The Psyche & Cosmos Advanced Program by Stan Grof & Rick Tarnas



The Psyche & Cosmos Advanced Program by Stan Grof & Rick Tarnas

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Open to the wisdom of archetypal astrology to enrich your self-understanding and gain insight into the larger forces at play in your own life and on the world stage.

Identify optimal times for journeying into your depths, discover radical new interpretations of reality, and strengthen your sense of belonging in a loving, ensouled universe.

What was the one method that legendary psychoanalyst Carl Jung used with all of his patients? The one method that consistently provided a high level of precision for understanding the archetypal dynamics of a given individual’s experience?


Surprised? You may be more surprised to find out that archetypal astrology not only offers a unique and precise way to explore the depths of your psyche to liberate you from limited ideas of who you truly are

… it also pierces the veil of mystery and reveals the universe as interconnected, meaningful, and intelligent, as opposed to the cold, soulless void that much of science regards as the ultimate truth.

As you see how astrology can predict the larger archetypal forces that are active in your life and in the world at any given time, you can use it both as a valuable map for navigating your inner world andfor understanding the collective currents of our time.

In the process, you’ll discover that when you’re aware of the archetypal forces expressing themselves through you, you’re able to deepen and accelerate your growth and transformation.

And that is the whole rationale for depth psychology, from Freud and Jung onward — to become conscious of the unconscious, to release yourself from the bondage of blind action, to explore and experience the hidden forces in your psyche.

Think of archetypal astrology as a Rosetta Stone of the human psyche that opens up new interpretations of reality and connects the dots between planetary patterns in our solar system and archetypal patterns in your human experience.

When you bring astrology and depth psychology together, a new world of possibility opens.

The Power of Archetypal Astrology and Depth Psychology Together

When you join renowned teachers Stan Grof and Rick Tarnas for The Psyche & Cosmos Advanced Program, you’ll have a unique opportunity to explore the engagement between two great wisdom systems: archetypal astrology and depth psychology.

You’ll discover how archetypal astrology is founded on the principle that planets have a fundamental, synchronistic influence on human existence.

Each planet corresponds to an archetypal dimension of consciousness — a deep pattern that “tilts” reality in a particular direction. And that in turn gives you a whole new lens on the depth dimensions of the psyche.

For instance, Saturn governs structure and connotes responsibility but also a form of constriction. Mars correlates with the movement of masculine energy and the impulse toward forceful activity, aggression, and war.

In his research, Rick tracked patterns of upheaval that corresponded without fail to the movement of Uranus, which governs breakthroughs and periods of rapid change. And the last time we experienced the Pluto Transit that started in 2007 and will end in 2020 was from 1960 to 1972, also a time of radical change, destructive energies, and abuse of political power.

On a collective basis, archetypal astrology reveals why certain periods are marked by crisis and others by great breakthroughs — and how the times we live in correlate with specific individual psychological qualities in a person’s natal chart.

It’s been said that psychology textbooks of the future will look back on modern psychologists working without the aid of astrology as being like medieval astronomers working without the aid of the telescope.

Ultimately, when you realize that archetypal astrology is the bridge that connects your individual psyche to the cosmos…

…you begin to see your experiences unfolding in the larger context of an “ensouled universe” — a depth of intelligent, sacred presence that permeates all that is — empowering you to meet the challenges in your life consciously and confidently.

You’ll also gain new insight into the primacy of your birth experiences in setting down a template for your life, as well as a portal into other dimensions of psychology.

Two Brilliant Pioneers to Guide You

It was three decades ago that Stan Grof, the eminent founder of transpersonal psychology, and Rick Tarnas, a Harvard-trained philosopher, together discovered the hidden power of archetypal astrology and began a valuable dialogue informed by the insights of depth psychology.

Although both were initially skeptical, the evidence of archetypal astrology’s role in understanding the depths of one’s personal psyche and the collective psyche became so convincing that, despite professional risks and intellectual ridicule, these two pioneers simply had to share the truth of their journey.

