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Cosmos and Psyche: Intimations of a New World View Paperback – April 24, 2007
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After reading "Passion," I did some research on Tarnas and I discovered that he was interested in astrology. At first, I was disappointed that the man who had written "Passion" could believe in something as obviously naive and ridiculous as astrology. However, after reading several elegant and rigorously reasoned essays Tarnas had written about archetypal astrology, I was forced to reconsider my position. Over the next few years, I bought several books on astrology, and I found them to be interesting, though I remained unconvinced since the philosophical arguments contained in the books that I read (when they bothered at all) were generally cursory and unsophisticated.Read more ›
For people who feel drawn to astrology but put off by its vulgar forms, particularly the pre-Enlightenment notion that the stars exert some kind of causal force on human doings, this book offers a synchronistic way of holding the entire topic, one that connects world transits (those of the slow-moving outer planets) and historical events in stunning patterns of significance too important to overlook. For a contemporary example, think of the Saturn-Pluto alignment just ending: rigidity, contraction, and Saturn's cannibalistic appetite for innocence given extra punch by the Plutonic underworld. This alignment occurred during the start of both World Wars, the start of the Cold War, the rise of fascist movements all over the world, and the bombing of the World Trade Center and the subsequent paranoia and militarization.
Professor Tarnas piles on the parallels, but he must to make his point: that such correlations must be seen interpretively, symbolically, and metaphorically. This is a qualitative approach, and yes, it is scientific: science as hermeneutics and participatory inquiry. As Abraham Maslow remarked, if the given data don't fit a type of science that only counts and measures, then so much the worse for that view of science.
Tarnas's idea of diachrony is particularly powerful: the idea that events occurring during one world transit develop during all the following ones. The implication is that something at the archetypal level of being is evolving--but evolving in ways discernible in human culture.
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Some very sophisticated writing that covers the subject. The two suitors analogy aptly illustrates his overall argument. Read morePublished 10 days ago by George
I'm a student of astrology and find the examples the author gives are so vague as to be meaningless. Not impressed.Published 3 months ago by Dead poet
Loved this book. Spoke to the tension I've been experiencing as a developing academic, scientist, and spiritual personPublished 5 months ago by J'Aimee Mission
"Cosmos and Psyche" by Richard Tarnas may be one of the most profound and insightful books I have ever read. And I have read a lot! Read morePublished 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
Mind blowing, paradigm shifting, peace creating world view to step into. I'm reading it slowly in order to take in and absorb the dense content deeply. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Sherry A. Lewis
Best explanation of astrology and how it relates to human archetypal interplay ever. No astrological library is complete without this one.Published 8 months ago by E A R
The first 60 pages of this book are pretty good, and then the book becomes awful for 400+ pages.
1. The aforementioned 60 pages.
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