Enquiring into Astrology

With Steve Mackey and Janice Stewart

This page is for people who enrolled in 2021 in the course Enquiring into Astrology at the University of the Third Age group in Port Fairy, Victoria, Australia.

Invitations to ZOOM discussions on each topic will be emailed to the group for 10am on the Mondays shown.

Please be sure to watch the relevant videos and MAIN ONLINE PRESENTATION before each ZOOM session.

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All the best, Steve

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Enquiring into Astrology is an attempt to come to terms with Richard Tarnas’s turn to astrology in Cosmos and Psyche after his first major book titled The Passion of the Western Mind. The Passion is an excellent conventional history of ideas which we studied in 2019 and 2020.

SEMESTER ONE 2021

Zoom dates Topics

Feb 15 Contemporary astrology and horoscopes, (Janice)

MAIN ONLINE PRESENTATION FOR FEB 15 (You may need to click Libra's scales) Notes

March 1 Technical features of astrology, (Janice)

MAIN ONLINE PRESENTATION FOR MARCH 1 Notes

March 15 Ptolemy, history's famous astrologer/astronomer, (Steve)

MAIN ONLINE PRESENTATION FOR MARCH 15 Notes Graphic 1 Video 2 Video 3 Planets in astrology History of astrology

April 12 Elizabethan, Shakespearean and 17th Century Astrology, (Steve)

MAIN ONLINE PRESENTATION FORAPRIL 12 Notes Video 1 Video 2 Romans

April 19 Australian first nations’ sky culture, (Steve)

MAIN ONLINE PRESENTATION FOR APRIL 19 Before Galileo, Message Stick, ABC Video 2 Video 3 Notes

May 3 Carl Jung’s astrology and psychology, (Steve & Janice)

Video 1 Notes

May 17 Richard Tarnas’s astrological vision, (Steve & Janice)

Trailer Tarnas describes his own project

June 7 Richard Tarnas’s planets and epochs, (Steve & Janice)

Audio 1 Altered states of consciousness 2

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SEMESTER ONE 2020

Page numbers refer to Richard Tarnas's The Passion of the Western Mind.

1. February 17 From Homer to the High Middle Ages (pages 1 to 209 [skim]) notes

2. March 2 Petrarch and Classical Humanism (pages 209 to 219) handout notes

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3. ZOOM April 27 The Renaissance (pages 220 to 232)

video 1 video 2 RENAISSANCE MAIN ONLINE PRESENTATION notes

4. ZOOM May 4 The Reformation (pages 233 to 247)

video 1 video 2 video 3 REFORMATION MAIN ONLINE PRESENTATION notes video suggested by Ralph

5. ZOOM May 11 The Scientific Revolution (pages 248 to 271)

video SCIENTIFIC REVOLUTION MAIN ONLINE PRESENTATION notes

6. ZOOM May 18 The Philosophical Revolution (pages 272 to 281)

video 1 video 2 video 3 PHILOSOPHICAL REVOLUTION MAIN ONLINE PRESENTATION notes

7. ZOOM June 1 Foundations of the Modern World View (pages 282 to 323)

video 1 video 2 video 3 FOUNDATIONS OF THE MODERN WORLD VIEW MAIN ONLINE PRESENTATION notes

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SEMESTER TWO 2020 (Online)

1. ZOOM September 7 Images of the Human from Copernicus to Freud (pages 325 to 332)

video 1 video 2 video 3 IMAGES OF THE HUMAN FROM COPERNICUS TO FREUD MAIN ONLINE PRESENTATION notes

2. ZOOM September 21 The Modern Mind - Locke, Hume, Kant (pages 333 to 354)

video 1 video 2 video 3 (A) LOCKE AND HUME MAIN ONLINE PRESENTATION (B) KANT MAIN ONLINE PRESENTATION notes

3. ZOOM October 5 The Crisis of Modern Science (pages 355 to 365)

video 1 video 2 video 3 CRISIS OF MODERN SCIENCE MAIN ONLINE PRESENTATION notes

4. ZOOM October 19 Romanticism and its fate (pages 366 to 394)

video 1 video 2 video 3 ROMANTICISM AND ITS FATE MAIN ONLINE PRESENTATION notes

5. November 2 The Postmodern Mind (pages 395 to 413)

video 1 video 2 THE POSTMODERN MIND MAIN ONLINE PRESENTATION notes

6. ZOOM November 16 Epilogue to Tarnas's Book (pages 415 to 445)

video 1 (only) EPILOGUE MAIN ONLINE PRESENTATION notes

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I am cooperating with two other U3A Port Fairy members to devise a possible 2021 course as follows:

ENQUIRING INTO ASTROLOGY:

The course would start with horoscopes then consider the wider age-old fascination with the stars including that of ancient Alexandrian astronomer/astrologer Claudius Ptolemy (100 - 170 CE.), psychologist Carl Jung and philosopher Richard Tarnas. It will consist of online recorded 45 minute video talks with slide demonstrations followed by 60 minute Zoom discussions for all class members a few days later. The Zoom discussions would take place on the first and third Monday of the month at 10am starting on the third Monday of February.

Books which we have been consulting for this course include: ...Steven Forrest's The Inner Sky...Tarnas’s Passion of the Western Mind: Understanding the ideas that have shaped our world view and his subsequent controversial book: Cosmos and Psyche: Intimations of a New World View. ...Carl Jung's Man and His Symbols and his The Archetypes and the Collective Unconscious; ...Rossi & LeGrice's Jung on Astrology; Claudius Ptolemy's Tetrabiblos

ON OCTOBER 7, 2020 I presented a paper relevant to this project to a combined audience of 28 from Swinburne University Complex Processes Research [philosophy] Group and the Port Fairy U3A Western Philosophy class via Zoom. The paper was titled Richard Tarnas's mysticism in the light of Schelling and corona virus, a dialectical discussion between Steve Mackey and Arran Gare. Here is the paper and here is an audio visual of my talk. You might also like to listen to Tarnas describing his own project I am continuing to seek views on this potential course.

Steve

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[ALL THE INFORMATION BELOW REFERS TO 2019. THE 2020 INFORMATION IS ABOVE]

SEMESTER ONE 2019

  1. February 18 The Greek World View (pages 1 to 12) notes

  2. March 4 Ideas and Gods (pages 13 to 18) notes

  3. March 18 The Birth of Philosophy (pages 19 to 25) notes

  4. April 1 The Greek Enlightenment (pages 25 to 31) notes

  5. April 15 Socrates (pages 31 to 40) notes

  6. May 6 The Universal Mind (pages 41 to 47) notes

  7. May 20 The Planets (pages 48 to 54) notes

  8. June 3 Aristotle I (pages 55 to 62) notes

  9. June 17 Aristotle II (pages 62 to 68) notes

  10. July 1 The Dual Legacy (pages 69 to 74) notes

SEMESTER TWO 2019

  1. Aug 19 The Classical Era is transformed (pages 73 to 90) notes

  2. Sept 2 Plato's Socrates versus Jesus (pages 91 to 119) notes Also hear BBC's In Our Time: Neoplatonism

  3. Sept 16 Disputes in Christianity, St Augustine (pages 120 to 154) notes Also hear BBC's In Our Time: The Apocalypse

  4. Oct 7 Holy Spirit, Holy Mother, Rome, Pope (pages 155 to 170) notes

  5. Oct 21 Medieval reasoning, the Scholastics (pages 171 to 190) notes

  6. Nov 4 Dante, Ockham, High Middle Ages (pages 191 to 208) notes Also hear BBC's In Our Time: William of Ockham universals and nominals