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Whatever you think of it, Astro-Psychology is one of the great astrological innovations of the 20th century. The inspiration came from Dane Rudhyar with his humanistic astrology of the 1930's (himself inspired by Alice Bailey and the Theosophical movement). In the 1970's, somebody noticed that C.G. Jung had "used" astrology in his work. In fact, Jung's view of astrology was neither simplistic nor always favorable, but the idea caught on and we now have a raft of Jungian inspired astrology books, depth psychology and the rest. We suspect this peaked while Pluto was in Scorpio (1983-95), though it remains as popular as ever.

Since myth underlies much of psychological astrology, in this section you'll also find books about Astrology & Mythology.

See also: Liz Green, Howard Sasportas & Friends
and: Donna Cunningham

ASTROLOGY, KARMA & TRANSFORMATION: The Inner Dimensions of the Birth Chart - Stephen Arroyo, $19.95


Preface to the second edition

1. Karma: Saturn, Aspects & elements, "Karmic" signs, The "water" houses, The moon
2. Transformation: Sun & moon principles, Transformation in the social context, Higher consciousness
3. Keys to transformation part 1: Uranus, Neptune
4. Keys to transformation, part 2: Pluto
5. Saturn, its nature & cycles
6. Aspects of transformation in the natal chart: Aspects in modern times, The nature of specific aspects, Aspects & karma, Aspects with Uranus, Aspects with Neptune, Aspects with Pluto
7. Karma & relationships
8. Cycles of transformation, part 1: Progressed Sun & Moon
9. Cycles of transformation, part 2: Transits & karma, Transits of the outer five planets
10. The ascendant & midheaven: Vital factors of personality structure
11. Concepts of astrology in the Edgar Cayce readings: "Planetary sojourns"
12. The astrologer & counseling: The art of not giving advice, The importance of ideals

Bibliography & suggested reading

Comment: The transformative & karmic value of Saturn, Uranus, Neptune & Pluto in a growth-oriented perspective. Especially pertinent for those who recognize astrology's spiritual significance & its value for enhancing self-knowledge. Included are chapters on karma & relationships, progressions, transits, astrology in the Edgar Cayce readings, the meaning of the ascendant & its ruler & a positive approach to Saturn. The chapters on Pluto & aspects are one of the most complete treatments in print.

In twelve chapters. At the start of each, a round black & white "mandala" of one of the 12 signs. An Aries mandala is shown with chapter 1, Taurus chapter 2, etc., to Pisces for chapter 12.

CRCS, 255 pages.

ASTROLOGY & PAIN: THE KEYS TO FREEDOM - Beverly A. Flynn, $14.95

1. Pain versus freedom
2. The astrology of pain
3. Pain of loss
4. Pain of loneliness
5. Pain of guilt, remorse, regret & shame
6. Pain of humiliation
7. Pain of anger
8. Pain of hate
9. Pain of fear
10. Pain of memory
11. Pain of recognizing your negative traits
12. Pain of being different
14. Joy of freedom

Endnotes; Sources

Comment: This is a book heavily influenced by the writings of Alice A. Bailey. Among Bailey's books cited are Discipleship in the New Age (vols. 1 & 2), A Treatise on Cosmic Fire, and A Treatise on White Magic. She also cites Alan Oken's Soul-Centered Astrology. Flynn is writing from an elevated vantage point. She opens chapter 1 with:

Pain comes from form-attachment. It takes two forms: Attachment to the forms of the earth, of men & place; attachment to the truth. They both bring pain & must cease. Ask your soul how? [From Discipleship in the New Age]
On a strictly astrological level, Flynn suggests putting the Earth in your chart (always opposite the Sun). She goes on to consider the karmic role of Saturn, as well as the Moon, the reservoir of past memories & conditions; Mars, our tie to materialism; Uranus, which increases soul contact by shattering form; Neptune, which shows us ideals; Pluto, which forces us to eliminate garbage; and Chiron, the bridge between the finite & the infinite. The other planets, including Neptune, are helpers.

Pain of loss is a trait of water signs. Pain of loneliness is too much Saturn, or personal planets in Capricorn. Guilt & remorse are products of Saturn & Mars. Humiliation is Leo, and Saturn & Capricorn. Anger is Mars, anger & frustration is Mars & Saturn. Hate is Scorpio & Pluto. Saturn, Moon & Mars is fear. They are also fear of memory. The Moon is where we find fear of self-recognition. Pain of being different is Leo/Aquarius. For each of these, Flynn gives astrological solutions. She also liberally interweaves the seven rays, for those who understand them.

An interesting book.

