Richard Tarnas, Ph.D.
Stanislav Grof, M.D.
For centuries the focus of many astrology texts and readings, and of the astrological tradition in general, was predominantly directed to understanding the present personality and predicting future events. In the past century our understanding of the human psyche has been immensely expanded and deepened by the findings of the major schools of depth psychology—psychoanalysis, Jungian and archetypal psychology, transpersonal psychology. The discovery of the unconscious, and the gradual disclosure of its deeper layers—the personal biographical, the early childhood and infancy, the perinatal and prenatal, the transpersonal and collective unconscious, encompassing finally the archetypal and cosmic dimensions of the anima mundi—have greatly enriched the astrological understanding, which in turn has shone new light on the deep psyche and its dynamic unfolding.
In this two-day seminar, Drs. Tarnas and Grof will discuss the emerging vision of cosmically grounded depth psychology as well as a genuine depth astrology which integrates these important developments. Drawing on their forty years’ collaboration in research and teaching, they will present an overview of this new understanding of the human psyche and its complex relationship to the cosmos, with case histories and careful exposition of the relevant concepts and correlations.
Richard Tarnas, Ph.D., is a professor of philosophy and cultural history at the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco, where in 1994 he founded the graduate program in Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness. He frequently lectures on archetypal studies and depth psychology at Pacifica Graduate Institute in Santa Barbara, and was formerly the director of programs and education at Esalen Institute in Big Sur. A graduate of Harvard University and Saybrook Institute, he is the author of The Passion of the Western Mind, a history of the Western world view from the ancient Greek to the postmodern widely used in universities. His second book, Cosmos and Psyche: Intimations of a New World View, received the Book of the Year Prize from the Scientific and Medical Network, and is the basis for the upcoming documentary film Changing of the Gods. He is a past president of the International Transpersonal Association and served on the Board of Governors for the C. G. Jung Institute of San Francisco. His website is CosmosandPsyche.com.
Stanislav Grof, M.D., is a psychiatrist with more than sixty years of experience in research of non-ordinary states of consciousness. In the past, he was Principal Investigator in a psychedelic research program at the Psychiatric Research Institute in Prague, Czechoslovakia, Chief of Psychiatric Research at the Maryland Psychiatric Research Center, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD, and Scholar-in-Residence at the Esalen Institute in Big Sur, CA. Currently, he is Professor of Psychology at the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS) in San Francisco, CA, conducts professional training programs in Holotropic Breathwork and transpersonal psychology, and gives lectures and seminars worldwide. He is one of the founders and chief theoreticians of transpersonal psychology and the founding president of the International Transpersonal Association (ITA). In 2007, he was granted the prestigious Award >Vision 97< from the Václav and Dagmar Havel Foundation in Prague and in 2010 the Thomas R. Verny Award from the Association for Pre- and Perinatal Psychology and Health (APPPAH) for his pivotal contributions to this field. Among his publications are over 150 articles in professional journals and the books Beyond the Brain; LSD Psychotherapy; The Cosmic Game; Psychology of the Future; The Ultimate Journey; When the Impossible Happens; Healing Our Deepest Wounds; Modern Consciousness Research and the Understanding of Art; The Stormy Search for the Self; Spiritual Emergency; and Holotropic Breathwork (the last three with Christina Grof). His website is: stanislavgrof.com