Astrology’s Hidden Light: Reflections on Marsilio Ficino’s De Sole

In Sphinx: Journal for Archetypal Psychology and the Arts, vol. 6, 1994, 114-122.


In this paper Geoffrey discusses Marsilio Ficino’s approach to astrology in terms of the symbolic imagination, centering on a multi-layered exploration of the Sun as the image of God.  He shows how Ficino follows Plotinus in regarding astrology as a metaphor for the inner life of the soul, and how only the imagination will open up allegorical and mystical meanings for the soul to come to know itself as part of the Divine Mind. This places astrology firmly within the realm of divination, which Ficino upheld in the face of the deterministic astrologers of his day.

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