UAC 2018 AYA Roomshare
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Jo Gleason
November 9, 2017
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Conferences can be expensive, but we want to make it easier on you. The Association for Young Astrologers is pleased to announce our roomshare opportunity for UAC 2018!

The United Astrology Conference takes place in Downtown Chicago, May 24-29, 2018. AYA is offering young astrologers a shared suite at only $40 per night in the conference hotel.

Here’s what you need to know about the roomshare:

  1. It’s only $40 per night in the beautiful conference hotel
  2. You must have an active AYA membership (sign up or renew here) to qualify for the roomshare
  3. You must make a $40 deposit (refundable until May 15, 2018) to reserve your space
  4. BYO bedding (there’s a couch and a king sized bed in the suite, but they won’t sleep everyone. Sleepover!)

To apply for the roomshare, make sure you have an active AYA membership, then fill out the form here.

Staying in a roomshare suite is a great way to alleviate financial strain, but it’s more than that. Friendships formed and bonds made at an astrology conference are priceless, and sharing space with your fellows is an unique experience unlike anything else. We look forward this this year’s roomshare group and the special memories we make together!

If you have any questions, feel free to contact us at youngastrologers@gmail.com.

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Introducing the New AYA Board!
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Jo Gleason
March 6, 2017
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AYA has been going through some leadership transitions in the past 9 months, and we appreciate you all sticking with us. The Association for Young Astrologers has an all new board, and we’re excited to introduce ourselves officially!

Alia Wesala, President

AliaBioPhotoAlia is a licensed macro social work practitioner and astrologer based in Ann Arbor, Michigan. She has studied astrology since the age of 14, focusing on modern psychological approaches and synastry. In 2013, she began moonlighting as a professional astrologer, offering brief natal and synastry interpretations at a local bookstore and has steadily been growing her practice since. She is currently serving as the president of the Association for Young Astrologers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Danny Larkin, Vice President

DannyBioPhoto2cropDanny lives in New York City. In 2007, he graduated Magna Cum Laude from Fordham University, earning a Bachelor’s with special honors in Art History. While at Fordham he studied broadly, including courses on Ancient Greek art, temple architecture, and pagan religion. He also studied Roman art, imperial religion, and ancient mystery cults. In 2016, he learned how to erect a horoscope by hand, passed the first level NCGR test, and studied Hellenistic Astrology with Demetra George during a five day intensive in Oregon. Currently, he is progressing through Chris Brennan’s online course in Hellenistic Astrology and taking occasional modules with Austin Coppock. In 2016, he also assisted Chris Brennan with some special research projects such as analyzing the rising sign on extant Greek papyrus horoscopes, literary analysis of a Latin astrological treatise, and translation of a French source on the history of astrology, all in preparation for Brennan’s landmark Hellenistic Astrology: The Study of Fate and Fortune (2017). In 2017, Danny will embark upon an ambitious learning schedule. He will travel to Oxford to study with Robert Hand and other members of the Faculty of Astrological Studies for their Summer School. He will return to Oregon to study with Demetra George during her second annual Hellenistic Astrology intensive. Finally, he will make a journey to Cornwall, England to study Carl Jung and the origins of modern psychological astrology with Liz Greene.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alex Zolotov, Member Engagement Coordinator

AlexBioPhotoMy name is Alex (or Sasha, which short for Aleksandr) and I am originally from Russia. I had an opportunity to study and travel all throughout different European countries before settling down in the United States. The interest in astrology came naturally after being exposed to an enormous number of books on spirituality. After a few years of soul searching I am now in the process of getting my fancy degree in marketing as well as the Professional Diploma in Astrology from Kepler college. Rich multicultural experience, along with my extremely mutable chart makes it extremely easy for me to relate and connect with people around me (although, that part could just be me being gay). As cliché as it sounds, Astrology allows me to understand myself better and that awareness makes me want to share this knowledge and passion with others! My engagement with AYA doesn’t just allow me to actualize my natural potentials, it makes me feel like a proud part of the Future of the Astrologies.

 

 

 

 

 

Amy Jo Gleason, Social Media and Graphics Maven

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Jo is a freelance writer and graphic designer based in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Although her fascination with astrology started in her late teens, she began dedicated study after discovering the work of Project Hindsight. After a year at Kepler College in 2015, Jo adjusted her focus to a primarily traditional approach, studying Hellenistic Astrology with Chris Brennan and Planetary Magic with Austin Coppock. Jo is currently on staff with the State of the Art Astrology Conference as the program and flier designer. She joined the Association for young Astrologers board in June 2016 to manage the social media accounts, and soon began creating graphics for planetary alignments and AYA events.

