Medical and Vedic Astrology

with Gwynne Mayer

Wednesdays, 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. Central time

January 10 – February 28 (8 weeks)

Medical_AstologyLearn the medical and Vedic implications in your natal, progressed and transited astrological charts! There are many imprints that happen at birth in our bodies and in our chakra system that are revealed in a study of our natal conditions. As we develop a more holistic understanding of medical and Vedic astrology, we can learn about the healing aspect of our individuality and how to maximize our efforts into a successful outcome. The first part of each session will be recorded, followed by confidential private counseling with each individual chart which will not recorded.

Gwynne Mayer, MA, has thirty years of post-graduate work in the areas of Jungian analysis, Gestalt therapy, child psychology and educational systems. She has studied the works of Carl Jung, Blavatsky, Alice Bailey, Rudolph Steiner and GI Gurdjieff for over 45 years and has studied astrology from some of the best teachers including Isabelle Hickey, Dane Rudhyar, Gret Baum (Jung’s daughter), Liz Greene and many others. Gwynne’s focus is on the understanding of what makes us tick!

 

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ARCHETYPAL ASTROLOGY artzodiac

by Gwynne Mayer

(This is a discussion of the meaning and importance of archetypes as they source themselves through the self, anima, animus, and shadow as seen through Jungian psychology.  This is taken from the lessons taught in Archetypal Astrology in the last forty years.)
The Self — A combination of psyche and ego (ego being the conscious realm as signified by the ascendant), the psyche being the conscious and unconscious. We are born into the cross of matter and fixated, at the time of birth, in an ego building chart, with 12 other environmental, housing concerns that respond to our involuntariness and spend time trying to sway us into a formation. The ego is needed to respond and ‘not’  to react, hopefully spontaneously, as a child (so says the Bible) so as not to form too many sub personalities. Let’s give your ‘self’ the number 1 personality that is free flowing and typical of your ascendant, depending on its mutability, cardinality or fixity. The number 2 personality has been ‘conditioned’ by the chart/12 houses and all aspects to the Ascendant (Rising Sign)  and shows the nature of the ego from birth forward. Look at your chart and see what your ascendant and all planets nearby have to say about your ego/self and watch closely as to your approach to the unconscious and the imaginable realm. Do you move about freely? Does your ego set discerning pathways by which you can maneuver through your chart? and by the way, the charts of others?…Remember when we read the charts of others that we are speaking to the ‘soul’ through the ego…and sometimes it is a treacherous path if we are too subjectively involved with our own egos!

Image result for anima jung picsThe Anima is the ‘Soul’ of man and is seen through the female side (which can be male or female) I associate the Soul connection in relationships through the Moon/Venus and all heavily aspect connections of the male s chart through those two directions. The anima in a man s chart is his inner female and can be reflected back to him more easily when there is a Moon/Venus connection through another’s chart. This is critical, especially in love relationships as the female in the relationship will be relating to the male s anima whether she likes it or not, as that is all he can see/love her for. So let s look closely at the male Moon/Venus in the men s charts, and look closely at how they aspect your chart in synastry. We must notice the attention we pay, and those that grab our energies and see what part of them lies within us. I will use my own Sun and Moon analysis as well as my 7th house whose co-rulers (Saturn/Uranus) lie in the 10th house. I am mesmerized by strong willed and connected females more in a positive way, and have spent much of my life devoted to hanging onto those images AS self, but the shadow part of me is equally put off and negatively hypnotized by the ‘victim’, the ‘helpless’, and the ‘needy’ female opposite. So I had to take the nature of the Sun in Leo and find out what the oppositions to those adjectives/qualities would be not Uranus. I have acted out my willful freedom issues by walking out of 7th house relationships, not facing my own dependency, my own neediness, fears, helplessness and most of all my own sadness. To this day, it creates an intense amount of work on my shadow side. My eighth house opposing Moon in Libra (second) is of course how Aphrodite will live with her sexuality…as I watch her shadow nymph-like creatures going about creating magic.

PSYCHOLOGICAL TYPES CORRELATED

From an astrological perspective, I would like to explain the introversion/extroversion as it applies to the chart mandala as well as the intuition, thinking, sensation, feeling functions and how they are seen in the chart wheel structure.

