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Spring 2020 Alumni Short Course

£10 fund-raiser


Astrid B. Leimlehner

Johannes Kepler's Psychology and Astrology
in relation to Private and Public Contexts



Thursday 27th February 2020

18:30 - 20:00 GMT

Johannes Kepler described Book IV of Harmonices Mundi as 'psychological' and 'astrological'. The joined appearance of these terms is common in our days, but rather unusual for the early 17th century. Moreover, it was only at the beginning of the 20th century that 'psychological' became a common expression, so Kepler was one of the first scholars who used this word. This talk will explore what he meant by 'psychological' and 'astrological' and possible connection between these two in his view. Kepler's work will be discussed in relation to biographical and public contexts that might have shaped his thinking. Bonus (time permitting): Kepler's astrology applied to his own nativity.


Astrid B. Leimlehner

Astrid Bernadette Leimlehner was born and still lives in Linz, Austria. In the 1990's she studied psychology (University of Salzburg). Astrid received her MA in Cultural Astronomy and Astrology in 2015 (distinction) and was awarded the first Dissertation Prize (2016) by the Alumni Association. Currently working as an independent scholar, Astrid translates primary and secondary sources from German into English, speaks at conferences and writes papers. Research interests: historical, philosophical and psychological perspectives of astrology, alchemy and similar fields; the representation of the stars in literature and music.


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