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Cosmos and Psyche: Intimations of a New World View Paperback – April 24, 2007
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About the Author
Richard Tarnas is a Harvard-educated historian and professor of philosophy and psychology, and the author of The Passion of the Western Mind. He is the founding director of the Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness graduate studies program at the California Institute of Integral Studies, and also teaches on the faculty of Pacifica Graduate Institute.
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Well, here's what I realized after many pages slogging through the Uranus Cycle. Richard cannot resist the temptation to say something five different ways when the first one would do. And speaking of the Uranus Cycle, the author makes no differentiation between the four crucial aspects it makes to itself: conjunction, opposition and the two squares. As a result, the Uranian revolutions which Tarnas describes so adroitly happen so frequently within the 84 year cycle, that one begins to see a revolution every 14 years or so! By this view of things, Mankind is in a constant state of epochal revolution!
At this point I really lost interest. I did go ahead and read about Pluto and his interactions with Uranus, et al. and these were well explained. But again I got lost in the sheer verbiage and in the all too frequent occurrence of aspects so that again Mankind seemed always going through some sort of hell all the time.
Anyway, that's my take on this book. I was so impressed with his "introductory" remarks, in which much was expressed in such a concise way that I had to read many sentences twice. But thereafter he gradually lost my attention.
Throughout my life I have wondered why particular periods of history were blessed with just the right individuals needed at that precise moment to move humankind forward...whether we are talking about America's "Founding Fathers," the abolitionists, suffragettes, transcendentalists of the mid-19th c., or those radicals during the dawning of the Age of Aquarius -- in the Sixties! (And that's just some of America's story, let alone the rest of the world!)
After years of searching for answers to some of life's more perplexing mysteries this book, through its presentation of the synchronistic and diachronic strands of human rights movements, scientific discovery, liberation of religion, literature and the arts, Richard Tarnas shows us the beauty of the human experience and its inevitable progressive march towards justice for all!
What is particularly fascinating about finding this book in early 2017 (some ten years after its original publishing date) is that the Pluto in Capricorn generation (those born 2008-2024) have arrived on this planet during a time in which Uranus (revolution) is squaring Pluto (transformation) (2007-2020)! If you need verification about the accuracy of Tarnas' book, all you need do is to look at the current state of the world! Thank you Mr. Tarnas for the incredible depth of research you present here...for connecting the dots for me...and I hope many will read this book now!
In my opinion, it is THE best book at least right now in terms of not just laying out the framework for verifying the truth behind astrology, but also how revelatory it is making one understand astrology. It is the first book that I know of that will allow astrology to enter the mainstream as there is now a way to verify its truth. Astrology is archetypally predictive and not fatalistic as is usually understood. That is the primary paradigm shift that makes astrology finally accessible. You will need to spend some time with the book as it is not a one time read or a coffee table book. This takes a little bit of work. There is so much cultural bias against astrology that it is almost impossible to approach it with any seriousness. I myself struggled with that a huge deal till someone I hugely respected read my chart in a way that opened a door I could not shut. His recommendation of this book got me onto this. Keep an open mind as you read this book. If this book connects for you, some other authors that can deepen your knowledge are Steven Forrest, Stephen Arroyo, Robert Hand and Liz Green. Liz Green's book on Neptune is the bible on Neptune. Nothing comes close to that. Arroyo's Astrology Karma and Transformation is a classic. Astrology is a science as much as art. Cosmos and Psyche will become the Bible for astrologers at some point in the future once it has penetrated the mainstream consciousness. I suspect mainstream recognition of this book will come in due time once people take the time to verify what he shows. Once you verify you have incontrovertible proof yourself, so you can't poohpooh it anymore. He is thorough as he is deep. The writing is excellent so much so that I love reading it just for how well it is written. It must've taken enormous effort to product this tome. Excellent work !