According to Jung’s typology, we classify according to attitude type and function type. Of attitude type there are two choices: extraverted, in which the individual’s libido (primal structure) tends to be directed from oneself towards objects in the outer world, while introverted personalities, libido tends to be directed from the objects of the outer world into oneself. Acknowledging that neither of these categories is fixed nor exclusive, Jung sought merely to describe in a practical, observable way what someone’s dominant or typical attitude was toward people, the world and oneself.

We look at a chart wheel and make some generalizations regarding the above introverted/extroverted nature. The introverted chart will have the majority of planets below the horizon, realizing that the person with this chart will take matters into account on a subjective level and may or may not manifest these matters outwardly. The predominance of female planets (earth/water) in a chart will also show a subjective nature, but not necessarily introversion. The extroverted chart, on the other hand will have a predominance of planets in the upper half of the chart and/or a predominance of air and fire. As always a synthesis of all aspects in a chart need to be considered and flexibility in the nature of a chart, progressions and transits needs to be accounted for when analyzing these extroverted/introverted natures.

Image result for jung intuition picWe shall now look at the intuitive, thinking, sensation, and feeling aspects of the natal chart. We categorize these types into rational and irrational functions. The two rational types are thinking and feeling. We use the term rational because both of these functions are criteria to organize and to make decisions. The thinking function organizes and decides according to analysis and logic, (planetary placements in air, i.e., Libra, Gemini, Aquarius), while the feeling functions organize and decide based on ones values and self worth, i.e. (Cancer, Scorpio, and Pisces). Feeling function should not be synonymous with emotion, but instead should go into the realm of morality and values, including one’s ethical sense of things and situations. Using the term ‘rational’ for feeling types in the Jungian sense might confound modern-day people (especially thinking types!) who assume feelings and emotions are always irrational aspects of psychic life meant to be controlled or resolved. Thinking, if looking at only placements in a chart, will be in the lower left hand quadrant as one looks at a natal chart, taking into account the combinations and aspects of both air planets and air house placements in a solar chart. The feeling section of a chart will be the lower right quadrant and will depend largely on the placement of water planets, and or water houses, i.e. the fourth house is largely the rooted values/feelings coming from home and family in the past and in the here and now.

We will move then to the discussion of irrational functions. The two irrational functions, in Jungian terminology are intuition and sensation. Intuitive types function on the basis of one’s unconscious experience and perceptions, that immaterial realm of symbols, images and archetypes that many are unaware of but which an intuitive person uses as the foundation for action and experience. The intuitive function is represented by a predominance of planets in the upper left hand quadrant of the natal chart and are also represented by planets in fire, i.e. Aries, Leo and Sagittarius. The sensation type of person primarily function through experience of the concrete, physical world, a down-to-earth sense of existence in the world and unto oneself. This type is primarily seen in the upper right hand quadrant of a chart, represented by earth planets, Capricorn, Taurus and Virgo. Again, one must synthesize to see the blend in a chart and work with the integration of all types into the one personality/ego structure which is the overall outer wheel of a chart as read from the ascendant.

Basically, using Jungian types, there are eight basic types of people: extraverted thinking, feeling, intuitive, and sensate, and introverted thinking, feeling, intuitive and sensate. The well known Myers-Briggs test of psychological type is based on Jung’s typology. There are some extra categories, but other Jungians have adapted some of these tests in different ways.

SHADOWS LIVING IN POLARITY

Image result for Jung shadows picOften times we live in our own reality long enough to realize that the shadows around us must have something to do with us, not belonging to the OTHER as a projection, but instead living within our peripheral vision as a perception of the OTHER. What we realize in astrological terms is that each sign has its polarized opposite and that opposite is the nature of our shadows. For those who do not have a great deal of astrological experience, I have designed a simple interpretation for you to peruse regarding your sun sign. For those who are learned in astrology, you can apply these signs and opposites to all of your planets and houses therein.

