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Astrology and the Archetypal Power of Numbers
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Publisher:  Ancient Tower Press ISBN-10:  0974762628 Type: 


Copyright:  Jan, 2011 ISBN-13:  9780974762623

Ancient Tower Press
Ancient Tower Press

Using The Theology of Arithmetic by Imablichus (translated by Robin Waterfield) as a primary source and point of departure, the book aims to give a visceral sense of number in a qualitative sense, weaving together a collage of ideas from mythology, cutting-edge science, history, politics, and personal experience.

Astrology and the Archetypal Power of Number is the second book in the Astropoetic Series.

Building upon the astro-logic of the chakras, introduced in the first book in the Series, Tracking the Soul With An Astrology of Consciousness, this new book shows how an integration of the chakras is implicated in our collective evolution. 

The book explores how number is 'pre-existent to consciousness' – encoded in our collective psychology as human beings, and in the construction of the universe of which we are conscious. The more deeply we go into this great mystery, the more apparent it becomes that not only does the world shape us into becoming who we think we are, but that as we participate consciously within the world, we help shape the animus mundi, or soul of the world.

This book will be published in two volumes. Part One (A Contemporary Reformulation of Pythagorean Number Theory) is a meandering exploration of the extant teachings of Pythagoras about number. Part Two (The Construction of the Birthchart by Number) is an explanation of how this Pythagorean sense of number is reflected astrologically, both in moments of historical significance and in the birthcharts and lives of individuals who have changed the course of history.

It seemed to me that those who had the most interesting ideas about the possibilities of human transformation were not concerned with the strictly quantitative dimensions of the human psyche. Instead, they seemed focused on its irrational power to evoke and wrestle with archetypal forces that changed their shape as consciousness was brought to bear upon them. As far as I could tell at this stage in my own understanding, this power of the psyche could not be measured by science, but rather had to be felt, sensed by intuitive faculties, and spoken of obliquely through story, metaphor, and analogy. A true transformation of the psyche’s wounds could not be brought about by manipulation or coercion. It had to be evoked through a compassionate dance of intentional courtship and openness to the mutability of color, tone, and luminescence in the tender soul at the bottom of the flask of circumstance in the laboratory of life.

Yet here I was, being taught to measure these wounds, the external factors that may or may not have caused them, and the effectiveness of various strong-arm tactics of intervention in terms of number. Unlike chemistry or physics, psychology could not be made to conform to immutable laws that would always ensure the same result each time an experiment was performed, despite the collective efforts of generations of psychologists who believed it should be able to. As a concession to the softness of the science beneath psychology, its truths were measured instead by statistics – number used, not as a statement of irrefutable fact, but as a measure of our ability to know or not know something definitive about human nature.

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