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Cosmos and Psyche: Intimations of a
New World View

A Weekend Workshop
with Richard Tarnas

October 13-15, 2006

In 1991, Richard Tarnas published The Passion of the Western Mind, regarded by many scholars such as Joseph Campbell and Huston Smith as one of the finest histories of Western thought ever written. What most of its readers did not know was that this work was written as a preparatory foundation for a second book containing a more revolutionary perspective. Cosmos and Psyche, just published this year, challenges the basic assumptions of the modern world view and points towards a profound new understanding of the human role in an ensouled cosmos. Based on thirty years of research, the new book sets out a remarkable body of evidence that suggests the existence of a systematic correspondence between planetary movements and the archetypal patterns of human experience.

This research began exactly thirty years ago at Esalen Institute in 1976, when Tarnas and Stanislav Grof, then Esalenís scholar-in-residence, discovered to their astonishment a consistent correlation between the timing of major psychological transformations and planetary transits to individualsí natal charts. In subsequent years, Tarnas expanded the compass of the research to include the biographies of hundreds of prominent cultural figures, as well as the dynamics of the collective psyche evident in major historical events and cultural epochs.

Join Richard Tarnas this weekend to explore the nature of this evidence, the new light it sheds on the human psyche and the unfolding drama of history, and the new horizon of possibility this cosmological perspective opens up at this critical moment in our quest to co-create the future.

Recommended reading: Richard Tarnas, Cosmos and Psyche: Intimations of a New World View (Viking, 2006).

Richard Tarnas teaches archetypal studies and the history of Western thought and culture at both Pacifica and the California Institute of Integral Studies, where he
founded the graduate program in Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness. He is the author of The Passion of the Western Mind, a narrative history of the Western world view from the ancient Greek to the postmodern. Its sequel, Cosmos and Psyche: Intimations of a New World View, was published earlier this year.

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