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  Introduction  

Welcome.

The purpose of this website is to provide information about the theory, practice and claims of astrology, regardless of culture or historical period, as well as the history and cultural applications of astronomy. 

My own work is currently focused on teaching the MA in Cultural Astronomy and Astrology at the University of Wales, Lampeter, lecturing at Kepler College, and editing Culture and Cosmos, the journal of the history of astrology and cultural astronomy.

Most of my historical work is contained in my two-volume cultural history of western astrology, The Dawn of Astrology (Continuum 2008), and The History of Western Astrology Vol II - The Medieval and Modern Worlds(Continuum 2009).

For the purposes of everything that follows on this site, I need to define astrology and culltural astronomy. I generally follow a loose definition of astrology, in which case Patrick Curry’s version is useful. He defined astrology as: 'the practice of relating the heavenly bodies to lives and events on earth, and the tradition that has thus been generated’.(1) Astrology includes  the attempt to locate significance and meaning in the cosmos, but also classical and medieval notions of celestial influence, as well as the rituals and behaviour which follow such concepts. There is therefore scarcely any culture which does not have a set of beliefs, or behavioural systems which can be seen as astrological. That leads us to the study of 'cultural astronomy', which I have defined as 'the use of astronomical knowledge, beliefs or theories to inspire, inform or influence social forms and ideologies, or any aspect of human behaviour. Cultural astronomy also includes the modern disciplines of ethnoastronomy and archaeoastronomy'.

1. Curry, Patrick, ‘Astrology’, in Boyd, Kelly (ed.) The Encyclopaedia of Historians and Historical Writing, 2 Vols. London: Fitzroy Dearborn 1999, Vol. 1, pp 55-7 (p. 55).

2. Campion, Nicholas, ‘Editorial’, in Culture and Cosmos, Spring/Summer 1997, Vol. 1, no 1, p. 2.

 

  Latest News  
SEAC Conference 2008 by Nick Campion

The conference of the European Society for Astronomy in Culture was held in Granada from 8-13 September. For further details, click here. The next SEAC conference will be held in Alexandria in October 2009. Details will be posted here when available.

Astrological Association Research Conference by Nick Campion

The annual Astrological Association research conference will take place in London on Saturday 22 November 2008. The conference will focus on social science research into astrology. Details will be posted here when available. The conference is organised jointly with the Sophia Centre, University of Wales, Lampeter, and the Research Group for the Critical Study of Astrology.

INSAP Conference by Nick Campion

The 6th conference on the Inspitation of Astronomical Phenomena (INSAP) will be held in Venice from 18-23 October 2009. Further information will be posted when available. For further information about the INSAP conferences, click here.

  Recommended  

The Dawn of Astrology: A Cultural History of Western Astrology

Vol 1: The Ancient and Classical Worlds (London: Continuum 2008)

by Nicholas Campion

 

What do Astrologers Believe? (Oxford: Granta, 2006)

by Nicholas Campion