Donate to or Sponsor the Astrology Library

The astrological library founded by Philip M. Graves has been under development since the first books on astrology he received as gifts in 1995, and has been settled in permanent premises visitable by astrologers and scholars in South Wales, UK since 2018. In 2020, the same building also began to house the periodicals and foreign-language books archive of the Astrological Association of Great Britain under his stewardship, adding significantly to the breadth and depth of the resources available under one roof to visiting researchers.

The library is not funded by any organisation, educational establishment, trust fund or local authority, and to date has been entirely self-financed.

If you represent a university or other educational body, or an astrological or heritage organisation, and would like to sponsor the library on an ongoing basis in return for use of the facilities or the promotion of your activities through the pages of its website at, please contact us with your proposals or to request further information.

We welcome private donations by both individuals and organisations of funds for the purchase of additional books, as well as direct donations of books and magazine issues of relevance that are not in the library so far (please note that because of limited space, we cannot generally accept unsorted donations of books that include duplicates of materials already in the library).

If you wish to donate funds, there are three main ways you can donate at the moment:

1. Direct Paypal donation

Directly donate a sum via Paypal in pounds sterling. This is efficient as no VAT is payable on your donation and commission is limited to the usual Paypal fees and conversion rate spreads:

2. Sponsor the Astrology Library on Patreon

VAT is payable on Patreon services at 20% in the UK, so this is less efficient, but all Patreon subscriptions are valued for their contribution of funds to the library on an ongoing basis.

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3. Sponsor the purchase of a new academic book of your choice from our current wants list.

New academic books of relevance to the history of astrology can be costly, often costing upwards of GBP £100, but are extremely valuable to visiting researchers as scholarly reference material, and if you sponsor a single one of these, unless you express your wish to remain anonymous, you will be thanked with a custom write-up on our blog acknowledging your generous donation and linking through to the website of your choice (which could be your personal or professional website or a charity you support – please note that we do not link to political websites or other potentially divisive content). Other books will continue to be funded by Graves personally on an ongoing basis.

To sponsor any of these books, please make your selection and send Graves an email on He will check that it is still available to buy at all and provided that it is, then get back to you with details of the cheapest current supplier he can find that ships to the UK, and the price. If you wish to go ahead with your donation to the library, all you have to do then is use the Paypal donations button above to the sum indicated, and Graves will place the order using the money received. If preferred, you may directly order the book yourself – on condition of keeping the library address strictly confidential for reasons of security! In either case, all books donated from this list are guaranteed to become a permanent part of the library.

Current academic books want list (last updated October 2nd, 2020)