 

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The Search for the New AYA Vice President
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Jo Gleason
December 3, 2016
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The AYA is looking for a Vice President to round out the AYA board!

Candidates seeking this volunteer role will have a demonstrated capacity for leadership, stellar written and verbal communication skills, and a passion for serving the astrological community. Responsibilities include serving as liaison to other astrological organizations, coordination of conference activities (including roomshares and exhibit tables), initiating outreach for AYA website content, and working in collaboration with the president and other members of the AYA board on other organizational programs and initiatives.

How to Apply:

If you’re excited to work with us, please send an inquiry to youngatrologers@gmail.com including:

  1. A short bio including your background in astrology
  2. Relevant skills/experience
  3. Description of your interest and desire to volunteer with AYA

Considered applicants will interview with Alia Wesala (AYA President) via Skype or Zoom. We look forward to hearing from you!

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Calling Down the Heavens, Pt. 2 of 2
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Nick Civitello
August 26, 2015
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This week, we are pleased to present the second half of Dr. Glenn Perry’s article, which reframes conventional thought on psychology’s role in astrology. For Pt. 1, please see last week’s guest blog entry. For more information on Glenn, please visit www.aaperry.com.

Calling Down the Heavens

AstroPsychology as Grounded Theory

by Glenn Perry

The Significance of Events

While AstroPsychology by definition is psychological, it also honors the importance of external events. Every variable in the chart has both a subjective and objective meaning, which implies that inner and outer reflect one another in an acausal, synchronistic way. As such, neither determines the other in a linear sense; rather, the relationship is circular. Psyche—that complex of attributes experienced as thought, feeling, and will—impacts the environment which, in turn, reacts upon the person in a continuous interactive cycle. Psyche is both a cause of, and response to, environmental conditions; we are defined and refined by our relations with the outside world.

If psyche encompasses its relations with the environment, then consciousness is non-local and what we call “fate” may actually be soul concretized through experience over time. This is what the birth chart seems to symbolize—an exteriorization of the soul’s pattern in terms of physiology, personality, and environment. Every meaningful experience is a synchronistic reflection of a pre-potent psychic structure that evolves by processing the consequences of its own internal states.

Given that AstroPsychology is non-deterministic, its approach to forecasting warrants further comment. Over the last several decades, psychological astrology has been characterized as lacking sufficient focus on concrete, external events. Its seeming indifference to prediction rendered it vulnerable to criticism by practitioners who believed astrology’s primary function is (or should be) foreknowledge of the future. Also, if psychological astrologers do not have to predict empirical events, they are insulated from any kind of disproof mechanism. Statements about the inner world cannot be evaluated for accuracy with the same rigor as statements about the outer world. Accordingly, 20th century psychological astrology drifted into a fuzzy, vague, shoot-from-the-hip approach that made it suspect in the eyes of serious scholars.[1] AstroPsychology strives to remedy this problem. Again, while its primary focus is the psyche, there is also a keen interest in external events—not merely to predict them for their own sake, but to discern their significance as evolutionary drivers.

An evolutionary driver is an event that serves as a catalyst and vehicle for a developmental process. As a catalyst, it triggers a shift in the native’s thinking and behavior that empowers him or her to meet a situation more effectively. And as a vehicle, it provides exactly the right type of situation—whether in marriage, career, health, or otherwise—to serve a corrective or educative purpose. Understanding the significance of outer events enables astrologers to discuss them with clients in ways that support a natural, evolutionary process, for the event in question will always reflect a key configuration in the birthchart, whether natally or by transit/progression. When clients gain insight into what a situation means and requires from a growth oriented perspective, they are better able to consciously evolve; that is, intentionally collaborate with the cosmos toward realization of their full potential.

Another reason that events are important is that they provide a barometer for measuring the native’s level of functionality in a particular area of life. In other words, they serve a diagnostic function. If, for example, a woman with Neptune conjunct Mars in Scorpio in the 7th house consistently marries alcoholic, abusive men who exploit her financially, this is an important indication that she has significant work to do in the area of partnerships. On the other hand, if she enjoys a stable marriage with a man with whom she sets up a joint therapy practice that specializes in helping undifferentiated, low functioning couples in crisis, then this is an indicator that she is expressing that same configuration at a higher, more integrated level. Both outcomes equally express the same configuration.