The Psyche and Cosmos Advanced Program is the first time these two towering figures are distilling their mind-expanding explorations into a more intensive online program that can help you expand both your understanding of yourself and the nature of the cosmos.

You’ll have the chance to explore some of the most fascinating, paradigm-shifting understandings you’ve ever heard of, from advanced mystical states to spiritual emergencies to interpretation of transits (which occur when one celestial body “moves” into relationship with another celestial body)…

… to the layers of what Stan calls COEX systems, which connect to the many layers (personal, perinatal, and transpersonal) that connect to deep-seated patterns in our psyche.

If you’re on a path of intensive self-exploration, their insights can help you gain a deeper understanding of your potential and a more profound vision for your life.

If you work with clients, their framework can help you understand the larger forces at work in each individual and provide meaningful insights that can advance their growth.

Stan, who’s in his eighties, has often been compared to a modern-day Freud, and his legacy and impact on psychology will only grow. We don’t know how much longer he will continue to teach, so this is a fantastic opportunity to learn from one of the great intellects of our time — and in his favorite context of teaching with his longtime collaborator Rick Tarnas.

Understanding Fate vs. Free Will

Consulting your birth chart is akin to finding out which way the wind will be blowing on a particular day before you go out sailing. It’s valuable information, but how your astrological predispositions and potentialities play out depends on how much consciousness, intelligence, courage, and compassion you bring to each moment.

While each of us is born as an individual expression of the archetypal energies that are saturating the collective currents, it’s ultimately the exercise of your free will that determines how each day — and your life — unfolds.

As Rick and Stan will illuminate in the program, you can express archetypal energies in a range of ways, from the most life-enhancing to the most destructive. It is how you choose to think and act that will determine how they are brought forth and expressed.

So, no, we are not the helpless subject of an unknowable force beyond our control. While each individual’s potential destiny may be written in the stars, astrology is by no means deterministic. Understanding the energies operating inside you can help you manifest them in the most constructive and life-supporting ways possible.

Astrology is archetypally predictive, not concretely predictive. We can determine the “experiential flavor” of a given planetary energy but can never know exactly how the Universal Mind will ultimately be expressed through human free will.

To the exact extent that you are conscious of the archetypes and their potential influence, you can respond with greater autonomy and self-awareness.

Astrology’s great merit, which Stan and Rick will help you discover, is that it seems to reveal very precisely which archetypes are especially important for each person, how they interact with each other, and when and how they are most likely to be expressed in the course of each life.

During this 18-module video training with Stan Grof, a modern-day Jung; and Rick Tarnas, a globally respected authority on archetypal astrology, you’ll:

  • Deepen your understanding of your own nature and the nature of the cosmos
  • Be better able to navigate through times of great personal challenges such as spiritual emergencies and “dark nights of the soul”
  • Understand how to tap into hidden resources within your own psyche
  • Gain a deeper understanding of your potential and your purpose
  • Emerge with a more profound vision for your life
  • Understand the larger cycles and patterns of your life
  • Shift your perception of the universe from random and capricious to intelligent and orderly
  • Know how to identify the most auspicious times to make key decisions
  • Gain a unique and precise tool for exploring the depths of your psyche
  • Find out how archetypal astrology can provide insight into episodes of spiritual emergency and transformation
  • Free yourself from the limited view of who you are and what you’re capable of
  • Examine the correlations of historical events and cultural epochs with planetary cycles
  • Explore archetypes and the three forms in which they can manifest: mythic, cosmological, and psychological
  • Gain a hands-on understanding of how to do your own transit calculations
  • Be able to perceive deep meaning in what seems to be chaotic and dysfunctional social and political environments
  • Examine how destructive forms of human aggression can be reduced and transformed
  • Appreciate why astrology is an invaluable tool to support your deepest explorations with non-ordinary states of consciousness

What You’ll Discover in These 18 Modules

In this 18-module transformational journey, Stan and Rick will guide you to successfully experience a deepening of beauty, meaning, and purpose in your life through tapping into the wisdom of archetypal astrology.

