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.
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). Eventually, Le Grice assigns Eris to Libra, but only at the expense of reinterpreting the friendly, lovely nature of Librans to something more depressive! He also analyzes the horoscopes of Nietzsche, William Blake and Alan Watts, taking Eris into consideration.
While the book is interesting and very well written, I admit that I don't buy the author's Jungian-derived perspective where evil is simply a necessary opposite of good, and both has to be "integrated" for "individuation" to happen. But perhaps that's how far we can get, if we don't look beyond Eris to something even greater... ;-)
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".
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.
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.