TLH Publishing Company, 138 pages.

THE NIGHT SPEAKS, A Meditation on the Astrological Worldview - Steven Forrest, $12.95

Foreword: How I got my job

Part 1: The boundless symbol:
1. Night
2. Sun
3. Denial
4. Groans
5. Sparks
6. Sky
7. The argument of color
8. The argument of sound
9. The wheel of signs
10. In practice

Part 2: But how does it work?
11. Matter
12. Meaning
13. Mind

To part the veil of night
Recommended reading

Comment: From the back cover:

Steven Forrest's newest work [1993] serves to explain why he "believes" in astrology. The Night Speaks examines the place of astrology in his life - not just as a profession, but as part of the awe-inspiring universe. The Night Speaks summarizes some relevant astrological research, but also looks at the heart & soul of civilization - and of astrology. As Steven puts it, "I want to demonstrate, as best I can, that astrology is intellectually plausible & spiritually healthy today - much as it was in Neolithic villages, among the gleaming pyramids [sic], in Renaissance chambers where Leonardo walked..."
In the Foreward he never does tell us how he got his job.

ACS, 178 pages.

ASTROLOGY OF DREAMS - Beth Koch, $19.95

1. The signs, houses & personal planets
2. Saturn
3. Uranus
4. Neptune
5. Pluto
Symbol dictionary

Comment: How to interpret your dreams using astrology. The author does not analyze the kind or nature of your dreams in general, as this involves an analysis of the ninth house cusp, its ruler, and the ruler's domicile. This is a critical omission. I once met an astrologer in Santa Fe who believed his dreams had concrete value. His 9th house was Taurus. Its ruler, Venus, was in the 2nd, of value. This is a useful analysis, but not one in this book.

So there are moon dreams & Saturn dreams & Pluto dreams & more. Dreams are influenced by transits through the houses & to natal planets, and these are further modified by natal planet to planet aspects. Includes planetary dream symbols & an extensive symbol dictionary.

AFA, 130 pages.

THE PLANETS WITHIN, The Astrological Psychology of Marsilio Ficino - Thomas Moore, $24.95

Foreward by Noel Cobb
Introduction: The recovery of the soul

Part 1: Poetica Animae: Poetic of the Soul:
1. Marsilio Ficino, Physician of the soul
2. A world with soul
3. "Dissolve & congeal": psychological alchemy
4. The elements of the psyche
5. Necessary madness

Part 2: Radii planetarum: Planetary radiance:
6. Zodiacal reflections
7. Sol
8. Venus
9. Mercury
10. Luna
11. Saturn
12. Jupiter
13. Mars

Part 3: Musica humana: Music of the soul
14. The well-tempered life


Comment: Marsilio Ficino, 1433-1499, was an unjustly forgotten genius of the Florentine Academy in the early Renaissance. The Wikipedia describes him as

one of the most influential humanist philosophers of the early Italian Renaissance, an astrologer, a reviver of Neoplatonism who was in touch with every major academic thinker and writer of his day, and the first translator of Plato's complete extant works into Latin. His Florentine Academy, an attempt to revive Plato's school, had enormous influence on the direction and tenor of the Italian Renaissance and the development of European philosophy.
Thomas Moore, a modern psychotherapist, examines Ficino's world of Renaissance Hermeticism & how it relates to modern thought.

Lindisfarne Press, 227 pages.

ASTRO-MYTHOLOGY, The Celestial Union of Astrology & Myth - Valerie Vaughan, $11.00

1. The celestial union of astrology, astronomy & myth
2. Astro-mythology: hidden in our language
3. Astrology: hidden in our calendars

Touring the Zodiac, Visiting the planets:
4. Aries, Taurus & the origins of the zodiac
5. Observing the night sky: the astro-mythology of Venus
6. The "double message" of Mercury & Gemini
7. Cancer, the treasure house of memory
8. Guarding the gate of power: Leo & the fiery signs
9. Virgo & Ceres: the maiden & the mother
10. The myth of Persephone: a new planet on the horizon
11. Between Libra & Sagittarius: Scorpio - or Ophilichus?
12. The center of our galaxy: Sagittarius points the way
13. Capricorn, Saturn & the Star of Bethlehem
14. Aquarius: ancient tales of a "new age" sign
15. Neptune & Pisces: deep sea diverin an ocean of dreams
16. Coming full circle: the cycle of the seasons

