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MYTH, ASTRONOMY AND ASTROLOGY: Mythology And The Roots Of Astrology

Saturday, November 3, 2012 / Room C370
10:30 AM - 5:30 PM (with Break for Lunch)

Mythology And The Roots Of Astrology Workshop with Don Cerow

Mythology and Astrology are branches of the same tree. Together, they are rooted in a common soil and draw nourishment from a way of looking at life. By examining two works from the Classical tradition, we find the key to this unity opening ancient mysteries from the past, and offering insights into both our present, and the future. Homer's Iliad, the oldest work in the western literary tradition, lays out the astrological year in its chapters, providing specific examples of behavior influenced by the twelve signs of the zodiac. It is a choreography of the seasons and how they affect us as individuals. Written almost one thousand years earlier than our oldest translated works on astrology (Ptolemy's Tetrabiblos), it is a fascinating glimpse of life in what is still held as basic astrological principles today. The second key is Ovid's Fasti, a work on the Roman calendar, illustrating how astrological motion and lunar phases provide direct evidence of planetary placement and the myths which are associated with them. One of the earliest uses of astrology and astronomy was to set up the calendar in an effort to coordinate time. Time now gives us back the same key to reopen the door of mystery in the myths.

Don Cerow is a certified NCGR Level IV astrologer known for the warmth, insight and depth he brings to his counseling practice. An astrologer since ‘72, his interest has been in how astrology evolved from the mythology and astronomy of ancient peoples. He received a degree in Classics, Magna cum Laude from UMass in ‘76, has been writing a weekly column ( for various newspapers since ‘83, and in 2003 reconstructed an early model of Stonehenge in a story picked up by the New York Times. In ‘05 he wrote and produced a multi-media show for Fiske Planetarium at the U of Colorado, Boulder entitled Star, Myths and Dragons, pushing back the limits of what our forbearers knew about the heavens. This same theme is now a book entitled The Dragon’s Path. He's produced shows for radio and television and taught at colleges, universities and planetariums across the country.


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