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Liz Greene & Friends

Liz Greene is founder & head of the Centre for Psychological Astrology, in London. Here is what she & her friends have produced. On this page: Books by Liz Greene herself.

My remarks on these two pages center largely around odds & ends found in the tables of contents.

December, 2007: I am pleased to report the AFA is now importing CPA Press titles. See also the Faculty of Astrological Studies reading list for their first year students. The FAC is Liz Greene's alma matter.

Liz Greene & Friends, page 2

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THE HOROSCOPE IN MANIFESTATION: Psychology & Prediction - Liz Greene, $41.00


Part 1: Complexes & Projection:
The psychological model

Complexes & Greek myth
Early research: Charcot, Janet & Freud
The complex in Jung's analytical psychology
The application of the model
The archetypal level of complexes
Sun-Saturn as father complex
The possibility of change
Complexes in manifestation
The somatizing of the commplex
Complexes & psychosis
Freeing the energy of the complex
Hooks for the projection of complexes
Complexes & traumas
Other manifestations of the complex
Complexes & perception
Transits, progressions & timing
Complexes & karma
Complexes & unaspected planets
The theatre as a metaphor of complexes
The nature of projection
Projection as a natural process
The materializtion of the horoscope through projection
Events as symbols
The repetition of experience
The positive face of the complex
Complexes & chart configurations
Complexes & hard aspects
Complexes & element imbalances
Complexes & angular planets
Saturn & Chiron as complexes
The complex as a "supernatural" power
Example charts
Complexes in a relationship: Ellen & Franco
The dissolving of projections
A somatised complex: Ted's hayfever

Part 2: A psychological approach to transits & progressions:
Introduction: the nature of prediction
Levels of expression:

Meaning or teleology
Emotional stuff
When does an event occur?
The repetition of events
The triggering of complexes
Specific transits
Transiting Pluto & powerlessness
Pluto & betrayal
The unfolding process of successive events
The nature of individual identity
Transits & bodily memory
Differences between transits & progressions
Transits: the cosmos impinging on the individual
The symbolic nature of progressions
Example chart 1
Working with the progressed chart
Diurnal secondary progressions
Transiting Pluto opposite ascendant & Mars
Transiting Neptune conjunct the MC
Creating reality
Progressed new & full moons
The lunar phase at birth
Progressed lunations aspecting natal planets
Secondaries & solar arcs
The question of orbs
Applying & separating aspects in childhood
Transit cycles
Example chart 2
Transiting Neptune opposition the sun & moon
Progressed planets over natal Saturn & Pluto
Accidents & progressions & transits to Mars
Transiting Saturn opposition Neptune
The response of the client to prognosticative advice
More on applying & separating aspects
Progressed stations of planets
Example chart 3
Progressed moon over a natal T-cross

About the CPA
About the CPA Press

Comment: The first lecture, Complexes & projection, was given on 26 May, 1966, at Regent's College, London. The second, A Psychological Approach to Transits & Progressions, was given on June 8, the same year & location as the first. The first date was on a Sunday, the second on a Saturday.

I was going to give you the Wiki definition of complexes, but I quickly discovered the term to be a catch-all with almost no agreed-upon meaning. Other than as a general philosophical psychological orientation, perhaps.

Well, what about projection? Here is Wiki:

According to Sigmund Freud, projection is a psychological defense mechanism whereby one "projects" one's own undesirable thoughts, motivations, desires, and feelings onto someone else. It is a common process that every person uses to some degree.
This would make projection a form of externalization. This should be a fully conscious process for those with prominent oppositions in their chart. Which would make them excellent studies. It should be a compulsively unconscious process for those with prominent squares. It should be a minor problem, or, at worst, a silly habit, for most others. As to the nature of what is being externalized, or projected, look to the houses ruled by the planets in square or opposition.

Dick Nixon is a good case. (January 9, 1913, 9:35 pm, Yorba Linda, CA.) Nixon lied. Why did he lie? Because people lied to him. How was this manifested in his chart? In his Mercury-Jupiter-Sun/Capricorn - Neptune/Cancer; Mars/Sagittarius - Pluto/Gemini oppositions. From what I've read, Nixon knew exactly who was lying to him, and why. And, conversely, he also knew exactly, and how much, he lied back. Aren't oppositions fun? Is this in Greene's book? No. But it's probably a better exposition than hers.

Wiki defines Somatization disorder as a fancy word for hypochondria & just as quickly dismisses it & those who suffer from it as inconsequential. Greene uses the term to explain transits that manifest as physical ailments (pgs. 27-28) Greene's definition is superior.

