A large percentage of astrologer are counselors, whether with actual accreditation or by virtue of their role with clients.  Yet, the number of therapists who integrate astrology into their practice is very small.

This is an unfortunate oversight in that astrology WAS the first psychology, theology, philosophy and medicine in human history.  And the forefather of modern psychology, Carl Jung, derived many of his theories from his observation of astrological symbolism.

Over the course of human history, there has been no greater system for knowing oneself than astrology.  It speaks to all the areas of life--i.e. the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual realms.  Yet astrology is generally not consulted in therapeutic practice when attempting to untangle a client's biography, motivations and underlying predisposition.

When dealing with the story of a person's life, the birth chart can unveil the who, what, when where, why and how of an individual's soul biography.

What are some of the benefits of using astrology in therapeutic practice?  How can this science help the therapist do his or her job with greater clarity and deeper insight?

1.  timing around client's issues

Based on the client's chart and the transits they are receiving (the current astrological weather), the practitioner can focus on the issues truly being raised at the time (as opposed to the apparent or surface problem).  The chart can indicate the acute situation (with transits) as well as the chronic underlying conditions (the birth chart itself).

The personal cycles of the patient will show the emotional readiness (or not) of the client to make progress on their issues.

Astrology can reveal whether the client is actually ready for a breakthrough or quantum leap or is more interested in recapturing/seeking out missing needs from the past.  For instance, one is more readily able to let go of the past during a Saturn transit, be open to accelerated change during a Uranus transit and deal with long-standing emotional issues (possibly generational) during a Pluto transit.  The latter is the most dynamic time for depth psychology whereas the Uranus transit may breed epiphanies and wakeup calls.

2.  As astrology returns us to the scene of the crime, certain cycles repeat in an individual's life and an astrologer can pinpoint where and when a certain symptom/complex began and discern when a repeating timeline will come up in which the symptoms can be relieved or possibly relived with awareness once and for all.  This will increase the effectiveness of truly healing and transforming the client's life.

3.  Assist in defining the type of therapy that would best maximize results.  The proper therapy can be applied when one is clear on what the seed issue is rather than simply applying a standard method in a period that will not work to best advantage or at all.

4.  Reveal hidden emotional or sexual predilections.  Abuse, trauma, incest, emotional enmeshment, isolation, these can all be seen in the astrological chart of the client.  Sexual identity issues, bi-sexuality, frigidity, impotence can also be indicated along with the original incident (in the case of sexual dysfunction) that set this pattern in motion (and the identity of the perpetrator or abuser).

5.  Mother/father issues, the basis of Freudian analysis can be unearthed by looking at the Sun (father) and the Moon (mother) and their respective connections.  Likewise, underlying sibling dynamics can also be discerned.

6.  The birth chart can indicate possible mental health disorders ranging from bi-polar disorder, depression, narcissism, psychosis, split or multiple personality disorder.  These can corroborate the original diagnosis of the therapist or psychiatrist.

7.  If applicable, the birth chart can reference possible past life traumas affecting current day reality, including insomnia, fear of heights, inexplicable phobias and fetishes.  This is particularly helpful in shamanic work.

8.  The personal horoscope can provide insight into client's communication style, desire nature, hidden compulsions, the nature of their shame, judgement and guilt in order to better assist in excavating and releasing hidden sabotaging behaviors.

9.  Astrology can provide more specific direction into the most beneficial therapy for the moment or overall healing of the individual.  The client's internal archetypal picture is evident in the chart and can articulate the soul needs that the client who is splintered or in denial may not be aware of.

What an astrologer CANNOT  do is the long-term therapeutic behavior modification, support, coaching or health counseling (unless one is the rare medical astrology). Likewise, the prescribing of medication, herbs, supplements is generally not the domain of the astrologer.  We are not there in the trenches for the day-to-day, week to week improvements/setbacks in the patient's journey.  Yet, once again, we can provide a timeline for when the situation might improve and what internal conditions might need to be addressed in the individual.

The beauty of astrology is that the birth chart offers both the disease/diagnosis and the cure.  The manner in which to resolve intransigent issues involves a reworking of the energetic patterns, behavior grooves in the manner in which homeopathy works.  Astrology can offer a more effective blueprint for living one's life using the assets and challenges of the chart.

I think astrology is an amazing tool to be utilized in tandem with classic psychology and other therapeutic methods.  One diagnostic reading can provide invaluable multi-layered information about a client.

I invite those in the healing and mental health professions to consider consulting with an astrologer to access information (with the client's permission, of course) that may be hidden but is available through careful analysis of the birth chart.  In that way, you can help accelerate the growth of the client and potentially alleviate their pain in a more effective and timely manner.

In the current moment when science and spirituality are merging, why not use utilize the most integrated system of thought (astrology) to heal the body, mind and soul of your clients!

