Name: Crystal Eves
Abstract Title: Spatio-Temporal Representation and the Language of Astrology
Over the last 20 years, psycholinguistic researchers have advanced understanding of the interplay between language and thought.
Many studies of this nature have focused on how the language one speaks interacts with the mental representation and processing of Time.
Grounded in that psycholinguist research, this study examined astrology’s right to be considered a language by linguistic standards. Then, it explored the lived-experience of a handful of English speaking, actively engaged, seasoned Canadian astrologers to learn how they conceptualize Time, and to explore whether those conceptualizations conformed to standard Time representations for English speaking populations.
Name: Chris Layser
Abstract Title: Maya Skyscape Iconology and "The Vase of the Count of Days"
This research examines the painting on a Classic Period (600-800 CE) Maya ceramic vase, formerly designated K1485, and pulls back the iconographic layers to reveal a complex illustration of the Maya heavens filled with active celestial deities, stars, planets, and ecliptic skyband imagery. Further investigations into symbol counts present an image infused with calendric and directional information, contextualizing the painted vase as an ancient Maya cosmogram.
Name: Astrid B. Leimlehner
Abstract Title: TBA
Name: Jayne Logan
Abstract Title: The Nature of the Soul in Contemporary Western Astrology
The soul is often referred to in contemporary Western astrology, though astrologers and scholars question the idea of whether it is, or can be, represented in the horoscope. Individual perspectives on this subject, as well as the varied nature of belief in theories of fate and free will are apparent in the diversity of astrological practice. Western esoteric notions of soul, personal development, spiritual awareness and the evolution of consciousness have progressed from ancient beginnings and have become more prevalent in the work of contemporary astrologers. In this discussion, the nature of the soul in Western astrology is examined through the concepts of karma and reincarnation in relation to the horoscope and its use.
Name: Caroline Omrod
Abstract Title: The Theophany of David Willson’s (1778-1866) Cosmology: The Sharon Temple as Sacred Geography
In this talk, I will investigate the cosmology of David Willson (1778-1866), leader of the Children of Peace in East Gwillumbury, Upper Canada, from 1812-1866, in relation to Sacred Geography. Focussing on the Sharon Temple, built by Willson, a former Quaker, and the Children of Peace from 1825-1832, Willson’s cosmology is explored through the physical architecture of the Temple as a symbolic manifestation of his dedication to a Higher Source.
Name: Alina Pelteacu
Abstract Title: Is there a role for the Daimon/Guardian Angel in Twentieth-Century Psychological Astrology?
This presentation investigates the hypothesis that the daimon, as expressed in Platonic thought, is located within the theory and practice of the psychological astrology of the twentieth century. The idea that psychological astrology has inherited features of the Platonic daimon is a reasonable one to explore, given its focus on the importance of the individual birth-chart as a spiritual or psychological journey.
Broadly, the presentation centres on a 'psychological' approach to astrology and examines the role of the Platonic daimon as an intermediary being, whose features were mediated through Jung's language of depth psychology and revealed in the interpretation of two key protagonists James Hillman (1926–2011) and Liz Greene (b.1946).
Name: Garry Phillipson
Abstract Title: Panpsychism and Astrology
Panpsychism has recently emerged as a serious philosophical position, advocated by commentators such as Galen Strawson and Philip Goff. It holds the promise of addressing philosophy’s ‘hard problem’, namely the continuing failure to explain the existence of consciousness in terms of material processes. This talk will ask whether contemporary models of panpsychism are consonant with ideas of a living or ensouled cosmos upon which astrology has been predicated in times past. Further, it will consider if (and how) panpsychism could support a modern practice of astrology.
Name: David Rubin
Abstract Title: Is there mazal in Israel? The tale of two citings
From the academic to the popular, the aphorism, 'there is no mazal for Israel' is often portrayed as the final word of rabbinic opinion regarding astrology. This discussion will question that conception, as it probes the primary sources and unveils the layers that comprise the original Talmudic text. After gaining a deeper and broader understanding of the Talmudic worldview, it will briefly address whether or not the rabbis veered from the Tanakhic rejection of astrolatory.