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THE ASCENDANT VOL. 1
The Official Journal of the The Association of Young Astrologers
Edited by Cappock, Zahrt, and Civitello
(The Association of Young Astrologers)
144 limited-edition, numbered copies.
List Price: $25.00


FROM THE PUBLISHERS:
The Ascendant, Issue 1The Ascendant is unlike any astrological publication you have seen before. Not quite a journal, and not quite a magazine, it features 72 full-color pages of probing articles alongside the photography and artwork of living artists. The articles offer a balance between theory-driven inquiry and practice-based evidence. Philosophy, historiography, and new takes on tradition are presented with a tone of openness, inviting you to join in the thought experiments for expanding upon our astrological knowledge. While the Association for Young Astrologers is aimed at supporting the entry of younger generations into the astrological community, there is something in The Ascendant for everyone.

Our inaugural issue includes: two articles on astrological magic, one from the realm of theory by Eric Purdue and the other from the workbench by Tony Mack; a report by Ian Waisler on the making of the first Queer Astrology Conference followed by reflections by Gary Lorentzen on the previous generation of queer astrologers, many of whom died of AIDS. Leisa Schaim considers how the Hellenistic technique of sect may improve our more modern concerns with the Saturn return, while Andrea L. Gehrz introduces an empowering framework for astrological remediation that we may use with clients. Our two features include fresh findings on the long cycle of Venus and Mars, by Gary Caton, as well as a thoughtful reconsideration of the potential rulers of radioactivity and nuclear disaster by Dr. Lee Lehman. Kent Bye rounds out the issue with fascinating proposals for how astrology may be integrated with the rapidly emerging advances in virtual reality technology. These articles are accompanied by Wonder Bright’s portraits, which seek to capture a sense of Venus as it appears in her subject’s charts; Katie Grinnan’s interactive “astrological orchestra”; and mixed-media interpretations of the zodiac from the artists who took part in Yvette Endrijautzki’s “Constellation” exhibition.




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SKY AND SYMBOL
Studies in Cultural Astronomy and Astrology Volume 4
Edited by Nicholas Campion and Liz Greene
Sophia Centre Press
Paperback, 350 pp.
List Price: $40.00

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
Human beings in all cultures have long used the sky to tell stories and weave myths that impart meaning to life on earth. The key to all such systems is symbolism, in which one thing is used to signify, represent or embody another. The papers included in this volume are all concerned, in one way or another, with various perceptions of the world of celestial phenomena as symbols: the papers range from art history and analytical psychology to critiques and accounts of astrology, and roam from western to non-western cultures, as well as from ancient to modern. The papers, most of which were given at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David Sophia Centre Conference in Bath, UK, in 2011, provide a valuable addition to the scholarly literature on our understanding of the use and nature of symbols, especially their use in relation to cultural applications of the sky, astronomy, and astrology.

The proceedings of the ninth annual conference of the Sophia Centre for the Study of Cosmology in Culture, University of Wales, Trinity Saint David,4-5 June 2011

Edited by Nicholas Campion and Liz Greene

Table of Contents
Introduction

Nicholas Campion and Liz Greene

Part One: The Nature of Symbols

Is Astrology a Symbolic Language?
Nicholas Campion

Art, Astronomy, and Symbolism in the Age of Science
Gary Wells

Ritual Ornamentation—From the Secular to the Religious
Pamela Armstrong

Part Two: Ancient, Medieval, and Early Modern Expressions

The Burning Sun and the Killing Resheph: Proto-Astrological Symbolism and Ugaritic Epic
Ola Wikander

From Babylon to Jerusalem: The Roots of Jewish Astrological Symbolism
Andrea D. Lobel

The Perugia Fountain: An Encyclopaedia of Sky, Culture, and Society
Darrelyn Gunzburg

Theosis, Vision, and the Astral Body in Medieval German Pietism and the Spanish Kabbalah
Elliot Wolfson

'Chemistry, That Starry Science’: Early Modern Conjunctions of Astrology and Alchemy
Peter Forshaw

Part Three: Astrological Symbols and Modernity

Katherine Maltwood, H. P. Blavatsky, and the Origins of the Glastonbury Landscape Zodiac
Anthony Thorley

