The Seven Gates of Soul

Table of Contents

Front Matter

About the Author

Acknowledgements

Introduction

Part One: Through the Gates of Religion

Chapter One: Toward a Working Definition of Soul

Redefining the Soul as an Embodiment of Spirit


Distinguishing the Embodied Soul From the Postmortem Soul


Reconsidering Past Life Experiences From the Perspective of the Embodied Soul


Distinguishing the Embodied Soul From Disembodied Spirits


Distinguishing Between the Embodied Soul and the Subtle Body


The Roots of the Embodied Soul in Spiritual Tradition


The Association of the Embodied Soul With Breath


Embracing the Earth as the Larger Body of the Soul


Returning Soul to its Rightful Place Within the Web of Life


The Spiritual Challenge Posed by Mortality


The Spiritual Ramifications of a Life Shaped by Death


The Systematic Denial of Death By Contemporary Culture

Chapter Two: Through Inanna’s First Gate Into the Embodied Life

The Fear of Death in Early Cultures


The Fear of the Soul’s Journey After Death


Toward a Cyclical Conception of Death as a Part of Life


The Cyclical Worldview and Its Association with a Desire for Release From Suffering


The Myth of Immortality


Extracting the Myth of Immortality From Its Cyclical Roots

The Embrace of Personal Immortality in the East


The Quest for Immortality in Early Chinese Shamanism


The Platonic Influence on Religious Concepts of Immortality


Augustine’s Influence as a Bridge Between Christianity and Platonic Thought


Passing Through the Gate of Immortality on the Way to the Underworld

Chapter Three: Shedding the Religious Concept of Sin

Exposing the Faustian Bargain of the Religious Approach to Soul


The Evolution of the Concept of Judgment in Western Culture


The Gradual Evolution of a Moral Conception of the Soul’s Journey


The Reinterpretation of Scripture in Moralistic Terms


The Evolution of a Moral Code in Islam


The Shift Toward a Moral Interpretation of the Soul’s Journey in the East


The Trend Toward Moralistic Judgment in Buddhist Thought


Other Influences on the Tendency Toward Moral Judgment in Eastern Religious Thought


