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Dr Angela Voss

Biography

 

I am currently an Honorary Lecturer for the MA in Western Esotericism at EXESESO, an Associate Lecturer in Religious Studies at the University of Kent, and a part time lecturer for the Community Arts and Education faculty at Canterbury Christ Church University.

For ten years I devised and taught undergraduate and postgraduate courses in the Study of Mysticism and Religious Experience and the Cultural Study of Cosmology and Divination at Kent, directing an MA from 2006-2010.I completed my first degree in Combined Arts at the University of Leicester, followed by a Diploma in Early Music at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. After working for several years as both a professional musician and administrator (for Anthony Rooley and the Consort of Musicke), I studied for an MA in Music Performance Studies at the City University, London. By this time I had been introduced to the writing of the Renaissance philosopher and astrologer, Marsilio Ficino, and had become thoroughly immersed in the world of 15th century music and occult philosophy. I therefore decided to embark on a Ph.D. to explore the generally misunderstood astrological practice of Ficino, this was completed in 1992 as 'Music, Astrology and Magic: the astrological music therapy of Marsilio Ficino and his role as a Renaissance Magus'. As a practising astrologer and musician myself, I consider it vital to understand the phenomenology of practice as a basis for study, and this has continued to inform my research and teaching. A highpoint of my career was the devising and making of a CD, Secrets of the Heavens, an imaginative reconstruction of Ficino's magical Orphic Singing.

The MA in the Cultural Study of Cosmology and Divination was established due to the generous sponsorship of the Sophia Trust, and has focussed on divinatory theory and practice, symbolic interpretation, the function of the imagination as a mode of knowledge and traditional cosmology. I have published numerous papers on Ficino, as well as an edited collection of his astrological writings for North Atlantic Books, Western Esoteric Masters series. I am now moving into the territory of symbolism and the imaginal, exploring the erotic life of statues, Life between lives and past-life therapy, ancient Greek mysteries and the metaphysics of divination. I live with my two teenage sons near Canterbury, and when not occupied with my work I am learning to be a jazz and rock drummer.