Reviews

 

DAVID LORIMER, Scientific and Medical Network, UK

The book takes the reader on an epic journey through many contrasting landscapes of thought. . . . A brilliant synthesis of new ideas.

 

JACK HERBERT, Temenos Academy Review, UK

This is a book of considerable importance and relevance to the times we live in; for what it does is to bridge and overcome the longstanding historic gap between inner and outer worlds, thereby demolishing the West’s Cartesian dualism in all its aspects. No mean thing, to put it lightly, and in doing this it heralds a new age which its author believes has already begun, and for which he provides us with evidence ranging across a spectrum of modern and contemporary insights furnished by Einstein, Jung, Teilhard de Chardin, David Bohm, Fritjof Capra, Rupert Sheldrake and others; thereby setting up an overall view of what, from his standpoint, has actually been building up over the years. The results are impressive and convince, above all in the clarifying and integrating way in which they are put forward and interpreted.

[The] line of argument . . . [is] pursued with a directness and ongoing conviction that carry the reader along . . . . Le Grice’s publication is a mammoth attempt to integrate inner with outer on a seemingly limitless scale.

The Archetypal Cosmos has an immense amount to offer, having given this reviewer much food for thought.

 

RUTH PARNELL, Nexus Review

Humanity has much to gain from this synthesis between planetary cycles and the dynamics and patterns of human experience

 

OLIVIER CLERC, France

Outstanding ! We are witnessing the birth of a major discipline

I had already read Tarnas’ Cosmos and Psyche and Grof’s When the Impossible Happens, where I had discovered for the first time this archetypal astrology that Keiron Le Grice so clearly and cleverly presents here, but his work goes even beyond what these other authors have done. It is simply thrilling ! It feels like being alive at the time of C.G. Jung and witnessing the birth of his brand new form of psychoanalysis, so much more profound than Freud's.

I am totally convinced that in the 10, 20 or 30 years to come, archetypal astrology will play a major role in psychology/psychotherapy, in sociology and social sciences, and in a wide range of disciplines, because it deals with the fundamental energies at play in our own life, in the life of the planet, in the life of the Cosmos. We are getting to the most essential, fundamental things at play, whether in mythology, cosmology, psychology, etc.

Of course, the very biased vision and understanding that most people have of astrology will probably take years to overcome. Dogmatic scientists will refuse to even take a look at the enormous amount of research and evidence that speaks for the validity of this new discipline, because of weekly horoscopes of no value published in magazines. . . . But in due time things will change, because highly respected scholars like Richard Tarnas, Stanislav Grof and many others have dared to put astrology to the test, to brush away the cobwebs that had accumulated on it, and to clearly identify its essential meaning and components.

A MUST READ for astrologers, psychologists, psychotherapists, Jungian psychoanalysts, mythologists . . . to name a few.

Those who have a nose to detect something of great value before anyone else, as soon as it appears, will realise what a treasure this book is, just like Tarnas’ Cosmos and Psyche, in the same line of thought.

(posted on Amazon.co.uk site)

 

JONAH SAIFER, South Korea

Le Grice’s book is phenomenally impressive in both the scope and the scholarship—a real tour de force.  It's very rigorous in giving a broad range of multifaceted perspectives that are congruent with an astrological archetypal worldview.  I have always known that astrology works, but I haven't always been clear on why.  I think this book really clarifies the ‘why’ of astrology better than anything else I have read. 

I especially enjoyed the archetypal/Jungian explanations. For me, that's where the writing really came alive and kind of popped off the page. Le Grice seems to really have absorbed the archetypal theory into the fabric of his being  and he really conveys this perspective incredibly well.  The new paradigm science sections were interesting, and are a very valuable part of the research, but seemed more theoretical in comparison. 

I didn't anticipate the book to have such an evolution of consciousness bent. The way Le Grice synthesizes cultural history, the depth psychological perspective, the archetypal vision, and the evolutionary potentials within astrology is pretty astounding. 