The question arises as to whether either outcome could be predicted. From the perspective of AstroPsychology, predicting specific outcomes is a guessing game of dubious merit even when the guess turns out to be correct. First, as the above example illustrates, a given configuration can be expressed at different levels of integration; thus, predicting outcomes is problematic—especially in the absence of historical knowledge about the person for whom one is predicting. Second, and more importantly, foreknowledge of an event is unhelpful if there is no understanding of the event’s significance as a vehicle for a specific kind of developmental process. What can be predicted, however, is the process that underlies the particulars of the event.

By “process” I mean the underlying needs and psychological functions of the configuration that serve as generative matrix for the event. Consider, for example, a client who has Sun conjunct Venus in Pisces in the 10th square Mars in Sagittarius in the 7th (see Figure 1). As a nurse, she is constantly encountering unruly, self-righteous others who insist that she immediately comply with their demands. In other words, her 7th house relationships are characterized by an outspoken and aggressive Mars in Sagittarius, which she is projecting. As a result, she identifies with her Venus-Sun in Pisces at the expense of her Mars. She is kind, loving, and compassionate, but frequently feels like a victim of other’s selfish aggression. As an event-pattern, her experience can be understood in terms of the level of integration she’s expressing with regard to the square.

 

Figure 1: Sun conjunct Venus square Mars

Figure 1: Sun conjunct Venus square Mars

As a process, each planet in the configuration signifies a basic need and behavioral action—to express oneself and fulfill self-esteem needs (Sun), to engage others and satisfy needs for social relations (Venus), and to act in one’s own self-interest for the sake of freedom and survival (Mars). These planetary processes are colored by the signs they tenant, and unfold in the context of the houses they occupy. The square signifies an intrapsychic conflict that requires containment in awareness of the respective processes so they can be effectively coordinated. To the extent this conflict remains unconscious and unresolved, defenses like repression and projection will assure that troubling events occur without her having any awareness of her own role in bringing them about.

From an astrological perspective, however, we can see not only the quality of events that are likely to occur, but their meaning and purpose as well. We might infer that the event-pattern of aggressive others impinging upon our kindly nurse is occurring for the sake of arousing her own Mars’ function to awareness so that it can be more fully integrated with her Venus-Sun. Fire has to be fought with fire, but tempered with fairness (Venus) and honor (Sun) that expresses compassion (Pisces) toward her offenders while also asserting clear limits (Mars). To the degree that she is able to rise to the challenge that her circumstances dictate, both her relationships (7th) and career (10th) will improve.

A single event might encapsulate the pattern. That is, it can reflect the underlying process and provide a vehicle for its further integration. Imagine that when the configuration is activated by a transit our sensitive client has to contend with intrusive demands by a high-minded nurse with whom she is partnering in a ward for accident victims. Such an outcome would reflect the astrological variables involved in her natal square. But any number of other events can serve the process just as well. Accordingly, predicting concrete events is secondary to knowing the abstract function they serve. Prediction is important, but not as an early warning system to advise clients in taking evasive or exploitive action; rather, prediction can be utilized as a means of supporting the client in meeting life’s opportunities and challenges with the proper attitude. By understanding the underlying purpose of a given period, clients are better able to actualize the potential for growth inherent in the time.

 

Inescapable Indeterminacy

De-emphasis on predicting concrete events is also in keeping with the multidimensionality, intra-dimensional variability, and polyvalence of astrological archetypes. An astrological variable is multidimensional in the sense that it can symbolize multiple dimensions of meaning both within and without. For example, Mars can signify a basic need (survival), psychological function (assertion), state of mind (excitement), and behavioral trait (bold), while also representing an external character (rival), place (racetrack), thing (weapon), or event (competition). Within any of these dimensions there is intra-dimensional variability. As an event, for instance, Mars could also be an argument, a new beginning, or simply an adventure. Finally, astrological archetypes are polyvalent in that they combine with other variables—signs, houses, and aspects—which shape and modify their expression in countless ways.

