This is a seminal work for the fields of psychology, spiritual emergence, and the healing arts. As a psychotherapist, astrologer, and teacher, I experienced on every page a deep sense of connection to the sacred healing journey that Michelle so lucidly describes with heartfelt clarity, deep compassion, and piercing insight. I would like all of my students to read Holding Sacred Space, both for their personal growth, evolution, and healing, as well as for their work as healing practitioners. While transmitting a mind and heart expanding vision, this book remains deeply relatable and invitingly accessible. The generosity of spirit that Michelle exemplifies, in her being and through this work, helps to light the path for the rest of us upon its way.
P.S. Recently, I heard from a couple of you that you that over the years you reply to my blog posts through the email you receive from trustpsyche. I DO NOT receive those emails from you. To contact me you must send an email directly to Jessica@trustpsyche.com. I would hate to miss anything from you, so please send all communication directly to my email. Thank you!
Today, January 12th, 2020, is the day so many are talking about. There is a great buzz flying about. Saturn and Pluto have made their exact conjunction (meaning same place in the sky) in the sign of Capricorn, which is ruled by the planet Saturn.
I created this YouTube video last May of 2019 to discuss my understanding, personally and collectively, of this rare planetary alignment. The last time it occurred was in the sign of Libra from 1981-84, meaning Saturn and Pluto make a conjunction roughly every 35-38 years for 3-4 years at a time. It is a longer cycle of time, with both Saturn and Pluto being outer planets, which indicates they are slower moving planets (hence why they come together so rarely and last as long as they do).
It is very important to remember that although most astrologers are focusing on this first exactitude of Saturn and Pluto occurring today, the two planets have been within range of one another for all of 2019 and even back into 2018. This planetary pair will continue to be conjunct the rest of 2020 and fade out into 2021.
Lastly, and I cannot stress this enough, it is much more helpful in understanding this alignment, both for the world and for yourself, if you take in the larger archetypal wave form of Saturn conjunct Pluto already active before today. Your personal life events in correlation to this cycle of time, seen in the coming together of these two celestial bodies, will make more sense in the larger context of what has happened this past year in light of the themes associated with the alignment. Focusing on the day the planets become exact is a ritual of sorts, however, only focusing on today or this month of January as the conjunction beginning is a very (masculine) pointillistic penetration of this moment in time as somehow separate from the days, weeks, and months of this archetypal wave form coming into collective consciousness over the entire past year and even further back.
To be clear, I am in full support of honoring and ritualizing today, January 12, 2020 as the first exact zero degree alignment of these two planets. As a matter of fact, I am on my way now into ceremony. However, I am not at all in agreement that this alignment somehow began today, this month, or even in the very near past. I believe viewing the world transits in such an atomistic manner (with small orbs of influence) comes from an old order of astrological practicer that is not the most helpful in making meaning of both our personal stories and the zeitgeist in correlation to the night sky. This overemphasis on exactitude is like opening to the middle of a book and thinking that that scene can somehow be understood independent of the context of the entire work; or it is like considering the climax of orgasm as all there really is to love-making. Can the climax of anything be understood apart from the build-up and follow-through? Seeing the unfolding of time in a more fluid, wavelike way is much more of a feminine understanding of time (transits) and helps me understand my life in a more relational, coherent, and cohesive way. I will have much more to say about this in my upcoming trustpsyche podcast: Stream.
In the meantime, I send all blessings and prayers for you in this glorious New Year and decade.
NEW EPISODE OF STREAM PODCAST || Through the Portal of Shame, Stream 14, now available on YouTube | Spotify | iTunes | GooglePlay | Podbean.
Stream 14, the trustpsyche monthly astrology and psychology podcast, gives voice to the deep underworld journey of going through the portal of shame in the reclamation of voice and creative power.
We come to the time of year, in the cycle of life, of equal day and equal night. The sign of Libra which is about balance, harmony, grace, justice, fairness, and cooperation. Libra’s motto is “We Are”. There could not be a more important time for us to remember this truth. Equinox blessings to each of you as we balance the light and dark within ourselves and our world.
