This paper will discuss the relevance of the ‘four levels of interpretation’ of medieval theology – literal, allegorical, moral, anagogical – to the teaching of astrology at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. In an educational system increasingly bound to positivist assumptions a way is required to lead students to a deeper perception, and experience, of the symbolic.
‘It is as if we can study everything about religion, except what makes it fiercely religious’ observes Rice University religious studies professor Jeffrey Kripal. Well, what does make religion fiercely religious? Should this highly-charged, sensual, devotional, or emotive impulse indeed find a place in academic studies?
This paper explores my personal journey with cardiac illness through discourses including transpersonal psychology, religious mysticism, comparative religion and cultural history.
While the heart has long occupied an important place as the seat of the soul and the place of wisdom and intellect (Arguelles, McCraty, & Rees, 2003; Webb, 2010; Young, 2002), for the past two centuries the heart has become more generally understood as a biological pump through a medical science narrative