The Tools of the Art is the first academic meeting organised by the ASTRA Project. Several scholars will gather to debate the state of research on the historical study of astrological techniques and discuss new lines of study.
The conference is sponsored by the Monastery of Batalha in collaboration with the Astra project.
Astra is an academic research project housed in CIUHCT (Interuniversitary Centre for the History of Science and Technology), University of Lisbon, and developed in partnership with The Warburg Institute, University of London.
The goal of the conference is to discuss the history of astrological doctrines and practices. Particular attention will be given to the creation, application, and development of astrological techniques: the principles and concepts that form the core of the astrological interpretation.
Despite astrology’s importance in western pre-modern culture, the academic study of its functioning has been sparse. The Astra Project seeks to fill this gap by bringing a deeper historical understanding of astrology’s inner workings, thus offering an essential key to the comprehension of this cultural phenomenon.
This conference is the first step towards that goal.
For this first meeting we gathered several distinguished scholars on the history of astrological practices. Each will present a topic related to the historical study of astrological techniques and its importance for the understanding of the history of astrology.
xThe conference offers an intense full-day of academic discussion on the history of astrology and its practices. This is the first academic event solely dedicated to the discussion of the history of astrological techniques and methods.
Glosses and Commentaries to Latin Translations of Arabic Astrological Works
Abraham Ibn Ezra’s Views of Astrological Doctrines and Practices as Reflected in his Astrological Corpus
From Oikodespotes to Almuten: the Transformation of the 'Master of the House' into Arabic astrology
The Ruling Planet in the Latin Tradition
Q & A
The astrology of nativities in Richard de Fournival's Nativitas and in the Speculum astronomiae
John of Lübeck's Antichrist-prediction (1474). A unique astrological practice
Astral violence and the practice of ethics in Girolamo Cardano (1501-1576)
Steven Vanden Broecke
Q & A
Ignorance, Pitfalls and Scribal Errors: On the Proper Assessment of Historical Horoscopes of the Early Modern Period
Decumbiture Horoscopes and Nativities: Medical Astrology and the Galenic Theory of Critical Days in Early Modern Europe
Q & A
CURRENT RESEARCH SESSION:
‘Astrology is higher and nobler than medicine and every physician must be an astrologer’: Prognostics and Practices in Physick c. 1580-1700
Abraham Zacuto Astrologer
Who wants to live forever: astrology and lifespan
Between religion and technique: Jesuit views on practical astrology
Luís Campos Ribeiro
Q & A
The Place of Practice in the Historical Study of Horoscopy
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Please note that the program is subject to change and will be updated regularly.
Batalha Monastery, Portugal
The Monastery of Batalha is a stunning gothic monument located at about two-hour drive from Lisbon and a UNESCO World Heritage site. Its full name is Mosteiro of Santa Maria da Vitória (Monastery of Saint Mary of Victory) as it was built to commemorate the victory at the battle of Aljubarrota in 1385, where the Portuguese defeated the Castilians and maintained the kingdom's independence. It is usually referred to as Mosteiro da Batalha (Monastery of the Battle). It is the largest example of Portuguese late Gothic art and houses the tombs of João I and Philippa of Lencastre, and those of their offspring, including Prince Henry the Navigator.
For those who intend to extend the visit and explore the region, there are several interesting sites in the area, such as the lovely medieval town of Óbidos, the Monastery of Alcobaça, and the Castles of Leiria, Porto de Mós, Ourém, and Tomar (headquarters of the Templar Knights).
There are several options for accomodation in the village center: