Journey Within - Consciousness, Mythology,
Astrology, Quantum Physics...

"What would it be like to be the ancestor of your own future happiness?  To be the saint
that you pray to in thanks?"
                                                                           --David Whyte

"Be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves, like locked rooms and like books that are now written in a very foreign tongue. Do not now seek the answers, which cannot be given you because you would not be able to live them. And the point is, to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps you will then gradually, without noticing it, live along some distant day into the answer."
                                                                                                                           --Rainer Maria Rilke

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Awaken the World film - Parts 1 - 4


"We don’t see things as they are; we see them as we are."
                                                                                                      --Anais Nin


Images of Pluto From NASA’s New Horizons Spacecraft 071415

Earthlings have gone to Pluto!   -  Listen to Kepler's Pluto Party 071415

NASA TV - New Horizons






You must learn one thing:
the world was made to be free in.

Give up all the other worlds
except the one to which you belong.

Sometimes it takes darkness and the sweet
confinement of your aloneness to learn

anything or anyone
that does not bring you alive
is too small for you.

           — David Whyte



Hacking Consciousness - Stanford University

1. Consciousness, a Quantum Physics Perspective - John Hagelin, PhD

2. Consciousness and Physiology I - Tony Nader, MD, PhD

3. Consciousness & Physiology II - Tony Nader, MD, PhD

4. We Create Our Reality - Frederick Travis, PhD

5. Consciousness & Architecture - Jonathan Lipman, AIA

6. The Hacked and Highjacked Body - Pamela Peeke, MD


" Finally, all of us astrologers today also have to bear the great tension of opposites within us of simultaneously knowing the immense value of astrology in illuminating virtually every field of study and every aspect of human life, while we live in a culture and an era when astrology is so widely negated, scorned, and caricatured. Perhaps this is the fate of all great spiritual and even scientific discoveries (or rediscoveries). But in practical terms, the beginning professional astrologer has to make his or her way into creating a practice outside the usual structures of the mainstream culture. Here I think it can be extremely helpful to become expert in at least one other area of knowledge --it could be in psychotherapy or history, philosophy or medicine, ecology or social justice, business or the arts. Establish a reputation there, and then you are in a better place to form a bridge for others to walk across into the larger, deeper world view that astrology offers.

"One also needs to develop ways of speaking about astrology that non-astrologers can understand, so you're not locked into astrological jargon that is unintelligible to most people. In our age it's important to be bridges and enablers of others, exploring the mysteries together, rather than inflated high priests giving monological predictions and instructions. We want to help others become their own priests and priestesses, so to speak, to be able to see how we are drawing whatever conclusions and insights we're sharing with them. We don't want to just give them fish, we want to teach them how to fish for themselves. Despite the mainstream world view and established cultural attitude, the interest in our knowledge is tremendous, even among highly educated professionals who wouldn't ever publicize their receiving private readings. But we have a responsibility to provide that knowledge with great care and humility."
                                                                                                                    --Richard Tarnas (full interview)


Painting Dreams

Goddess Astrology
Podcasts - Gary Caton

Clarissa Pinkola Estes

Science & Nonduality

IAA Public Libraries


Global Spirit

Larry Yang

James DeKorne -
The Gnostic Book
of Changes

Edgar Cayce - I Ching

M. Kelley Hunter

Norwac Audio Lectures

Matthew Stelzner
- Supporting info/podcasts

Shamanic Astrology

Marion Woodman /

Carl Jung - YouTube


Videos, audios, seminars...

Alice O. Howell: Stars, Cycles, and Psyche - Psychological Aspects of Astrology

Consciousness, a Quantum Physics Perspective - John Hagelin

Caroline Casey - Winter Solstice 2014

Jean Houston on Myths for the Future

Jean Houston: Lucid Living - A Mythological Perspective

The Art of Being Yourself: Caroline McHugh
at TEDxMiltonKeynesWomen

Cornerstones of wisdom: the four-fold way: Angeles Arrien at TEDxFiDiWomen

The Alphabet vs. The Goddess Lecture by Dr. Leonard Shlain

Nassim Haramein - Sacred Geometry and Unified Fields

Rick Hanson - Self-Directed Brain Change, Pt 1 - Part 2 102213

Sherry Turkle - Connected, but alone? TED Talk Feb2012

Marion Woodman: Listening to Our Deepest Wisdom - Part 2 121112

Lester Levensen - The Free State

Lester Levenson - Get Off The Rollercoaster - Part 1 --of 5

Secret Ancient Knowledge: Gregg Braden - The Divine Matrix

Science and Nonduality Conference

NeuroSummit 2013 Event Schedule and replays

Richard Paul Geer, astro*mytho*cultural guide, on Jupiter ingress
KPFA Visionary Activist Show w/ Caroline Casey 071113

Becky Walsh: Intuition 061513
Becky Walsh - Act on your intuition at Yes group Bristol 2 parts 030313

Changing times are awakening our Spirit and Light - Sandra Ingerman



New Dimensions Radio

Mark Matousek podcasts

Mada Dalian podcasts

Conscious TV

Women on the Edge of Evolultion

Sounds True Insights at the Edge with Tami Simon

IONS Library

Thinking Allowed on YouTube

Sacred Awakening Series

Inspiring Women Summit

Future Primitive

Visionary Activist Show

Conscious Media Network



Travel well, Alice Howell 111714

There's a New Mainstream Out There -- and You're Probably Part of It 111314

Ephemerides of the True Dark Moon (Druj) (Black Moon)
Albert Timashev -Difference Between Mean and True Points


"The ultimate touchstone of friendship is not improvement, neither of the self nor of the other: the ultimate touchstone is witness, the privilege of having been seen by someone and the equal privilege of being granted the sight of the essence of another, to have walked with them and to have believed in them, and sometimes just to have accompanied them
for however brief a span, on a journey impossible to accomplish alone."

                                                                                                          --David Whyte


Awakening the Bay

Divine Sparks

Brian L. Weiss, MD
Past Life Regression

Tree of Life Celebration

Mindfulness Bell


Why Shamanism Now?

Slowpoke Comics

SLOOH Internet
Space Camera

Contact Talk Radio

Healing Sounds Show

International Academy
of Astrology

Demetra George

CCRS Dodona

Transit Watch

NOAA Current Solar


Videos, audios, seminars...

Talk With Sandra Ingerman - 6 parts
Uninterrupted program here -scroll down to Weaving a Web of Light

Joe Dispenza - Our Three Brains: From Thinking to Doing
to Being, TEDx Tacoma, WA

John Hagelin at TEDxWomen the benefits of Transcendental Meditation

Gregg Braden - Who am I? Who are we? What Science tells us
about ourselves and our world in crisis

Audio from Hay House World Summit 2013 060713

How Dr. Brian Weiss Went from Past-Life Skeptic to Past-Life Expert 060213

Claire Dunne: Carl Jung--Wounded Healer of the Soul 050913

Gregg Braden - Power of Subconscious Mind Power Techniques

Eliza Mada Dalian - Buddha at the Gas Pump Interview 101512

Anodea Judith - 7 Keys to Transformation

The Self-Acceptance Project

Micah Nelson - Alchemical herbal medicines for these Pisces times
Audio from Visionary Activist Show w/ Caroline Casey 030713
Micah Nelson - Al-Kemi

Melanie Reinhart on the Centaurs 020513

Greek Theatre: Tragedy and Comedy

!!  South Park Margaritaville full episode  !!


7th Wave Network Radio

Beyond Awakening

Terence McKenna YouTube

Teaching What We Need to Learn

PlanetWaves UAC 2012

Summer of Peace 2012

Sounds True Weekly Wisdom

Correlations Podcasts



Discovery of 'Electric Bacteria' Hints at the Potential for Alien Life George Dvorsky 071714

Seeking Beauty's Place
in our Time
James Hubbell

"Astrology is a language.  If you understand that language, the sky speaks to you."
                                                                                                                           --Dane Rudyar




Sekhmet, one of the oldest known Egyptian deities, is depicted as a lion- headed woman, usually with the solar disc on her head. Daughter of the sun god Ra and herself a solar deity, Sekhmet ("Mighty One") is the protector of the Pharoahs in her fierce aspect, as well as goddess of healing.

Unlike Sekhmet and the fierce goddesses, Kali, Durga, etc., of Eastern cultures, the West --to our detriment-- has no path or conscious model to embody the Wrathful (fiercely protective) Feminine.


The Dream of the Cosmos: Interview with Anne Baring
by Dr. Betty J. Kovacs
- Sept 2011

1. Journey to Discover Soul / Myth of the Goddess

2. Feminine Archetype / Lunar Mythology

3. Battle btn Good & Evil / Solar Mythology & the Sacred Marriage

4. The Tragic Split in the Western Psyche

5. The Matrix and the Split

6. The Effects of Solar Mythology

7. Soul Power / Healing the Split


The Birds Who Flew Beyond Time - Earth-healing fable by Anne Baring, based on Farid Ud-Din Attar's The Conference of the Birds. Exquisite illustrations by painter Thetis Blacker.

"I believe that the astonishingly consistent and nuanced reality of the planetary correlations with the archetypal dynamics of human life is one of the most compelling intimations we have that we live in a meaning-laden and purposeful universe."
                                                                                                                           --Richard Tarnas




  "Today, the reason we
haven't found our grail,
the key to who we are as
women, is because we
look for it in worlds of
false power, the very
worlds that took it away
from us in the first
place. Neither men nor
work can restore our lost
scepter. Nothing in this
world can take us home.
Only the radar in our
hearts can do that, and
when it does, ... 'We will
light up like lamps, and
the world will never be
the same again.'

Marianne Williamson






The River of Life…

Once a people lived along the banks of the river of life…

The river of life is a river of sweet water, that awakens the seeds of spring
and nourishes all growing things.
The river of life is a storm wind, blowing fresh across the earth.
The river of life is the deep molten fire that shakes the continents.

And the people should have had all they needed for happiness and joy,
But they were plagued by a terrible monster, the triple-headed monster of Greed, Hate, and War.

Greed sucked up all the colors of life and locked them inside his fortress.
Hate severed the threads of love and taught the people to fear each other.
War threatened destruction to anyone who opposed the monster's rule.

And the people were separate, and afraid, and poor.
The threads of connection were frayed.
The fabric of care unraveled.
And War took the young and marched them off to slaughter and die in places far away.
Greed stole their future...

The river of life ran dry.

The women saw the springs go barren, the new sprouts fail, the trees die, and the hills turn brown…

And they wept and mourned, and didn’t know what to do.

The women, too, were divided, for some had more and some had less.
Old wounds and present injustices kept them apart.

But as War shook his fist, and threatened to unleash
weapons to destroy the earth...

The women turned to each other; they said: "We are scraps of a torn fabric,
but if we tie them together,
we can bind wounds, dry tears,
weave a net to carry heavy loads.

"We must amplify love, and throw off dread,
Take back our power and spin a thread,
A life-line, held in our strong hands,
A living web of shining strands.

"And our hands remember how to spin.
We spin freedom on the rising wind,
We spin threads of life, the cords of fate,
We spin love into a river that can overrun hate.

"We spin justice burning like a flaming star;
We spin peace into a river that can overcome war.
And if you want to know where true power lies,
Turn and look into your sisters' eyes.

"So come mothers and grandmothers,
Lovers and daughters.
Come spinners and weavers,
Tool makers, potters,
Dancers and dreamers,
Fixers and changers,
Singers and screamers.
Forget all the dangers.
Come ancestors, guardians, Goddesses too,
You who teach us, you who speak true,
You who plant, and you who reap,
You who soar and you who creep,
You who cook, and you who drum,
You who have been, and you yet to come,
You who fight with the sword,
You who fight with the pen.
Unreasonable women,
Unmanageable men.
Come harpies and banshees and gorgons and Witches;
Come sweet loving hearts and furious bitches!"

"Break the chains that have kept us bound.
Weave a web to pull the monster down.
In the face of truth, no lie can stand.
Weave the vision, strand by strand.

"We are sweet water, we are the seed,
We are the storm wind to blow away greed.
We are the new world we bring to birth;
The river rising to reclaim the earth."






"You have to take seriously the notion that understanding the universe is your responsibility, because the only understanding of the universe that will be useful to you is your own understanding."
                                                                                                                           --Terence McKenna


Full Moon Dates - SF

Moon Calendar

Moon Phases Calendar

NASA Eclipses

Astro Ephemeris

Astro Glossary

Melanie Reinhart

Juan Antonio Revilla

Jessica Murray

Lara Owen

Solar System Scope

Astronomy Picture
of the Day

Steven Forrest

Christine Page

Laurence Hillman

Mosaic Voices

Joseph Campbell

Joseph Campbell
Power of Myth



Mario Martinez & Tami Simon - Empowerment and "Navigating the Drift" 100212
Embodying The Four Immeasurables - Dr. Mario Martinez 072211

Anodea Judith Chakra Intensive, The Seven Keys - begins March 7th
Intro to The Seven Keys - February 2013

Donna Eden - Introduction to Energy Medicine

Brené Brown: Listening to shame TED March 2012
Brené Brown: The power of vulnerability TED June 2010

Using Fairy Tales, Metaphors, Mythology & Images for Healing and Personal Growth with Dr. Gudal

Sacred Geometry 101E: Metatron's Cube

Jessica Murray on Freedom and Power: The Uranus-Pluto Years @ CIIS Nov 2012

The Tree Of Knowledge (Terence McKenna) [FULL] 1992

Carl Jung: Face to Face [FULL INTERVIEW]

Keiron Le Grice - Rediscovering An Ensouled Cosmos 080711
scroll down for audio

OpenMythSource conversation - Willi Paul & Keiron Le Grice 051411

Terence McKenna - Complete Program - Hallucinogens & Culture
--Thinking Allowed

Marcia Angell - Doctor-assisted dying @ 00:06:00
Julie McCormick - Memory, storytelling, a new Iliad @ 00:29:14

Audio from KPFA Against the Grain 102912

An Introduction to the Transcendental Meditation Technique



"Shamanic Journey": Drumming & Rattling


Journal of Psychological Astrology - Issue One
   - Others


Dane Rudyar - Renaissance Man of the 20th Century
-Melanie Reinhart

Larry Dossey, MD- The Brain as Filter: On Removing the Stuffing from the Keyhole

Edward Frederick Block IV, Ph.D. - The Astrological Matrix & the Neurobiological Basis of Human Behavior

