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The Planets Within

The Astrological Psychology of Marsilio Ficino

Thomas Moore Introduction by Noel Cobb

228 pp.  
6" x 9 1/4"

Lindisfarne Books


Published:  December 1993


The Planets Within asks us to return to antiquity with new eyes. It centers on one of the most psychological movements of the prescientific age—Renaissance Italy, where a group of “inner Columbuses” charted territories that still give us a much-needed sense of who we are today, where we came from, and the right paths to take toward unexplored and fertile places.

Chief among those Renaissance masters of the interior life was Marsilio Ficino, the presiding genius of the Florentine Academy. Ficino taught that all things exist in soul and must be lived in its light. This study of broadens and deepens our understanding of psyche; Ficino was a doctor of soul, and his insights teach us to care for and nurture our soul.

Moore takes as his guide Ficino’s own fundamental tool—imagination. Respecting the integrity and autonomy of images, The Planets Within unfolds a poetics of soul, using a kind of dialogue between the laconic remarks of Ficino and the need to give these remarks life and context for today.

  • “The reader turning to this book for knowledge and self-knowledge will be delighted to find it so instructive, enjoyable, and ‘user-friendly.’ With Tom Moore as a guide you will feel at home in the marvelous world of Renaissance Hermetism, its psychological and astrological insights, its music, its madness. How much Moore knows and how generous he is in giving it go the reader!”
    James Hillman, author of The Soul’s Code and A Terrible Love of War

    “In his presentation of psychological insight and understanding informed by Renaissance astrology and musicology, Dr. Moore’s clarity with complex matters is topped only by his wisdom. To tune the fantasy of a ‘well-tempered life’ with the disharmonic of ‘necessary madness’ is precisely the soulful genius that Dr. Moore’s master, Ficino, would have loved.”
    David Miller, author of Orestes: Myth and Dream as Catharsis

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