The book feels like it is extremely ahead of its time.  I think Le Grice’s particular genius, although it relies on some well known antecedents, may just be a bit too sophisticated for the vast majority of people interested in astrology.  As a major text for the emerging discipline of archetypal astrology, though, it hits the mark big time. I think The Archetypal Cosmos is a very important work.

 

RENN BUTLER, Victoria, BC

The Eagle Has Landed

Keiron Le Grice’s new volume, The Archetypal Cosmos: Rediscovering the Gods in Myth, Science and Astrology, takes its place respectably beside Tarnas’ Cosmos and Psyche as a quantum leap in archetypal cosmology.  A leading light in a new generation of brilliant scholars, and co-editor with Rod O’Neal and Bill Streett of the influential Archai journal, Le Grice has made a permanent contribution to the succession of world views currently underway.  He is graced not only with the broadest possible vision but also a talent for synthesis, connecting a number of important dots between the broad strokes of figures such as Jung, Grof, Tarnas, Teilhard de Chardin, Joseph Campbell, Fritjof Capra, David Bohm, Brian Swimme, and Rupert Sheldrake.  When one or two writers of this stature put forth a hypothesis, they might be dismissed as idealistic anomalies but when a growing number of independent researchers employing appropriate epistemological methods arrive at the same conclusion, it is clear evidence of a genuine paradigm shift.  Virginia Woolf spoke of “the immense persuasiveness of a mind which has completely mastered its perspective.”  When the brightest minds of a generation begin to articulate the same cohesive vision, there is no doubt that the world is being made new.

Le Grice’s systematic intellect covers wide ground, carefully resolving and harmonizing a number of key issues in the new cosmology.  Especially interesting are his discussions of the psychology of governing world views; the changing mythological situation and evolution towards an individual mythology; the relationship between transpersonal psychology, ecology, and the new paradigm; historical synchronicities with the discovery of the outer planets; and the importance of the moment of birth.  Like Tarnas, he fully recognizes the importance of Grof’s clinical research.  Le Grice also notes that when Grof discovered the central importance of birth in the formation of human character, he unexpectedly corroborated a basic tenet of astrology, that the infant’s consciousness somehow records or is an expression of the prevailing archetypal dynamics in the collective psyche at that moment in time. 

The book’s epilogue presents a compelling discussion of the psychospiritual significance of the Moon landing, during the powerful Jupiter-Uranus-Pluto conjunction of 1968-69.  Following a review of the archetypal meaning of the Moon, Le Grice suggests that mankind’s quantum leap into space and the rediscovery of the Feminine through the inner space of the psyche involved a momentous collective synchronicity.  As Nietzsche foretold at the dawn of the postmodern era, modern humanity is being compelled to explore the interiority of the unconscious, to undertake the great heroic descent into the underworld of the psyche.  In the glare of our dominant masculine culture which emphasizes individual purpose and selfhood, we have left behind the crucial yin, lunar qualities of adaptability, relatedness, and connection.  Le Grice feels that we need to counterbalance the stupendous achievements of our yang culture with the development of an interior lunar awareness.  Yet he suggests that the challenge before us “is not to revert uncritically to a more lunar style of consciousness and way of being.  Rather, it is to bring together on our own heroic journeys both poles and principles, the solar and the lunar.  We must strive through our own individuation to preserve the light of conscious selfhood, to preserve the hard-earned cultural achievements and rational illumination achieved by humanity’s long ascent, while simultaneously submitting to the descent into the unconscious so that we might bring to conscious awareness” the renewing and revitalizing soul within nature and human nature itself. 

Le Grice’s exceptional fluency in a number of disciplines gives rare credibility to his writing.  This work is a solid addition to the new-paradigm literature, widening and smoothening the bridge between the old mechanistic paradigm and the new integral world view.  He persuasively asserts that this nascent cosmology, grounded in observations of planetary motions and an informed archetypal perspective, could provide a new mythic framework for a more conscious, meaningful, and satisfying relationship between human and cosmos.  

