register blueDo you miss the chance to talk over a book with fellow enthusiasts? Are you craving intellectual and meta-magical discussion? We are currently delving deeply into Thomas Moore's The Planets Within. But there are still new books and new discussions on the horizon!

NEXT SESSION BEGINS: Thursday August 24, 2017 (4 weeks)
TIME: 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM PDT / 2:00 - 3:00 PM EDT

Join us for the book hour. Over the course of 4 weeks we will explore a book related to the theory and philosophy of astrology. As the signs change, so will our book! Your moderators will be Donna Woodwell and Enid Newberg.

Begins September 21 

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Between Fortune and Providence: Astrology and the Universe in Dante’s Divine Comedy (Joseph Crane)

In his Medieval poem “Divine Comedy,” Dante recounts his epic journey through Hell, Purgatory and Paradise. What is little understood by astrologers (and academics) is how much Dante’s work is infused with astrology’s rich cosmological heritage. Psychologist, astrologer and Kepler Instructor Joseph Crane brings Dante’s astrological underpinnings to light in a way that makes all astrology students proud of their heritage once again.

Download an article by author Joseph Crane that gives a timeline and astrological charts for Dante's life. This will help place some of the information in this book in context. DOWNLOAD NOW 

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Questions to consider while reading: 

  1. Introduction, Inferno
    1. Afterlife as allegory – economic, political, religious themes
    2. A poem written by an exile, an outcast from his society
    3. Finding oneself lost – and vulnerable and needing help from outside to find way back
    4. Planetary pattern of hell – from upper reaches to Mars section to Saturn and more Saturn
    5. What circles of hell would you feature?
    6. How Dante acts in hell – imitation?
  1. Purgatorio, historical background
    1. Joseph will be present – He’ll talk about the politics and conflicts of his era and his particular vision of the world
    2. Differences between Dante’s Hell and Purgatory – the astronomy and the tone of the work
    3. People and planets and psychological symbolism, on the darker side
    4. 7 Cardinal Sins – how do they get in the way of spiritual progress, sacred outlook? Or do they? 
    5. Is Saturn sloth and Moon envy and Mercury avarice?
    6. Purification and positive psychology – converting 7 Cardinal Sins into something better
    7. Beatrice and Dante – are you comfortable with this romance?
  1. Paradiso – moving around the planets
    1. 3rd Cantica as a new endeavor, a different kind of poetry.
    2. Active and contemplative life, bringing together secular and spiritual life and areas of culture. Is Paradiso conceptually inaccessible to the modern reader?
    3. Who’s where and how does this develop our understanding of astrological planetary symbolism?
    4. Dante and the crusades – the enduring myth of European aspiration
    5. Wrath in Heaven – why?
  1. Time to timelessness
    1. Angels and Demons – not the movie!
    2. Astronomical symbolism and saying goodbye to reference points.
    3. Jump from planets to stars – what’s different, astronomically and in D’s narrative?
    4. The Highest Heaven – what was in the water in Ravenna when Dante wrote this?
    5. Vision of God (and Nature and Human/spiritual Nature). Canto 33

Begins October 26 

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The Metaphysics of Magick (Bill Duvendack)

For those new to magic, this brief guide gives you food for thought about how magic works, and how you can work it. And, for more experienced practitioners, it's a chance to reflect on your own experiences and thinking process. Bill Duvendack has had more than 20 years of his own experience in the Golden Dawn, Thelema, the Spiritualist tradition and more.

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Begins December 21 

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Happiness Hypothesis: Finding Modern Truth in Ancient Wisdom (Jonathan Haidt)

How does the philosophy of Plato, the Stoics, and the Buddha hold up to the investigation of modern science? In his broad reaching book the Happiness Hypothesis, social psychologist Jonathan Haidt explores how the roots of the world’s great spiritual traditions still resonate today. If you’re looking to bridge the gap between ancient and modern beliefs, this book will give you much food for thought.

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