The Astrology Podcast

A dream came true for me this week when I had the opportunity to be a guest on Chris Brennan’s The Astrology Podcast. We ranged through a variety of topics, beginning with my background in archetypal astrology and what it is like to be a second generation astrologer, before picking up the topics of the Archai journal, why C.G. Jung’s Red Book is important and relevant to astrologers, and the connection between outer planetary cycles and the unfolding dynamics of world events.

To listen to the episode: Becca Tarnas in Outer Planet Cycles and Jung’s Red Book

I am deeply grateful to Chris Brennan for the invitation to converse with him on one of my favorite podcasts!

Transits for the Taurus Lunation

Taurus season begins just as pale green leaves and tender shoots are unfurling, and the white Pacific dogwoods are in bloom on the hills around my home. The lunation starts off with a spark as the New Moon conjoins Uranus, initiating new creative innovations. As the Sun traverses the fixed earth sign ruled by Venus, the planet Venus moves slowly through Gemini, eventually stationing and moving retrograde. Both the Sun and Mercury, as well as the whirling Moon, all illuminate the Jupiter-Saturn-Pluto stellium in their unique archetypal ways.

I needed to take a break from writing these transit updates for the last two months in order to turn all my energetic and emotional resources towards weathering our current pandemic storm. However, I will be posting retrospective transits soon to help give more of a picture of the unfolding dynamics during the Pisces and Aries lunations.

Scorpio Full Moon

Transits of the
Taurus Lunation

*April 22 @ 7:26 pm PT* New Moon in Taurus conjunct Uranus and square Saturn in Aquarius. Throughout the day the Moon sweeps through a square with Pluto, Jupiter, and Saturn in succession, before disappearing into the Sun’s rays. Plumbing the emotional depths, heights, and limits before awakening to new potentials. Sow your seeds in the rich, moldy soil.

*April 23 @ 10:30 pm PT* Moon in Taurus squares Mars in Aquarius. Relational and emotional friction and heat, inflammation of the senses. Direct that fiery energy toward practical home tasks, scrubbing dirt from the forgotten corners, or dance to intense music that pounds rhythmically through your veins.

*April 25 @ 12:36 am PT* Mercury in Aries squares Pluto and Jupiter in Capricorn. Depth and breadth of understanding, desire to probe beneath the surface of grand ideas, to avoid superficial conversations. Beware of manipulation of language, of doublespeak. Respect the blessed power of story.

*April 26 @ 2:01 am PT* Taurus Sun conjoins Uranus, as the Moon greets Venus in Gemini. What new initiative crackles into waking potential? What inspires you to try something different? Notice the need to rebel, to be free, to feel liberated. A touch of sweetness may linger through the day as well, a gentle heart connection.

*April 27 @ 12:53 pm PT* After a fortnight drying out in Aries, Mercury puts down roots in Taurus, approaching the awakened Sun-Uranus conjunction. Thinking and ideas become more grounded and earthy, oriented towards material needs being met, perhaps in innovative ways.

*April 28 @ 10:28 am PT* Mercury squares Saturn in Aquarius, narrowing the thought processes to the practical and detail-oriented. Bring consciousness to negative thought patterns, words of criticism and judgement of yourself and others.

*April 29 @ 6:06 pm PT* The Moon sweeps regally from Cancer to Leo, passing opposite the Pluto, Jupiter, then Saturn on the way. As has often been a pattern in the last months, the influence of the Lunar archetype in hard aspect to this heavy stellium may lead to feeling personally the great weight of the world at this time.

*April 30 @ 1:38 pm PT* The waxing quarter Leo Moon square Sun in Taurus, aligns with the exact Mercury-Uranus conjunction. There is a tension between inspired ideas and the ability to put them into action. Note them down, no matter how rapid and flurried the thought process—the time will ripen, but the seed is only putting out leaves for now.

*May 3 @ 8:52 pm PT* Slowing Venus in Gemini makes the first of three exact squares to Neptune in Pisces, which will occur during the next three months. The Moon in Virgo forms a T-square with the Venus-Neptune square on this day. Enchantment, illusion, chasing the fairy-tale romance, seeking the image of the divine in the beloved. Questions of what is real and what is a dream permeate the heart.

*May 4 @ 2:41 pm PT* The Sun and Mercury conjoin in Taurus, still within orb of Uranus’s fluttering inspiration. Shining a light on grounded communication patterns, needs, and comforts, while still carrying sparkles of the previously awakened innovative approach.

