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Astrology may be much more than a kind of poetry of the imagination,
it may be deeply embedded in our biological processes. Since Darwin, biologists
have viewed life in terms of a developmental model. Life moves forward
in stages - we are born in a form very different from what we become at
adulthood. While both Freud and Erikson applied the developmental model
to their psychological theories few astrologers have approached astrology
from that perspective. Many more have adopted Jung's ideas on the archetypes
and synchronicity to explain how astrology works. The astrological model
described in this book offers an evolutionary alternative - planetary cycles
establish imprints as we develop, and these imprints structure our personality
and, consequently, our destiny.
What others have had to say about this book:
"Bruce Scofield's book is a real breakthrough in astrological thinking. Much of the bad press for astrology comes from the fact that most people believe that astrologers are concerned with occult forces, questionable magic and divination. The pseudo-philosophical stance taken by many defenders of astrology does not help matters. Scofield has firmly and whole-heartedly grasp the general concept that much of astrology should be put in the context of developmental biology and psychology and we must make use of scientific modeling principles. I particularly like his idea that humans have built in memories of the angular relationships between the Sun and the other planets. I have myself come to the same conclusion over the last few years. Bruce's thinking and writing is a real gem when it comes to the new paradigm that seems to be developing among those seeking clarification of the basic concepts that lie at the basis of this ancient discipline. Well done Bruce Scofield."
--Dr Percy Seymour, Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society,
Principal in Astronomy, University of Plymouth, author of The Birth
of Christ and The Scientific Basis of Astrology.
"Drawing on his years of experience counseling clients, Bruce Scofield uses the birth chart as a map of the self to expound a new theory that integrates natal astrology with developmental psychology. His starting point is the novel eight-circuit model of consciousness, first proposed by Timothy Leary and later refined by Robert Anton Wilson. The result is a highly original and thoroughly fascinating proposition that seeks to explain human development, including higher states of consciousness, within the astrological tradition. I would highly recommend this book to any astrologer interested in the inner workings of the human psyche."
--Anthony Louis, M.D., psychiatrist and author of Horary Astrology: The History and Practice of Astro-Divination and Tarot Plain and Simple
"Bruce Scofield accomplishes a unique synthesis of biological, psychological, and astrological science in the creation of an innovative model of human development. This visionary theoretical integration contains what the Ancients knew, and what contemporary scientists are re-discovering: the interconnectedness of the microcosm (human) and the macrocosm (universe), and the reflection of one in the other. This model holds great promise for advancing our understanding of the formation of what we call "the self," and warrants examination through serious scientific inquiry."
--Mary Anne Bright, EdD, Associate Professor, University of Massachusetts. Author of Holistic Health and Healing
"Bruce Scofield gives us a much-needed new conceptual framework and clarifies the interplay of planets. This book is a must-read for anyone interested in how the planets are reflected in the stucture of the psyche. Scofield, an accomplished astrologer and writer, deeply understands astrology and expresses it directly and clearly - a rare combination."
--Tem Tarritar, Publisher of The Mountain Astrologer magazine
Published book reviews for The Circuitry
of the Self: Astrology and the Developmental Model,
by Bruce Scofield
"-- a readable book that can be savored by both astrologers and scientists
alike, as long as they are open-minded. This is a true crossover book with
potential to break new ground on both sides of the astro-biological fence."
Donna Van Toen - NCGR Memberletter, February.-March 2002.
"Scofield is interested in the way in which planetary cycles relate
to various theoretical models of psychological development. In itself,
this may not be new, but the way in which Scofield treats it is new, different,
refreshing and certainly educational. In fact, even if one rejects Scofield's
ideas as such, a reasonable portion of the book is a survey of ideas, theories,
and theorists that anyone with an interest in psychology and astrology
could find useful."
Kenneth Irving - American Astrology, December 2001.
"The Circuitry of the Self is a thoughtful treatise on a new scientific
model to facilitate astrology's validation in mainstream society....This
is paradigm-busting thinking and deserves a thorough examination by the
astrological community and, hopefully, by open-minded psychologists."
Chris Lorenz - Horoscope - February 2002.
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Bruce Scofield, C.A. NCGR, is a professional astrological consultant who works with clients in the United States and abroad. He has an M.A. in history, Level IV certification from NCGR, and is on the faculty of Kepler College. His special interest is the astrology of ancient civilizations, especially those of the Maya and Aztecs. He is the author of 12 books, including Users Guide to Astrology and numerous magazine and journal articles.
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