Aries — Aries polar opposite would be Libra. The initiative and manifestation taken on by an Aries will often have the Libran shadow lurking in the background—dependency on relationships (not too willingly dependent due to the opposition, as in all shadows…repressed energies). An Aries may be annoyed with the need to always be called on to balance, to negotiate, to resolve conflict, while claiming a hard stand on INDEPENDENCE. The independence of the Aries is always in conflict with the need to relate…to be committed…to find the other as a source for the targeted projection of neediness, dependency, and most of all conciliatory agreements.

Taurus — This sign is dancing with its shadow Scorpio and has a grand time in its fixed two step rendition of “I Own YOU!/YOU are too intense for me.” What does the Taurus do with his/her intensity of feeling? Usually the Taurean energy is too busy making money, worrying about the material world, and grasping at fame and fortune, to be disturbed by the intense sexual energy and intimacy issues that arise WITHIN. Usually the Taurus surrounds him/herself with those intense others so that BLAME can be put on those possessions within the family circle. What would happen if the Taurus became more cognizant of the deeper meanings and feelings involved in more intimate interaction? Their lives would become more sexual and intense, instead of sensual and superficial.

Gemini — The shadow of Gemini would be Sagittarius. Here we have a duality that operates at all times, changing faces to adapt to each situation and even coming up with a reasonable philosophy to justify the personas. Gemini, although very mutable, can often be very dogmatic and believe only in the constructs of the Gemini mind as that is his/her form of higher (Sagittarius) knowledge. Watch for conversations with this sign where nothing is being heard other than the sound of his/her own voice. So the question is, while the Gemini is involved in his/her shadow, can we have a conversation that is a two way event?

Cancer– Cancer’s polarity is Capricorn and definitely the paternal aspect of the matriarch as Cancer battles the shadow of the patriarch in all the subtleties of feelings and emotions and never out in the open as words would be useless at this time. Manipulation is the shadow of this Moon ruled sign and learning to be open and loving rather than smothering and possessive, using children and loved ones to find joy and security in life. This sign will live out all of its shadows through the progeny if they allow it. My suggestion is to be quite open with a Cancer and call it as you see it. That takes the power of the shadow away from this otherwise loving and caring sign.

Leo’s polarity would be Aquarius…so Leo will hide the need for distance in an intimate relationship and jump into his/her mind so that he/she doesn’t have to deal with the emotion and fire of the relationship at the level of intimacy. All along seemingly romantic (as most Leo’s are), he/she will hover near the flame of creativity, deep intimacy, etc., but keep himself/herself at a distance by figuring it all out. The quality of unreal and surreal is replete in an Aquarian and lives in the shadows of a Leo…opting to project onto the whole planet and the new age, the needs of relationships. Such drama of AVOID DANCE can only enhance the romantic detachment that brings this shadow to the forefront.

Virgo — Virgo’s wonderfully discriminating energy is often sabotaged when the shadow of Pisces is not acknowledged. The Virgo takes on the bitchy, nitpicking negative qualities because of over prioritizing issues and events instead of giving itself sacred space. The shadow of a Virgo is usually only visible by another discerning Virgo as this is a crafty and often powerfully intelligent sign to process. Pisces gives vision to a Virgo in the golden gifts of the shadow, but the Virgo is not just satisfied with vision and dreaming—much too romantic and illusory for this process oriented sign. It would pay well for the Virgo to look within and find that dream, that illusion that would give depth and energy to the sterility of just staying with the PROGRAM.

Libra – Libran’s greatest need is to join together as one as partners of equals and have a truly compatible relationship with a significant other, however the shadow of Aries reminds the Libra of the opposition the independent and free-thinking soul who needs no one else in order to make decisions. Often, in the midst of the wrestling with the shadow, a Libra will triangulate and find third parties to negotiate that freedom of thinking and in doing so sabotage the monogamous or one on one intimacy that he/she has so longed for. The libran needs to learn how to be direct and share in consensus reality, much less take responsibility for the need for resolution without giving up one’s freedom of choice. Most Libran’s will wait on the partner for decision making but will not take the initiative. As long as this continues the hiding of the shadow is the key and the unlocking of the shadow would help free this partnering sign.

