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Archetypal Imagination Edition 2

Glimpses of the Gods in Life and Art

Noel Cobb
Introduction by Thomas Moore
June 2020
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  • Publisher
    Lindisfarne Books
  • Published
    9th June 2020
  • ISBN 9781584209089
  • Language English
  • Pages 304 pp.
  • Size 6" x 9"

"When the early Greek philosophers inquired into the nature of things, the world, and their own experience, they asked: “What are the archai?” What is the ultimate nature of things? They were not asking for the final explanation, they went beyond explanation to logos, to myth. They searched not only for the ultimate physical particle but also for a poetic cosmology, where flux and strife could be taken as ultimate constituents."
Thomas Moore (from the Introduction)

Noel Cobb shows us a new way to tread the path of our soul-making—from  a truly transpersonal perspective, as a cultural, universal-human phenomenon: a contemporary, soul-centered, imaginal achetypal psychology in which myths are the archetypal sources for all psychological events.   

This book is a look at the way these archetypal structures of consciousness inhabit and inform our culture, and hence our souls. Noel Cobb guides us  to look at the world as a record of the soul’s struggles to awaken, as the soul’s poetry– so here, instead of the usual masters of psychology, it is the artists and mystics of the Western tradition: Dante, Rainer Maria Rilke, Edvard Munch, Federico Garcia Lorca, Robert Schumann, Andrei Tarkofsky, who illumine the meaning of love, of death, and beauty.

COVER: Nymphs Finding the Head of Orpheus (1900), John William Waterhouse 

“Rich with good learning and clear writing, with a soul-strength that turns ‘the poetic basis of mind’ into a practical aesthetic. Cobb’s book chops up the deadly wooden ideas of psychotherapy at the end of its overly long century.”

James Hillman, author of The Soul’s Code

“I like Noel Cobb’s outcries on behalf of ferocity, loneliness, anxiety, ‘the hideous hag of life’, beauty sitting in the lap of terror, Edvard Munch’s paintings and Garcia Lorca’s panter-like poems.”

Robert bly, author of Iron John

“Readers of this book have the opportunity to learn how to think archetypally. They will discover how rich and how soulfully rewarding is the work of the mythmaker and the artist.”

Thomas Moore, author of The Care of the Soul

C O N T E N T S:

Introduction by Thomas Moore

1. Echoes of an Imaginal Bell: Reverberation of Andrei Tarkofsky’s Andrei Rublev
2. The Morbid and the Beautiful: Edvard Munch—Painter of the Modern Soul Life
3. Dionysos and Duende: Federico Garcia Lorca—Torero of the Imagination
4. The Cast of Masks in the Life and Work of Robert Schumann
5. The Fires of Eros and The Alchemy of Seduction
6. Persephone—Midwife and Muse of Metempsychosis
7. Who Is behind Archetypal Psychology?


Noel Cobb

Noel Cobb (1938–2015) traveled widely in his early years, both geographically and intellectually, in search of a way of thinking adequate to his own rich and abounding imagination. His odyssey brought him to working with R. D Laing, becoming a Jungian analyst, and developing, with other contemporary thinkers, the re-visioning of psychology and culture through archetypal psychology. With his partner Eva Loewe, he cofounded The London Convivium for Archetypal Studies and published numerous books, including Prospero’s Island: The Secret Alchemy at the Heart of The Tempest.