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The Anatomy of Consciousness

By Robert Blackthorn

Reviewed by Dana Doerksen, Librarian at The Seattle Metaphysical Library

The Anatomy of Consciousness is described as an innovative take on numerology combined with the use of astrological archetypes. This work is part one in a series called the Govian Chronicles. In the introduction the author describes his personal system of spiritual evolution through nine archetypes: the vanguard (1), the empath (2), the innovator (3), the messenger (4), the conjurer (5), the adept (6), the sage (7), the monarch (8), and the shepherd (9). Robert Blackthorne has created his own personal mythos, his hero�s journey, through these archetypes or stages of soul development. This development, it is argued, reaches across lifetimes, dimensions and other worlds. Blackthorne contends that this system for consciousness development was encoded in him from another lifetime and this book is the first part of the message he discovered. The second part of this information will be presented in his forthcoming work, The Chemistry of the Archetypes. The author argues that the new paradigm of human evolution illustrates that we are all consciously or unconsciously creating our own reality and therefore we must take on the responsibility for what we create. The book intends to help the reader along their path to spiritual enlightenment by mastering the nine archetypes presented in the book.

Robert works as an educator, numerologist, astrologer, and healer. More information about Robert Blackthorne and his work can be found on his website, This book is difficult to read cover to cover, but if you follow the author�s plan to discover your primary archetype (your personal filter), the life cycle you are on now (through the use of your age), and your master archetype (the previous two combined) it is an interesting experiment to see if you agree with the characteristics and descriptions. It is certainly a way to delve into your own personality, motivations and relationships with others.

The introduction of the book describes how the book came to be written and how to use the book as a manual for your own personal evolution. This personal evolution it is argued is not only beneficial to the student, but to the cosmos, as we find ways to develop together as a whole. This particular process is intended to be a nine year plan in which the student works with each of the archetypes and finally discovers their authentic self. The student is guided to first read about their primary archetype, which is based on the solar day of your birth, and is the filter or lens which defines the reality around you. Next, the student needs to determine their life cycle archetype, which corresponds to your current age, and is related to any childhood trauma or other imprints. Finally, the student must unravel their master archetype, which is calculated by adding your life cycle number and your primary number together. This archetype is about self-expression, goals, and potential.

The remaining chapters of the book go through all of the nine archetypes in detail and how the archetypes tend to manifest in accordance with whatever you primary, life cycle and master archetypes are. Each archetype chapter describes the archetype and advises certain meditations and practices that correspond to what that archetype needs to grow and transform, for example, healing past traumas or discovering how you approach love and companionship. These chapters also include sections on how your primary archetype interacts with your master number.

The Anatomy of Consciousness is certainly a novel mixture of numerology and Jungian psychology. It is certainly an excellent tool for discovering more about yourself and how you react to and create the world. I would have liked to see more description and explanation about where the psychology and the unverifiable personal gnosis cross paths. I followed the directions for the calculation of my archetypes and I found some information that seemed applicable and much that did not, however, I feel a connection with the author on the ideas of potential possibilities for the future if more of us sought to understand ourselves and to promote growth and transformation in our own lives. Any reader or student of psychology, astrology and/or the tarot would find this work interesting if not useful.