Psychotherapist :: Astrologer :: Teacher

In this 30-minute episode, I discuss the current Saturn-Uranus alignment, first with regard to the upcoming Trust Psyche course on the History (Saturn) of Astrology (Uranus), and then in light of Mercury retrograde and several eclipses activating SA-UR in 2022. I consider how to best use this energy throughout the year, and specifically with the current 3-week Mercury Rx.

Happy New Year!
 
We are so excited to be here with you in 2022. We have a wonderful group of people for our upcoming astrology course, both live and recorded, and we would love for you to join us! Early bird ends in one week, on Wednesday, January 19th. Our class meets on Sundays from 1-4PM ET for 10 weeks, from February 6th through April 10th. You can find all the details right here.

In this course, we will trace the human relationship with the starry sky from its earliest origins in the recognition of solar and lunar cycles and their relationship to light, heat, and tides, through the sacred geometric stone circles of megalithic culture, to the birth of astrology proper with the Mesopotamian zodiac and Egyptian decans. When Alexander the Great unified these two regions with parts of Europe in the west and India in the east, the great cultural synthesis that ensued gave birth to Hellenistic astrology and the four pillars of our practice to this day: planets, aspects, signs, and houses. The Middle Ages saw the cultural center shift from Alexandria to Baghdad, where astrology flourished and evolved in the Islamic Empire before being retransmitted to the West during the Renaissance, dying a second death during the Enlightenment, and being born again through Theosophy and the New Age.

I would be honored to be your guide on this remarkable adventure through time, where we will not only study but imagine and experience what it was like for our ancestors to become conscious of their embeddedness in the universe. For the history of astrology is the story of humanity awakening to its place in the cosmos and thereby navigating its relationship to the divine. That story continues with us today, as part of an unbroken lineage stretching back to the earliest of our species, able to be animated once again, in always deepening communion of above and below.

Getting your bearings for 2022? Book an astrology reading now to see what our next trip around the sun holds for you.

Wishing you a bright and bountiful year ahead,

With all our blessings and love,
Jessica and Travis DiRuzza

ASTRO CHAT occurs when we spontaneously turn on our phone recorder in the middle of what we are experiencing as a stimulating conversation about astrology. We are still discovering what ASTRO CHAT is, but for now, we can say this: It’s us in our life, doing what we love. You will hear background noise from the space we are in, as well as folks who come by and talk to us unaware (we get consent afterward). Everything is unedited and unrehearsed… It’s just us.

On 12.20.21 at 4:39PM we sat down to an early dinner at Flavio’s Italian restaurant where this 11-minute conversation took place.

Hello everyone,
 
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 Livingwhich 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!

In episode 27, Jessica and Travis DiRuzza have a heartfelt and embodied sharing of the upcoming Venus retrograde conjunct Pluto in Capricorn. The retrograde begins December 19th, for 40 days, until January 29th, and the conjunction lasts through early spring. They also share some of their new offerings for Trust Psyche!

Get an archetypal astrology reading with Travis! Right here.

Register right here for our upcoming Trust Psyche astrology course, begins February 6th, 2022!

My teacher and dear friend, Chris Bache, will be doing a free event with Shift Network on Saturday, November 13th, 2021. I would love for you to join us for this hour together on A Transformative Journey into the Cosmic Mind through Psychedelics.

I began studying with Chris in 2015, at the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco, CA. I took his phenomenal and life-changing course, Dark Night Early Dawn. After 7-years of studying directly with Stan Grof and Rick Tarnas, working with with Chris helped me to integrate the many facets of my learning and experience. His broad and encompassing worldview helped to round-out my cosmology, better understand and integrate my medicine journeys, and deepen into my self and my relationship with the Divine.

Now, Chris is sharing from his most recent work, LSD and the Mind of the Universe. This free event with Shift will go into Chris’ explorations and discoveries. I find that sharing space with Chris helps to fortify my spirit for the turbulent times in which we live. All are welcome to participate in just two weeks!

You can register here for A Transformative Journey Into the Cosmic Mind Through Psychedelics

During this hour, you’ll:

  • Take a journey into the exquisite creative mind of the Universe and feel its Cosmic Love for you

  • Understand why deep psychedelic experiences are real — and how they provide trustworthy insights into life beyond space-time

  • Absorb spiritually deepening insights that don’t require you to take psychedelics

  • Learn what it feels like to be dissolved into the crystalline body of God

  • Gain insights into the nature of consciousness that can transform your purpose and your destiny

Learning to navigate the LSD-amplified state with focused intent and clear recall, Chris shattered boundary after boundary until, bathed in cosmic love, he was carried into the hyper-clear perfection and ecstasy of the realm he calls the Diamond Luminosity.

Chris’ presentation will give you a small but profound glimpse into the Universal Mind. You’ll sense how vast and perfect it is even as it continues to unfold — and how you’re connected to everything in existence… giving you insight into the nature of true transcendence.

You can register here! 

We hope you’re able to catch the event as scheduled, but if you register and miss it, you’ll receive a downloadable recording as soon as it’s available. 

DISCLAIMER & INFORMED CONSENT

This event in no way promotes, condones, or facilitates illegal activity, and is strictly for educational purposes only. Please be aware that psychedelic substances still remain illegal in many countries. By registering for this event you are agreeing that The Shift Network takes no responsibilities for your actions. Please also be aware that this event is not a substitute for traditional psychotherapy or medicine; instead it is designed to provide education from our personal and professional experiences. If you are experiencing significant issues, please seek medical attention. We look forward to having you join us! 

I live streamed this 30-minute video yesterday on the themes of parentified children and childhood wounding. I decided to connect this relational dynamic with Moon-Chiron. However, as I state in the beginning of the video, you do not need to have Moon-Chiron in aspect in your natal chart to be a parentified child. Parentification is not seen in the chart. Just as an astrologer cannot look at a chart and tell you if someone is introverted or extraverted, they cannot look for any one aspect in a chart to tell you if someone is parentified. When we know someone is an introverted Leo versus an extraverted Leo then the chart becomes more grounded in the context of the given person’s life. The chart itself cannot let any person know if a Leo is introverted or extroverted. I think this psychological truth needs to be integrated more fully into the field of astrology.

Thank you!