CPA Press, 252 pages.

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BARRIERS & BOUNDARIES: The horoscope & defences of the personality - Liz Greene, $35.00


Part 1: The psychology of defences & their astrological significators:
Psychoanalytic interpretations of defences
Defence mechanisms in the zodiac signs
Planets & planetary aspects as defence systems
An example chart
More example charts & group discussion
Chart sources

Part 2: Saturn & Chiron as defence mechanisms:
An overview of Saturn & Chiron
Example charts & group discussion

About the CPA
About the CPA Press

Comment: We start with page 6, Oral Defences

The earliest & most primal form of defence is the oral defence. Freud related this to early infancy & to that fundamental stage of experience in which everything in the baby's world is focused on feeding. The word "oral" is obvious. It is connected with mother's breast & with the life-giving nourishment that the breast provides. Freud understood the longing for the breast as a defence only if this initial life-urge becomes a mechanism of protection at a later stage of development for which it is no longer appropriate....

From page 10:
Even kissing can sometimes be an oral defence, because we are back at the breast. Now that may sound dreadfully unromantic, and kissing may obviously mean many other things as well. But the sleepy eroticism of a long kiss, like the sleepy eroticism of a delicious bar of creamy chocolate, may be linked with the infant's sleepy eroticism after a really good feed.... Our mouths, from infancy onward, are erotic organs, and eroticism and oral defensiveness go together....
This spurs the audience to ask, (pg. 10)
Audience: Could you explain a bit more about this link between eroticism & oral defences?

Liz: Babies are very sensual. Their feelings, as well as their bodies, respond to being touched & stroked. We must differentiate between sexual & erotic feelings. An infant's eroticism is not focused on penetration, nor does it reflect passion or attraction as we experience it between two individuals adults. Freud called infants "polymorphous perverse", which means that they respond to a wide variety of pleasurable erotic stimuli as passive recipients, regardless of the identity or nature of the stimulus. Infantile eroticism is really a state of physical and emotional fusion with the source of pleasure. Fusion on the emotional level is also a highly sensual and physically pleasurable experience. This unity of physical and emotional delight is one of the most striking aspects of eroticism, which differentiates it from the adult experience of purely physical release, and also from the adult enjoyment of close emotional exchange devoid of physical contact.

Suppose there is a man on trial for sexually molesting a six month old baby girl. Let's say he was caught stroking the baby's tiny genitals. In America, this is a crime for which he could be sent to prison for twenty years or more. But suppose he has a clever lawyer, and suppose the lawyer has a copy of this book. On page 230, he reads,
"About the CPA

Director: Liz Greene, Ph.D., D.F. Astrol. S. , Dip. Analyt. Psych."

The lawyer then calls this esteemed professor to testify as an expert witness. Has she not clearly said, in her own words, words she herself published, that not only could a baby not be harmed by such stroking, but that infants which are so stroked have a uniquely pleasurable experience, one denied to adults?

On the other hand, Greene has said nothing about genitals. Could it be that small babies can be molested (erotically "turned-on") merely by handling them? And is it not also clear that rocking them, cooing to them, blowing on them, are unsatisfactory ways of getting the little things to stop crying? Do babies, in Prof. Greene's opinion, only respond to touching and stroking, to eroticism? Do they respond to anything else?

But Liz Greene has no Ph.D., not in psychology at any rate. She is a fake.

CPA Press, 235 pages.

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APOLLO'S CHARIOT: The meaning of the astrological sun - Liz Greene, $40.00


Part 1: The meaning of the natal sun:
Non-Greek solar dieties: Marduk, Buddha, Mithras
An example chart
More example charts
When the sun doesn't shine
More solar themes

Part 2: The sun, creativity & vocation:
The sun & the creative process
The divine child
The sun at work
Charts from the group
The developing sun
Transits to the natal sun
The sun & vocation

About the CPA
About the CPA Press

Comment: With Greene's books I normally restrict my comments to the date & place the underlying lectures were given, but this stood out:

The plan for the day

I would like to start with the mythology of the Sun. Myth speaks to us on emotional & imaginative levels & extends oour minds beyond current thought structures. Myth portrays universal truths & fundamental human patterns which do not alter, and which stand outside the trends of any particular time. The human themes which myth describes are not confined to a particular way of looking at things at a particular juncture of history or in a particular kind of society. Myths are archetypal, timeless, and universal. They are free of political polemics. They arise from deep levels of the psyche that the ego cannot control, and no government legislation can eradicate their power, importance, and truth. (pg. 3)

Which is to say that in this book, and perhaps all her books, Liz Greene promises to tell you the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth. I thought you might like to know.

