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With the Alunni Association's Wine and Cheese evening
(BYO wine and cheese)


Wednesday 22nd January 2020

18:30 - 20:00 GMT



Ilaria Cristofaro

A Journey to the Late Bronze Age Minoan Underworld: The Reflection of Sunlight on the Sea as an Axis Mundi

SHORT LISTED FOR THE 2019 MA DISSERTATION PRIZE

This is a story of a research process. The argument is that the psychopomp octopus depicted on Late Bronze Age III Minoan funerary pottery had solar connotations. In order to create analogies between the cultural and the natural world, in line with Colin Renfrew's theory, observations of the glitter path, or the long reflection of sunlight on the sea, were carried out. It follows that within Octopus Style pottery, similar shapes to that of the sunlight road can be found. It results in a solar Minoan eschatological narrative stretching beyond the seascape horizon.


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Past Events

Autumn 2019 Alumni Short Course

£10 fund-raiser


Friday 8th November 2019

18:30 - 20:00 GMT



Dr. Dorian Greenbaum

Peggy Webling: The Other Woman who Brought Us Frankenstein

In a talk different from the usual fare at these gatherings, Dorian Greenbaum will put on another historical hat in presenting the story of her great-grandaunt, Peggy Webling. Webling was the author of the play 'Frankenstein', which played an important role in the movie adaptation starring Boris Karloff. How did Peggy Webling, an Edwardian novelist with little experience in writing horror stories, come to write Frankenstein, how did she get it produced in London, and then noticed and bought by Hollywood producers?


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With the Alumni Association's Wine and Cheese evening (BYO wine and cheese)


Thursday 10 October 2019

18:30 - 20:00 BST


Christopher Layser

Maya Skyscape Iconography and "The Vase of the Count of Days"

WINNER OF THE 2019 MA DISSERTATION PRIZE


This research examines a Classic Period (600-800 CE) Maya ceramic vase, formerly designated K1485, and explores whether the image painted upon it meets the requirements of the definition for a skyscape as defined by Fabio Silva. Using a three phase methodology of iconological analysis introduced by Erwin Panofsky, ancient Maya celestial iconography is explored to present an argument that the personages represented in the painting depict manifestations of the sky gods whose interactions make possible the count of days.

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Autumn 2019 Alumni Short Course

£30 (fund-raiser)



Dr Bernadette Brady

The Sun, the Moon and the Stars of pharaonic Egypt

Monday 16th Sep (19.00 - 20.30 BST) 2019

Monday 23rd Sep (19.00 - 20.30 BST) 2019

Monday 30th Sep (19.00 - 20.30 BST) 2019


These three seminars will focus on the pharaonic cosmology of the Sun, the Moon and the stars. In exploring these we will move through different historical periods of ancient Egypt from the stars of the stellular theology of the Pyramid Text, to the Solar cults of Re, Osiris and the heretical pharaoh Akhenaten, plus meet the Lunar cult of Toth with the secret knowledge of the mysterious Wadjet Eye.

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Thursday 25 July 2019, 18:30 - 20:00 BST

David Rubin

Astrology in the Torah:

a comparative study of astrological themes in the Hebrew Bible and the Babylonian Talmud.

'Mazal tov! It's a boy!' - How Jewish is mazal?

Mazal and mazal tov (loosely translated as 'luck' and 'congratulations') are Hebrew expressions used ubiquitously in modern-day Jewish parlance. This presentation embarks on a critical historical exploration of the word mazal, its evolution in meaning and implication - from its first brief mention in the Hebrew Bible, to its prevalence in Late Antiquity classical Judaic Writings, to its wide-spread acceptance in the vernacular - to discover how a word with possible idolatrous overtones became fully integrated into Judaic thought and liturgy.

SHORT LISTED FOR THE 2019 MA DISSERTATION PRIZE

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Thursday 23 May 2019, 18:30 - 20:00 BST

Dr. J. McKim Malville

The Harmonious Entanglement of Worlds

Kepler believed in an underlying God-given order of the universe, a deep ontological reality, which should be manifest in its mathematical structures. The Third Law gave Kepler quantitative confirmation of his belief that the universe is coherent not capricious. Planets are not absolutely independent of each other but are integrated in a harmonic whole. This harmony of the planetary system can also be described as the "entanglement" of the planets.

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Tuesday 5 March 2019

Cosmic Chaos in Islamic Apocalyptic Eschatology

18:30 - 20:00 GMT

M.A. Rashed

Cosmic Chaos in Islamic Apocalyptic Eschatology

The redemptive eschatology of Islam did not merely serve as a moral deterrent, but also had a considerable impact on the sociopolitical history of Islam. Islamic apocalyptic eschatology in particular describes a sequence of terrifying celestial phenomena, that ultimately lead to a turbulent cataclysmic universal apocalypse that terminates mundane history, or profane time. This research engages in a critical historical exploration of how the Last Day cosmic portents mentioned in the Qur'ān, Prophetic sayings, and genre of Islamic apocalyptica, were understood and conceptualised in the period extending from the eighth to the seventeenth centuries CE, and the extent to which this reflects Islamic cosmological beliefs.

