A Natural History of Time

June 14-16, 1996

In this workshop, Robert Schmidt seeks first to restore the original experience of Time in ancient astrology and philosophy; secondly, to distinguish it carefully from the modern scientific view; and, finally, to reach an accommodation of ancient temporality within modern thought.  These are necessary preliminary steps for a ‘rehabilitated’ modern astrology.

THE problem of time for the ancients: distinguishing between time & change.  How modern physics has obliterated the distinction.  The Greek view: Time as number (Archytas, Plato & Aristotle), as moment (Corpus Hermeticum).  The original modern mathematical views: Time as substance (Newton), as relation (Leibniz), as form of intuition (Kant).  The ancient Indo-European conceptualization of time as stretch.  Time in the verb (tense & tension).  Time & Consciousness (intentionality).  The dyadic character of time.  Time & Eternality.  The arrow of time.  Clock Time.   The filling of time and other modes of temporality.  Relation of space to time.  Time in each of the worlds (the Aion, mathematical time, moment, resentment & regret for the past and hope & anxiety for the future, aspect tense) and their planetary correlations.  Astrological time-lords as lords of temporal modalities, entraining events.  Spatial & temporal fields: “and” and “or” as “glue” for the manifold.  The problem of astrological causation.  Time & historical Consciousness.

A Natural History of Time

25 hours of audio

    1. Copy of About the PHASE Lecture Series

    1. A Natural History of Time - Part 1

    2. Time P1 - 1A

    3. Time P1 - 1B

    4. Time P1 - 2A

    5. Time P1 - 2B

    6. Time P1 - 3A

    7. Time P1 - 3B

    8. Time P1 - 4A

    9. Time P1 - 4B

    10. Time P1 - 5A

    11. Time P1 - 5B

    12. Time P1 - 6A

    13. Time P1 - 6B

    1. Time 1A

    2. Time 1B

    3. Time 2A

    4. Time 2B

    5. Time 3A

    6. Time 3B

    7. Time 4A

    8. Time 4B

    9. Time 5A

    10. Time 5B

    11. Time 6A

    12. Time 6B

    13. Time 7A

    14. Time 7B

    15. Time 8A

    16. Time 8B

    17. Time 9A

    18. Time 9B

    19. Time 10A

    20. Time 10B

    21. Time 11A

    22. Time 11B

    23. Time 12A

    24. Time 12B

    25. Time 12C

    26. Time 12D

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