Part One was given on November 1, 1998, at Regents College, London. The date was a Sunday, the Moon was in Leo.

Part Two was given one week later, on November 8, 1998, at Regents College, London. This was a Monday, the Moon was in Scorpio.

CPA Press, 321 pages.

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DARK OF THE SOUL: Psychopathology in the Horoscope - Liz Greene, $45.00


Part 1: The psychopath:
The clinical picture
Was he or wasn't he: The "Oklahoma bomber"
Murder as a symbol: The head of "The Family"
The suffering of the soul
The psychopath as leader
The healer as destroyer
The moors murderess
What makes the difference?

Part 2: Sanity & madness:
All the world's mad but me & thee
Madness through the centuries
The madness of Dionysus
The madness of Aphrodite
The madness of Hera
The madness of Artemis
The madness of Uranus
The madness of Erinyes
The madness of Saturn
The madness of Zeus
Madness & the ego
The suffering of the schizophrenic
Breakdowns & breakthroughs

Part 3: The Scapegoat:
The myth of the scapegoat
The scapegoat as psychological complex
The astrology of the scapegoat
The religious leader as scapegoat
The importance of consciousness
The great American witch hunt
The parent as scapegoat & persecutor
A chart from the group

About the CPA
About the CPA Press

Comment: Part 1, The Psychopath, was given on July 1, 2001, at Regents College, London. The date was a Sunday, the moon was in Scorpio, enroute to a lunar eclipse four days later.

Part 2, Sanity & Madness, was given on June 25, 2000, at Regents College, London. The date was a Sunday, the moon was in Aries.

Part 3, The Scapegoat, was given on April 26, 1999, at Regents College, London. The date was a Monday, the moon was in Virgo.

CPA Press, 319 pages.

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THE ART OF STEALING FIRE: Uranus in the horoscope - Liz Greene, $39.95


Part 1: Uranus in the natal chart:
Unconventionality & individuality
The mythology of Uranus
Uranus in the houses of the horoscope
Aspects of Uranus to personal planets
An example chart

Part 2: The transits of Saturn & Uranus:
The meaning of transits
The meaning of the Saturn cycle
The meaning of the Uranus cycle
Transits of Uranus to other planets
Group charts & discussion

About the Centre for Psychological Astrology
About the CPA Press


Part 1, Uranus in the natal chart, was given on January 20, 1996 at Regents College, London. The date was a Saturday.

Part 2, The Transits of Saturn & Uranus, was given on February 17, 1996, at Regents College, London. This was also a Saturday.

Regents College, which is located in Regents Park itself, was founded in 1984 by Rockford College, Illinois, as a study abroad location for its US students. It formally opened the next year. The European Business School London moved to Regents in 1987. The School of Psychotherapy & Counselling Psychology was founded at Regents in 1990. In 1994 Regents became the London campus for Webster University of St. Louis, MO, and the associated Regents American College. Regents Business School London was established there in 1997. And, lastly, the London School of Film, Media & Performance was established at Regents in 2009. Currently there is hope of making a single university of these many pieces. Read more history here.

The book is a transcript of two lectures, given four weeks apart.

CPA Press, 283 pages.

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Part 1: Fons et Origo: The mystery of Neptune
1. Creation
2. The pursuit of the millennium
3. The advent of the redeemer

Part 2: Hysteria Coninnctionis: The pyschology of Neptune
4. The discovery of the unconsciousness
5. The psychoanalytic Neptune
6. The Libestod

Part 3: Anima Mundi: Neptune & the collective
7. The esoteric Neptune
8. Neptune & glamour
9. The political Neptune
10. Neptune & the artist

Part 4: Ferculum Piscarium: The Neptune cookbook
11. Neptune in houses
12. Neptune in aspect
13. Neptune in synastry & the composite chart


Sources of birth data
About the author

Comment: The tone is set from the very first words of the Introduction. They are:

