Shakespeare and the Stars

Author: Priscilla Costello
Publisher: Nicolas-Hays, Inc.
ISBN: 089254631X
Format: PDF
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To celebrate the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, this book offers fresh and exciting insights into the ever-popular works of the world’s greatest playwright. It specifically highlights Shakespeare’s use of the archetypal language of astrological symbolism in both obvious and subtle ways. Such references would have been commonly known in Shakespeare’s time, but their deeper significance is lost to modern-day playgoers and readers. The first half of the book describes the Elizabethan worldview and how the seven known planets were considered an integral part of the cosmos and instrumental in shaping human character. The second half of the book examines six of Shakespeare’s best-loved plays in the light of astrological symbolism, showing how they are entirely keyed to a specific zodiacal sign and its associated (or ruling) planet. The chosen plays are A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Romeo and Juliet, The Merchant of Venice, Macbeth, The Tempest, and King Lear. Each chapter incorporates information and examples from astrological tradition, classical and Renaissance philosophy, Greek and Roman mythology, esoteric wisdom, modern psychology (especially that of C. G. Jung), and great literature. Thoroughly researched and well-illustrated, this book illuminates the plays from a fresh perspective that will deepen and profoundly transform how we understand them.

Macbeth

Author: Priscilla Costello
Publisher: Red Wheel/Weiser
ISBN: 0892541776
Format: PDF, ePub, Docs
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The "Shakespeare and the Stars" series celebrate the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death and offer fresh and exciting insights into the ever-popular works of the world's greatest playwright. Each analysis specifically highlights Shakespeare's use of the archetypal language of astrological symbolism in both obvious and subtle ways. Such references would have been well known in Shakespeare's time, but their deeper significance is lost to modern-day playgoers and readers. By keying each play to a specific zodiacal sign and its associated (or ruling) planet, Shakespeare alerted his audience to their significance in revealing character, foreshadowing the plot, and establishing key themes for each play. Each book ranges widely, incorporating related and relevant information from astrological tradition, classical and Renaissance philosophy, Greek and Roman mythology, esoteric wisdom, modern psychology (especially that of C. G. Jung), and great literature. Modern readers will find that each book will illuminate its play from a fresh perspective that deepens and profoundly transforms one's understanding of these magnificent classics. Each book is 64 pages and is designed to be taken to performances or studied before and after reading and enjoying the play. Macbeth is attuned to Scorpio and its Ruler Mars.

The Tempest

Author: Priscilla Costello
Publisher: Red Wheel/Weiser
ISBN: 0892541784
Format: PDF, Kindle
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The Shakespeare and the Stars series celebrate the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death and offer fresh and exciting insights into the ever-popular works of the world's greatest playwright. Each analysis specifically highlights Shakespeare's use of the archetypal language of astrological symbolism in both obvious and subtle ways. Such references would have been well known in Shakespeare's time, but their deeper significance is lost to modern-day playgoers and readers. By keying each play to a specific zodiacal sign and its associated (or ruling) planet, Shakespeare alerted his audience to their significance in revealing character, foreshadowing the plot, and establishing key themes for each play. Each book ranges widely, incorporating related and relevant information from astrological tradition, classical and Renaissance philosophy, Greek and Roman mythology, esoteric wisdom, modern psychology (especially that of C. G. Jung), and great literature. Modern readers will find that each book will illuminate its play from a fresh perspective that deepens and profoundly transforms one's understanding of these magnificent classics. Each book is 64 pages and is designed to be taken to performances or studied before and after reading and enjoying the play. Examining The Tempest, we will study its relation and characters to the Sign of Pisces and its (Traditional) Ruler Jupiter and (Modern) Ruler Neptune.

