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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... asprofound as they wereuntil the seventeenth century but maystill illuminate our viewof twentyfirstcentury society. As MichaelHill wrote, interest inastrologyseemed tobe considerable 'even inthe most technologically advanced areasof ...
The key features of millenarianism have been long established –nostalgia fora lostgolden age inthepast, concern oversocial and moraldecay inthe present, and the utopian anticipationofan imminentfuture crisis, tobe followed bythe ...
... tobe taken fromFreud) asa prerequisite fora successful challengeto capitalism. The notion that theAgeof Aquarius is either currently beginning, orwill doso sometime inthe near future,isa given in most modern astrological literature.
... which is to follow that of Pisces and for some unexplained reason is tobe so much pleasanter to inhabit, untilthevery mention ofthis term fills the careful astrologer with apprehension. Foritis questionable whether many who talk ...
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