DPL-12: Astrology, History, and Culture: Middle Ages to Modern Astrology
Prerequisites: General knowledge of astrology.
Course description: Astrology is one of the great adventures of human civilization and has contributed greatly to people’s lives and to culture over time. This noble enterprise has spanned different cultures and historical periods and has had times of flowering and being on the fringes, yet over astrology has remained with us, always adapting to new conditions. We’ll explore the continuities and the changes in astrology and astrologers over time. This course will also demonstrate some astrological methods that may not be familiar to you and show the origin of many of the methods of modern astrology. We may find that some astrological technique we take for granted are of relatively recent origin, or that there are other dimensions of technique and interpretation worth exploring. You may also find yourself intrigued by a particular astrologer in the past or you want to know much more about a particular era in its relationship to astrology.
Class Meeting 1: European translation project: Guido Bonatti and the Late Middle Ages
Class Meeting 2: Astrology and Magic and Psychology in the Italian and North European Renaissance: Ficino, Agrippa, Dee
Class Meeting 3: Astrology and Magic and Psychology in the Italian and North European Renaissance: Ficino, Agrippa, Dee
Class Meeting 4: Theosophy, Jung and Modern Spiritual and Psychological Astrology
Class Meeting 5: Witte, Ebertin, Addey: Modern Astrology of Symmetries and Harmonics
Joseph Crane, M.A., has been an astrologer, teacher, and writer on astrology since the late 1980s. Over the years he has combined his knowledge of astrological technique and his counseling experience to work with hundreds of clients and has an active consulting practice.
Joseph has also helped professional and aspiring astrologers to develop their knowledge and skills. He has taught training programs on ancient and modern astrological technique and counseling skills for astrologers. He has taught courses for astrologers and astrology students in mythology, history, and philosophy.
Joseph is the author of A Practical Guide to Traditional Astrology (1997), Astrological Roots: The Hellenistic Legacy (2007), and Between Fortune and Providence: Astrology and the Universe in Dante’s Divine Comedy (2012). He has also written a number of articles in astrological technique, ancient understanding and practice of astrology, and the relationship between astrology and literature.
He has a BA in philosophy from Brandeis University and an MA in counseling psychology from Lesley University. Joseph has been a Buddhist practitioner since 1980. He lives in southern Rhode Island.