Celestial mysteries & modern myth-stories
17. Creatures in the sky: a reflection of our animal nature
18. Celestial mechanics: air pumps & microscopes
19. Sacred sites & native American traditions
20. The study of stars is a Sirius business
21. Astrological clues to the myth of Atlantis
22. Personal myths: reading the stories in the birthchart
23. Weaving modern myths: Pallas Athena & computers
24. The final word: astrology, tarot & the alphabet

Recommended reading

Comment: From the back cover:

Astro-mythology is the oldest "inter-disciplinary" study. Before the invention of writing, and long before modern science divided human experience into "fact" and "myth", all knowledge was recorded in one unified script - the patterns & cycles of the stars & planets. The ancients could look in one place (the night sky) to find an extensive encyclopedia of human experience. The keys to science, mathematics, psychology, philosophy, spiritual teaching, the alphabet, the calendar, and astrology - all were contained in the mythology of star lore. With the development of modern science, human knowledge has been divided into separate categories, and star legends have been labelled as superstitions, quaint, outdated folktales. The purpose of this book is to remind us that the ancient traditions of astro-mythology are still living, eternally "writ in the stars." Astro-Mythology is more than a collection of entertaining & instructive stories of the gods we call planets & their adventures in the celestial lands we know as the signs of the Zodiac. Directions are also given on how to use astro-mythology to interpret birth charts & discover personal myths.

One Reed Publications, 175 pages.

ASTROLOGY & CONSCIOUSNESS: The Wheel of Light - Rio Olesky, $16.95
Subtitled, "How does your astrological chart affect your spiritual development?" Contents:


Aries/Mars/first house; Taurus/Venus/second house; Gemini/Mercury/third house; Cancer/the square/the moon/fourth house; Leo/the trine/the sun/fifth house; Virgo/Mercury/the sixth house; Libra/the opposition/Venus/seventh house; Scorpio/Pluto & Mars/eighth house; Sagittarius/Jupiter/ninth house; Capricorn/Saturn/tenth house; Aquarius/Uranus & Saturn/eleventh house; Pisces/Neptune & Jupiter/twelfth house

The maker's dozen
About the author

Comment: Astrology organized by the signs of the zodiac. In each chapter, the sign, its myths, the symbol, the totem (animal representation), the mode & element, its ruling planet. In the ruling planet section, delineations of the planet in the twelve houses. Following that, the house associated with the sign in question, the sign & the body, and conclusions. As five of the planets rule two signs each, there are two sections on Venus, two on Mars, two on Mercury, two on Jupiter, and two on Saturn. Each of these texts are different, there are no repeats, though the second go-round is notably shorter than the first.

New Falcon, 381 pages.

THE PROGRESSSED MOON AROUND THE ZODIAC: Charting the personal development with astrology - Gisele Terry, $22.95



1. Astrology: A developmental discipline?
2. Converging models: Astrology & development psychology
3. The Moon & dyadic processes of growth
4. Theoretical foundations for the lunar return model of development
5. The lunar return model of development: Span of attachment
6. The lunar return model of development: Span of relationship & span of the world
7. The zodiac: Developmental themes for life
8. Rotations and revelations of the secondary progressed Moon
9. Repetitive themes on the circular pathway of development
10. Order & chaos: Universal patterns of development



July, 2011:
This is the AFA's new book, it arrived unannounced. So I opened the book at random. Later I went page by page, but wherever you land in the book, by whatever means, it reads pretty much like this. This is the beginning of chapter 8, Rotations and Revelations, the first words I read in the book:
Chaos theory states that every system in the universe moves toward greater and greater complexity and is always being stabilized by forces of chaos and order. Developmental processes mirrored through the progressed Moon reflect these very interactions of randomness and order in nature. In the symbolic world of astrology, the Moon represents the feeding of external input into the astrology chart itself, igniting internal structures of the chart with new aspects and aspect patterns that assemble and reassemble as the Moon moves in and out of orb with other planets. The internal structures and representations in the birth chart have order but they are open to new interpretations that are catalyzed by the Moon - the external information bearer. (pg. 53)
Brilliantly clear, don't you think! [M]oves towards greater and greater complexity and is always being stabilized by forces of chaos and order.

The key to this book is a simplified restatement of Dane Rudhyar's The Lunation Cycle, which Terry terms The Lunar Return Model of Development. You are confused. Is not Rudhyar talking of the Moon's 28-year progressed cycle, and is not a lunar return a 28 day cycle, and are these not both well established terms? Yes. You are correct.

