Astrology and Popular Religion in the Modern West

This book explores an area of contemporary religion, spirituality and popular culture which has not so far been investigated in depth, the phenomenon of astrology in the modern west.

Astrology and Popular Religion in the Modern West

This book explores an area of contemporary religion, spirituality and popular culture which has not so far been investigated in depth, the phenomenon of astrology in the modern west. Locating modern astrology historically and sociologically in its religious, New Age and millenarian contexts, Nicholas Campion considers astrology's relation to modernity and draws on extensive fieldwork and interviews with leading modern astrologers to present an invaluable contribution to our understanding of the origins and nature of New Age ideology. This book challenges the notion that astrology is either 'marginal' or a feature of postmodernism. Concluding that astrology is more popular than the usual figures suggest, Campion argues that modern astrology is largely shaped by New Age thought, influenced by the European Millenarian tradition, that it can be seen as an heir to classical Gnosticism and is part of the vernacular religion of the modern west.

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Astrology and Popular Religion in the Modern West
Language: en
Pages: 264
Authors: Nicholas Campion
Categories: Body, Mind & Spirit
Type: BOOK - Published: 2016-04-15 - Publisher: Routledge

This book explores an area of contemporary religion, spirituality and popular culture which has not so far been investigated in depth, the phenomenon of astrology in the modern west. Locating modern astrology historically and sociologically in its religious, New Age and millenarian contexts, Nicholas Campion considers astrology's relation to modernity
Astrology and Popular Religion in the Modern West
Language: en
Pages: 264
Authors: Nicholas Campion
Categories: Body, Mind & Spirit
Type: BOOK - Published: 2016-04-15 - Publisher: Routledge

This book explores an area of contemporary religion, spirituality and popular culture which has not so far been investigated in depth, the phenomenon of astrology in the modern west. Locating modern astrology historically and sociologically in its religious, New Age and millenarian contexts, Nicholas Campion considers astrology's relation to modernity
Astrology and Cosmology in the World’s Religions
Language: en
Pages: 288
Authors: Nicholas Campion
Categories: Religion
Type: BOOK - Published: 2012-06-11 - Publisher: NYU Press

When you think of astrology, you may think of the horoscope section in your local paper, or of Nancy Reagan's consultations with an astrologer in the White House in the 1980s. Yet almost every religion uses some form of astrology: some way of thinking about the sun, moon, stars, and
The New Age in the Modern West
Language: en
Pages: 272
Authors: Nicholas Campion
Categories: History
Type: BOOK - Published: 2015-11-19 - Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

New Age culture is generally regarded as a modern manifestation of Western millenarianism - a concept built around the expectation of an imminent historical crisis followed by the inauguration of a golden age which occupies a key place in the history of Western ideas. The New Age in the Modern
Religious Transformation in Modern Asia
Language: en
Pages: 340
Authors: Nicholas Campion
Categories: Religion
Type: BOOK - Published: 2015-03-27 - Publisher: BRILL

Religious Transformation in Modern Asia offers phenomenological glimpses of the religious transition in 18th to 20th centuries. The colonial experience of indigenous Asian people, as case studies, will be expounded in relation to the emergence of a new religion, Christianity.