Two Nightlight Astrology School Presentations

Over the last couple years I have kindly been invited by Acyuta-bhava Dasa to present for the Nightlight Astrology School on topics dear to my heart: “The Astrology of J.R.R. Tolkien” and “The Astrology of Jung’s Red Book.” I am now sharing the videos of each of these presentations, which were recorded about a year apart. Thank you to all those who expressed interest in seeing these presentations and who have waited patiently for the recording!

While my dissertation research focused on the parallels between the Red Books of C.G. Jung and J.R.R. Tolkien, these two presentations treat their works separately, viewing them each through an astrological lens. If the presentations are viewed in conjunction, you will certainly see the overlaps and parallels, in the timing of events and the correlated astrological transits, and in the symbolic content of each.

The Astrology of J.R.R. Tolkien

J.R.R. Tolkien is best known as the author of the fantasy epic The Lord of the Rings, first published in the mid-1950s and now translated into almost 40 languages. Tolkien first began writing about the world of Middle-earth during World War I, and continued doing so almost until the end of his life in 1973. Although he is best known as a writer, Tolkien was also a visual artist and an extraordinary linguist, holding a position as a professor of philology at Oxford University in England. As his close friend and colleague C.S. Lewis once said: “He had been inside language.” Drawing on an archetypal astrological perspective, this presentation will explore the natal chart of J.R.R. Tolkien, as well as his transits during the creation of some of his major works of art and writing.

The Astrology of Jung’s Red Book

Recently, new scholarship has been emerging demonstrating the essential role astrology played in the development of C.G. Jung’s analytical psychology. Although Jung kept his practice of astrology relatively concealed, he was using it regularly with his patients. With particular focus on Jung’s remarkable manuscript Liber Novus, better known as The Red Book, this presentation looks at the role astrology played in shaping Jung’s psychology and world view, drawing significantly on Liz Greene’s work to explore the astrological symbolism throughout The Red Book, as well as the transits Jung was experiencing at the time of his self-described “confrontation with the unconscious.”

Magic of the Spheres with Sabrina Monarch

I once again had the privilege of joining the evolutionary astrologer Sabrina Monarch on her podcast Magic of the Spheres. The last time we conversed we discussed the planetary combinations of Venus, so for this episode we mused over the planetary combinations of Mercury, looking at how the archetype of the intellect, the mind, communication, speaking, writing, and learning is inflected when in aspect to the other planets of the solar system.

As before, our conversation was released in two episodes: in the first episode we discussed Mercury in combination with the Sun, Moon, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn—perhaps fittingly spending the most time with the Mercury-Saturn archetypal complex, discussing “dead languages” and how words are fossils of culture and history. We explored Mercury as it expresses in people’s communication styles but also some of the esoteric qualities of Mercury such as spell-casting and the power of etymology. In the second episode we discussed Mercury in combination with Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto, seeing how the transpersonal archetypes come through in our modes of communication.

Entering into dialogue with Sabrina is an act of spell-casting itself, and as we both felt when recording the previous episode, it seemed we had entered into a mythic chamber of symbols, dropping once more into a timeless realm.

Part I: Planetary Combinations of Mercury – Venus and the Chaldeans
Part II: Planetary Combinations of Mercury – Venus and the Transpersonal Planets

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Imaginal Realms with Adam Sommer

Adam Sommer and I seem to have a penchant for holding podcast conversations close to eclipses, and entering into imaginal worlds of word and whimsy together. Some of our themes for my third visit to his podcast Holes to Heavens were plants, planets, and dreams, with discussions of the current Saturn-Pluto conjunction, the mysteries of Eleusis, pipeweed in Middle-earth, and the risk of reductionism in astrology, psychology, and literature.

The podcast is available for download, or can be listened to here: Imaginal Realms with Becca Tarnas.

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Saturn-Pluto: An Astrological Panel Talk

The archetypal qualities of the Saturn-Pluto conjunction dominating our heavens is correlating in ever-more critical ways with events unfolding on our planet, especially this week as the alignment approaches exact conjunction, perfecting for the first time on January 12. How do we navigate this time? In what ways can we find ground, strength, and stability when weathering the storm and facing the shadow?

I am truly honored to be participating on a panel of astrologers hosted by the Nightlight Astrology School to discuss this intensely potent alignment. The Saturn-Pluto Astrological Panel will feature Samuel Reynolds, Jason Holley, Gray Crawford, Rebecca Gordon, Patrick Watson, Leisa Schaim, and our host, Acyuta-bhava (Adam Elenbaas).

