“Astrology is a science in itself, and contains an illuminating body of knowledge. It taught me many things and I am greatly indebted to it.” Albert Einstein
There are numerous models of archetypes in our culture. None should be considered as exclusive, as the defining model. And any may be found useful.
There is one that I favour, however, far above others; the extraordinary archetypal patterns of astrology.
Astrological archetypes can be read from the planetary patterns of the cosmos. They are deeply powerful for these reasons:
- They are based upon evidence accumulated over thousands of years of experience and observation.
- The archetypes of astrology have a depth, richness and resonance that is unequalled within Western culture.
- They are ancient, classical, and deeply grounded in mythology. They were born at the dawn of Western civilisation and flowered anew in the Renaissance.
- And the symbolic system of astrology directly links the outer world to our inner experience. It reveals a remarkable correlation between planetary patterns, worldly events, and our inner life. It literally demonstrates the age-old wisdom of ‘as above, so below’ and the mystical realisation that ‘all is one’.
Jung and Astrology
The modern era of astrology has been transformed by the ideas of psychiatrist Carl Jung, the founder of analytical psychology.
Jung believed that human consciousness arises from a sea of psychological complexes. Each complex has an archetype at its centre, made unique and personal by your own experiences.
For example, your mother complex has at its centre the characteristics of the Mother archetype, (the impulse to feel, to care, to nurture). Yet your mother complex is made personal and unique by your own experience of mothers and mothering.
For Jung, the purpose of life is to individuate. This means moving toward psychological wholeness by becoming more conscious of our various archetypal complexes. Helping you along this path of self-discovery is the goal of our work together.
About astrology, Jung believed there to be a relationship of meaningful co-incidence, or synchronicity, between planetary patterns and the archetypes they have come to signify.
Jung undertook deep studies in astrology and wrote on many occasions of his regard for it:
“There is really a curious co-incidence between astrological and psychological facts. . . . Obviously, astrology has much to offer psychology. . . . . . Astrology represents the summation of all the psychological knowledge of antiquity.”
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