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As Above, So Below
Twenty-first Annual Sophia Centre Conference
In Partnership with the Harmony Institute

University of Wales Trinity Saint David
Institute of Education and Humanities

Lampeter Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th July 2024

Join us in Lampeter for the 21st Annual Sophia Centre Conference with a programme of international speakers who are specialists in their field.  We have two days of high-quality talks and debate with our conference dinner on Saturday night. 

If you cannot attend in person, you can attend online. Talks will be recorded and made available for 30 days after the conference closes.

Conference now open for booking:

Conference Theme

The phrase ‘as above, so below’, is paraphrased from the Emerald Tablet of Hermes Trismegistus, probably dating to the 9th century, and has formed a foundation for the theory of astrology ever since. The second part of the phrase, ‘as below, so above’, introduces the notion of a reciprocal relationship between sky and earth, or between people, planets and stars, or between this world and other worlds, in which each part of the universe is in a mutual relationship with all other parts. As some modern commentators, put it, nothing exists except in relationship to everything else. A common contemporary term is ‘relationality’. This conference will focus on the theory and practice of the relationships between earth and sky, or between people, planets, and stars. Papers will focus on any aspect of astronomy, astrology, and cosmology, and approaches may be taken from across the humanities and social sciences.

Wade Caves
Finding Fortuna: a technical mirroring of the mind


The Hellenistic tradition bifurcated early in its codification, one track following Dorotheus and the other his younger contemporary, Ptolemy (Greenbaum, 2016). The key drivers of the split are many, but they converge in a single issue: whether to reverse the Lot of Fortune for nocturnal charts. In a close examination of what is said about lot theory, from Manilius to Dorotheus, from Ptolemy to Valens, we will outline how the choice made regarding Fortune’s calculation trickles downstream to impact any branch of astrology availing itself of the lots.Biography:
Wade Caves, based in Brooklyn, NY, is an astrological consultant and educator specializing in horary, elections, mundane, and classical astrological technique. He now serves as faculty at the STA and as principal of the Astronomy for Astrologers program. Wade publishes his work on world astrology through Skyscript’s In Mundo publishing desk and hosts the World Astrology Summit, a conference dedicated to the advancement of mundane technique for diverse audiences. He is the editor and annotator of the 300th anniversary edition of William Lilly’s History of His Life and Times (Rubedo Press, 2015).

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With my best wishes,

Nick Campion

Sunday 14th July at 2:45 pm

Ulla Koch
The Babylonian Diviners’ Manual


The so-called “Babylonian Diviner’s Manual” is unique within the Babylonian corpus of astrological texts in that it describes general principles and the sitz-im-leben of the Babylonian astrologer. It was composed in the early first millennium BCE and draws upon traditional texts but offers the diviner a special method to annul sinister signs by means of manipulating or recalibrating the calendar. One of the fundamental principles expressed in the text is that signs from heaven and earth go together, something that happens in the sky – a celestial sign – will have a counterpart on earth – a corresponding event and vice versa.

Biography: Ulla Koch, Ph.D., is an Assyriologist from the University of Copenhagen. Her research interests are Mesopotamian divination, religion, and literature. She has published extensively on celestial divination and extispicy, inspection of the entrails of a sacrificial animal.

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