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  • Paperback: 328 pages
  • Publisher: Floris Books (7 Oct. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0863157750
  • ISBN-13: 978-0863157752
  • Product Dimensions: 3.2 x 15.9 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 739,028 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Keiron Le Grice is a professor of depth psychology and program chair in the Jungian and Archetypal Studies specialization at Pacifica Graduate Institute, Santa Barbara, where he teaches courses on the history of depth psychology, archetypes, alchemy, and synchronicity. He is the author of three books: The Archetypal Cosmos: Rediscovering the Gods in Myth, Science and Astrology; Discovering Eris: The Symbolism and Significance of a New Planetary Archetype; and The Rebirth of the Hero: Mythology as a Guide to Spiritual Transformation. The editor and co-founder of Archai: The Journal of Archetypal Cosmology, Keiron has also taught in the Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness program at the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS) in San Francisco and for Grof Transpersonal Training (UK). He holds degrees from the University of Leeds, England (B.A. honors, Philosophy and Psychology, 1994) and CIIS (M.A., Philosophy and Religion, 2005; Ph.D., Philosophy and Religion, 2009).

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'The radically expanded cosmological perspective that Keiron Le Grice has set out in The Archetypal Cosmos reflects a paradigm shift of enormous relevance for the future of psychology and psychotherapy. Le Grice has performed an invaluable service in carefully thinking through and articulating a spiritually informed view of the cosmos that integrates these developments ... A lucid and groundbreaking synthesis.' - Stanislav Grof, author of Psychology of the Future and When the Impossible Happens 'Le Grice has a gift, perhaps even a genius, for extremely clear assessments, expositions, and formulations of complex ideas -- all grounded in a deeper vision of things, which makes this clarity possible.' -- Richard Tarnas, author of The Passion of the Western Mind and Cosmos and Psyche 'Keiron Le Grice's book is a fantastic achievement, combining complex theories from leading figures in psychology and the physical sciences -- especially Carl Jung, Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, and David Bohm. Le Grice's original synthesis demonstrates how profoundly these figures belong together in a new unified world view. With both the excellence of the writing and the high-powered nature of the ideas, The Archetypal Cosmos is destined to be an essential element in the contemporary planetary canon.' -- Brian Swimme, Professor of Cosmology, California Institute of Integral Studies 'Humanity has much to gain from this synthesis between planetary cycles and the dynamics and patterns of human experience.' --Ruth Parnell, Nexus, April/May 2011. 'The book takes the reader on an epic journey through many contrasting landscapes of thought. 'The book is a brilliant synthesis of new ideas, and readers will have to decide for themselves whether the argument is ultimately compelling. It is certainly stated in a comprehensive manner.' --David Lorimer, Scientific Medical Network Review, Summer 2011 '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. 'Keiron Le Grice's The Archetypal Cosmos has an immense amount to offer, having given this reviewer much food for thought.' --Jack Herbert, Temenos Academy

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Keiron Le Grice is founder and co-editor of Archai: The Journal of Archetypal Cosmology. He holds doctoral and master's degrees in philosophy and religion from the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco, where he is adjunct faculty in the Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness postgraduate programme. In 2006, he was awarded the inaugural Joseph Campbell Research Grant by the Joseph Campbell Foundation in association with the Pacifica Graduate Institute, Santa Barbara for furthering the ideas of C.G. Jung, Joseph Campbell, and James Hillman. Originally from Nottinghamshire, England, he currently divides his time between San Francisco and South Wales. He is married with one child.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Olivier Clerc on 27 July 2011
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I had already read Tarnas' "Cosmos & 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 & Psyche", in the same line of thought.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 28 April 2011
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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 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,mythlogy and astrology,this is a reference book you must have.
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The Eagle Has Landed 2 Mar. 2011
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Keiron Le Grice's new volume 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.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Most Important Book I have Read - Ever 13 Jun. 2011
By Janet Kane - Published on
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I have been a professional astrologer for over 30 years. During this time, I have been amazed at how astrologer 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.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Love this book! 8 Aug. 2011
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This is a wonderfully written synthesis of science, psychology, and religion/spirituality. Le Grice clearly explains what we are missing out on by no longer living in a mythological society, without, of course, denying the validity and necessity of pragmatic and scientific thought.
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A 'Theory of Everything' Book 23 Sept. 2013
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A real treat for the exploring mind, which I have not finished, but open periodically to any page, just to stimulate this level of thought. The author ventures onto the cutting edge of quantum physics, to make the case for a coherent universe complete with discernable meaningful connections between the seen and the unseen. "...the self-organizing pattern of these vast systems seems to constitute a deeper order that supports relationships that cannot be readily explained in terms of established causal models..." Citing the interconnectedness of everything at the sub-atomic level: "The existence of such universal interrelatedness between discrete phenomena seems to point to a deeper order of great complexity and subtlety informing the universe."

It is somewhat scholarly, in that it provides much history of thought and the philosophers and scientists who contributed to our views of the world; Plotinus, Leibniz, Shopenhauer, Fritjof Capra, and Alfred North Whitehead, for example. "The field is now open, Whitehead declared, for the introduction of some new doctrine of the organism which may take the place of the materialism, with which, since the seventeenth century, science has saddled philosophy."

Le Grice goes on: " has become increasingly clear that the supposed rationality that informs the modern scientific enterprise is actually based, as Edgar Morin notes, on a myopic intelligence that is fragmented, compartmentalized, mechanistic, disjunctive, and reductionistic." Morin explains: "True the fruit of the considered debate of ideas and not the property of a system of ideas. A reason that ignores living beings, subjectivity, emotions, and life is irrational...True rationality knows the limits of logic, of determinism and mechanism..."

His main thesis might be summed up with this: "Our conception of the universe is profoundly altered if we consider it holistically, as a living system, rather than as a meaningless body of inert matter...Human beings can then be seen as...vital components of the living cosmos. We are not, in this view, just inhabitants of a random universe, blindly moved by mechanical forces; rather, we are intimately connected parts of a larger organic whole." I love it!
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