Scorpio – Scorpio’s intensity and grounded sexuality will take on the negative aspects of Taurus when the shadow is lurking near. Possessiveness, jealousy, rage and sensuality for the sake of the senses, holding no other meaning will all be prevalent in the Scorpio during these times of the shadow working. Scorpio is excellent at finding the deeper meanings of life and in helping all others transform as well as evolve past the more superficial behaviors. When the Scorpio is caught up in the Herculean angst of wresting with the labors of this Taurus’ shadow, it is best to stay clear of him/her so as not to be included in the abusive nature of the fight. Scorpio can assimilate this in a sort of a dance–tango like– letting one side show, to be serviced by the others side…and so it goes on and on.

Sagittarius – The knowledgeable and often dogmatic teacher within the Sagittarius is sabotaged by the Gemini counterpart and pretends to “not know” what is being contemplated, but instead acts as the perennial student, when all the while holding court as the Hierophant and knower of all things. So the secret side or the shadow of this fire sign will be in the fixity of the dogmatic beliefs. To get this to the light of day, one must scratch the surface long enough with the Sag to see what he/she truly believes and not give him/her a chance to hide in his/her gypsy mentality. I consider this sign one of the hardest to get to know fully, as their communication is often muddled with contradictory statements and conflicting beliefs. There lies the shadow.

Capricorn – Capricorns are very purposeful and pragmatic, looking to protect their future with an over vigilance in the present. They also have a need to be assured of stability regarding finances and conservativism in their environment. These creative mountain goats can find a way to create quality in their homes and in their lives so that they can be safe and secure within their own surroundings. When the shadow creeps in to the psyche of a Capricorn, through his/her opposite in Cancer, we will see an over abundance of emotional angst and witholding if his/her needs are not met, so much so, that the intensity of feelings are acted out very tempermentally and often abusively due to the inability to handle his/her emotional lives around risk and lack of safety.

Aquarius – Aquarians are humanitarians at heart and can become so detached from their own humanness, that they miss “living fully”. We find Aquarians harnessing a protective element in their psyches that keeps them from being too sensitive to the needs and dramas of others. This brings in the negative Leo qualities into their shadows, a superficial dramatic acting out of emotional angst, a refusal to go through the experience, but instead to live out experiences through a sort of voyeurism so as to remain untouched by the pain and suffering that comes in any of our lives. When the shadow is lurking in the Aquarian, we will pick up a pompous and somewhat holier-than-thou attitude which is also holding his/her world together while he/she gets an understanding of how to live each moment fully, and authentically, even more to the point, how to stay in one’s own authority without giving way to pompous dogma.

Pisces – Pisces is a sensitive and romantic sign and the people born under this sign are often artistic either in art, music or theater, if not professionally then at least as a hobby. The Pisces is looking for the bigger picture in his/her life and is content to keep the vision of the whole in front of him/her. When the opposing Virgo shadow is present, there is confusion, bitchiness, and isolation that occur in the Piscean character. He/she is looking for the answer to all the confusion, but seldom understands that it is of his/her own making. When stress is present in a Pisces life…either caused by too many relationships, work-a-holic behavior or simply an addictive lifestyle. We will see a rubber band affect where the Pisces will pull into hiding after being social and quite popular. The Pisces needs to reflect without analyzing every bit of minutiae in his/her life and use introspection as a tool of understanding…or even better…use meditation as a calming agent.

As an astrologer, I think it is important for others, especially established
Jungians, to embrace some of what Jung said in this letter, written in 1958,
3 years before his death.