The Transition From Natural Law to Moral Code in Chinese Religious Thought


The Role of Confucius as a Moralistic Interpreter of the Tao


Passing Through Inanna’s Second Gate into Realignment with the Tao

Chapter Four: Through Inanna’s Second Gate Into the Dance of Polarities

The Sexual Dilemma Faced By Moralistic Religions


Reclaiming the Sexual Nature of the Soul

Reclaiming Darkness as a Spiritual Force


Reclaiming the Feminine


The Psychological Price to Be Paid for the Knowledge of Good and Evil


The Soul’s Journey as a Quest for the Embrace of Opposites

The Institutionalized Negation of Polarity Through Monotheism


Astrology’s Potential Contribution to the Learning Process


Passing Through the Gate of Religious Morality on the Way to the Underworld

Part Two: Through the Gates of Science

Chapter Five: Shedding the Rational Literalism of Science

Questions About Soul at the Heart of the Early Scientific Debate


The Birth of Scientific Literalism


The Mythopoetry of the Moment in Which Science Was Born


The Intermingling of Worlds


The Triumph of Reason Over the Mythopoetic Imagination


The Further Deification of the Rational Mind in the 20th Century


Kant’s Refutation of Reason as A Tool with Which to Understand the Soul


The Soul’s Quest for an Understanding of the Whole


Reason’s Inability to Comprehend Wholeness


Astrology’s Potential As a Language of Wholeness and Interconnectedness


Using the Breath as a Point of Entry into an Awareness of the Whole

Chapter Six: Through Inanna’s Third Gate Into a Personal Learning Process

The Rationalist Ambivalence Toward Sensory Information


Sensory Information as a Conduit to an Awareness of Soul


The Power of Sensory Awakening


The Soul’s Natural Inclination to Pursue Pleasure and Avoid Pain


Pursuit of Pleasure and Avoidance of Pain as a Catalyst to Soul Growth


Emotion as a Catalyst to Soul Growth


The Craving of the Soul for a Polytheistic Language of Emotional Complexity


The Importance of Images, Symbols and Metaphors


The Unfortunate Embrace of Rationalism Within the Astrological Community


Approaching Astrological Images Through the Senses and Emotions

Chapter Seven: Shedding the Scientific Insistence on Objectivity

The Sophist’s Contribution to a Language of Subjectivity


Distinguishing Subjective Truth From Relative Truth


Socrates’ Affirmation of Personal Objectivity


Augustine’s Quest For Internal Objectivity


Aristotle’s Potential Contribution to a Truly Subjective Language of Soul


Aristotle’s Confirmation of the Objective World View


Dancing on the Edge of the Subjective Abyss With Descartes


The Systematic Denial of Purpose by Hobbes and Bacon

Chapter Eight: Through Inanna’s Fourth Gate Into a Sense of Purpose

Understanding The Soul’s Purpose as the Movement of Spirit Into Matter


Understanding Purpose as the Movement of Matter Toward Spirit


The Potential Value of a Subjective Quest for Knowledge


The Subjective Nature of the Soul’s Experience


Aristotle’s Contribution to a Language of Quality


The Systematic Denial of Quality by Science


The Empirical Dismissal of Quality


The Necessity for Evolving a Language of Soul Capable of Qualitative Nuance


The Qualitative Nature of Images That Feed the Soul


Contemporary Astrology’s Contamination by Objective Empiricism

Chapter Nine: Shedding the Scientific Concept of Causality

Aristotle's Distinction of Types of Cause

The Implications of a World Devoid of Final Cause


The Limitations of Efficient Cause As An Explanation For Subjective Behavior


The World as a Mirror for the Interplay of Light and Dark


Hume’s Critique of Causality


The Birth of Modern Empiricism


Toward an Acausal Principle of Soul

Chapter Ten: Toward an Acausal Understanding of Soul Process

Using Sheldrake’s Ideas as the Template for a Theory of Soul Resonance


Extending the Morphogenetic Field of the Soul to Encompass the World


The Power of the Hundredth Monkey


The Arrogance of Science in Assuming Causality to be the Only Possible Explanation


The Difficulty of Stepping Outside the Causal Paradigm


The Importance of Resonant Context in Extracting Subjective Truth


Applying the Concept of Resonance to the Astrological Model of Soul


Toward a Sensory Exploration of Planetary Resonance


Astrology’s Contribution to a Mathematics of Soul

Chapter Eleven: Through Inanna’s Fifth Gate Into Resonant Soul Space

The Great Debate About Space Among the Rational Cosmologists


Democritus’ Contribution to a Scientific Understanding of Space


Aristotle’s Concept of Place and Its Causal Reworking in the Scientific Revolution


The Symbolic Importance of the Geocentric Perspective


The Positivist Denial of Space’s Spiritual Dimensions


From Empty Space to Field Theory


The Quantum Revolution’s Deconstruction of Cartesian-Newtonian Space


Reconceptualizing Space as a Resonant Soul Field


Defining Soul Space From an Astrological Perspective

Chapter Twelve: Through Inanna’s Sixth Gate Into Cyclical Soul Time

A Brief History of the Evolution of the Scientific Concept of Time


The Religious Notion of Time as a Destructive Force


Heidegger’s Contribution to a Philosophy of Soul Time


The Qualitative Nature of Soul Time


Following the Soul Through Soul Time


Synchronicity and the Opportunity for Soul Growth


Astrology as a Language of Soul Time


Applying Astrological Analysis to Soul Time

Part Three: Through the Last Gate With Psychology

Chapter Thirteen: Liberating Psychology From Its Scientific Trappings

The Philosophical Underpinnings of Psychology


The Emergence of Psychology as a Scientific Discipline


The Psychological Exploration of the Senses


Sensory Experience as a Mechanism for Embodying Spirit


The Psychological Exploration of the Emotions


The Behavioral Approach to Emotion


The Metaphysical Irony at the Heart of Behavioral Psychology


The James-Lange Theory of Emotions


Freud’s Contribution to the Study of Emotions


Social Psychology and Other Post-Freudian Influences on the Understanding of Emotion


