Marsilio Ficino’s Theurgical Astrology: Astrological Theory and Practice at the Root of Modern Esoteric Practices by Dr. Darrel Rutkin

Marsilio Ficino’s Theurgical Astrology: Astrological Theory and Practice at the Root of Modern Esoteric Practices by Dr. Darrel Rutkin In this talk, I will first present my reconstruction of Marsilio Ficino’s (1433-99) theurgical astrology in his De vita libri tres (1489), with a focus on his engagement with planetary spirits. This centrally includes using the […]

“Violent Prayers” in Nigerian Pentecostal Churches

By Abimbola Adelakun Let me start by describing a scene where what is called “violent prayers” is enacted in a Nigerian church. First, the mood of the congregation must be geared toward the will to do some violence. Life is war, the ministering pastor reminds everyone present. The forces that battle against us and try […]

Thoughts arising from screening Li Manshan: Portrait of a Folk Daoist

By Stephen Jones I had a wonderful time with the Li family Daoist band on our 2013 tour of Germany and our last concert was here in Erlangen—so it was very nostalgic for me to come back! I was happy to revisit the film in the company of the CAS-E participants, and found the comments […]

Mystical Regimes of Order: Ritualistic Practices and Conflict Resolution in Everyday Uttarakhand by Dr. Kalindi Kokal (CAS-E Fellow)

Mystical Regimes of Order: Ritualistic Practices and Conflict Resolution in Everyday Uttarakhand This presentation explores the meanings of ritualistic practices in the contexts of societal order and conflict resolution. Drawing on empirical research conducted over a 12-month period, this project delves into local narratives and experiences with esoteric practices that connect bodies and nature bringing […]