Each teaching and training session will build harmoniously upon the previous ones so you’ll develop a complete holistic understanding of the practices, tools, and principles you’ll need to turn this knowledge into real transformation.

Four Q&A Sessions

In addition to 14 content teachings sessions, you’ll receive four Q&A sessions with one or both faculty. These dynamic sessions, in which Stan and Rick will support you in working more deeply with the material from each of the teaching modules, will be a great opportunity to unpack the rich teachings you’ll be receiving.

Note: If you are new to Stan and Rick’s archetypal astrology teachings, we ask that you complete their foundational 8-module programPsyche & Cosmoson your own as a prerequisite, which you can do before, or in parallel with, the advanced program. This extra training is described below and is included in your registration.

Module 1: Practical Strategies for Self-exploration & Healing

In our opening module, we’ll introduce the larger terrain we’ll cover in this advanced course, and then move directly into a detailed summary of basic strategies for self-exploration in holotropic therapy, psychedelic therapy, and similar modes of transformation. Of particular importance will be the role of the inner healer that emerges in such work, and the use of archetypal astrology for the timing and understanding of experiential sessions. We’ll summarize basic principles and practical guidelines for undergoing such journeys of transformation, as well as the consistent correlations we’ve observed between specific astrological factors and different experiential outcomes.

In this module, you’ll:

  • Gain an understanding of the new paradigm of healing and therapy that has emerged from psychedelic and holotropic research, and the new approach to effective healing mechanisms and processes
  • Examine the best transits for supporting transformation and healing with respect to the timing of experiential sessions and psychedelic therapy, and the transits to be cautious with in certain circumstances
  • Expand your perspective on the different ways that personal transformation can unfold, with specific, practical tips on how to pursue self-exploration in a skillful way that supports positive outcomes
  • Understand how knowing your transits and natal chart can contribute to your healing journey

Module 2: Spiritual Emergence & Emergencies 

Understanding & Treatment of Transpersonal Crises

Research of non-ordinary states of consciousness has shown the need to vastly expand and deepen the model of the human psyche used by mainstream psychiatry by adding the perinatal and transpersonal domains. Doing so will help professionals recognize that a large group of spontaneous episodes of these states, which are currently seen as manifestations of serious mental diseases, are actually crises of spiritual opening. Correctly understood and properly supported, such episodes have a great therapeutic, transformative, and evolutionary potential, leading Stan and Christina Grof to coin the term “spiritual emergencies.”

In turn, archetypal astrology turned out to be an invaluable tool that can help us to understand both the timing and the archetypal content of these episodes. The combination of the newly expanded psychology with archetypal astrology will be illustrated by the case of Karen, a 28-year-old woman who experienced a powerful 3-week spiritual emergency and transformation.

In this module, you’ll:

  • Find out about an important group of spontaneous episodes of non-ordinary states of consciousness currently diagnosed and treated as psychoses that are actually radical attempts by the psyche to heal itself
  • Discover how to tap the healing, transformative, and evolutionary potential of such states
  • Gain an understanding of the specific ways in which archetypal astrology can provide crucial insight into the understanding of episodes of spiritual emergency and transformation

Module 3: Q&A With Stan and Rick

This entire module will be devoted to responding to participants’ questions, concerning the content of the two preceding modules.

Module 4: Understanding the Arts

Perinatal, Transpersonal & Astrological

Sigmund Freud’s pioneering efforts were initially focused on finding the causes of psychoneuroses and the most effective approaches to treating them. As he continued his exploration of the unconscious using the open-ended method of free association, his interests significantly broadened and he explored how the psychoanalytic method can illuminate cultural and sociopolitical issues, wars and revolutions, religion, and art.