 

 

PHOEBE WYSS, Brighton, UK

(Review in the British Astrological Association journal, April 2011)

 

Let me say at the outset I consider this to be a ground-breaking book for reinstating astrology.  It gives a convincing explanation of how astrology works, and provides the new discipline of archetypal astrology with a lucid and scholarly scientific-philosophical framework.  Its author, Keiron Le Grice of the California Institute of Integral Studies, builds on Richard Tarnas’ research into the correlations between planetary cycles and world events published in Cosmos and Psyche by investigating contemporary scientific theories on the nature of reality and the mind. 

Skilled at making complex scientific ideas comprehensible to the non-scientist, Le Grice integrates Jung’s depth psychology with Bohm’s theory of the implicate level of reality, Capra’s take on quantum theory and Sheldrake’s morphic fields to create a model of the universe into which astrology fits. His key move is to erase the duality of mind and matter that has created the illusion of separate interior and exterior worlds –the foundation stone of the now obsolete reductionist-mechanistic paradigm.

Central to the book is the systems science concept of ‘self-organisation’. Studying the process by which mathematically based patterns emerge spontaneously from within chaotic systems, systems science has concluded that the capacity to self-organise is characteristic of all chaotic systems, including the universe as a whole in which all lesser systems are embedded. This applies to our solar system, which as an interconnected, self-organising, evolving system is seen by Le Grice as a living organism rather than mere inert matter. 

The individual psyche is also a system, and embedded in the greater system of the human collective psyche, which then is embedded in the anima mundi – the transcendent, all-embracing ground of being. As a cosmic extension of Jung’s collective unconscious, this plenum is the home of the archetypes – the self-organised patterns that emerge within the cosmic psyche. It forms the common ground of both our exterior and our interior reality. And, as consciousness is not limited to the human mind, but co-extensive with matter and present throughout the cosmos, the universe is envisioned by Le Grice as possessing a mind and a psyche too.

In line with the later Jungian concept of archetypes, Le Grice understands them as ‘out there’ in the cosmos – ordering principles whose power to mould is evidenced throughout Nature. They include the astrological archetypes that determine the quality of time, which for Le Grice are the planetary archetypes. Correlations between cyclically governed planetary alignments and events in human life are explained by the fact that the inner and outer worlds we experience are not just symbolically connected. They form a unity as both arise from the same ground – the anima mundi. 

Le Grice’s archetypal cosmology provides a convincing framework  for understanding how astrology works. However I do not agree with the way he and Tarnas narrow the astrological archetypes down to the planets to the exclusion of the signs and houses. I have made a case for the twelve signs of the zodiac being recognised as the astrological archetypes per se, with the planets – a secondary derivative order – acting as their representatives or carriers.[2] After all twelve and not seven or ten, is the number of the dodecahedron – the true shape of the universe according to Plato – and also the number of the Greek Archai.

Le Grice concludes that, at our present evolutionary crisis point, we urgently need spiritual reorientation. I agree with him that the synthesis presented in this book, through offering a new understanding of the cosmic mythical order that shapes our lives, could form the basis for a twenty-first century type of spirituality in which astrology plays a central role.

Phoebe Wyss

[1] Richard Tarnas, Cosmos and Psyche: Intimations of a New World View. New York:Viking, 2006

[2] See The Archetypes and the Origins of Astrology in The Astrological Journal Vol 51 Number 2, or on my website www.astrophoebe.com

 

LORNA BEVAN, The New Forest, England

A Towering Achievement

This is the book I didn't know I'd been searching for for years! Keiron Le Grice has poured 11 years of research into a truly groundbreaking synthesis of modern science, psychological astrology and myth. Bohm's "super-implicate order " is linked to unified field theory and Bell's theory of non-locality amongst other concepts of the constituents of reality. He manages to have a meta-level view on types of thought and cultural development which provides us with a perspective about what is happening and what might occur.
If you have any interest in modern science, mythology and astrology, this is a reference book you must have.

