Soul, Symbol and Imagination
The Artistry of Astrology
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Soul, Symbol and Imagination
Astrology is so much more than a predictive and prescriptive typology. It is a soulful and evocative tradition that engages us in both rational and imaginal ways of knowing. As a practice involving the archetypal world of ideas, images and symbols, it places the practitioner in between the event and the soul’s experience, as the one who can see through the literal to the symbolic. Each horoscope is an invitation to consider the gods that live through us and the archetypal powers that pave our path of life. And since astrology is intimately involved with the heavens, it will always be intimately involved with the divine. In this way astrology is divinatory, as it concerns the will of the gods and inspires a knowledge that is beyond our rational control and often outside our own understanding.
The Artistry of Astrology is a meditation on astrological practice and an invitation to return imagination to the heavens.
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Praise for Soul, Symbol and Imagination – The Artistry of Astrology
Its effect on this reader was to slow me down, make me reflective, read the book one topic per day. This allowed the time for thoughts, feelings, experiences, and perspectives on my long relationship with the teaching and practice of astrology to be evoked in response to Brian Clark’s fine writing. He provides many moving examples of his work with both clients and students to illustrate his narrative.
Although it is primarily aimed at astrologers and students of astrology, I would also recommend Soul, Symbol and Imagination to anyone for whom considerations of the soul and the intangible, mysterious, mythical and magical dimensions of life are of nurturing significance in their lives. Reductionism has far too strong a hold on our culture at the present time. Hopefully, though, we are already seeing a younger generation emerging whose minds are more open to the realms into which Brian Clark leads us in this beautiful, soulful book. I will certainly be recommending it highly to my colleagues and students.
In discussing the power of symbol, Clark articulates their “poetic, ironic, and ambiguous” qualities: “Being illogical, mysterious and contradictory, symbols are naturally paradoxical”. He talks about engaging the client in the symbolic process and mentions that some of his early experiences in consultations, … “before I had any formal counselling training” were profoundly instructive to his understanding – a clue, I think, to the sincerity of his approach.
Soul, Symbol and Imagination: The Artistry of Astrology is an Odyssey deep into the heart of astrology. Anyone who embarks on this journey and trusts where it is leading, will never view astrology in the same light again. It will open doors into the world of the Night, revealing astrology as a language of the soul with the power not only to inform, but to transform. I highly recommend this book to anyone who has ever gazed up at the night sky and stood in awe at the vast canopy of stars that embrace us, and who wishes to enrich their understanding of astrology as an art bequeathed to us by the stars.
On September 2, 2020 Tony Howard from Astrology University interviewed me on Soul, Symbol and Imagination – you can listen to the podcast at: