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.

Learning Objectives

• 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

 

iNITIATIONoUTLINE

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.

Equinox blessings,

Jessica

After a wonderful semester of teaching and co-creating the group mind of this course, my students and I would be honored and delighted for you to join us in a celebration of the relationship between human being and Cosmos in the first annual Embodying Astrology in an Archetypal Cosmos Conference! Each presentation is an offering of the student’s embodied journey through archetypal astrology and archetypal cosmology. This event is free and open to the public. It has been a true honor to teach with these great minds and hearts.

Embodying Astrology Conference 2015

Neptune and Saturn: Rekindling a Cosmic Love Affair of Spirit and Matter 

From 2014-2017 the planets Saturn and Neptune will be in a 90 degree square to one another informing and permeating the collective psyche during this radical and revolutionary time. This presentation given at the Esalen Institute in Big Sur, California in October 2014 explores the archetypal meaning and significance of this planetary combination in our times.

Initiation to Archetypal Astrology: Working with the Fundamentals

 Spring 2015

January 20th– April 28th

This 12-week course will begin at the end of January and run through April, meeting once a week for 2.5 hours from 6:30-9:00pm at CIIS. The group will choose which day of the week they wish to meet once the class has formed.

Course Description

By the end of our time together 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, including:

  • The three forms of correspondence—the natal chart, world transits, and personal transits.
  • The ten planetary archetypes and their meanings.
  • The geometrical aspects and their qualities.
  • The relationship of the signs and houses to the ten planetary archetypes.

You will have access to all of the astrological information and resources that I have, including articles, notes, audio and video lectures, and podcasts.

The class will have two components. The first half of each session will be a lesson plan covering the above material. The second half will be opened up for dialogue, questions, and group process.

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 James Hillman called your archetypal eye. By the end of the semester you will be prepared to take intermediate and even advanced astrology classes.

Required Reading

A course reader in PDF format will be compiled and emailed to you before the class begins. You will not need to purchase any texts. All classes will be audio recorded for your future reference.

While reading will not be excessive this course does require full presence and participation in the immersion of astrology in order to integrate the full body of material within 12 weeks.

 

Embodying Astrology in an Archetypal Cosmos

Spring 2015
January 20th – April 28th

This 12-week course will begin at the end of January and run through April, meeting once a week for 2.5 hours from 6:30-9:00pm at CIIS. The group will choose which day of the week they wish to meet once the class has formed.

Course Description

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, 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 an astrology conference/forum that the class will organize, choose a theme for, and present to the larger community of CIIS at the end of the semester. Each student will have a timeslot 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. The class will also co-create a service project beyond the walls of CIIS for the larger Bay Area community during an afternoon in the summer. All of this is to be envisioned and organized by the group. My role is to be fully present as teacher, facilitator of the process, holder of the creative container and safe space, and provider of guidance and mentoring as needed.

Required Reading
You will be emailed a PDF course reader before the class begins. You will not need to purchase any books. You will also have access to all of the resources I have including articles, notes, audio and video lectures, and podcasts.

*You will need to have already read Cosmos and Psyche: Intimations of a New Worldview by Richard Tarnas.

This course will be spiritually, emotionally, and intellectually demanding. I expect critical thinking, deep self-reflection, and embodied presence in and out of the classroom. All classes will be audio recorded for your future reference.

Chapter IV Summary and Conclusions

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For fatherless daughters living in a patriarchal culture shame is the cornerstone emotion that fosters an inborn lack of self-worth and value in a young girl’s early identity formation, often becoming a debilitating force in her creative pursuits and deep need for belonging and connection with others. Since shame is understood as a core identification with feeling unworthy of genuine belonging and intimate connection, which are two fundamental requirements of human existence, it becomes a vital necessity for fatherless daughters to embark on a journey of rediscovering who they are in a world that makes them a second-class citizen. If people can work through their shame by grieving the loss and forgotten aspects of the self, the ways in which one has been abandoned and abandoned oneself, then there is a depth of being that opens up in which one gains access to one’s authentic self where creativity blossoms forth.

Since shame implies a loss of self that occurs through the disconnection between self and other, the road to reclaiming one’s alienated self requires immense grieving for the disowned and forgotten aspects of one’s self. By going deep into one’s underworld of repressed emotions, memories, thoughts, and states of being in a safe container with a loving witness one co-creates the opportunity to heal the inner psychological splitting in one’s psyche. Witnessing becomes a sacred and redemptive act that provides a passageway for self-love and acceptance. By deeply accepting one’s self, one is granted access to one’s true potential and desires. When people feel safe enough to be themselves, they are able to express their true thoughts, feelings, and visions, bringing forth the creativity that originates and flourishes in the depths of the imagination. Naturally, when one reclaims aspects of oneself, one gains access to more creative energy.

At first, the idea that one must share one’s feelings of shame seems counterintuitive to the self-defense mechanism of wanting to protect oneself by hiding vulnerabilities, insecurities, and self-judgments. Paradoxically, hiding shame, keeping it in the dark, is the ideal condition for shame to grow and magnify in potency. If one can withstand the discomfort of sharing oneself with another, being witnessed in a loving way without judgment, then a person may begin to heal the shame that keeps one in an inner and outer state of imprisonment.
Concluding Thoughts and Future Research

From a depth psychological perspective, a significant loss in one’s life, such as the loss of a parent, can actually be the source of a profound creative drive. Examining the potential effects of the loss of a father early in a woman’s life, Reis (2006) discussed the role of the loss of a father in women who have had a large cultural impact in recent history. Reis wrote,

Although a father’s early interest and encouragement seem to be the most important factor in a women’s creative life, in the lives of these women it appears to be the opposite. These accomplished and gifted fathers did not act as mentoring, encouraging, teaching fathers, but rather were distant, closed, unavailable men. In fact, the father’s emotional or physical absence, his lack of validation, affirmation, authentication seems to be one of the key factors that drove these women’s creative process. Whether she is trying to reach him, please him, fight him, sleep with him, or destroy him, the father appears not as an enabling figure, nor even as an obstacle, but rather as a void into which these women threw their creative efforts. (pp. 206-207)

Vocalizing shame is a highly relational act that requires profound vulnerability, deep listening, and compassionate witnessing. Brown (2012b) proclaimed,

Vulnerability is the birthplace of love, belonging, joy, courage, empathy, and creativity. It is the source of hope, empathy, accountability, and authenticity. If we want greater clarity in our purpose or deeper and more meaningful spiritual lives, vulnerability is the path. (p. 33)
In order for humanity to make it through the current global ecological crisis and the direct threat to the human species’ survival by the disconnection, defensiveness, and silence that shame induces, individually and collectively humans must embark on the arduous journey of reclaiming their voices and radically express their true feelings, emotions, thoughts, dreams, and desires in order to heal shame.

As I heal the shame that disconnected me from self and others, I imagine living in a world in which there is a fluidity of relationships, where each person is both wounded and a healer depending on the moment and the situation; where there is no longer a hierarchy of power and domination, but radical interdependence and mutuality in which difference is honored and celebrated! I imagine women no longer wishing for things to be different as they continue to perpetuate patriarchy by their compliance. To strive to be accepted by a model of living that is killing this planet is insanity. A woman living her truth—and her capacity to love herself and be genuinely present in her relationships—in an embodied and self-expressive way is the revolution, a revolution of the heart. I also imagine, within the psychological community, more research that explores women’s experiences of being psychologically wounded and shamed, tracking what occurs in themselves, their relationships, and their pursuits as they give voice to their intrasubjective lives and their perspectives on their worlds.

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Brown, B. (2010, June). The power of vulnerability. Unpublished lecture presented at Ted Talks, Houston, TX.

Brown, B. (2012a). Daring greatly. New York, NY: Gotham Books.

Brown, B. (2012b, March). Listening to shame. Unpublished lecture presented at Ted Talks, Houston, TX.

Gilligan, C. (1982). In a different voice. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.

Grof, S. (2000). Psychology of the future. Albany: State of University New York Press.

Johnson, S. (2008). Hold me tight: Seven conversations for a lifetime of love. New York, NY: Little, Brown.

Leonard, L. S. (1982). The wounded woman: Healing the father-daughter relationship. Boston, MA: Shambhala.

Lewis, T., Amini, F., & Lannon, R. (2000). A general theory of love. New York, NY: Random House.

Lorde, A. (2007). Sister outsider: Essays and speeches. Freedom, CA: The Crossing Press.

Murdock, M. (1990). The heroine’s journey. Boston, MA: Shambhala.

Oliver, M. (1986). Dream work: The journey (p. 38). New York City, NY: Atlantic Monthly Press.

Reis, P. (2006). Daughters of Saturn: From father’s daughter to creative woman. New Orleans, LA: Spring Journal Books.

 Moustakas, C. (1990). Heuristic research: Design, methodology, and applications. Newbury Park, CA: Sage.

Rowe, C. E., & MacIsaac, D. S. (1998). Empathic attunement: The technique of psychoanalytic self psychology. Northvale, NJ: Jason Aronson.

Sullivan, B. S. (1989). Psychotherapy grounded in the feminine principle. Wilmette, IL: Chiron.

Tangney, J. P., & Dearing, R. L. (2002). Shame and guilt. New York, NY: Guilford Press.

Tarnas, R. (2006). Cosmos and psyche: Intimations of a new worldview. New York, NY: Penguin Group.

Welwood, J. (2005). Perfect love imperfect relationships: Healing the wound of the heart. Boston, MA: Trumpeter.

Woodman, M. (1985). The pregnant virgin: A process of psychological transformation. Toronto, Canada: University of Toronto Press.