Cosmos and Psyche: Intimations of a New World View

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Penguin, 2006 - Body, Mind & Spirit - 569 pages
Richard Tarnas¬'s The Passion of the Western Mind¬—acclaimed by leading voices in philosophy, religion, psychology, and history¬—sets the stage for this major work, thirty years in the making, that dramatically reframes our understanding of the universe in the light of extraordinary new evidence.

Cosmos and Psyche is the first book by a widely respected scholar to demonstrate the existence of a consistent correspondence between planetary movements and the unfolding drama of human history. A vast and impressive body of evidence illuminates patterns of meaning and precise correlations between the universe and the world of human endeavor. With meticulous detail, Richard Tarnas takes us on a journey that begins with the ancient Greeks and culminates in our own era and its transformative potential, putting into perspective these chaotic, tumultuous times¬—from the sixties to September 11, 2001¬—and pointing the way towards the future.

In terms of planetary cycles, our present moment in history is most comparable to the period five hundred years ago¬—that era of ¬“extraordinary turbulence and creativity,¬” the High Renaissance. Not since Copernicus conceived the heliocentric theory has the human community faced such a profound realignment of the way we think. Readers of every persuasion will be impressed by the vast canvas here, the wealth of research and analysis, and the profound conclusions that may be drawn¬—conclusions that reunite religion and science, and restore a transcendent dimension to the universe.


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“Cosmos and Psyche”, by Richard Tarnas
Where ever in the globe, the promotion of social harmony is I think the order of the Day.
-These Days, full of unease and discomfort, with so Many “minds”, ready to risk so Much to take it all to the Extreme, where no one will ultimately benefit.
To calm down the “Minds”, I believe new insights and intimations like that of Mr. Richard Tarnas would help a lot. Perplexed by the conditions pertaining to my own roots -Ethiopia- or the world per se, on the way of my inquiry: "What is wrong with us? “, I recently came across the book of Mr. Richard Tarnas, "Cosmos and Psyche".
It is Fascinating! According to my opinion, it is a "must read" for all those who belonged to the "generation of emotion" , whatever the “discrepancies” may have been and are still sacrificing tremendous energy and insightful intellect to bring about a better and peaceful community in any corner of the globe or the world at large. (It renders a sense of hope that all the sacrifice for the cause of social justice and progress in the history of mankind, is not in vain).
It is not just the "usual esoteric stuff" or astrological common place; you may be prejudiced
to be engaged with. It is in effect a comprehensive integral research on the "history of modernity" and enlightenment ( to be read with his prelude, "The Passion of the Western
Mind") from an astrological perspective with an astounding details of historical facts and events without the slightest touch of dogmatism and prejudice towards historically conditioned emerging thoughts but with an objective of showing the celestial synchronicity (cf. Jung) of human development and their archetypal meanings (interpreted in astrological or planetary archetypal complex of ideas and meanings).
See for instance the following review from the astrologer's perspective.
"....let me try and put things into perspective.
Firstly, it has to be said that some of the astrological connections Tarnas makes in these pages are breath-taking.
Perhaps my favorite is the parallel he points out between the French Revolution of 1789, and the contemporary mutiny on the Bounty, which he describes as: a kind of laboratory case of a continuing synchronous emergence of parallel events totally isolated from each other yet reflecting the same archetypal complexes. (p.303) Though the parallels between the 1960's and revolutionary France around 1790 also need to be mentioned. (This is a recurrent motif in the book, beginning at p.144.)
Secondly, he is a respected academic. As events in university circles remind us periodically, there are plenty of academics with an untutored hatred for astrology. So, by explicitly advocating astrology, Tarnas must surely be putting his reputation on the line. And he is doing so in pursuit of what he believes in, in order to make the world a better place. So, absolute respect to the man!"
Even if you belong to the skeptic mind and give room for methodical errors in the collection of data and their synthesis, you may admire the fact of being reminded to the vast collection of historical and intellectual events, which made the contemporary human collective mind; be it the way you may like to see it interpreted or otherwise. I am touched and animated to dig more and engage myself with the human jungle of knowledge, more and more than ever...Especially those who have had already their own personal phenomenological experience may find a lot of insight in the outlook of Mr. Tarnas. It is a demonstration of "Knowledge", with its tremendous depth and scope always ready to be explored. I personally got the impression that I will be in a condition of a long lasting bliss (cf. Aristotle) if I get engaged in


Two Paradigms of History
The Cosmological Situation Today
A Parable
The Archetypal Cosmos
Epochs of Revolution
Scientific and Technological Revolutions
The Liberation of Nature
Filling in the Cyclical Sequence
Social and Political Rebellions and Awakenings
Music and Literature
Great Heights and Shadows
Hidden Births
Spiritual Epiphanies and the Emergence of New Religions
Romanticism Imaginative Genius and Cosmic Epiphany
Revelations of the Numinous
The Late Twentieth Century and the Turn of the Millennium

A Larger View of the Sixties
Historical Contrasts and Tensions
Splitting Evil and Terror
Moral Courage Facing the Shadow and the Tension of Opposites
Forging Deep Structures
Towards a New Heaven and a New Earth
Opening to the Cosmos

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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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