The Horoscopic Place

The Encounter between Astrologer and Client


  • Darrelyn Gunzburg University of Wales Trinity Saint David



Astrology, horoscope, cosmology, sacred space, storied landscape, Emile Durkheim, Henri Lefebvre


This article investigates whether astrology is an alternative spiritual practice associated with divination, an occurrence beyond normal human experience. Between July 2015 and July 2016 I conducted semi-structured interviews with seven astrologers who had each been practicing, writing, and teaching astrology for twenty-?ve years or more. The interviews concentrated on understanding the space set aside by the astrologers to focus on the horoscope. The results revealed that the astrologers considered the repetitive behaviour of preparation for the consultation a ritual, re?ecting Emile Durkheim’s views that a special place set aside and reinforced by ritual became sacralised. As the astrologers discussed the storied landscape of the horoscope, a moment of recognition by the client allowed the astro­loger to see more deeply into what Henri Lefebvre called the lived space of the imagination. The ensuing conversation opened the way to a much greater depth of understanding between both astrologer and client and generated insights that did not require a connection with the supernatural.

Author Biography

Darrelyn Gunzburg, University of Wales Trinity Saint David

Darrelyn Gunzburg, Sophia Centre for the Study of Cosmology in Culture, Faculty of Humanities and Performing Arts, University of Wales Trinity Saint David, Lampeter, Ceredigion, Wales.


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How to Cite

Gunzburg, D. (2019). The Horoscopic Place: The Encounter between Astrologer and Client. Journal for the Study of Religion, Nature and Culture, 13(1), 44–60.