Archetypal Astrology Fundamentals Guide (2016)
For all of you who want to learn the basics of archetypal astrology, here is a succinct 10 page guide for the beginning astrology student that I use in my online Archetypal Astrology course. This guide teaches the fundamentals of archetypal astrology in how to calculate the three forms of correspondence—birth charts, world transits, and personal transits.
Infinite blessings on your unfolding cosmic journey home.
Archetypal Astrologers Delia Shargel, Matthew Stelzner, and myself have an awesome conversation about what we have been feeling and seeing in the archetypal cosmos, with a specific focus on the current rare Venus-Mercury-Pluto (Moon) alignment. We have an interesting dialogue about the nature of emotional repression and how the psyche naturally regulates itself around contact with our deepest needs for connection and for being seen by others, as well as how this relates to our communication patterns. This leads into a discussion about what it means to see astrology through the metaphor of “medicine path.” Enjoy!
In Exploring Astrology with Jessica Garfield-Kabbara, astrologer Adam Sommer and I have a candid and rich conversation about the current world transit of the planetary alignment of Saturn square Neptune. We also talk about Stan Grof’s perinatal matrices and birth trauma reflected in the natal chart, and musings on archetypal astrology. A big thank you to Adam, for having me on his show. Check out his other stelliferous podcast recordings at Exploring Astrology.
Chiron is the planetary archetype of the wounded healer. By understanding the meaning and working intelligence of Chiron, correlated with the position of Chiron in one’s birth chart, one can begin to elucidate the healing journey of one’s transpersonal wounds. This lecture is an excerpt from a course titled: Initiation to Archetypal Astrology: Working with the Fundamentals which you can find online in its full version here.
Please join me for the Spring 2016 semester to explore, practice, and embody archetypal astrology and archetypal cosmology! Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to register or ask questions.
Embodying Astrology in an Archetypal Cosmos
This course aims at an integration of archetypal astrology and depth psychology both in its subject matter, as well as its pedagogy and format. If the insights of these disciplines are to be truly embodied, we cannot simply learn their content for application in the world at some later date. Instead the very classroom is a living expression of the archetypes, offering itself too for analysis. By setting our intentions on embodying the teachings of archetypal cosmology, we will co-create a field of group consciousness whose endeavor is two-fold:
- The first segment of each class will examine rigorous and intuitive approaches to various astrological topics and practices while integrating the teachings of depth psychology. We will dive into the artistry of archetypal interpretation using the three forms of correspondence—natal chart, personal transits, and world transits—those maps of the underlying complicity between psyche and cosmos. An in-depth study of synastry, composite charts, and progressions will serve as a complement for understanding our archetypal complexes in relationships and as they unfold through time.
- The second portion of each class will open up to dialogue and council space with the intention of inviting the wisdom of each individual in service of strengthening the group mind. We are individuals who comprise a collective, evolving field; the archetypes are operating all along the spectrum between these poles. Your chart is already present in your learning style, our composite in the teacher-student relationship, and everyone’s synastry with one another in the dialogue and group process that emerge. Can we become aware of the archetypal and psychological dynamics at work in the very act of learning and conversing about those dynamics? Can we slow down enough to see the tendencies and principles we are studying actually transpiring in the room? In addition to approaching astrology as a field of study, can we use this awareness to embody astrology as part of a living, archetypal cosmos.
This course is centered on deepening into astrology as a grounded, spiritual practice, providing you not only the tools of the trade but a living laboratory in which to begin to use them. My role is as a teacher of these tools, but also as a therapeutically-trained facilitator, holding the group process for a sustained period of time in a safe and creative container. We will learn consciously from one another, but also by tending to what is emerging from the group mind’s unconscious, addressing emotions, the unspoken, and interpersonal dynamics, in service of deepening the learning field we share. Our aim is to bring out your inner astrologer by honoring each individual as part of a web of relationships informed by archetypal principles. The unique inflection of your natal chart is a gift from the cosmos to the collective, which you are called to live into in your own distinct way. This class celebrates and encourages all ways of knowing and varied expressions of the archetypes as vital movements in the cosmic dance.
