Astrology. The Library of Esoterica (Hardback)
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Astrology. The Library of Esoterica (Hardback)

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Hardback 520 Pages
Published: 06/11/2020
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From the beginning of human history, individuals across cultures and belief systems have looked to the sky for meaning. The movement of celestial bodies and their relation to our human lives has been the central tenant of astrology for thousands of years. The practice has both inspired reverence and worship, and deepened our understanding of ourselves and the world around us.

While modern-day horoscopes may be the most familiar form of astrological knowledge, their lineage reaches back to ancient Mesopotamia. As author Andrea Richards recounts in Astrology, the second volume in TASCHEN’s Library of Esotericaseries, astronomy and astrology were once sister sciences: the King’s Chamber of the Great Pyramid at Giza was built to align with constellations, Persian scholars oversaw some of the first observatories, and even Galileo cast horoscopes for the Medicis. But with the Enlightenment and the birth of exact science, the practice moved to places where mystery was still permitted, inspiring literature, art, and psychology, and influenced artists and thinkers such as Goethe, Byron, and Blake. Later movements like the Theosophists and the New Agers, would thrust the practice into the mainstream.

Edited by Jessica Hundley, this vibrant visual history of Western astrology is the first ever compendium of its kind, exploring the symbolic meaning behind more than 400 images, from Egyptian temples and illuminated manuscripts to contemporary art from across the globe. Works by artists from Alphonese Mucha and Hilma af Klint to Arpita Singh and Manzel Bowman are sequenced to mirror the spin of the planets and the wheel of the zodiac. With wisdom from new interviews with astrologers like Robert Hand, Jessica Lanyadoo, and Mecca Woods, Astrology celebrates the stars and their mysterious influence on our everyday lives.

Publisher: Taschen GmbH
ISBN: 9783836579889
Number of pages: 520
Weight: 1770 g
Dimensions: 240 x 170 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

“…a vivid visual history and field guide to the esoteric practice featuring thousands of years of art.” - CNN.com

“A visually lush survey.” - The Art Newspaper

“...one comes away with an understanding of astrology’s place in history, pop culture, art, mythology, and psychology.” - Los Angeles Times

“The 'Library of Esoterica' acts as a bridge between the dark halls of history and the vast data at our fingertips.” - Los Angeles Times

“This book reminds us of our eternal and universal search for meaning, purpose, and the divine.” - itsnicethat.com

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