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(eBook - Astrologia - EnG) - Rudhyar, Dane - The Astrology of Transformation

(eBook - Astrologia - EnG) - Rudhyar, Dane - The Astrology of Transformation



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Biblioteca Esoterica Esonet.ORG
Rudhyar Archival Project
Biblioteca Esoterica Esonet.ORG
This book could be called my astrological testament,
in the sense that it brings to aconclusion my attempt to reformulate and give a new direction to modern astrology.The first part of this 45-year-long endeavor began in 1933 when I started to write forthe then new magazine
American Astrology
 , founded by Paul Clancy, a series of monthlyarticles which was to last for more than twenty years. The first group of articles was usedas a foundation for my book,
The Astrology of Personality
 , published in 1936 at therequest of Alice Bailey who had started the Lucis Press in New York.This first part of my astrological work was brought to a conclusion in 1968 when Iformed the International Committee for a Humanistic Astrology (ICHA) and wrote sixessays now published as
Person-Centered Astrology
(N.Y.: A.S.I. Publishers). The secondpart began with the publication of
(PaloAlto, CA: Seed Center, 1975) and
The Sun Also a Star; The Galactic Dimension ofAstrology
(N.Y.:A.S.I. Publishers). This present volume concludes what I am able to sayconcerning what I call "transpersonal astrology."I began to use the term
in 1930, long before the movement oftranspersonal psychology was started, and with a meaning quite different from the onethe word has recently taken on in the field of psychology. I defined as transpersonal aprocess of "descent" of transcendent spiritual power and illumination
the normalconsciousness, and eventually through the whole personality of a human being. Thesource of that power and light exists in a realm "beyond" the personal consciousness andthe ego, but I saw in the transpersonal action a
of power rather than an
of aperson's consciousness and emotions. In traditional religious terms, as a man prays to Godhis soul reaches up to the Divine; and God answers by an outpouring of "grace" — adescent of the Holy Spirit. The transpersonal approach I have been presenting does notfollow any strictly religious system of thought; neither is it "mystical" in the usual sense ofthe term. It is essentially metaphysical and cosmological — or one may say
 , as it refers to cosmic "being"
.The term metaphysical, however, need not frighten anyone, because as I am using it, itsimply refers to the expansion and generalization of very concrete, universal experiencesand everyday modes of operation. For example, the two basic approaches to life-situationsand personal problems I discuss in the first chapter of this book are matters of commonhuman experience. All I have done is to go to the root of what they reveal, and to showthat they can be related to opposite, yet from a more inclusive point of view,
cosmic polarities — the same polarities Chinese philosophy has namedYin and Yang.Thus, basic human experience provides the foundation for what can become,potentially at least, powerful symbols evoking new possibilities in our lives.Unfortunately, however, most people are still unaware of the immense power of the
Biblioteca Esoterica Esonet.ORG
symbols, and of the complex sequences of symbols forming the great mythos on whichculture is always based. Perhaps most unfortunate yet, many young people grosslyunderestimate, or refuse to consider, the effect on what they call their "personal" lives ofthe symbols of the culture in which they have been born and raised. Especially because ofthe transcendent character of the transpersonal approach to life I have been presenting, Ihave had to use symbols to convey its basic realizations.Astrology is the main symbol I have been using. It deals with the central problem ofhuman existence, because it refers to the most basic of all such problems: the meaning ofthe relationship between man and the universe of which he is a part. It does so because the
prima materia
 , as it were, of astrology refers to the most primordial and universal of allhuman experiences (at least, as far as our present humanity is concerned): the experienceof the sky in its day and night aspects, thus of light and darkness, of waking consciousnessand sleep. What astrology essentially does is merely to interpret this experience of the sky.It can be, and always has been, interpreted in two ways: (
) the
symbolic and evocative
 way, which sees in the whole sky and the ordered motions of the lights of Sun, Moon,planets, and stars a revelation of the order of earthly nature in as well as outside of man —and, (
) the
empirical and descriptive
way, which seeks to give a systematic formulationto the correspondence between recurring events in nature and periodic changes in thepositions of, and interrelationships among celestial bodies.Today astronomy presents us with a picture of the sky fundamentally different fromthe ancient worldview. The human perspective has radically changed. We no longer thinkof the dualism of sky and earth, above and below. We are aware of the Earth as a planetwithin a solar system, which is but a small unit in an immense system of stars, the MilkyWay Galaxy — itself in turn only one of apparently billions of galaxies. Whether all thesegalaxies are contained within a closed space, the universe, or whether they spread out intoinfinite space — we really do not know, even if many theories have been advanced.Similarly, the validity of the picture of the constitution of human beings which ourWestern civilization had built on the foundation provided by the Hebraic and Greco-Latintradition has been challenged in several ways since the mid-nineteenth century. Thedualism of body and soul, of the human animal wedded to an angel, is giving way to themore complex concept of levels (or "planes") of being — of consciousness and activity.Such a concept is the foundation for not only the new and transpersonal approach toastrology I have initiated, but also for a multilevel kind of psychology which I hadenvisioned a long time ago — particularly in a large, unpublished volume,
The Age ofPlenitude
(1942) — and about which I have lectured in recent years. This approach topsychology was more specifically outlined in my most recently published book,
BeyondIndividualism; The Psychology of Transformation
(Wheaton, IL: Quest Books, 1979).This present volume riot only adapts to astrological thinking and practice thatmultilevel approach to an understanding of Man (in the archetypal and non-sexual senseof the term), but it adds many new details to the formulations presented in
. In this present book, the word "astrologer" could in most instances bereplaced by "psychologist", for my approach to the immensely complex problems

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