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The author has performed a great service for that special category of readers who are seriously involved in the exploration of consciousness, and who have become convinced that there are more things in heaven and earth than are dreamt of in the conventional philosophies of the modern world view and mainstream psychology.

The book is based on research that has been taught and studied during the past thirty years in graduate school seminars and public lectures. This is the first book to set forth the basic outline of that research for a larger public. The writing is clear and accessible. The spirit of the book is modest and compassionate. The resulting work is an invaluable guide for all those courageous individuals and therapists who are engaged in exploring the unfolding mystery of the psyche and its relationship with the greater cosmos.

Richard Tarnas Ph.D, professor of psychology and cultural history, California Institute of Integral Studies, author of The Passion of the Western Mind, Prometheus the Awakener, and Cosmos and Psyche


An extraordinary book that represents an important contribution both to astrology and to transpersonal psychology. I believe that responsible work with psychedelics and other holotropic states combined with archetypal astrology is the future of psychiatry, psychology, and psychotherapy.

Stanislav Grof Author of Realms of the Human Unconscious, The Adventure of Self-Discovery, Psychology of the Future, and as co-author, Holotropic Breathwork


Renn’s book is really terrific. It’s deep. It’s intelligent. It’s got big words when you need big words and avoids them when you don’t. I like that! He takes a lot of the macroscopic and metapolitical view of astrology that Richard Tarnas has embodied so well and applies it effectively, kindly and helpfully at the individual level. This is an important piece of work in the emerging paradigm of modern archetypal astrological counseling. I recommend it!

Steven Forrest Author of Yesterday’s Sky, The Inner Sky, The Changing Sky


After many years of careful research, practice, and offering workshops for others, Renn Butler has delivered a very important book about the core of the journey of self-exploration and self realization in the context of holotropic states of consciousness. We are not just the sum of our personal biographic experiences – we are unique expressions of the play of universal archetypes that work through us and with us. Want to understand yourself better? Then get this book.

Ken Sloan


Within the field of transpersonal psychology, there is nothing that attempts to map out experiences in non-ordinary states of consciousness in quite this much detail. In an area where there are few maps anyway, this book is a guide to otherwise unknown territory. Using archetypal astrology as a theoretical framework, it systematically identifies and describes a full range of inner experiences, with practical advice about navigating, supporting and integrating them.

In an ideal parallel world where the history of psychology turned left instead of right, this book and others like it could easily find a home on the shelves of psychiatrists, crisis centres and hospices. It is a reminder that there are so many more ways of interpreting and making sense of human experience, and that our own lives can always be a little richer for being willing to take a leap of the intellect and the heart.

John Ablett


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