About Blue Moon Astrology
One spring, many years ago now, I caught an acute case of the astrology bug cured only by voraciously reading my way through stacks of astrology books. At first I read solely for my own pure enjoyment, but little by little, as I began to share bits with interested friends and family, reading for pleasure morphed into serious study, eventually leading me down the path to a whole new and wonderful line of work. After dedicating four years to independent study of the art and practice of astrology, I officially hung out my shingle in 2009 at the Cancer New "Blue" Moon and Lunar Eclipse which formed powerful aspects to my natal chart: conjuncting my Cancer Moon and trining my Scorpio Sun and Mars.
My interest in becoming a professional astrologer stems from wanting something more soulful to contribute in life — a vocation that enables me to work with people in a richer and more meaningful way. Astrology is a powerful means by which we can understand ourselves better and thus make more fitting and fulfilling choices in life and I thoroughly enjoy applying this ancient art to inspire and empower.
I see astrology as a symbolic language that describes archetypal processes, the planets representing distinct and specific energies that shape — but do not wholly determine — our inner dynamic. I feel that the best kind of astrological consultation consists of illuminating one's personal dynamic processes rather than delineating set personality descriptions or traits. Pigeonholing, branding, typecasting or even attempting to describe a complex human being, in my opinion, is both an excercise in hubris and futility, but even more so ultimately disempowering and limiting. I believe that freewill and inborn tendencies are both strongly at play in our lives, and the transformative power of the human spirit should never be underestimated, and always respected. I approach the discipline with a reverence for its ancient roots and wisdom, while incorporating innovations made in the last century by astrologers such as Dane Rudhyar, Alan Leo, Marc Edmund Jones, Isabel Hickey, Stephen Arroyo, Liz Greene, Howard Sasportas, Alice O. Howell, and many others.
Astrology is a complex art that takes years to understand, and when practiced competently provides a powerful tool for increased self-awareness as well as understanding the cycles of life: past, present and future. As astrologer Ray Merriman wrote: "Astrology is a forecasting tool. It outlines the likely conditions ahead, not the inevitable outcome, as a prediction would. Astrologers understand that any outcome involves choice, and choice is an aspect of free will. Astrology is a "choice revealer, not a choice maker."
Prior to becoming an astrologer, I taught preschool through the primary elementary grades for 11 years, at which point I left teaching to pursue a career in writing and editing, working as a product manager for an educational software company. Since 1996, I have worked as a freelance writer, editor, graphic designer, and website developer. I currently work from my home in the redwoods (Mendocino County, Northern California) that I share with my husband, our teenage daughter, three cats, Oonagh, Kitsie and Hiyao, Buddy, our energetic border-collie mix and a small flock of chickens.
On a collective level, I see astrology functioning to help humankind find its "way back" — to remember who we are and regain a crucial, humble reverence for the wonder and beauty of the natural world — this web of life of which we are but a small part. Astrology can help us "source" that innate human need to honor and work with natural cycles, so beautifully illuminated in this ancient art's sacred geometry and poetic language. As a mother, former school teacher, writer and editor — AND post Chiron Return* woman — I bring a fair share of life experience to my work as an astrologer, a passion that emerged during midlife. Like Thomas Jefferson wrote long ago in a letter to a friend, "but tho' an old man, I am but a young gardener." I feel the same way about astrology, an art that offers perpetual discoveries and new insights, and keeps the mind and heart young.
My greater intention as a practicing astrologer, in addition to supporting and empowering individuals through private consultation, is to share astrology's deep wisdom in order to help us heal the rift that has persisted far too long between Mother Earth and her human children. Our fates are intertwined on this beautiful blue-green planet and we must reverse the "modern condition" — a joyless, devastating split from source — this "Nature Deficit Disorder" — and re-forge a vital connection to Mother Earth and Father Sky.
For those interested, here's my natal chart. Aside from Scorpio Sun trine Cancer Moon I mentioned earlier, my Ascendant falls in Taurus, and the Midheaven (career-vocation chart sector) in Aquarius, the sign that rules astrology. My main chart configuration is a grand cross (a tense and challenging chart pattern) in fixed signs, falling in angular houses and involves a 7th-house Scorpio Sun-Mars-Juno conjunction, 4th-house Uranus in Leo, 10th-house Chiron in Aquarius, and the Taurus Ascendant. This cross has given me many lessons over the years, as various transits have swung around to trigger it, around the higher use of the will and learning NOT scatter focus and energy all over hill and dale.
*The Chiron Return occurs around age 50, when Chiron, comet-like "planetoid" associated in astrology with both wounding and healing, makes its way completely around the zodiac wheel returning to the degree it occupied on the day we were born. It is a powerful, liminal time in life when we are often asked to close a life chapter in order to embark on an entirely new one. I launched my astrology business in 2009 during mine. My natal Chiron falls in Aquarius, the sign that rules astrology, and in the 10th house of my chart, which represents career, vocation and life purpose.
"Nature deficit disorder" is a phrase coined by Richard Louv in his 2005 book Last Child in the Woods in which he links the lack of nature in the lives of today's wired generation to some of the most disturbing childhood trends, such as the rises in obesity, attention disorders, and depression.
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