We’ll review briefly the efforts of Freud and some of his followers to understand works of art, as exemplified in his own analysis of Leonardo da Vinci, Dostoevsky, Goethe, and Shakespeare, in Maria Bonaparte’s study of Edgar Allan Poe, and the contributions of Otto Rank and C. G. Jung.

Whereas the Freudian analyses were largely unsuccessful as long as they were limited to postnatal biography, a more encompassing model of the psyche that includes the perinatal and transpersonal domains has opened the way to a much deeper, less reductionist understanding of art. In turn, archetypal astrological analysis opens up a new source of insight into works of art and into the life and work of major artists, providing extraordinarily precise indications of the specific archetypal qualities and the timing of their creative expression.

For this module, please watch the film Groundhog Day, which will be used as an example of the kinds of insights afforded by this expanded understanding of the psyche.

In this module, you’ll:

  • Explore the pioneering efforts of Freud and his followers to apply the insights from their clinical work to the understanding of the arts
  • Discover how this understanding of art deepens when we use a more comprehensive model of the human psyche that includes the perinatal and transpersonal domains
  • Explore how combining this approach with insights provided from archetypal astrology opens up a further dimension of understanding and appreciation of works of art
  • Analyze the powerful spiritual and psychological transformation depicted in the film Groundhog Day

Module 5: Understanding of History

Depth Psychological & Archetypal Astrological Factors in Politics, Religion, Revolutions, and Cultural Trends

The analysis of history, its patterns, and its driving forces has long compelled the attention of scholars and thoughtful citizens. What can explain the sudden eruption of mass revolutionary impulses, violence, and totalitarianism, or, on the other hand, periods of widespread spiritual awakening and cultural creativity — sometimes synchronistically happening in multiple societies around the world?

Consciousness research based on work with holotropic states has provided a new dimension of understanding in the analysis of history. Violence and greed have been among the most powerful and dangerous forces driving human history, yet neither biological nor mainstream psychological theories have been able to explain what Erich Fromm called “malignant aggression” — the disposition of the human species to forms of violence that far exceed in nature and scope what is found in the rest of the animal kingdom. Holotropic states point to deeper sources of this aggression on the perinatal level (trauma of biological birth) and in the archetypal forces of the collective unconscious.

We’ll look at the evidence from clinical work and from Lloyd deMause’s psychohistorical studies, using comparison of posters, caricatures, and demagogic propaganda from the time of wars and revolutions with paintings and drawings from sessions in which people are reliving their birth. These insights will be deepened by introducing the astonishing correlations between historical events and planetary cycles as set out in Richard Tarnas’ book, Cosmos and Psyche, and the role of archetypal forces in shaping human perception and behavior on the collective level.

In this module, you’ll:

  • Examine the field of psychohistory and how its findings concerning sociopolitical events are corroborated by observations from clinical work with psychedelics
  • Discover how destructive forms of human aggression can be reduced and transformed by responsible work using holotropic states of consciousness
  • Explore the remarkable correlations of historical events and cultural epochs with planetary cycles, and how knowledge of these patterns can provide a crucial source of collective self-awareness in understanding the past and shaping the future

Module 6: Personal Transits

Calculation & Interpretation

This module will provide practical instruction on how to calculate and interpret your own personal transits. Be sure to have your birth chart and a blank sheet of paper to work with as you watch. We’ll explain the basics of transit analysis, so you can do it for yourself in the future — and begin to explore the extraordinary perspective afforded by knowing which archetypal energies are being activated at which time, much like a cosmic weather report.

You can also examine major past periods and events in your life by observing what the transits were at that time, and gain a new level of self-understanding in the unfolding drama of your life. You thereby begin to make what is unconscious conscious, becoming freer to participate intelligently in the unfolding of these forces and patterns.

If you do not already possess a copy of your birth chart, you can acquire one for free through the website by providing your birth date, time, and place. (If you are uncertain of the exact time and know only the day, put in noon for the time; if you have an approximate range of time when you were born, like the evening or the afternoon, put in the time that is closest to the middle of that time period, and make a note to yourself of the potential margin of error (e.g., 4:00pm, plus or minus two hours). We’ll address these specific situations during the module.