“To Robert L. Kroon

Astrology is one of the intuitive methods like the I Ching, geomantic, and
other divinatory procedures. It is based upon the synchronicity principle,
i.e., meaningful coincidence. I have explored experimentally three
intuitive methods: the method of the I Ching, geomantics, and astrology.
Astrology is a naively projected psychology in which the different
attitudes and temperaments of man are represented as gods and identified
with planets and zodiacal constellations. While studying astrology I have
applied it to concrete cases many times.
There are remarkable coincidences, e.g.. the position of Mars in the
zenith in the famous horoscope of Wilhelm II, the so-called
‘Friedenskaiser.’ This position is said already in a medieval treatise to
mean always casus ab alto, a fall from the height.
The experiment is most suggestive to a versatile mind, unreliable in the
hands of the unimaginative, and dangerous in the hands of a fool, as those
intuitive methods always are. If intelligently used the experiment is
useful in cases where it is a matter of an opaque structure. It often
provides surprising insights. The most definite limit of the experiment is
lack of intelligence and literal-mindedness of the observer. It is an
intelligent apercu like the shape of the hand or the expression of the
face—things of which a stupid and unimaginative mind can make nothing and
from which a superstitious mind draws the wrong conclusions.
Astrological truths as statistical results are questionable or even
unlikely. (cf. my paper ‘synchronicity: An Acausal Connecting Principle” in
Jung-Pauli: The Interpretation of Nature and the Psyche, Bollingen Series
LI, New York 1952. Pag. 83 ff.)
The superstitious use (prediction of the future or statement of facts
beyond psychological possibilities) is false. Astrology differs very much from alchemy, as its historical literature consists merely of different methods of casting a horoscope and of interpretation, and not of philosophical texts as is the case in alchemy.
There is no psychological exposition of astrology yet, on account of
the fact that the empirical foundation in the sense of science has not yet
been laid. The reason for this is that astrology does not follow the
principle of causality, but depends, like all intuitive methods, on
acausality. Undoubtedly, astrology is flourishing as never before in the
past, but it is still most unsatisfactorily explored despite very frequent
use. it is an apt tool only when used intelligently. It is not at all
foolproof and when used by a rationalistic and narrow mind it is a definite
nuisance.”

CG Jung

As a student of his daughter, I learned that he casted charts on most every
one that he saw as a patient and since his death, many psychological essays,
as well as dissertations have been done on astropsychology. Many of the
well renowned Jungians utilize this method and are not very forthcoming
about it due to the criticism by those who cannot connect to its
intelligibility. Hope this helps some of you who have questions about Jung’s involvement in
metaphysics as well. I think a study of his connection to Pauli might help.

 

 

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Proposed Syllabus for Medical  Astrology:  January 10-February 28 2018

(8 weeks)  I will use Guy Hiscock, http://hiscockintegrativeshiatsu.com/ and Will Easton, Osteopath and Counselor as references to help with this course.  My approach is to apply personal psychosomatic underpinnings to medical approach.  For texts I recommend the following Medial Astrology: A guide to Planetary Pathology by Judith Hill and Medical Astrology by Jeffrey Wolf Green.  It is not essential that you have these texts to take the course.

We will work primarily with the personal charts of the people in the class and as with other classes the first 30 minutes will be recorded and the personal charts and explanations will NOT be recorded.  Each section will have a PDF file that will be sent before each session.

  1. An overview of our study and how we will present the material as it is connected to the Chakras, the Signs and the Spinal and Neurological centers.

  2. The connection and correlation with each planet and sign, with an emphasis on Transits and Progressions on personal charts and how they are coordinated with the body.

  • The correlation to the somatic/psychosomatic conditions created by transits and Progressions to the signs/planets of the body.

  1. Continuation of no. III

  2. Balancing our dualities created by these occurrences.

  3. Continuation of no. V.

  • Working with the Mental, Emotional/Feeling and Moving Centers in relationship to the Chakras and Spinal system (Ida Pingala)

  • Continuation and summary of VII.

 

 

November brings:

Renewal

Transformation

Forgiveness

 

 

 

November is moving us into a very transformative time and completing a cycle that has seemed very chaotic but needed in order to capture the attention of those of us who are complacent and not welcoming the immense changes that are needed.  If you life is topsy turvy, the planets are also reflecting this as well.  Keep in touch with the planetary movements and how they affect each of your signs.

 

Watching for this month’s important cosmic events:

 

…October 27 — Long term affects of Venus square Pluto is a transforming moment that captures attention especially with Aries, Libra, Cancer and Capricorn.

…November 4 — Full Moon in Taurus — emotions run high!!

…November 18 — New Moon in Scorpio — Change, Transformation and Forgiveness all in one breath!!

…November 22 — Neptune direct — Pisces moves forward and Virgos pay attention as life goes on!!!

