Philosophy, Spirituality, and the many paths of Self-Realization

Examples of the Fire element are schools and organizations including the Ridhwan School, Jean Houston’s Mystery School, the wide varieties of tantric organizations, the wide diversity of yoga and meditation practitioners, open-minded churches and religious groups (such as Unity Church, Church of Religious Science, Unitarians, and other liberal Protestant and Catholic groups).

This branch’s studies and research are directed toward self-realization, enlightenment, or spiritual fulfillment. TOTAMS honors and recognizes the diversity of authentic paths that each astrological mystery school expresses.

Since TOTAMS is more than astrology, the school can strengthen and complement a chosen spiritual path, or reveal one that had not yet been recognized. The basis for this understanding is that astrology is seen as the highest of the lower mysteries, and TOTAMS recognizes this when supporting the fulfillment of the Higher Mysteries. 



A Seed by Dane Rudhyar

written in 1973 I feel we are at the threshold of a new age, and that we need now, more than anything else, a new approach to human relationships and to social organization. We need a planetary approach, we need a synthetic approach. We need something in which the...

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12 Paths of Spirituality

Aries (SAT) Aries is a culture-bearer/householder Mystery School.  Traditionally referred to as a “positive” and “masculine” way of life, in Shamanic Astrology, it falls into the evolution pathway, by way of fire (intuitive function). Historically, those with Aries...

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Reading List

Curated resources chosen by TOTAMS Founder Daniel Giamario to further illuminate your understanding of the Fire Element.

Fire Reading List

Philosophy, History, and Spirituality

  • The Spell of the Sensuous by David Abram
  • Carlos Castenada books: All his books, but especially The Art of Dreaming and The Active Side of Infinity.
  • The Planetarization of Consciousness by Dane Rudhyar – One of the greatest books ever written.
  • The Age of Aquarius: Technology and the Cultural Revolution by William Braden – An amazing book written in 1972 that completely presages what is happening in the 2020’s.
  • Sri Aurobindo books: Any at all that he ever wrote; all about “involution”
  • A.H.Almaas books: Founder of the Diamond Heart Approach. Recommended books include Facets of Unity: The Enneagram of Holy Ideas, The Void, and many others.
  • Invoking Ireland and Dreamtime by John Moriarty – Ireland’s greatest modern philosopher.
  • The Lazy Man’s Guide to Enlightenment and Love and Pain: A Map of Consciousness by Thaddeus Golas
  • Buckminster Fuller books: Pretty much everything, but a good place to start is Critical Path.
  • You Are Not a Gadget and Who Owns the Future by Jaron Lanois – Brilliant books about the dangers of Social Media and the Internet from one of the creators of virtual reality.
  • Lizards Eat Butterflies by Dr. David Martin – Mind-expanding and provocative.


  • The Fourth Turning by William Strauss and Neil Howe – An indispensable non-astrological guide to our current times.
  • Sacred Pleasure and The Chalice and the Blade by Riane Eisler – Seminal books about our pre-patriarchal history.
  • The Untold History of the United States by Oliver Stone
  • 1491 and 1493 by Charles Mann – A retelling of our history based on new data.


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