The Decline of Astrology in the Jonathan Dove Almanac Series

Stark, Ryan J.
March 2006
Renaissance & Reformation/Renaissance et Reforme;Spring2006, Vol. 30 Issue 2, p43
Academic Journal
Examines and analyzes the textual drift from esoteric tendencies toward newly experimental ideas or empiricism through a case study of Jonathan Dove's series of almanacs (1627-1709). The Dove almanacs contain three essential elements: a calendar, basic and general prognostications, and a "hodgepodge" of various items and ideas. The article focuses on the hodgepodge section where the shift toward the new empiricism is most noticeable. Dove's shift became overtly obvious in 1692, when the astrologer confessed that giving credence to the motion and disposition of the stars and foretelling the future on that basis was an indiscretion and a "discommendable thing," and referred to his previous astrological predictions as "lying vanities.


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