Description from the Nightlight Astrology School

Join us for a star-studded astrology panel discussion on the meaning of the upcoming conjunction of Saturn and Pluto in the sign of Capricorn, this January 12th. For many who study astrology, this relatively rare transit (occurring once every 33–38 years) has a reputation for being ominous and anxiety-provoking, and for some very good reasons. However, the focus of our panel discussion will be to present the deeper symbolic meaning of Saturn and Pluto’s conjunction alongside a variety of constructive suggestions for how to make this encounter a more soulful experience. We will also be taking live questions and answers from the audience and hope to generate a meaningful discussion in the midst of what for many are challenging times! 

 

Transits for the Capricorn Lunation

The new decade is upon us, the Earth having completed another journey around the Sun. My transit updates are a little late this lunation, due to the fullness of the holiday season and all this time of year demands of us and delights us with.

I feel a clarity and sense of balance between time and timelessness in these opening days of 2020. A great deal weighs upon one side of the scale, with a full sign of Capricorn, hosting the Sun, Moon, Mercury, Jupiter, Saturn, and Pluto duration this lunation. Yet the other side of the scale is not empty, as it is what we do and how we participate that will determine the balance.

I hope you enjoy the guidance these short transit updates can provide you throughout the lunation. I recommend printing out a copy and affixing it near your calendar, your desk, your bed, or your altar, so you can check in each morning and evening to see what the day and night hold in store.

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Transits of the
Capricorn Lunation

The date and time indicate when the transit is in exact alignment. For transits of the Moon these will last for several hours, whereas inner planet transits may last for several days, or even longer. All times are given in Pacific time.

* December 25 @ 9:13 pm PT * Solar Eclipse at 4° Capricorn, a Mercury-Sun-Moon-Jupiter stellium. New successful ideas can be incarnated and manifested. Plant the seed, that it may flower in the next Moon’s turn into a new light in the world. An eclipse opens the portal between realms.

* December 27 @ 10:25 am PT * The Sun conjoins Jupiter in Capricorn, as the Moon conjoins Saturn and Pluto. This heavily packed sign of Capricorn may correlate with emotional weight and perhaps even grief, although the Sun-Jupiter may cast an aura of some celebratory energy through the chill air.

* December 28 @ 8:55 pm PT * Mercury enters Capricorn, adding yet another planet to an overly full sign. Your mental capacity may become more clear and rarified, offering the opportunity to proceed towards tasks in an orderly and organized manner between now and January 16.

* December 31 @ 4:15 pm PT * The Sun in Capricorn sextiles the Pisces Moon conjunct Neptune. This final day of the decade may feel like a soft inward glow, bringing a dreamy, intoxicating, and emotionally permeable feeling to the day.

• January 2 @ 8:45 pm PT * Mercury conjoins Jupiter in Capricorn as the Aries Moon makes the waxing square to the Sun. Take action on behalf of the inner sphere of the home, hearth, and psyche, laying the groundwork for an open and expansive mind to call in abundant possibilities.

* January 3 @ 1:37 am PT * Mars moves into Sagittarius, igniting the archer’s arrow and kindling the call to action. Strive towards your broadening horizons, directing your energy to serve your greater goals. Tend the burning embers of your will between now and February 16.

* January 5 @ 1:37 pm PT * Sun-Mercury in Capricorn makes a trine to the exalted Gibbous Moon in Taurus. Check the seeds you planted at the Solar Eclipse. Are there leaves growing? Reflect on what nourishment and material support you need to see your intentions through to their flowering.

* January 6 @ 10:21 pm PT * The Sun sextiles Neptune in Pisces, directing soft focus onto themes of dream, vision, imagination, fantasy, and magic. See through the illusions and beyond the mirage to the truth of the image.

* January 8 @ 5:03 am PT * Neptune in Pisces receives both a square from the Gemini Quarter Moon and a sextile from Capricorn Mercury. The dreamy, sensitive, imagistic atmosphere continues, saturating body and mind. Bathe in the waters of subtle inspiration.

* January 9 @ 4:00 pm PT * The Moon slides into Cancer before coming into opposition with Jupiter in Capricorn. While this may bring in some much needed feelings of joy, it can also lead to emotional and relational overextension and potential overwhelm.

* January 10 @ 11:21 am PT * The Sun conjoins Mercury in Capricorn before crossing into the Lunar Eclipse at 20° Cancer. The Moon will make oppositions to Mercury, Saturn, and Pluto in short succession, reflecting a potentially powerful contraction and perhaps deep inner catharsis. Stay within, stay with it, see it through, think it through, be with thyself.

* January 12 @ 8:59 am PT * The day of long-awaiting arrives: Saturn conjoins Pluto at 21° Capricorn, perfecting a world transit that came into orb in early 2018. The experience of contraction, crisis, division, othering, intense negation, deplorable heaviness, consequential judgement, and irrevocable destruction reaches a peak. The ripples of this transit will continue through 2021. Do the deep work, face the shadow within and without, forge your moral ground.

