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Content: Dissertation ~ MA cultural Astrology and Astronomy Bath Spa University College Using Astrology as a tool of Modern Applied Psychology David Rowan Submitted 29th September 2003
Abstract It is my intention in this paper to demonstrate how astrology can be viewed as an invaluable item in the modern applied psychology practitioner's `tool box' of techniques, strategies and working methodologies. To undertake the necessary research, this paper will initially explore the inherent structures and presuppositions of the contemporary models of applied psychology. It will be proposed that people navigate their way through the world by constructing a changeable and apparently concrete model of reality, and that people a pre-disposed to rela te to, and understand the world through the lenses proffered by their model of reality. The subject of astrology will then be presented as a model in itself. In addition, a new perspective on the application of interpreting astrology will be proffered, not as an astrological truth, but rather, as a model of astrology in working practice, which can now be further researched and developed. In my paper I will argue that the validity of astrology as an authentic tool of modern applied psychology is presented here, rather than being a product of somewhat questionable conjecture, with an empirical approach taken from an anthropological perspective. The conclusions subsequently formed will further aid the establishment of astrology as a fundamental tool in the field of modern applied psychology.
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Acknowledgements and Statement of Originality: I formally state that the work contained within his paper is all my own work. Where another person's work has been cited or quoted, then the originators of that and any work, ideas or concepts discussed within this paper are duly acknowledged and identified.
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TABLE OF CONTENTS Title page. Abstract. Acknowledgements and Statement of Originality. Table of Contents. Introduction. Astrology and Modern Applied Psychology - Working in Partnership Methodology Adopted in this Study. Models of Reality: the Underlying Themes of Modern Applied Psychology Introducing Astrobiography Using Astrology as a Tool of Modern Applied Psychology: Case Study One. The Findings of Case Study One. Using Astrology as a Tool of Modern Applied Psychology: Case Study Two. The Findings of Case Study Two. Using Astrology as a Tool of Modern Applied Psychology: Case Study Three. The Findings of Case Study Three. Summary Conclusion References and Sources Bibliography Appendix One: Glossary of Terms for Astrology Appendix Two: Glossary of Terms for NLP and Modern Applied Psychology Appendix Three: Interview Transcript for Case Study One Appendix Four: Transcript of Interview Comments for Case Study Two Appendix Five: E-mail Testimonial for Case Study Three
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Introduction "Its value is obvious enough to the psychologist, since astrology represents the sum of all the psychological knowledge of antiquity", C. Jung1. The multi-disciplined spectrum of working practises and schools of thought that embody the field of modern applied psychology has, within its homogenous heart, the quest among its practitioners for updated and improved methodologies and strategies for enabling people to change, transform, excel and heal. It is from within this egalitarian spirit of placing the needs of the client before one's allegiance to any particular doctrine, or working practice that I appeal to the practitioners of modern applied psychology to entertain the prospect of discovering a system that provides an insight into the deep structures of a client's model of reality at a level of detail that is astoundingly accurate when crafted with skill and competence, The proposed system of insight is that of astrology. In the field of astrology, there are also differing schools of thought that sometimes hold diametrical perspectives regarding the correct, or appropriate methodologies and styles of interpretation. This often healthy disparity within the astrological community has been known to extend itself to debates regarding whether one is best advised to follow, for example, modern or traditional forms of astrological practice, and it can sometimes bring into discussion which planets are relevant to the practise of astrology, and which planets are not. As Dane Rudhyar writes in Person Centred Astrology: To define astrology is as difficult a task as to define, let us say, philosophy, psychology, or even medicine. Not only are there many schools or systems of philosophy, psychology and medicine, but a definition which fits the respective purposes of these various systems and be acceptable to all is well-nigh impossible. It is impossible today to define what psychology means, for to some it refers to the study of the nervous system, the brain and the effects of drugs upon the body, while to others it is "A way of healing" aiming at helping individuals to fulfil their innermost potentialities along the fourfold path of sensation, feeling, thought and intuition, and to realize the "Self" as core of the integrated and integral "person." Psychology might be said to refer to the "soul" or the "psyche"; but who would be able to find definitions for these confusing terms acceptable to psychologists of all schools?
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A similar situation exists in the field of what is generally termed astrology. The word "astrology" is still associated in the minds of a great many people with the study of the stars; but actually most astrologers today pay no attention at all to stars. They deal with the Sun, the Moon, the planets ­ and others factors of a less tangible nature, such as the intersection of planetary orbits and the Arabian Parts. But what the astrologer studies is not even material planets with mass, for in his calculations he is concerned in most cases only with the periodical motions of abstracts points, the centres of the planets. He deals with the interactions between these periodical motions, i.e., with the relationships between the cycles of the planets as they move at different speeds within the solar system and are observed from the Earth. Today the main way in which the astrologer measures these cyclic motions and their interaction (i.e. "aspects") is by plotting the planets' positions at a given moment upon a frame of reference called the Zodiac; but there are also less commonly used frames of reference. Even with respect to the zodiac, a basic ambiguity exists, for the term "zodiac" can be defined in two ways. There is the zodiac of "signs" and the zodiac of "constellations" ­ and to add to the confusion, signs and constellations bear the same names. 2 Moreover, the body of knowledge that constitutes astrology is subject to adaptation and is constantly evolving. As research into astrology continues to contribute to the astrological community's greater understanding of their craft, in addition to each generation's innovate new perspectives, astrology can be seen as an organic body of knowledge that evolves and adjusts its perceptual lenses to fit the perspectives and collective ethos of its practitioner's epoch. As history moves forward and the knowledge and consciousness of man evolves, so too does astrology evolve and adapt to its present time. In the Astrological Journal, July/August edition of 2003, Rick Levine writes in his essay entitled, The Evolution of Astrology: Herein lies the foundational shift that astrology must make to remain consistent with our changing worldview. This evolutionary process has certainly already begun with advent of psychodynamic astrology. Astrologers once told clients what would happen. The job of an astrologer was to predict outcome. Now, many astrologers help clients navigate the seas of change, but shy away from making specific predications. We are in the process of acknowledging, or perhaps reclaiming the waveside of the particle/wave duality. Planets are perceived as particles, but impact our lives in the form of waves. A client who is having a particularly difficult time with a current Saturn transit of the natal Moon had much to gain from remembering the previous Saturn-Moon contacts from birth to the present time. Rather than focusing on the specific current event, the question becomes `How does this event fit into a larger pattern, a lifelong scenario of interrelated events'?3
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Addressing the concept of looking at the client's life as a whole, independent of Rick Levine's work, I have developed (1991) a system of interpreting astrology that constantly referrers to the unfoldment of the client's life as a whole. This new and original paradigm of astrological perception and interpretation is introduced in this paper to the astrological, as well as academic and psychological communities. As with the practitioners of the various forms of modern applied psychology, if it can be said that it is the astrologer's role to enable the client to expand their range of choices in life, to enrich their model of reality and provide an ecologically acceptable rationale for their challenges and experiences, then, it could be argued, that it would be the results that one achieves from a specific working practise or paradigm of astrology that would determine the validity of that particular school of thought or mode of practise. With this now in mind, the model of astrological paradigm that forms the cornerstone of this paper, named by myself in 1994 as Astrobiography, will be explained in a little detail before three examples of its use in the field of modern applied psychology are presented. Before exploring astrobiography I will present an outline of the fundamental, homogenous paradigm of the world being a construct of our subjective reality that lies at the heart of modern applied psychology. Initially, the paper will review other research that may be relevant to this study before the discussion of how and why the research was undertaken, and what impact any strengths or weaknesses of the approaches carried out in this study may have on the findings and conclusions drawn from these works.
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Astrology and Modern Applied Psychology - Working in Partnership: A review of previous work Astrology has been used in partnership with psychology in a variety of different forms. Direct correlations between astrology and Jung's model of psychological-types have been proposed by astrological authors and researchers such as Dr Liz Greene4, Karen Hamaker-Zondag5 and Angela Arnold 6 . The two systems of astrology and Jung's model of psychology have undertaken a fusion as a new synthesis of both disciplines. This creation of a new frame of reference in both the fields of astrology and psychology took place in the later half of the twentieth century. As Liz Greene remarks in Relating: My original intent in writing Relating was to approach the vast and complex dilemma of human relationships through a combination of astrological symbolism and depth psychology ­ chiefly the psychology of C. G. Jung ­ because it seemed obvious to me through my experience of working both as an astrologer and a psychotherapist that what we meet in outer life ultimately reflects what lies within ourselves; and that relationships are our greatest mirrors and teachers of the stuff of which our own souls are made. This is not a new idea; it is implicit in much of Greek philosophical thought, as well as in the Hermetic teachings of the Renaissance. But it was relatively new in the astrological literature of a decade ago (1960's), although Jung ­ who regularly utilized the insights of astrology ­ wrote extensively on the subject."7 Psychology and astrology working in practice: A second approach to combining astrology with Psychology has been to use these two systems in tandem. Rather than seeking correlations between the two disciplines, the consultant seeks to work with the established models of psychology and astrology in the manner of them being rather like independent working tools. This perspective has at its core two similar systems that complement each other, rather than seeing the various branches of psychology and astrology as two different expressions of the same model and seeking to reconcile them or find explicit correlations between them. One can find examples of methodologies of using astrology as a tool for insight and understanding in the works, for example, of Dr. Liz Greene, who offers many case studies of her work with analysands8. Other examples can be found, such as those in Creative Astrology, where Prudence Jones demonstrates how she works with astrology, imagery and art:
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People often feel that their conscious will is pitted against the dictates of Fate. What we discover in the Creative Astrology session is that an unacknowledged part of us had been actively creating this apparent outside `fate' all along, but without our conscious understanding. Strangely enough, by reclaiming responsibility for our creative part in this process, we are able to change its expression, consciously or else miraculously, and then by some mysterious means the planetary archetypes begin to manifest more constructively for us. In archaic terms, the gods need our conscious cooperation in order to show themselves to us in their beneficent guise.9 Here is where we are able to discover both ourselves and the universe through play, and here too is where we discover that we embody a greater order. The role of art as a mediator of the archetypes is often overlooked, and yet the artist, the visionary, and th e contacted priestess or priest are not so far apart. To say this is not to build the ego of the artist, but rather to put his or her gifts in a greater perspective.10 The techniques of active imagination, role-playing, dance, painting and musicmaking, can help move us through the blocks we have which stop us from living out all that we could become.11 Because of the research and writings of astrologers such as Dr Liz Greene and Howard Sasportas, it has become common place among contemporary astrologers to view an astrological birth chart as a map of the client's psyche12. Maggie Hyde writes in Jung and Astrology, "Psychological astrologers agree that they have a map of this psychic terrain and, furthermore, that this map describes the `inner' world and the structure of the individual's perception."13 While Rudhyar asserts; All the forces of the universe are latent in this organised human whole, the newborn baby. They are all there in potentiality. They are the same forces in every human being ­ indeed in every truly organised system of activities ­ but the arrangement (gestalt) of these forces differ, at least in some slight degree, in each newborn entity. This difference establishes the individuality and the particular purpose of this emergent human being. Likewise, every birth chart contains the same planets; and it is senseless to speak of "my" Jupiter, "my" Saturn, etc. The substantial elements or basic drives in every organized existential system are the same. What differs is the structure of "form" of their arrangement. If a botanist endowed with superhuman vision were able, after looking at an acorn, to make a two-dimensional graph defining all the essential characteristic structures which will become actualised as an oak tree, he would do essentially what the astrologer does when erecting the birth-chart of a newborn baby.