Hygiea, Chiron &Ophiuchus, Stellar Healers of the Cosmos

Minor Planet Eris

C. George Boeree: The Story of Psyche and Eros

“[In any great discovery] we find the often disturbing and happy experience: ‘It is not I; I have not done this.' Still, in a certain way it is I — yet not the ego... but... a more comprehensive self.”
                                                                                               -- Baron Carl Friedrich von Weizsäcker,
                                                                                                  German physicist and philosopher

"People say I have created things. I've never created anything. I get impressions from the Universe at large and I work them out. But I am only a a plate or a recorder or receiving apparatus, what you will. Thoughts are really impressions that you get from outside."
                                                                                                                             --Thomas Edison




Inanna - Queen of Night
c. 1800 BCE Iraq - The British Museum


The Sumerian goddess of love and war, Inanna or Ishtar, was Nanna's daughter and associated with the Underworld


Inanna, Queen of Heaven and Earth - Diane Wolkstein

Descent into the Underworld

Interpretation of Inanna’s Descent Myth

Lilith Astrol - Triple Goddess

On Lilith's association with Inanna

The Dark Goddess Lilith
by M. Kelley Hunter 1999

Forum discussion of Lilith in book Inanna, Queen of Heaven and Earth

Lilith - the dark moon

Lilith and the Black Moon
by Juan Antonio Revilla

Lillian Broca's Lilith series


"And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom."
                                                                                                                           --Anaias Nin

"If you want to build a ship, don't drum up the men to gather wood, divide the work, and give orders. Instead, teach them to yearn for the vast and endless sea."
                                                                                                                           --Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Seeking Beauty's Place in our Time

by James Hubbell

My world is the world of objects, of inner musing made real, a world of things not necessarily coming from ideas. Yet, there are thoughts and ideas that have been extremely important to me through the years. One is Beauty. This word, at least in the art world, has been out of favor for a good part of this century. I would like to see its reintroduction into the modern world with the understanding that Beauty, like love, has the power to change things. It can also help us make decisions and unite the disparate elements in our lives.

Why has our time turned away from Beauty? Why have we been party to the catastrophic destruction of culture and nature in this century? In our rush to idealize what we thought was the scientific, rational approach —our wish to harness nature— we turned away from those concepts not easily explained in scientific terms, such as spirit, love and beauty. Albert Einstein has characterized our age as being one of "perfection of means, confusion of aims."

In my late teens, I was doing two kinds of paintings. One kind was by most standards, grotesque —people contorted, things out of shape. I realized that these works did not give me pleasure to do, so I decided not to do them anymore. I made up my mind, I am not sure why, to follow Beauty. I also decided not to try and define Beauty. I find now that I will often do a work, and in my mind say that it is not beautiful, yet a year or so later realize that it is. I learn from making the art object and my work tells me new things about beauty.


What I call Beauty is far from what we call pretty. A plastic rose no matter how well fashioned can never be beautiful; it can only grow dusty. It is the full cycle of life of a real rose that gives it its beauty. Knowing that it wilts and dies is the essence of its wonder. Mozart's music is beautiful because there is within the wonderful melody both the pathos and the joy of being human.


Beauty must contain within it not just the sunshine but the shadows. And an art that contains only the darkness leads only downward. It is in that precarious balance at the edge of heaven and hell that the power of Beauty lies.

Beauty can be a guide in helping us put together a complex world and be a tool to help us make changes for the better. Our particular time in history is marked by indecision and misdirected efforts, not only in the technical fields but also in such diverse worlds as politics, architecture, philosophy, and culture. We are unsure about life, why we are here, or even how to make a decision about what we value most. We begin to sense that even those paths laid out by science and technology may not take us where we wish to be. Beauty can be the arbiter of paths.

It may not be the "way" but it can help us in choosing the "how." At the present time, we have a great many tools and technical know-how to make a new world: everything from stainless steel hip bones to sustainable houses and cities. But how do we relate these things to life and each other so that they truly serve life? It is here that a sense of Beauty and balance can help us give form and meaning to what otherwise would be scattered possibilities. Einstein says, "The most beautiful experience we can have is the mysterious. It is the emotion which stands at the cradle of the True Art and True Science."

There is a connection of beauty, both inner and outer, to love. Both can open up within us feelings that seem to be outside of fear. Putting aside fear even for a moment begins to change things. Somehow beauty and love awaken that part in us that allows us to be ourselves. I have come to call this, "to give light." It can come through an individual or a work of art. It is very much one human reaching to another and allowing for the wholeness of the other.

I believe we underrate even our traditional concept of beauty. Why is nature so prolific in endowing its creations with magic of form, color, and diversity? Is it merely for competition and procreation? Or does the beauty of the flower or an Indian maiden dressed in her beaded buckskin change the rules of the game? Is beauty perhaps the physical manifestation of love? Does Beauty open the door and allow Love in?

Some years ago, we built a small house for some friends. It is used for counseling. It was designed specifically for inner healing. A great deal of effort was put into how it would be experienced.... the entering of it was by a falling sculptural space with a surprising light within. All because we believe that space and light can transform our understanding of who we are and what life is about.

It is my hope that we are rediscovering Beauty. Not the "pretty" of the 19th century or the ugliness of this century, but a robust kind of Beauty that accepts the intertwining of chaos and order, and of darkness and light... one that guides and transforms life because it sees life as a whole. Can we learn to put a sense of Beauty to work for us?


James Hubbell is an internationally recognized artist and architect. Visit his web site
to view examples of his artistic vision and his public projects designed to feed the soul


"We have been to the moon, we have charted the depths of the ocean and the heart of the atom, but we have a fear of looking inward to ourselves because we sense that is where all the contradictions flow together."
                                                                                                                            --Terence McKenna


Encyclopedia Mythica

Myth Index

Theoi Greek Mythology

Roman Myth Index

Thinking Allowed

Isis Institute tapes

Donna Cunningham

Learning Strategies

Sacred Mysteries

Barbara Hand Clow

New Millenium Being

Bob Marks, Astrologer

Steven Forrest

Sherene Scholstak

Sherene Schostak, Astrol
/ Jungian psychotherapist

Depth Astrology

Third Millenium
Library -
Ancient History



Mountain Astrologer

Daniel Amen - Change Your Brain, Change Your Life

Celebration of the life of Jack Fertig
Face to Face - Episode 14 Season 3 - with Astrologer Jack Fertig
Jack Fertig - Sister Boom Boom - dies
Jack Fertig (1955-2012)

Astronomer Ken Croswell - "Curiosity" lands on Mars @ 00:06:20
Dava Sobel - Copernicus @ 00:38:10

Audio from KPFA Letters and Politics 080612

1 Giant Leap - Trailer
‘It’s the most ecstatic thing, to just be yourself’ 071212

Terence McKenna -- Eleusinian Mysteries

NASA | SDO's Ultra-high Definition View of 2012 Venus Transit

The Pentagram of Venus
Transit of
Transit of
The June 2012 Venus Transit by Dr Chet Snow

Venus in 2012: Its retrograde movement, its occultation of Mercury & its transit of the Sun

Lunar Eclipse in Sag & Venus Occultation in Gemini - June 4-5, 2012

The Venus Transit of the Sun, 6/5-6 - Astrology - for Everyone

Planet Waves FM :: Continuing Coverage from UAC

All Alone in the Night
Time-lapse footage of the Earth as seen from the ISS

POWER Shift: Uranus Square Pluto & Regulus into Virgo

Walking on Air
Time lapse sequences photographed by the Expedition 30 crew aboard the International Space Station

Terence McKenna ~ Dreaming Awake at the End of Time


Image and Symbol: A Path to the Realization of the Self

John Major Jenkins -What is the Galactic Alignment?