(posted on Amazon.co.uk site)

 

JANET KANE, U.S.A.

Most Important Book I Have Read—Ever

I have been a professional astrologer for over 30 years. During this time, I have been amazed at how astrology works and have wondered how it works.

Finally, with this book, I have found the answer. Le Grice not only explains how astrology works, but also how all of the latest information we have now from Systems Theory to Jung to Campbell to Grof can explain how the universe is was formed and how it functions. Especially important is his explanation of how the cosmos is connected to our psyche. "As Above, So Below"

This book is not for astrologers only. This book is for anyone curious about the big questions.

Highly Recommended.

(posted on Amazon.com site)

 

 

 

TOM WILLIAMS, a poetic review

 

THE  ARCHETYPAL  COSMOS

(RE-VISIONING COSMIC CHRISTIANITY)

 

 ‘I and the Father are One’,

  I AM the only begotten Sun.

 All things have their being in me.

 I AM THAT I AM through eternity.

 

 In postmodern times, science now finds

 Disease in the body is linked to our minds.

 Cosmos and psyche, body and soul,

 Outer and inner form Spirit’s dipole.

 

 God is light and light is love.

 All good things come from above.

 Heaven on earth,  ‘As above, so below’,

 Gives us a key to stay in life’s flow.

 

 The outer world mirrors all that lies within;

 The will to seek out greatness, but also live in sin.

 To be whole and holy is Creation’s lofty goal

 Cosmos and psyche rest within the Unknown Whole.

 

 Man is co-creator in the world of form.

 Evolution of each pattern is the Cosmic norm.

 As Man exercises his heart, his mind and will,

 He creates the future, hopefully with skill.

 

 Are we our brother’s keeper, servants of the One?

 Do we incarnate in time to laugh and just have fun?

 Strange how one’s own suffering leads us to be kind

 And helps each soul re-unite with the Cosmic Mind.

 

 Mankind saw in ancient days sky gods of the night;   

 Wandering stars called ‘planets’ were such an awesome sight.

 The Greeks knew that these sky gods ruled their inner life.

 Venus shined through love and beauty, Mars in outer strife.

 

 Mercury ruled ideas, the Moon our deep emotion.

 Jupiter ruled expansion, water filling up the ocean.

 Saturn set life’s limits, including when we die,

 But the Sun’s the center of all we do or try!

 

  Natural philosophy flowered with Anthroposophy,

  Rudolf Steiner’s insights, which he gained clairvoyantly.

 “Matter reflects spirit. Each a form of energy”.

   Later Einstein showed us how matter converts to energy.

 

  Carl Jung explored the Soul and changed the paradigm

  By using modern science to further Spirit’s climb.

  He reframed the modern soul in terms of Archetype,

  Psychic fields of energy fulfilled the quantum hype.

 

 Joseph Campbell recognized in his ‘Power of Myth’

 That these gods are energies modern man lives with.

 Living in postmodern times, Man must now embrace

 How each life reveals ‘The Inner Reach of Outer Space’.

 

 Jung’s idea, synchronicity, runs through all astrology.

 Like Bateson’s “tie that binds”., meaning is the key.

Tarnas and Grof discovered, reviewing work with LSD,

 That planetary geometry predicts a subject’s imagery.

 

Karl Pribram studied mind, seeking truth on memory.

 It led him to holography as Nature’s secret key.

Partnering with David Bohm produced a quantum yield.

They proposed that consciousness was a holonomic field.

 

In ‘69 Von Bertalanffy  wrote his ‘General System Theory’,

Inspiring Ervin Laszlo to further this inquiry.

Next came ‘Order Out of Chaos’ from the mind of Prigione.

Shedding light on emergence, Complexity would have it’s say.

 

 Synchronicity, reflecting non-locality ,

 Helps create a new map, allowing us to see.

 We must move along the path of growing liberty;

 Living ‘Closer to the Heart’ to mold a new reality!

       

 

 

 

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