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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... firstcenturies CEwhen the Persian astrologers incorporated the periodic occurrenceof conjunctions of Jupiter and Saturn, the slowestmoving of the visible planets, when they met in the same degree of the zodiac once every 20 years.
For example, the Western zodiac signof Pisces nolonger occupies thesame portion ofsky asthe classical Greek constellationof Pisces. The astronomical details neednot concernus here, for they arejustavehicle on whichto hang acertain ...
Instead the increasing separation betweenthe tropicaland sidereal zodiacs was usedto discredit astrology, on the grounds that the planets no longer occupied theparts ofthe zodiac claimed by Western astrologers.
This date, heargued, wasthe originofthe Egyptian zodiac. After around two thousand years, in 13,079BCE, thesun rose inVirgo at the spring equinox and itthen proceeded inreverse order through the signs untilit rose in Aquarius atthe ...
... deities) andthe shift of zodiac signs through precession of the equinoxes as a guide tothe changing character of religious observation, circulated amongst both atheists and occultists through the firsthalf the nineteenth century.