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Archetypal Cosmology

Archetypal cosmology joins the mathematical precision of astronomy with the richly symbolic, interior world of depth psychology. Looking out, it examines how the shifting patterns of world history, culture, art, politics, economics, and individual biography are reflective of ever-changing planetary movements. Looking in, archetypal cosmology becomes a multifaceted, psychological language that reveals the structure and dynamics of the human soul.

Archetypal cosmology transcends the judgmental terminology of earlier astrological models, while honoring the core meanings of signs, planets, and aspects that have carried forward over the centuries. It empowers individuals by encouraging conscious evolution - i.e., the deliberate intention to cooperate with an evolutionary process that is built into the very fabric of the Universe. In contrast to the determinism and fatalism of traditional astrology, archetypal cosmology supports a co-creative, participatory relationship with the cosmos. Difficulties are perceived not as random impingements upon an innocent consciousness, but as evolutionary feedback that catalyzes and incentivizes growth toward wholeness.

The multidimensionality, multivalence, polyvalence of astrological archetypes necessitate both an epistemological humility and a methodological rigor, grounded in an appreciation for the indeterminism that makes genuine freedom possible. Accordingly, archetypal cosmology is value-neutral, evidence-based, and reliant upon empirical studies that utilize a hermeneutic methodology for arriving at knowledge claims.

Finally, archetypal cosmology helps to bridge the gap between science and religion by providing evidence for an ensouled cosmos. Its philosophical foundations reside in the ancient doctrine of the macrocosm and the microcosm, which, in turn, is girded by new paradigm sciences that not only validate traditional wisdom, but flesh it out in unprecedented detail.

-Glenn Perry, Ph.D.

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