The Merchant of Venice

Author: Priscilla Costello
Publisher: Nicolas-Hays, Inc.
ISBN: 0892546425
Format: PDF, Mobi
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The “Shakespeare and the Stars” series celebrate the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death and offer fresh and exciting insights into the ever-popular works of the world’s greatest playwright. Each analysis specifically highlights Shakespeare’s use of the archetypal language of astrological symbolism in both obvious and subtle ways. Such references would have been well known in Shakespeare’s time, but their deeper significance is lost to modern-day playgoers and readers. By keying each play to a specific zodiacal sign and its associated (or ruling) planet, Shakespeare alerted his audience to their significance in revealing character, foreshadowing the plot, and establishing key themes for each play. Each book ranges widely, incorporating related and relevant information from astrological tradition, classical and Renaissance philosophy, Greek and Roman mythology, esoteric wisdom, modern psychology (especially that of C. G. Jung), and great literature. Modern readers will find that each book will illuminate its play from a fresh perspective that deepens and profoundly transforms one’s understanding of these magnificent classics. Each book is 64 pages and is designed to be taken to performances or studied before and after reading and enjoying the play. The first three titles in the series are: The Merchant of Venice, King Lear, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The Merchant of Venice is attuned to both Taurus and Libra and their ruler Venus.

King Lear

Author: Priscilla Costello
Publisher: Nicolas-Hays, Inc.
ISBN: 0892546433
Format: PDF, Mobi
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The “Shakespeare and the Stars” series celebrate the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death and offer fresh and exciting insights into the ever-popular works of the world’s greatest playwright. Each analysis specifically highlights Shakespeare’s use of the archetypal language of astrological symbolism in both obvious and subtle ways. Such references would have been well known in Shakespeare’s time, but their deeper significance is lost to modern-day playgoers and readers. By keying each play to a specific zodiacal sign and its associated (or ruling) planet, Shakespeare alerted his audience to their significance in revealing character, foreshadowing the plot, and establishing key themes for each play. Each book ranges widely, incorporating related and relevant information from astrological tradition, classical and Renaissance philosophy, Greek and Roman mythology, esoteric wisdom, modern psychology (especially that of C. G. Jung), and great literature. Modern readers will find that each book will illuminate its play from a fresh perspective that deepens and profoundly transforms one’s understanding of these magnificent classics. Each book is 64 pages and is designed to be taken to performances or studied before and after reading and enjoying the play. The first three titles in the series are: The Merchant of Venice, King Lear, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. King Lear is associated with Capricorn and its ruler Saturn.

Romeo and Juliet

Author: Priscilla Costello
Publisher: Red Wheel/Weiser
ISBN: 0892541822
Format: PDF, Docs
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The Shakespeare and the Stars series celebrate the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death and offer fresh and exciting insights into the ever-popular works of the world's greatest playwright. Each analysis specifically highlights Shakespeare's use of the archetypal language of astrological symbolism in both obvious and subtle ways. Such references would have been well known in Shakespeare's time, but their deeper significance is lost to modern-day playgoers and readers. By keying each play to a specific zodiacal sign and its associated (or ruling) planet, Shakespeare alerted his audience to their significance in revealing character, foreshadowing the plot, and establishing key themes for each play. Each book ranges widely, incorporating related and relevant information from astrological tradition, classical and Renaissance philosophy, Greek and Roman mythology, esoteric wisdom, modern psychology (especially that of C. G. Jung), and great literature. Modern readers will find that each book will illuminate its play from a fresh perspective that deepens and profoundly transforms one's understanding of these magnificent classics. Each book is 64 pages and is designed to be taken to performances or studied before and after reading and enjoying the play. Romeo and Juliet is associated with Gemini and its Ruler Mercury.

The Weiser Concise Guide to Practical Astrology

Author: Priscilla Costello
Publisher: Weiser Books
ISBN: 9781609253042
Format: PDF, Mobi
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In The Weiser Concise Guide to Practical Astrology, Priscilla Costello introduces the reader to the basic principles of modern astrology and unveils the secrets of this elegantly developed language of symbols. Costello shares with the reader both the philosophical and esoteric world view of astrology, while exploring the meanings of signs, planets, houses, and aspects on many levels, as well as its connection to psychology, religion and spirituality, and related esoteric studies. The Weiser Concise Guide to Practical Astrology serves as both a primer for the new student of astrology and a handy reference for the more seasoned practitioner. As complete as it is concise, this course of study delves deeply into the history and true spirit of astrology, making it accessible to all.

