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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As my inquiry is partly literary, and as this is the first time that the disparate sources which deal with the topic have been brought together, Ihave provided copious references, all the more toencourage other scholars tocontinue ...
My argument is that the quest for meaning is a universal human attribute andthat in most, ifnot all, cultures,there is a predisposition to find meaning inthesky. To citethe French philosopher Bruno Latour, 'No one hasever heard of a ...
'Premillennialism', for example, holds thatthe coming crisis (for example)may beviolentand destructive, while 'post' or 'progressive millennialism' anticipates a calm and peaceful transition to an era of love.11 The coming age may be of ...
The astrologers noticed that the totalsequence ofpossible Jupiter–Saturn conjunctions took 960years and, although the real period is somewhat shorter, theyregarded itas deeply significant that 960 yearsis just 40 years short ofthe ...
... there isan optimistic assumption that the conditionof theworld must necessarily and gradually improve.29In the 1940s R.G. Collingwood, considering what he sawas the recent revival ofthis model, identified three formsof history, ...
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The Extent of Belief in Astrology
A Public Survey
Interviews with Astrologers