The longing for redemption is an ancient, strange & many-headed daimon, which dwells within even the most earthbound & prosaic of souls. Sometimes eloquent and sometimes mute, this daimon aspires toward some dimly sensed union with an all-seeing, all-loving, ineffable Other, in whose encircling embrace may be found ultimate solace for the harsh limits of mortalityand the frightening isolation of individuality which lie embeded somewhere, albeit unconscious, in every life. Even if we do not call the Other by any divine name, but instead direct our devotion and our yearning toward unrecognized surrogages such as humanity en masse, family, nature, art, love, or the State, nevertheless this quest is unmistakable and not to be confused with the other, more individualized feelings such as desire, passion, love or admiration for a particular person or thing. The hallmarks of the longing for redemption are first, that it is a longing, second, that it is compulsive and absolute, and often collides violently with individual values; and, third, that its goal is not relationship, but rather, dissolution. (pg. xi)
Greene ends her book with this:
It is not that Neptune is malevolent or malefic. Any malevolence attributed to the planet is the malevolence of human beings, blindly unleashing their yearning for a primal dream. We would all like to be redeemed, and we would all like someone else to do it for us. The client would like the astrologer to provide the redemption, and the astrologer would like to receive redemption from the practice of his or her art. We seek redemption from our therapists and counsellors, our doctors, our politicians, our families, our lovers and spouses, our children, and whatever we define as God. Neptune's greatest challenge is not whether redemption is possible, but whether we are prepared to take responsibility for our individual part in it without punishing somebody else. It may be, as Pluto leaves Scorpio and enters Sagittarius at last, that as a collective we are entering a critical period for the reevaluation of our religious and moral values. We may therefore expect obsession as well as soul-searching, and the urge to destroy as well as the urge to transform. In such a climate, not knowing what Neptune is doing within us guarantees some extremely unpleasant forms of social as well as personal upheaval in religious, moral, and legal spheres. Redemption may indeed be at hand. But if it is, on whatever level, and in whatever partial or complete form, what, we might ask ourselves, are we prepared to do to get it? And which of Neptune's many faces will we cast in the role of our redeemer, as the millennium comes to a close? (pg. 480)

Weiser, 506 pages.

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THE OUTER PLANETS & THEIR CYCLES: The astrology of the collective - Liz Greene, $40.00


Preface to the 2005 edition
Preface to the 1983 edition

Lecture 1: An introduction to the outer planets: Pre-millenarian anxiety; The cyclical nature of millenarian fantasies; The collective psyche; The meaning of Uranus; The meaning of Neptune; The meaning of Pluto

Lecture 2: Aspects to the outer planets: The meaning of Chiron; The discovery of the outer planets; Chiron's discovery & the rise of alternative medicine; Venus & Pluto; Sun & Neptune; Saturn & the outer planets; Idea & myth

Lecture 3: The outer planets in individual horoscopes: Adolf Hitler & the Pluto-Neptune conjunction; Karl Marx & the Uranus-Neptune conjunction; Vladimir Ilyitsch Lenin & the Uranus-Neptune square; Freud & Jung: Sun-Uranus & Sun-Neptune; The Uranus-Pluto conjunction of the 1960's

Lecture 4: Outer planet rulership of signs & houses: The question of orbs; Co-rulerships of Scorpio, Aquarius & Pisces; Houses ruled by the outer planets; Examples of strongly tenanted outer planet houses; House systems & parental houses; Jupiter & the outer planets; More on planets in the 12th house; The sexuality of the outer planets; Expressing the outer planets in creative form; The Jupiter-Saturn conjunction of 1980; The nature of national charts

Lecture 5: The USSR & the Uranus-Neptune conjunction: The transit of Pluto in Scorpio in the natal chart of the USSR; The transits of Saturn, Uranus & Neptune in Capricorn; The Capricorn conjunction in general terms; Religion & the conjunction in Capricorn; The great conjunction in the chart of the USA; Nations without birth charts

Lecture 6: Outer planets in everyday life: The outer planets in synastry; The outer planets in the midheaven; Relationships & the outer planets; Outer planets on the descendant; The outer planets & the elements; Cross-aspects between outer planets & Saturn

Lecture 7: The outer planets & the Astrological Ages: Mapping the astrological ages; Karma & the 12th house; The time of transition; Aquarius & the Promethean myth; Myths of the golden age & the fall

Appendix 1: The Generation gap: Outer planet configurations between parents & children; Generation games in the royal family; Making friends with the outer planets

Appendix 2: The good, the bad and the ugly: The Chiron-Pluto cycle: The components of the conjunction; Chiron-Pluto on the individual level; The peculiarities of the Chiron-Pluto cycle; The 20th century conjunction cycle; The Chiron-Pluto conjunction of the late 19th century; The millennium conjunction

Comment: This was first published in 1983 by Stephen Arroyo's CCRS, the reprint dates from 2005. To update the material, Greene has added extensive footnotes throughout, as well as two appendices, articles she originally published in Apollon: The Journal of Psychological Astrology in 2000 & 2001.