The Celestial Imaginary in Weimar Cinema
Jennifer Zahrt

Reading the Future in the Landscape: Astrology in Zanadroandrenaland, Central East Madagascar
Christel Mattheeuws

Receiving the 'Messengers': The Astrology of Jung's Liber Novus
Liz Greene




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MAGI AND MAGGIDIM:
The Kabbalah in British Occultism 1860-1940
Studies in Cultural Astronomy and Astrology Vol. 3
by Liz Greene
Paperback: 576 pages
Publisher: Sophia Centre Press 2012
List Price: $55.00

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
The growth of the occult ‘underground’ is one of the most fascinating features of late 19th and early 20th century British society. After decades of neglect, a growing body of scholarship is now dedicated to various aspects of Victorian and Edwardian magical practices and personalities, in an effort to understand why such a powerful cultural current could emerge simultaneously with the rise of modern science, and why it continues to exercise such a pervasive influence in many contemporary spiritualities. The books, articles, letters, and diaries produced by major figures in the occult revival, such as Aleister Crowley and Dion Fortune, reveal the centrality of the Jewish Kabbalah in occultist thought and practice. However, the ways in which these individuals, and the secret societies they founded, sourced and utilised Jewish esoteric lore are largely ignored in current research. Current scholarship generally assumes that ‘occultist’ Kabbalah is a modernreinvention of older traditions,with little relationship to its Jewish roots. This assumption ignores the documented contributions of Jewish scholars and Kabbalists to the occultists’ work, and there is little, if any, in-depth comparison of the ideas expressed by British occultists and the Jewish Kabbalistic literature of the medieval and early modern periods. And why was the Jewish Kabbalah was so compellingly attractive to non-Jewish occultists at a time of turbulent social and scientific change, when religious, political, and racial antisemitism constituted a normative attitude in many circles of British society? This book provides a new, exciting, and penetrating analysis of how and why the Jewish Kabbalah was adopted and integrated, rather than reinvented or recreated, by important figures in the British occult revival, and why it remains a dominant theme in the spiritual currents of the twenty-first century.

About the Author:
Liz Greene is a tutor for the MA in Cultural Astronomy and Astrology in the School of Archaeology, History and Anthropology at the University of Wales Trinity St David, and an Honorary Research Fellow in the Department of History at the University of Bristol. She received a PhD in History from the University of Bristol in 2010, an MA in Cultural Astronomy and Astrology from Bath Spa University in 2007 and a PhD in Psychology from Los Angeles University in 1971. She is a qualified analytical psychologist (Association of Jungian Analysts, London, 1983) and a member of the International Association of Analytical Psychology. Her research interests include the Kabbalah, the British occult revival of the late 19th century and its links with modern dynamic psychology and psychiatry, and Orphic, Gnostic, early Jewish, and Hermetic astrologies and cosmologies from late antiquity.




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FROM MASHA' ALLAH TO KEPLER:
Theory and Practice in Medieval and Renaissance Astrology
by Charles Burnett , Dorian Gieseler Greenbaum
Paperback: 552 pages
Publisher: Sophia Centre Press (August 17, 2015)
List Price: $55.00

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
Astrology has recently become a subject of interest to scholars of the highest calibre. However, the tendency has been to look at the social context of astrology, the attacks on astrologers and their craft, and on astrological iconography and symbolism; i.e., largely looking on astrology from the outside.

The intention of this book is to do is to look at the subject from the inside: the ideas and techniques of astrologers themselves. In both Western and Eastern cultures astrology was regarded as a pure science by most scholars, mathematicians, physicians, philosophers and theologians, and was taught in schools and universities.

The greatest astronomers of the period under consideration, al-Kindi, Thabit ibn Qurra, Abraham Ibn Ezra, Galileo and Kepler, also wrote about and practised astrology. What did astrologers write about astrology and how did they teach their subject and practise their craft? What changes occurred in astrological theory and practice over time and from one culture to another? What cosmological and philosophical frameworks did astrologers use to describe their practice? What role did diagrams, tables and illustrations play in astrological text-books? What was astrology's place in universities and academies?

