Late Spring/Early Summer 2015
For his 750th birth year, a special summer course:
Dante's Divine Comedy:
Cosmology, Astrology, and Redemption
By Joseph Crane
The Arlington Center
369 Mass Ave, Arlington Mass.
June 17 and 24, July 1, 8, 15, and 29
$180 (with book discount if you need it)
Based on Between Fortune and Providence: Astrology and the Universe in Dante's Divine Comedy: (How do you think an astrologer who's a Buddhist would approach Dante?)
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to register, contact Joseph at (401) 527-2035 or email@example.com
Drawing Down the Divine: Astral Magic in the Ancient World
An Online Course with Joseph Crane & Donna Woodwell
Five Thursdays: July 9, 16, 23, 30 and August 6, 8:30-10:30 pm ET/ 5:30-7:30 pm PT
(Knowledge of how to read an astrological chart is useful, but not required, for this workshop.)
www.kepler.edu to register
Ancient Western esoteric tradition used the planets and stars as an allegory and pathway for personal and spiritual development. Called “Theurgy” or God-work, their esoteric religious practice, magic, and ritual has psychological and philosophical dimensions that continue to be relevant to astrology as we practice it now.
In this workshop, you will explore the mystery and magical traditions of the late ancient culture that helped give rise to astrology. At the start of the course, you’ll “adopt a goddess” (or a god) to help you explore the god-work tradition from the inside. Along the way we’ll uncover the wisdom of the mystery schools of Eleusis, Dionysus and Mithras; the secrets of the Hermeticists; the immortal longings of the Neoplatonists, and how to experience the divine according to the Chaldean Oracles. The experiential exercises and the insights gained will not only deepen your astrology practice, but bring you into deeper communion with your own divine spark.
Over these five weeks we'll cover:
Session 1: The Secrets of the Ancient Mystery Traditions
Session 2: The Hermetic Tradition: Cosmos and Gods
Session 3: Magic in the Hellenistic World (the Old Magic)
Session 4: Astral Theurgy – “God-Work” and You
Session 5: Magic, Magic Everywhere (what happened when you invited the deity to dinner)
Aside from adopting a god/dess, there is no required homework for this workshop. Sessions will list reading for more information, as well as practices you can try out for yourself.
New Articles by Joseph Crane
Self-Educating the Modern Astrologer
(Adapted from "How and Why to Learn Astrology", May 2013)
By Joseph Crane April 2015
Most people do not want to learn and practice astrology because they see money falling from the sky or because they want to show their loved ones how successful they are in the world. Pursuing astrology is more like answering a call than making a reasoned decision.
A Planet and Its Visibility – Does It Matter?
Most modern astrologers don’t bother considering planets and their visibility conditions, but there are major differences between those planets we can see and those we need a telescope to see – the modern planets Uranus, Neptune, Pluto, all the asteroids and many other planetary bodies within our solar system. For planets that we see, does our astrology change when they are hidden within the beams of the Sun? Read More.......
Firmicus Maternus Mathesis: A Glance at Book I.
Part Two of a Series, based on James Holden’s translation
Now we begin to examine the astrology in the Mathesis by the third century Roman Firmicus Maternus, focusing on Book I and its discussion of the range of astrology and the issues of higher mind, the stars, and "fatalism". We look at the effects of the planets on groups and individuals.
Astrological Profile Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882):
Prophet of American Religious and Political Liberalism
(Revised from August 2012)
This seems like a good time to examine the contribution to American thought and culture by “Sage of Concord”, Ralph Waldo Emerson from the nineteenth century. In many ways he represents the origins of American political and religious liberalism. Although a schoolteacher in early adulthood and then a Unitarian minister, Emerson was a “public intellectual” through most of his adult life, making a living through giving public lectures and through his writings. Read More......