“I do not know what to do/two states of mind in me,” sings the ancient Greek poet Sappho. These lines could as well be about Neptune, whose themes belong to a watery realm where contradictions undulate.
The myth of Ariadne helps us deepen our understanding of this planet’s archetypal pattern, and shed light on the pain of Neptunian betrayal, the other face of trust, to a beautiful development of consciousness.
Presented at Astrology University
James Hillman’s writings provide an invaluable foundation for understanding the bridge between psychology and astrology. Yet Hillman’s theoretical frame and mythopoetic perspective are rarely mentioned in astrological circles, despite the rich opportunity for cross-fertilization his work offers.
This presentation explores these fertile possibilities by introducing the four modes of imagining in Hillman’s groundbreaking opus Re-Visioning Psychology (1974) and their significance in an archetypal psychological approach to astrology.
Recorded at the United Astrology Conference 2018
Astrology and alchemy are cosmologies, and where astrology provides a heavenly view of the imaginal cosmos of the soul, alchemy presents us with a micro-cosmos. Like astrology, it connects us to the gods, only in a very earth focused, substantive way. As the art of elemental transformation, alchemy is rooted in the natural world.
Meditating on the elements as psychological qualities helps deepen our understanding of these symbols in our charts and lives.
Presented at Astrology University
Interview with Chris Brennan of The Astrology Podcast, January 2018.
In episode 141 of the podcast Dr. Safron Rossi joins the show to talk about the life and work of the Swiss psychiatrist Carl Gustav Jung, and in particular his views on astrology.
2017 Jung, C.G., editors Safron Rossi and Keiron Le Grice. Jung on Astrology. Routledge, 2017.
2013 Campbell, Joseph. ed. Safron Rossi. Goddesses: Mysteries of the Feminine Divine. Novato CA: New World Library, 2013
2018 “Waves Become Wings: Neptune, Betrayal and the Myth of Ariadne.” The Mountain Astrologer, Feb/March 2018
2017 “Jung on Astrology: Gathering Constellations.” Journal of Research of the American Federation of Astrologers, vol. 17
2016 “An Alchemical Micro-cosmology." Conversing with James Hillman: Alchemical Psychology. Dallas Institute of the Humanities, vol. 3.
2015 “Saturn in C.G. Jung’s Liber Primus: an Astrological Meditation.” Jung Journal: Culture & Psyche, vol 9:4, Fall 2015
2015 “Urania, Muse: She Who Draws Our Eyes.” Inspiration of Astronomical Phenomena VIII: City of Stars, edited by B. P. Abbott (San Francisco: Astronomical Society of the Pacific), Astronomical Society of the Pacific Conference Series, vol. 501
2014 “From Attic to Basement and In-between.” A Tribute to James Hillman: Reflections on a Renegade Psychologist. Mandorla Books, 2014
2013 “The Rapture of Being Alive.” Foreword in Joseph Campbell: The Artist’s Way. Celadon Arts, 2013
2012 “Musing on the Humanities.” The Soul Does Not Specialize: Revaluing the Humanities and the Polyvalent Imagination. Mandorla Books, 2012
2012 “From Attic to Basement and In-between: A Tribute to James Hillman & the Archetypal Archive.” Quadrant: Journal of the C.G. Jung Foundation of Analytical Psychology. XXXXII:2 Summer 2012; to be translated into Portuguese and published in Cadernos Junguianos AJB/IAAP, Brazil October 2013.
2011 “Invocation: Orphic Hymn to the Charities ~ Graces.” Breaking the Plates: Fracturing Fictions and Archetypal Imaginings. Ed. Gustavo Beck. Techne and Poiesis / Journal of Archetypal Studies, 2011
2016 National Council for Geocosmic Research (NCGR) - Catharine and Ernest Grant Trust Grants for Astrological Research