All posts filed under: archetypal

Chakrapani Ullal

Early Saturday morning October 28, 2017 our beloved friend and teacher Chakrapani Ullal passed into the light of consciousness. He was the true master of Vedic Astrology and the teacher to generations of astrologers. He was also the close friend of Swami Muktananda. People from all over the world came to his home to have consultation with him, yogis, public officials, movie stars, businessmen, ordinary people, and people from all religions, and all states of life. He was very private person and a great teacher of philosophy. He was beloved by his wife and son. We will miss him. With gratitude, Peter Matthew Bauer (with Rudy & Sharon Bauer)  

Note on Today’s Solar Eclipse

August 21, 2017 The eclipse today speaks to much of what has happened over the last two years in the United States and serves as an important catalyst for massive change in our present days to come. In Indian astrological systems, eclipse is represented by the archetypes Rahu & Ketu: the head and tail of the cosmic snake, the Kundalini awakening, the archetypes of shadow, of psyche, of all that is hidden and arising. A central metaphor of the Eclipse is that of the snake momentarily devouring the Sun and the Moon, all becoming shadow. At this moment, it may useful to consider that the United States as a nation has recently entered into its 17 year Rahu major cycle. In other words, today in many ways encapsulates the governing myth for the coming era. It is an era that holds both a feeling of apocalypse and also one of evolution, awakening and revolution. It is important that we recognize all of its conflicting and potential energies. It is a terrifying and overwhelming moment, but …

The Cosmology of Protest

On January 26, the planet Saturn changed astrological sign. From a sidereal perspective, it entered Sagittarius after more than 2 years in Scorpio. This movement coincides with the continued paradigm shift of the US entering its new major cycle of Rahu, an Indian archetypal idea I wrote about at length in my last letter and best described as a massive awakening of psyche and energy for the nation that is both revolutionary and, at times, apocalyptic, violent and overwhelming. While Saturn is a planet of profound self realization and self liberation, its previous position in Scorpio was very difficult and magnified by interactions with the planet Mars. This led to a long and chaotic period where basic clarity and self awareness was difficult to access. For many, fears and uncertainty seem to dominate and confusion reigned. Nonetheless, Scorpio was also a sign of great depth and energy. In many ways it served as a harbinger of the Rahu cycle, the collective psyche opening up and erupting. Saturn’s movement into Sagittarius, our present position, could be …

Notes on the Present Election Part I

Dear friends, Recently, I’ve been discussing the 2016 election with some of my astrological students as we study global prediction. I thought now might be a good moment to begin sending out a few notes on what we’ve discussed. Below is a Vedic astrological view of the present atmosphere of our world as well as a look at the Republican candidate Donald Trump. Part II will discuss his opponent Hillary Clinton. As covered in my last newsletter on the Mars-Saturn conjunction, much of what we see in terms of world events this year will be colored by the interaction of these two planets. The heavy contractive energies of Saturn hold the fire of Mars, our life force and our will to action, both paralyzing and agitating us all at once. This creates chaos and uncertainty that will continue from February of this year until mid September.  This energy often creates very impulsive and wasteful actions. We want to act, we need to do something but we don’t know what it is, so we act without …

The Conversation Within Astrology

Contemporary understandings of astrology as well as those of other forms of divination will often focus on prediction. Whatever the motivation, no matter how partisan one may be for their subject, such focus finds one arguing for a pseudo-science with little validity, trapped in a concrete and objectivist frame of mind alone when, to speak of divination, is to speak of an esotericism directly antithetical to such argument (Click on the picture for more)

The ‘Alam al-Mithal: Henry Corbin & the Sufi Ibn ‘Arabi

“Here we shall not be dealing with imagination in the usual sense of the world: neither with fantasy, profane or otherwise, nor with the organ which produces imaginings identified with the unreal,” writes Corbin. Rather, we speak of “a universe endowed with a perfectly ‘objective’ existence and perceived precisely through the Imagination.” As in certain aspects of Tibetan Buddhism such as Dzogchen, this organ of Imagination is the direct doorway into, and state of, the archetypal experience. Read more…

Longchenpa and Heidegger

Longchenpa & Heidegger  The Kayas & Multidimensionality from An Archetypal Astrological Perspective / Lecture notes from Peter Matthew Bauer, Seminar on existential psychotherapy at the Washington Center For Consciousness Studies. November 2014. / When we talk about astrology from an archetypal perspective, we are speaking outside the limited and concrete realm of prediction and fortune telling, which, in many ways, is our own mechanistic and modern derivative of the form and more so, its entire undoing. Instead we are trying to resurrect a lost art, a lost language of consciousness. From this archetypal perspective, we are talking about the dramas of our own lives as phenomena and sensory experience infused with awareness, the nirmanakaya in the Buddhist languaging. We are speaking about the planets  as archetypal symbol and myth, as cosmological forces that are an entrance into the archetypal realm, the sambogakaya in that same languaging, and even further into the pure and unmediated space of awareness, the dharmakaya. In this light, astrology can show us the world within us and our self within the …