This book contains surveys of astrologers and their craft in Islamic, Jewish and Christian culture, and includes hitherto unpublished and unstudied astrological texts.



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CULTURE AND COSMOS
A Journal of the History of Astrology and Cultural Astronomy
VOLUME 14- SPECIAL DOUBLE ISSUE
Edit. , Greenbaum
List Price: $32.00

FROM THE PUBLISHER:
Table of Contents

Introduction

Dorian Gieseler Greenbaum
Johann Kepler's Horoscope Collection

Friederike Boockmann
Translations of Kepler’s Astrological Writings

Helisaeus Röslin’s Delineation of Kepler’s Birthchart, 1592

David Fabricius and Kepler on Kepler’s Personal Astrology, 1602

Kepler’s Delineation of his Family’s Astrology

Kepler and Michael Mästlin on their Sons’ Nativities, 1598

Kepler’s Methods of Astrological Interpretation for Rudolf II, 1602

Kepler’s Astrological Interpretation of Rudolf II by Traditional Methods, 1602

Kepler’s Letter to an Official on Rudolf II and Astrology, 1611

Excerpts from Kepler’s Correspondence and Interpretation of Wallenstein’s Nativity, 1624-1625

The Nativities of Mohammed and Martin Luther, 1604

The Nativity of Augustus

John Meeks - Introduction: Kepler and the Art of Weather Prognostication

Kepler’s Weather Calendar of 1618

Excerpts from Kepler’s Weather Calendar of 1619

Kepler on the New Star: De stella nova, Chapters 7-9

On Directions

David Fabricius and Kepler on Astrological Theory and Doctrine, 1602

David Fabricius and Kepler on Fabricius’s Directions, 1603-1604

On Aspects, 1602

Appendix


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CULTURE AND COSMOS
A Journal of the History of Astrology and Cultural Astronomy
VOLUME 17 - 1: SPECIAL ISSUE ON ASTROLOGY, ASTRONOMY, AND LITERATURE
List Price: $25.00


FROM THE PUBLISHER:
Table of Contents

Jennifer Zahrt
Editorial

Clifford J. Cunningham and Günther Oestmann
Classical Deities in Astronomy: The Employment of Verse to Commemorate the Discovery of the Planets Uranus, Ceres, Pallas, Juno, and Vesta

Dorian Knight
A Reinvestigation Into Astronomical Motifs in Eddic Poetry, with Particular Reference to Óðinn’s Encounters with Two Giantesses: Billings Mær and Gunnlöð

Karen Smyth
‘I specially note their Astronomie, philosophie, and other parts of profound or cunning art’: The Use of Cosmic Registers by Chaucer and Others

Kirk Little
Spellbound: The Astrological Imagination of Washington Irving

Giuliano Masola and Nicola Reggiani
Ϲελήνη Τοξότῃ: Business and Astrology in the Papyri

Reinhard Mussik
Research Note: Weltall, Erde, Mensch and Marxist Cosmology in East Germany



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CULTURE AND COSMOS
A Journal of the History of Astrology and Cultural Astronomy
VOLUME 17 - 2: LANDSCAPE – SEASCAPE – SKYSCAPE
List Price: $25.00

Table of Contents

Fabio Silva
Editorial

Daniel Brown
The Experience of Watching: Place Defined by the Trinity of Land-, Sea-, and Skyscape

Pamela Armstrong
Skyscapes of the Mesolithic/Neolithic Transition in Western England

Olwyn Pritchard
North as a Sacred Direction? Traces of a Prehistoric North-South Route Across Pembrokeshire

Tore Lomsdalen
The Islandscape of the Megalithic Temple Structures of Prehistoric Malta

Fernando Pimenta, Nuno Ribeiro, Anabela Joaquinito, António Félix Rodrigues, Antonieta Costa and Fabio Silva
Land, Sea and Skyscape: Two Case Studies of Man-made Structures in the Azores Islands

Book Reviews
The Idea of Order: The Circular Archetype in Prehistoric Europe by Richard Bradley, reviewed by Liz Henty

Stonehenge: Exploring The Greatest Stone Age Mystery, by Mike Parker Pearson, reviewed by Lionel Sims









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