  1. Bowen and Rochberg ‘A Companion to Hellenistic Astronomy: the Science in its Contexts’ (Brill, 2020)
  2. Pseudo-Apuleius (Hermes Trismegistus) ‘Asclepius’ (Corpus Christianorum 143: Brepols, 2019)
  3. Markel ‘Origins of the Indian Planetary Deities’ (Edwin Mellen Press)
  4. Oestmann ‘The Astronomical Clock of Strasbourg Cathedral’ (Brill, 2020)
  5. ‘The return of Saturn & Astraea: Jacopo Pontormo’s Astrological Allegories for Villa Castello’
  6. ‘The Cuneiform Uranology Texts: Drawing the Constellations’ (Yale, 2017)
  7. Kunitzsch, Paul ‘Untersuchungen zur Sternnomenklatur der Araber’ (Harrassowitz)
  8. Omodeo, Pietro ‘Copernicus in the Cultural Debates of the Renaissance’ (Brill, 2014)
  9. Adamson ‘Studies on Plotinus and Al-Kindi’ (Ashgate, 2014)
  10. Hendrix ‘How Albert the Great’s Speculum Astronomiae Was Interpreted and Used by Four Centuries of Readers’ (Edwin Mellen Press, 2010)
  11. ‘Life in Prison: Cardano, Tasso and Campanella’ in ‘Et Amicorum: Essays on Renaissance Humanism and Philosophy’ (Brill, 2017)
  12. Gaab ‘Der Altdorfer Mathematik- und Physikdozent Abdias Trew (1597-1669): Astronom, Astrologe, Kalendermacher und Theologe’ (2011)
  13. Grove, T. P. ‘A Star in the East : An Ethno-Cognitive Study of Georgian Astrology and the Transmission of Knowledge in the Caucasian Region’ (PhD thesis, Biola University, 2012)
  14. Grove, T. P. ‘Christ Came Forth From India: Georgian Astrological Texts of the 17th, 18th and 19th Centuries’ (Brill, 2020)
  15. Samso, Julio ‘On Both Sides of the Strait of Gibraltar: Studies in the History of Medieval Astronomy in the Iberian Peninsula and the Maghrib’ (Brill, 2020)
  16. Gerke ‘Long Lives and Untimely Deaths’ (Brill, 2011)
  17. ‘Fate and Prognostication in the Chinese Literary Imagination’ (Brill, 2020)
  18. ‘Divination in Exile: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Ritual Prognostication in the Tibetan Bon Tradition’ (Brill, 2020)
  19. ‘Islamicate Occult Sciences in Theory and Practice’ (Brill, 2020)
  20. Ulanowski, Krzysztof ‘The Neo-Assyrian and Greek Divination in War’ (Brill, 2020)
  21. ‘Physiognomy in Ming China: Fortune and the Body’ (Brill, 2020)
  22. ‘Divining with Achi and Tārā’ (Brill, 2019)
  23. ‘Lux in Tenebris: the Visual and the Symbolic in Western Esotericism’ (Brill, 2016)
  24. Stökl ‘Prophecy in the Ancient Near East’ (Brill, 2013)
  25. ‘Unveiling the Hidden – Anticipating the Future: Divinatory Practices Among Jews Between Qumran and the Modern Period’ (Brill, 2021)
  26. Akopyan, Ovanes ‘Debating the Stars in the Italian Renaissance’ (Brill, 2020)
  27. ‘Kepler’s New Star’ (1604) (Brill, 2020)
  28. ‘Neoplatonic Demons and Angels’ (Brill, 2018)
  29. ‘Image, Imagination and Cognition: Medieval and Early Modern Theory and Practice’ (Brill, 2018)
  30. ‘Magic and Memory in Giordano Bruno: the Art of a Heroic Spirit’ (Brill, 2018)
  31. ‘Astrological psychology, western esotericism, and the transpersonal’ (Hopewell)
  32. Blake ‘Astronomy and Astrology in the Islamic World’ (Edinburgh University Press)
  33. Burnett / Stern ‘Time, Astronomy and Calendars in the Jewish Tradition’ (Brill, 2013)
  34. ‘Genesis and Cosmos: Basil and Origen on Genesis 1 and Cosmology’ (Brill, 2019)
  35. ‘Head of All Years: Astronomy and Calendars at Qumran in their Ancient Context’ (Brill, 2008)
  36. Eastwood ‘Ordering the Heavens: Astronomy and Cosmology in the Carolingian Renaissance’
  37. Die Geheimnisse der oberen und der unteren Welt. Magie im Islam zwischen Glaube und Wissenschaft (Brill, 2019)
  38. Şen ‘Astrology in the Service of the Empire: Knowledge, Prognostication, and Politics at the Ottoman Court 1450s-1550s’ (PhD dissertation, University of Chicago, 2016)
  39. Lawrence-Mathers ‘Medieval Meteorology: Forecasting the Weather from Aristotle to the Almanac’ (Cambridge, 2020)
  40. ‘Michel Scot: Liber particularis, Liber physiognomonie. Édition critique, introduction et notes’ (SISMEL, 2019: Micrologus Library 93)
  41. ‘Richard de Fournival et les sciences au XIIIe siècle’ (SISMEL, 2018: Micrologus Library, 88)
  42. Riva, Ernesto ‘Astrologia e magia nella medicina dei secoli XV e XVI’ (Aracne Editrice, 2018)
  43. Tur ‘Hora introitus solis in Arietem. Les prédictions astrologiques annuelles latines dans l’Europe du XVe siècle (1405–1484)’ (PhD dissertation, Université d’Orléans, 2018)
  44. Vanalesti ‘Il firmamento di Dante. Astronomia e astrologia nel poema dantesco’ (2018)
  45. Gaida, M. ‘Encounters with Alcabitius: Reading Arabic Astrology in Premodern Europe’ (PhD dissertation, University of Oklahoma, 2017)
  46. Marra, M. ‘Astrologia e cristianesimo. L’ascesi astrologica in Jan Van Ruysbroeck’ (2017)
  47. ‘Le temps des astronomes: l’astronomie et le décompte du temps de Pierre d’Ailly à Newton’ (2017)
  48. Sorokina, M. ‘Les théologiens face à la question de l’influence céleste. Science et foi dans les commentaires des Sentences’ (PhD dissertation, Université Paris-Est, 2017)
  49. Matthews, S. K. ‘Matter over Mind: Pietro d’Abano (d. 1316) and the Science of Physiognomy’ (PhD dissertation, University of Iowa, 2015)
  50. Christie, J. E. ‘From Influence to Inhabitation. The Transformation of Astrobiology in the Early Modern Period’ (2019)
  51. Hasse, D. N. ‘Success and Suppression. Arabic Sciences and Philosophy in the Renaissance’ (Harvard University Press, 2016)
  52. ‘Lo sguardo sugli astri: scienza, cultura e arte’ (Bardi Edizioni, 2015)
  53. Battistini ‘Le opere di Galileo Galilei – Testi. Appendice – Vol. III’ (2017)
  54. ‘Mantik, Schicksal und Freiheit im Mittelater’ (De Gruyter, 2011)
  55. Wuidar, L. ‘Music and Esotericism’ (Brill, 2010)
  56. ‘Celestial Novelties on the Eve of the Scientific Revolution, 1540-1630’ (2013)
  57. ‘Kepler. La Physique céleste. Autour de l’Astronomia Nova (1609)’ (2011)
  58. ‘Johannes von Gmunden. Zwischen Astronomie und Astrologie’ (2012)
  59. Heiles, M. ‘Das Losbuch. Manuskriptologie einer Textsorte des 14. bis 16. Jahrhunderts’ (2018)
  60. ‘Ex Oriente Lux. Translating Words, Scripts and Styles in Medieval Mediterranean Society’ (2016)

This shortlist excludes several titles already on order and a few others planned for direct order this Autumn. Others will be added in the future. Thank you for your interest in supporting the library resources!

Philip Graves (librarian), September 29th, 2020

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