In episode 324 astrologer Luís Ribeiro joins me to talk about the life and work of his partner Helena Avelar, who passed away earlier this year.
Helena was a respected practitioner and teacher of traditional astrology from Portugal, and had influenced many astrologers through works she co-authored with Luís, such as their 2010 book On the Heavenly Spheres: A Treatise on Traditional Astrology.
She was also a scholar of the history of astrology, and obtained PhD from the Warburg Institute in 2018, with a thesis titled “The Making of an Astrologer in Fifteenth-century France. The Notebooks of S. Belle: Lisbon, MS 1711 and Paris, NAL 398.”
Her PhD dissertation was recently published by the academic publisher Brill, and the book came out just a few months after she died, under the title An Astrologer at Work in Late Medieval France The Notebooks of S. Belle.
In the first half of this podcast episode we focus on giving a biographical overview of Helena’s life and talking about her work and accomplishments, while in the second half we talk about her new book.
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Links to Resources Mentioned in the Episode
Here are some links to different resources mentioned in the episode:
- First Astra Project Workshop: November 6, 2021
- The Academy of Traditional Astrology, Helena and Luís’s school
- The Astra Project YouTube Channel
- Helena Avelar animal fund
- Helena PhD Dissertation PDF
Helena Avelar de Carvalho, An Astrologer At Work in Late Medieval France: The Notebooks of S. Belle, Brill, Leiden & Boston, 2021.
- Helena Avelar, “Who Wants to Live Forever? Astrological Methods for Calculating Lifespan in Western Culture and Perspectives on Determinism in Astrology,” in: International Journal of Divination & Prognostication, no. 2 (2021), pp. 161–188.
- Episode 225 of The Astrology Podcast, Helena Avelar and Luís Ribeiro on Traditional Astrology
- Interview with Volker Schendel, published Nov 14, 2020
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