In late 2007, a group of scholars, researchers, and practitioners interested in archetypal astrology came together to form the Archetypal Research Collective (ARC) in the San Francisco Bay Area in California. In 2008, during the months following the inaugural ARC meeting, the Archai journal and website were defined and established by some of the participants in the ARC group with the express aim of founding and developing a new academic discipline known as archetypal cosmology.
Archetypal cosmology includes the study of the correlations between cyclical alignments of the planets and archetypal patterns in human experience (archetypal astrology), but goes beyond this to address the theoretical basis of these correlations and their implications for the wider world view. Consequently, archetypal cosmology is a multidisciplinary subject drawing on scholarship from many other areas such as depth psychology, history, philosophy, cosmology, religious studies, cultural studies, the arts, and the sciences.
The primary aims of the Archai journal and website are to provide a forum for the advancement of archetypal cosmology by disseminating its research and ideas to academia and the wider culture, by developing its standards of scholarship, by exploring and deepening the archetypal perspective, by expanding research into world transit analysis through the study of correlations between planetary alignments and archetypal patterns in world cultural history, and by establishing connections between archetypal cosmology and other fields, especially those relating to the emerging integral world view such as transpersonal studies and the new paradigm sciences. Archai is dedicated to furthering the research orientation and methodology established by Richard Tarnas in Cosmos and Psyche: Intimations of a New World View (New York: Viking, 2006).
Keiron Le Grice is the author of The Archetypal Cosmos: Rediscovering the Gods in Myth, Science and Astrology (Floris Books, 2010); Discovering Eris: The Symbolism and Significance of a New Planetary Archetype (Floris Books, 2012); and The Rebirth of the Hero: Mythology as a Guide to Spiritual Transformation (Muswell Hill Press, 2013). He holds degrees from the University of Leeds, England (B.A. honors, Philosophy and Psychology, 1994) and the California Institute of Integral Studies, San Francisco (M.A., Philosophy and Religion, 2005; Ph.D., Philosophy and Religion, 2009), where he is adjunct professor in the Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness program. Keiron is also a guest lecturer in the Jungian and Archetypal Studies specialization of the Depth Psychology program at Pacifica Graduate Institute, Santa Barbara, and Commissioning Editor for Muswell Hill Press in London.
Richard Tarnas is a professor of philosophy and cultural history at the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco, where in 1994 he founded the graduate program in Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness. He also teaches archetypal studies and depth psychology at Pacifica Graduate Institute in Santa Barbara. A graduate of Harvard (A.B. cum laude, 1972) and Saybrook (Ph.D, 1976), he is the author of The Passion of the Western Mind, a history of the Western world view from the ancient Greek to the postmodern that is used as a required text in many universities and seminaries. His most recent book, Cosmos and Psyche: Intimations of a New World View, received the Book of the Year Prize from the Scientific and Medical Network.
Bill Streett holds degrees from the University of Vermont (B.A., Psychology) and the California Institute of Integral Studies (M.A., Philosophy and Religion). While attending CIIS, Bill developed an avid interest in the astrological perspective. Over the past ten years, he has written several articles for astrological websites, focusing primarily upon the astrology of current events. During this time, Bill has developed and designed websites for corporations, small businesses, and individuals.
Grant Maxwell has served as adjunct professor of English at Baruch College and Lehman College in New York. He holds an M.A. in English from the City University of New York's Graduate Center (2011) and a B.A. in English and Plan II Honors from the University of Texas at Austin (2001). He is currently writing a doctoral dissertation in English at the CUNY Graduate Center. The dissertation, How Does it Feel?: Rock and Roll in the Evolution of World Views, reads the music and biographies of Elvis Presley, The Beatles, and Bob Dylan in light of the work of thinkers such as William James, Henri Bergson, and Alfred North Whitehead.