Astrology and Popular Religion in the Modern West: Prophecy, Cosmology and the New Age Movement
Ashgate Publishing, Ltd., 01/09/2012 - 224 من الصفحات
This book explores an area of contemporary religion, spirituality and popular culture which has not so far been investigated in depth, the phenomenon of astrology in the modern west. Locating modern astrology historically and sociologically in its religious, New Age and millenarian contexts, Nicholas Campion considers astrology's relation to modernity and draws on extensive fieldwork and interviews with leading modern astrologers to present an invaluable contribution to our understanding of the origins and nature of New Age ideology.
This book challenges the notion that astrology is either 'marginal' or a feature of postmodernism. Concluding that astrology is more popular than the usual figures suggest, Campion argues that modern astrology is largely shaped by New Age thought, influenced by the European Millenarian tradition, that it can be seen as an heir to classical Gnosticism and is part of the vernacular religion of the modern west.
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Most commentary on thesubject, whether by academics or journalists, consults neither astrologers, ... Intheview ofmuch of the academic literature inthe area, astrology,usually, problematically, defined as the belief in the occult ...
... that of astrology believers, but the latter stillrepresent asizeable number.5 These rather startling figures should tell us something about modern religious culture yetare largely ignored by academics and religious specialists.
Although astrology is, as hasbeen noted,asubject of considerable journalistic interest, there has beenlittle academic concernwith its contemporary cultural nature and function. Toput it bluntly, mostacademics have shunned it.
... popular culture,rather than subject religionto the rigoursofcultural analysis.14 When wecome to the sociology ofreligion,the English language literatureonthe NewAge movement includesonly one paper in an academic anthology devotedto ...
TouseNinian Smart's adaptation ofHusserl's phrase,Iam concerned with the astrologer's'I picture', thedefinitions astrologers usefor themselves, as opposed to thosewhich maybe allocated to them by academics or external critics.18 Yet the ...