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A Spiritual Pilgrimage,
This review is from: Cosmos and Psyche: Intimations of a New World View (Paperback)
As an Astrological Author of How to Survive a Pisces and other books my husband bought me this for my birthday...and it took me over 6 months to read it. This is not a book you can read in one sitting, and shouldn't be viewed as such.
This is a massive and detailed account of the placements of the 'outer planets' through time to the present day and how they 'match' the astrological and personal psyche of us as humans.
Richard combines astrological archetypes with historical happenings and I was amazed at how accurate and meaningful his work is.
You don't have to know anything about Astrology to read and understand this. You do, however, have to have a more philosophical understanding of life ....and forget materialism. If that's your belief, this book is not for you.
If you love poetry, fiction, history and a bit of politics, you'll wonder at the vastness of Richard's work. And a massive undertaking it is too.....I agree with William that it's 'Majestic, Sweeping and Profound.'
On page 18 he describes how 'we' once viewed the world as something we were part of, that was intelligent and had 'soul' and how now we are (sadly) separate from this world we inhabit, in all our individualism.
This is the crux of his book.
That we are part of the Universe, that the planets aren't just randomly orbiting the Sun, going round and round.
When certain planets get into certain 'placements' we on Earth act in certain ways, create in certain ways, fight/paint/write/love/hate all in ways reflected and imbibed with the archetypes that he describes so eloquently. This isn't a history book, it's a long poem, dotted with history, the history of us as a species and how our actions on earth are shaped by the movements of the planets.
We are all connected...
I got to the end of the book and felt bereft. I'd walked this long journey with a spiritual guide and the pilgrimage was over....all that lingers is the deep sense of satisfaction, that someone has written a account of the planets purpose and our part of that process.
A wonderful book, a wonderful journey and I salute Richard's bravery in writing it:)