Thank you. Because you had recommended it I bought another copy of Cosmos and Psyche by Richard Tarnas. I had gotten it some years ago and read the introduction having been intrigued by the initial description of the project. I didn’t realize it was astrology and when that became obvious I lost interest and gave it away grumpily or else simply deleted it.
I made more headway on it this time but was sidetracked on discovering Archetypal Cosmos by Keiron Le Grice. I’m still reading it but it much influenced what I wrote in this last article. This is a project now and I will write more directly on this although I have people interested in my previous article on early Buddhism as a tool for the 21st century. These are actually all the same thing and that is becoming clearer by the day.
Because I was impressed with your original response I have expanded into this. Again, thank you. Other people also suggested Le Grice and I’ve found that more focused on the questions that I have. Obviously I have problems with the huge amount of historical work done on planetary patterns as the intersection with particle physics and quantum mechanics really doesn’t distinguish a few planets and a moon in one system. Quantum entanglement totally ignores our perceptions of ‘distance’ so it would seem at the level of cosmic structure proximity is another illusion.
This doesn’t deny the influence of the components of our solar system but it doesn’t do much to justify looking at that to the exclusion of star systems, galaxies, and really big pieces such as dark matter/energy.
Ok, the other part of this is myth creation as an illustration of our mental archetypes as part of our universe to improve understanding. But if these are all, actually, the same and we are using these to illustrate patterns and effects some of the historical astrological pares are irrelevant. I’m not sure of this and having a little trouble there also. Not with pantheism or the vague Jungian vision of a totally shared subconscious but with what matters and doesn’t.
I guy I knew years ago in the Air Force, during a previous war, was known to dismiss things he couldn’t figure out by saying, “It don’t make no never mind!” After forty years I still have not gotten to the bottom of that statement. No matter how far down you go it still doesn’t really come to rest as positive or negative.
On another note this whole thing looks as if it is a delusion created by too much information without adequate processing power to handle indexing and sorting. So people just pick what they want. Perhaps quantum computing is the answer but we probably will never be able to do more than wait to be told by our ML systems that they have solved the problem and we wouldn’t understand the answer if they gave it to us so, sorry.