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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... new religious movements, New Age culture, alternative spiritualities and questions ofthe nature of secularism andmodernity. 1 Robert Matthews, 'Astrologers failto predict proof theyare wrong', SundayTelegraph,17August2003,p.9.
Prophecy, Cosmology and the New Age Movement Dr Nicholas Campion. 1 Robert Matthews, 'Astrologers failto predict proof theyare wrong', SundayTelegraph,17August2003,p.9. 2 John Silber, 'Silliness under Seattle stars', Boston Herald, ...
predictive toolby which the coming crisis might be predicted, adapting the simple formsof prophecy from celestial signs familiar from the Old Testament.Isaiah, for example, had forecast that,at theDay of Yahweh, when the final reckoning ...
... historical periodisation.19After this'conjunctional astrology' was adopted in medieval Europe in thetwelfth and thirteenth centuries, there were two principal astrological means of predicting the coming of the millennium.
Significant examples of predictable planetary patterns occurredin1484, whenitwas predicted that the Jupiter– Saturn ... coming during the first revolutionarywave of the Reformation, was widely usedto predict arecurrence ofthe Biblical ...