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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Thisbook is anattempt to rectify this situation, to examinethe extent andnature ofmodern belief in astrology, andto placeit in itswider cultural environment, in particularin relationto religious and historical themes.
The cosmology under examinationis astrology, especially in itsassumption that great historical changes coincide with astronomical movements, and the implications of this forindividual lives. Being concerned with the natureof supposed ...
My concernsare partly historical.In particular, Iam interestedinthe problem oforigins,in thiscaseof the New Age movement andof contemporary astrology as a language of zodiacsigns, personalityand psychological potential.
We therefore arriveatthekey historical question, which I hopewillplay apart in the wider discussion of modern esotericism, new religious movements, New Age culture, alternative spiritualities and questions ofthe nature of secularism ...
... theRevelation of StJohn, setout a historical templatewhich still exertsaheavy influence inNew Ageideology, inwhich a pervasive moral collapse climaxes in politicaland military strife,accompanied bythe parousia (literally 'arrival' ...
ما يقوله الناس - كتابة مراجعة
The Extent of Belief in Astrology
A Public Survey
Interviews with Astrologers