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Rosicrucian Cosmological Diagram

Cosmology means the study of the universe.  But one could distinguish between physical Cosmology, the Cosmology of science and physics (e.g. the "Big Bang" Theory of the expanding universe), and metaphyscal or "esoteric' or "occult" Cosmology.  The latter refers not only to the physical universe, but also to all the subtle or non-physical universes as well; the higher realms of existence - psychic, spiritual, and so on - that are beyond the physical



General philosophical

Cosmology, involution and evolution



Traditional/Esoteric

Emanation
The Great Chain of Being
Correspondences
The World Tree


Planes of Existence - The "Vertical" Axis of Reality

General philosophical

The Four Kingdoms - Mineral-Vegetable-Animal-Human
The Involution and Evolution of Consciousness
Teleology


20th/21st Century

Big Bang
Theory of Process (Arthur M. Young)
Unified Science (Edward Haskell)
Grand Syntheses of Science and Metaphysics
Formative Causation
Theory of Everything




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page uploaded 28 May 1998, last modified (and made index page) 3 July 2004, last modified 14 January 2009