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.
... Heelas, meanwhile, considers theNew Age movement in its counter cultural aspects,and hence astrology, whichhe includes asNew Age,as an aspectof 'modernityin crisis'.41 My purpose isto consider whether astrology's continued existencein ...
... Paranormal, its Defenders and Debunkers and American Culture (Madison WI, 1993), p. 6. 41 Paul Heelas, The New Age Movement (Oxford, 1996), pp. 23, 24, 138. Chapter 2 Cosmic Liberation:The Pursuit of the Millennium Nation will.
... can then agree with Paul Heelas and Linda Woodhead that, farfrom passing away, itis deeply embedded inWestern culture: ithas not diedout buthas gone mainstream.16 The theosophical prophecy thata New Agewas aboutto begin required, withinthe.
... makes allthings new'.40 2. Following directly from the ideaof the inner divine is the implication that the individual is the highest authority. For Paul Heelas, oneof the first sociologists ofreligioninthe field, New Age beliefs.
... Heelas refersto 'epistemological individualists',for whom knowledge essentially arises from the self.42 3.It followsfrom this thatindividual experience, whether of nature or the divine, is the ultimate arbiter of truth. 4.Fromthis in ...