Astrology is just a finger pointing at reality.
~ Steven Forrest
Whether you’re in my office or on the phone or on Skype, I’m always aware that I’m looking at several squiggles inside a wheel on a piece of paper. The challenge is to sift through the many possible layers of information available there until I can translate those symbols—and their patterns—in a way that has meaning and relevance for your life. Before beginning a consultation, I sit with the chart and jot some notes about it; but there’s always a point at which I pretty much put them aside because the soul that is everywhere in that chart begins to engage us both, and my central intention is to honor its agenda.
Each planetary symbol in a chart can connote a seeming variety of characteristics and experiences, but there will be a theme running through all of them. Your psyche registers the theme, and over the course of your lifetime “magnetizes” people and situations in the world in order to participate fully in “earthing” the archetypal energies that support that theme. These are profound, bigger-than-life principles that get squeezed down through our earth-tube/body and into this third-dimensional reality. The symbolic patterns on that piece of paper detail the ways in which we can decipher what James Hillman calls “the soul’s code”—or free up what Nikos Kazantzakis believed to be the “endangered spirit of God” in ourselves. Whatever metaphor works best for you, I take very seriously the privilege I have in helping you translate it into real-life terms.
Where you are in the life cycle (you’re likely to have at least slightly different concerns in your forties or sixties than in your twenties) and whether or not you’ve been in therapy and/or some other self-searching process that you found productive has some relevance, and during the course of the reading I listen for clues to understanding what you’ve done thus far with the configurations I see in the chart. My primary concern is that together we focus on the areas that have the most meaning for you so that you can go away from the session and apply the content of the consultation to your life.
I resist the old astrological language that suggests I know, and can now proceed to tell you, who you are and how you operate in the world. Such “telling” may exhibit a certain mastery, but it shows no reverence for the mystery of what we can discover together—neither does it honor the enormous reflective capacity of the psyche. “Sometimes,” notes the poet David Whyte, “everything has to be inscribed across the heavens so you can find the one line already written inside you.”
For my own frame of reference, I do think of you (and myself) as “a soul dressed up as this personality,” and I tend to use language that distinguishes soul from ego. In working from a psycho-spiritual perspective, my therapist’s brain is attentive to the psychological blocks that stand in the way of both earthly progress and spiritual evolution, and I see the compassionate dissolution of those obstacles as central to this work which I feel so blessed to do.
In any case, when “it” all merges in our time together, I’m mindful of what Quincy Jones says about the process of producing a work of musical art—that once all the best music has been written and all the best musicians have gathered to play it, “we still depend on God walkin’ through the room….” My experience of the astrological art is no different.
In strange ways hard to know, gods come to men.
Many a thing past hope they have fulfilled.
And what was looked for went another way.
A path we never thought to tread was found for us.
So has this come to pass.
When an evolutionary perspective is combined with the insights of depth psychology, astrology reveals itself as a powerful, multi-layered symbol system that shows you how you can most productively embrace and integrate both shadow and light—how you can best manage the paradoxes of this incarnation, walk your individual path with integrity and grace, and thus live a deeper, more heartfelt and richly soul-full life.
An astrological session provides you with an in-depth exploration and discussion of your temperament, relationship patterns, professional interests, family psychological and karmic “inheritance,” areas of creative expression, and your soul’s unique psychological and emotional needs. It offers you ways to re-imagine not only yourself but those around you in this rapidly changing and challenging world.
• For as long as time has ever been or ever shall be, there will never be a duplicate of you. Consider this: instead of simply having “a sign,” perhaps you have an assignment.
• To paraphrase the poet Mary Oliver, your soul has a question: “What can I do with this one wild and precious lifetime?” The answer—your evolutionary purpose—is encoded in your birth chart; decipher that code, and you will address the needs of your heart and the yearnings of your deeper self.
• Understand the deeper, unrecognized patterns that help or hinder your decision-making, your relationships, the development and expression of your special gifts.
“The capacity to interpret things symbolically
is going to become as important as ordinary communication.”
~ Caroline Myss, Ph.D.
• Birth (natal) charts for yourself, your spouse, lover, children, friends, and relatives.
• Welcome the upcoming cycles in and of your life. Learn how to move with what happens rather than getting stuck in what does or doesn’t happen. Avoid repeating old patterns and behaviors while you make authentic changes.
• Relationship compatibility exploration. Understand the evolutionary purpose, and learn how to attend to the rhythm of your relationships with your spouse, lover, children, friends, relatives.
ALL CONSULTATIONS ARE BY APPOINTMENT ONLY
In Person or World-wide by Phone or Skype
Visa, MC Accepted
Sessions are 90 minutes long and recorded for you.
HADLEY FITZGERALD, M.A.