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Book Launch: Skylights edited by Dr. Frances Clynes

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The Celestial Arts Education Library is proud to host Dr. Frances Clynes, a tutor at the Sophia Centre for the Study of Cosmology and Culture at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David to launch her newly edited anthology, Skylights: Essays in the History and Contemporary Culture of Astrology.

From Dr. Clynes' book description:

"Astrology claims that meaning can be identified in the nature and movements of the celestial bodies. It exists is most human cultures and thrives in the modern world as a feature of popular culture. Modern western astrology has its roots in the classical Greek world and, before then, in the ancient Near East, and its popularity represents a remarkable survival of a world view which held that all things are interconnected and interrelated.

Skylights breaks new scholarly ground with its analyses of the diverse theoretical assumptions and practices of modern astrology. Beginning with three chapters on aspects of astrology in the classical Greek, Islamic and Medieval European worlds, the book moves into eight chapters on topics which, together, have never been the focus of academic attention. They consider the nature of astrology as a language, its approach to history, application of the classical concept of the daimon, theory of the soul, adaption of psychology, and popularisation in the media.

The book will appeal to those interested in the background and intellectual contexts of astrology, the history of ideas and esotericism, alternative and New Age spiritualities, popular culture and the study of astronomy and culture in the modern world."

As a pre-order bonus, anyone who orders the book before August 8 and sends proof of purchase to will receive an instant PDF of the book for immediate access. PDFs will be delivered once proof of purchase is confirmed by a live human being. Please have patience with us!

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Dr Frances Clynes

Dr Frances Clynes has an MA in Cultural Astronomy and Astrology and a PhD from the Sophia Centre for the Study of Cosmology in Culture at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David, where she is the lead tutor on the Sky & Psyche module. In her other life she has a B.Sc and an M.Sc in Computing from Trinity College Dublin. Her research interests include the use of the Internet by astrologers, and more recently, the role of the Irish neolithic monuments in Irish mythology.

Jenn Zahrt, PhD

Jenn Zahrt is an author, publisher, and teacher of cultural astronomy and astrology. In 2017 she was appointed as an Honorary Research Fellow at the Sophia Centre for the Study of Cosmology in Culture at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David. She researches the many forms of astrology emergent across human cultures past and present, with a special focus on early twentieth-century German culture. She has taught and lectured domestically and internationally in places such as Canada, the United Kingdom, and Germany. She is the founder of Revelore Press, creative director of the Sophia Centre Press, and the deputy editor of the peer-reviewed journal Culture and Cosmos. In 2020 she became the Senior Editor of The Mountain Astrologer, and in 2021 she founded the Celestial Arts Education Library Institute in Olympia, WA, where she currently lives. Discover more of her work:

Additional Information

This launch is sponsored by the Sophia Centre Press, the a href=”” target=”_blank”>Sophia Centre, and the a href=”” target=”_blank”>MA in Cultural Astronomy and Astrology at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David.

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