9 - 18, 2006
"Anima Mundi and the Individual"
Co-Creating the Future with Astrology
Darby Costello and Richard Tarnas
World-renowned astrologers, scholars, teachers and authors Richard
Tarnas and Darby
Costello came together to create this fascinating
and illuminating 9 day intensive astrological workshop in the
tropical paradise that is Bali.
[A] mood of universal destruction and renewal . . . has
set its mark on our age. This mood makes itself felt everywhere,
politically, socially, and philosophically. We are living in
what the Greeks called the kairos—the right moment—for
a "metamorphosis of the gods," of the fundamental
principles and symbols . . . So much is at stake and so much
depends on the psychological constitution of the modern human.
. . . Does the individual know that [s]he is the makeweight
that tips the scales?
Carl G. Jung
The Undiscovered Self
We live in a time of tremendous change when the fate of the
individual is closely intertwined with the fate of the collective
and of the planet itself. And never before have individuals
had such a potential for influencing and co-creating the larger
unfolding drama of the world.
Astrology offers us a powerful tool for illuminating and navigating
the shifting archetypal dynamics of the individual and the collective
psyche, as well as the mysterious interaction between them.
For those who have been initiated into its realm of understanding,
astrology is a kind of “Rosetta Stone,” revealing
the deeper impulses of the anima mundi, the soul of the world,
and translating the language of the cosmos into human understanding.
Depth psychology in the past century has shown us that our personal
unconscious encompasses collective, transpersonal, archetypal,
ecological, ancestral, and even cosmic dimensions. Astrology
shines a light on this radically expanded vision of the soul.
Knowing our natal chart, our personal transits, and the ongoing
major planetary cycles (the ‘world transits’), helps
us to make conscious what is unconscious. This offers us greater
freedom and greater responsibility to participate intelligently
and creatively in the unfolding of these forces and patterns,
rather than being merely their puppets. We also begin to forge
what James Hillman has called an “archetypal eye”:
that capacity to see through the particular and concrete to
discern the universal and mythic.
One of the most helpful practices for personal growth and self-awareness
is that of intensive transit analysis. By tracking carefully
the correlations between the patterns of our experience and
the positions of the planets in the sky as they align with our
natal charts, and by cultivating a capacity for archetypal discernment,
we are better able to recognize the universal forces shaping
our lives. Such a practice also requires us to pay attention
to the larger historical context of our personal transits, as
reflected in major past, present, and upcoming outer-planet
alignments and the archetypal dynamics of the collective psyche
in which we are all embedded. This workshop is intended to be
of interest and value to students of astrology at all levels.
In the course of our time together, we will explore the following
questions and topics:
can we use astrology to best navigate our relationship with
ourselves; our families and communities; the larger world;
and the cosmos itself?
can we use astrology to better negotiate our individual journey
within the context of the ongoing collective journey,
with its changing epochs, the shifting zeitgeist, and
the planetary crisis of our time?
is the relationship between personal transits and world transits—the
ongoing movements and alignments of the planets in the sky
at any given moment that reflect the unfolding patterns of
collective human experience?
can astrology be illuminated and made more powerful a tool
by incorporating the concepts of depth psychology, at the
same time that astrology can in turn illuminate and empower
are the most significant outer-planet alignments of our time?
How can we understand and then participate in them more fully?
can music, film, and the arts serve as a window into the zeitgeist,
revealing the depths and dynamic unfolding of the collective
psyche? How can astrology enhance our appreciation of the
arts, and how can the arts enhance our understanding of astrology?
did Jung's understanding of synchronicity expand his world
view, and what does this imply for our understanding of astrology?
is the anima mundi, and what does astrology suggest about
the connection between the collective unconscious and the
can astrology shine a new light on extraordinary moments of
breakthrough and awakening in our lives, and on the mystery
of extraordinary individuals and creative genius?
can our understanding of the Solar and Lunar positions in
our charts let us see through the social and cultural stereotypes
that keep us chained to outworn images of what is male and
what is female?
role can individual psychotherapy, healing, and the spiritual
path play in the face of the great historical challenges facing
humanity and the Earth today?