What is archetypal cosmology?
The archetypal cosmology hypothesis is that the planetary patterns in the solar system represent a deep level of our mind. It employs astrology to chart out human existence’s changing themes and rhythms.
“It uses astrologies, methods of interpreting these patterns formed by the planets as they move on their orbits, it uses that to map the psyche. Astrology can be seen as a kind of archetypal map using an external planetary frame of reference to understand the shifts that are happening within the depth of the psyche. And this can be used to understand cultural changes. It can be used to understand the basic pattern of the human personality.”
Keiron Le Grice, Chair of the Jungian and Archetypal Studies Specialization at Pacifica Graduate Institute
The sun, according to Le Grice, has to do with ego, consciousness, and the hero archetype. In this sense, the hero represents intent, will and individuality. The moon is associated with the child archetype, as well as with the relationship between the child and great mother. Saturn is linked with the senex, or wise old man, which pertains to age, authority, maturation, and death.
9 Features of Archetypal Cosmology
1. Relates planetary cycles to archetypal figures in human life.
2. The goal is for its claims to adhere to a high degree of methodological rigor and epistemological humility. As a result, it is research oriented, evidenced based, and value-neutral in its knowledge claims.
3. Extends the growth-oriented perspective of psychological astrology and clarifies its explanation of the inner world.
4. Places astrology within an archetypal framework, and explains how astrology is connected to cosmology, defining archetypes as cosmological principles that are both transcendent and immanent. They shape, influence, and animate nature at every level, both inside and outside.
5. Acknowledges the multidimensional and intra-dimensional variance, and also polyvalence of astrological archetypes, which emphasises their fundamental indeterminism.
6 Accentuates the co-creative participatory role of the psyche in molding behavior, as well as drawing developmental experiences, thus emphasizing the self’s obligation for its constantly growing outcome.
7. Establishes synchronicity as the key to comprehending feedback connections between internal and external reality – as represented by the horoscope – and for transcending the modern dualism of an alive, purposeful, evolving self being a part of a lifeless, accidental, mechanistic universe.
8. Draws on science, philosophy, and religion to build a theoretical foundation for the observed links between mind and cosmos. The result is creation of a more comprehensive worldview.
9. Concentrates on the inner life and inner substance of the cosmos (its nature endowed with a soul), which is its intelligence, consciousness, and apparent teleology. It also explores how this interiority is both the basis of the mind and the subconscious, as well as the foundation for mutually dependent ever developing cosmos that is structured systematically and organised holonomically.