Cosmopsychology - the Psychology of Humans as Spiritual Beings - an Introduction

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The Psychology of Humans as Spiritual Beings
An Introduction

As above, so below, as below, so above;
As within, so without, as without, so within.
Hermes Trismegistos
Hermetic Law of Correspondence
I said, "You are gods; you are all sons of the Most High.”
Psalms 82:6
We are not human beings having a spiritual experience.
We are spiritual beings having a human experience.
Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

Cosmopsychology is psychology in relation to the universe--the study of the relationship between the psyche and the cosmos. It has been defined as astrology, as the study of psychospiritual development, and as the psychology of extraterrestrial beings. Cosmopsychology provides insights into one's personality
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The French astrologer, author, and composer Dane Rudhyar (1895 – 1985) was the founder and father of person-centered astrology, humanistic astrology, and transpersonal astrology. In his The Astrology of Personality, which was first published in 1936, he integrated Alice Bailey’s theosophy and esoteric astrology with Jung’s analytical psychology.3 Rudyar emphasized the psychological side of astrology throughout his life-long practice. In his 1975 Occult Preparations for a New Age, he referred to his brand of astrology as a more “humanistic” and countercultural astrology or “cosmopsychology,” providing psychological if not spiritual guidance and what Dr. Carl Jung would call symbols of salvation.4
In introducing the principles of astrology to new astrologers, Marc Robertson replaced the term astrology with cosmopsychology.5 Robertson's cosmopsychology discussed the astrological correspondences between the cosmos and the psyche in terms of the natal chart and the individual’s personality. He focused on the angular relationships among the Sun, Moon, and planets.
In Robertson's cosmopsychology, the cosmos consists of our solar system. However, cosmos also refers to the entire universe. If we expand the cosmos-psyche connection spatially to include the entire universe, and expand it further temporally to include the universe from beginning to end, or from eternity to eternity, cosmopsychology becomes the study of the psyche, or

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