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 5, No. 1

Stars and Spirituality in the Cosmology of Dante's Commedia

Richard L. Poss

Combining Aristotelian and Platonic philosophy in a complex cosmological system, Dante employs astrology to provide contextual coherence for the reader on earth and for the pilgrim on his journey to God. Stars are spiritualized in the Commedia to provide glimpses of divinity, visible on Earth, from beyond the material world. Imbued with life, intelligence, and love, stars first guide then inspire the pilgrim in increasingly profound levels of meaning. This paper examines the relationship between the astronomical and cosmological functions of the

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