Culture and Cosmos is a peer-reviewed academic journal in the history of astrology and cultural astronomy published in association with the Sophia Centre for the Study of Cosmology in Culture, School of Archaeology, History and Anthropology, University of Wales Trinity Saint David

Vol 18 no 2 (Autumn/Winter 2014 will be published in July/August 2016. Vol. 19 (2015) will be a double issue featuring the proceedings of the 2013 Sophia Centre conference on Celestial Magic and is scheduled for publication in September/October 2016. Vol. 20 (2016) will be a double issue featuring the proceedings of the 2014 Sophia Centre conference on the Marriage of Heaven and Earth.

Volume 15-2

Ritual Ornamentation—From the Secular to the Religious: A Survey into Whether the Ritualised Use of Domestic Ornaments Does for the Owner Invest those Objects with Religious Significance

Pamela Armstrong


This article explores how we ‘who live in the hollows’ may, or may not use domestic decoration to establish through ritual a connection between mind and imagination, heart and soul; how we may, or may not be given sight of ‘the jewels of the upper earth’, and through that connecting link, perhaps glimpse the ‘equability of a surrounding heaven’ (Phaedo). This paper is based on an empirical research project that explored the manner in which domestic ornamentation is used for ritual purposes during times of festival and it examines the beliefs which may underpin its usage.

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