Here are just a few of the gorgeous primary sources I’ll be discussing during my talk ‘Legitimizing Astrology’ for Adam Elenbaas’s Nightlight Astrology winter speaker series this Wednesday evening. I am thrilled to debut what has been effectively two decades of research into the lifeworlds of astrologers during Weimar Germany.
Please join me for this look into how astrologers nearly a century ago tried to justify their practices, and learn from their attempts as we continue our own work in this marginalized field today. The more things change, the more they seem to stay the same! Most of the material I am presenting has not been translated into English before, so this is truly an opportunity to peek behind the curtain of German astrology in the twentieth century. Hope to see you Wednesday evening!
Official seminar description:
This seminar will analyze how and in what ways astrologers seek to legitimize their field, and how these strategies, in turn, change the nature of astrological practice itself. We will focus on the historical case study of German astrologers at the turn of the twentieth century. We will compare technical, popular, and academic literature to show that regardless of one’s particular status in the community, the attempt to justify astrology as a science ran throughout astrological publications. A look at the status of astrology versus German law will propose one possible reason for the presence of scientific appeals in astrological publications of the time. This historical case study will provide a framework to understand and organize current efforts to legitimize astrological practice. By looking backwards, we may strengthen our command of current debates taking place about astrology’s legitimacy as a practice in society.