Imaginal Cosmos

The Imaginal Cosmos

Astrology, Divination, and the Sacred

Edited by Angela Voss, PhD
Canterbury Christ Church University; University of Exeter, United Kingdom
and  Jean Hinson Lall, MA 
Institute for the Study of Imagination

Revised Edition, Rubedo Press
Forthcoming: 2017

PRIOR TO THE SCIENTIFIC REVOLUTION, prophetic practices could be comprehended in the context of the prevailing world view. To date modern science has been unable to verify the credibility of such arts. Contemporary findings in a variety of disciplines however, suggest that we may indeed have some form(s) of prior knowledge of the future. If so, our view of prophecy and the prophetic arts could be due for revision. In The Imaginal Cosmos ‘new theories and methods for the study of divination are suggested: most significantly, a phenomenological approach, which considers divinatory knowledge and practice on its own terms. As many of the authors are practitioners of astrology and divination, the divide between “etic” and “emic” perspectives begins to close, pointing towards a new methodology not only for divination, but for religious studies in general’


Charles Burnett, University of London
Geoffrey Cornelius, University of Kent
Patrick Curry, University of Kent
Dorian Gieseler Greenbaum, Warburg Institute, London
Liz Greene, Founder & Director, Centre for Psychological Astrology in London
Nicholas Goodrick-Clarke, University of Exeter
Belinda Hunt, Artist, Winchester
Maggie Hyde, Co-founder Company of Astrologers
Jean Hinson Lall, Institute for the Study of Imagination
Joseph Milne, University of Kent
Leon Schlamm, University of Kent
Gregory Shaw, Stonehill College, Massachusetts
Angela Voss, University of Kent

About the Editors


Angela Voss was a lecturer for ten years in the Theology and Religious Studies section at the University of Kent, UK, teaching on the MA in Mysticism and Religious Experience, and directing an MA programme in the Cultural Study of Cosmology and Divination. From January 2014 she will be teaching on a new MA programme at Canterbury Christ Church University: Myth, Cosmology, and the Sacred. Angela is an honorary lecturer for the MA in the Study of Esotericism at the University of Exeter, a tutor for Community Arts and Education at Canterbury Christ Church, and a practising astrologer and tarot reader. Her research interests centre on the role of the symbolic imagination in the Western esoteric traditions, and she has published extensively on the astrological music therapy of the Renaissance magus Marsilio Ficino. Her website is

Jean Hinson Lall

Jean Hinson Lall has been an astrological consultant and Jungian-oriented psychotherapist in private practice in Baltimore since 1975. A Certified Consulting Astrologer (NCGR Level IV), she holds a BA degree in English and an MA in archetypal studies, the latter focusing on astrology and Jungian psychology. More recently she has spent several years at the University of Kent in England pursuing research on traditional cosmologies and divination systems in order to understand more about the nature of astrological ‘reading’. She also has a deep interest in the place of astrology in the history of Western thought and culture and in its potential future contribution.

Jean has been a Fulbright tutor in India, a Peace Corps staff member, and a co-founder with Thomas Moore of the Institute for the Study of Imagination. She has lectured and conducted workshops on a variety of topics in astrology, myth, and archetypal psychology and has presented her work at conferences in the US and the UK.