Buy New
$13.43
Qty:1
  • List Price: $17.50
  • Save: $4.07 (23%)
FREE Shipping on orders over $35.
Only 3 left in stock (more on the way).
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com.
Gift-wrap available.
Prometheus the Awakener: ... has been added to your Cart
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See all 2 images

Prometheus the Awakener: an Essay on the Archetypal Meaning of the Planet Uranus (Dunquin Series 21) Paperback – May 1, 1998


See all 2 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price New from Used from
Paperback
"Please retry"
$13.43
$9.93 $3.63
Unknown Binding
"Please retry"

Tone It Up by Karena Dawn
Tone It Up by Karena Dawn
Check out the newest book by Karena Dawn. Learn more | See related books
$13.43 FREE Shipping on orders over $35. Only 3 left in stock (more on the way). Ships from and sold by Amazon.com. Gift-wrap available.

Frequently Bought Together

Prometheus the Awakener: an Essay on the Archetypal Meaning of the Planet Uranus (Dunquin Series 21) + Cosmos and Psyche: Intimations of a New World View + The Passion of the Western Mind: Understanding the Ideas that Have Shaped Our World View
Price for all three: $40.13

Buy the selected items together

Editorial Reviews

Review

"An impressive investigation of what Uranus really means, especially in regard to creative and
revolutionary breakthroughs."
- Stephen Arroyo, author of Astrology, Karma, and Transformation
"A classic. . . . It should be in the library of every person with an interest in astrology--and in
everyone else's as well."
- Barbara Morgan, ISIS Institute
"Eureka...a truly extraordinary astrology book is born. I don't recall ever reading a more
thoroughly researched yet compelling astrology book....A joy."
- Samuel Heaton, The Mountain Astrologer


"The exquisite depth and complexity of the astrological language deserves, but rarely finds, an
interpretive voice such as Richard Tarnas's. Prometheus the Awakener is not only a gift to the
spiritual-intellectual community, but a great essay to give to lively sceptics."
- Caroline W. Casey, Center for Visionary Activism


"Though ostensibly directed towards an astrological audience, this work is of considerable
interest to non-astrologers as well, for its eloquent and often brilliant discussion of astrological
philosophy, particularly the question of archetypes. Tarnas's description of the uncanny way
astrological patterns appear to coincide with events or destiny patterns in the lives of both
individuals and societies will also provide provocative reading for those who are skeptically
inclined toward astrology."
- Ray Grasse, The Quest

From the Inside Flap

"A brilliant study of the dynamics of intellectual, cultural, and sociopolitical breakthroughs,
Prometheus the Awakener is itself a revolutionary and groundbreaking work. . . . A major
contribution to both depth psychology and astrology."
- Stanislav Grof, author of Psychology of the Future and
Realms of the Human Unconscious
NO_CONTENT_IN_FEATURE

Best Books of the Month
Best Books of the Month
Want to know our Editors' picks for the best books of the month? Browse Best Books of the Month, featuring our favorite new books in more than a dozen categories.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 149 pages
  • Publisher: Spring; 1 edition (May 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0882142216
  • ISBN-13: 978-0882142210
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #182,582 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Authors

Discover books, learn about writers, read author blogs, and more.

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5 stars
5 star
7
4 star
1
3 star
0
2 star
0
1 star
0
See all 8 customer reviews
Share your thoughts with other customers

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

43 of 46 people found the following review helpful By renn butler on October 7, 2000
Format: Paperback
With his new book Prometheus the Awakener: An Essay on the Archetypal Meaning of the Planet Uranus Richard Tarnas has created a stunning synthesis of archetypal astrology, history, and spiritual psychology. Reading this work one feels graced with expanded horizons, the sudden rediscovery of a conscious universe. I highly recommend this book to anyone looking for meaning in their lives or in the world at large.
Tarnas believes that the first seven bodies of the solar system were given archetypally accurate names, reflecting the intuitive consciousness of the ancient Greeks. However, in 1781 when Uranus was discovered, the modern scientific mind had lost its intuitive and subjective faculties and the new planet was given a name derived with conventional logic: Uranus was the next planet out from Saturn and so it was given the name of Saturn's father in Hellenic mythology, just as Saturn lay just beyond Jupiter's orbit and was Jupiter's father. In the essay's thesis, Tarnas describes his realization that the planet Uranus does not correspond with Ouranos after all, but with the rebel figure Prometheus. Ouranos has a distinctly paternal and static character, very different from the qualities of rebellion and innovation observed in individuals with Uranus strongly aspected in their charts. In contrast, Prometheus is known for outwitting and stealing fire from Zeus, and giving that fire--life, culture, and science--to humanity. These and other characteristics of Prometheus fit the nature of Uranus so completely that Tarnas concludes the new planet was misnamed.
Read more ›
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Eric Francis on March 24, 2000
Format: Paperback
I am a professional consulting astrologer, researcher and astrology teacher, and find this book to be among the finest astrology works in my collection. It takes astrology into the world of transpersonal psychology, history, biography, and archetypal mythology -- and yet it's easy, a breeze to read. Richard's writing is clear, excellent, intellectually sound; this book will get you thinking, and get you understanding how to work with the planet Uranus. I also recommend books on Chiron if you are interested in this area of astrology.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Melchizedek on May 9, 2007
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
The study of astrology suffers from so much superficiality that most people would never even consider it to hold significant universal truths. Despite all the rather banal treatments in the media, there are just too many people who do not realize what a powerful tool it can be in helping us to evolve a more coherent picture of not only ourselves but of the world we live in. In this treatise of the "planet" Uranus, Tarnas begins a serious discussion of the appropriate mythologic archetype that is sadly overlooked by the majority of astrology books out there (Rob Hand, Barbara Hand Clow, and even Liz Greene). No cookbook approach here. A brilliant synthesis from one of our greatest philosophers and a suitable start before broaching the subject matter of his recent opus, Cosmos & Psyche.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Laura on July 19, 2011
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
This relatively short book convincingly lays out the case for why the most apt mythological archetype for understanding the astrological effects of the planet Uranus is that of Prometheus. The book is thoughtful and well researched, with lots of specific examples of the planet Uranus acting as the Promethean liberator, awakener, revolutionary, and provider of creative fire.

I would like to see the author do an update in the future about the effects of the Uranus/Pluto conjunction of the 1960s and the Saturn opposition on people who were born during that time. Perhaps this is simply self-interest on my part, as I am part of this generation. I did find his comments about Uranus oppositions to Saturn in a natal chart to be quite accurate.

I think the author slightly misses something in his discussion of whether or not Uranus was named incorrectly. He points out that in Greek mythology, Ouranos is more of a repressive figure that leads others to rebel against him than a Promethean liberator. I think, however, that this actually means the planet was named correctly in a mirror image kind of way. If Uranus transits incite rebellion and lead to liberation, then certainly the liberation effect is the same. One cannot exist without its opposite, so perhaps Uranus holds within it both archetypes - that which rebels and that which must be rebelled against. (Or maybe I am simply seeing it this way because of the Uranus/Saturn opposition in my own chart.)

Next time I meet someone who is skeptical of astrology and challenges me to show its validity, I may recommend this book to them. I would think it could be quite convincing to the skeptic.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

Set up an Amazon Giveaway

Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. Learn more
Prometheus the Awakener: an Essay on the Archetypal Meaning of the Planet Uranus (Dunquin Series 21)
This item: Prometheus the Awakener: an Essay on the Archetypal Meaning of the Planet Uranus (Dunquin Series 21)
Price: $13.43
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com