- Paperback: 286 pages
- Publisher: Integral Transformation, LLC (1 May 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0989416305
- ISBN-13: 978-0989416306
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.5 x 22.9 cm
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Transpersonal Astrology: Explorations at the Frontier Paperback – 1 May 2013
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My preoccupation has always been with the issue of where the personal can find its creative, evolving place in the context of the Big Picture; this research was my chance to study that inter-relationship from an astrologer's perspective. The project excited and obsessed me.
I asked one of my student colleagues if she would be coming to the seminar. "Oh no," she said. " I don't have anything in my chart at 6 degrees of Aquarius. Why would I want to attend?"
To me, this small personal tale illuminates the big task to which Diaz, Meyers and Smith and their range of contributors are addressing themselves: that of challenging astrologers not in any way to abandon "the accumulated wisdom of millennia", but to bring their practice forward from over-identification with the narrow needs and drives of the personal ego, toward a greater engagement with the transpersonal, concomitant with the emergence of the outer planets Uranus, Neptune and Pluto over the last two hundred and fifty years - and the vast changes of perspective at every level of our existence on planet Earth which have accompanied their manifestation.
The editors are at pains to point out that "The issue is not with ego, as a healthy one is necessary for autonomy and self-definition: we see ego as a radiant reflection of Spirit. The issue is over-identification with ego to the exclusion of the transpersonal." They define `transpersonal' as holding " a perspective broader than the self as the centre of existence".
The transpersonal movement is slowly gaining momentum and influence across the world, bringing the insights of mysticism, paranormal experience, cosmology, quantum physics, religion, philosophy, astrology, ecology, feminism and social justice together in ways which are slowly creating a new world order, together with "more nails driven in the coffin of materialist reductionism". This latter paradigm has vastly enlarged the scope of our scientific and technological knowledge, bringing huge material benefits to a relatively small proportion of humanity, but leaving much destruction in its wake.
The editors are puzzled that the revolution in consciousness brought about by quantum leaps in our understanding of the vast universe (or multiverse) of which we are all part should have made so little progress in astrology, "considering that astrology is ultimately transpersonal in scope". They feel that the time has come to set astrological practice in the context of this broader Reality, instead of " choosing to couch the phenomena of astrology in only familiarly personal ways."
When contemplating the sixteen essays in this collection and wondering how best to write about them, the picture which arose was the Medicine Wheel, that potent image of the sacred circle of life. At the centre of the project under review lies the editors' distillation as briefly explicated. Radiating outwards, carrying the sixteen perspectives, are the the spokes of the four directions, all linking and bridging our personal world with the bigger spiritual picture. These four spokes are, very briefly, as follows:
Several `big picture' chapters focusing on philosophical issues through the work of Jessica Murray on our `world moment'; Bill Street on the evolutionary implications of the current Uranus/Pluto square; Armand Diaz on the current stage of collective consciousness; and Eric Mayers on bringing a heliocentric perspective to bear as we integrate the transpersonal into 21st Century astrology.
Then other big picture chapters are offered by Adam Elenbaas on sacred duality; Faye Cossar on whether transpersonal planets are becoming personal; Margaret Gray on the transpersonal in relationships; Mark Jones on `higher octave' relationships between personal and transpersonal planets; rounded off with Rafael Nasser presenting a exploration of our co-creative relationship with astrology over millennia.
The next direction presents the application of the transpersonal to astrological practice through the writings of Benjamin Bernstein bringing shamanic astrology into counselling; Andrew Smith as a geographer using locational astrology from a transpersonal viewpoint; and the analyst and astrologer Sherene Schostak exploring the transformational potential in the depths of the Shadow.
To complete the four spokes or directions, we have Adam Gainsburg on the transpersonal dimensions of the Mars cycle; Maurice Fernandez on the spiritual implications of the death chart; Julene Packer-Louis helping us to understand the Vertex; and Dena DeCastro on the visionary dimensions of Neptune.
This is indeed a rich wheel of viewpoints from which astrologers are offered much in-depth food for thought. Hopefully some of the insights from this book may seep into and slowly re-orient their practice. In this way, the ancient - and always transpersonal - art of astrology may be brought into clearer and more focused contemporary alignment with the level to which it has always belonged: that of offering an evolutionary bridge from the small personal concerns of individual humans toward deeper teleological integration with the Big Picture which contains us all.
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Because it's a collection of articles, no one article can go into great depth about any subject, however, there is SURELY enough information to contemplate new approaches and spur a serious student of astrology to continue learning about each topic.
Very, very informative collection of essays, each well researched and presented with solid references.
Here's the list of authors and titles (in alphabetical order)
Benjamin Bernstein: Shamamic Astrology
Faye Cossar: Is the Transpersonal Becoming Personal?
Dena DeCastro: Neptune and Opening to Creativity
Armand Diaz: Tracking the Evolution of Collective Consciousness
Adam Elenbaas: No Such Thing as Source
Maurice Fernandez: The Death Chart
Adam Gainsburg: The Archetype of Masculine Transformation Through The Mars Cycle
Margaret Gray: Changing Relationships: A Transpersonal Approach
Mark Jones: The Transpersonal Dimesnion: The Higher Octave of the Personal Planets
Eric Meyers: A Transpersonal Vision for Astrology
Jessica Murray: The World Moment
Rafael Nasser: Astrology: A Noetic Science
Julene Packer-Louis: The Vertex: Fate, Serendipity and Attraction
Sherene Schostak: The Killer Within
Andrew Smith: Locational Astrology - A Transpersonal Perspective
Bill Streett: The Telos of Techne: Technological Development and the Uranus-Pluto Cycle
...Considered a father of Quantum Physics, Max Planck said:
The pioneer scientist must have "vivid intuitive imaginations, for new ideas are not generated by deduction, but by artistically creative imagination." Max Planck (1858 - 1947)
The 16 authors contributing to this book are indeed “pioneer” Astrologers. 16 Astrologers with artistically creative imaginations have contributed to these Explorations at the Frontier. The editors, Armand Diaz, Eric Meyers and Andrew Smith call the book a compendium of innovative writing. They invited other writers, astrologers, and thinkers to go ‘beyond the personal’ and to see boundaries not just as a wall but as a gate.
Early in the book, (Chapter 2), Jessica Murray, with her beautiful command of language—and her straight forward style, says: “It was a bold move of ours, being born into this particular epoch”
These times are framed by Jessica when she writes: "Within this epochal transition—and as of this writing—the Uranus-Pluto square is peaking, its symbolism explicitly expressing the radical necessity of the times. In Capricorn until 2023, transiting Pluto is forcing an up surge of awareness of the patriarchal assumptions and destructive practices of the industrial world, and of the plutocratic imbalances that exist even in putative democracies. All over the globe, old certitudes are splintering and crashing down. A lot is happening and in exact parallel with the urgency of the times, the potential exists for a spike in human consciousness".
All 16 authors are participating in and are calling for that spike in human consciousness. They do not all speak with the same voice or methodology or even from the same source material, but they are each speaking into and from the “radical necessity of the times”. They do the discipline of Astrology proud.