient world to the digital age.
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Sark in the Dark

This book provides a new, exciting, and penetrating analysis of how and why the Jewish Kabbalah was adopted and integrated, rather than reinvented or recreated, by important figures in the British occult revival, and why it remains a dominant theme in the spiritual currents of the twenty-first century.
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The Materiality of the Sky

Although celestial objects could not be handled and exploited in a tangible manner, people's creativity sought to understand them, to find some use for them in relation to one's needs and activities and to generate ideas about their nature and their meaning for humanity.
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Heavenly Discourses

The Heavenly Discourses conference was a celebration of the fiftieth anniversary of Yuri Gagarin’s achievement, held at the University of Bristol and sponsored by the Sophia Centre for the Study of Cosmology in Culture at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David.
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Cosmologies

Cosmologies Proceedings of the Seventh Annual Sophia Centre Conference, 2009 Edited by Nicholas Campion The contributors include Pauline Bambrey, Glenford Bishop, Frances Clynes, Martin Gansten, Ronald Hutton, Helen R. Jacobus,
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From Māshā ‘ Allāh to Kepler

The intention of this book is to look at the subject of Astrology from the inside: the ideas and techniques of astrologers themselves. This book contains surveys of astrologers and their craft in Islamic, Jewish and Christian culture, and includes hitherto unpublished and unstudied astrological texts.
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The World of Astrology

This book analyses the beliefs and cultural constructions of their world in a group of individuals belonging to the middle classes in Rio (Brazil) and involved in the use of astrology.
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Sky and Purpose in Prehistoric Malta

This book provides a new, exciting, and penetrating analysis of how and why the Jewish Kabbalah was adopted and integrated, rather than reinvented or recreated, by important figures in the British occult revival, and why it remains a dominant theme in the spiritual currents of the twenty-first century.
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