Nicholas Campion: The Discovery of the Self in Medieval and Modern Astrology
Astrologers often talk about the soul, but without saying what they think it is. Many scholars think that the Self was discovered in the late nineteenth century. But it was in the thirteenth century that the translation of astrological texts from Arabic caused a crisis in the European mind. This revolutionary new material suggested that the soul was controlled by the stars and planets, posing a radical challenge to the Church.
This talk explores the solution to this problem, by which the psyche was freed from astrological influence. It explores ancient astrological theories concerning the relationship between soul, body, and stars, and creates a context for concepts and use of the soul by and in modern astrology.
Nicholas Campion is a world expert on the history of astrology and mundane astrology. He is Associate Professor in Cosmology and Culture, Principal Lecturer in the Institute of Education and Humanities, and Director of the Sophia Centre for the Study of Cosmology in Culture at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David. He is Programme Director of the University’s distance-learning MA in Cultural Astronomy and Astrology. Thirty-five years ago he wrote Mundane Astrology, the definitive book on modern mundane astrology (with Michael Baigent and Charles Harvey), followed by The Book of World Horoscopes, the definitive collection of historical data. He is a world authority on the history of astrology and is the author of the two-volume History of Western Astrology (London: Bloomsbury 2008/9) and Astrology and Cosmology in the World’s Religions (New York: New York University Press, 2012).