Did the division of the year by the Babylonians into twelve months lead to the adoption of an equal twelve-sign zodiac in Hellenistic astrology? - by Chris Mitchell
This fascinating study brings together original, thoughtful enquiry and research into Mesopotamian artefacts. It was Chris's dissertation for the MA programme at the Sophia Centre.
|Cosmology & Divination
|A lot of us will find this site interesting, both for the insight it affords into recent developments in the world of UK academic astrology, and for the various downloadable docs, and videos, that it features (including such luminaries as: Bird, Cornelius, Curry, Greenbaum, Hyde, Shaw, Voss). Btw - the videos are somewhat hidden, you'll find the link on the 'Publications and Recordings' page - search for 'watch a selection of videos'.
|What are the Odds of That? - by Kyle Pierce
If you have ever looked at some astrological pattern, wondered, 'what are the odds of that?', and wished you could ask a statistician, here is an opportunity to do just that by emailing your question to Kyle Pierce c/o the contact link at the top of this page. The starter document that is currently posted here is just two pages long, but it is open-ended and the plan is that Kyle's answers to at least some questions will be added in the months to come.
|Two Papers by John P O'Grady
|These two papers - Simply the World and The Outside Lands - present reflections on the nature of astrology, based on a poetic/philosophical perspective.
|Dr. Alie Bird's Thesis - 'Astrology in Education: an Ethnography'
|Alie's PhD thesis: this thought-provoking work looks at astrology's return to academia and provides an intellectual framework which facilitates discussion of the issues arising from that relationship. This is simply essential reading for anyone with an interest in astrology's place in the Western world.
|An Index of Online Astrological Texts
|Follow the link above for a list of around 287 astrological texts assembled by Patrice Guinard. A huge and impressive collection, and all power to Patrice for putting it together.
Stapp - Police Control Room Staff & their Perceptions
of Full Moons
paper is based on research amongst police staff, into
the frequently-encountered idea that full moons are times
when there are peaks of anti-social behaviour. As well
as the inherent interest of the subject, it sheds a great
deal of light on the issues facing a researcher into astrology.
Dawkins, 'The Enemies of Reason' and Astrology
the above link for thoughts on the Dawkins experience
from the Observer's astrologer Neil Spencer.
Last - The Sophia Centre Finds a New Home
Sophia Centre is re-establishing itself as a distance-learning
centre based at Lampeter University. Follow the link above
for more information.
Science and Astrology - by Garry Phillipson
developments in science – particularly quantum theory
– have been taken by some astrologers to herald
a paradigm shift which would make it possible to validate
and explain astrology as a science. The suggestion is
made that this case is currently unconvincing. Instead,
it is argued, modern science's contribution to the understanding
of astrology is more relevant to astrology as a divinatory
art than as a hard science.
the Chain of Being Rooted in the Gods of the Night? Correspondence
and Sympathy in the Art, Literature and Omens of Mesopotamia
this paper, originally written for the MA program at Bath
Spa University, Judy advances a case for considering that
the idea of a 'chain of being' should be traced, not to
the Greece of Plato et al, but rather to the earlier civilisation
of Mesopotamia; and that the influence of this idea may
also be preserved in the Kabbalah's tree of life.
RIP, 1930 - 2006? by Nick Kollerstrom
are the facts behind the International Astronomers Union's
demotion of Pluto to the status of a dwarf planet, and
what should astrologers make of the furore surrounding
the decision? Nick presents a punchy overview of the
episode, allowing space to astronomical and
interview with David has just been posted on the homepage
of Cosmic Patterns Software. Lots of interesting material
on statistics in astrology, Kepler College and software,
and much more.
introduction to Paul and his fascinating new book on progressed
synastry - on the Positive Astrology website.
the Moment' by Kirk Little
version 2 of Kirk's study of the way the divinatory view
of astrology has evolved in recent years, with particular
focus on the work of Geoffrey Cornelius. This new edition
(issued 31 March 2006) incorporates a huge number of refinements
and clarifications, plus a lot (over 33%) of new material.
On the download page you will find an introductory epistle
from Kirk which explains more. Essential reading.
Scepticism and Knowledge - a dialogue between Dennis Elwell
& Garry Phillipson
author of Cosmic Loom discusses his reservations
about the presentation of the sceptical viewpoint in chapters
9 & 10 of Year Zero
with Dennis Elwell
recorded for, and featured in, Year Zero; now
available in its complete form for the first time, on
the Skyscript site.
|How Ertel Rescued the Gauquelin Effect - by Nick Kollerstrom
and lively account of the seeming demise, and resurrection,
of the Gauquelin work.
|Interview with Bernard Eccles
Garry's more recent interviews - including reflection
on speculative astronomical bodies and the relationship
of religion to astrology - is now available on the Skyscript
|The Kollerstrom Index
has quietly been publishing a huge body of work on the
web. It ranges from the history of astronomy, to alchemy
and astrology's relationship to metals, to horticulture
and Moon cycles. For the first time, here are all the
links collected together in one place.
|Interview with Garry Phillipson
Gunzburg's interview with the author of Astrology
in the Year Zero, first published in the Mountain
Astrologer, is now available on Deborah Houlding's
Modern Invention or Egyptian Epiphany? by Judy Hall
into the phrase 'as above, so below', which asks whether
it is valid to trace its ancestry back to ancient Egypt.
Provides the reader with a fascinating and thoroughly-documented
exploration of Egyptian culture, with a number of illustrations.
|Contested Iconography: Was Isaac Newton an astrologer,
a rational mechanistic scientist, or neither? by James
actually say "I, sir, have studied the matter; you have
not" when someone criticised astrology? The truth about
this popular story, and about broader issues concerning
Newton's views about the world, presented by James in
this thoroughly-researched and closely-argued paper.
Histories of Uranus' by Faye Cossar
study which applies Sheldrake's concept of morphic
fields to humanity's discovery and evaluation of
Uranus. This paper comes from Faye's work on the MA course
at Bath Spa University College.
|Garry Phillipson: Whatever Became of Him?
currently working on a PhD about astrology at the University
of Wales, Lampeter. His thesis will pursue some issues
raised in Astrology in the Year Zero - but don't
hold your breath, the current schedule doesn't see it
being completed until July 2013. For some links
to universities which now offer courses in astrology,
follow the link to 'Astrology & Academia' on the left
of this page.