So what happened to Terry? For an answer we turn to her bibliography. Which is mostly full of the texts she read to get her M.A. in Marriage & Family Therapy. She has read only a few astrologers, and only of a single school. Here is the list, and the dates of the books:

Stephen Arroyo, 1978; Bernadette Brady, 1999; Darby Costello, 1996; Greene & Sasportas, 1992; Bruno Huber, 1996; Maggie Hyde, 1992; Ray Merriman, 1991; Dane Rudhyar, 1976, 1978; Alexander Ruperti, 2005 (actually much earlier); Philip Sedgwick, 1989; Gloria Star, 2000.

Of these authors, only Brady and Merriman have written books on forecasting. The Merriman book that Terry has in her library isn't the one on solar returns, and neither of the Rudhyar books is The Lunation Cycle. When I enter books into my lists, I do not, as a rule, include any of the author's titles, and for this reason: So many people use their M.A. or Ph.D. as shields to hide their (often appalling) ignorance. To them, their degree is society's officially sanctioned proof that they are smart, that they are intelligent and therefore intellectually superior to all others. (Why do you suppose they put up with all the crap to get it?) But I am carping.

Children, for Terry, follow a rigid developmental path, which she states at various places in the book. On pg. 11, Anger, age 2; Exploration, age 3; Expansion, age 6; Reason, age 7; . . . "Greater intimacy", age 15; "Need for freedom", age 18; New responsibilities, age 21, etc. (pg. 11)

These are tied to the progressed Moon, in a cycle that starts at birth with the Moon in Aries (1-2: Emergence), then Taurus (2 - 3.5: Security), Gemini (3.5 - 5: Communication), Cancer (5-8: Attachment), pg. 35.

This is given again on pg. 14: Aries, birth to 18 months, Taurus 18 months to 4 years, Gemini years 4 to 7, Cancer years 7 to 12, etc.

And again, on pg. 99: Age 2 is anger and Mars and Aries/Taurus; age 3 is Jupiter & exploring and Taurus; age 6 is Jupiter & expansion and Gemini, etc.

Such is how the 28 year Lunar Return Model (aka Terry's revisioned Lunation Cycle, of Rudhyar) is structured. Age 28, you finish one, you start another. Age 56, you finish that, you start a third. So if you don't get it right the first time, don't worry. Mommie (see below) will return at 28, and again at 56, and you can try again. (Won't she??)

There are 19 chart examples given, all but one in biwheels, natal inside, progressed outside. None of the progressed charts are dated, which seems odd. Here is the delineation (complete) for the first:

In Chart 1 the natal Moon is in Taurus in the fourth house. This is the chart of a seven-month old girl, born into a stable home environment with loving parents and many family members who are emotionally and financially involved in her well being. Favorable alignments to other planets, including Venus in Cancer, support the interpretation of this child's need for and ability to gain the love of her family. In addition, her mother reports that her baby is very expressive, especially physically. The significance of the Taurus placement [5th house cusp, Sun and Moon - Dave] at birth suggests that a mutual communication system between mother and child that from the very onset of life promises strong physicality and emotional stability. (pgs. 56-57)
The chart in question is set for May 14, 2007, 10:32 pm, Glendale, CA. Go set it up & then scoot back here. If I had to guess, this is Terry's own daughter and if so, presumably her first. She writes with motherly pride. The physical expressiveness Terry cites is very likely from Sun & Moon both in the 5th. What Terry does not remark, probably as her skills as an astrologer are weak, is that the ascendant is 0 degrees Capricorn. If that time is correct, or the birth a few moments later, chart ruler is Saturn, debilitated in Leo in the 8th, opposed to Neptune in Aquarius in the 2nd. That's going to make the child money-hungry.

On the other hand, if the time is but one minute earlier (I checked this), Sagittarius rises. Ruler is Jupiter, back in the 12th. The child has a charmed life, but is isolated and nasty, as Sag rising brings Pluto, at 28 Sag, front and center. (Capricorn rising would blunt Pluto to some degree.) So which will it be? Greedy, or lucky? It will take a few years to find out.

So without getting fancy, this book is a one-trick pony. The stages of your life are laid out in front of you, they corresponds to the 28 year progressed Moon cycle, and even though your Moon might not be in Aries, and might not be in the first house, you will, more or less, be angry at two, lose your virginity at 15, leave home at 18, get married at 21. Not only does Gisele Terry say so, so do all the Very Important Psychologists she had to study in order to get her M.A. She cites them repeatedly and carefully footnotes each reference in the back. You can't do better than that.

You don't really need the rest of this, I am just having fun ripping the author apart, it is so delicious and easy to do.

