Astrology and Cosmology in the World’s Religions

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NYU Press, Jun 11, 2012 - Religion - 288 pages
When you think of astrology, you may think of the horoscope section in your local paper, or of Nancy Reagan's consultations with an astrologer in the White House in the 1980s. Yet almost every religion uses some form of astrology: some way of thinking about the sun, moon, stars, and planets and how they hold significance for human lives on earth. Astrology and Cosmology in the World’s Religions offers an accessible overview of the astrologies of the world's religions, placing them into context within theories of how the wider universe came into being and operates. Campion traces beliefs about the heavens among peoples ranging from ancient Egypt and China, to Australia and Polynesia, and India and the Islamic world. Addressing each religion in a separate chapter, Campion outlines how, by observing the celestial bodies, people have engaged with the divine, managed the future, and attempted to understand events here on earth. This fascinating text offers a unique way to delve into comparative religions and will also appeal to those intrigued by New Age topics.
 

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Contents

Measurement and Meaning
1
The Celestial Mirror
11
The Dreaming
24
Navigating the Sky
33
The Great Spirit
41
Salvation and Sacrifice
54
Heaven on Earth
69
The Solar Society
82
Myth Magic and Transcendence
135
Ascent to the Stars
148
Influence and Transcendence
161
Faith and Reason
173
Nature and Transformation
188
Notes
201
Bibliography
235
Index
261

The Celestial Offices
94
Ancient Traditions and Modern Practice
110
Signs in the Sky
124
About the Author
273
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Nicholas Campion is senior lecturer in the School of Archaeology, History and Anthropology, director of the Sophia Centre for the Study of Cosmology in Culture, and course director of the MA in Cultural Astronomy and Astrology at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David. His books include the two-volume A History of Western Astrology.

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