What do you do when everything goes wrong in your life? You have been accused of corruption, your assets are seized and you've been kicked out of your city.
DATE: Saturday Oct 7, 2017
TIME: 1:00-2:30 pm PDT / 4:00-5:30 pm EDT
If you are Dante Alighieri, you start writing a poem about visiting hell. And if you live in the middle ages, you use the symbolism of two powerful spiritual forces - the church and the astrological planets. And perhaps you get a few digs in at astrologers who are supposed to able to tell when your life is going to be a mess!
The Divine Comedy is Dante's full-fledged spiritual cosmology loaded with astrological symbolism. In Canto Twenty of Dante’s Inferno, astrologers – and diviners and magicians – are in Hell forever with their heads twisted backwards, walking around a large circle.
So what was Dante's problem?
Why are astrologers in the upper circles of Hell for the fraudulent and who are confined above and below?
How is the verse of Canto 20 a weird example of the poetry of the Divine Comedy?
In this webinar, we will examine Inferno 20 in depth, noting its literary and historical sources and its place within the Inferno and within The Divine Comedy. This presentation will shed light on the ambivalent role of astrologers within Dante’s culture and within our own.
For those who are unfamiliar with Dante’s poem, this talk will also serve as a general introduction to one of history’s literary achievements.
If you are interested in background material about Dante's life and times, you can download an article by Joseph Crane that includes a timeline and astrological charts for Dante's life. DOWNLOAD NOW
Joseph Crane bio:
Joseph Crane, M.A. Received BA from Brandeis Universe with a major in philosophy, an M.A. from Lesley University with an Independent Study degree. Joseph is a consulting astrologer, teacher, and author. As the co-founder of the Astrology Institute in the early 1990’s, Joseph has conducted training programs on astrological interpretation and counseling skills for astrologers. He has been involved with the Kepler College and Certificate Program since 2007.
Joseph is the author of A Practical Guide to Traditional Astrology (1997), Astrological Roots: The Hellenistic Legacy (2007) and Between Fortune and Providence: Astrology and the Universe in Dante’s Divine Comedy (2012). Joseph publishes a monthly astrology newsletter that contains current planetary phenomena and astrological profiles of historical and contemporary public figures. Newsletters and other information can be found at The Astrology Institute. Joseph is also a psychotherapist and a Buddhist practitioner. He lives in Rhode Island. You can find out more at his website: https://www.astrologyinstitute.com/