 

Remember to read your Ascendant (ego/physical body), Sun (Spiritual/mind) and Moon(emotional/feeling/nurturing)

signs in that order when reading these monthly updates.

 

 

 

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Aries is transforming the inner life and is often amazed at the changes that occur in the outer life because of the intense energies released.  Aries often looks to others rather than self/Self for guidance and that needs to stop so that progress can be made.  Now is the time to look to your dreams and aspirations and fill them with vigor and imagination!

Taurus is transforming the way they see their future and goals that have not been met.  This can be depressing if you put your future in the hands of another so you are going to have to figure out what it is you ‘really want’ and make it happen according to ‘your goals and aspirations’ rather than depend on another. This is hard for the Taurus who wants a partner of equal strength and purpose.

 

Geminis have to open their eyes and hearts to those around them and develop some sensitivities to the needs of those close by. This is difficult now because of lack of focus and the Gemini can see this in careers and ambitions that have been thwarted.  Believe it or not it is confusing to those around you as well.  Your focus needs to be intelligent and discerning and it might get you exactly where you need to be!

 

 

Cancer is feeling the need to spread its wings and move on to higher learning, travel and working with dreams that want to come true.  It might be time to write that book or to look into serious journal writing and keeping track of your heritage and the personal history that you want to leave behind for your children and grandchildren.  You have much to offer in the area of story telling and now is the time to start telling your story….not to mention the intense feelings you have had in the past!

 

 

Leos are transforming the area of partnerships and love life in a way that is somewhat confusing to those who are involved with them.  The heart is wanting to speak and yet the words that come out don’t seem to match up!  Learning to live from your heart and your feelings rather than trying to intellectualize them and make them into something they aren’t.  Your partners, especially the romantic partner, will greatly appreciate your vulnerability and sharing. This is hard work Leo…speaking from your heart!

 

Virgo seems to be trying to transform health and personal welfare, but runs into obstacles.  This can be helped by getting professional help and guidance and then using your incredible intuitive skills to discern the truth of whatever guidance your receive.  You are somewhat psychic about your own future but when you try to carry that over to your partner, it seems to fall flat.  That is because you might be more ‘right on’ than they want to believe!

 

Libra needs to transform their money making agendas and start looking realistically at what energy investments need to be made.  It really is about energy equal monetary value at this point.  There has been a cloud of confusion in this regard and the Libra is now waking up to this fact.  You are a unique individual and have unique skills that can be used to make your goals and ambitions realities!  Don’t argue yourself out of reaching these!

 

Scorpios are transforming in their ideas of personal creativity and family matters.  Children and grandchildren are becoming more and more important and the need to be close to family is  becoming a real issue.  It will take special effort on your part to let the family know you are present and able to help and support them in any way you can.  There is a real need to work toward your creativity in a way that opens up whole new worlds for you!

 

Sagittarius is transforming the homelife and the sacred spaces one calls ‘home’.  It is very important to keep one’s space clear of clutter both materially and emotionally.  Sagittarius is finding whole new realities out there that will lead them to higher thinking and spiritual goals that they could not have imagined before.  This all comes due to the spaces they provide for themselves to carry on these activities.

 

 

Capricorns has their nose to the grindstone in keeping tabs with their daily activities.  They are finding great joy in taking care of essentials. Dreams are very important now so get plenty of rest and pay attention to the message your dreams are sending you.  You might also start a journal about your dreams and keep note of this time in particular.  

As years pass you will find that your dreams have prognosticated what is happening in the far future.  You have innate psychic wisdom! Use it!

 

Aquarius is transforming the pocket book, money made and money invested.  This is difficult most of the time because these issues are the last things to be looked at for most Aquarians. They seem to live a life where a ‘cosmic Santa Claus’ gifts them with what they need just in time!  Now is the time to pull up your boot straps and look at your balance sheet.  Ugh!  I feel for you in this time of growth.  I know you can do it.  Make money work for you and not against you!

 

Pisces is living the transformative dream.  Issues that you have worked on for the past five or six years are now coming into fruition.  You can see the forest for the trees and will move ahead the next few months with imagination, focus and energy that you thought was gone forever.  Your life takes on new meaning and you can relish in the proof of this by looking around at your immediate surroundings and giving yourself a pat on the back.