Heinous Hybrids -Why the Quincunx is No Minor Aspect -Donna Cunningham

David Whyte: 10 Questions that Have No Right to Go Away

Quest for Compassion: The Wounded Self and the Grail - story of Percival

The Archetypes by C. G. Jung

Amazon Roster - Brave Women Warriors

Demetra George - Asteroids and Mythic Astrology

For a New Beginning

Wild Geese

Three Conjunctions
of Uranus and Pluto

Dane Rudhyar 100965

"Our own impulse to create and evolve is the direction of “God” in evolution, not just a human need, not just a blind effort to survive or reproduce, but in fact an implicate order of growth, the urge to self-evolve. I realized that each of us is the universe in person. Our motivation to evolve is the "soul of evolution" experienced as our subjective desire for self-evolution, for communion with others, with nature and with Spirit."
                                                                                                                             --Barbara Marx Hubbard

"They wished to flower, and flowering is being beautiful: but we wish to ripen, and that means being dark and taking pains."
                                                                                                                              --Rainer Maria Rilke


Norwac Audio Lectures

Debra Clement podcasts

Anchored in Astrology

Bay Area Science

Saturn Return Stories

Debbie Ford
-- Facebook

The Emergence Project

InnerSelf Astrology


Welcome to YOUR Truth! - Venus Retrograde & the Gemini/Sagittarius Eclipses - May/June 2012

Terence McKenna's last video interview with John Buzard
October 1998


The Art of Living: A Free Stanford Course Explores Timeless Questions

Shadow & Substance
Displaying popular astronomy visually & entertainingly

A Conversation with Terence McKenna and Ram Dass (1992)

Caroline Casey and Daniel Giamario

Audio from KPFA The Visionary Activist 110311

Matthew Stelzner - The Joy of Astrology - 10-21-11

Carl Jung - A World of Dreams 1 of 5

Carl Jung - Approaching the Unconscious 1 of 15

Cosmos and Psyche with Rick Tarnas 1 of 3

Debra Clement & Dena DeCastro - Saturn Cycles

Venus Transits 2004 & 2012
Transit of Venus 8.6.04.avi

Archetypal Astrology: Embodying the Planetary Gods - Sherene Schostak

John Hagelin, Ph.D on Consciousness 1 of 2 - Part 2

Maharishi on Transcendental Meditation - Larry King Live


Dan Millman - The Life You Were Born to Live
- Life Purpose Calculator

Sheila Foster - The Golden Child

Barbara Marx Hubbard - The Unfolding Story of My Discovery of Conscious Evolution and Evolutionary Spirituality

Financial astrologer charts stock market's course 061212

Can Planets Affect Your Portfolio? - Forbes Magazine 022012

The Solar System

Journey into the uncharted voids of the Milky Way 120711

You Are Who You Are Eric  Francis 012111

Our Life's Foundation -- The Personal Soul Cluster - Hank Wesselman

When Astrology Listens - Eric Francis

This is Your Brain on Metaphors 111410

Open Season - Robert M. Sapolsky 033098

"If you don't know the trees…you may be lost in the forest, but if you don't know the stories… you may be lost in life."
                                                                                                                              --Siberian Elder
"Some day you will be old enough to start reading fairy tales again."
                                                                                                                              --C. S. Lewis


Dane Rudhyar Audio

Rudhyar Archival Project

International Academy
of Astrology

Kepler College

FAA Past Exams

Breaking Down Borders
November 2010

Astrology on the Web

Astro Logos

Kristin Fontana

Jeff Jawer channel

Assoc for the Study of
Women & Mythology

Positive News

The Big Myth

Carl Boudreau

Spiritual Wiki

Guns & Butter

Making Histories

Against the Grain

Debra Clement & Lisa Finander -- Astrology & Tarot

741 Hz Frequency Awakening Intuition

Rick Levine - The 1960's, 2012 and the Turning of the Seasons 1-4

Lynne McTaggart - Living with Intention session one - 1 of 8

MUSICAL RAPTURE A Healing Gift for Humanity

Alchemy of Nine Dimensions: Barbara Hand Clow (1 of 12)

Creating Dispositor Trees ( 1 & 2)

Return of the Magi Astrology Trailer
Return of the Magi

Nassim Haramein - The Resonance Project

Audio from KKCR Kauai Radio -- The Resonance Project

Carl Calleman and Beth Green

Zane Stein on Chiron

Texas Milky Way Time Lapse (Nikon D90)

Astrologers Lyn Goldberg & Linea Van Horn on The Galactic Embrace

Precessional Cycle of the Holy Cross - 300 pixel MP4 Movie

Daniel Giamario & John Major Jenkins - The Galactic Alignment,
the Precessional Cycle and the Turning of the Ages
- Interview 020207

INELIA BENZ : the full interview with Bill Ryan from Project Avalon

Conscious Partnering Conference - audios



Lara Owen - The Astrology of Love in Midlife

Lara Owen - Phoenix Rising: Menopause and Other Midlife Transformations

Prometheus Unbound Meets Hades Bound!

Sun & Moon

Solar & Lunar Eclipses
1940 - 2011

Moon Phases 2011

Sun Aspects

What is a Solar Arc?

Eclipses’ Doors of Perception

The Moon's Nodes

Nodes of the Moon - Spiritual

Understanding the Moon Phases

Lunar Phases in Natal Chart

Interpreting Lunar Nodes


** Tools / Ephemerides /
Calculators, etc. **

"Remember that you are at an exceptional hour in a unique epoch, that you have this great happiness, this invaluable privilege, of being present at the birth of a new world."
                                                                                                                             --Sri Aurobindo




Christine Page - Intuitive Wisdom

Audio from Inspiring Women Summit

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Sarah Kay: If I should have a daughter ...

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Venus and Mars Position Tables 1950 - 1995

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The Evening and Morning Star

The Planet Venus in Ancient Myth and Religion

Venus Morningstar: Harbinger of Illness?

Mayan-Aztec Calendar: The Century Cycle & Earth-Venus Conjunctions

Which Sign does Venus Really Rule?


