Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Tertium Quid: Exploring the Transcendent Function through Personal Myth and Archetypal Astrology
by Viglione, Susan Vappi, Ph.D., Pacifica Graduate Institute, 2019, 306; 27547427
Abstract (Summary)

This research explores the nature of the transcendent function in the context of personal myth as it is illuminated by one’s astrological profile, using active imagination to engage directly with the planetary archetypes around the primary tensions and archetypal themes that characterize the individual’s life experience, in order to cultivate a closer relationship between the conscious ego and the unconscious. Grounded in the methodology of integral inquiry, the research is a self-study that provides a phenomenological account of the experience and applies the theoretical lenses of Jungian psychology and archetypal cosmology to offer a hermeneutical interpretation of both the method and the results generated. The synthesis of personal myth, archetypal astrology, and active imagination to create conditions that invite an occurrence of the transcendent function offers a valuable and viable approach to engaging voluntarily and intentionally in the individuation process. The method makes the participatory and co-creative relationship with the planetary archetypes more conscious, cultivating and nurturing a collaboration of forces allied to manifest the teleological purpose of the Self. The resulting increase in self-knowledge and awareness of oneself in relationship with and to the archetypes of the collective unconscious provides an avenue for connection with the sacred dimension of life that may serve to counteract a perception of alienation and separateness, replacing it with a vividly felt sense, based on firsthand experience, of the interconnectedness and underlying unity of all things.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Selig, Jennifer
Commitee: Freed, Jennifer, Cwik, August
School: Pacifica Graduate Institute
Department: Depth Psychology with Emphasis in Jungian and Archetypal Studies
School Location: United States -- California
Source: DAI-B 81/5(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Psychology
Keywords: Active imagination, Astrology, Individuation, Personal myth, Planetary archetypes, Transcendent function
Publication Number: 27547427
ISBN: 9781392438268
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