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The birth-chart defines the structure of the individual person. It is, in this sense, the blueprint of what may become the finished "temple" of the fully mature and perfected man. I say "may" become; for the birth -chart refers only to potentialities. It does NOT promise anything in terms of concrete, definite events, any more than a gardener planting an acorn in a field can be certain that in a number of years it will have become a full-grown, healthy oak tree. Environmental circumstances, a poor soil, bad weather, storms, the interference of pests, animals or men, may blight the development of the oak; yet it will grow according to the basic structure of the oak species. It will not become an apple tree.14 It is precisely this often mis-understood paradigm of potentiality that forms an integral facet of the deep structure of astrology, meaning that astrology can so easily lend itself to being viewed as an exquisite tool of what might be termed `symbolic modelling'. Moreover, astrology is universally perceived by its practitioners as a language of polysemous symbols: Babs Kirby remarks that, "Astrological symbols are extremely deep and complex, with many levels and layers of meaning"15. This construct of polysemous symbols and latent potentials forms the essential core of the working premise when using astrology as a tool for insight and understanding of a client's psyche. It is from within the perception of the richness that the symbols portray, the depth and wealth of choices an individual has at their disposal, albeit unconsciously, and revealed in the symbolism of the astrological chart, that the consultant is able to guide a client into being empowered and encouraged to create the circumstances, experiences and productive models they seek from within their own internal emotional and psychological resources I would like to suggest here that favourable conclusions may be drawn from this study based upon the results gained from the clients shown in the case studies presented in this paper, rather than upon any form of allegiance to a preferred doctrine or working practice, or upon well intentioned, albeit informed, speculation. It is my intention in this paper to demonstrate that astrology can be seen to work exceedingly well as an accurate tool of insight into the deep structures of a person's model of reality. When coupled with the powerful techniques and strategies for change that are the hallmark of modern applied psychology, astrology becomes an essential tool in the practitioner's repertoire. Moreover, working with the astrobiographical model of astrology can afford the practitioner engaged in the field a practical methodology for assisting in a client's growth and personal transformation. Rather than being viewed as a subject that has a fatalistic doctrine at its heart, the astrobiography model of astrology embraces the concept that we, as human beings, have an inherent ability to actively change the circumstances of our lives. This premise can be found in the philosophy of Vedic astrology16 and in the heart of modern applied psychology models such as Neuro Linguistic Programming, Hypnotherapy, Psychobiology and Time Line Therapy.
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Methodology Adopted in this Study. In this qualitive research paper, it could be considered that I have taken an anthropological approach because the subject is explored through the lens of my own experiences of practicing in the field. My having introduced in this paper a model of astrology, created by myself in 1991, known as astrobiography, brings with it over a decade of practical experience and subsequent insight. I have recounted a sample of these experiences in the form of three case studies. The case studies are narrative in style and feature reactions and comments from the client involved. Case study One has a psychobiological theme, and follows a client's progress after therapeutic intervention. This case study originated as an interview and the transcript can be found in the appendices, along with those of case studies Two and Three. Case study Two has a more astrobiographical and psychoanalytical theme. This case study took the form of an e-mailed report for a third party (a parent) and features comments and responses from both the parent and the teenager in question. Case study Three follows my client's progress over a series of consultations in which I am extensively using astrobiographical knowledge to orientate the direction of the therapy and to more elegantly direct the client to the desired state of resolution. My client's comments and reactions, along with citations, are indented in both the left and right margins. Throughout the paper all quotations and citations are fully referenced, and these can be found after the papers conclusion.
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Models of Reality: the Underlying Themes of Modern Applied Psychology Common Ground: Five principal schools of modern applied psychology share a common ground. These schools and their creators, or key figures are: k Hypnotherapy ­ Milton H. Erickson (1902 ­ 1980). k Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) ­ Richard Bandler and John Grinder. k Psychobiology ­ Ernest Lawrence Rossi. k Time Line Therapy ­ Tad James and Wyatt Woodsmall. k Family Therapy ­ Virginia Satir (1916 ­ 1988). NLP was created in the early 1970's when Richard Bandler and John Grinder noted homogenous patterns in the language and manner of expression between Virginia Satir and Milton Erickson. Essentially, Satir and Erickson both used their individual expression of language in such a way that when a client was present with them in a room, the client's problems and issues would become resolved and remain resolved. Both Erickson and Satir's methodology was to engage the client in such a way that the client's representation of the world would change. Bandler and Grinder set about modelling the specific internal processes, and the external language of Satir and Erickson. The amalgamation of these disciplines formed a new two-fold model, or methodology, which came to be known as NLP. Rossi worked alongside Milton Erickson in his later years, researching and writing with him. During the 1980's, Rossi further refined his theories on Psychobiology. In the book, Time Line Therapy, James and Woodsmall draw on the work from the aforementioned to create a sophisticated therapeutic model that entails the exploration of a client's perception of time and uncovers their meta-programmes. Linguistically, people use words to convey information and are generally unaware of how they select each word. The expression of the word itself is known as the surface structure. The meaning of the word is encoded within the client's deep structure. The foundation of the deep structure is the person's historical experience.
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Surface Structure Deep Structure
Experience
Deep Structure
`You saw a dog ?'
Surface Structure
noise - howl - small ? - big ? - fleas -
Mum in the garden - car - field - lead -
collar - dog food - biscuits - legs - tail -
teeth - hurt - stray - bones - licence -
mongrel -
nuisance -
pooper
scooper - mess -
smell -
vets - lonely ? -
lost ? -
black - brown -
white -
pedigree -
children -
guarding -
playing -
old folks - pets -
police - lamp posts - trees - loose hairs -
paw marks - sitting - cushions - spoilt
dresses - pest - forgive - love - aahhh ! -
Bandler and Grinder viewed language from the perspective of how it affects the listener, as well as understanding language to be a method of conveying information. The tone of a person's voice was observed to have a significant impact on how all information is received, along with other components of language such as the speed of speech, facial expression, voice inflection and more.
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The Meta Model was created when Bandler and Grinder modelled the work of Vaginia Satir, and her exquisite use of language and questioning to transform a client's beliefs, views, and attitudes. The basic premise is that we are all selective in the way we notice, store information, and think about reality and our beliefs.
The three major ways in which we `personalise' or `select' from our experiences are:-
Deletion
Distortion
Generalisation
When using the meta model to work with a client, the practitioner listens to the deletions, distortions or generalisations within the client's language and then challenges that language with a question. The carefully selected question has the effect of causing the client to reach deeper into their experiences and memories for more information, and thus, the client's whole model can then be viewed and changed if required. The following table, taken from the Harrison's, The Master Practitioner Suite, illustrates this technique:
Pattern
Ill formed sentence
Meta Model challenge designed to elicit well formed structure in the client's model
Generalisation
Dogs are bad
All dogs?
Mind reading
I know what's best for her
How do you know what's best for her?
Cause-effect
You make me angry
How do I make you angry?
Complex Equivalence
You don't love me anymore:How does my not bringing You don't bring me flowers flowers mean that I don't love you anymore?
Lost Performative
This is the way we should do itDo it for whom ?
Unspecified Verbs
He hurt me
How, specifically, did he hurt you?
Nominalisation
I need Help
How do you want to be helped?
Universal Quantifier
You always do that
Always?
Modal Operators of necessity I shouldn't go
What would happen if you did
Deletion
I am confused
What are you confused about?
Comparisons
We will learn quicker
Quicker than who ? How will you measure that?
Lack of referential index
This is easy to learn
What, specifically, is easy to learn?
In the field of NLP training further elaboration of these concepts may be conveyed in the following manner:
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For example: `Why did you do that ?' ­ seeks justification and challenges the listener's decision making. `What was your reason for doing that ?' ­ gives value to the listener's decision making abilities (through implied acceptance) and asks to be `let in' on the secret of their success. Very briefly: The word ......