The culmination of this course will be the second annual Embodying Astrology conference that the class will organize, choose a theme for, and present to the larger community of CIIS. Each student will have a time to present on what emerged for them during the semester in any medium they feel called toward, e.g. speech, music, art, poetry, dance, experiential work, or anything else you can imagine and that your heart desires.
Embodying Astrology in a Archetypal Cosmos Course Reader (provided by teacher)
The recording of the latest episode of “Correlations,” with Matthew Stelzner! On this episode, we focus much of our discussion on the Saturn-Neptune archetypal combination (currently in the sky in a 90 degree square alignment for everyone and when we recorded this episode being lit up by the two planets–Sun and Mercury). We dialogued about the ways it is coming through both collectively (in the recent terrorist attacks around the world and their tragic impact on all of us) as well as on the individual level with so many of us working with a grief process or other “tests of consciousness.” We work with the metaphor for understanding the way Saturn is the accrual of patterns of wisdom (or challenging habits that are hard to move beyond) that are like the quality of the “thread count” with which we weave our experience of life. We also give time to the Uranus-Pluto archetype, and Matthew explores the correlations to the recent sad story of Rupert Murdoch’s takeover of National Geographic magazine, amongst other topics. We also had some excellent participation from the live webinar participants. Enjoy!
Initiation to Archetypal Astrology: Working with the Fundamentals from trustpsyche on Vimeo.
By the end of this twelve week course (remaining classes will be uploaded within two weeks of purchase) you will have everything you need to be fluent in the language and practice of archetypal astrology. You will learn the technical aspects of astrology required to read your own chart and transits, as well as those of others.
By cultivating the ability to discern the planetary archetypes in your own psyche, your relationships, the larger world around you and the cosmos—this course will help to open what archetypal psychologist James Hillman called your archetypal eye. By the end of the semester you will be prepared to take intermediate and even advanced astrology courses.
• To gain proficiency in reading and interpreting the three forms of correspondence—the natal chart, world transits, and personal transits
• To be intimately familiar with the ten planetary archetypes and their meanings by developing an archetypal eye
• To exhibit knowledge of the geometrical aspects and their qualities
• To understand the relationship of the signs and houses to the ten planetary archetypes
• To appreciate the ethical dimension of astrology
• To begin opening awareness of the cosmological implications of astrology
• To gain practical tools for seeing how astrology informs our lives and living with astrology on a daily basis
Archetypal astrology podcast where I am a guest with Matthew Stelzner discussing the planetary archetype of Saturn, world transits for the month of October, and transgenerational aspect patterns we share with our parents and children.
To listen to all previous episodes visit here
As we approach the Equinox, the balancing point of light and dark, the world feels more alive than ever, rumbling with change and transformation as we continue in the peak of the Uranus-Pluto square alignment, until the year 2020. The return of the repressed and the empowerment of the oppressed are sweeping the world. As a beloved teacher of mine reminded me, “Remember the deep love your soul has for you and take time to nourish your deep roots as you nourish the deep roots of others.” I honor your deep roots as we branch out into the world forming tendrils of alliance with one another as an Earth community.
Teaching this past spring semester was one of the greatest joys of my life and a way to nourish my roots and the roots of others. The semester was fantastic and I could not be more proud of the students and what we co-created together. For those of you who want to learn archetypal astrology for personal or professional development, the twelve-week course I taught last spring, Initiation to Archetypal Astrology: Working with the Fundamentals, is now available online for you to take at your own pace and schedule. By the end of the course you will have everything you need to be fluent in the language and practice of archetypal astrology. You will learn the technical aspects of astrology required to read your own birth chart and transits, as well as those of others. I also offer private one-on-one astrological mentoring for personal and professional development.
It is a great privilege to announce the expansion of my depth psychotherapy private practice in the heart of San Francisco. I have been sitting with clients over the past three years and have opened another office. The love and respect I have for this deep work grows each day. It is a true honor to be with my clients on their soul’s journey. If you or anyone you know feels called to do this type of work with me, I am currently accepting individuals, couples, and adolescents into my practice.
A lecture on archetypal astrology given at the California Institute of Integral Studies in October 2011, for the Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness (PCC) Forum.