New album! The Wicked Wonder: A Symphonic Fairy Tale: The King and Queen’s daughter has gone missing and her disappearance has spun the entire realm into disarray and decline. A young shepherdess must become the heroine of the land in its darkest hour (live link in bio).
Featuring Vatchapuj Collective, 13 performers from the US, France, and Thailand. Recorded in all 3 countries, the album is a testament to my many journeys, both geographic and spiritual, and a tribute to the amazing souls I’ve had the honor to play and commune with along the way.
Howard Ashman, the great lyricist and creative force behind Little Shop of Horrors, Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid, and Aladdin, said that a good retelling of a timeless tale conveys to your listeners what your own unique experience of awe was when you heard that story for the very first time:
The Wicked Wonder is a retelling of The Brothers Grimm fairy tale, The Princess and the Tree, as retold and interpreted by Carl Jung in Archetypes of the Collective Unconscious.
The Wicked Wonder is a retelling of Dark Side of Oz, the cult classic in which Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon is cued up to The Wonderful Wizard of Oz movie.
The Wicked Wonder is a retelling of Beethoven’s 3rd symphony—the Eroica (“heroic”).
This album is dedicated to my daughter, Luce Sophia DiRuzza, the freshly rooted light of wisdom in my life. Completing this project, I ritually let go of the place of prominence of my solar ego, embracing the lunar web that connects me to every other—my wife, my daughter, my family, my community, my planet, my world. The Wicked Wonder is about how the individualist myth must finally give way to a metaphysics of relationship: “Our lovers and children make us frightened of dying—autonomy eclipsed by communion.” It’s about how the lone hero must finally become a responsible leader and a member of a team.
Give it a deep listen from start to finish (48’) on a nice sound system or pair of headphones, at my website, Spotify, or Bandcamp.
In Stream 24, Jessica shares her daily spiritual practice of transit analysis for helping her make meaning and navigate her life. Listen now on Spotify or YouTube!
Sign up for her upcoming course, Transit Astrology: The Art of Living, right here. This course can be taken live via Zoom on April 11th for 8 weeks, or as a recorded version delivered in June. Sign up for either with an earlybird discount until February 24th.
I am grateful to my client who reminded me of what I wrote one year ago. The truth continues to resonate for me. How about you?
We have entered the final year of the Uranus-Pluto square of 2008-2020. Now, Saturn and Pluto have made a conjunction in Capricorn from 2018-2021, what I am calling the Time of Great Reckoning. Saturn-Pluto periods, like the one we are in now, test the structural integrity of all the systems of which we are a part – whether that is the family system, the system of the body, the work system, the financial system, the systems of government, or our shared ecological system. Where there is sound integrity, there is a deep grounding of the energy that sustains our ability to hold powerful forces of deep maturation and wisdom. Where there is not sound integrity, the more out of alignment we are, the harder the impact on the system, leading to potential collapse, breakdown, massive destruction, and loss. Saturn-Pluto, the truth serum, unearths this whole range of consequences. There is no hiding anymore, for better and for worse. The infrastructure of who we are, from our most inner world to our most outer, is being tested and realigned where necessary, for Saturn-Pluto is the driving force of our collective moral evolution.
You can access right now or at anytime, Psychedelics and The Shadow. By signing up for free/donation based, you will have permanent access to the course videos and material. My 75-minute interview will be released tomorrow, April 22nd. There will be a live Q & A this Sunday, April 26th. All information right here.
In session four, Delia and Jessica go on a Saturn-Mars archetypal odyssey exploring different ways that Mars can express as the emotion of anger, and how we can bring a Saturnian discipline and focus to that expression in our relationships, family systems and work in the world. They discuss working with anger in an affect-avoidant culture, where aggression often comes through as toxic hyper-masculinity, and how to recover the libidinal life-force beneath that. Now is a powerful time to reflect on the Saturn-Mars opposition in the sky as it is currently alive and well on the world stage for all of us.
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I am very excited and honored to share this amazing opportunity to have a four day intimate discussion about the psychedelic path with a great teacher and explorer of consciousness, Chris Bache. Participants will be in dialogue around the material in Bache’s forthcoming book, Stealing Diamonds From Heaven, an account of his 20 year psychedelic odyssey.
” Join us for a discussion of psychedelics that will push the boundaries of theory and practice as the journey opens beyond the personal to the cosmological, beyond self- transformation to collective-transformation, beyond the present to the future. Bringing the Bodhisattva vow to medicine work. Understanding our moment in history. Giving birth to the future human. Surviving God’s embrace.”
The workshop will take place this summer, June 9th – 12th, in the Berkeley Hills of California. Please see the above flyer for more information. The workshop space is limited to 20 people and is already half full. To register or for questions please email me directly at email@example.com.
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!
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