In this module, you’ll:

  • Gain a hands-on understanding of how to do your own transit calculations
  • Gain access to new resources for understanding your transits and the unfolding archetypal dynamics of your life
  • Discover how to assess the relative importance of various planetary transits, and learn practices that can foster greater self-awareness and skillful living through knowledge of your birth chart and transits

Module 7: The Synergy of Depth Psychology & Archetypal Astrology

Astrology and psychology are mutually illuminating, each discipline offering a tremendous enrichment of the other. While astrology can enhance psychology and therapy with important information about the specific archetypal complexes informing the individual’s particular psychology and the timing of their activation, psychology can in turn provide astrology with crucial conceptual tools such as the understanding of the unconscious or the nature of projection. Equally valuable is psychology’s capacity to aid the responsible practice of astrological counseling, in which the counselor needs to be aware of issues such as transference and counter-transference. We’ll discuss these and many other ways in which archetypal astrology and depth psychology can enhance and deepen each other.

In this module, you’ll:

  • Discover how astrology can help psychology and psychotherapy by providing insight into the individual personality, and into the timing of archetypal activations at both the individual and collective level
  • Examine how astrology can compensate modern psychology’s blindness to timing and unfolding cycles in life
  • Understand how depth psychology can help resolve many problems with how conventional astrology is typically practiced today
  • Explore the ways in which consciousness research with holotropic states offers surprising support for many of the basic principles underlying astrology and an ensouled world view

Module 8: Q&A With Stan and Rick

This module will be devoted to responding to participants’ questions, concerning the content of the four preceding modules.

Module 9: Archetypes, Mythic Imagination & Modern Society

According to the understanding that has emerged from Jungian psychology, consciousness research, and scholarly mythological research, archetypes are timeless primordial cosmic principles underlying, informing, and forming the fabric of the material world. In this module, we’ll explore the importance of archetypes in a variety of fields.

In psychiatry, psychology, and psychotherapy, adding the archetypal domain to the cartography of the psyche provides a deeper understanding of emotional disorders and opens new perspectives for therapy. As Philipp Frank has shown in his book Philosophy of Science, the source of the basic axiom of a scientific theory or the source of a scientific discovery is often an archetypal motif. Archetypal analysis is similarly valuable for understanding political movements and cultural developments.

In this module, you’ll:

  • Examine archetypes and the three forms in which they can manifest: mythic, cosmological, and psychological
  • Find out how Joseph Campbell’s influential work with mythology and archetypes proved helpful in understanding experiences undergone by patients in psychedelic and holotropic therapy
  • Discover the important role that archetypes play in a variety of fields, from the understanding of emotional states to scientific theory and political analysis

Module 10: Synchronicity

Psychology, Archetypal Astrology & Cosmology

A prominent scholar of religious studies recently said, “I don’t believe in anything any more, but I believe in synchronicity.” And Bob Dylan once sang, “The highway’s made for gamblers, better use your sense. Take what you have gathered from coincidence.”

C. G. Jung coined the term synchronicity as a name for coincidences in which two or more independent events having no apparent causal connection nevertheless form a meaningful pattern. On occasion, such patterning can strike one as so extraordinary that it is difficult to believe the coincidence has been produced by chance alone. The events give the distinct impression of having been precisely arranged, invisibly orchestrated.

In our postmodern age when all the old metanarratives are contested, awareness of synchronicities has become for many alert individuals a crucial source of spiritual orientation and nourishment. Yet synchronicities are both gifts and challenges. They can be felt as acts of grace or the subtle patternings of a cosmic artist, yet they can also suggest an elusive trickster who demands careful discernment both outer and inner.