*May 6 @ 11:31 am PT* The Scorpio Moon highlights the tension of opposites that characterizes the Saturn-Uranus archetypal complex, when it forms a T-square with Saturn in Aquarius and Uranus in Taurus. What feels rigid, fixed, and constraining that leads to you to want to break free? Will it happen suddenly, like lighting striking stone, or can you restructure creatively? Although the Moon illumines the alignment today, these themes will continue to play out in the coming years.

*May 7 @ 3:45 am PT* The Full Moon in Scorpio opposes the Taurus Sun. Many archetypal polarities are present: the Solar and Lunar, Venus and Mars as rulers of these opposing signs. Mercury in Taurus quietly sextiles Neptune. What dreams are born from the union of opposites, the heiros gamos, the sacred marriage? Water your soil, to see what kind of potent flower blooms.

*May 9 @ 6:17 am PT* Mercury in Taurus trines Pluto, the next major aspect Mercury makes within this lunation to the Capricorn stellium. The deep conversations and probing inquiries surrounding April 25 may resurface, but perhaps with greater resolve and less tension than previous weeks. Take the opportunity to stay in the meaningful engagement with your learning process.

*May 10 @ 9:16 am PT* Mercury passes next through the trine to Jupiter, as the Sun in Taurus sextiles Pisces Neptune. The storyteller, the dreamer, the weaver of myth and folktale. The gently illumined imagination gives images to the orator’s tongue.

*May 11 @ 2:58 pm PT* Mercury makes a fiery square to Mars in the final degree of Aquarius, before entering into its sign of rulership, Gemini. Home for now, Mercury can win a good debate, but may also lead to burns from rash arguments.

*May 12 @ 11:45 pm PT* In the late hours between May 12 and 13, Mars splashes into Pisces as Venus turns retrograde at 21° Gemini. Venus will traverse backwards through Mercury’s sign until June 25, spending a total of four months in Gemini. A concentration of Venusian themes, likely connected to communication and relational exchanges, will thicken throughout this time, going back and revisiting all that has reverberated in the heart since early April.

*May 14 @ 11:06 pm PT* The Sun trines Pluto in Capricorn, on the heels of the waning quarter Moon in Aquarius. The Sun is making a several day harmonious sweep across the Pluto-Jupiter-Saturn stellium, illuminating the intensity of the current time and perhaps offering some rays of light in the darkness. Find ways to gather back into yourself and integrate the many feelings that have arisen during this lunation, and the months prior.

*May 17 @ 9:40 am PT* The Sun in late Taurus makes a warm trine to Jupiter in Capricorn. Perhaps a ray of hope for transformation at both personal and collective levels. Nurture optimism as you would gently blow on burning coals to bring them back aflame.

*May 20 @ 6:49 am PT* The Sun ingresses into Gemini, just as Venus returns for a second exact square to Neptune. Emphasis on the mental sphere, learning, communication, and understanding will dawn, leading towards the New Moon in this sign.

*May 22 @ 10:39 am PT* The New Moon in Gemini aligns in a tight trine to Saturn in Aquarius, with Mercury-Venus in the same sign closely square to Neptune. With Mercury’s sign brimming with celestial bodies, the themes of communication, language, and thought patterns will be at the fore during this lunation. How do the words you choose and the way you communicate allow you to tend to your dreams, and what illusions might you be harboring in your mind and heart?

Taurus New Moon Workshop

Ouroboros Monthly Forecast

Beginning with the Taurus New Moon, I will be offering monthly workshops through Ouroboros, a magical arts studio for higher and deeper learning located here in Nevada City, California. For this first offering, the workshop will be held online, making it accessible to the wider world! We will focus on the astrological transits for the month ahead, with some further glimpses into the transits later in the year to offer context for our current moment.

Monday, April 20th, 3:00–4:30 pm Pacific time

This monthly workshop with archetypal astrologer Becca Tarnas offers an astrological forecast of the lunation cycle ahead, beginning with the New Moon in Taurus. Learn the meanings of the planets, aspects, and zodiacal signs, and how to navigate the archetypal energies of the month ahead. Participants will gain a basic foundation in archetypal astrology, and leave with an understanding of the astrological conditions of the next month, and how best to integrate this knowledge into their everyday lives. All levels of astrological knowledge are welcome!

For those unable to attend live the video is now available of the workshop!

Suggested donation of $10–15 via PayPal:
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No one will be turned away from lack of funds.

Crescent Moon

Warriors of the Shadow

A year ago I was interviewed by Cintia Detre for her project Warriors of the Shadow: A Bold Request for Worldwide Emotional Intimacy. She describes the conception of this project as follows:

The Warriors of the Shadow project was born out of my desire to embody the alchemical procedure of solve et coagula on multiple octaves—separation and conjunction, the blade of Mars and the chalice of Venus, to confront all our fears that stand in the way of love. It touches many orders of relationships, the one with ourselves, with other humans, humanity’s relationship with nature and with the imaginal realms. As such, the project itself took on a peculiar journey, changing our relationship with space and time as we know it.

Listening back to this interview a year later, I find it prescient to hear the themes we were exploring, and how much more concrete they feel in the shadow of the coronavirus pandemic. Together we discussed the archetypal qualities of the Saturn-Pluto, conjunction which reached exact alignment this year, exploring the role of shadow-work, birth pain and the multiple meanings of contraction, and the importance of community while taking on our own small but essential tasks amidst the monumental work ahead.

It was an honor to participate in this conversation, and I am grateful to Cintia for the opportunity to speak about these ideas and images.

Coronation: Seeking Symbolic Meaning in a Time of Uncertainty

This Saturday, April 11 at 11:00 am Pacific time, I will be participating in a dialogue with David Pressault and Gary S. Bobroff on the theme of Coronation: Seeking Symbolic Meaning in a Time of Uncertainty.

As we find ourselves in the midst of a global pandemic, we can look at the larger cosmological and archetypal patterns as well as our dreams to find meaning. What archetypal energies are seeking expression now? What are our dreams saying? What is changing within us?

At this time, the outer planets Saturn and Pluto are in alignment with each other, a transit that began in 2018, reached exactitude on January 12, 2020, and will continue to be in orb through 2021. Historically, Saturn-Pluto alignments have correlated with time periods of major crisis, conflict, division, challenge, and the moral call to face the shadow within oneself and in the collective, whether that is in times of war, economic collapse, or viral epidemics.

In this online panel Gary, David, and I will explore dreams, archetypes and the history of Saturn-Pluto world transits, as a means to seek meaning in our current challenges. We’ll offer perspectives on how best to participate in the archetypal dynamics as they continue to unfold.

To register for this event please visit: Jung Archademy


Re-Enchantment and Its Shadows

My friend and colleague Tom Purton and I will be presenting for the PCC Forum on the subject of “Re-Enchantment and Its Shadows,” next Thursday, April 2 at 7:00 pm Pacific time. The idea for this talk was conceived at Esalen, and it has taken on new significance in the shadow of our current global pandemic. The talk will take place on Zoom, and anyone who is interested is most welcome to join: To join, please message me for the passcode.

Event Description
In the account of human history provided by Robert Bellah, the mythic mind—the place of narrative, sentient nature, and enchantment—progressively yields to the theoretic mind, the place of science, rationality, and skepticism. Myth became fairy-story, fairy-story became fantasy, and the embedded quality of myth in our everyday lives was cut adrift. Can this seemingly inexorable process be stopped, or can it perhaps be alchemized into something new, something reborn? And if the mythic mind is the mind of enchantment, what might be its own shadows?

Becca Tarnas and Tom Purton will explore these questions using excerpts from The Lord of the Rings, Game of Thrones, Apocalypse Now, and other films and stories, and will look at the attempts made by Tolkien, Heidegger, Aurobindo, and others to find enchantment’s remaining havens.

About the Speakers
Tom Purton, PhD, holds a MA in Psychoanalysis and a phD in Philosophy, Cosmology and Consciousness from CIIS, writing his dissertation on the connections between Stanislav Grof’s work and Hindu thought. He is presently completing a diploma in Sanskrit and post-graduate study at CIIS. His research interests include Kleinian and Lacanian psychoanalysis, transpersonal psychology, Indology, literature, and philosophy.

Becca Tarnas, PhD, is a scholar, artist, and editor of Archai: The Journal of Archetypal Cosmology. She received her doctorate in Philosophy and Religion from CIIS, with her dissertation titled The Back of Beyond: The Red Books of C. G. Jung and J. R. R. Tolkien. Her research interests include depth psychology, literature, philosophy, and the ecological imagination. She teaches in the Jungian Psychology and Archetypal Studies program at Pacifica Graduate Institute, and is author of the book Journey to the Imaginal Realm: A Reader’s Guide to J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings.


InnerVerse Podcast

Chance Garton, the wonderful host of the InnerVerse Podcast, kindly invited me to participate in a truly rich and deep conversation on The Lord of the Rings. We began by discussing my book Journal to the Imaginal Realm, and soon expanded into innumerable Tolkienian subjects, delving into the First Age of Arda, the cosmogonic music of the Ainulindalë, Tolkien’s notion of sub-creation and how it relates to Coleridge’s ideas of the Primary and Secondary Imagination, and many other such enticing subjects.

The first hour of our conversation is available publicly, and can be accessed through the InnerVerse website or listened to directly below. In the first hour, we discussed the source of the human imagination, the Atlantis myth as told in Middle-earth, the parallels between the Red Books of C.G. Jung and J.R.R. Tolkien, and the means by which great stories are able to immerse us in an enchanted otherworld.

The second hour is available to Patreon supporters of InnerVerse, and I must say it is well worth subscribing to hear the places our conversation took us (as well as to have access to all the other wonderful episodes in the InnerVerse archive!) In the second hour, Chance and I explored Tolkien’s use of Venusian symbolism, the archetype of the syzygy of Solar and Lunar, Tolkien’s critique of industrialization, the enigmatic character of Tom Bombadil, as well as wading into the difference between polarity and binary, Solar feminine and Lunar masculine, and of course the essential topic of ecological crisis and our relationship to the Earth.

To listen to the first hour: Journey to the Imaginal Realm: Archetypes in The Lord of the Rings

To listen to the second hour: InnerVerse on Patreon

As Chance said: “Get ready for an unexpected journey!” 


Music and Astrology with Chris Flisher

I once again had the pleasure of joining Chris Flisher on his podcast Turning of the Wheel to have an engrossing conversation about the connection between music and astrology, spoken about within the context of my new course, Songs of the Spheres! We discussed the natal aspects of several different musicians and the songs that exemplify these aspects, as well as looking at the deeper relationship between the sacred mathematical structures that underlie musical frequencies and astrological aspects alike. 

The podcast is available for download or can be listened to here: Songs of the Spheres.

Turning of the Wheel

By the way, if anyone feels compelled after listening to this episode to join my course Songs of the Spheres that is being offered through the Music As Medicine Project, please do get in touch. Although the course has already started, we have been recording the classes and new students are welcome to catch up and join our wonderful cohort!

Publication of Issue 7, “Archai: The Journal of Archetypal Cosmology”

It is with deep joy that I announce the publication of Issue 7 of Archai: The Journal of Archetypal Cosmology, titled Historical Roots and Current Flowerings. The issue is now available in paperback, and will soon be released as a Kindle ebook as well!

To read two preview articles written by Laura Michetti and Daniel Joseph Polikoff, please visit our page Current Issue page.

The seventh issue of the Archai journal has been long in the gestation process, and seemed to be awaiting the exact conjunction of Saturn and Pluto before coming to birth. The issue was completed during the New Moon in Aquarius, on January 24, 2020, just twelve days after Saturn and Pluto made their exact alignment in Capricorn. It has been an honor and a privilege to work with each author for this issue, and I am immensely proud of the result and so grateful for all that the authors have contributed.

The issue is dedicated to the late Gerry Goddard, in honor of his significant contributions to the intersections of archetypal cosmology and transpersonal psychology. We had the privilege of including in the volume one of his pieces of writing, titled “Toward an Astrological Model of Consciousness.”

Archai 7 Front CoverAbout the Issue:

The historical roots of archetypal cosmology extend across the globe and deep into the reaches of time. This issue draws together several such lineages, while also turning toward further flowerings of archetypal cosmology in the contemporary world, such as the theoretical connections between astrological archetypes and psychological types. The contributing authors—including Laura Michetti, Petr Lisý, Daniel Polikoff, and Gerry Goddard—offer articles on such historical subjects as the Persian origins of the Saturn return, the importance of Prague in the development of transpersonal psychology and archetypal cosmology, and the Romantic and poetic lineages of those same disciplines. Richard Tarnas explores the role astrology can play in our current time of crisis. The issue closes with three book reviews on the subject of C. G. Jung’s relationship to astrology, and the significant collaborative role Toni Wolff held in the development of analytical psychology.

Table of Contents:

• Laura Michetti – “Persian Conjunctions and the Origins of the Saturn Return
• Petr Lisý – “The Archetypal Tradition of Prague”
• Daniel Joseph Polikoff – “Rowing Back: The Romantic Origins of Transpersonal Psychology
• Michael Kiyoshi Salvatore – “Astrology and Psychological Types”
• Richard Tarnas – “The Role of Astrology in a Civilization in Crisis”
• Gerry Goddard – “Toward an Astrological Model of Consciousness”
• Gustavo Beck – “C. G. Jung’s Textual Firmament: A Review of Safron Rossi’s and Keiron Le Grice’s Jung on Astrology”
• Safron Rossi – “A Review of Jung’s Studies in Astrology: Prophecy, Magic, and the Qualities of Time and The Astrological World of Jung’s Liber Novus: Daimons, Gods, and the Planetary Journey by Liz Greene”
• Becca Tarnas – “An Astrological Review of Toni Wolff & C. G. Jung: A Collaboration by Nan Savage Healy”

To order a copy of the issue, please visit: Historical Roots and Current Flowerings