Uranus square Pluto Cardinal Cross

A lot of you have asked me about this month's Cardinal Cross, due to become exact on 4/21/14.    Quite honestly, we have been living with this energy since 2012 (the time of the first square) and even as far back as 2008, when Pluto first went into Capricorn (the destruction of the status quo).  The thing that makes this square more powerfully perceived is that the energy has been building for a few years now and this time the
aspect connects directly to the charts of the USA and to that of NY.  Additionally, while it is happening in the world at large, it will only have a strong effect on your life if you have planets or personal points at 13 degrees Aries, Cancer, Libra or Capricorn.  Admittedly, many of us have at least one point or progressed planet on or around these degrees so that is where the energy will be most directed.

What is to be expected at the Cardinal Cross square on 4/21/14?

Structures, people, jobs or relationships that are on their last leg many finally crumble.  If there is a larger underlying problem to course correct in your life, it will show up at this time or near the Pluto station on 4/14/14.  Even if it feels like a surprise, if you are honest, you have known that this situation in your life was no longer tenable or resolvable in its current form.  It is time to let it go.

This is a fated time when if you have not been in integrity in certain areas of your life, you will have to pay the piper.  Legal affairs, divorce proceedings, health, tax or immigration issues will have to be dealt with, sometimes in a not very comfortable or easy way.  You may "lose" a lot in the process but that is only because you have not listened to the promptings that have been occuring for months if not years.  (A divorce or business failing does not happen overnight).

While it might not feel good, the ego personality does not like change or challenge, your soul will be applauding you if you let go and jump on the new wave that is being offered as an alternative.   

Resistance is futile and painful as the changes that will arrive are meant to move your life forward, even as you are still clinging to the past.

One negative arena where you may have no power includes the aforementioned governmental interventions or difficult, corrupt bosses, corporations, institutions that will wield their power harshly.  Dictators of all kinds can take over at this time and companies, countries, relationships flounder at their wake.

What is the purpose of all this "deconstruction"?  It is the soul desire to manifest a true and authentic life, relieve ourselves of all the things, thoughts, people, addictions that prevent us from becoming our true selves.  For those who have experienced a Pluto transit, you are beaten down, but once you rise, you are a more powerful, compassionate and authentic individual because some of your root causes have been eradicated.  This is now happening on a personal, professional, political and global level.

Likewise, unusual, unexpected, innovative opportunities and solutions may also show up in your life.  This is the time to move in the direction of the new rather than the tried and true.

How will this manifest in your life?  While there is greater specificity with a personal reading, in general you can expect to be challenged in this area to do something differently:

ARIES--career, role in family

TAURUS--belief systems, connection to spirituality

GEMINI--sexual and financial matters

CANCER--the significant other

LEO--your work habits

VIRGO--love affairs and children

LIBRA--your family or origin, actual home environment

SCORPIO--how you communicate to others

SAGITTARIUS--how you make your money, value your talents

CAPRICORN--who you really are

AQUARIUS--where you give way to rigidity and timidity

PISCES--who your peers are

In most cases, we are being prompted to discontinue our old patterns of engagement and consider taking on a renewed power in this arena of life.

Simultaneously, with the Uranus end of the equation, we can anticipate lightning changes, divorces, separations, liberations, breakthroughs in this area of life:

ARIES--we divorce our old understanding of ourself, break free from old constraints

TAURUS--we are no longer afraid to make changes,  we must open up our thinking and belief in God

GEMINI--new professional connections and goals

CANCER--our career

LEO--our spiritual views

VIRGO--sexual and financial relationships

LIBRA--our significant other

SCORPIO--how we do our work

SAGITTARIUS--personal creativity, inspired love affair

CAPRICORN--our relation to our family, time to move

AQUARIUS--our friendships, especially if they remind us of our siblings

PISCES--your money

Whatever comes up this month, you will have six months to resolve or complete it.  If you have begun to advance in your career or relationship and there is a delay due to external circumstances, all systems will be go in September.

In addition to the Uranus square Pluto aspect, we will also experience two eclipses.  The first on 4/15/14 will show the outcome to circumstances set off last Oct 2013, even going as far back as 2010-2012, generally concerning an issue of fairness and reciprocity.  The second eclipse on 4/29/14 brings the next chapter coming developments begun in November 2013.

It may feel uncomfortable to ride through this month, but we will be different people with a stronger sense of our priorities and commitments by month's end.

Go with the punches and allow your soul and the cosmos to guide you to a new life!

To read more about this month's astrology, you can check out my regular monthly column on

And to get a deeper understanding of the Uranus square Pluto cycle,

To understand Uranus in Aries:

And for a general overview of the 13 year cycle of Pluto in Capricorn:

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Neptune in Pisces

While some planetary shifts come in with a bang, others are quite subtle, but equally powerful and life-changing.

