Living with Fate
The Lifestyle of Contemporary Astrologers
Keywords:Astrology, Polemics, Fate, Determinism, Horoscopes, Spirituality, Lifestyle
Astrologers are assumed to be a group of people whose lives are dictated by the stars. This position has been encouraged by ad hominem twentieth-century polemics where the astrologer is portrayed as a person of questionable mental ability who takes no responsibility for their life. These assumptions have been informed by the de?nition of fate from the Classical period of Marcus Tullius Cicero (106–43 BCE). In contrast, my research among English-speaking astrologers revealed that their lifestyle was one where beliefs about the nature of fate varied considerably from Cicero’s views and that they used their beliefs in three ways: as an aid for their spiritual development, as a tool for personal re?ection, or as a means for life-planning. The astrologers in my research actively engaged with their lives using their beliefs about fate, understanding it like a life companion rather than a life dictator.
Bobzien, Susanne. 2005. Determinism and Freedom in Stoic Philosophy (Oxford: Clarendon Press).
Brady, Bernadette. 2012. ‘Theories of Fate among Present-Day Astrologers’ (PhD diss., School of Archaeology, History and Anthropology, University of Wales Trinity Saint David).
Broadie, Sarah. 2001. ‘From Necessity to Fate: A Fallacy?’, The Journal of Ethics 5.1: 21-37. Doi: https://doi.org/10.1023/A:1011466914535.
Campion, Nicholas. 2012. Astrology and Cosmology in the World’s Religions (New York: New York University Press).
Campion, Nicholas, and Liz Greene. 2011. ‘Introduction’, in Nicholas Campion and Liz Greene (eds.), Astrologies, Plurality and Diversity (Ceredigion, Wales: Sophia Press): 1-16.
Cicero, Marcus Tullius. 2001. De Divinatione (Loeb Classical Library; trans. W.A. Falconer; Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press).
Dawkins, Richard. 1995. ‘The Real Romance in the Stars’, The Independent, 31 December. Online: https://www.independent.co.uk/voices/the-real-romance-in-the-stars-1527970.html.
Dean, Geoffrey, Ivan Kelly, and Arthur Mather. 1996. ‘Astrology’, in Gordon Stein (ed.), The Encyclopaedia of the Paranormal (Amherst, NY: Prometheus Books): 47-99.
Epictetus. 2004. Discourses, Books 1 and 2 (trans. P.E. Matheson; New York: Dover).
Giddens, Anthony. 1991. Modernity and Self-Identity: Self and Society in the Late Modern Age (Cambridge: Polity Press).
Hegedus, Tim. 2007. Early Christianity and Ancient Astrology (New York: Peter Lang). Doi: https://doi.org/10.3726/978-1-4539-0618-7.
Hone, Margaret E. 1973. The Modern Text-Book of Astrology (London: L.N. Fowler & Co.).
Husserl, Edmund. 1970. The Crisis of European Sciences and Transcendental Phenomenology: An Introduction to Phenomenological Philosophy (trans. David Carr; Evanston, IL: Northwestern University Press).
Leo, Alan. 1929 . The Progressed Horoscope (London: L.N. Fowler).
Lévy-Bruhl, Lucien. 1975. The Notebooks on Primitive Mentality (trans. Peter Riviére; San Francisco: Harper & Row).
Olszewski, Brandon, Deborah Macey, and Lauren Lindstrom. 2006. ‘The Practical Work of “Coding”: An Ethnomethodological Inquiry’, Human Studies 29.3: 363-80. Doi: https://doi.org/10.1007/s10746-006-9029-2.
Plato. 1997a. ‘Phaedrus’, in John M. Cooper (ed.), Plato: Complete Works (trans. Alexander Nehamas and Alexander Woodruff; Cambridge: Hackett Publishing): 506-56.
Plato. 1997a. 1997b. ‘Timaeus’, in John M. Cooper (ed.), Plato: Complete Works (trans. Donald J. Zeyl; Cambridge: Hackett Publishing): 1224-92.
Sharples, R.W. 1986. ‘Soft Determinism and Freedom in Early Stoicism’, Phronesis 31.3: 266-79. Doi: https://doi.org/10.1163/156852886X00164.
Solomon, Robert. 2003. ‘On Fate and Fatalism’, Philosophy East and West 53.4: 435-54. Doi: https://doi.org/10.1353/pew.2003.0047.
How to Cite
© Equinox Publishing Ltd.
For information regarding our Open Access policy, click here.