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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The evidence of opinionpolls suggests that public interest in astrologyis similar in, say, Germany and France, tothe UK and theUS, while the network of organised astrologers managesto cross national boundaries, in spite of the language ...
Traditions ofapocalyptic thought can be tracedback to latethird millennium BCE Mesopotamia.7 That they emerge with theearliest written records suggests an originin preliterate culture. Inthe first centuries BCE and CE, apocalyptic ideas ...
... thought hasbeen acknowledged by New Age writers. David Spangler, understoodthis well enough when discussing thebasis for belief inthecoming New Age: 'asthe termAge of Aquarius suggests,' he wrote, 'one source was astrology'.25.
termAge of Aquarius suggests,' he wrote, 'one source was astrology'.25 In the modern world, millenarianism hasadopted a number ofapparently secularforms, including,at itsmost violent and materialistic, Marxismand Nazism.26 Themost ...
... suggesting that it was only familiarin theosophical circles and was discovered by academicsonly in the late1970s orearly 1980s.13 The conceptof the NewAge as arecent –postcountercultural – and hence transient phenomenon has ...
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The Extent of Belief in Astrology
A Public Survey
Interviews with Astrologers