There seem to be stages that individuals go through in their deepening recognition of the synchronistic dimension of life. Synchronicities can compensate for the one-sidedness of egoic consciousness, and move the individual psyche toward wholeness. They also have, like all things, a shadow side. Most profoundly, they can give us intimations of the numinous. Their occurrence can have a healing effect psychologically, as well as a paradigm-shifting power intellectually. And in the case of astrological correlations, they can provide a cosmic context and foundation for understanding the nature of the universe we live in and the place of human beings within it.

In this module, you’ll:

  • Investigate the concept and phenomenon of synchronicity, from Jung’s original formulation to more recent understandings
  • Examine the significance of synchronicity in our own lives and psychological journeys, including both the shadow aspects of synchronicity and its spiritually transformative potential
  • Explore the philosophical implications of synchronicity and how these in turn affect our understanding of psychology and psychotherapy
  • Discover the special relevance of synchronicity to how we understand astrology, and in turn, what astrological correlations signify for our understanding of synchronicity
  • Explore how synchronicity serves as an entryway to understanding cosmological issues

Module 11: Schools of Depth Psychology & Their Founders

At the turn of the twentieth century in Vienna, Sigmund Freud made revolutionary discoveries concerning the human psyche and single-handedly laid the foundations of a new discipline — depth psychology. He surrounded himself with a group of brilliant followers, some of whom departed from his original ideas and seriously challenged some basic assumptions of his teachings. A few of these — Otto Rank, Alfred Adler, C. G. Jung, Melanie Klein, Wilhelm Reich, and others — created their own schools.

Today’s field of depth psychology contains a perplexing plethora of schools that seriously differ on fundamental issues — what are the most important motivating forces of the psyche, why do symptoms appear and what do they mean, and what techniques should be used when working with clients.

An approach combining research of holotropic states of consciousness with archetypal astrology provides unexpected insights into this situation. In this module, we’ll discuss how the evidence from psychedelic therapy and holotropic states shines a new light on the basic principles underlying each of the various schools, affirming some and recontextualizing others within a larger frame of reference. We’ll also discuss how the general design of these schools, their focus on a certain level of the unconscious, and sometimes specific details of their theories closely reflect the planetary aspects in their founders’ astrological charts as well as transits they had at the time they formulated their theories. We’ll also discuss how the widespread occurrence of specific psychiatric symptoms and syndromes reflects the collective transits of the era, as well as the personal transits of the patients, which shines a light on the reason the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) keeps having to be radically revised.

In this module, you’ll:

  • Delve into the history of depth psychology and the many schools of psychotherapy it’s spawned, each of which offers different opinions concerning the human psyche in health and disease
  • Discover how the combination of holotropic research and archetypal astrology helps clarify these differences within a larger, coherent framework
  • Examine what the evidence of psychedelic therapy and holotropic research suggests about which fundamental tenets of the different schools are supported empirically, and which need to be revised, offering greater clarity in approaching the deep mystery of the human psyche
  • Explore the striking insights opened up by archetypal astrological analysis of the different pioneer psychologists’ birth charts and transits, reflecting the specific breakthroughs, emphases, and biases that each founder’s psychology embodied
  • Appreciate that the psyche is a deep mystery, indeterminate and fluid, and one that can never be captured by any one theory
  • Explore how our theories about the psyche reflect evolving cultural and archetypal factors that shape our vision and affect the kinds of symptoms and conditions that emerge in a given era

Module 12: Case Histories With Psychedelic & Holotropic Experiences

One of the best ways to begin to integrate the power of transpersonal psychology and archetypal astrology for understanding the depths of human experience is to examine case histories in which dramatic non-ordinary states of consciousness and psychological conditions are described and then analyzed with the aid of these perspectives. In this module, we’ll set forth several cases that represent different categories of holotropic states — an unexpectedly intense turn of events while using a psychedelic substance in an ancient Mexican religious site; a psychiatric patient with a particularly traumatic biography who underwent LSD therapy; a participant in a holotropic breathwork seminar who had an extremely dramatic and healing breathwork experience involving past lives. In each case, we’ll show how applying a transpersonal model o


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