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  • Paperback: 168 pages
  • Publisher: Floris Books (22 Mar. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0863158676
  • ISBN-13: 978-0863158674
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 15.5 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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'This book is a pleasure to read because it is so well-written. It has an elegance of style, lucid rationality of argument and the breadth of historical, philosophical and pycho-spiritual understanding ... A must for your bookshelf!' -- Phoebe Wyss, The Astrological Journal 'It's a rare thing for a new planet to be discovered, in our own solar system at least. It's equally rare to witness the emergence of a planet's archetypal significance. Though it will likely be decades before a strong consensus is established in the astrological community regarding the meaning of Eris, Le Grice has surely laid the foundations for future reflection on its possible archetypal import. Written in a style both accessible and engaging, Le Grice displays an impressive multi-disciplinary reach, drawing with equal competence from the sciences and psychology, from mythology and world history. Though focused on the meaning of Eris, the book also serves as a lucid introduction to the new field of archetypal cosmology. At the same time, given his central hypothesis, the reader is presented with a series of illuminating insights having to do with the evolution of consciousness and this current, critical phase of the Planetary Era.' -- Sean Kelly, author of Coming Home: The Birth and Transformation of the Planetary Era.

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Keiron Le Grice is founding editor of Archai: The Journal of Archetypal Cosmology and the author of The Archetypal Cosmos: Rediscovering the Gods in Myth, Science and Astrology (Floris Books, 2010). He holds doctoral and master's degrees in Philosophy and Religion from the California Institute of Integral Studies, San Francisco, where he is adjunct faculty in the Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness program. He has studied astrology and related subjects for over twenty years, and works as a professional archetypal astrologer. He currently lives in South Wales with his wife and son.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ashtar Command on 27 Nov. 2014
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Keiron Le Grice is a collegue of Richard Tarnas within the field of "archetypal cosmology", a fusion of modern astrology, transpersonal psychology and Jungianism. "Discovering Eris" is a book speculating about the possible astrological/psychological meaning of Eris, a newly discovered "dwarf planet" and "Plutoid" beyond the orbit of Pluto.

Le Grice reaches the conclusion that Eris (named after the Greek goddess of strife) represent Heraclitean strife and conflict between opposites, something the author regards as the fundamental fact of existence and the ultimate driving force behind evolution. Eris was discovered shortly after terrorism (in the form of 9/11) and climate change became widely recognized problems, both being examples of strife threatening our civilization (itself the result of strife between Nature and Man), and hence calling out for a resolution...or else! Note that the author regards climate change as strife caused by Mother Nature, apparently a kind of semi-conscious "revenge of Gaia".Thus, Eris is both a harbinger of death and destruction, and a challenge to humanity to mend its ways, and hence turn strife into a force for higher good. The Eris archetype also works on the level of the individual, as both the ultimate ground of personal evolution and the ultimate goal of individuation on a higher level.

While Le Grice is pretty "esoteric" compared to your friendly neighborhood astrologer, he also makes a couple of nods in that direction. In astrology, every zodiac sign has a planetary ruler. Where does Eris fit? The most obvious choice would be Scorpio, but that sign is already occupied by Pluto (and, traditionally, Mars).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By RCS on 23 Mar. 2014
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Concerning astrology I'm ambivalent, do not know if I believe it or not, BUT reading "Discovering Eris", I must admit that there is something to this ancient art, and that it is relevant for our times. ERIS is a newly discovered planet, and ties right into the morass and "strife" of our times, quite befitting a planet named after a godess of strife and discord, her mischievous and crafty mind causing the Trojan War, as a revenge for being left out of a wedding in ancient Greece. This goddess, ERIS, is nothing but fascinating, and bespeaks of the empowerment of the woman archetype of our time. Her discovery (by Mike Brown at Cal.Tech) is stangely timely, and heralds a female archetype quite unlike the stereotype "barbie" and "femme fatale".
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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Olivier Clerc on 30 Jun. 2012
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Wow ! It's the first word that comes to mouth, when discovering this marvel of a book.
I had already much enjoyed "The Archetypal Cosmos", by the same author.
This time, Keiron Le Grice guides us into the discovery of a new dwarf planet (like Pluto), Eris, goddess of strife, feud and discord.
His book his both amazingly clear and extremely rich : KLG taps into mythology, astrology, philosophy and much more, to write a book of a unique depth and scope, that goes much further than just shedding light on a new planet, or explaining what the astrological significance of this planet might be.
This book is an absolute MUST READ for any astrologer, on the one hand, but also for many people interested in archetypes, in mythology, or - more generally speaking - in better understanding mankind, our present collective predicament and what we might learn from the stars.
I can't recommend it enough !
Were I to write this comment in my mother tongue (French), I would go much greater length to explain in details all you can expect to find in these pages, but I do hope that these few lines will be enough to trigger other readers' interest.
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11 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Marlene on 28 July 2012
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Why is this book categorised under "Science and Nature"? It should be under Astrology. Remember that astrology is not science. That's astronomy. Good luck to those of you who run your lives on this sort of stuff.
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3 of 7 people found the following review helpful By tim on 15 April 2012
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This is a very good book and recommended for anyone with an interest in archetypes and our current world situation. It's short and very readable, the author has a gift for holding our attention while taking us through complicated ideas, step by step and in digestible portions with wisdom and maturity.
The conclusions he reaches are well reasoned but reassuringly tentative, acknowledging that mapping a new archetype is the start of a long process of research.
The book begins with a brief and clear introduction to the principles of archetypes, astrology and the synchronicity between planetary positions and global currents and events. There is discussion as to why these theories should be taken seriously and consideration of psychological theorists such as Jung and Washburn. A detailed exploration of themes associated with Eris examines myth and Eris world transits with other planets.
Eris seems to hold an archetypal meaning of strife, opposition and discord, which can be understood on a number of different levels but holds the promise of a working through and processing of these principles towards a more whole and harmonious version of ourselves and indeed humanity.
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