Archai invites submissions for each of the four main sections of the journal:
- Theoretical Foundations of Archetypal Cosmology
- Archetypal Analysis of Culture and History
- The Archetypal Eye
- Book Reviews
Section 1: The Theoretical Foundations of Archetypal Cosmology
Submissions for this section should address any theoretical issues directly or indirectly related to archetypal cosmology, such as those provided in the list below. Although archetypal analysis of astrological correlations may be included (to illustrate points, for example), the main focus of articles in this section should be on exploring the philosophical, psychological, scientific, and religious basis or implications of archetypal cosmology.
The following list of subject areas is intended to provide a general sense of the types of articles that are appropriate for this section of the journal. Articles exploring other topics not included in this list will also be considered provided that you clearly show how your work is relevant.
Philosophical Foundations: The nature of archetypes, the relationship between the psyche and the cosmos, the implications of archetypal cosmology for the emerging world view, and the metaphysical suppositions supporting the archetypal perspective.
Philosophical Antecedents: How the ideas of Plato, Aristotle, Pythagoras, Plotinus, Augustine, Kant, Schopenhauer, Nietzsche, Whitehead, Freud, Jung, Hillman, Grof, Tarnas, and others contribute to our understanding of archetypal cosmology.
History of Western Astrology: The nature and evolution of astrology involving one or more of its many different historical periods (Ancient, Hermetic, Medieval, Early-Modern) or forms (esoteric, psychological, divinatory, archetypal).
Astrological Theory: Explorations of the meaning of specific astrological factors, such as the significance of the galactic center, or the archetypal meaning of the angles, signs, houses, or newly discovered planetary bodies.
The Evolution of Consciousness: The relationship of archetypal cosmology to the ideas of evolutionary thinkers such as Hegel, Teilhard de Chardin, Sri Aurobindo, Jean Gebser, and others, including reflections, from an archetypal perspective, on the meaning and goal of history, and on linear and cyclical conceptions of history and evolution.
Jungian Psychology: The relationship between archetypal cosmology and the central ideas of Jungian psychology such as archetypes, the collective unconscious, individuation, the ego, the Self, synchronicity, alchemy, dream interpretation, and symbolism.
Post-Jungian Theory: The relevance of James Hillman’s archetypal psychology and the ideas of other post-Jungian theorists to understanding archetypal cosmology.
Transpersonal Psychology and Theory: The interface between archetypal astrology and the ideas of transpersonal theorists such as Stanislav Grof, Michael Washburn, Jorge Ferrer, Sean Kelly, and others.
New Paradigm Science and the New Cosmology: The possible significance of the ideas of Fritjof Capra, David Bohm, Ervin Laszlo, Rupert Sheldrake, Thomas Berry, Brian Swimme, and others for understanding archetypal cosmology.
Mythology and Religion: The relationship of archetypal cosmology to the ideas of Joseph Campbell, Adolf Bastian, Lucien Levy-Bruhl, Mircea Eliade, Heinrich Zimmer, Erich Neumann, Henry Corbin, and others in the field of religion and mythological studies; and, more generally, the relationship of archetypal cosmology to the major world religions and mythic traditions.
Therapeutic Applications: The application of archetypal astrology to psychotherapy and counselling, using transit analysis for timing and interpreting experiential sessions, or practicing astrology as a spiritual discipline.
Cosmos and Psyche: Discussion of the ideas and research presented in the foundational work of archetypal cosmology.
Methodology of Archetypal Historiography: The critical analysis of the research methodology employed in the archetypal analysis of historical patterns.
As a general guideline, submissions for this section should be no more than thirty double-spaced pages in length using one-inch margins all around (approximately 7,500 words).
Section 2: Archetypal Analysis of Culture and History
For this section, Archai invites submissions that expand the overall body of research into correlations between planetary cycles and the archetypal patterns evident in historical and cultural phenomena.
More specifically, in keeping with the general focus of the research project developed by Richard Tarnas in Cosmos and Psyche, the emphasis of most articles submitted for this section should be on the detailed documentation and explication of correlations between specific historical, cultural, and biographical phenomena and the archetypal complexes associated with particular planetary alignments, especially those formed by the five outer planets, Jupiter through Pluto. This section may include submissions focused on the analysis of archetypal patterns found in the arts (film, painting, music, literature, etc.), cultural movements, historical periods, individual biographies of historically prominent figures, and other similar topics.
More generally, Archai is interested in promoting careful research projects concerned with archetypal astrological correlations in general and will, therefore, also consider carefully researched and documented papers that include or are focused on correlations with other traditional astrological factors, such as the major chart angles, signs, houses, and other celestial bodies. To be accepted for publication, such research projects must employ a rigorous methodology that demonstrates the validity and necessity of such a focus by means of numerous examples, detailed exposition of archetypal themes, and careful documentation. Such documentation should include a consideration of already established principles of correlation involving the planetary archetypes and aspects, and a convincing argument for why the alternative approach accounts for all the specified phenomena in a more cogent and consistent manner.
As a general guideline, submissions for this section should be no more than thirty double-spaced pages in length using one-inch margins all around (approximately 7, 500 words).
