Going through catastrophe and disaster has a way of bringing us to the essence of things. By being humbled and brought to our knees, where we must finally ask for help and turn everything back over, we remember that no one of us can do this alone. I find it fascinating that dis-aster means, to go against the stars, which at their very core are the archetypes. So when there is disaster in our lives, a feeling of something going against divine planning or perfection, the process of truly being with all the complexities involved is the very thing that heals us and carries us back to our divine essence. By healing, I mean bringing loving attention to whatever it is, however big or small, that needs to be seen. We all have places inside of us and outside of us that need attention. Oftentimes, asking for help is the hardest part. This healing journey is a choice, and it is a choice I am making, and that I see so many of you making right now. I have infinite gratitude and reverence for your choice, in choosing to come back home, over and over again.
A big part of our self-care is sharing with you our take on what is happening astrologically. Honestly, it’s how we stay sane. Here is our most recent podcast episode on the upcoming Venus retrograde conjunct Pluto in Capricorn, which begins with the forty-day Venus retrograde period from December 19th to January 29th, and stays in conjunction through the early spring. As we discuss this powerful alignment, we also demonstrate how we use our planetary awareness to work with the archetypal energies in our lives. I believe astrology is a practice that is meant to come down to Earth and into our relationships—for the quality of our relationships makes up the quality of our lives.
After 14 incredible and growth-filled years of giving professional astrology readings, I am clear in stepping back to focus on my psychotherapy practice for individuals and couples—where I integrate astrology into my work with my clients—and to focus on teaching astrology and depth psychology to my students around the world. I am so grateful to each and every person that gave me the honor to read for them and be a part of their life.
My heart beams with joy to pass on this scared act of giving readings to the person I trust and respect most in this world, Travis DiRuzza, who is now offering archetypal astrology readings from a depth psychological perspective, as well as astrological mentoring. Travis is a truly wonderful and gifted astrologer and human being. He has studied directly with me for the past 8 years. You schedule a reading or mentoring session with him right here.
Travis offers the following types of readings:
- Individual readings of your natal chart and transits
- Synastry and composite chart readings for couples or families
- Readings for newborns and adolescents
- Solar return readings for birthdays and the year ahead
- Astro-biography readings to better understand major life events in your past and their bearing upon your future
- Recorded readings for those who do not wish to meet in real time.
Travis provides a gentle caring presence joined with knowledge from 14 years of astrological study. He was educated at Columbia University and California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS) where he received his PhD in philosophy and religion. There he studied archetypal astrology and transpersonal psychology with Richard Tarnas and Stanislav Grof. He is currently Director of Programs for Trust Psyche School.
Trust Psyche continues to expand our astrology courses online for students of all levels, both for personal and professional use. Last spring, we taught Transit Astrology: The Art of Living, which is available right here to take at your own pace and schedule. Our live cohort of 35 students had a blast diving deep into transits together, and we are thrilled to announce a brand new 75-page illuminated course guide, packed with astrological information and insights. This guide is foundational to the practice of Transit Astrology, and is one of the best things we have ever created.
On February 6th, we begin our next 10-week course, The Astronomy and Cultural History of Astrology. In hearing Travis prepare for this course, my astrological knowledge has grown the most it has since I began studying astrology 14 years ago. We would love for you to join us live, or for the recorded version. You can find all the details right here.
We wish you warmth in your connections and an inspired holiday season.
With all our love and gratitude,
Jessica and Travis DiRuzza
P.S. Our daughter, Luce Sophia, turned one in October! We made it through the first year, hooray!