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Nicholas Campion: Astrology and Cosmology in the World’s Religions

Astrology and Cosmology in the World’s Religions 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.=============================================

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.


This innovative study presents astrologies and cosmologies – broadly conceived – as counterparts and mirrors of human societies. Unlike most students of astrology, Campion transcends the limitations of the Western tradition to examine the nature and roles of astrological and cosmological concepts in cultures from all continents. His examples provide original insights into how cosmologies shape these cultures’ artistic, intellectual, and religious activities.”

Stephen McCluskey, West Virginia University



Jyväskylä, Finland

Kongressi: Mind and Matter – Nordik 2009 Conference for Art Historians
Viimeisin muutos 28.03.2008
Alkamisaika: keskiviikko 17. syyskuuta 2008, 00.00
Päättymisaika: perjantai 19. syyskuuta 2008, 00.00
Paikka: Seminaarinmäki Main building, C1, C3, C4, C5
Date: September 17–19 2009
Location: The University of Jyväskylä, Finland

Keynote speakers: David Morgan (USA), Naomi Stead (Australia), Per H. Hansen (Danmark).
Organizers: The Department of Art and Culture Studies / Art history, Nordik committee for art history, Taidehistorian seura – Föreningen för konsthistoria ry, The City of Jyväskylä.

Further information:

Mind and Matter – The 9th Nordik Conference will be arranged in Jyväskylä, Finland on 17-19th of September 2009. The Conference invites Nordic, European and other art historians for three days to approach to the theme Mind and Matter.

Mind and Matter concentrates on systems of beliefs and thinking in Art and Art History and their relation to empirical material. We wish to focus on practices and problems arising from the interaction of empirical material and abstract or immaterial principles such as thoughts, beliefs, ideas, religions and political ideologies. Discussions of methodological strategies invite to reflect on the interdisciplinary character of art history. We encourage contributions from various theoretical issues and practices to explicit visual analysis, and welcome all fields of art history including visual studies, architecture, design, new media and museology.

Suggested topics for presentations are

POLITICS OF ART HISTORY: politics and ethics of method and practice; discourses of canonizing, ethnicity, gender, national identity, multiculturalism; politics of displays; art and cultural policy.

SPIRITUAL LANDSCAPES: landscape as motive and form; mental structure; cultural construction.

PICTURING MEMORY: memory and visual culture; collecting; oblivion; heritage.

CREATIVE PROCESSES: emotion, experience and interpretation in art and art history; performativity; psychology and philosophy of art.

VISUALISING FAITH AND BELIEFS: popular religious imagery; esoteric dogma and visual form; iconoclasms; clashes of religious cultures; spirituality; piety.

DESIGN MATTERS: concept design; designing sustainability; usability; immateriality and materiality.

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