Download PDF by Nicholas Campion: Astrology and Cosmology in the World's Religions

By Nicholas Campion

ISBN-10: 0814717136

ISBN-13: 9780814717134

When you're thinking that of astrology, you might imagine of the horoscope part on your neighborhood paper, or of Nancy Reagan's consultations with an astrologer within the White condominium within the Eighties. but virtually each faith makes use of a few kind of astrology: a way of considering the solar, moon, stars, and planets and the way they carry value for human lives on the earth.  
Astrology and Cosmology within the World’s Religions offers an available evaluate of the astrologies of the world's religions, putting them into context inside of theories of the way the broader universe got here into being and operates. Campion strains ideals concerning the heavens between peoples starting from historic Egypt and China, to Australia and Polynesia, and India and the Islamic global.  Addressing each one faith in a separate bankruptcy, Campion outlines how, by way of looking at the celestial our bodies, humans have engaged with the divine, controlled the longer term, and tried to appreciate occasions the following in the world. This attention-grabbing textual content bargains a different method to delve into comparative religions and also will attract these intrigued through New Age topics. 

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9 Aside from its status as one of the largest of the constellations, the Great Bear’s principal astronomical feature points to its potential religious significance; from the point of view of any observer in the northern hemisphere, it never dips below the horizon. Instead—and this is a simple experiment that anyone with the energy to spend a sleepless night outdoors can conduct—it rotates around a central point in the night sky (now occupied by the pole star). This point therefore tends to become representative of stillness and symbolic of an absence of movement through either time or space.

In this sense, if the complex interpretative astrologies of Babylon, India, China, the Islamic world, Europe, and Mesoamerica have anything in common, it is that the focus of all creation, the sum total of space and time, is placed on the individual as the act of astrological interpretation proceeds. The center is not where God is, or the Goddess, or the gods: If astrology has a religion, perhaps it is humanism. An entirely separate question is whether astrology has religious uses. The answer to this, obviously, is yes, for there is no area of human activity to which it cannot be applied.

On the other hand, just as there are local variations in aboriginal cosmology, so we should be alive to the possibility of evolution and adaptation through time. Australian cosmology, like that of many ancient peoples, is “chaotic” in the sense that it postulates that the world emerged through a sequence of steps, not as an orderly creation but as a gradual emergence of living things. Its overwhelming characteristic is relational: People are related to stars, stars 24 | are related to animals, animals are related to the land, and all are related to the invisible beings who are everywhere and who “sang” creation into existence.

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