Welcome to the Tenth Annual Sophia Centre Conference
Astrology in Time and Place: Cross-Cultural Questions in the History of Astrology
Saturday 23 - Sunday 24 June 2012
Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institute
16-19 Queen Square,
Bath BA1 2HN,
Conference theme: astrology has been practised in some form in most cultures. In some it is rudimentary, in others complex. It may be considered magical, religious or scientific, or it may defy categorisation. There is evidence of the transmission of ideas in the near east between Egypt, Greece and Mesopotamia, and between the Near East, India and East Asia. In Mesoamerica and China technical forms arose which were entirely different to the Near Eastern tradition. Syncretism has been a major feature of astrology in India, Persia and Europe down to modern New Age culture and the globalisation of alternative spiritualities. This conference will consider questions surrounding the exchange of astrological ideas or practice between cultures, issues arising from their transmission from one period to another, or consider comparisons between the astrologies of different cultures.