Astrology, Science and Culture: Pulling down the Moon by Roy Willis (Author), Patrick Curry (Author)

By Roy Willis (Author), Patrick Curry (Author)

Mainstream technology has lengthy brushed aside astrology as primitive superstition. but, from day-by-day horoscopes to customized famous person forecasts, astrology nonetheless performs a very important position in organizing many people's daily lives. There has, although, been no convincing rationalization of its attraction. Astrology, technology and tradition ultimately fills this hole. Willis and Curry take on astrology's wealthy historical past, its tricky dating to psychology, and its makes an attempt to turn out its personal validity. They argue that astrology has its roots within the Neolithic tradition of Europe and the center East yet, faraway from being a relic of years passed by, it nonetheless demanding situations its rivals' unquestioning trust in traditional sleek technological know-how. Groundbreaking in its reconciliation of astrology's historic traditions and its modern day utilization, this ebook impressively unites philosophy, technology, anthropology, and historical past. it's the first exploration of the intimate connection of humankind and the celebrities from the sunrise of pre-history to the current day.

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Writing as they did before the remarkable work of Marshack, Gimbutas, Sjöö and Mor, among others, the authors can hardly be blamed for seriously under-estimating the temporal depth of that universal civilization which would now seem to have originated in the Palaeolithic world of 50,000 years ago, and possibly earlier. The authors’ single most sensational conclusion, one that has been virtually ignored by the scientific and scholarly establishment, along with the rest of their work, is that the bearers of Megalithic civilization were aware of the cyclic celestial phenomenon which modern astronomy calls ‘the precession of the equinoxes’.

In the Lévi-Straussian reading of myth we see the human mind engaged in a constructive debate with itself on the nature of dialogical thought, a debate that takes as its illustrative subject matter the entire range of sensible phenomena. It is this mind that, as Merleau-Ponty has it, discovers consciousness, intelligence, spirit in every thing, making a subject of every object. Ordering of Chaos Adrift in a talking universe of numberless voices, Homo sapiens creates an always provisional, open-ended order from the boundless chaos of perceived phenomena, always by imagining and exchanging stories, articulated accounts of his or her situation in the world.

In this cosmology as it was in preConquest times the sun, as in ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia, was identified with the king, while the Incas equated the moon with the female aristocracy (Urton 1981: 197). In the ancient Near East where what became the great European astrological tradition had its origins, there is evidence of an earlier, lunar-oriented astral system of knowledge. As Gooch observes: Islam, Israel, the ancient Greeks, the Celts and all other early cultures in this arena date the commencement of the month from the appearance of the new moon.

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