* January 13 @ 5:20 am PT * The Sun conjoins Saturn and Pluto, focusing intense concentration upon the dominating Saturn-Pluto zeitgeist. A light in the darkness, or a glaring illumination of shadow, showing the underbelly of the dragon in stark and shattering relief.

* January 14 @ 10:41 pm PT * The Capricorn Sun trines the Disseminating Moon in Virgo. Find acceptance and resource yourself through clear, organizational channels. Perhaps record your thoughts on the archetypal qualities of the current moment and the potent days just passed.

* January 15 @ 3:18 pm PT * Exalted Venus in Pisces makes a sextile to Uranus in Taurus, enhancing the potential for sparkling social connections that may have an awakening flutter of dreamy joy to them. Dress with flair, expressing your unique beauties.

* January 17 @ 4:58 am PT * The Moon in Libra makes its waning square to the Sun, before the Moon soon submerges into Scorpio. Reevaluate how you expend your energy when engaging with others. Assess your needs, and whether they really are needs—or are they wants?

* January 18 @ 12:32 am PT * Mercury in early Aquarius squares Uranus in Taurus. The hummingbird mind awakens, fluttering from idea to idea like a hummingbird darts from flower to flower. Follow the book fairy, playing with bibliomancy to pluck the right idea from the synchronicitous page. Leave books open everywhere.

* January 19 @ 1:21 pm PT * The Balsamic Moon in Scorpio sextiles the Sun, just before the Moon leaps into Sagittarius. The candle burns low in the wax, but still flickers and illuminates nonetheless. Take time to gather this harvest of this lunation, as the darkness of the New Moon begins to approach.

* January 20 @ 6:55 am PT * The Sun ingresses into Aquarius as the Moon conjoins Mars in Sagittarius. Direct any irritable, frustrated, rash energy towards expressive action, finding innovative solutions to the apparent aggravations in your path.

* January 22 @ 10:54 pm PT * The Moon in Capricorn conjoins Jupiter, just as the Sun squares Uranus. Watch for the spark of sudden insight, the unexpected disruption, the expansive joy that can come with opening up to a new realm of possibility.

* January 24 @ 1:42 pm PT * The Moon sidles into Aquarius in time for the New Moon. We are in the dry, airy midwinter season where seeds planted must stay in the cold hard Earth and await germination patiently. The seed that is slow to sprout may outlast the winter storms. Set intentions that will endure beyond just this next lunation cycle.

Songs of the Spheres: Exploring Music Through Astrology

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During the final month of winter, I will be collaborating with Lydia Violet Harutoonian’s Music as Medicine Project to offer the online course Songs of the Spheres: Exploring Music Through Astrology. This course will offer a basic foundation in archetypal astrology, using music as a means to illustrate the planetary archetypes and using astrology to illuminate some of the deeper symbolic dimensions of music and musicians. Each week of the course is oriented around a particular archetypal theme, focusing on the natal charts of specific musicians to see how their astrological signatures have manifested through their music.

Learn More and Register

Course Description

Music calls to the soul. Music speaks a language more accessible to the emotions and the imagination than the intellect. Music can awaken, heal, and bring catharsis. Why is that? Music is more than simply a human artifact—it is a channel for the sacred powers of this world, the archetypes that stand behind the cosmos. The ancients could hear the music of the spheres. Today, one way we can rediscover those songs is through astrological practice.

Using the discipline of astrology, this course will explore a variety of musicians and genres through an archetypal lens. The course will open with an introduction to archetypal astrology, unpacking the meanings of the planets and the aspects, before turning this knowledge toward analyzing the natal charts of different musicians to see how the configurations of the planets have manifested in their musical creations. Music and astrology naturally illuminate one another, and not only will this course offer a basic foundation in archetypal astrology, it will deepen one’s awareness of the archetypes at play in the music created by the human family.

To learn more and register, please visit: Music As Medicine: Songs of the Spheres

Talking Creation, Faërie, and Facing 2020 on Rune Soup

It’s a potent week for podcasts! Gordon White and I had our third and perhaps most compelling and exploratory conversation yet on his podcast Rune Soup. We discussed J.R.R. Tolkien’s notion of Faërie, fantasy, and imagination, connecting the principles outlined in his groundbreaking essay “On Fairy-Stories” with his creation myth the Ainulindalë: theory and practice of the sub-creative imagination. In our discussion of my new book, Journey to the Imaginal Realm, we also spoke of how The Lord of the Rings provides a powerful mythos for facing the great challenges in our current era, which are reaching a new peak in 2020. The podcast is available for download or can be listened to directly below.