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Below you will find books that our founders and contributors have published as well as a small selection of books that have informed our MA course.
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We are delighted to have Sharon Blackie, MA, PhD giving a lecture ‘Calling and the Inner Imaginarium’ on 23rd February 2021.
FROM THE INTRODUCTION
I believe that enchantment is an attitude of mind which can be cultivated, a way of approaching the world which anyone can learn to adopt: the enchanted life is possible for everybody. In this book I’ll share with you my own experiences, and the experiences of several men and women from around the world, as they demonstrate how we can bring enchantment into every aspect of our daily lives. Because enchantment, by my definition, has nothing to do with fantasy, or escapism, or magical thinking: it is founded on a vivid sense of belongingness to a rich and many-layered world; a profound and whole-hearted participation in the adventure of life.
The Book of the Sun (De Sole) Marsilio Ficino (1494)
Translated by Geoffrey Cornelius, Darby Costello, Graeme Tobyn, Angela Voss and Vernon Wells
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The Book of the Sun represents the culmination of Ficino’s life and work. Published in 1494, five years before his death, it is a supreme example of the very synthesis of astrology, religion and philosophy for which Ficino strived all his life and illustrates his ability to convey the deepest mystical experience within a lucid, authoritative prose. In the ‘Dedication’ to Piero de’ Medici, Ficino tells us that the origin of this work is the metaphor of the Sun in Plato’s Republic, and that he was inspired by Pseudo-Dionysius on the same subject. Ficino’s new reading of the Republic passage was destined for the third edition of his Plato translation, patronised by Piero.
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Read an accompanying paper by Geoffrey Cornelius: ‘Astrology’s Hidden Light: Reflections on Marsilio Ficino’s De Sole’
Daimonic Imagination: Uncanny Intelligence
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From the artistic genius to the tarot reader, a sense of communication with another order of reality is commonly affirmed; this ‘other’ may be termed god, angel, spirit, muse, daimon or alien, or it may be seen as an aspect of the human imagination or the ‘unconscious’ in a psychological sense. This volume of essays celebrates the daimonic presence in a diversity of manifestations, presenting new insights into inspired creativity and human beings’ relationship with mysterious and numinous dimensions of reality. In art and literature, many visual and poetic forms have been given to the daimonic intelligence, and in the realm of new age practices, encounters with spirit beings are facilitated through an increasing variety of methods including shamanism, hypnotherapy, mediumship and psychedelics. The contributors to this book are not concerned with ‘proving’ or ‘disproving’ the existence of such beings. Rather, they paint a broad canvas with many colours, evoking the daimon through the perspectives of history, literature, encounter and performance, and showing how it informs, and has always informed, human experience.
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The Imaginal Cosmos: Astrology, divination and the sacred
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This book is a collection of essays from a conference held at the University of Kent in 2006, and marks the inauguration of the MA in the Cultural Study of Cosmology and Divination which ran there until 2011. Its twelve essays by distinguished authors mark the beginnings of a new approach to the study of astrology in an academic context. As Dr Geoffrey Cornelius says in the Introduction, “the study of ‘esoteric’ subject-areas such as divination, astrology and magic poses a challenge to prevailing academic approaches and to deeply held modern presuppositions concerning mind and reality. How are we to bring scholarship to bear on a mode of sympathising with the world which may depend in large part on an intuitive realisation and a poetic, imaginative ‘turning around’ from theoretical evaluation and historical survey towards a participation mystique? There are no ready answers to this question, but in is variety of perspectives this volume aims to illustrate the spectrum of the historical, phenomenological, psychological, philosophical and spiritual dimensions of divination in general and astrology in particular, in an attempt to close the divide between speculation and experience, research and operation.”
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Seeing with Different Eyes: Essays in Astrology and Divination
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Our country from which we came is There… How shall we travel to it, where is our way of escape? We cannot get there on foot; for our feet only carry us everywhere in this world, from one country to another. You must
not get ready a carriage, either, or a boat. Let all these things go, and do not look. Shut your eyes and change to and wake another way of seeing, which everyone has but few use.
The above quotation from Plotinus, which inspired the title of this volume, points to what is perhaps its central thread: namely, that divinatory knowledge involves a mode of insight of quite a different order to normal everyday consciousness. Impervious and even alien to our accepted (and acceptable) human discourses, our familiar frames of reference and our habitual ways of seeing and evaluating the world, it requires a shift in perception. To explore this “other way of seeing” posed by the experiences of diviners themselves—and to allow it to lead to a change of conceptualisation—is a relatively new challenge for academic research, and the essays in this collection, through their various “different eyes”, seek to meet it.
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