Cosmos and Psyche: Intimations of a New World View

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Penguin, Jan 19, 2006 - Philosophy - 592 pages
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From a philosopher whose magisterial history of Western thought was praised by Joseph Campbell and Huston Smith comes a brilliant new book that traces the connection between cosmic cycles and archetypal patterns of human experience. Drawing on years of research and on thinkers from Plato to Jung, Richard Tarnas explores the planetary correlations of epochal events like the French Revolution, the two world wars, and September 11. Whether read as astrology updated for the quantum age or as a contemporary classic of spirituality, Cosmos and Psyche is a work of immense sophistication, deep learning, and lasting importance.

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I wanted to like this book - I was very interested in the subject matter (archetypes and astrology) and the author's point of view. Unfortunately, the writing style was so academic and dense that it ... Read full review


Splitting Evil and Terror
Moby Dick and Natures Depths
Historical Determinism Realpolitik and Apocalypse
Moral Courage Facing the Shadow and the Tension of Opposites
Paradigmatic Works of Art
Forging Deep Structures
Opening New Horizons

A Parable
The Interior Quest
Synchronicity and Its Implications
The Archetypal Cosmos
The Evolving Tradition
Archetypal Principles
The Planets
Forms of Correspondence
Personal Transit Cycles
Archetypal Coherence and Concrete Diversity
Assessing Patterns of Correlation
From the French Revolution to the 1960s
Synchronic and Diachronic Patterns in History
Scientific and Technological Revolutions
Awakenings of the Dionysian
The Liberation of Nature
Religious Rebellion and Erotic Emancipation
Filling in the Cyclical Sequence
The Individual and the Collective
A Larger View of the Sixties
World Wars Cold War and September 11
Historical Contrasts and Tensions
Conservative Empowerment
Convergences of Scientific Breakthroughs
Social and Political Rebellions and Awakenings
Quantum Leaps and Peak Experiences
From Copernicus to Darwin
Music and Literature
Iconic Moments and Cultural Milestones
Great Heights and Shadows
Hidden Births
Epochal Shifts of Cultural Vision
Spiritual Epiphanies and the Emergence of New Religions
Utopian Social Visions
Romanticism Imaginative Genius and Cosmic Epiphany
Revelations of the Numinous
The Great Awakening of the Axial Age
The Late Twentieth Century and the Turn of the Millennium
Understanding the Past Creating the Future
Observations on Future Planetary Alignments
Opening to the Cosmos
Sources of the World Order

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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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