Astrology, Science and Culture: Pulling down the Moon

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Mainstream science has long dismissed astrology as primitive superstition. Yet, from daily horoscopes to personalized star forecasts, astrology still plays a crucial role in organizing many people's everyday lives. There has, however, been no convincing explanation of its appeal. Astrology, Science and Culture finally fills this gap. Willis and Curry tackle astrology's rich history, its problematic relationship to psychology, and its attempts to prove its own validity. They argue that astrology has its roots in ...

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Overview

Mainstream science has long dismissed astrology as primitive superstition. Yet, from daily horoscopes to personalized star forecasts, astrology still plays a crucial role in organizing many people's everyday lives. There has, however, been no convincing explanation of its appeal. Astrology, Science and Culture finally fills this gap. Willis and Curry tackle astrology's rich history, its problematic relationship to psychology, and its attempts to prove its own validity. They argue that astrology has its roots in the Neolithic culture of Europe and the Middle East but, far from being a relic of years gone by, it still challenges its opponents' unquestioning belief in conventional modern science. Groundbreaking in its reconciliation of astrology's ancient traditions and its modern-day usage, this book impressively unites philosophy, science, anthropology, and history. It is the first exploration of the intimate connection of humankind and the stars from the dawn of pre-history to the present day.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781859736876
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 4/24/2004
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.37 (d)

Meet the Author

Roy Willis is Emeritus Fellow in Social Anthropology, University of Edinburgh.

Patrick Curry is Associate Lecturer, Bath Spa University College.

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Table of Contents

Astral Science before History
• The Sky as Mirror
• Actors on the Celestial Stage
• The Astrological Story
• Divination and the Stars
• Varieties of Astrological Experience
• Disenchantment and Re-enchantment
• Science and Astrology
• Divination Today
• Minding the Heavens
• Conversing with the Stars

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