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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 …