Know that you are another world in miniature and have in you Sol and Luna and even the stars. --Origen, Homiliae in Leviticum, 5, 2
The dance along the artery The circulation of the lymph Are figured in the drift of stars. --T. S. Eliot, "Burnt Norton"
We have an entire sky within us, our fiery strength and heavely origin: Luna which symbolizes the continuous motion of soul and body, Mars speed and Saturn slowness, the Sun God, Jupiter law, Mercury reason, and Venus humanity. --Marsilio Ficino, letter to Lorenzo the Magnificent
For Pat -- Luna and Venus in conjunction
The night sky has always been a source of wonder.
In the end it takes a wide variety of travels, experiments, and quests to temper the gods so that their high overtones scintillate in tune and their low fundamentals quiver at an honest pitch and at solid depth.
THE PLANETS WITHIN asks us to return to antiquity with new eyes. It centers on one of the most psychological movements of the prescientific age-Renaissance Italy, where a group of "inner Columbuses" charted territories that still give us today a much- needed sense of who we are and where we have come from, and the right routes to take toward fertile and unexplored places. Chief among these masters of the interior life was Marsilio Ficino, presiding genius of the Florentine Academy, who taught that all things exist in soul and must be lived in its light. This study of Ficino broadens and deepens our understanding of psyche, for Ficino was a doctor of soul, and his insights teach us the care and nurture of soul. Moore takes as his guide Ficino's own fundamental tool-imagination. Respecting the integrity and autonomy of images, The Planets Within unfolds a poetics of soul in a kind of dialogue between the laconic remarks of Ficino and the need to give these remarks a life and context for our day.
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