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  • Published: 24 April 2007
  • ISBN: 9780452288591
  • Imprint: Plume
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 592
  • RRP: $45.00

Cosmos and Psyche

Intimations of a New World View



A groundbreaking book that explores how astrology can inform our understanding of the events that have shaped our world—the inspiration for the docuseries Changing of the Gods.

In these pages, distinguished philosopher and cultural historian Richard Tarnas traces the connection between cosmic cycles and archetypal patterns of human experience. Based on thirty years of meticulous research, and on thinkers from Plato to Jung, Cosmos and Psyche explores the planetary correlations of epochal events like the French Revolution, the two world wars, and September 11.

This brilliant book points to a radical change in our understanding of the cosmos, shining new light on the drama of history and on our own critical age. It opens up a new cosmic horizon that reunites science and religion, intellect and soul, modern reason and ancient wisdom. Whether read as astrology updated for the quantum age or as a contemporary classic of spirituality, Cosmos and Psyche is a work of immense sophistication, deep learning, and lasting importance.

  • Published: 24 April 2007
  • ISBN: 9780452288591
  • Imprint: Plume
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 592
  • RRP: $45.00

About the author

Richard Tarnas

Richard Tarnas, Ph.D., is Distinguished Rockefeller Faculty, Professor of Philosophy and Psychology, at the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco, and is director of its programme in Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness. A graduate of Harvard University and Saybrook Institute, he was formerly director of programmes and education at Esalen Institute.

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Praise for Cosmos and Psyche

"Breathtaking in the scope and scale of its vision, this extraordinary book shatters our cosmological assumptions . . . Spellbinding, eloquent, compelling."—Christopher Bache, professor of philosophy and religious studies, Youngstown State University "Majestic, sweeping, and profoundà This will be a book for the ages."—William Van Dusen Wishard, author of Between Two Ages: The 21st Century and the Crisis of Meaning

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