SHORT LISTED FOR THE 2018 MA DISSERTATION PRIZE

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Thursday 13 December 2018

The Christmas Lecture

18:30 - 20:00 GMT

Anna Estaroth

Clava Cairns - holes in the fabric of space and time.

The Clava cairns are Early Bronze Age monuments in the Central Highlands of Scotland. For centuries they were associated with the Sìth (Sidhe) otherworld, where a separate time operated. This sparked an exploration of them as locations where the low midwinter Sun and low midsummer full Moon on major limit years might generate ideas about different dimensions of time.

SHORT LISTED FOR THE 2018 MA DISSERTATION PRIZE

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Autumn 2018 Alumni Short Course

£30 (fund-raiser)


Dr Fiona Bowie

Explorations in Ontological Anthropology:

Exploring Place, Presence and Power

The 'ontological turn' in anthropology claimed to open the discipline to non-Western ways of seeing and to taboo areas of study within Western contexts. In the end it promised much but has delivered little. Professional nervousness, powerful gatekeepers in academic employment and publishing, and self-censorship, have conspired to limit the impact of alternative ways of seeing and understanding the world within academia.

In these three talks I will attempt to push the boundaries by allowing ordinary and extraordinary views of the world to inform one another. To do so I start with the recognition that any definition of the boundary between what is ordinary/extraordinary is contextual, fluid and involves semantics rather than any essential properties.

Wednesday 31 Oct (18.30 - 20.30 GMT) 2018,

Wednesday 7 November (18.30 - 20.30 GMT) 2018,

Wednesday 14 November(18.30 - 20.30 GMT) 2018

These sessions will be recorded.

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Tuesday 2 Oct 2018, 18.30 - 20.00 BST

Akindynos Kaniamos

Human and Divine Interaction in Iamblichus' De Mysteriis:

Astrology as a Paradigm of the Interaction with the Divine

The mode of interaction between human and divine planes of existence constitutes a major background in the metaphysical landscape of De Mysteriis. Incited by Porphyry's queries on polytheistic religious phenomena and practices, Iamblichus suggests that humans, may see and listen to the gods.

Winner of the 2018 MA Dissertation Prize

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Thursday 14 Dec 2017, 18.30 - 20.00

Morag Feeney-Beaton

The Spindle of Necessity & the Colour White

Short listed for the 2017 MA Dissertation Prize

The talk will extract and discuss an aspect from my dissertation which centres around the drop spindle, placing particular focus on the spindle in motion, introducing possible cosmological connotations and unpacking the notion of the Spindle of Necessity.

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Thursday 12 Oct 2017, 18.30 - 20.00

Astrid Leimlehner

Psychological Dimensions of Astrology

Winner: 2016 MA Dissertation Prize

Was the induction of the term 'psychological astrology' a linguistic misunderstanding? Were psychological characteristics introduced into astrology as late as in the 20th century? And do English-speaking and German-speaking astrologers mean the same thing when they speak about 'psychological astrology'?

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Friday 19 May 2017, 18.30 - 20.00

Faye Cossar

Using Qualitative Narrative Research to compare Organisational Development Models in companies

This talk covers the 'why' of astrological research, and discusses how the results of my study led to the development of an astrologically based Company Clock model. I will also discuss how I use it in Business Astrology practice.

We are delighted that Faye Cossar MA has been able to reschedule her free lecture for the Alumni Association on the work of her MA dissertation. Faye delivered this lecture at the Sophia Centre London Postgraduate last December and it is fascinating insight into the subject. Please plan to join us. Looking to forward to seeing you online.

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Thursday 23 March 2017 (GMT)

Thursday 30 March 2017 (BST)

Thursday 6 April 2017 (BST)

Chris Mitchell

Medieval Astrology

Astrology was an integral part of the medieval world view, a visible aspect of a living and divine cosmos. It was taught in schools and monasteries and universities. It was used in medicine, weather forecasting, fortune telling and in founding new cities. It was the cutting-edge science of its day, uniting scholars and bringing together Jews, Muslims, Christians and Indians, teaching and using it on a day to day basis.

Fundraiser - £25 - 3 nights!

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Liz Hathway

Saturn: An auto-ethnographic enquiry into contemporary astrological practice

SHORT LISTED FOR THE MA DISSERTATION PRIZE

Thursday 26 January 2017, 18.30 - 20.00

This event is FREE
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Fabio da Silva

Fabio Silva - A Journey Through Pre-History From Caves to Stone Circles

Wednesday 16 November 2016

Wednesday 23 November 2016

at 18.30 - 20.00 GMT,

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Dorian Greenmbaum

Dr Dorian Gieseler Greenmbaum - Cosmos and Character: Topics in Hellenistic Astrology

Wed 30 March, Wed 6 April and Wed 13 April 2016

at 19:00 - 21:00 GMT,

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Bernard Eccles

Bernard Eccles - Judgement Without Consideration

Thursday 11 February 2016

at 19:00 - 20:00 GMT,

followed by wine and cheese discussion

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Bernadette Brady - An Online Introduction to Egyptian Astronomy

Three Wednesday WebEx Seminars at 19:00 - 21:00 GMT,

25 November, 2 December and the 9 December 2015

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