This three-day conference will examine medieval astrology in the context of wider theories of medieval cosmology. The western medieval world view was based on a combination of scripture and classical learning, in the Book of Genesis and the Greek philosophers, Plato and Aristotle. As people looked to the heavens, they saw God's glory, divine messages and planetary influences.
We will examine medieval cosmology and its beliefs about the moral and physical structure of the universe. We will also explore the uses of astrology (how did astrologer's actually work?), arguments about its legitimacy and the stars' role in salvation from sin.
Dates: 5-7 MArch,2010
Venue: Rancho Santa Fe Community Center
5970 La Sendita, Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067
NICK CAMPION Ph.D. is senior lecturer in the department of Archaeology, History and Anthropology at the University of Wales, Lampeter, UK and director of the Sophia Centre for the Study of Cosmology in Culture. He is also the course director of the MA in Cultural Astronomy and Astrology program. His most recent books include the two-volume History of Western Astrology (Continuum 2009) and What do Astrologers Believe? (Granta 2007). His next book is Astrology and Cosmology in the World’s Religions (NYU Press 2011).
BERNADETTE BRADY M.A. is a tutor for the MA in Cosmology and Culture at Wales University, Lampeter, UK and a tutor for Schumacher College, in partnership with the University of Plymouth, in their MSc programme on Holistic Science. She is also a professional consulting and teaching astrologer and co-principle of Astro Logos Ltd. She holds a masters degree in Culture Astronomy and Astrology from Bath Spa University, UK. She is currently reading for her doctorate in determinism in western astrology at Wales University, Lampeter UK. Her academic publications are: “Chartres Cathedral and the Role of the Sun in the Cathedral’s Christian Platonist Theology" in Sky and Psyche, (2006) and "Four Galilean Horoscopes: An Analysis of Galileo's Astrological Techniques" in Galileo's Astrology, (2003). Her astrological publications are: The Eagle and the Lark – a Textbook of Predictive Astrology (1992), Brady's Book of Fixed Stars (1998), Astrology a Place in Chaos. (2006) and Star and Planet Combinations. (2008) as well as the software Jigsaw aimed at astrological research and Starlight which is focused on returning the sky to astrology. In 2006 she received the Charles Harvey Award (Astrological Association of Great Britain) and in 2008 she received the Regulus Award for Theory and Understanding in Astrology (UAC).
DARRELYN GUNZBURG is part-time tutor for the MA in Cultural Astronomy and Astrology program at The University of Wales, Lampeter, UK. Darrelyn holds a B.A. (Hons) from the Open University majoring in the art historical exploration of religious art produced in Italy 1280-1500, and is currently reading for her doctorate in art history and astrology at the University of Bristol, UK. Since 2008, she has been a regular writer for 'The Art Book' (Wiley-Blackwell). She is also a professional consulting and teaching astrologer and co-principle of Astro Logos Ltd, a school dedicated to the education of the practicing astrologer with academic underpinnings. Her astrological publications are: (editor) Under Capricorn: An Anthology of Australian Astrology (1990), Life After Grief: An Astrological Guide to Dealing with Loss (2004), AstroGraphology, the hidden link between your horoscope and your handwriting (2009) and is also a co-author of other Visual Astrology Newsletters (2005-Present).
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