- Paperback: 408 pages
- Publisher: Continuum (16 April 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1441127372
- ISBN-13: 978-1441127372
- Product Dimensions: 15.8 x 3.2 x 21.3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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A History of Western Astrology Volume I: 1 Paperback – 16 Apr 2009
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It shines light on the heaven for scholars and amateurs alike; its narrative is dense but rich, readable and suggestive."" Literary Review,'Campion leaves few stones unturned and the large section of notes and the ample bibliography make these two volumes [History of Western Astrology Volume I and II] an excellent starting point for those who wish to dig deeper.' --- The Observatory,.
...the advantage of Campion s work lies in its material wealth, including figures, themes and topics normally excluded from histories of astrology. --European Review of History
About the Author
Nicholas Campion is Director of the Sophia Centre for the Study of Cosmology in Culture and Senior Lecturer in Archaeology and Anthropology at the University of Wales, Trinity Saint David, UK.
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Nick has covered in this first book the beginnings of Western astrology, as in what we know as Astrology in our end of the world, as opposed to India or the far east.
He begins with Stone Age man and why he might have had an interest in the cosmos.....Nick makes the very valid point, why wouldn't he have been interested....and how we have (mostly) lost our connection, not only with the divine, but the wonders of what lies above us, if only we'd look....
In this volume he covers the Mesopotamians, Assyrians, Persians...travels through Egypt, gets info on the Hebrews and Greeks, including the Hellenistic period, onto Rome, then the flowering of Christianity.
It's all fascinating stuff and I read through it in a total rush, then spent a few months going back over it again, it was SO interesting.....
....but then I would say that as a professional astrologer and author....
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How does it work as history? "Cultural history" is a newcomer to the discipline, and sometimes seems open to the old jibe once made about social history: "polite chat about the past". There's certainly a woolliness here and a feeling that topics are chosen for sales value rather than significance. The balance of topics is sometimes odd. The first volume has 2 chapters on prehistory which, necessarily, are mostly speculation. Yet in the second volume Persian and Arab astrologers, a vital channel of transmission to Europe after the Dark Ages, get just 2 pages. The history is often strange, too: thus we are told that the Israelite king Jeroboam's religious policy was "purely pragmatic". If Campion can read that from our meagre sources, he has more imagination than I. And what does it have to do with astrology anyway?
The index is clearly the work of an amateur, presumably the author, who thinks his job is done if every proper name is indexed. Thus "what James Webb called the occult underground" duly gets an entry for Webb, but progressions (wrongly attributed to Kepler instead of Placidus) are left out.
The problem I had was on the one subject I actually knew something about (Egypt). The author made what are in my opinion some critical mistakes. On page 91, he states the builders of the Giza pyramids were from the 5th Dynasty, not the fourth. The second was calling Imhotep, the designer of the step pyramid of Djoser in the Old Kingdom, a Middle Kingdom priest (page 103).
If these were small detail issues, one might be willing to forgive but these are major mistakes. Further it provides doubts (at least to me) not just about the accuracy of the minor but the major details on subjects less familiar. Add to this, the section on Plato was a little tough going. There were an inordinate number of paragraphs starting off with the word Plato. Okay I'm nitpicking but if my 10th grader passed in a paper like that, she would lose points for it. It was the only section I felt the author went from explaining to pontificating. Thankfully it didn't last.
All and all, recommended reading!
Astrological practice operated through the analysis of all phenomena in terms of dualities or binary opposites, such as up-down , above-below , infront of-behind,left-right,bright-faint,punctual-early/late and so on.Babylonian astrology was scientific in the sense that it relied on a deductive methodology and logical inferences made on the basis of empirical observation but emphatically not because it posited a set of physical relationships between stars and society. However , ... . This continues on for a few pages , I'm not impressed.Campion has injected his own layer of verbosity into a much simpler cause and effect .This allows him to amplify any part of his screed where required.I've seen this guru technique before. By Chapter 6 I got the feeling that Campion has a barrow to push , regarding the MEast.
Chap 5 "The Assyrians and Persians : Revolution and Reformation" he hardly mentions the Persians even though he says that there's is the first mention of a Natal Chart in 475 bce .Where did the Persians come from? Campions fails to mention , (I looked in the index). Campion is deducing not the obvious but the obscure.
He talks of two critical Babylonian texts for a couple of chapters but we only get to see a half handful of examples , and are left to trust the footnotes.And he pulls a swifty at the end of chapter5 by mentioning that the number 12 had actually been in use of 2000 years earlier but thinks he can't make any deductions regarding the 12 housed zodiac! Clearly this is not the case.
His treatment of megalithic monuments is shallow and convoluted I think because it not going to serve the point later in the book.Not even one diagram .He really wants us to believe that people who sit around a camp fire for all of their lives for 10 of thousands of years aren't going to work a few things out! Sorry Campion but that incandescent light bulbs blinded you.
I used a pencil to mark out the significant pieces but after so many BS and PC in the margins it became a joke. If your looking for a book to shed light on the obscured origin's of astrology and its twin astronomy this is not going to get you there. 2 Stars cause I've only got 1/3 of the way in.If I continue at some later date I'll update this review .My search continues.