A Midsummer Night s Dream

Author: Priscilla Costello
Publisher: Red Wheel/Weiser
ISBN: 0892541814
Format: PDF, ePub
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The "Shakespeare and the Stars" series celebrate the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death and offer fresh and exciting insights into the ever-popular works of the world's greatest playwright. Each analysis specifically highlights Shakespeare's use of the archetypal language of astrological symbolism in both obvious and subtle ways. Such references would have been well known in Shakespeare's time, but their deeper significance is lost to modern-day playgoers and readers. By keying each play to a specific zodiacal sign and its associated (or ruling) planet, Shakespeare alerted his audience to their significance in revealing character, foreshadowing the plot, and establishing key themes for each play. Each book ranges widely, incorporating related and relevant information from astrological tradition, classical and Renaissance philosophy, Greek and Roman mythology, esoteric wisdom, modern psychology (especially that of C. G. Jung), and great literature. Modern readers will find that each book will illuminate its play from a fresh perspective that deepens and profoundly transforms one's understanding of these magnificent classics. Each book is 64 pages and is designed to be taken to performances or studied before and after reading and enjoying the play. The first three titles in the series are: The Merchant of Venice, King Lear, and A Midsummer Night's Dream. Examining A Midsummer Night's Dream, we will study its relation to the Sign of Cancer and its Ruler the Moon.

The Science of Shakespeare

Author: Dan Falk
Publisher: Macmillan
ISBN: 1250008786
Format: PDF, Kindle
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William Shakespeare lived at a remarkable time—a period we now recognize as the first phase of the Scientific Revolution. New ideas were transforming Western thought, the medieval was giving way to the modern, and the work of a few key figures hinted at the brave new world to come: the methodical and rational Galileo, the skeptical Montaigne, and—as Falk convincingly argues—Shakespeare, who observed human nature just as intently as the astronomers who studied the night sky. In The Science of Shakespeare, we meet a colorful cast of Renaissance thinkers, including Thomas Digges, who published the first English account of the "new astronomy" and lived in the same neighborhood as Shakespeare; Thomas Harriot—"England's Galileo"—who aimed a telescope at the night sky months ahead of his Italian counterpart; and Danish astronomer Tycho Brahe, whose observatory-castle stood within sight of Elsinore, chosen by Shakespeare as the setting for Hamlet—and whose family crest happened to include the names "Rosencrans" and "Guildensteren." And then there's Galileo himself: As Falk shows, his telescopic observations may have influenced one of Shakespeare's final works. Dan Falk's The Science of Shakespeare explores the connections between the famous playwright and the beginnings of the Scientific Revolution—and how, together, they changed the world forever.

Botanical Shakespeare

Author: Gerit Quealy
Publisher: HarperCollins
ISBN: 0062469908
Format: PDF, Mobi
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A captivating, beautifully illustrated, one-of-a-kind color compendium of the flowers, fruits, herbs, trees, seeds, and grasses cited in the works of the world’s greatest playwright, William Shakespeare, accompanied by their companion quotes from all of his plays and poems. With a foreword by Dame Helen Mirren—the first foreword she has ever contributed. In this striking compilation, Shakespeare historian Gerit Quealy and respected Japanese artist Sumié Hasegawa combine their knowledge and skill in this first and only book that examines every plant that appears in the works of Shakespeare. Botanical Shakespeare opens with a brief look at the Bard’s relationship to the plants mentioned in his works—a diversity that illuminates his knowledge of the science of botany, as well as the colloquy, revealing his unmatched skill for creating metaphorical connections and interweaving substantive philosophy. At the heart of the book are "portraits" of the over 170 flowers, fruits, grains, grasses, trees, herbs, seeds and vegetables that Shakespeare mentions in his plays and poems. Botanical Shakespeare features a gorgeous color illustration of each, giving a "face" to the name, alongside the specific text in which it appears and the character(s) who utter the lines in which it is mentioned. This fascinating visual compendium also includes a dictionary describing each plant—such as Eglantine, a wild rose with a slight prickle, cherished for its singular scent, superior to any other rose; and the difference between apples and apple-john—along with indices listing the botanical by play/poem, by character, and genus for easy reference, ideal for gardeners and thoughtful birthday gift-giving. This breathtaking, incomparable collection of exquisite artwork and companion quotes offers unique depth and insight into Shakespeare and his timeless work through the unusual perspective of the plants themselves.