It’s been a while since I’ve blogged here, but I have a good excuse: I started my Master Degree Program with The Graduate Institute in Archetypal Cosmology and Conscious Evolution last week.
Ay, yi, yi, new terms and concepts are jumbling around in my brain at a fierce and furious rate! So far we’ve reviewed the history of astrology and how we have arrived at the state the discipline now occupies; the history of psychology (much shorter than astrology!) and the developments that have led to the integration of the two disciplines, and the theory of archetypes.
Archetypal theory is where this learning really veers off from anything I have done before. This may surprise you since the study of astrology is the study of archetypes. But honestly I think I had astrology and its archetypes cordoned off as a beautiful and elegant system of theory which was remarkably applicable to “life.” We are being encouraged to view archetypes (as best as I understand it now, which is almost definitely extremely limited) as the actual fabric of “life”, the mind of supreme Consciousness expressed in patterns which are replicated throughout time and various cultures.
For many years I have been fascinated by “Consciousness” and have devoted most of my time to exploring this topic. I am one who believes that Consciousness/God not so much made the world but “becomes” the world, and that that sacred energy is existent within its creation, including within us. I feel this energy to be not only existent, though, but reachable, connectible, close, intimate, and a willing conversationalist. I also subscribe to the belief that our universe is being recreated in every second of time by an ultimately munificent and playful universal spirit.
It seems to me that archetypal theory limits Consciousness to certain ways of being. It’s almost like saying God obeys certain rules even as it creates. Can this be so? We are also learning that archetypes operate on every level of reality, from the most sublime to the most mundane, and that the outer world is a fairly gross level. Our thoughts and feelings are somewhat more subtle, and further there is a collective level in which these archetypes are acted out on the global and universal stage.
Within this schema, the astrological signs and planets have their various meanings because they each express a certain archetypal phase of development. Which leads to another issue: does God develop? Does Consciousness evolve? We know that evolution is a certain method of furthering the aims of the organisms on this earth, on this plane, but does the archetype of evolution apply to God?
Supposedly we are each tuned into the various archetypes depending on the placement of the planets in our own particular astrology charts. We embody the entire range since all of the signs are present at our birth, but our own attunement to the different archetypes depends on which planets were in which signs when we were born. Some examples of archetypes: hero, mother, warrior, scholar, lover, and many, many more.
From God to bin Laden
Pardon me as I range from God to Osama bin Laden’s murder last week. I bring it up because it is an astounding example of archetypal energies at work. Look at the chart below.
I’m sure you can get a sense just looking at the chart that there is a massive opposition from all of those planets grouped together at the bottom to the one planet, Saturn, sitting alone at the top. There is only one outlier, Pluto, which forms a connecting angle to both the singleton at the top and the stellium at the bottom. My professor, Glenn Perry, said that in his 35 years of astrological study, he has never seen a configuration like this. Six planets in a single sign is a rare event indeed. Looking purely at archetypes, here is the event in keywords[i]:
- Aries (six planets!) – warrior, assertion, survival, weapons, ammunition, head, violations, fights, battles.
- Pluto – transformation, catharsis, cleansing, death, power, penetration, destruction, subversion, coversion.
- Saturn – order, organization, executive, status, accomplishment, structure, limits, authority, perseverance, success, obstruction.
These were the archetypes active at the time of the event. Years ago I took a creative writing class and the professor gave us disparate, unrelated words and asked us to write a short piece that brought these words together into a coherent story. If you were asked to write a story given the keywords above, what would you write? From our perspective we may write a story similar to what happened on May 2 in Abbottabad. What would we write, using the same keywords, from the point of view of the government of Pakistan? What would we write using the same keywords if we were members of al Qaeda? What was happening in your life that weekend? These same archetypes were expressing themselves everywhere, but the various perspectives would lead to a very different story, wouldn’t they?
A lot to think about, no? If you see some patterns here that I’m missing, please let me know. I’m a beginner again, back to square one. This is my first week of study; I hope you’ll hang in here with me. I’m sure I’ll become more coherent in time.
[i] These keywords come from Introduction to AstroPsychology, by Glenn A. Perry.
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