ASTROLOGY IN THE RENAISSANCE
These articles, from the learned Journal of the Warburg Institute, and The Art Bulletin, contain some of the most detailed studies of Astrology in the Renaissance, and especially in Renaissance Art in the form of the great astrological programmatic murals in the Palazzo Del Te in Mantua, and the Villa Farnesina in Rome. Not dealt with here, but equally important - are the Astrological Decan Cycles in the Palazzo Schiafanoia in Ferrara, and the Salone, in Padua, as well as the Tempio Maletestina in Rimini.
Brown, Patricia F. Laetentur Caeli: the Council of Florence and the Astronomical Fresco in the Old Sacristry, JWCI, Vol. 44, 1981.
Gombrich, E.H. The Astrological Decoration of the Sala dei Venti in the Palazzo del Te. pp. 189 - 201.JWCI, 1950 - Vol. XIII, 13.
Hartt, Frederick, Gonzaga Symbols in The Palazzo del Te, JWCI, 1950 - Vol. XIII, 13, pp. 151 - 188.
Levi, Doro, The Allegories of The Months in Classical Art, The Art Bulletin.
Lippincott, Kristen The Astrological Decoration of the Sala dei Venti in the Palazzo del Te. JWCI, Vol.47, London, 1984.
Quinlan-McGrath, Mary, The Astrological Vault of the Villa Farnesina, JWCI, London, 1984, Astrology. Vol.47. Agostino Chigi's Rising Sign.
Pingree, David, The Indian Iconography of the Decans and the Horas, JWCI, Vol. 26, 1963.pp.223ff.
ANCIENT EGYPTIAN ASTROLOGY
Pingree, David, Petosiris, Dictionary of Scientific Biography, Vol. X, New York, 1974, pp. 547 - 549.
THE RENAISSANCE OF ASTROLOGY
C. C. Zain, in his voluminous writings, presented the following paradigm, which I paraphrase:
There are Two Keys, A Golden Key, and a Silver Key, which unlock the Inner Teachings: The Golden Key is Astrology, and the Silver Key is the Sacred Tarot.
Gold and Silver, as we know, especially in Alchemical symbolism, and as this symbolism manifested in the archetypes of Depth Psychology in general, and Jungian psychology, in particular, has been associated with the bimodal function of the human psyche.
On an extremely mundane level of generalisation, we could say that Astrology is a Rational Science, while the Tarot is Intuitional. Again, these systems are believed to operate from separate hemispheres of the brain.
We have inherited, through almost seven thousand years of accumulated cultural heritage, a visual transmission that is associated with Astrology, and more recently, through the images of the Tarot.
These two visual streams are not identical. In many cases, they seem incompatible to each other. But these are surface observations. For example, the image of the Zodiacal Sign, Aquarius, is a Youth pouring forth liquid from a vase; while in the Tarot, the image that associates with Aquarius, is an Old Wise Man, the Sage or Hermit.
Here we have a polarity - in this case, of Puer and Senex, Youth and Age.
Pisces presents us with Two Fish in Astrology, and a Hanged Man, in the Tarot. And so on.
We are fortunate in that at present there is some amazing research on the History of Astrology being published. Much of this material is only available in very learned Journals, but a great deal has become available on open access on the Internet.
On the other side of the equation, we have the Astrology for the Millions phenomena, which at its lowest common denominator, descends into the trash of the daily newspapers. But there is nevertheless a high quality of material available, also in publication, by reputable publishing houses, such as Routledge &c.
Recently, I discovered a new writer, Dr, Nick Kollerstrom, and references to two of his works: Dr, Nick Kollerstrom, The Star Temples of Harran, and: Kepler’s Belief in Astrology. A short exploration via a Web search engine, came up with the following interesting sites.
NICK KOLLERSTROOMS' BOOK ON PLANTING AND THE MOON
VENUS: The Rose & the Heart, By Nick Kollerstom. Fascinating…
Golden Moments- Nick Kollerstrom - This is a shortened version of an article published in the UK astrology Quarterly, and reprinted several times. It collects moments when alchemists claim to have made gold, and analyses these 'astrologically' in terms of the celestial aspects then present. They were found to have remarkable features in common.
Also, while on the subject, the following sites have some interesting free material to download:
SPOTLIGHT ON SCORPIO - from: MOUNTER ASTROLOGER