With regard to polyvalence, a configuration such as a planetary aspect involves multiple signs, planets, and houses. As such, it constitutes a higher level system that exerts regulative control over its component parts. The aspect constrains, shapes, and modifies the functioning of the parts so that they comply with the objectives of the higher level system. Although every component has multiple possible expressions, each is swept up in the structure of the psychic form it helps to comprise; thus, from the myriad potential expressions of each part, each particular expression is selected and coordinated to form a single, coherent, relatively integrated holistic pattern, much like a family exerts regulative control upon its members to comply with the values and objectives of the family as a whole. Without such downward causation, the internal world of the psyche would be a teeming, buzzing chaos.

Astrology’s enormous flexibility as a language means there is an inescapable ambiguity and indeterminacy to birthcharts. One cannot reliably determine concrete particulars from a system that is inherently indeterminate. This underscores why predicting process—the purpose and meaning of a time period—not only is of greater value than guessing outcomes, it is also more in accord with what is actually possible. Purpose and meaning occur at a higher level of abstraction than concrete particulars; or, stated in the reverse, different manifestations of a configuration can have the same or similar meaning.

For example, imagine two individuals with identical charts—one a Catholic priest and the other a white supremacist—both of whom have transiting Jupiter conjuncting Pluto Scorpio in the 9th opposing Mars Taurus in the 3rd (see Figure 2). Separate events occur that are personally relevant to each. In the first, the Catholic priest is accused of sodomizing a young boy in his congregation but is protected from prosecution by the archbishop of his province. In the second, a prejudiced Alabama court acquits the white supremacist who is being tried for blowing up a black church and maiming a little girl. Concretely, the events seem different; yet, at a higher level of abstraction, each incident constitutes an injustice in which a powerful but corrupt moral authority—the archbishop and Alabama court—exonerates a perpetrator who has violated a victim in a church.

 

Figure 2: Transiting Jupiter conjunct Pluto in the 9th

Figure 2: Transiting Jupiter conjunct Pluto in the 9th

Although the particular outcome in each case is not predictable, astrology allows us to surmise the meaning of the period independent of the events that occur. The outcome was fortunate for the perpetrators, which correlates to the Jupiter transit, but fortunate in the context of a heinous act symbolized by Pluto Scorpio in the 9th opposing Mars Taurus in the 3rd. One might infer from the variables involved that the purpose of such a transit is for the perpetrators to reflect upon the moral implications of their violent crimes. Although each escapes punishment, we should not assume that such injustice has no value as a learning experience. The extent to which our pedophile priest and racial bigot mend their ways will be tested by the next major transit to the same configuration. The upshot is that the outcome of a transit might not be knowable in advance, but its meaning and purpose can be.

 

Summary & Conclusion

Psychological astrology began in the 20th century in concert with cultural developments that set the stage for the emergence of a new type of astrology. While early formulations tended to be vague, imprecise, and overly focused on behavioral traits, AstroPsychology presents a highly structured, coherent system that not only reveals the intrapsychic world with unprecedented depth, clarity and precision, but is equally mindful of the circular feedback relations that occur between inner and outer reality.

AstroPsychology recognizes the importance of events as vehicles and catalysts for a developmental process; yet, also accepts the radical indeterminacy of outcomes and thus the futility of predicting events if incognizant of their significance as evolutionary drivers. By stressing the abstract meaning of events over their concrete form, individuals are empowered to consciously cooperate with an evolutionary imperative at the heart of the cosmos.

A prime objective at the Academy of AstroPsychology has been to develop astrology into a theory of personality that is both rigorous and flexible. The purpose of this effort is not merely to gain acceptance for astrology within the field of psychology, but for the inherent value of building a cutting edge, cogent model that subsumes and integrates relevant concepts from different traditions and thereby advances our understanding of what it means to be human.

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Glenn Perry, Ph.D., is an astrologer and licensed psychotherapist in Connecticut, USA. In addition to private practice, Dr. Perry is director of the Academy of AstroPsychology, an online school that offers certificate and diploma programs in psychological astrology. Glenn has written eight books, including An Introduction to AstroPsychology, and serves as a Board member and qualitative research advisor for ISAR. He lectures internationally on the application of astrology to the fields of counseling and psychotherapy and teaches courses at the Nodoor Academy in Beijing, China.  Email: glenn@aaperry.com. Website: www.aaperry.com

Notes

[1] Hand, R. Toward a Postmodern Astrology. Published at www.astro.com, cited September 1, 2014. http://www.astro.com/astrology/in_postmodern_e.htm

 

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