`What'
Initiates a search for content
What do you see ? - hear ? - feel ?
`How' `When'
Initiates a search for process How do you know when it's time to ..... ? Initiates a search for sequence At what moment ? in what sequence ?
`Where'
Initiates a search for context and location Up left or down right ?"
`Who'
Initiates a search for Identity or the performer Who is involved ?
`Why'
Initiates a search for justification and Defence ....... Why do you question this ?
Whether a person verbally responds to these questions, or not, the process is always activated unconsciously, and this in turn affects that person's experience, perceptions and decisions17.
The language of Milton Erickson juxtaposes this by offering a diametrically opposing paradigm that has come to be known as the Milton Model18.
Milton Erickson sought to convey information to a person in such a way that it impacted, and remained within that person's deep structure. Rather than ask a client questions, Milton would talk in such a way that the client would listen to, retain, and act upon the newly given solution.
Meta Model Surface Structure
Milton Model Surface Structure
Deep Structure
Deep Structure
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The Meta Model brings information stored inside the client's deep structure to the surface. The Practitioner can use this to bring aspects of the client's model to the client's attention as well as being able to more eloquently pace, and therefore better lead and change, the client's representation of the world. The Milton Model does the opposite. The Practitioner can use the Milton Model to send information, or instructions, from the surface level presentation (communication) into the client's deep structure. This is often called, `Installation', `Knowing', `Easy to Remember', and `Experience'.
For example:
To use the phrase: ..... `You can find a way'
If this phrase is spoken by the client the practitioner can (Meta Model) challenge this statement to specify the meaning and clearly represent the client's model:
`You
can
find
a
way'
Who ?
How ?
To do what ?
If the practitioner says (Milton Model) `You can find a way', the client then fills in the missing details and the phrase is accepted into the client's deep structure. Because the client fills in the details the client's unconscious accepts this as being ecological, and therefore retains it.
NLP has contributed a great deal to applied psychology, and its impact is far reaching. The rapport building skills of NLP were developed from observing that if a person's overall communication (verbal and non-verbal) were to be identified has having small components then, rapport can be deliberately bought about by matching some, and yet importantly, not simultaneously all of those components. For example, if a client has their arms folded and legs crossed, rapport can be gained either by the folding of one's arms, or the crossing of one's legs. Matching breathing speed, eye blinks, and the verbal language of an individual also help to achieve this and enhance empathy. Once empathy is achieved, the practitioner is said to have `paced' the client. The practitioner can now begin to manoeuvre, or lead, the client to a new position or viewpoint. Along with techniques that allow the practitioner to create, disassemble, or re-create the individual neurological responses that people learn to associate with different stimuli. For example: for some people, spiders mean instant fear, for some smiles mean instant friendship. Both examples are anchored responses, and equally available for transformation in competent and skilful hands. The practitioner with these skills is well placed to enable people to grow, transform and resolve the challenges faced in life.
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Introducing Astrobiography
In Steps to an Ecology of Mind, Gregory Bateson describes his create process: Loose ideas become hunches - a model for creating a hypothesis. My mystical view of phenomena contributed specially to build up this double habit of mind-it led me into wild "hunches" and, at the same time, compelled more formal thinking about those hunches. It encouraged looseness of thought and then immediately insisted that that looseness be measured up against a rigid concreteness. The point is that the first hunch from analogy is wild, and then, the moment I begin to work out the analogy, I am brought up against the rigid formulations which have been devised in the field from which I borrow the analogy.19
In 1991 I found myself following the same steps as Bateson: I had a question that led to a hunch, that in turn led to more questions and the formulation of a concept that appeared, to me, to be substantively plausible..
That concept is now known as astrobiography. By the winter of 1990/1991 I had been a self-taught student of astrology for eight years. Being an undiagnosed Aspergers Syndrome individual I assumed that the reason it took so long for me to understand astrology was that it was such a complex subject to study, for even after studying for that length of time, I still could not read an astrological birth chart. By read, I mean being able to relay to a person everything there might be to tell about themselves, as instantly as if I were reading from a book written in my native tongue of English.
I had frequently looked at a copy of The Twelve Houses, by Howard Sasportas, and while the individual interpretations made sense and were accurate, the whole picture seemed fragmented. Astrology became a wholistic map literally overnight when I read Psychological Astrology by Karen Hamaker Zondag.
A chapter of this book explored the cycle of the progressed Moon and that of transiting Saturn20. I learned that as these two cycles turned in their thirty-year revolution that significant stages in life coincided with significant stations of their sojourn. Suddenly, I viewed life as a cyclic process with archetypal landmarks that are common to everyone.
What casts astrobiography in a different light is the concept that each stage of life we encounter can be pre-determined from the natal chart, making no reference to any other form of astrological calculation or concept. The idea that suggested itself to me, that one could look at a single piece of paper with an astrological chart printed upon it and read a person's life story as if it were written in the letters of one's own language
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The concept of each of us having universal stages of life is not new. Psychology students will find a wealth of material here too. Authors Patrick Bateson & Paul Martin write in Design for a Life ­ How Behaviour Develops: Players on the stage Every individual must act many roles during his or her lifetime. Through Jacques in As You Like It, Shakespeare drew attention to these very different parts as each person grows up and ages: All the world's a stage And all the men and women merely players: They have their exits and their entrances; And one man in his time plays many parts, His acts being seven ages. Shakespeare's choice of seven periods is not sacrosanct. John Burrow describes in his book The Ages of Man how a number of different ways of dividing up life had entered medieval thought from antiquity. Aristotle had distinguished the period of growth, the prime of life and the period of decay. The Venerable Bede had four ages: childhood, which is metaphorically moist and hot; youth, which is dry and hot; maturity, which is dry and cold; and old age, which is cold and moist. The seven ages used by Shakespeare and before him the medieval astrologers, came originally from the second-century astronomer Ptolemaeus and were based on the main heavenly bodies. In the first four years of life the Moon produces change. In the following ten years Mercury articulates and fashions the logical mind. In the third age Venus implants the impulse for live. From the ages of twenty-two to forty-one the sun provides mastery and direction, and changes playfulness to seriousness and ambition. From forty-one to fifty-six Mars brings unhappiness and a desire to accomplish something before the end. Jupiter brings thoughtfulness and dignity to the sixth age. The last age which belongs to Saturn and starts at the age of sixtyeight, is one of cooling and slowing down.21 I have only recently come to know of this quotation. In 1991 I allowed my instincts to determine my progress in exploring the concept of life phases and stages of development.
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To me it seem natural that the Moon would represent the cradle of life, and that Mercury would come into play more strongly around the age of three as we learn to read and write. Instinctively I allocated the years seven to fifteen to Venus, and found Mars would then represent the overall tone of our lives between fifteen and twenty one. Jupiter from twenty-one to thirty, Saturn from thirty to forty-two, Uranus from forty-two to the age of sixty, and then Neptune from sixty until we leave this Earth. The sequence of planets follows ancient lines, from the Earth, radiating outwards we initially would encounter The Moon, Mercury, Venus the Sun and then Mars and on to the rest of the solar system. Astrobiography follows a similar path, and only differs where it takes into full account what we know in our present age as well: The Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter with the sun gaining Power, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and then Pluto. Other disciplines that also describe shared reality would form conclusions of a similar nature. The time periods correspond with many such models of stages of life found in the field of psychology.
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Planet Time ~ Line
The Mercur y
Moon
Venus Mars Jupiter Saturn
RS T U V W
0 -3 - 7 - 15 - 21 - 30 - 40 -
The Sun Q
Developmental Time ~ Line
The emergence of
Uranus X
the independent, confident, Self
Life path ~ underlying agenda of the inner self ~ your unconscious needs to evolve and grow
0 -3 - 7 - 15 - 21 - 30 - 40 -
More succinctly, on the following page:
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Baby-separate-vulnerable Child, exploring- language Self- definition, self-image Emerging adult: sexuality self- assertion, tempering
The adult adventure: new horizons, personal truth
Maturity: life evaluation, goal assessment, greater awareness of time
Neptune Y
60 - journey's end
60 - journey's end
Desire for expression of the true and unique self, quest for freedom, new models of discovery perceptions - inventions
Self reflection
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preparation for the
great journey
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disengagement from
active production ~
the freedom to fully
open up to spirit and
the arts ~ the dream
time so often sought in
the busy dash of youth
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The Astrobiography Life Phases: The Moon - life between zero and three years Mercury - life between three and seven years Venus - life between seven and fifteen years Mars - life between fifteen and twenty-one years Jupiter - life between twenty-one and thirty years Saturn - life between thirty and forty-two years ... the Sun gains Power now, and the 4th House begins to gain ascendancy Uranus - life between forty-two and sixty years ... North node life lessons nearing fulfilment Neptune - sixty years and onwards Pluto reveals how we may die, the will of the spirit - the mission upon which our soul has embarked for this sojourn.
Background and Philosophy: While it is my intention to elaborate fully on the background to the thinking behind astrobiography theory at some stage, within the parameters of this paper there is, unfortunately, insufficient space. An overview is, however, possible. Astrology provides an insight into what these ranges of potentials and probabilities are for each individual. When looking at the life phases one is able to know the outline of a person's general life story. It is possible to read this at any time, including within a few moments of a person's birth. This means an Astrologer can know a life story, or rather, the choices of life stories, or, the range of choices a person has that are definable and realistic with a high probability, of a new-born baby, much like reading a biography before the life has yet been lived.