CPA Press, 250 pages.

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SATURN: A new look at an old devil - Liz Greene, $18.95

Foreword, by Robert Hand (April 2011)

1. In the water signs & houses
2. In the earthy signs & houses
3. In the airy signs & houses
4. In the fiery signs & houses
5. Aspects in the birth chart
6. In synastry
7. Conclusion.

Comment: This is the book that launched Liz Greene's literary career. Written shortly after she moved to London in the mid-1970's, first published in 1976.

As of October, 2011, the book has a new cover as well as a Foreword by Robert Hand.

Here is what it used to say on the back cover, the text of the book is of course the same as the old:

Saturn symbolizes a psychic process as well as a quality or kind of experience. He is not merely a representative of pain, restriction and discipline; he is also a symbol of the psychic process, natural to all human beings, by which an individual may utilize the experience of pain, restriction, and discipline, as a means for greater consciousness and fulfillment.
With this book, Liz Greene has taken a major step in the unveiling of the light of reason, so long obscured by those who have interpreted Saturn as a 'malefic' planet and, in doing so, presents a remarkably rich study of the unconscious mind, shedding light on that mysterious, elusive entity that psychology calls the self.

Saturn's darker persona is recognized universally in myth and fairytale. Here, Dr. Greene traces his character through sign, house, aspect and synastry in a brilliant analysis which reveals his other face: that of the Initiator who, for the price of our honesty, offers us greater consciousness, self-understanding and, eventually, freedom.

Weiser, 196 pages.

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May 15, 2011:

I give this book 5 stars!

I use this book as one of my main references helping me interpret clients' charts in my work as an astrologer. It has allowed me to see the enormous weight Saturn has in the personality, and has never failed at accurately assessing the meaning of Saturn's placement in sign, house, and aspect.

I have just begun utilizing her book on Neptune, and I greatly anticipate acquiring Ms. Greene's book on Uranus as well if I may do so from here in the states.

Thank you for your immense contribution to the world of astrological counseling.

Warm regards,

E.... Q.....
Los Angeles

THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE PERSONALITY - Seminars in Psychological Astrology, vol. 1 - Liz Greene & Howard Sasportas, $26.95
Dynamics of depth psychology at work in the birth chart. In four sections, the process & problems we encounter in the development of individual identity: Stages of Childhood, Parental Marriage, Subpersonalities; & Puer & Senex (the youth & the old man). Explore real life problems that readers can evaluate in their own lives. Contents: Stages of Childhood, by Sasportas; Parental Marriage in the Horoscope, by Greene; Subpersonalities & Psychological Conflicts, by Sasportas; Puer & Senex, by Greene.

Weiser, paper, 319 pages.

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DYNAMICS OF THE UNCONSCIOUS, Seminars in Psychological Astrology, volume 2 - Liz Greene & Howard Sasportas, $29.95
Contents: Introduction
Part 1: The Astrology & Psychology of Agression, by Howard Sasportas
Part 2: Depression, by Liz Greene
Part 3: The Quest for the Sublime, by Howard Sasportas
Part 4: Alchemical Symbolism in the Horoscope, by Liz Greene
Suggested reading.

Comment: In later books they give the date & location of the seminars. Here they are a mystery.

Weiser, 367 pages.

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THE LUMINARIES - The Psychology of the Sun & Moon in the Horoscope (Seminars in Psychological Astrology, vol. 3) - Liz Greene & Howard Sasportas, $24.95
Weiser, paper, 243 pages.
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RELATING: An Astrological Guide to Living with Others on a Small Planet - Liz Greene, $19.95

Language of the unconsciousness
Planetary map of individual potential
Air - Water - Earth - Fire: the psychological types
Beauty & the beast
The inner partner
The sex life of the psyche
Honor thy father & mother, with reservations
The infallible inner clock
Relating in the Aquarian age;

Weiser, paper, 294 pages.

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ASTROLOGY FOR LOVERS - Liz Greene, $18.95

Part 1: Sun signs
Part 2: Table of ascendants
Part 3: Elements of Fire & Earth (Aries, Leo, Sagittarius, Taurus, Virgo & Capricorn)
Part 4: The Elements of Air & Water (Gemini, Libra, Aquarius, Cancer, Scorpio & Pisces)

Weiser, paper, 357 pages.

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Liz Greene & Friends, page 2

See also:

The Mythic Tarot, cards & book set by Juliet Sharman-Burke & Liz Greene. Illustrated by Tricia Newell.

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