Travis DiRuzza and I share with you Stream 19 | The Chariot: Venus Retrograde, Chiron & the Asteroids.
The online astrology course we refer to in this episode is Deepen Your Astrological Practice, which you can read more about here. Trustpsyche school is proud to be growing internationally everyday. We currently have over 100 students studying all across the United States and around the world. Thank you to all our amazing students. You keep our world going round.
***To listen to Stream 18, you will need to go to my Instagram pagetrustpsyche_ and watch the video on Instagram TV where I recorded the episode live. I would love for you to follow me on IG and join in the next Instagram live.
Grail is the piece of art that I refer to in both Stream 18 & 19 by my wonderful student, artist, and astrologer, Tess Barr. Check out her visionary work, including her sacred rattles, which I share mine at the end of Stream 18 on my Instagram live. Tessa’s work is prominently featured throughout the online astrology course,Deepen Your Astrological Practice.
At a time when we are each facing so many challenges and difficult circumstances, it can be helpful to understand trauma as part of the human experience. In a real talk discussion about love, astrology, trauma-sensitive mindfulness, friendship, purpose, and the current situation with COVID-19 & shelter in place, Jessica DiRuzza and David Treleaven share their perspectives on being human in the world right now. David and Jessica are both trained as psychotherapists and have been colleagues for over a decade. Join them as they have a meaningful and intimate conversation as two friends and professionals.
David Treleaven, PhD, is a writer and educator working at the intersection of mindfulness and trauma. He is the author of the acclaimed new book Trauma-Sensitive Mindfulness (W. W. Norton), and founder of the Trauma-Sensitive Mindfulness (TSM) Community — a group committed to setting a standard of care within mindfulness-based practices, interventions, and programs.
Through workshops, keynotes, podcasts, and online education, David focuses on offering mindfulness providers with the knowledge and tools they require to meet the needs of those struggling with trauma. He is passionate about connecting his audience with on-the-ground experts, and is closely engaged with current empirical research to inform best practices.
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.
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Stream 10 hosts our first guest, Travis DiRuzza. We share our love of astrology, synastry, connection, and one another during this in-depth conversation about a metaphysics of relationship. We explore why synastry is a significant and necessary form of correspondence in our age.
Stream 8 covers personal transits in astrology, part of the supporting material from trustpsyche’s online astrology course, Deepen Your Astrological Practice, which you can begin now at trustpsyche.com. A step by step process on how to follow your personal transits or those of clients.
In my experience, being human means knowing pain, loss, fear, and confusion along with joy, felt intimacy, and meaningful connection. Meaningful relationship, with ourselves and with others, is the foundation of a balanced and flourishing life. And yet, so often our lives can be filled with difficult and challenging emotions. The archetype of the Moon is the psycho-somatic part of our being – our bodies, feelings, and emotions. The Moon is the relationship we have with our mother and family, our early childhood experiences, and how we nurture ourselves and others. Whereas the archetype of Jupiter expands whatever it touches so we must first look at what is being touched in the lunar dimension of life to understand what is being amplified here. Growth often comes with growing pains, some discomfort, anxiety, and fear of the unknown as we work our edges. Moon-Jupiter teaches us that when we take care of our core needs and nourish ourselves there is an abundance of support and maternal care that blesses our lives. When we get overly caught in what is comfortable and easy we sometimes miss the larger call to grow.
Psychological splitting is one of our primary defense mechanisms, a normal and healthy function of the individual psyche that occurs in every human being. On the one hand, it offers us protection until we are strong and ready enough to encounter and integrate those parts of our self, good and bad, that at first feel foreign to the ego. On the other hand, splitting functions more deeply, transcending our individual psyches by serving collective and transpersonal purposes. Psyche is not just on the inside, but is the universal mind in which we all swim together. In this sense, psyche is fractal, and we are each a diamond whose facets catch the light of communal relation in a kaleidoscopic network of interactions. We play different roles for one another, not just due to individual projections, but as part of a larger group gestalt, a broader process of psyche coming to know itself better as each individual becomes more integrated through working their relationships.
More than just a defense mechanism, psychological splitting is a way that you hold a piece of me until I am ready to recognize it as myself, and vice versa. In our closest relationships, our friends and partners often carry traits that we have trouble accepting as our own. By being in these relationships, we can slowly drink in those seemingly foreign traits. Thus, splitting in not pathological, but a way of integrating Self at a pace that we can handle. It is a form of amnesis, or forgetting, that is to our benefit. Just as we cannot see all our past lives less we be overwhelmed by their weight and unable to engage cleanly in the present, so too are we unable to see all the parts of ourselves right away. We must gradually become that which we already are potentially. We do this by interacting with people and our environment, by slowly reclaiming those parts of our Self that we initially, often for our own good, split off from ourselves. Splitting relates to the Saturn-Pluto complex in the sky presently. We can look at the birth chart to help us to see the unique ways in which each of us is prone to splitting. By identifying and working with these personal archetypal themes, we are aided on our soul journey toward becoming our fullest selves.
Life is made of patterns and cycles. They are all around us. We find ourselves, once more, in similar situations and experiences throughout our various relationships—those moments and people we encounter in life again and again. Astrology is a map of the cycles of the planets in connection to the patterns in human life. The patterns we repeat in love can be seen in the birth charts of our lovers and partners, a karmic trail running through our key relationships for us to discover. Identifying these repeating archetypal themes gives us the chance to grow our awareness and practice new ways of facing old patterns. The way through is not to escape the repeating patterns, but to find new meaningful responses to them that are more freeing than before. What repeating patterns in love and relationship might you be working with in this life?