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An Astrologer can follow the pathways of the person's strongest potentials - their most highly charged probabilities and know within a few moments how each section of time will seem to that person. It is like gaining an outline of each chapter in a book or a play without having yet explored the fine details of every line. This means a life can be seen as an unfolding story in which each chapter, or stage, makes sense. The up times and down times, the twists and turns become increasingly easy to rationalise. The birth chart can be used to accurately describe the atmosphere and general conditions, the `environment', or `perceptual context filter', for long periods, or phases of time. These life phases provide the external verification needed by the individual's inner-self to determine that the season for expressing and experiencing the `x' experience, or the moment of change, is occurring now. Like changing seasons, or the scenery in a play, the life phases that are connected to the symbolism of the Planets reveal the context through which the chart, the life map, is perceived and experienced for that designated period of time. It is from what we experience during a Life Phase that the level, or style in which we automatically tend to use a Planet is derived for further growth and development. The Planet's position in the chart provides a window into the individual's world for that designated time. Each Planet is connected with a particular stage of human development, or phase of time, and impresses itself on the background of consciousness, then the foreground of consciousness, and then the background of consciousness once more of our perceptual filters as we move and live through time. Contained within our biological clock is a primal sense of `timing', a notion that somehow we unfold and grow in our own season. Contained within the Astrological birth chart is not just the map of our journey, it also has the time-table.
Exploring Astrobiography: The pages of this paper that now follow afford one with an experience of astrobiography in its best setting, when it is being used as a working tool. That the prospect of being able to read the overall life path of an individual from a single calculation of a symbolic map is a possibility, is a hypothesis I have worked with in the consulting room for more than ten years at this time of writing. In my experience, the potential of the astrobiography model to verify its hypothesis with practical and Empirical Evidence is something that presents itself every day of my working week. It is to the testimonials of the three case studies, and for the judicial perceptions of the reader to now form an appropriate conclusion after all three have been read. There is most certainly a requirement for further research and exploration of astrobiography and it is my intention to commence that further study immediately, therefore, it would be appropriate to state that while I do not claim this explanation to be complete, I would like to suggest it is sufficient to demonstrate the theory of astrobiography.
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Case Study One
A senior executive in the MOD aged 49.
The presented issue/problem: The client is this case study required assistance in dealing with a forthcoming second operation for kidney stones. I already had an awareness of the client's history, as he had been one of my students on a Practitioner training course in modern applied psychology two years prior to this work being undertaken. I knew that he had lived a very healthy life and that only now, in his late forties, had he needed hospital treatment for the first time. Typical of people with Scorpio rising, he is a somewhat private individual and he had chosen to only tell immediate relatives and those closest to him of his initial stay in hospital. Having discovered this some time later from a third party, I contacted him and learned that not only had the whole experience been traumatically painful for him, there was also, along with the emotional culture shock of experiencing hospital for the first time in his life, the additional anxiety of now having to return for further work. I calibrated22 distress in his voice, and casually arranged to visit his home, which is close to my own village. When I arrived it transpired there were only two days until his return to hospital once more. The tension was almost palpable as he slowly began to settle, relax and relay his experience. The hospital had made an error with their previous work and now he had been recalled for some rectification. I listened as this usually very private man spoke in intimate detail of the pain, tears and sorrow of finding himself in the situation. He recounted he discovered one night, while visiting the bathroom to pass water that, `It was coming out of my back for God's sake, you just can't imagine what that's like. I just sat there and wept feeling completely bewildered'. Having developed a degree of sensory acuity23 through my NLP training I could in fact imagine what it was like, and I immediately took stock of the situation as I saw it: The first thing that occurred to me was that the memory of the first visit would be state dependent24, and in this case the client's state would be acute anxiety and pain. Since studies have shown that relaxation contributes to an improved immunity system25, vital for efficient healing and well being, then applying a technique, or series of techniques that induce hypnosis and foster deepening relaxation would be the best strategy to adopt. I recalled at that moment, his Astrological Birth Chart.
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The astrological birth chart of case study one I remembered that case study one was around fifty years of age and had Uranus in Cancer in the 9th House in his chart. I also recalled that his natal Uranus was Square to his Saturn-Neptune Conjunction in the 12th House. The position of Uranus informed me that while it could be stated that circumstances in his life would frequently take him abroad and he will find himself to be a `perpetual student' all the way through his forties and fifties he will also experience times of vulnerability during this period, and encounter situations where he has to be dependent upon others caring for him. One interpretation to be offered regarding the connection to Saturn and Uranus could be that he will experience altered states of consciousness easily during this time of life while also maintaining a healthy grip on practical reality. So, it could be deduced that here is a person who responds to hypnosis well and also places a value on `authority'.
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Conclusion so far: At this stage I had already formed a couple of conclusions as to which therapeutic approach to take.
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I wanted to access the state dependent memory of the first hospital
experience and reframe26 it to something positive, beneficial and emotionally
warm and rewarding.
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I decided to set up a new anchored response to the idea of the word `hospital',
so that each time my client thought about `hospital', or found himself inside
that kind of environment, his mind and body would enter a particular state of
comfort and accelerated healing.
Understanding his respect for higher authorities and his willingness to listen to voices of authority, I decided to initially recall for him some figures of authority in the world of NLP and Hypnosis that would serve to indirectly hypnotise him27 and provide me with the opportunity to install some embedded commands.28 My NLP and Hypnosis Trainer, Michael Harrison (1926-), recounted an experience to me that I now pass on to every class of students I have.
The Story - The Bandler Healing Experience: The story of this experience illustrates the eidetic nature of hypnosis and memory. It also serves to demonstrate how the subject matter of what we think about can strongly influence our immune and central nervous systems as well as our general physiology and emotional state.
During the Practitioner stage of NLP training my predecessor, Michael Harrison, and I show a video clip of one of the originators of NLP, Dr. Richard Bandler, working with a client. The client shown in the video clip required hypnotic assistance with an operation he was due to have the following day. Bandler has him sit on a chair in view of his class and guides him into a trance 29. Once Bandler has established ideomotor finger signals, 30 he then paces31 the client by casually talking about the functions of the unconscious and how it works with blood flow, breathing rate, heart beat, and the speed of healing. He acknowledges that, `The remarkable thing is your unconscious has been doing this for you all along.' The operation in question was for the client to have his nasal passages unblocked. Bandler asked his client's unconscious if it would take responsibility for ensuring he maintains a pain-free trance state during the operation and be utterly responsible for controlling blood flow, reducing swelling and accelerating recovery. In a follow up interview the client reported there was virtually no swelling. The doctors were amazed to find no bruising a week later when they removed his dressings. He chose to undertake the operation with only local anaesthetic and reported that felt calm and at peace throughout the whole proceedings. He took a
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pain killer after his operation because he had a slight headache due to the doctors working on the internal areas of his nose with a chisel. Michael Harrison recalls that in 1994 he too had to undergo a similar operation. Even though he was only required to be in hospital overnight, one of his ex-students of NLP went to visit him. Both Harrison and his ex-student felt that on an open hospital ward it would be inappropriate to perform hypnosis in an obvious manner, so Michael's ex-student casually asked him, `Do you recall in one of our training sessions you showed us a video of Bandler working with a man who was going to have an operation, like your operation ?' Michael Harrison replied that he did indeed remember it. The former student then proceeded to encourage him to remember it, step by step, in great detail, while asking questions such as: `And how would it feel to now be in that place ?' `If your unconscious were to assist you in this way tomorrow, in complete detail, what would the outcome be for you ?'
Michael Harrison achieved the same results as the client in the video, not by having the technique performed on him, but rather, by him being interviewed to simply recall the technique and allowing his unconscious to use the information inside his memory to then undertake the work. This story has many of the components of my case study's present perceptual position contained within it: a) Two figures of authority in the field of NLP and Hypnotherapy, in addition to myself. b) Hypnosis. c) Two examples of people responding to the hypnotic healing commands of those in authority. d) The nurturing those in a vulnerable position e) Hypnosis being achieved surreptitiously (unconsciously) within a hospital environment.
With my client being unable to recall the story of Michael Harrison's use of his memory of Bandler's work on video, this afforded me the opportunity to recount the story in detail in order to have my client's unconscious internally represent its implied possibilities. It was, however, very important the my client could remember even a very small part of the video work. He informed me that he could recall only a small part of the psychobiological video session. In a soft, yet authoritive tone, I told my client that, because he could recall a fraction of the video clip, this meant that the entire video session was installed and established securely inside his memory banks. Being aware that my client's Aquarian Moon indicated he felt very comfortable with spontaneous events, and that his Third House Capricornian again pointed to a tendency to follow authority and `that which has been proven to work', I began to introduce a trance state, opening with a basic accessing formula style equation32: `As soon as your inner mind knows ... you are now ready ... to ... drift inside a deep ...
