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Dr. Frances Clynes BSc, MSc, MA, PhD


E-mail: f.clynes@uwtsd.ac.uk

I am a tutor in the MA in Cultural Astronomy and Astrology, currently teaching  on the Sky and Psyche and Sacred Geography modules. I also supervise MA dissertation students and provide IT Support.

I work as a Computing Lecturer in a Dublin college and as a tutor on the MA in Cultural Astronomy and Astrology. I am also a Distance Learning and Online Tutor with the Faculty of Astrological Studies as well as their IT Manager

European Society for Astronomy in Culture

Board member of the Astrological Association

Council member and tutor with the Faculty of Astrological Studies

I have a B.Sc in Information Systems, a M.Sc. in Health Informatics and a MA in Cultural Astronomy and Astrology. My PhD (2016) was titled ‘An examination of the impact of the Internet on Modern Western astrology’, and I continue to have an interest in this area, particularly the ongoing changes taking place in the astrological community as a result of widespread use of social media. A main focus of the thesis was the issue of dualism in connection with the Internet and in astrology. I lecture on dualism in both the Sacred Geography and Sky and Psyche modules. On the Sky and Psyche module I also lecture on the work of C. G. Jung in relation to astrology and the 20th century astrologer Alan Leo.  On the Skyscapes module, I lecture on Irish mythology and the Irish Neolithic monuments, and the connection between the two.

I am involved in ongoing research in the area of dualism, the Internet and astrology, Irish mythology and the Irish Neolithic monuments, Alan Leo, and C. G. Jung with particular interest in the Liber Novus.

‘Sacred Sky and Cyberspace’, in The Inspiration of Astronomical Phenomena VI, ed. Enrico Maria Corsini, Astronomical Society of the Pacific, San Francisco, 2011.

‘The Enchanting Heavens’ in Astronomy and Civilization in the New Enlightenment: Passions of the Skies, eds. Anna-Teresa Tymieniecka and Attila Grandpierre, Springer, New York, 2011.

‘Cyberspace and the Sacred Sky’ in Cosmologies: Proceedings of the Seventh Annual Sophia Conference 2009, ed. Nicholas Campion, Sophia Centre Press, Lampeter.

Since 2008 I have been involved in the organisation of the Annual Sophia Centre Conference in Bath and since 2016, the Annual Sophia Centre Postgraduate Conference in London.