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Published on Apr 29, 2012
Richard Tarnas, Major Ed Dames
Art Bell was joined by Richard Tarnas, author of Cosmos and Psyche(1) and The Passion of the Western Mind(2), for a discussion on consciousness, the history of modern thought, and the validity of astrology and its role in world affairs. While the planets do not rule us, Tarnas explained, there is a correspondence between planetary alignments and the human experience. He likened this relationship to a clock, which itself does not cause a specific time to occur, but rather shows what time it is. Tarnas said a human being may display archetypal personality traits based on where planets were when he/she was born, however, that person can also play a more or less conscious role in how those traits are expressed. For Tarnas, this non-deterministic astrological viewpoint shows the universe is not void of meaning -- it is instead meaningfully focused on the individual and on Earth. Tarnas also talked about John Mack, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author and Harvard Medical School professor who researched alien abduction phenomenon; Nancy Reagan's reliance on astrology and its influence on public policy; and Art Bell's astrological birth chart, which described him as a restless, unorthodox innovator.