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 7, No. 1

Astrology and Prophecy in Campanella and Galileo

Germana Ernst

In this essay some aspects of the relationship between Galileo and Campanella are analysed. Campanella held the scientist in high esteem. After reading his Sidereus Nuncius he sent to him a long Latin epistle and in 1616 he wrote the Apologia pro Galileo, in defence of the right of Galileo to abandon Aristotelian philosophy in order to read directly from the book of nature.As it is well known, prophecy and astrology played an important role in the thought of Campanella. As far as Galileo is concerned, notwithstanding his rejection of prophetical themes, he had some competence and interest in astrology. Many friends wrote to him to ask for horoscopes and to solve astrological problems derived from the recently discovered stars. His personal curiosity is proved by his outlining nativities for his friends, daughters and himself.

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