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healing trance ... experience ... you will find yourself ... feeling a little more comfortable ... as your eyes close to ... begin your deep inner healing ...' My client looked me in the eye and asked if this was one of those times when he really should relax, and then closed his eyes before I had time to answer. I had already decided to allow the `Rossi Pattern' trance induction (meaning, to use the language patterns of trance that can have their origination specifically attributed to the work of Earnest Laurence Rossi) to allow my client to drift inside an ASC for a short while, which would enable me to further recall the work undertaken on the video clip for him in more detail on the level of his unconscious programming. After saying the wording Bandler used in the video clip I began to enhance the state of relaxation. The spacing represented by the three dots in this paragraph is indicative of slight pauses in speech that are used in hypnosis to create mild curiosity as to what will be said next, and also serves to enhance the impact of the meaning being delivered. In a slow, rhythmic and deliberate pace and tone I said, `And ... because you are here ... inside your relaxing ... experience ... as you breathe ... and drift ... deeper now into comfort ... healing ... and those deepening states of hypnosis'. I then began to mix up two words in rapid succession so that their concepts would become a little confused. Akin to performing an audio version of the Collapse Anchor technique33 linguistically, I carefully calibrated my client as the word `hospital' became connected in meaning with the word `hospitable'. For example: `Each and every time you go in through en-trance ... you're going to find yourself ... inside ... a very hospitable place to be ... that's right ... how hospitable to be inside, now, those feelings of relaxing more and more deeply ... and you can always relax ... inside ... more and more completely ... each and every time you move in through en-trance ... and find yourself ... inside hospitable healing deep on the unconscious level ... as you are relaxing ... now, moving through en-trance ... that's right ...' After about 5 minutes, I ended the hypnotic session with another Rossi pattern that time-binds the person's return to normal consciousness with the inner-mind's knowledge that the work initiated is complete in every detail: `And, as soon as you inner mind knows, your unconscious has completed all of these instructions, in detail, then, and only then, will you find yourself slowly emerging, from the deep trance state, feeling refreshed, comfortable, alert and relaxed knowing, on a deep level inside your unconscious knows exactly how to accelerate your healing as you relax even more deeply.' I waited for my client to open his eyes. At this point, immediately after the work we had undertaken, and without a moment for reflection, he still seemed a little uncertain and fearful of the outcome. I assured him I would repeat the work onto a cassette tape and post it to him immediately. Observing that he looked a little tired, I left his company with as many overt and covert words of comfort I could slip inside saying our goodbyes and casually uttering phrases like, `It'll be easier than you think'. Once home that afternoon, I immediately set to work on his cassette tape session. I had to hurry as that day's post was to be collected within the hour. I inserted a blank
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cassette into the machine, pressed record and ad-libbed a fifteen-minute hypnotic healing session, covering much of the ground we had already explored earlier that day. My intention was that this would serve to re-enforce the effect of that afternoon's work. The timing was such that it would reach my client's doorstep on the day before he was due to be admitted to hospital. He had agreed to listen to the tape at some point during that day, and to call me to let me know what he experienced. By 4.00pm that afternoon I had not heard from him and I rightly guessed that because of having to organise things, saying last goodbyes, and his building anxiety, his mind had been taken off the actuality of going to hospital and he had avoided thinking about it all. My assumption that he had distracted himself from the task of playing the taped hypnotic session was born out when I called him at 6.00pm that evening. He promised to listen to the tape immediately. After 30 minutes I had not received a call and, because the cassette session was only of a 15 minute duration I assumed his state had swung into a sense of, `Time's getting closer now' and he was busy getting ready and sorting any last minute details. I knew the fear could be building as the night drew on, and his lack of contact caused me to conclude that maybe the tape had not calmed his nerves or reduced his anxiety. I was pleased to discover I was wrong. However, later that evening, at 8.25pm, my client phoned me and said, `I've just come out of trance'. The cassette tape session had relaxed him deeply for two and a half hours. I had a strong feeling it would be successful. Out of respect for his privacy, I made no attempt to contact him during his stay in hospital, and I waited until the second day after his return home. With a sense of anticipation I called him and, as I had expected, was greeted on the telephone by his partner. I tentatively asked, `How is he', and I was amazed to discover he had gone out to socialise with some friends. Three days later he left a long `thank you' message on my voice mail service, attributing the difference in his two hospital experiences to the hypnotic and psychobiological work we had done. Because it had been unnecessary to discuss with my client my working strategies, he was unaware of the degree to which my chosen methods of working, and the techniques I had subsequently employed, had been selected because of the insights gained from reading his astrological birth chart from an astrobiography perspective.
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Conclusion and commentary in the client's own words: I had been in to hospital for an operation which had gone wrong, and I'd been in a great deal of pain, and a couple of months later I had to do some recovery work. They had to take something out, or put something in or whatever, and I was really upset at the idea of having to go back there. I remember talking to you about this and you doing some NLP on me and I was really scared about going back in and even now when I go back into hospital I remember the smell of the place and it reminds me of my stay. So what I noticed was I went into hospital in a really relaxed way, much more relaxed about it then I had ever been before, because I have been backwards and forwards a few times. Much more kind of confident, I noticed that the other people in the waiting room were in a real state about it and was really relaxed. I knew what the procedure was going to be like, I'd been told about it. My main recollection was sitting in this waiting room full of people in a real state coming and going , for some reason I had to wait longer than others. Then, when I did go in it was excruciatingly painful, and I don't think anything can get away from that, and again it went wrong, they got things wrong and that made it even more painful. So. I don't know. if you could describe it on a scale of 1 to 10 the pain was around 10. My main thing was being very relaxed about it, calm about it. The Bandler tape described some stuff that had been going around talking to the patients, about reduced bruising, rapid healing, lower level of bleeding and things. And I think in general I was surprised at how quickly I recovered from what had been pretty traumatic, and I think it was probably more emotional recovery than physical challenge, but that's hard to say because I haven't got any bench mark to measure it against. My over whelming impression is that of sitting in the waiting room and being really calm amongst people, and I just thought, `Ahh this is really calm', and put it down to the NLP work. A very different impression is that of where I have no reason to be calm about it because I had suffered before.(Sic).
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Findings for Case Study One: The astrobiographical interpretation gleaned from the Birth chart regarding the deep structures and subsequent meta programmes of my client's on-going experience was invaluable in enabling me to quickly assess the situation and then decide upon which course of action to take. Moreover, the revealed vulnerability inferred from his having Uranus in Cancer, for me, was a key issue here because my client's usual Scorpionic persona of calm quiet strength could have been misleading to me if I was to select a therapeutic intervention appropriate to the situation. That I was able to assess the situation and make my selection of methodologies so quickly was due, not to mere conjecture, but rather to the insights that an astrobiographical approach to astrology affords. The idea that, among the range of associations attributed to the Zodiacle sign of Cancer can be found the principles of nurturing and nursing, and also that one of the attributed associations of the 12th House, in astrological tradition, is said to relate to hospitals has more than an equivocal implication. The results of the hypnotic and psychobiological work, inspired by the astrobiographical analysis of my client's natal chart are such that I would argue that the use of astrology as a tool of modern applied psychology now warrants further investigation and research.
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Case Study Two A single mother of three children, concerned about the behavioural difficulties of her teenage daughter. The presented issue/problem: I have chosen to call this person Samantha for this publication. Samantha lives with her mother and younger brother and sister. Samantha's mum recently separated and initiated divorce proceedings from Samantha's step father (the Father of her brother and sister). Samantha's mother contacted me and asked me to look to see if anything, astrologically, pointed to her daughter's increasingly difficult behaviour and any solutions astrology may offer. Without looking at Transits or Progressions I went straight to the Natal Chart and looked at Samantha through the lens of astrobiography. Samantha has just turned fifteen, so it is relevant to explore the Venus life phase (seven to fifteen years of age) as well as the Mars life phase, covering the present position and her life between the ages of fifteen to twenty-one.
Methodology: With this case study I chose a different working method than with case studies One and Three of this paper. The reasons for this were two-fold: Firstly, there was a question of logistics. When Samantha's mother requested astrological assistance it was in an atmosphere of immediate concern for Samantha's welfare. The travelling distance between our homes is quite substantial, and while an arrangement for a consultation could have been arranged, I decided to take the more immediate approach of using e-mail as a medium to deliver a written report. Secondly, I wanted to communicate directly with Samantha in order to bring about changes in the patterns of her deep structures sufficiently enough to have an observable impact on her thinking and behaviour. In my assessment of her Natal Chart, I concluded the easiest way to gain her attention would be to present any findings and subsequent advice in writing. I decided to prepare a report that would, through the use of hypnotic language, inspire her towards change and transformation. Samantha's mother's comments appear within the text of my report, and are indented. Samantha's comments also appear within the text and are italicised, as well as being indented.
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Astrobiography report for Samantha:
Venus and Mars life phases ­ aged 7 to 21 years Venus is placed in the Sign of Gemini, in the 11th House, with Taurus in the 10th, and on the 11th , with Libra in the 3rd, and on the 4th House IC. The Aspects to Venus are: Decile the Sun, Septile Neptune, Bi Quintile Pluto, Bi Undecile MC, Square North Node, Sextile Part of Fortune.
Between the ages of seven to fifteen Samantha will be highly curious and enjoy learning (Gemini). During this time her central nervous system will be more sensitive than usual, so she will often become affected by noises and movements in the immediate environment. It will be important for her to have periods of quiet and seclusion, otherwise she will find herself becoming fraught and agitated if she has to spend prolonged periods of time in busy populated places. During this period of her life she has the potential to excel in academic work so long as she can resist the distractions of friends and her social circle (11th house). She could have an aptitude for languages, a love of literature or a strong desire to tell everyone all she knows through writing or distributing information within her social circle by gossiping or texting - a good idea to keep an eye on the household telephone bill as the pattern that is set at this time may well remain in place for many years to come (Gemini & 11th house). My overall impression of the report is that it is amazingly accurate and very good. During this time of her life she was always interested in school. She often gets irritable and tired with people who are making noise around her. She sometimes snaps, `Shut up everyone'. She often takes herself off to bed, and this was definitely more evident during this period of time. She is good at languages, though not really interested in them. She was good at writing at school: she tended to write things that were rather adult, and she is always texting her friends on her mobile and creating a high bill for the house phone.
