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The Astrology of Personality: A Re-Formulation of Astrological Concepts and Ideals, in Terms of Contemporary Psychology and Philosophy Paperback – December 1, 1987


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  • Paperback: 429 pages
  • Publisher: Aurora Press (December 1, 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0943358256
  • ISBN-13: 978-0943358253
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.4 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #788,182 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Christopher R. Travers on February 18, 2010
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The fundamental thrust of this book is "what of Astrology given the advances in modern sciences and the crisis in Western spirituality?" Can Astrology be an empirical science? Can it be put into a positive and meaningful context in modern philosophy? What about modern psychology?

These are promising questions. Most of Rudhyar's attempts, however, fall flat to some extent. What he ends up suggesting is that astrology is essentially a theory of personality and that this is its most important application. I am not entirely sure I agree with Rudhyar, but it is a reasonable view.

The book is organized in two parts. The first is an exploration of what various philosophical ideas may apply to astrology and the second is an exploration of astrology as a theory of personality (or more broadly, an "algebra of life").

My approach would be very different from Rudhyar's view in that rather than working backwards from the present, I would likely work forward from early philosophical models. For example, in Timaeus, Plato offers a theory of astrology based on a common structure between the human spirit and the cosmos. As we move towards the present, there becomes an urge, which Rudhyar entertains, to try to place astrology and similar old traditions in the purview of scientific disciplines and psychological views.

The result is that I found a lot of Rudhyar's approach somewhat less than satisfying. He tries to treat acausal principles as scientific, and almost treats the I Ching as a scientific treatise.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By patty on June 29, 2014
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This reading is excellent for professional Astrologers. It's very deep complicated reading. I was hoping to get more insight into each individual sun sign but that's not what this book is about. I chose this book because it was read by Henry Miller and I read he used astrology to guide his life and his writing. You can see this in the titles of his books. Fascinating but too complicated for me.
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9 of 28 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 21, 1998
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This book enlighten Astrology with the modern concept of Psychology with elements of both Western and Oriental Philosophies.
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