Elephant and human love

Through the Portal of Shame: A Path Toward Self-Love for Fatherless Daughters Living in Patriarchy

On this Gemini New Moon with Venus, the Goddess of Love and Beauty, forming a larger grand-cross with Saturn, Jupiter, and Neptune, I share with you my master’s thesis I finished two years ago. My thesis is about shame which is really about love. The true alchemical transformation that can happen through this transfigurative portal is nothing short of Grace.

As my beloved, Travis DiRuzza, and I prepare to head to China for three weeks this July to teach astrology and music (In a workshop called “Discovering Soul Through Astrology, Psychology, and the Arts”, and another one I am doing called, “Working Shadow Material with Clients”), some of my work is being translated into Mandarin, including this piece.

From the deepest place in me to the deepest place in you, I offer this as one path toward self-love.

All my love and blessings,




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!