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Jung on Astrology

ISBN 9781138230736
Published September 18, 2017 by Routledge
234 Pages

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Book Description

Jung on Astrology brings together C. G. Jung’s thoughts on astrology in a single volume for the first time, significantly adding to our understanding of Jung’s work.

Jung’s Collected Works, seminars, and letters contain numerous discussions of this ancient divinatory system, and Jung himself used astrological horoscopes as a diagnostic tool in his analytic practice. Understood in terms of his own psychology as a symbolic representation of the archetypes of the collective unconscious, Jung found in astrology a wealth of spiritual and psychological meaning and suggested it represents the "sum of all the psychological knowledge of antiquity."

The selections and editorial introductions by Safron Rossi and Keiron Le Grice address topics that were of critical importance to Jung—such as the archetypal symbolism in astrology, the precession of the equinoxes and astrological ages, astrology as a form of synchronicity and acausal correspondence, the qualitative nature of time, and the experience of astrological fate—allowing readers to assess astrology’s place within the larger corpus of Jung’s work and its value as a source of symbolic meaning for our time.

The book will be of great interest to analytical psychologists, Jungian psychotherapists and academics and students of depth psychology, Jungian and post-Jungian studies, as well as to astrologers and therapists of other orientations, especially transpersonal.

Table of Contents





Part I: Contexts and Opinions


1 Astrology’s Place in the Modern West

2 Jung’s View of Astrology

3 Astrology as Archetypal: Planets and Gods


Part II: Astrological Symbolism in Jung’s Writings


4 Planetary and Zodiacal Symbolism

Signs of the Zodiac

Sun Symbolism

Sun and Moon Symbolism

Venus and Mars Symbolism

Mandalas, Birth Charts, and the Self

5 Fate, Heimarmene, and Ascent through the Planetary Spheres

6 Astrology and Medicine


Part III: Astrological Ages


7 The Symbolic Significance of the Precession

Astrological Ages and Cultural Transition

From the Age of Aries to the Age of Aquarius

Astrological Ages and Christian Symbolism

The Coming Age of Aquarius

8 The Sign of the Fishes

9 The Prophecies of Nostradamus

10 The Historical Significance of the Fish


Part IV: Explanations of Astrology


11 As Above, So Below: The Microcosm-Macrocosm Correspondence

12 Astrology as Projection

13 Astrology as Mantic Method

14 Astrology as Causal Influence

15 Synchronicity and the Qualities of Time

16 Number and Archetypes

XVII Acausal Orderedness and the Unus Mundus



Gret Baumann-Jung: Some Reflections on the Horoscope of C. G. Jung



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Safron Rossi is a professor of mythology and depth psychology in the Jungian and Archetypal Studies specialization at Pacifica Graduate Institute, California. For many years she was Curator of the Joseph Campbell and James Hillman manuscript collections. She writes in the fields of archetypal psychology, mythology and astrology.

Keiron Le Grice is a professor of depth psychology and program chair in the Jungian and Archetypal Studies specialization at Pacifica Graduate Institute, California, and co-founder of the Institute of Transpersonal and Archetypal Studies (ITAS). He is the author of several books and a founding editor of Archai: The Journal of Archetypal Cosmology.


"This book is long overdue. The authors have filled an important gap in the Jungian literature. Scholars of Jungian psychology and astrologers will gain much from the editors’ sensitive and detailed appreciation of the importance that Jung gave to astrology. The editors’ grasp of both Jung’s psychology and astrological symbolism gives them a unique ability to synthesize and bridge these fields. For those of us interested in spiritual and emotional growth, this work will be invaluable." - Lionel Corbett, MD; Jungian Analyst and Professor at Pacifica Graduate Institute, USA

"Jung on Astrology is a book my colleagues and I have long hoped for. Not only has Jungian psychology had a profound influence on the development of contemporary astrology, but the accumulated insights of the astrological tradition subtly shaped Jung’s thinking about the nature of archetypes, the predispositions of his patients, and the ages of history. The full extent and impact of Jung’s long involvement with astrology is still being uncovered, and this compilation by Le Grice and Rossi can now serve as a foundational text for future studies." - Richard Tarnas, Ph.D.; Professor at California Institute of Integral Studies, USA