I am delighted about my upcoming course, Astrological
Counseling: How to Run a Successful Professional Practice. We have an amazing
cohort of dedicated astrologers who have come together to study, and I am pleased
by the way the course content has coalesced. The class is half oriented toward
chart interpretation and counseling skills, and half oriented toward strong and
healthy professional business practices.
I currently have one spot remaining for the upcoming course, which begins Sunday, September 8th for 15 weeks online. This course is offered every two years and will not be available for purchase afterward as are all other trustpsyche courses (due to confidentiality of practitioners and clients). If you would like to review the general syllabus to see what will be covered, you can email me directly. I would be happy to share it with you.
This is an opportunity to invest in your business and take
it to the next level, to study closely with me and a group of peers, and to
bring your astrology practice to where you want and need it to be as a thriving
and healthy business. To register or for more information, please email me
directly at Jessica@trustpsyche.com.
Stream 13, the trustpsyche monthly astrology and psychology podcast, is an inside look into the spiritual practice of correlating life experience with your transits. Have a listen now and enjoy!
I hope all of you will join us for the upcoming trustpsyche free livestream with Chris Bache. Chris is a wonderful speaker, writer, and teacher and is a true visionary. I always feel spiritually invigorated after hearing him share his life-altering experiences and visionary states of consciousness. Sign-up here!
Also, as I mention at the end of this Stream, we have a very special cohort of astrologers for my upcoming Astrological Counseling course which begins Sunday, September 8th, 2019! I am willing to take up to three more students for the course. This course is an investment for your professional astrological practice (is a business write-off). I encourage you to email me directly at Jessica@trustpsyche.com to register or ask any questions you may have. I would be happy to share the overview of the course with you.
I am beyond ecstatic to teach this course, what will be my favorite to teach as it is the heart and soul of what I am to help each of you do – be the best astrologers you can be in this world today. Wherever you may be at in your professional journey now, I will support you fully to be where you want to be with all you offer this world.
You all know how much I love to teach. This upcoming online course is my greatest pride and joy, a master-level course for counseling astrologers to receive individual and group support, reflection, guidance, and supervision around how to be the best astrologer you can be. This course is for anyone who practices astrology professionally and would like to be in community with other practicing astrologers as you grow your practice. My area of expertise is to help you give the best readings you can give, have a thriving professional practice, and run a successful business. There are a couple spots left for this course which begins September 1st and runs for 15 weeks. We will meet as a group each week, work closely with one another, and you will meet with me individually throughout the entire course. For more information click the image above.
Registration opens August 5th. Email me at Jessica@trustpsyche.com to register or for more information.
Stream 12, trustpsyche monthly podcast, is a vulnerable sharing of the archetypal qualities of the Moon and Chiron in a person’s life. To speak we must listen. To love is to need. Our gifts come from our wounds.
I am proud to share this music-dance-poetry-art video that Travis created, featuring Soleil Chappelle, Brendan Smith, and Tara Swasti. Travis put together 45 of these videos as part of our online course: Deepen Your Astrological Practice (begin now at trustpsyche.com/#deepen). There is one video for each pair of planets: this one is Mercury-Saturn. We’d love to hear your reactions!
Today VENUS-URANUS conjunction + MERCURY-SATURN trine: an original dance-music-poetry-art video from the astrology course, Deepen Your Astrological Practice, which illustrates Mercury-Saturn in the context of meditations on death. I don’t believe astrology can predict the moment of death (hear from Jessica on this topic in Stream 1). Though Saturn is its symbol, death has less to do with the cosmic archetypes, and more to do with a person’s unique and particular historical existence, here in the realm where mortality has the last word. Death is our inescapable fate, and though our soul lives on, this incarnation only happens once. Our time here is finite, which demands that we honor time as a sacred resource, both for ourselves and for others. For even more poignant than our own death (after which we will have passed into the expansiveness of the life between lives), is the death of others (for which we remain painfully present). Their preciousness in light of their impermanence encourages our right action toward them, illuminating the Saturnian connections between manifestation, time, death, and ethics.