** Misc Astro Articles **

"We can become authentically public only by first going to the depths of the private. At the heart of the uniqueness of the individual lies the universal. Every person's deepest ecstasies and fears are old as mankind and common as dirt. Thus, the greatest freedom for the individual comes  from the love of many stories. The strongest state is the one that keeps the fewest citizens in jails, insane asylums, and ghettos. ... [O]pen the doors behind which you imprison the citizens of your private commonwealth. ... [F]orm a community of teller and listener. It is a call to revolution; seize the authority to create your own story."
                                                                               --Sam Keen and Anne Valley-Fox, Your Mythic Journey


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Aspect Pattern Configurations
Those Wild Out-of-Bounds Planets
All 12 Signs Rising  --  Personality and Physical Traits by Ascendant
Intercepted Signs
Does Uranus Rule Astrology? - Dane Rudhyar
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Planets in Exaltation, Detriment and Fall
Table of Dignities and Debilities
How to read Ptolemy's table of Essential Dignities
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How to Build a Dispositor Tree
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New Millennium Being #179 - REALITY SHIFT 2011
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"One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light but by making the darkness conscious."
                                                                                                                              --Carl Jung

"It is easier to try to be better than you are than to be who you are.  If you are trying to live by ideals, you are constantly plagued by a sense of unreality. ... And when the crunch comes, you have to recognize the truth: you weren't there."
                                                                                                                             --Marion Woodman

"If success or failure of this planet and of human beings depended on how I am and what I do, how would I be?  What would I do?"
                                                                                                                             --Buckminster Fuller

"We do not grow absolutely, chronologically. We grow sometimes in one dimension, and not in another; unevenly. We grow partially. We are relative. We are mature in one realm, childish in another. The past, present, and future mingle and pull us backward, forward, or fix us in the present. We are made up of layers, cells, constellations."
                                                                                                                           --Anais Nin

"The truly creative mind in any field is no more than this: A human creature born abnormally, inhumanly sensitive. To him a touch is a blow, a sound is a noise, a misfortune is a tragedy, a joy is an ecstasy, a friend is a lover, a lover is a god, and failure is death. Add to this cruelly delicate organism the overpowering necessity to create, create, create — so that without the creating of music or poetry or books or buildings or something of meaning, his very breath is cut off from him. He must create, must pour out creation. By some strange, unknown, inward urgency he is not really alive unless he is creating."
                                                                                                                          --Pearl S. Buck

"We know that every good idea and all creative work are the offspring of the imagination, and have their source in what one is pleased to call infantile fantasy.  Without this play with fantasy no creative work has ever yet come to birth.  The debt we owe to the play of imagination is incalculable.  It must not be forgotten that it is just in the imagination that a man's highest value may lie."
                                                                                                                         --Carl Jung

"How is it possible that a being with such sensitive jewels as the eyes, such enchanted musical instruments as the ears, and such fabulous arabesque of nerves as the brain can experience itself anything less than a god.."
                                                                                                                         --Alan Watts

“We’re living in a time where we each need a tremendous amount of courage — a fierce kind of attention and intentionality. The doorway is always through your vulnerability, the experience where you are open to the world whether you want to be or not.

“I’ve come to consider vulnerability as a form of imaginative intelligence, and the good news is that it can be cultivated. The real challenge is the pain that comes with vulnerable living. When pain arises, it is tempting to say to yourself: ‘If this is the way that God is playing, no thanks, I’ll back up.’ Self-compassion is needed to understand this.

During and after the season of pain, the question that comes up is: “Will I turn back to vulnerability, to living a wholehearted life?”

                                                                                                                        --David Whyte




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The Golden Child

© Sheila Foster 2012

I spent July writing for hours almost every day, working on a story for an anthology on love revealed through grief. My focus was my relationship with my dear uncle, the man who raised me from age three to 21. I began with a laundry list of memories of things we did together, and it was poignant, beautiful, heart-wrenching, teary, grief-filled, and delightful to re-member so many things I had long forgotten.

It was a deep excavation of known and unknown layers of love and heartbreak in my life with him. The great treasure appeared when I found an old torn black and white photo in my childhood album which I had looked at many times over the years, but had never truly seen until that moment. In that photo, I am about four, sitting on my uncle's knee, looking into his fifty-year-old face and he is looking into mine. My little face is beaming with radiant joy and we both have big smiles. The love between us is palpable and my heart immediately broke open with tears of love. I knew that he knew that I existed! I also realized that not only did he bring me joy, but I was a joy to him! I had never taken that in before.

These realizations filled me with grace and gratitude for the blessing of my uncle who was an intelligent, kind, and loving man who truly saw me in the midst of a heartbroken, traumatized family. I also wept with joy for that little, radiant me who, with him in the moment this photo was taken and many others before I went to school at six, was pure and utterly untouched by any of the trauma I had experienced before going to live with him. I saw the Golden Child that I was then--an image of myself that had been hidden behind the long-held image of the trauma child. I experienced pure grace in this soul retrieval of the Golden Child as she came alive within me day by day writing; my body shook with deep re-membering and I experienced a profound shift of identification. Now when i look back, I see and feel this Golden Girl as well as the one who suffered.

We all have a Golden Child within us, a core of being that has remained utterly pure and untouched by any trauma. So often, we become identified with the trauma child, the one who suffered greatly, that the Golden Child falls into the shadow. You may have a memory of a single moment, or times with a grandparent, an animal, in nature, or alone as a child when this Golden Child was present and you felt pure joy, fully present, untouched by anything painful that has happened.

If you don’t recall any Golden Child moments, consider looking through old photos, as they may evoke memories. When I looked at my album, it was as if I had never seen that photo before. I also noticed that there were no other photos of me with that kind of love and radiant joy on my face until I was an adult woman and had done a lot of inner psychological and spiritual work. Writing the memories was so amazing, as each one catalyzed another. I started with a list then expanded on it, filling our the details of each event. Making art, doing a collage, finding and framing a photo of your Golden Child and putting it where you can see it each day can help integrate this aspect of our younger, pure, radiant self, and shift the paradigm of your present identity.


Temple of the Sacred Feminine   







10 Questions That Have No Right to Go Away

The thought-provoking poet David Whyte considers what we should be asking ourselves—especially when we least want to confront our own answers.

By David Whyte
June 15, 2011

The marvelous thing about a good question is that it shapes our identity as much by the asking as it does by the answering. Nine years ago, I wrote a poem called "Sometimes" in which I talked about the "questions that can make or unmake a life ... questions that have no right to go away."

I still work with this idea. Questions that have no right to go away are those that have to do with the person we are about to become; they are conversations that will happen with or without our conscious participation. They almost always have something to do with how we might be more generous, more courageous, more present, more dedicated, and they also have something to do with timing: when we might step through the doorway into something bigger, better—both beyond ourselves and yet more of ourselves at the same time.

If we are sincere in asking, the eventual answer will give us both a sense of coming home to something we already know as well a sense of surprise—not unlike returning from a long journey to find an old friend sitting unexpectedly on the front step, as if she'd known, without ever being told, not only the exact time and date of your arrival but also your need to be welcomed back.

Here are my 10 Questions That Have No Right to Go Away.

1) Do I know how to have real conversation?

A real conversation always contains an invitation. You are inviting another person to reveal herself or himself to you, to tell you who they are or what they want. To do this requires vulnerability. Now we tend to think that vulnerability is associated with weakness, but there's a kind of robust vulnerability that can create a certain form of strength and presence too.

There are many tough conversations, but one of the most difficult is between a parent and an adolescent daughter, partly because as a parent we are almost always attempting to relate to someone who is no longer there. The parent therefore usually tries to start the conversation by offering a perspective that the daughter finds not only out of date but also unhelpful; the daughter then replies by way of defense with something just a shade more unhelpful, and so the process continues. A year or so ago, I found myself in exactly this dynamic, my daughter's bedroom door slamming shut just as I was just about to say that last, deeply satisfying unhelpful thing.

But I caught myself and said, "David, this isn't a real conversation. How do you make this a real conversation?" I gave it the old 10-minute cooldown time, walked into the kitchen, made tea and put out a tray, and on the tray: a plate of cookies, a milk pitcher, a cup and a saucer. Then I knocked on her door and said in a very different, more invitational voice, "Come on, Charlotte, I've made tea. Let's go and have a talk."