Section 3: The Archetypal Eye
The purpose of the Archetypal Eye section is to examine and illuminate archetypal patterns in contemporary culture using transit and natal astrology. More precisely, the aim of submissions for this section should be to document and analyze cultural phenomena relating to archetypal themes associated with those planets that are in major alignment immediately preceding, during, or following the time of publication of each issue of Archai. The content of this section will therefore be determined by the major long-term planetary alignments of that period.
Although submissions for the Archetypal Eye section do not necessarily have to be written in a traditional “academic” style, they should aim for a high level of literary rigor and journalistic integrity similar in quality to the standards set by well-respected magazines that focus on social commentary or literary reviews, such as The New Yorker or Atlantic Monthly. Because of its more journalistic style, submissions for this section should generally be shorter than for the other two.
Although the main focus of submissions for this section should be on current world transits, Archai encourages the use of historical references where appropriate, especially when these demonstrate the diachronic sequencing of archetypal patterns through history. However, please refer only to those historical events that are well known to the general reader and that do not need further documentation or explication.
When referencing still-current or future planetary alignments, avoid making definite predictions concerning concrete manifestations of the planetary archetypes. Rather, submissions should illuminate historical and current trends, possibilities, and archetypal themes congruent with the planetary alignments under examination.
Guidelines for Submissions Containing Archetypal Correlations
In Cosmos and Psyche, Richard Tarnas has established a strong case for a large body of evidence involving archetypal correlations that are based on a specific methodology and set of research parameters. Submissions that are intended to extend or support that particular body of evidence should follow as closely as possible the methodological guidelines and research parameters described in Cosmos and Psyche, especially in the section “Through the Archetypal Telescope,” pages 71-138. For example, use a 15° orb for axial alignments (conjunctions and oppositions) and a 10° orb for square alignments. In general, most historical research of this kind may be expected to be focused on the quadrature or major hard aspects (conjunctions, oppositions, and squares) of each planetary cycle.
As indicated earlier, Archai is also interested in promoting careful research projects involving other parameters and methodologies. Exceptions to these general guidelines are acceptable, therefore, provided that your research clearly demonstrates that each exception is required to understand particular archetypal phenomena or significantly enhances the understanding of those phenomena. For example, your research may demonstrate that the use of a different orb or another aspect (such as trines, sextiles, inconjuncts, semi-squares, or sesquiquadrates) is required to understand particular archetypal phenomena or significantly enhances that understanding. Again, to be accepted for publication, such research projects must employ a rigorous methodology that demonstrates the validity and necessity of that parameter or methodology by means of numerous examples, detailed exposition of archetypal themes, and careful documentation. Such documentation should include a consideration of already established principles of correlation involving the planetary archetypes and aspects, and a convincing argument for why the alternative approach accounts for all the specified phenomena in a more cogent and consistent manner.
Biographical Research Papers
Archai welcomes careful research papers that demonstrate archetypal correlations with the natal chart and personal transits of culturally prominent individuals. While such papers should follow the same guidelines outlined above, the focus of biographical papers may shift appropriately to focus on natal configurations and personal transits involving any of the planets and the four chart angles-the Ascendant, Descendant, Midheaven (MC), and Imum Coeli (IC).
Noon charts are permissible for those individuals whose precise birth times are not known, provided that sufficient care is taken to avoid unwarranted correlations with those factors that require a precise time such as the angles and the Moon.
Authors must provide the source of the birth data and biographical information, and are responsible for ensuring the validity of this data. When appropriate and available, you may provide the Rodden rating for your data to support its reliability.
Relevant Birth and Transit Data
For all submissions containing archetypal correlations, you must supply all relevant information used to determine those astrological and archetypal factors with which those phenomena are discussed as correlations. Such data may be embedded within the article submitted or provided separately along with the submitted article. In either case, please make sure that all relevant information is clearly stated, complete, and accurate.
Please supply all dates using the name of the month written out in full rather than its number. Please follow the general U.S. style, as in October 7, 2008. Because international styles differ, do NOT submit dates in purely numerical format, since 10/7/08 may mean July 10, 2008 in one style and October 7, 2008 in others.
Although Archai may verify data supplied by you, you are solely responsible for the accuracy of all your data. Inaccurate or incomplete data may be sufficient reason to reject or postpone acceptance of a submission.
Guidelines for All Submissions
All submissions should be written in English following the Chicago Manual of Style, 16th edition. The main body of text should be double-spaced, using 12-point Times New Roman font. Margins should be one inch all around. Block quotations should be indented and single-spaced using the same font and font size as the main text. Endnotes should also be single-spaced using 10-point Times New Roman. Citations and references should follow Chicago’s note-bibliography system of documentation for humanities publications, using endnotes. Do not use Chicago’s author-date documentation system, which is intended more for scientific publications.
Much of this style guide information is available online through various educational resources. On Chicago’s note-bibliography documentation system, see, for example:
Although the basic assumptions underlying archetypal astrology will be set forth in the journal, contributors should nevertheless write in a style that is accessible to the non-astrological reader and maintains a high level of scholarly rigor and quality of prose.
Please keep in mind that Archai is intended to reach an international audience. You should not assume that cultural references widely known in the U.S., or in your particular subculture, are necessarily widely known elsewhere.
Articles submitted to Archai should be in electronic format as a Microsoft Word (.doc) file and sent by email to the editors.
Note: Please indicate the intended section of the journal for which you wrote your article or correlation.
If Archai selects your article for publication, you will be required to complete a copyright authorization form prior to publication.