Her curiosity and need to be `one of the crowd' during this time may affect her ability to remain focussed on work she is set, and even on larger, more personal goals she
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wants to achieve (Taurus 10th house). This might well manifest as a tendency to fixate on projects, ideas and ambitions and have a steely determination to see things through to the end until she becomes distracted. For a parent trying to keep up with these changes, it could be a little frustrating. On a more positive note she is establishing here a pattern of flexibility alongside a tenacity that could otherwise be outright stubbornness, so I would consider this to be very useful later in life as she will have the ability to complete tasks without becoming entrenched in ideas, emotions and concepts that no longer serve her productively. Samantha definitely wants to be one of the crowd. Another contribution to the creation of flexibility could well be movement in a more literal sense. During these years Samantha might find changes within the home, within the family, or just moving house to be disruptive enough that it impacts her sense of stability and security. During these years, if these are house moves or changes within the immediate environment she is well placed to learn how to adapt to changes in circumstance and manage stressful times. Alternatively, having the Sun in Cancer, she could interpret these changes as being too disruptive and the impact on her inner sense of safety and stability could be bruising, casting a slight shadow over her sense of identity and self-confidence (Venus Decile the Sun). There are a number of NLP techniques that reframe these experiences for her to find the benefits and strengths she can now draw upon as a result of these changing times. We moved house four times during this period of her life and even Samantha has said she found it very disruptive. I believe it was very disruptive and has somewhat bruised her sense of security.
With Venus being Decile to the Sun, Sextile to the Part of Fortune and the Septile to Neptune, the arts will have a marked effect on Samantha during this period, setting a tone for the rest of her life. She will find herself drawn to art, music, dance or poetry as a doorway though which to escape any disappointments and problems life holds, as well as using creativity as a form of self-expression.
Samantha was very interested in the arts. Whereas she used to play with paints at school before she was seven, along with all the other children, during this time period she began to explore art on her own motivation. She would produce cards for her friends with beautiful pictures rather than simply write a note. Samantha had some work presented as well. Music has always been important to Samantha, and it has to be said that during this time she learned piano and did a lot of dancing. This part of the report is also to the mark. She began smoking at thirteen and I'm sure she was drinking then as well. Oddly, chocolate was something that became a big
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issue then:- I even remarked to her that she was becoming addicted. Life will seem difficult for Samantha during this time (Square North Node) and there will be times when Samantha does not like her life and the pathway she finds herself on. There is a possibility she might find other means of escapism (Septile Neptune) through alcohol or tobacco or other substances that produce altered states of consciousness (this could be cannabis or heavy doses of chocolate or coffee or other potentially addictive substances). The Bi Quintile to Pluto indicates she will experience life between seven and fifteen as if she cannot access the keys to her own personal power. It will seem to Samantha that the world, or certain people in it (God, teachers, parents, bullies, fashion designers, policemen and anyone who asserts authority) have some kind of sway or influence over her life and her circumstances. During this time, Samantha will learn how to access her ability to influence events via influencing the decisions of others ­ most usually by learning how to be charming and attractive and `sweet'. Yes, everyone says, `She's so sweet', and then, when she gets indoors she can completely change, like Jekyll and Hyde. In terms of school work Samantha has the potential do very well (Bi Undecile MC and Venus in Gemini) so long as she can resist the pull to prop up any emotional vulnerability through allowing herself to be disrupted by friends or finding unproductive methods of escaping from the hurts of life. If Samantha channels her focus of attention into creative expression in this life phase she could well achieve a great deal. I have to say this is all so amazingly accurate. Samantha, when she read it said, `How can he know all those things about me ? `How could he know me so well ?'
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Life for Samantha between 15 and 21 years: Mars is placed in the Sign of Aries, in the 9th House, with Aries in the 9th and on the 10th, The Aspects to Mars are: Trine the Sun, Trine the Moon, Square Mercury, Sextile Jupiter, Square Saturn, Square Uranus, Square Neptune, Trine Asc, Square Chiron.
Between the ages of fifteen to twenty-one, life for Samantha will take on a different, and somewhat more challenging tone. Her sense of identity and enduring inner-confidence will, during this time begin to ascend and make itself known, though the sense of feeling vulnerable and of being somehow `smaller than others' will continue to be present (Sun in Cancer). For Samantha life during this period will be different, to an almost startling degree. She will experience situations that demand she asserts herself and take action (Mars in Aries), rather than hesitate inside a shell of vulnerability (Sun in Cancer). Samantha has certainly been more assertive since she was around fourteen and a half. Where before she would be a bit hesitant and shy, there seems to be no holding her back now. Before this summer (when Samantha turned fifteen) if I said she couldn't go out she would sulk and maybe throw a tantrum, but now, she just goes out without letting me know where she is. She's just off on her own. I'd say she has become more independent - and inconsiderate and bloody selfish quite frankly. She seems to have no conscience, as if she has no awareness of other's feelings at all.
Physiologically, Samantha will have an abundance of energy and a desire to express herself immediately. Her perception and relationship with time will change in such a way that as well as needing to act out every impulse `right here and now', it will seem to Samantha as if time has slowed down externally, while her subjective perception of time's momentum has actually accelerated internally (Mars in Aries). Internally, Samantha will experience the world around her as if someone has slowed everything down: queues seem longer, kettles take more time to boil, a month takes a decade to pass. Simultaneously, Samantha will process information more rapidly, so, to Samantha, when she has finished taking her time to listen to someone it will seem
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unreasonable that the other person appears to want to keep on taking for ages and ages and ages. Ha ha, this is so right. She swears at the kettle and keeps asking, `When's dinner ready' every two minutes, even though she's just been told the answer. The other day we were in a queue in a shop and it was just a normal queue. Samantha was pacing up and down and muttering, I thought she was going to walk out. It was only a normal shop, she's become pretty unreasonable. Samantha will want to get to the point and move on quickly during this life phase (Mars in Aries in the 9th house). To some people it will seem as if Samantha has become tetchy, or even downright rude. Behaving in ways that others interpret as her being impatient, irritated or even aggressive could well initiate conflict with others during these years. It would be wise for Samantha to channel these volatile energies and impetuous urges into productive competitive outlet like sports or a regular fitness routine. Directed through the muscles in a disciplines way Samantha will develop a healthy and vibrant relationship with life and it will seem as if she has a glow about her (Mars in Aries in the 9th house, Trine the Sun, Trine the Moon and Trine the Ascendant). The alternative is to allow the exuberance to find more idle hands (Square Mercury) and the resulting tension could manifest as stress or outbursts of temper and harsh angry words. In terms of sports, well this side of Mars in Aries is dormant. She began horse riding recently, but that's about it as far as being active is concerned. While her relationship with her family and parents could be on a very good footing during these years (Trine the Sun and Trine the Moon), with the people she meets, and any places she travels to, encouraging her to be more open minded and to take on board the view of life in a larger picture or philosophical framework (Mars in the 9th house Sextile Jupiter), there will be challenges of a difficult possibly very unpleasant nature. We will now explore at each of these in turn, looking first at their general significance and then focussing on the positive benefits and learnings that can be obtained from these experiences:
Mars in Aries in the 9th House Square Saturn in Sagittarius in the 5th House: The Square to Saturn in the 5th House indicates a number of possible problems Samantha will have to face and resolve. One of these is her relationship with her father, father figures, authority and even her perception of men in general. During these years (fifteen to twenty-one)
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Samantha's inner-Self may allow these issues to be resolved by making decisions (often unconsciously) that allow these very issues to become a focus of attention. Samantha may, for example, have to spend time with her father in order to work though any relationship difficulties or to heal any old hurts and emotional wounds. Then again, it may be though other men her mother becomes involved with, people who take on a father figure role, that become the lens through which any unresolved issues can find equilibrium and a sense of inner peace. Talking and appreciating the perspectives of other people (or just respecting them even if they are totally boring) is a key to improved relations here. In displaying a respect for the opinions and rights of others then they have the space and psychological permission to respect yours. We tend to receive what we give out, so it's your call Samantha (assuming you're reading this, of course). Alternatively, it might well be through the realm of society's authority figures that Samantha lays any old fatherly ghosts to rest. This of course implies that Samantha might experience a series of ups and downs with authority figures from schoolteachers, head masters, social workers, traffic wardens, magistrates, judges or, the police. Obviously, the watchword here is to proceed with caution and maybe adopt the viewpoint that rules are made for some reason. We may not always understand those reasons, so, in a reasonable way we can ask the appropriate people (those with the correct knowledge, or wisdom) and discover what those reasons are. In taking ourselves along the path of legal discovery, it is possible to find oneself becoming knowledgeable, and even proficient, in matters of law and a career could possibly blossom from this. People involved in criminal defence or human rights all need to work within the law, in order for the law to become truly just. It is possible for Samantha to take part in this important unfolding social process. When Samantha read this part of the report she said, `That's true', and shyly hid herself by curling up in a ball. It's not often that soft Cancerian part of her nature reveals itself these days and yet it did here. I think you touched on a welcome nerve here.
Saturn's placement in the 5th house does carry an implication here of meeting a challenge of life through the arena of teenage pregnancy. This is so uncanny. Samantha was fifteen in July and is about to go on the pill any week now. She's definitely been having sex since she was fifteen, over the last two months, though she says it's not often. We began talking about this a couple of months ago, yet, with all the trouble, we haven't got back to talking about it. It was the fact that you mentioned it in the report that got us talking again and now she is definitely taking a more responsible attitude.
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Relationships will be important to Samantha in these years (Mars Sextile Descendent) and there is a high possibility she will take physical action on any strong desires she may have (Mars in Aries). So, expect romances to be more than merely innocent, and you will find that events will match the expectation you may have of Samantha being a young lady who, between fifteen and twenty-one, likes to get on with life in her own way ... NOW ! Oh yes, this is so right. Advice here will, hopefully be unnecessary. If it's needed then it might go unheeded anyway, or might even be too late. That advice which must be followed is, of course, always play responsibly and take full responsibility yourself to always only have protected sex: `no protection means nothing happens between us' - make it your golden rule ! Raising a child, for those with Saturn in the 5th House, is usually a difficult affair34 and the responsibility of parenting bears heavily upon them. The best advice here is to only start a family after very careful consideration and planning and, meanwhile, to do everything in your power to avoid un-planned pregnancy.