By Dyadic in the title of chapter 3 (pg. 17), Terry opens up new worlds, but only, again, because all the Very Important People she has read have told her so. Here she is:

The important news in developmental psychology is that many processes of human development that are biologically predetermined can only be realized through relationships. (emphasis in original, pg. 17)

Development is co-created by two people. It is not a one-person process but a two-person process. (pg. 17)

The brain, which is the most unformed organ in the body at birth, requires the attunement of a relationship in order to mature. (pg. 18)

What is new and different here is that development is co-created through relationships. It is not just influenced by a relationship but is co-created at the level of brain structure and neuron circuitry. (pg. 18)

At first I read too quickly. I presumed this meant that every guy should have a girl, that if you didn't have someone in your life, that you were deprived & would forever remain stunted. That if all your relationships quickly ended in failure, if you have a week or two "in heaven", invariably followed by long lonely months, that you might just as well enditallnow. Those who chose solitary lives, well, they just don't know what they are missing and are wasting their lives, etc. That is the meaning of the word, relationship. From my own personal experience, I have learned a great deal from others. I have reconceptualized sex into something quite different, for example, and if it had anything to do with astrology, I would tell you about it.

The confusion was mine. I saw the word, dyadic in the chapter title, I presumed Terry would be dealing with dyads, which, except where stated otherwise, are relationships between peers. Have you ever been asked if you have a "permanent dyadic relationship"? No? You've never been asked if you were married?

But despite her statements, Terry limits the relationship dyad only to the child's early relationship with its mother. This is by means of the child's Moon's sign and aspects at birth, but Terry does not examine these in any great detail. A child with a Moon-Pluto aspect (that seems to be a favorite pairing), the mother will be a horror. The Moon-Uranus child forces both the child & its mother to self-internalize. A child with a Moon in Capricorn makes her mother fearful the child will reject her. - These examples from pg. 21. Another: A woman with Moon conjunct Jupiter in Pisces in the 4th house might come from a long line of caregivers, as, don't you know, this sort of thing (ability to be a caregiver, not Moon-Jupiter-Pisces-4th) is passed down through the matrilineal side of the family, from mother to daughter, to granddaughter, to great granddaughter, etc.

I was also misled by Terry's repeated use of the word, relationshipS, with an S. As in, plural. As in more than one. The mother-child relationship, the caretaker relationship, as Terry defines it, is almost never a plural affair. In Terry's world, Daddies, for example, don't count, as there is no mention of them that I could find. Only mommies, or mommy surrogates.

The unstated flaw in this theory is that children will only grow up to be as good as the mothering they had - or didn't have. That whatever you're going to get out of life was largely determined by the age of twelve or so. It cannot be changed, nor can anything of note be added, or subtracted, from it. The best that we, as forlorn, malajusted adults, might hope for is to find someone who could mother us. So that we can remain infants forever. If so, then finding a new mommie would seem to work best at ages 28-9, or 56-7, when the Lunar Return Model of Development recycles back to the start. No? Where did I go wrong, then?

In reality, there are as many examples of individuals overcoming bleak and impoverished childhoods as there are who were permanently crushed by them. I myself am an example, which is only one reason why I am displeased with such drivel. If you were hurt in childhood, as many of us were, then why, for God's sake, WHY let pseudo-intellectuals and their lying, phony theories further cripple you? Or - worse still - rationalize your manipulations?

On pg. 23, this is worked out in terms of the Moon's natal sign. If your Moon is in Aries, you need to go it alone. If in Taurus, you need security. If in Gemini, to be heard, etc. Carter, free of psychological gibberish, does far better on pgs. 109-110 of his book. Back in Terry's book, turn the page, and discover the counterbalance to your Moon, the sign opposite, which, Even if the opposite sign never appears in the chart, it is still an implied reaction. . . (pg. 24). (And again I am gobsmacked. Gisele Terry, M.A., has found charts that don't have all the signs in them. But I digress.) Here are a few counterbalances:

Moon in Aries in reaction to Libra: the need to be individualized from dependency needs and relationship with mother.

Moon in Taurus in reaction to Scorpio: the need for security as a result of crisis in mother's history or in the family lineage.

Moon in Gemini in reaction to Sagittarius: the need for communication, to be heard because of lack of focus from mother. (pg. 24)

All of this is an obvious excuse for some intense chart analysis, how specific placements in the natal chart produce specific results in terms of neural development & relationship formation, but such analysis is beyond the author's skill. (I'm not joking. This has been done.) But, hey, Terry has an M.A. I have only a lowly B.Sc., so what she says, you know, you know, it's what we gotta do.

This woman, with her excellent communication skills, actually counsels people in Los Angeles. Her book, full of the latest jargon and psych fads, will date rapidly.

AFA, 117 pages.

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