By Kenan Branam

Image result for gestalt pictures(For many years, I worked with Kenan Branam and we were soul companions, briefly married, but remained friends.  This article was written during that time and is an intelligent discussion of how Gestalt fits into Astrology. We often wrote off of each other and these could just have easily been my words. He died recently and this is my tribute to him.  Thank you Ken for all of your hard work and dedicated service to mankind.)

“All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players…”

Shakespeare said something like that. He offered a paradigm of reality seeing life as a dramatic play in which we are all compelled to “read our lines” and meet our inevitable end. This fatalistic view of reality was not original to Shakespeare. History credits Greek Tragedy with an earlier version.

In more modern times, Constantin Stanislavski, Russian stage actor/director, and teacher developed a method of “being” not just acting that would foster individual spiritual growth. (Read more about it – The Transpersonal Actor) He had a more optimistic paradigm of reality. He prophesied that we, as individuals, could create our own lives through self expression, reaching deep into our psychic resources. Perhaps he understood Shakespeare’s other wisdom, “The play’s the thing, to catch the consciousness of the King.”

Stanislavski recognized that these resources were both personal and universal. Tapping into the same pool of intuition, Carl Jung charted these deep waters and named it the “collective unconscious”. His identification of “archetypes” became a “cast of characters ” or “roles” that each of us access unconsciously to play out our personal life scripts.

Fritz Perls, the Father of Gestalt Therapy, brought the “play” to group work and individual personal growth with the “hot seat” dialogue. He facilitated both the verbal scripts and the intuitive experience to guide the client toward greater self awareness and intentional integration.

How I learned Astrology

I had been practicing Gestalt in group and individual session for several years when I became curious about esoteric subjects like astrology and tarot. I had practiced dialogues with imaginary people (my father, mother, significant others), empty chairs and pillows, trees, animals, and of course, the “world” as I saw it. When I recognized astrology as archetypal, I included its symbols in my personal work. I would say, in a Gestalt session, “I am Mars!”, and then experienced the back flow of my declaration. Feelings of fear, anger, challenge, excitement, images of war and violence, even physical responses such as deeper breaths, flushed skin, spontaneous flexing of muscles in my arms and thighs, energy coalescing into images of ancient Roman warriors. “I am a Warrior!” I would say as I “owned” and accepted the warrior in myself (filtered through Carlos Castaneda’s “Warrior”.)

“I am Scorpio!” I felt a rush of sexual feelings and images with a sudden need to hide them from the group. Alas, I didn’t know it then, but I was beginning to tune into and integrate my Mars in the 10th house in Scorpio with the subtleties of its oppositions, conjunctions and square to Pluto…my T-Square, my ongoing process, my Gestalt.

With psychodrama, pillow talk dialogue, and time to meditate, I began to realize that Something powerful flowed through me on it’s way through animals and plants and planets. To me, Mars is not just a small red dot in the sky, an intellectual concept, nor just a thing…. it’s Me. I give “My Mars” more of it’s share of my life and value it as a unique part of myself… and part of the Universe at the same time. With this spiritual connection, I began to feel a little bit more at home in Universe.

With only street knowledge of astrological symbolism, I built a base of personal knowledge and experience that I later discovered corresponded to “key words and phrases” in the cookbooks of Astrology. Astrology has become a part of me. And I’m a part of Astrology!

“Astrology is not something to BELIEVE in… It’s something to KNOW about.”- Noel Tyl

The Gestalt Approach to Reading a Chart

Fritz Perls’ definition of the Gestalt process comes from objectively watching the natural way that living beings deal with life’s essential needs such as hunger, aggression, mating, etc. Simply speaking, we all follow a similar process of becoming aware of what we want or need, focusing on a method of satisfying the need, acting out the plan, and reaching completion and integration. We’re hungry, we find food, eat it, digest it, assimilate it, become satisfied and, hopefully, move on to the next gestalt. We move from general awareness to specific back to general … with some growth happening in the process. The process is cyclic and never ending just as we must continue to breath in and out to stay alive.