Mars in Aries in the 9th House Square Uranus in Sagittarius in the 5th House: Having Mars Square Uranus in the 5th house means that Samantha is pre-disposed to assert her own unique independence though the arena of rebelling with romantic partners. In other words, one way to court your disfavour would be to associate with, or go out with young men that you, for some reason, find unsuitable for her or even undesirable. I don't like this part. Samantha keeps hanging out with these boys who are nineteen. It's not just their age though, I'm sure they are bringing drugs into things and she just seems to want to be rebellious in everything. The again, Samantha might follow exactly the same process within her own social set and link up with guys that her friends find difficult to accept, as if to announce, `I am me, and this is my choice, and I can do what I want with my life'. Alternatively, she might surprise herself with her own choice of romantic partners and somehow end up going out with someone who is the last person she might have thought of. She could also find herself attracted to people who are unique in character, as if they somehow act as an example of independence and originality. Some of these types of people may be so original that others consider them to be odd or strange. Romance, with the Square to Uranus, could also just be an experiment, as if to say, `I haven't gone out with someone like that yet ... I must give them a try'. Samantha may well find the invisible lines between friendship and romance gets blurred, so that associations that begin as friendships become romances and vice-
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versa. Freedom within romance will be an issue as well, and this could be the source of a number of emotional upsets and difficulties. Mars Square Uranus is, of course, a classic placement for out and out rebellion and Samantha could find herself in hot water through having overzealously overthrown the old authority of the past, suddenly finding that the rules that it is suggested people live by, do in fact serve an essential purpose. Still, Samantha might find various causes and ideologies catch her attention during this time and a growing political awareness could develop into the kind of humanitarianism that facilitates changes in society and promotes improvement for all. Just remember that no matter what the cause or the passions aroused, deep breathing and allowing your hands to relax, along with honest tact and diplomacy are, as Howard Sasportas would say, universal antidotes to a bad case of Mars35
Mars in Aries in the 9th House Square Neptune in Capricorn in the 6th House:
Here, a softening of the harsh parts of the psyche is introduced through the suffering of disappointments and the shattering of dreams. Or, the healing of these hurts is met through the compassion, the spiritual quest, the arts and through being of service to others. There will be times between the ages of fifteen to twenty-one when Samantha just seems to aimlessly drift without seeming to have a larger organised plan. While the Square to Saturn is demanding a plan and coherent strategy to order life with, the Square to Neptune pulls Samantha's focus into the opposite hemisphere of nebulous day dreaming and a desire to just go with whatever presents itself and comes along ... after all, isn't it all just meant to be ? Life might be ordered by some kind of great divine plan ... and, well, maybe not. Maybe it's meant to be that I write these words now, and you are reading them later inside your now ... and as you read these words now, as you are meant to, that part of your mind, maybe conscious, or, maybe your unconscious can go ahead and begin to explore the possibilities of creating a life plan, new pathways that will develop a sense of growing confidence and of looking after yourself in all situations, of working to build a sustainable quality of life and good health and prosperity. Maybe you are meant to be inspired to acknowledge the hurts and pains you've experienced, even this far in life, and consider what you might already be able to do to assist others who have walked similar roads to you. Maybe it's meant that you think of the feelings of others, and especially those close to you, and take them into account before you speak or take action. Then again, maybe there isn't - maybe you are meant to simply drift into a crisis you can prevent ... or, maybe you just drift inside a bottle of booze - or worse. Maybe you could float into an oblivion that means you loose everything you want to hold on to, and maybe not. Since it really is your choice Samantha, begin to write down exactly what you want from life, the kind of lifestyle you really want and create a plan, with the help of others, maybe, to go for it. There is, it has to be said, a potential here for you to experience these times between fifteen and twenty-one, as those of being fraught with a series of health issues - or just one big health problem. There is a very high chance that your health will be seriously affected by your use of alcohol or other drugs. Please take the greatest of
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care with both of these areas as, typically of Neptune, you will be unaware of any dangers at the time. So, the easiest way to ensure your safety is to adopt a policy of leaving these substances alone until after you are twenty-two years of age. I'd take a guess that the likelihood of you following this advice is very remote and yet, it is still possible you can surprise me - is it not ? On a Saturday night she goes into town and drinks Vodka and smokes, sometimes grass or what ever it is. I heard once that she'd tried cocaine and I went really mad at her. She said she was too smart to take that road but she doesn't seem to realise the danger yet. These lads give the girls free smoke and then get them emotionally dependent on it. Before they know it they're having to steal to get it and then it's cocaine and lord knows what next. It scares me. Mars in Aries in the 9th House Square Chiron in Cancer in the 12th House: The final part of your four major life challenges during these years is one that could be seen to represent a summery of all we have said so far: Chiron square to Mars in this place in the chart indicates you will have the opportunities to heal some very deep wounds here, and you may also have experiences that create deep emotional and psychological wounds. I would recommend you focus on generating an atmosphere of peace and calmness around yourself, within which you can find private space and basically `chill'. To do this, you will need to reduce the amount of conflicts you have in life by fostering agreement and co-operation with others. Kindness, respect and consideration are all qualities that will cause others to desire your company in peace ­ rather than conflict. These years could be a great healing time for you if you adopt an appropriate attitude and allow your natural sensitivity to care for others and look after their feelings. You will find that as you do this your own self-confidence will continue to rise and life, for you, will shine (Sun in Cancer). Please feel free to contact over any of these issues. Warmest regards, David
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The conclusions of the client: I can say that since reading the report, and I don't know if this is co-incident with her having got beaten up recently as well, Samantha has become more reasonable and thoughtful. It was really observable how frightened she was, and she told me she was frightened, about the part of the report that details how her health in the long term could be seriously affected by any use of drugs at this young age. It really made an impact on her and she has also begun to discriminate between friends and the unfriendly in her social world. Quite literally, she has made a note of who she feels `right' with and who she doesn't. I n my view, her reading the report has enabled her to recognise that she has a choice in life and that she has the power to control and guide her own direction. It is quite amazing, as I've said. Since she has read it, she is more discriminating and has begun to do homework in subjects she was until recently completely ignoring. The report itself has become in invaluable tool for our relationship. Until recently, relations between us had become increasingly strained and difficult. When you pointed out in our initial conversation that I could either represent for her the Square to Saturn and be `an orrible' figure of authority, or, I could represent a heartfelt friend through being a representation of her Mars Trine the Moon. I felt full of hope, and yet still a bit lost as to how to bring this transition from representing cold and stern Saturn to becoming her friendly Moon. I believe the report has facilitated this transition. You, David Rowan the astrologer, have become the voice of authority, the Saturn. This means I can now be her friendly mum girlfriend, looking with her at her personal stars, and working out how best to make the most of it. The report has become a forum for discussion and a platform for us to build a new and stronger relationship. I do have to say that Samantha was very touched that the astrologer even bothered to bother about her. She really took to heart that someone cared enough to do that much work for her, and that her mum cared that much because she asked for it to be done. One final word has to be that it really struck me how frightened she was about the effects drugs could/would have on her health. She seemed quite disturbed by this and I believe the message sank right inside her. I would say she took the warning. Thank you.
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Findings for Case Study Two: I wanted the report to be a basic Pace and Lead exercise that would bring Samantha to a natural understanding of the larger picture of which these present times play a significant and yet constantly changing part. There were certain characteristics and probabilities that I intuited she may now be allowing to manifest or blossom to fruition, and I gathered, rightly as it transpired, that she was pleased to be able to re-access the lighter and more caring sides of her nature. This particular configuration in her astrological birth chart carries the potentials for experiencing some of the harsher and more arduous sides of life. Since everything within astrology, at least from an astrobiographical perception, has more than one path to follow then I knew it may be possible to inspire Samantha to decide to change course in certain areas and begin to build a life of great worth and security for herself. From a young teenager about to fully embark on her energetic, and almost totally internally referenced, journey of life through an Aries lens I received the following accolade: `I'm impressed by it'.
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Case Study Three An Asian woman in her early thirties, based in London, with a career in web-design.
The presented issue/problem: Consultation One The client of Case Study Three initially approached me to assist her with a presenting problem that was quite different to the issue we finally resolved. There was, however, a powerful unconscious defence-mechanism at work, and this clearly formed connection between the two issues. Initially, the problem was two-fold: One part was about her career, or rather, life direction, and the second was a jumbled experience of emotionally and psychologically recoiling from being sexually harassed at work while simultaneously feeling passionately attracted to a different person at the same company, who was, nonetheless, unobtainable. He was also a very different type of person from her husband, or so she gathered from a distance because she had little actual contact with this man. During our first consultation, I sat quietly and listened as my client spoke of her career direction for maybe three minutes before reverting, once more, to the issue of the man at work of whom her delightful dreams were now becoming consciously disruptive36. She was brimming with questions that seemed to be born from an unquenchable epistemic hunger. No matter how many rational explanations or reframes I offered her, nor how many times we found resolutions to the myriad of problems she presented, to my client it seemed that an almost `burning hunger' constantly drew her to being aware only of some kind of love she wasn't experiencing, and to then seek fulfilment of it, which, `isn't mine to experience'. My client spoke of being ill and taking a long leave from work as a result of having experienced the harassment. She seemed not quite reluctant to talk about the harassment but her conversation kept flying off at tangents. The ubiquitous return throughout her conversation to the man at work to whom she was attracted seemed, to me, to be not of an obsessional nature, but rather, symptomatic of a more instinctively powerful urge. The urge to avoid drawing into consciousness painful unresolved issues that, in some way, contributed to the overall sense she had of being unfulfilled. The brightness in her tone of voice would fade as she ended her sentences37 and she maintained visually orientated behaviour in her eye accessing cues38, enabling her to avoid accessing her emotions, even when asked direct metamodel39 questions such as, `And how, specifically, do you feel about that ?'
