Many people in Europe and North America share the idea that astrology is some superstitious gibberish perhaps with the exception of millennials who seem to love astrology and create a new boom in online astrology.
And negative opinions are stronger, the less people actually know about astrology. Since I wanted to understand astrology as best as I could, I also learned to practice it. Astrology is a hermeneutical art.
It is based on the assumption that we are part of a cosmic entanglement of powers and dynamic structures that are reflected in the movements of the stars not caused by the stars, as many people think. The calculating aspect of astrology determines the positions of the stars and works with the best algorithms available, calculating what professionals call transits, directions, progressions, synastries, composites, and much more.
These strive for exact and objective data. Yet the hermeneutical aspect of astrology resists precise determination. As an astrologer, you can predict combinations of energies that are reflected in the planetary movements. The empirical basis of astrology has its limits, though.
Considering my work as a whole, there are several different streams of study: (1) divination, including astrology; (2) the writings of J.R.R. Tolkien; (3) ecocentrism. “Introduction”, Seeing with Different Eyes: Essays on Astrology and Divination”, ed. Angela Voss and Patrick Curry (Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Press.
As an astrologer, you cannot predict or reconstruct exactly how astrological events will appear in the daily life of your client. This vagueness can be highly frustrating for both astrologers and clients.
Hermeneutic art is ambiguous, playful, and open to amazement. In its complexity and its dependence on the specific concatenation of forces at the moment of a horoscope reading, it is neither repeatable nor quantifiable.
That is a major reason why social-scientific testing usually comes to negative results when applied to astrology. But in doing so, astrologers also—sometimes unwillingly—subscribed to the idea that ambiguity and polysemy have no place in a scientific system of knowledge. Practicing astrology as a direct experience of understanding, not filtered through the membrane of psychological rationalization, became an embarrassing undertaking, even among professional astrologers. With the rise of new approaches to the complexity of mind and matter, which address the relationality of things and the agency of human and nonhuman persons in the creation of holistic knowledge, it is possible to see astrology in a new light.
Astrological hermeneutics accumulates knowledge about humans and the cosmos in their intricate relationality, as encounters of beings and energies that are always changing and new, despite their recognizable patterns. Physical Description v, p. Language English View all editions Prev Next edition 3 of 4. Author Willis, Roy G.
Other Authors Curry, Patrick. Edition 1st ed.
Subjects Astrologie. Summary Mainstream science has long dismissed astrology as a form of primitive superstition. Present-day scholars and scientists remain baffled as to why this pseudo-science exercises such control over supposedly modern, rational and enlightened individuals, yet so far they have failed to produce any meaningful analysis of why it impacts on so many lives and what lies behind its popular appeal.
Moving beyond scientific scepticism, Astrology, Science and Culture fills the gap by probing deeply into the meaning and importance of this extraordinary belief system. Notes Formerly CIP. Includes bibliographical references p. Astrology, science and culture. View online Borrow Buy Freely available Show 0 more links Set up My libraries How do I set up "My libraries"?
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Prophecy Without Middle Knowledge. Please re-enter recipient e-mail address es. It boils down to religion If, as the authors claim, real ie their astrology makes the world seem wonderfully meaningful, exactly what does this mean in practical terms? Prophecy and Power. From the dawn of pre-history, humankind has had an intimate connection with the stars. Please enter the message. The first strategy is what, yet again, he has done with our book, and I have no intention having a life of giving him the opportunity to engage in the second.
From the dawn of pre-history, humankind has had an intimate connection with the stars. With its roots in the Neolithic culture of Europe and the Middle East, astrology was traditionally heralded as a divinatory language. Willis and Curry argue that, contrary to contemporary understanding including that of most astrologers astrology was originally, and remains, a divinatory practice.
Tackling its rich and controversial history, its problematic relationship to Jungian theory, and attempts to prove its grounding in objective reality, this book not only persuasively demonstrates that astrology is far more than a superstitious relic of years gone by, but that it enables a fundamental critique of the scientism of its opponents. Groundbreaking in its reconciliation of astrologys ancient traditions and its modern day usage, this book impressively unites philosophy, science, anthropology, and history, to produce a powerful exploration of astrology, past and present.
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