Neptune in Pisces, arriving on April 4th and remaining in this sign until 2024,  brings another overlay to the current shifting of the astrological tides.

Like many of the larger transpersonal cycles, the last time Neptune was in Pisces was in 1847-1861, so this is a once-in-our lifetime transit.   Neptune is associated with spirituality, creativity and visualization, but also with fantasy, glamour, and illusion.

Likewise, Neptune is the main protagonist in all experiences involving D words:  dreams, drink, drugs, dementia, death, dissolution and disillusionment.

Water and the ocean are the domain of Pisces and with Neptune (ruling gas and oil!!!) environmental issues are here to stay. Yet, as is characteristic of the lower form of Neptune, there will be much lying and deception surrounding the health of our water systems and fishing supplies.  (Actually, when Chiron first dipped into Pisces last year, we experienced the BP oil spill and now some of the longterm consequences are being revealed as in baby dolphins washing up on the gulf coast.  And scientists are "not sure" if this is a direct result of last year's catastrophic environmental disaster!!!!!)    But, because Neptune dissolves properties and ideologies, we will eventually loosen our dependency on oil even though this may be preceded by more lies and coverups.

Neptune is associated with creativity, glamour and celebrity.  In Pisces, it is the sign of the storyteller.   Much of what is up for review now concerns our personal mythologies.  For the majority of people, there is a tendency to actually believe you are your story, which is illusion.  Maya is the domain of Neptune and we are all living a personal, familial, tribal, national, global and quite possibly even an intergalactic script.  Where does the dream end and "reality" begin?  Some of us will decide we want to create different dreams or recalibrate our current ones.  The polarity point of Virgo can allow us to finetune our inner thoughts and hence outpicture a different reality.
Many will NOT want to awaken from their respective dreams or nightmares, particularly in light of upcoming world events.  Escapism will continue to take all the familiar forms of addiction to drugs, alcohol, sex and romance.   And technology (the internet was born during the Neptune in Aquarius years) will continue to provide more opportunities to live in a world of one's own imagination.   Virtual reality and time travel will take on greater appeal.

The urge to loose oneself will be very compelling.  Suicide, rather directly or indirectly through substance or food choices, will be on the rise.  End of times scenarios will proliferate.  Whether it's another church or new age healing center, there will be no shortage of customers seeking redemption. 

And while many of these behaviors are foolish or destructive, there is a common albeit misguided underlying theme--the wish to return to Source.
Neptune has to do with the soul and spiritual longing.   All forms of Neptune, even the addictive expressions, are an unconscious desire to merge with God.  But as these are substitutes for the real thing, any person, thing, or concept will inevitably disappoint (another Neptune word) and the disillusionment turns one back on oneself.  And this is the dark side of glamour (false idols) with glamour meaning anything that causes us to not see the world as it really is.  So Neptune in Pisces these next 14 years may also be involved in the deconstruction of illusion and dissolving of the personal or collective dream. 

But in this 3-d world of polarity, there is also, thankfully, a good side to all of this energy.  A re-emergence of a more spiritual view of life, understanding of our ultimate unity, exploration of inner realms and dream states, deeper understanding of the collective unconsciousness are all possible manifestations of the higher form of Neptune in Pisces.

Film, poetry and the visual arts will also undergo a major renaissance.  Other eras with a strong Neptune influence included the Baroque period and the Age of Romanticism.   Photography and moving pictures were developed in previous Neptune cycles, so a new form of  visual art using yet to be invented technology (Uranus in Aries) will most likely emerge.  And I would even posit that we move beyond the three dimensional use of materials and consider energy manipulation a new form of art.  The magician David Blaine demonstrates this on a rather squeemishly sensationalistic level, but nevertheless he is his using the power of mind and energy to create a new form of performance art.

A rise in mysticism, return to esoteric practices, art as a means of transcendence are all possibilities when Neptune enters the sign of its rulership.  Many may finally connect with their beloved, soulmate or twin flame.  Rapture, ecstasy and ephiphanic experiences can occur, placing one in direct presence of the divine.

Neptune will be floating thought the sign of the collective unconscious and the dream world from now through 2024. 

Like with any planetary cycle, with awareness, we can choose how we would like it to appear in our lives.  We can recreate a new reality and follow the dreams of our soul--the dreams that brought us into incarnation.  We are the world will be more than just a song.  And redemption, an uber Neptunian word, is possible with us relinquishing our ignorance and awakening to our true identity as spirit in a material form.

One of the more positive manifestations of Neptune in Pisces could be the emergence of a unified planet and more highly evolved human consciousness. 


First aired on One World in Concert April 22, 2011