Astrology, as I practice it, is a method to use the conscious mind to touch and explore the unconscious and the archetypal in our lives. It is a doorway into the patterns that dominate our experience - whether they are conscious and purposefully lived, or unconscious and problematic rulers of our own inner and outer realities.
Astrology can be used to explore both our inherent potentials and challenges, as highlighted in the birth chart, and the cycling of life events made apparent through planetary transits. At its best, it becomes a vehicle for personal transformation.
Each of the planets in our birth charts represents an aspect of our own nature, be it our willful warrior self, our capacity to know and merge into one-ness with the universe, our desire to love and be loved, or our more fearful side that constricts our sense of connection with others and the larger cosmos. The arrangement of our planets indicates those primal energies that figure most prominently in our own lives, hinting at the “job” we have come here to do in our lifetime.
Exploring this blueprint of our psyche and soul can help to illuminate the path we need to walk and the specific work to which we must bring our conscious attention. In this way we can return to the wholeness of our true and radiant selves beneath the overlays of training, conditioning, and survival strategies that obscure our truest essence and our unique contribution to the world.