The Contribution of Cognitive Psychology to An Understanding of Emotion

Chapter Fourteen: Toward a Subjective Approach to the Image Making Process

The Scientific Approach to Imagination


The Contribution of Early Psychologists to an Imagery of Soul


Freud’s Contribution to an Understanding of Image


The Unconscious Roots of the Image


The Myth of Oedipus as a Template for the Image-Making Process


The Symbolist Contribution to a Cultural Embrace of the Image


Jung’s Contribution to a Psychological Understanding of the Image


The Further Cultivation of the Image in Jung’s Wake


The Potential For Astrology’s Contribution to an Understanding of the Image

Chapter Fifteen: The Pathology of Soul and Psychology’s Response To It

Psychopathology and the Soul


The Institutionalized Fear of Psychopathology


The Shadow as the Gateway to Soul Process


The Anima/Animus as Guide to Soul Space


The Wise Elder and the Individuation Process


The Individuated Self and the Soul


Psychology’s Obsession with Personality


The Merging of Schools in the Scientific Vein


Astrology’s Contribution to the Cult of Personality

Chapter Sixteen: Through Inanna’s Seventh Gate Into Embodiment of Spirit

The Influence of Existentialism on Humanistic Thought


Humanistic Psychology and the Study of Consciousness


The Two-Shark Theory of Consciousness


The Value of Humanistic Eclecticism


The Limitations of Humanistic Psychology’s Worldview


The Immense Promise of the Transpersonal Psychology Movement


Bringing Spirit Into the Darkness of Our Most Intractable Core Issues

Part Four: From Astrology to Astropoetics

Chapter Seventeen: Taking Astrology Into the Realm of Soul

Celebrating the Fertility of the Astrological Field


Passing Through Inanna’s Seven Gates on Our Way to a Genuine Language of Soul


Walking Astrology Through Inanna’s First Gate


Toward an Astrological Definition of Fate Capable of Empowering the Soul


Walking Astrology Through Inanna’s Second Gate


Revisioning the Birthchart as the Optimum Game Plan for a Personal Embodiment of Spirit

Chapter Eighteen: Creating an Astrological Epistemology Independent of Science

Walking Astrology Through Inanna’s Third Gate


Toward an Astro-Logic of the Soul


Approaching Astrology as a Language of Imagery


Going Beyond Strictly Astro-logical Imagery in Order to Explore a Pattern


Walking Astrology Through Inanna’s Fourth Gate


Putting the Soul Back at the Center of Astrological Process


Walking Astrology Through Inanna’s Fifth Gate


Astrology’s Failure to Measure Up Within a Causal Paradigm


Walking Astrology Through Inanna’s Sixth Gate


Shifting Our Astrological Focus From Events to Processes

Chapter Nineteen: Using Astrological Imagery to Make a Connection to Spirit

Walking Astrology Through Inanna’s Seventh Gate


Using Astrology as a Path to Metaphoric Vision


The Application of Astropoetic Technique to a Deeper Understanding of the Image


Sorting Through the Relevant Cyclical History for Resonant Memories


Looking for Reenactments of the Original Metaphorical Scene


Moving Beyond Pattern Recognition to Explore the Unconscious Dimensions of Soul Space


Exploring the Interface Between Personal Soul Space and the Collective Unconscious


Following the Confluence of Astropoetic Images to a More Intimate Identification With Spirit


Making a Distinction Between Traditional Astrology and Astropoetics

Back Matter

Epilogue

Works Cited

Index

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