As soon as I put the tray down and we had sat next to each other, almost by accident I happened to say exactly the right thing—I said, "Charlotte, tell me one thing you'd like me to stop doing as a father. And tell me one thing you'd like me to do more of." She suddenly gazed up at me with a lovely look in her eyes, one I knew from her very early infancy. She was engaged again because at last I was really inviting her to tell me who she had become—not who she had been or who I wanted her to be—but who she was now.

2) What can I be wholehearted about?

So many of us aren't sure what we're meant to do. We wonder if we're simply doing what others are doing because we feel we don't have enough ideas or even enough strength of our own.

There was a time, many years ago, working at a nonprofit organization, trying to fix the world and finding the world didn't want to be fixed as quickly as I'd like, that I found myself exhausted, stressed and finally, after one particularly hard day, at the end of my tether, I went home and saw a bottle of fine red wine I had left out on the table that morning before I left. No, I did not drink it immediately, though I was tempted, but it reminded me that I was to have a very special guest that evening.

That guest was an Austrian friend, a Benedictine monk, Brother David Steindl-Rast, the nearest thing I had to a really wise person in my life at that time or at any time since. We would read German poetry together—he would translate the original text, I read the translations, all the while drinking the red wine. But I had my day on my mind, and the mind-numbing tiredness I was experiencing at work. I said suddenly, out of nowhere, almost beseechingly, "Brother David, speak to me of exhaustion. Tell me about exhaustion."

And then he said a life-changing thing. "You know," he said, "the antidote to exhaustion is not necessarily rest."

"What is it then?"

"The antidote to exhaustion is wholeheartedness. You're so exhausted because you can't be wholehearted at what you're doing...because your real conversation with life is through poetry."

It was just the beginning of a long road that was to take my real work out into the world, but it was a beginning.

What do I care most about—in my vocation, in my family life, in my heart and mind? This is a conversation that we all must have with ourselves at every stage of our lives, a conversation that we so often don't want to have. We will get to it, we say, when the kids are grown, when there is enough money in the bank, when we are retired, perhaps when we are dead; it will be easier then. But we need to ask it now: What can I be wholehearted about now?

3) Am I harvesting from this year's season of life?

"Youth is wasted on the young" is the old saying. But it might also be said that midlife is wasted on those in their 50s and eldership is very often wasted on the old.

Most people, I believe, are living four or five years behind the curve of their own transformation. I see it all the time, in my own life and others. The temptation is to stay in a place where we were previously comfortable, making it difficult to move to the frontier that we're actually on now.

People usually only come to this frontier when they have had a terrible loss in their life or they've been fired or some other trauma breaks open their story. Then they can't tell that story any more. But having spent so much time away from what is real, they hit present reality with such impact that they break apart on contact with the true circumstance. So the trick is to catch up with the conversation and stay with it —where am I now?—and not let ourselves become abstracted from what is actually occurring around us.

If you were a farmer, and you tried to harvest what belonged to the previous season, you'd exhaust yourself trying to bring it in when it's no longer there. Or attempting to gather fruit too early, too hard or too late and too ripe. A person must understand the conversation happening around them as early in the process as possible and then stay with it until it bears fruit.

4) Where is the temple of my adult aloneness?

In 1996, I wrote a poem called "The House of Belonging." In it, I spoke about the small, beautifully old house I came to live in after the end of my first marriage. In the poem, I wrote:

This is the temple of my adult aloneness
and I belong to that aloneness
as I belong to my life.

That temple was the house I moved into after the end of a chapter in my life. There I would live alone, but also with my son a good deal of the time. It was a new start. There was a great deal of grief in letting go of the old, but I was so very excited about my new home. I felt that even though it was such a small house and an old house, it had endless new horizons for me, as if the rest of my life was just beginning from that place. It is important to have the equivalent of this house at every crucial stage in our lives. Where do you have that feeling of home? Do you have it in your apartment? Do you have it when you walk along the lakeshore or the seashore? Where do you have that sense of spaciousness with the horizon and with your future?

Gaston Bachelard, a French philosopher, said that one of the beautiful things about a home is that it is a place where you can dream about your future, and that a good home protects your dreams; it is a place where you feel sheltered enough to risk yourself in the world.

5) Can I be quiet—even inside?

All of our great traditions, religious, contemplative and artistic, say that you must a learn how to be alone—and have a relationship with silence. It is difficult, but it can start with just the tiniest quiet moment.

Being quiet in the midst of a frenetic life is like picking up a new instrument. If you've never played the violin and you try to play it for the first time, every muscle in your body hurts. Your neck hurts, you don't know how to hold that awkward wavy thing called a bow, you can't get your knuckles round to touch the strings, you can't even find where the notes are, you are just trying to get your stance right. Then you come back to it again, and again, and suddenly you can make a single buzzy note. The time after that, you can make a clearer note. No one, not even you, wants to listen to you at first. But one day, there is a beautiful succession of notes and, yes, you have played a brief, gifted, much appreciated passage of music.

This is also true for the silence inside you; you may not want to confront it at first. But a long way down the road, when you inhabit a space fully, you no longer feel awkward and lonely. Silence turns, in effect, into its opposite, so it becomes not only a place to be alone but also a place that's an invitation to others to join you, to want to know who's there, in the quiet.

6) Am I too inflexible in my relationship to time?

In Ireland, where I spend a great deal of time, they say, "The thing about the past is that it isn't the past." Sometimes we forget that we don't have to choose between the past or the present or the future. We can live all of these levels at once. (In fact, we don't have a choice about the matter.)

If you've got a wonderful memory of your childhood, it should live within you. If you've got a challenging relationship with a parent, that should be there as part of your identity now, both in your strengths and weaknesses. The way we anticipate the future forms our identity now. Time taken too literally can be a tyranny. We are never one thing; we are a conversation—everything we have been, everything we are now and every possibility we could be in the future.

7) How can I know what I am actually saying?

Poetry is often the art of overhearing yourself say things you didn't know you knew. It is a learned skill to force yourself to articulate your life, your present world or your possibilities for the future. We need that same skill as an art of survival. We need to overhear the tiny but very consequential things we say that reveal ourselves to ourselves.

I have one friend who, when she is in a quandary, goes out for a drive in her car and sings. Whatever she's grappling with, she sings about it—to the windscreen, to the road, to the oncoming traffic. Then she overhears herself singing how she actually feels about something and what she should do about it.

Sometimes she pulls up to a stoplight, other people look over and she's singing, slightly crazed, into the windscreen, but that's her way of finding out.

8) How can I drink from the deep well of things as they are?

In the West of Ireland, there are very old, very sacred wells everywhere. The locals call them "blessed wells" or "holy wells." At them, you find notes to the dead, bits of ribbon, keepsakes that people have left when they've said a prayer for a child or someone who's sick. Often a local church will have a Mass out there once a year. These holy wells are everywhere, and they're part of the local imagination and have been for thousands of years.

So to me, a well, a place where the water springs eternal all year round, is a very real, blessed place to stop and think. Almost always, when I'm struggling over a particular situation, I realize that I am only looking at the surface of the problem and refusing to go for the deeper dynamic that caused all the tension in  the first place.

All intimate relationships—close friendships and good marriages—are based on continued and mutual forgiveness. You will always trespass upon your friend's sensibilities at one time or another, or your spouse's. The only question is, Will you forgive the other person? And more importantly, Will you forgive yourself? We have to deepen our understanding, make ourselves more equal to circumstances, more easy with what we have been given or not given. We must drink from the deep well of things as they are.

9) Can I live a courageous life?

If you look at the root of the word "courage," it doesn't mean running under the machine-gun bullets of the enemy, wearing a Sylvester Stallone headband, with glistening biceps and bandoliers of ammunition around one's neck. The word "courage" comes from the old French word coeur meaning "heart." So "courage" is the measure of your heartfelt participation in the world.

Human beings are constantly trying to take courageous paths in their lives: in their marriages, in their relationships, in their work and with themselves. But the human way is to hope that there's a way to take that courageous step—without having one's heart broken. And it's my contention that there is no sincere path a human being can take without breaking his or her heart.

There is no marriage, no matter how happy, that won't at times find you wanting and break your heart. In raising a family, there is no way to be a good mother or father without a child breaking that parental heart. In a good job, a good vocation, if we are sincere about our contribution, our work will always find us wanting at times. In an individual life, if we are sincere about examining our own integrity, we should, if we are really serious, at times, be existentially disappointed with ourselves.

So it can be a lovely, merciful thing to think, "Actually, there is no path I can take without having my heart broken, so why not get on with it and stop wanting these extra-special circumstances which stop me from doing something courageous?"

10) Can I be the blessed saint that my future happiness will always remember?

Here's the explanation for what sounds like a strange question. I have a poem called "Coleman's Bed" about a place in the West of Ireland where the Irish saint Coleman lived. The last line of that poem calls on the reader to remember "the quiet, robust and blessed saint that your future happiness will always remember."

We go to places of pilgrimage where saints have lived, or even to Graceland, where Elvis lived, because these people gave something to the rest of us—music or good works— that has carried on down the years and that was a generous gift to the future.

But that blessed saint could also be yourself—the person who, in this moment, makes a decision that can make a bold path into the years to come and whom your future happiness will always remember. What could you do now for yourself or others that your future self would look back on and congratulate you for—something it could view with real thankfulness because the decision you made opened up the life for which it is now eternally grateful?

David Whyte is the author of The Three Marriages, Crossing the Unknown Sea, and poetry collections including River Flow and Everything is Waiting for You.    






Wild Geese

You do not have to be good.
You do not have to walk on your knees
for a hundred miles through the desert, repenting.
You only have to let the soft animal of your body
love what it loves.
Tell me about despair, yours, and I will tell you mine.
Meanwhile the world goes on.
Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain
are moving across the landscapes,
over the prairies and the deep trees,
the mountains and the rivers.
Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air,
are heading home again.
Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,
the world offers itself to your imagination,
calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting--
over and over announcing your place
in the family of things.

© Mary Oliver. Online Source







For a New Beginning

by John O’Donohue

In out-of-the-way places of the heart,
Where your thoughts never think to wander,
This beginning has been quietly forming,
Waiting until you were ready to emerge.

For a long time it has watched your desire,
Feeling the emptiness growing inside you,
Noticing how you willed yourself on,
Still unable to leave what you had outgrown.

It watched you play with the seduction of safety,
And the grey promises that sameness whispered,
Heard the waves of turmoil rise and relent,
Wondered would you always live like this.

Then the delight, when your courage kindled,
And out you stepped onto new ground,
Your eyes young again with energy and dream,
A path of plenitude opening before you.

Though your destination is not yet clear
You can trust the promise of this opening;
Unfurl yourself into the grace of beginning
That is at one with your life’s desire.

Awaken your spirit to adventure;
Hold nothing back, learn to find ease in risk;
Soon you will be home in a new rhythm
For your soul senses the world that awaits you.






Interview with Rick Tarnas

by Nina Gryphon

Nina Gryphon, NCGR Membership Director, is conducting a series of interviews with Advisory Board Members. The fourth to appear is with astrologer Rick Tarnas.

Nina: How did you first get into astrology?

Rick: My interest in astrology came in stages. During my undergraduate years (1968-72), I had frequent conversations with a Harvard professor of theology and psychology named Hans Hofmann, who was from Switzerland and had studied with Jung. We usually spoke about Jung and Freud and other psychological subjects we were both interested in, but one day he unexpectedly mentioned a few things about my natal chart. I very much respected the professor, and even though, like most twenty-year-olds then and now, I thought I was progressive and perhaps even radical in my thinking and range of interests, I was quite surprised that he (and Jung) apparently took astrology seriously. I didn't follow up at that point, but that was the first knock on the door. (As Liz Greene rightly says, it seems that astrology chooses you more than you choose astrology.) In the next few years, I read more about Jung's astrological interests, and also some of Rudolf Steiner's writings that were supportive of an astrological cosmology. These encounters opened me intellectually to the possibility that astrology might have validity.

But in these matters, it's direct experience that makes the difference. It was when I moved to Esalen Institute in Big Sur, California in 1974 that things really changed. I found that the Esalen community, including its resident physician and other well-educated teachers and members of the staff there, took astrology quite seriously. Much more than at Harvard even in the countercultural sixties and early seventies, at Esalen astrology was just part of the everyday vocabulary and way of understanding people and life, along with related ideas like karma, synchronicity, the Tao, shamanic and psychedelic journeys, multiple dimensions of reality, and so forth. What one might call an "enchanted" world view was simply part of the basic atmosphere everyone lived and breathed there: an ensouled cosmos, with human beings informed by larger purposes and meanings than were perceived or even allowed by the disenchanted materialist world view of the conventional modern mind.

In those first couple of years, I received several astrological readings that I found persuasive, and began to read the works of Dane Rudhyar (who had taught at Esalen in the sixties), Marc Edmund Jones, Charles E. O. Carter, Ptolemy, and others. Finally, the big breakthrough happened in early 1976 when Stan Grof, Esalen's scholar in residence, introduced me to a visiting astrologer, Arne Trettevik, who showed us how to hand-calculate our own transits and birth charts. I had come to Esalen to work on my doctoral dissertation on the subject of LSD psychotherapy with Stan, a psychoanalyst who was the world's preeminent researcher in psychedelic therapy and a founder of transpersonal psychology. As we began to examine carefully the correlations between planetary transits and the timing and character of their psychedelic experiences, both our own and others, we were astonished by the precision and consistency of the archetypal correspondences. Astrology seemed to be, as Stan put it, a kind of Rosetta stone of the human psyche. The basic principles and forces that were evidenced in the astrological research seemed to validate not only Jung's understanding of archetypes as the fundamental formal essences of the human psyche, but of Plato's understanding of the cosmos as informed by archetypal Ideas or Forms. In the depths of Jung's archetypal psyche was the Platonic-Pythagorean archetypal cosmos, as Jung's later research in synchronicity and astrology had suggested. The correspondences between the innermost reaches of the human psyche and the cosmic motions of the planets pointed to a vastly expanded understanding of both psyche and cosmos, suggesting an evolving world soul or anima mundi. As Plotinus put it, "everything breathes together," the heavens above and human life below.

