Why were masters of the occult respected but witches burnt?

6 January 2024 9:00 am

Anthony Grafton discusses five celebrated scholars, beginning with Dr Faustus, who separated ‘good’ magic from ‘bad’ in their studies of alchemy, astrology and conjuration

Heavenly beauty: Doppelmayr’s Atlas Coelestis

29 October 2022 9:00 am

It seems something of a disservice to a work of this seriousness to say how beautiful it is, but that…

The best podcasts to be enjoyed at 4 a.m.

19 June 2021 9:00 am

Now that all of the billionaires are going into space, the night sky holds a special new kind of allure.…

What could Muslim women do within 48 miles of home? Almost everything

14 May 2016 9:00 am

Secrets of the stars The astrologer Jonathan Cainer died after beginning his last horoscope for his own star sign: ‘We’re…

The Star of Bethlehem finds a new dedicated follower

12 December 2015 9:00 am

It’s hard to imagine Christmas without stars. They perch at the top of fir trees, glitter from greeting cards and…

On the cusp: a cliche with a hidden astrological side

27 June 2015 9:00 am

‘A stalker who dressed a pillow “mannequin” in his ex’s nurse’s uniform, then sent her a picture, has been told…