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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Astrology is afamiliar feature ofmodern culture,yetis widely ignored bythe Academy. Ourattempts to understand its claims, practices and philosophical contexthavetended tofall prey tothelegacy of the selfdefined Enlightenment struggle ...
... a New Age belief or practice, paranormal oran 'alternative religion',is seenasa potential contributor tothe declineof the mainstream churchesinBritain, is regardedas worthyof comment bythe cosmologist Stephen Hawking and, ...
... bythe assumption thatit is overwhelmingly a matter ofbelief; astrology isclassified as aformof'belief' andstudents and practitioners of itare characterised as 'believers'. Atthis point, letmeturn to the question of previous studies.
... theRevelation of StJohn, setout a historical templatewhich still exertsaheavy influence inNew Ageideology, inwhich a pervasive moral collapse climaxes in politicaland military strife,accompanied bythe parousia (literally 'arrival' ...
Inthis scheme astrology is sustained bythe needforsecurity and order ina world beset bypotentially threatening change and instability, a facton which academics andcritics ofastrology usually agree. Security istobe obtained through ...
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The Extent of Belief in Astrology
A Public Survey
Interviews with Astrologers