Because so many people came to Esalen to explore a wide range of powerful methods of personal transformation and healing, and were constantly undergoing intense transformative experiences, Esalen was the perfect laboratory to do this kind of research. For the rest of the ten years I lived there, I studied many hundreds of individuals' birth charts and transits and tracked their experiences and potential correlations. From there, I moved to studying the major breakthroughs and biographical turning points in the lives of countless cultural figures like Galileo and Einstein, Joni Mitchell and Bob Dylan, Martin Luther King and Rosa Parks. The evidence was quite breathtaking. Finally, I expanded the research to include the great outer-planet cycles and their extraordinarily consistent correspondence to major historical epochs and cultural shifts.

Nina: How did you start a practice?

Rick: This happened quite naturally. To begin with, as I was doing the research just mentioned, Esalen friends wanted to have me interpret their charts and transits. They just lined up each day as I was working at the gate shack at Esalen's entrance, writing my dissertation. Eventually, a couple of years after I received my Ph.D., I was asked to become Esalen's "astrologer-in-residence" (a newly created job), where I gave hundreds of readings to visiting seminarians, teachers, and staff members, and simply passed on their payments directly to Esalen, which continued to pay me my usual staff salary. I was 28 then, but then as I turned 29, Esalen asked me to become the director of programs and education, which was a major responsibility and brought an end to my full-time astrological practice. I kept up the research, however, wrote my first astrological essay ("Prometheus the Awakener"), and continued to give occasional readings. A few years later, after I left Esalen to work full-time on writing The Passion of the Western Mind (a history of Western thought), I gave readings to support my little family while writing.

But when in the early 1990s I became a professor of philosophy at the California Institute of Integral Studies, and founded the Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness graduate program there, I could no longer manage to give individual readings. There was just not enough time in the week. However, CIIS did ask me and Stan to teach our research on archetypal astrology and transpersonal psychology, and over the past twenty years hundreds of CIIS students learned about astrology through these classes and began their own research in this area. It's become a kind of lingua franca (or lingua astralis) within our Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness community, with archetypal astrology used to illuminate not only our individual and collective experiences but also philosophical and cosmological issues as well. We see it as a kind of philosopher's stone as well as a powerful symbolic vocabulary of great relevance for everyday life.

Nina: Do you have any advice or guidance to astrologers who are starting a practice now?

Rick: There's so much one could say. Of course, be sure to study the classics, know the history, read Rudhyar and Ebertin, Rob Hand, Stephen Arroyo, Liz Greene, Charles Carter, and so forth. Study many, many natal charts, transits and progressions, and many biographies. Also, I believe counseling astrologers should have some training in psychology and counseling; without some awareness of how projection, transference, and counter-transference work, one's readings can be psychologically quite naïve and unskillful. It's also important to do enough research to recognize the multivalent nature of the archetypes, and how our birth charts and transits generally do not entail literal concrete predictions but rather provide profound insight into the archetypal potentialities of our lives across many dimensions, internal and external. I would urge us all to do a lot of deep inner work and engage in initiatory practices, whether through depth psychotherapy or sacred medicine journeys, holotropic breathwork or meditation practice. It's there in these non-ordinary depths of consciousness where one gains access to direct experience of the archetypes, the gods, rather than just a textbook "key word" kind of dashboard knowledge.

Finally, all of us astrologers today also have to bear the great tension of opposites within us of simultaneously knowing the immense value of astrology in illuminating virtually every field of study and every aspect of human life, while we live in a culture and an era when astrology is so widely negated, scorned, and caricatured. Perhaps this is the fate of all great spiritual and even scientific discoveries (or rediscoveries). But in practical terms, the beginning professional astrologer has to make his or her way into creating a practice outside the usual structures of the mainstream culture. Here I think it can be extremely helpful to become expert in at least one other area of knowledge--it could be in psychotherapy or history, philosophy or medicine, ecology or social justice, business or the arts. Establish a reputation there, and then you are in a better place to form a bridge for others to walk across into the larger, deeper world view that astrology offers.

One also needs to develop ways of speaking about astrology that non-astrologers can understand, so you're not locked into astrological jargon that is unintelligible to most people. In our age it's important to be bridges and enablers of others, exploring the mysteries together, rather than inflated high priests giving monological predictions and instructions. We want to help others become their own priests and priestesses, so to speak, to be able to see how we are drawing whatever conclusions and insights we're sharing with them. We don't want to just give them fish, we want to teach them how to fish for themselves. Despite the mainstream world view and established cultural attitude, the interest in our knowledge is tremendous, even among highly educated professionals who wouldn't ever publicize their receiving private readings. But we have a responsibility to provide that knowledge with great care and humility.

Nina: As we wind down the Uranus-Pluto square, do you have any relevant words of wisdom for the astrological community?

Rick: I personally believe we are still deeply engaged with the Uranus-Pluto square, and that this alignment still has another five years or so to go--till about 2020. If one researches carefully the historical correlations of the Uranus-Pluto cycle, or any of the outer-planet cycles, the evidence is overwhelming that the archetypal forces involved are operative in the collective psyche for a full 10 degrees before and after exact alignment with the squares, and about 15 degrees for conjunctions and oppositions. I set out a large body of historical correlations that support these orbs in Cosmos and Psyche. If we just think of the Uranus-Pluto conjunction of the 1960s, for example, we wouldn't in retrospect consider that the relevant phenomena were winding down in 1966, the last year the planets were exact, but rather that they extended and were even heightened during the subsequent years of 1967-72, when the planets were still within the larger orb. The typical Uranus-Pluto phenomena--greatly intensified social and political protest and rebellion, cultural creativity, scientific and technological advance, unleashed instinctual energies, revolutionary movements that often become violent, the heightened collective impulse towards freedom and change, empowerment of youth, women, ethnic and racial minorities, sexual orientation, ecological activism and the voice of the Earth, the general sense of history accelerating--all these will likely continue to be quite robust for several more years.

I believe that the evidence from both historical and biographical correlations suggests that the major aspects between planets should be seen as corresponding not to on-and-off light switches, as it were, with all the focus on the exact alignment within a degree or two, but rather as marking great archetypal wave forms that emerge, crest, and then surge through the collective or individual psyche and lifeworld. Often it's during the later years when the field is really saturated by the archetypal energies that we see many of the most memorable Uranus-Pluto events (think of the Moon landing and Woodstock in the summer of 1969, or the events in Paris in May 1968). So I think that the Uranus-Pluto square of our time, as well as the more recently formed Saturn-Neptune square, are the dominant lenses through which we can recognize the deeper currents informing our current moment. (If anyone would be interested in a more detailed analysis of these archetypal combinations and cycles, I published a couple of essays, "World Transits 2000-2020: An Overview" and "The Ideal and the Real," in the Archai Journal of Archetypal Cosmology . You can download them from the Archai website,, or from, on the Essays page.)


Thank you for this opportunity to share these thoughts with the NCGR community.

Richard Tarnas is a professor of psychology and cultural history at the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco, where he founded the graduate program in Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness. He has also taught archetypal studies and depth psychology at Pacifica Graduate Institute in Santa Barbara. He is the author of The Passion of the Western Mind, a history of the Western world view from the ancient Greek to the postmodern that is a required text in many universities; and Cosmos and Psyche: Intimations of a New World View, which received the Book of the Year Prize from the Scientific and Medical Network in the UK. Formerly president of the International Transpersonal Association, and member-at-large on the Board of Governors of the C. G. Jung Institute of San Francisco, Rick lectures widely in the U.S. and Europe. His website is




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