Published in Archai: Journal of Archetypal Cosmology in summer 2016. This essay incorporates a feminine understanding of the planetary archetype of Saturn, and examines the role of death and dying in an archetypal cosmology.

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Elephant and human love

My Master’s thesis in depth psychology, exploring the relationship between shame and authentic voice, published in March 2014.


This thesis is a heuristic exploration, from a depth psychological perspective, of the relationship between shame and authentic voice for fatherless daughters living in a patriarchal culture. Literature is reviewed related to a definition of shame and understanding its etiology and psychological effects. Through a depth psychological analysis of the author’s personal experience of abandonment by her father, the path toward healing shame is revealed as the capacity to be vulnerable enough to tell one’s whole story in the presence of a loving and compassionate witness. This profoundly courageous act is what leads a fatherless daughter from a place of a silenced voice in the face of shame to a place of empowerment through sharing her authentic voice and moving toward psychological liberation.



Welcome to Stream. This new forum is dedicated to sharing my stream of consciousness in the realms of depth psychology, astrology, and to explore how we live the most meaningful lives we can with the little time we have here.


Correlations: The Astrology Podcast. Please join myself, Matthew Stelzner and fellow astrologers for our lively adventures into astrology and much more. We record sessions regularly. Visit Correlations website for full description of each podcast along with supporting materials and relevant astrological charts.

DTD YouTubeDeeper Than Day: The Depth Psychology and Astrology Podcast, with hosts Jessica Nelle DiRuzza and Delia Shargel. In this podcast, we illuminate the depths of psyche using the light of the stars. Exploring these mysteries can presence us more and more deeply to the archetypal dimension that exists all around us and within us. By working with the living symbols that astrology allows us to see clearly, we bring into the light of day the matters of the unconscious that are “deeper than day can comprehend.” As Carl Jung said, “One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light, but by making the Shadow conscious.” We believe that the integration of astrology and depth psychology helps us do this deep shadow work on both a personal and a collective level.

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Chiron: The Archetype of the Wounded Healer

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. 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.

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.

Trusting Psyche: A Dialogical Inquiry Into Shame and Our Archetypal Moment

This is a talk given at the California Institute of Integral Studies for the Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness Forum, in November 2013, for a participatory inquiry into the untamed depths of the collective psyche. Our planetary civilization finds itself poised on the dramatic evolutionary threshold between death and rebirth. In this time of momentous change, humanity is being called to plunge into the underworld to heal the wounds of patriarchy. Drawing upon her astrological counseling practice, as well as insights emerging in the course of her master’s thesis research into the way shame inhibits one’s authentic voice, Jessica hopes to initiate a group dialogue centered around the task of reclaiming our soulful voices from the shadows of a dying patriarchal society.

Finding the Boon in the Heroine and Hero’s Journey: The Courageous Act of Self-Love

A presentation at the 2013 Cosmology of Love Conference at the California Institute of Integral Studies. The journey into the underworld is perilous, for here we encounter one of the darkest and most destructive forces in the psyche, shame. The courage that it takes to face this dark monster is one of the most heroic and rewarding acts known to humankind, for it is in the deepest cave that we find what we are looking for: Love. From a depth perspective, one can see that in order to whole-heartedly share our gifts with this world, the heroine or hero must descend into the underworld to discover the treasure or boon. This is a journey guided by the reclamation of one’s Creative Power, thereby re-connecting with the wisdom of the Self. It seems that this quest can only be truly accomplished through the courageous act of self-love; liberating the awareness and deep acceptance of one’s true nature.

Archetypes and a Participatory Vision: Living in a Multivalent Cosmos

A lecture given at the California Institute of Integral Studies in October 2011, for the Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness (PCC) Forum

Trickster and the Sixth Mass Extinction (In 10 Minutes)

A presentation given at Pacifica Graduate Institute in June 2013, for my final in the class on the role of Trickster in Depth Psychology. I incorporated some of the qualities of the Trickster; including, appetite, trap, boundary crossing and reversals, and paradox while briefly addressing the current sixth mass extinction on the Earth.

Exploring the Astrological Spectrum: Both Light and Shadow of Planetary Combinations

A talk given at the San Francisco Astrological Society (SFAS) in January 2013. This talk explores how we honor and convey the inherent positive and negative potentials found in any given planetary combination, whether in the natal chart or transits, without sounding like we are contradicting ourselves. Together, we explored the spectrum of planetary combinations, and how this wide range of possible expression allows us to hold the complexities of any given birth chart or transit for the empowerment and well-being of our clients and one another. Interpreting from a perspective that honors the whole spectrum of creative potential gives the client more room to live a participatory, creative, dynamic, and fulfilling life.

Ethics in Astrological Practice

This lecture on the ethics of practicing astrology was given at the California Institute of Integral Studies through an astrology group called Coniunctio in February 2011. In it is the exploration of the ethical considerations one must assimilate before engaging in the sacred practice of astrological counseling.