“We are born at a given moment, in a given place and, like vintage years of wine, we have the qualities of the year and of the season of which we are born. Astrology does not lay claim to anything more”. Carl Jung (1875-1961, Psychiatrist & Psychoanalyst.
It’s as if 3 people are in the session: astrologer, client and birth chart. I listen to the client, their story and their struggles whilst assimilating the information held in the birth chart. Opposed to giving an astrology reading, I work in a person centred therapeutic orientation making suggestions as to what the chart aspects may mean for the client and encourage the client to share their story, which brings chart aspects into context as per their lived experience. The birth chart serves as a guide only and maps archetypes at the personal conscious and unconscious levels and the collective unconscious. The objectives of working with astrology in this way are to: help clients grow their self-awareness; understand their personality and make up; facilitate a transpersonal inquiry (bigger picture stuff!).
Psychological Astrology works with myths, symbolism, archetypes, astrology, psychology and the client’s natal chart. Carl Jung described archetypes as patterns of psychic perception and understanding common to humanity forming the collective unconscious. Planets in our solar system are treated as archetypes and Greek mythology revered planets as gods who held specific roles, traits and characteristics within the Greek pantheon.
The nature of astrology is ‘transpersonal’, which is a term used to describe experiences and worldviews that more exists beyond one’s physical identity. It is an appreciation for the interconnectedness of humankind, nature, psyche and cosmos. Having developed a sound ego structure, one can attune to the collective unconscious and embrace archetypes, which affords a deeper personal resonance and understanding of human existence.
Astrology, the study of the stars, is a geocentric, northern hemisphere art evolving from ~400 BC. Man’s initial observations of the sun’s patterns helped to farm and to work hand in hand with nature. Today most people know their ‘star sign’ and this is the part of the zodiac (the 12 fixed constellations) or band around the earth (Aries, Taurus, Gemini etc), which the sun is perceived to pass through when you are born. A birth chart maps the entire solar system at the exact moment, day and year of birth relating the eight known planets, sun and moon to the horizon and meridian of the earth.
In short term work ~6 sessions, there is time to deeply explore patterns in the hope of bringing about personal change and transformation. For example, a course of six weeks exploring a combination of natal, progressions and transits; each 50 minute session costs £45. To compile your chart, I will need your date, place and time of birth (if you don’t know the time, a map can still be compiled but without the House system). You will be provided a copy for reference.
A single consultation lasts 90 minutes and costs £81. Here a client can typically expect to have their current feelings, senses and challenges reaffirmed – almost mirrored back and difficult patterns identified.
Diploma, Mercury Internet School of Psychological Astrology, June 2016
Intermediate course, Centre for Psychological Astrology, London, June 2015
2 years with Kairos School of Astrology, Glastonbury, Sep 2013
TESTIMONIAL: Here’s what Carol had to say about her astrology sessions:
“I have always been interested in astrology and so was drawn to this form of counselling as it appeared to offer something slightly different. In practice I became very interested in the combination of astrology and counselling and did some further reading around it and was astonished to discover that Carl Jung was also influenced by astrology. Over the course of my sessions I found the counsellor used the astrology almost as a means of identifying issues or a check point for our mutual understanding of my personality and my concerns. Even if astrology is not for you the process is almost a short cut for getting to know the client as the astrology is used as a way of checking out issues to which the client can agree or disagree – so a useful tool. I feel happier, healthier and stronger emotionally and I feel I know myself better as a result of working with Liz.” – Carol, Suffolk
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Janus is an ancient Roman, composite, obscure god who is associated with doorways, beginnings, and transitions. A usually two-faced god he looks to the future and the past and he his associated with the Ascendant of the natal chart, which is my favourite point. The Moon’s nodes known as the dragon’s head (north node) and dragon’s tail (south node) demonstrate a pattern of karmic inheritance. It shows where there is a lack of balance in the soul, the south indicating the area of greatest imbalance and karmic debt, while the north node shows an area of neglect.
“The wise person rules their stars, the fool obeys them”.