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. 2

Ficino's Approach to Astrology as Reflected in Book VII of his Letters

Julia Cleve

The twelve volumes of Marsilio Ficino's correspondence are rich in astrological references. Most celebrated among these is Letter 17 in Book VII which is addressed to Federico, Duke of Urbino, and whose express intention is to reconcile genuine astronomers and Christians. Ficino himself was a practising astrologer, and yet the arguments he advances in this letter are taken from his unpublished treatise Against the Judgement of Astrologers. This apparent contradiction - is Ficino a champion or a scourge of astronomia? - may be resolved if considered in the light of his over-arching Platonic cosmology.

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