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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From apocalypse, the Greek for 'revelation',we have theword 'apocalyptic', describing the tumultuous vision of the end of the world which was revealed to St John the Divine. Traditions ofapocalyptic thought can be tracedback to ...
... the manifestation of divineintent inthematerial world.18 Apocalyptic astrology was provided witha further level of detailand precisionin the firstcenturies CEwhen the Persian astrologers incorporated the periodic occurrenceof ...
... The Decline ofthe West,to Renaissance astrological theories, making the point that ancientideas continuetoexert a profound effect.24 Astrology's significance as a model of apocalyptic thought hasbeen acknowledged by New Age writers.
Forms of historiography whichimpose anapriori theoretical structure onhistory, whether violent and apocalyptic, orpeaceful and progressive, are, inCollingwood's terminology, quasi historical. Another pervasive feature of millenarian ...
8 PaulHanson, The Dawn of Apocalyptic: The Historical and Sociological Roots ofJewish Apocalyptic Eschatology (Philadelphia, 1983); D.S. Russell, The Method and Message of Jewish Apocalyptic: 200 BC–AD 100 (Philadelphia, 1964).