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"Taking Back the Helm: The Metaphysical Grounds of Classical and Contemporary Accounts of the Ascendant" with Peter Yong
About the talk
 The concept of the Ascendant is pivotal to Western Astrology, representing the point at which heavenly bodies step forth into visibility. Yet, despite its centrality, the meaning of this concept has changed over time. Whereas traditional astrologers identified the Ascendant with the helm, basis, and foundation of a nativity, modern astrologers identify it with the persona one adopts to live in society. In this talk, I explain traditional and modern accounts of the Ascendant and highlight their differences. I then ground these differences in deeper disparities in worldview concerning society, and, more importantly, Absolute Reality. While both classical and modern astrologers reject reductive materialism and accept the existence of a spiritual reality, their accounts of the nature of this reality fundamentally contradict each other. If successful, my argument will demonstrate that the choice between classical and modern astrology turns on a more fundamental choice between metaphysical systems.
About the speaker

Dr. Peter Yong is a philosopher, writer, and noematic psychopomp. He earned his Ph.D. in Philosophy from The University of California, San Diego and his MA in Theology from Fuller Seminary. His previous research has focused on the intersection of German idealism and contemporary philosophy of mind, and his essays have appeared in the European Journal of Philosophy, Kantian Review, History of Philosophy Quarterly, and The Oxford Handbook of Early Modern Theology, 1600-1800. He is currently writing a book on the Phenomenological Grounds of Hellenistic Astrology.

His recent essays and links to his video lectures can be found on his website: http://premieretat.com/

For information on coaching, consulting, and noematic psychopomp work (including phenomenological astrology) see: http://premieretat.com/coaching-consulting/

Feb 6, 2022 12:00 PM in Central Time (US and Canada)

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