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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Atthis point, letmeturn to the question of previous studies. Although astrology is, as hasbeen noted,asubject of considerable journalistic interest, there has beenlittle academic concernwith its contemporary cultural nature and function ...
As Grace Davie has argued, 'by looking at the way that society reacts tonew religious movements and the controversy they generate, we can discover more aboutthat society itself'. And what if astrology is a religion?
Svenson andWhite, for example,looked atthe contentof horoscope columnsand Michael Dambrun exploredprejudice amongst astrologers.23 There is, though,little consensus amongst current academic work.Inhis literature review of2005,Ivan Kelly ...
occurswhen the sun, moon, stars and planetsall return simultaneously to their locations at the creation.17 The planets' Platonic functionwas not tocause orinfluence events in earth,but to indicate the changing qualities oftheunfolding ...
14–15, 18. 31 KarlPopper,The Open Society andits Enemies, rev.edn (2 vols, London and New York, 1986), vol.1, pp. 210, 244. 32 Hilary Carey, Courting Disaster: Astrology at the English Court and University in the ...
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