This book demonstrates that many of Shakespeare's plays are keyed to a specific zodiac sign and a particular ruling planet. The first half of the book provides the background necessary for understanding the plays within the context of both classical and Christian thought. The author also crucially explains the Elizabethan worldview, with its its cosmology, its music, its imagery and its symbols. The second half examines six plays in light of astrological and planetary hermeticism. A Midsummer Night's Dream, Romeo and Juliet, The Merchant of Venice, Macbeth, The Tempest, and King Lear. Each chapter shows in detail the exact points of influence of astrology, classical and Renaissance philosophy, Greek and Roman mythology, and esoteric hermeticism. It is illustrated throughout with images from the plays.
Lake Worth, FL: Ibis Press, 2016. Paperback, 547 pages. New.