The four taught modules, comprising seminars, learning journal groups and workshops take place during four sets of three alternate weekends, from October to June, with time in between for assignment writing.
The three research assignments (Creative Project, Learning Journal and Dissertation) take place in Year 2 for part-time students, and concurrently with taught modules 3 and 4 for full-time students. Each teaching weekend includes an Open Lecture by a visiting specialist. There are also optional sessions on Friday afternoons, and creative workshops in the summer term.
The four taught modules will address the following topics:
Theories and Methods
- Methodologies and holistic approaches
- Mythopoeic thought: symbol and metaphor
- Ways of knowing from reason to revelation
- The sacred in post Enlightenment discourse
Symbol and Imagination
- What is imagination?
- Platonic and Hermetic perspectives on the soul
- Renaissance art and theurgic magic
- Jung, Corbin and Hillman on active imagination
Oracular and Divinatory Traditions
- Oracles and divination in non-modern culture
- Cosmology, magic and astrology
- The Pagan/Christian debate
- Fate, fortune and contemporary divination
Spirit and Psyche
- Mystery rituals in the ancient world
- Sacred and mythic landscape and sky scape
- Paranormal cultures
- Consciousness and universal mind
- Individual research and presentation
- Group discussions and write-up
- Individual research on a topic of your choice
About the tutors
Angela Voss, PhD, is Programme Director for the MA. She taught and directed undergraduate and postgraduate courses on the Cultural Study of Cosmology and Divination at the University of Kent from 200410. Her teaching and research interests centre on the role of the creative imagination in esoteric traditions, astrology and art in the Renaissance, divination, symbolic interpretation and the spiritual dimension of music.
Geoffrey Cornelius, PhD, taught on the MA in the Cultural Study of Cosmology and Divination at the University of Kent, specialising in the hermeneutics and philosophy of divination. He has been actively involved in adult education for over thirty years and teaches on the school’s community arts and education programme.
Simon Wilson, PhD, is a senior lecturer in the Faculty of Education. He has worked in the field of adult education for more than 20 years, and has published widely on subjects such as the grail, earth mysteries, the philosophy of René Guénon, the writings of Charles Fort, and the bohemian adventures of John Dee. He is fascinated by Western esoteric traditions and the mystical theology of the Eastern Church.
Other guest lecturers and creative workshop leaders who contribute to the course throughout the year include Victoria Field, Dr Wilma Fraser, Maggie Hyde, James Frost, Sonia McNally and Sonia Overall.