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.
"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
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 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
In the Jung On series, leading scholars and analysts bring together a key selection of Jung’s writings on a broad range of topics. Books in the series establish a clear framework and include the most significant passages from across Jung’s oeuvre, enabling the reader to get the most out of the contents.