The Gestalt approach to Astrology, from the “reader’s” point of view, is about looking at the Natal Condition from a process perspective. Seasoned professional Astrologers have learned various ways to “see” a chart from a process point of view. As they say, “I get a picture of who the person is.” Then they work toward communicating their vision to the client with greater or lesser degree of success.

From the broadest perspective, everyone’s natal chart has a unique visual configuration that forms an harmonious circle. After all, the solar system is always in harmony, so it’s important that we, as Astrologers, recognize that harmony and the potential for integration inherent in every client’s chart.

Then as we begin to notice groupings of the planets in quadrants: above and below or Eastern and Western. We assign meaning to these patterns representing the native’s propensity to certain psychological states such as introvert/extrovert or inner/outer. We might also identify karmic conditions that influence the native’s life mission and how it will likely be “acted out”.

Next we can focus on specific groups of planets in signs and house and what angles they make to each other. We can assign meaning to such patterns as Grand Squares, Mystic Rectangles, or “buckets”, etc.

At some point in our process of attention, we move from a broad perspective to a more analytical perspective, perhaps, to delineation. Finally, we return to “the big picture” through such techniques as Maritha Pottenger’s number system or Joan Negus’ “three times is the charm”. One might say we switch from right-brain to left-brain, from a Pisces to a Virgo perspective, or harmonize some personal opposition or square in our own chart. The process of awareness that we use to read the client’s chart is our own version of the gestalt process. It is HOW we deal with the world. It is how we ARE in the world.

When we, as Astrologers, look at another person’s natal chart from a gestalt perspective, we can sometimes relate to their primary processes of awareness and assume we can discriminate between our own propensities and our client’s.

The Experiential Gestalt Astrology Session

The Mandala work is a facilitated exercise performed by the Native (you) in a group or private session. It is an empowering opportunity for you as a client to participate and contribute.

A 12′ astrological natal chart is drawn on the floor. Spheres as symbols of the planets signs are placed on the grid corresponding to their positions in your natal chart. After you have had a few moments of sitting in the middle of the Mandala, having a physical experience of the colors, symbols, and their spatial relationships, you then begin a conversation with planets representing aspects of yourself: your present conflicts, dilemmas, “other” people in you life, even memories, dreams, and reflections.

Intellectual concepts and symbols are “fleshed out” with the drama of your life scripts, enabling meaning and purpose. Conflicting internal dialogues from opposing planets negotiate new contracts for more integrated behavior. Trine and sextile planets become consciously supportive. Unconscious planets join the team and show up with greater resources.

Everything that is important to you in your life is reflected in your natal chart and emphasized by current transiting planets. As you interact with your natal chart and the symbols of planets, signs, modalities, and elements, you develop an intuitive understanding of astrological energies and processes.

The Role of the Gestalt Astrology Facilitator

Being a Gestalt Facilitator is a way of relating to another person in a consulting or teaching role that requires quite different objectives and procedures than would an astrologer or psychoanalyst, for that matter. More emphasis is placed on empowering the “client” to experience his/her own processes and integrate new awareness’ into her/his life skills. The Gestalt Facilitator primarily acts as a “clear” mirror to reflect the client’s behavior back to their own awareness.

The Astrological Natal Chart is an objective mirror in the form of a visual symbol. While it is very focused and detailed, its archetypal principles provide unlimited depth of meaning. When we, as Astrologers, “read” a chart for a client, the benefits we offer are limited to our specific knowledge of astrology, our communication skills, the client’s ability or state of mind to listen, and the time/space limits of our session. With a gestalt approach, we can open the door, the natal chart, to greater possibilities of experience and understanding for the client. The potential of the client’s awareness is invited and, providing that the Facilitator is skillful and clear, even enhanced, allowing the client to leave a session with, not only greater knowledge but with greater self awareness of personal power.

Gestalt as a psychological approach is a cognitive modality that facilitates integration of body, emotions, mind, and spirit, enabling an experience of essential being, clarity, self-support, and personal empowerment. When applied to Astrology, the Gestalt experiential process provides an opportunity to transform the Ancient Wisdom of Astrology into a personal, existential experience of our Natal Integrity.

…and God divided the light from the darkness…The Gestalt Perspective