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Moreover, her manner of expression indicated she felt undeserving of the very thing she sought. I interpreted this style of behaviour as that of being similar to a guilt pattern that occurs commonly in people with issues of low self-esteem, akin to having a fear of poverty coupled with a sense of guilt of ownership40. Finding my client's model of the world to be undoubtedly impoverished, I decided to turn to her astrological chart to gain an understanding of some of the deep structures and values of her model41. I knew that with this kind of insight it would be far easier to select therapeutic interventions that would bring the fulfilment she required sooner than currently possible. Upon looking at her astrological chart I found myself drawing the following conclusions.
The astrological birth chart of case study three
The initial thing that struck me about the astrological map of my client's psyche42 was the high degree of Scorpionic/Plutonic perception she is inclined to experience. Although her Sun is placed in the sign of Capricorn, her Ascendant is in Scorpio: Pluto is placed in the 10th House, the Moon is in the 8t h House along with the sign of Cancer, and Jupiter is placed in Scorpio. Pluto, while making Trine aspects to the Sun and Mercury and being Sextile to Neptune, is also Square the Moon, Opposing Jupiter and Bi Quintile Saturn.
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I have found through my experience in astrological consultations that people with strongly Scorpionic/Plutonic natures can live life through the extreme ends of the spectrum of the human experience43. From achieving greatness to living in the shadow of the worst of human nature, these people learn to develop resilience and strength in great measure. `Kill or be killed' is a paradigm that these types of people are challenged with at some point in their lives. Astrologically, one of the polysemous associations attributed to Scorpio, and the planet associated with it, Pluto, is that of the psychological function of repression44. In the field of NLP, Practitioners are taught to deal with repressed material by pacing the client's presenting reality and then using transformational grammar to bring about a resolution of the underlying issues45. However, when issues are repressed, the individual concerned is often not consciously aware of the existence of the unresolved material, or that their interpretation of the world around them may be coloured or prejudiced by emotions that are bound up with the issues seeking expression46.
In The Psychobiology of Mind Body Healing, Rossi states: Milton H. Erickson (1902-1980) then demonstrated how amnesias caused by psychological shocks and traumatic events are psycho-neuro-physiological dissociations that can be resolved by "inner resynthesis" in hypnotherapy (Erickson, 1984/1980). One of Erickson's early students, David Cheek, M.D., systematized an ideomotor signalling approach for investigating emotional trauma, stress, and psychosomatic symptoms. Over a 25-year period, Cheek's clinical case studies led him to formulate the theory that serve stress invariably causes an altered state, identifiable as form of spontaneous hypnosis which encodes statebound problems of systems. He recently expressed his view as follows (Cheek, 1981, p. 88): Hypnosis occurs spontaneously at times of stress (Cheek, 1960), suggesting that this phenomenon is a statedependant condition mobilising information previously conditioned by earlier similar stress (Cheek, 1926b). At such times, the individual tends to revert in memory and physiological behaviour to an earlier moment of great stress. The formal induction of hypnosis may suddenly release disturbing memories of experiences associated with spontaneous hypnoidal states. 47 In addition, my client's avoidance, being perfectly understandable when seen in the light of the quantity of Scorpionic and Plutonic placements in her astrological chart, reminded me of a pattern I had encountered with others who have a similar emphasis in their natal charts. There is an indication here for my client to potentially have had experiences of sexual, physical or emotional abuse. I would like, at this moment, to draw attention to there being an empirical48 history behind the thinking that formed this conclusion, for it is not merely conjective, it is derived from many years experience of working with the astrobiography model in the
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field with clients who seek practical assistance with extremely challenging and difficult circumstances. In The Courage to Heal49, the authors Ellen Bass and Laura Davis discuss the abused person's tendency to dissociate from their body. My personal experience of astrology in the field of astrotherapy 50 h a s b e en that Scorpionic and Plutonic dynamics coincide with physical, emotional, psychological or sexual forms of abuse and imposition. When teaching astrology and discussing with my astrological students how, or maybe if, circumstances in our lives correlate to placements in our astrological birth charts a consistent pattern has been seen to emerge:
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Those people with Scorpio rising experience physical, emotional,
psychological or sexual forms of abuse and imposition at some point in
their lives in a way that is significantly impactful.
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Those people with planets in Scorpio, or those that have planets
making a natal aspect to Pluto, have, in the unfoldment of their lives,
periods of time during which significantly impactful experiences of a
physical, emotional, psychological or sexual forms of abuse and
imposition are likely to occur with a high probability.
To identify during which periods of time the highest probabilities for these experiences fall the astrobiography model of astrology holds the key. In my client's birth chart, the quantity of periods of high probability for such experiences were more numerous than many other people's natal birth chart indications. More judiciously than cautiously, I interpreted the astrobiographical information in the following way: In more than ten years experience in the field of teaching astrobiography and working with clients, I have encountered many of those with Scorpio Ascendant who have experienced some form of abuse at some point in their lives. With Pluto Squaring the Moon, which is placed in the 8th House51 (Scorpio's natural house) there is a two-fold probability that my client either experienced or witnessed some form of abuse during the first three years of her life. These memories would ordinarily be difficult for a person to consciously remember, even though the repressed memory may still present itself though unconscious behaviour patterns such as an inherent mistrust of people, an emotional need for privacy, a fear of being dominated or told what to do. Sometimes it manifests in individuals as an unconscious need for power and they `have to' be in control. Jupiter is placed in Scorpio, which indicates that my client will experience circumstances during her twenties that will resonate with these earlier and forgotten abuse patterns, enabling her unconscious to bring any repressed material to the surface for conscious resolution. In other words, my client could find herself unconsciously making decisions that allow her to encounter such difficult circumstances such as these. It is during her thirties that my client encounters opportunities to bring any emotional and psychological wounds to the surface and work with them in a creative
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and supportive environment. The Bi Quintile aspect from Pluto to Saturn shows that not only is it possible for her to reframe her hurts into making the transition from victim to survivor, she will also be able to use the subsequently released emotive energy as a driving force for success and personal achievement ... potentially. The 4th House North Node and Chiron, together with Mars, pointed to a strong possibility of her having family difficulties52, and like other people with Pluto in the 10th House she showed herself to be a very private person who has a deep concern regarding the opinions others have of her53. In the NLP vernacular my client had tendencies towards being a highly self-critical externally referenced lady. I noted that, at the moment of the consultation my client was thirty one years of age, placing her at the beginning of the Saturn phase in astrobiographical terms. Her natal Saturn is placed in Taurus in the 6th House indicating that issues of self-worth, value judgements, self-appreciation, wealth, guilt of ownership, self criticism and being highly skilled in the workplace would all be highly focussed though this period until her forties. I formed these conclusions as I glanced at the sheet of paper upon which her natal chart was printed. I took the decision to gently pace and lead her to feeling safe enough with my expertise that she may wish to openly discuss any issues that were unconsciously driving her current behaviours and sense of un-fulfilment. I chose to begin by allowing her internal Scorpionic defence mechanism to become aware that I have more knowledge of her than she has consciously communicated to me. I took this approach because I knew that not only would it elevate my status with her Capricornian nature as I have offered her partial proof that I am competent in my field, it would also arouse the high degree of curiosity that comes with her natural Plutonic orientation. As we were near the end of the first consultation, I delivered my strategy covertly under the guise of looking at what work we may be able to cover during the forthcoming second consultation. I looked her in the eye and said, while gesturing and casting a fleeting glance at the chart54, `We may not have fully explored what you can do to encourage this man to pay attention to you, and neither have we finished exploring all of your career options. We have though, and I'm sure you'll agree, touched on the surface of some very powerful feelings you have just below the surface there ... do you not ?' Her eyes looked up at me from the chart with that kind of look of surprise that is pleased to find someone who can `see' and `know' something of our inner nature without our needing to say lots of words. As I expected, my pacing led her slightly into an ASC55 and a resultant tear began to well in the corner of one of her eyes as I continued to pace her experience, only leading now into the objective rationalisation of using the chart. I said, in a soft authorative tone of confident knowing, a flow of sentences along the following lines: `All of your current issues are in fact connected to a single issue that is deeper than we have time to explore here. I'd strongly recommend that for your next consultation you consider having an astrobiographical life reading. This will enable us to explore your life fully, in a great deal of depth and you will be able to place all you are experiencing now in a wider context. The bigger picture will be a whole lot easier to manage than the disconnected parts you are experiencing now, believe me, I know
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because I can see it. You are on the way to now feeling more and more confident as time goes and you grow through your thirties. There are though, certain issues that really do need to be resolved and healed before you can take full advantage of a future full of more fun than you can imagine now. If you take this route we'll be able to resolve things more easily than you think, which is how come I was recommended to you I guess'. She found herself agreeing with the last statement of referral, and was quite unaware of just how often she had nodded her head in agreement during my flow of words. This was due to my having peppered my recommendations with stacks56 of embedded commands which I analogue marked with head-nods and subtle changes in tonality and tempo, to encourage her to slip a little into an ASC and drift inside the `yes' mood. From the above example, so typical of the hypnotic language I employ, there are embedded commands, presuppositions and hypnotic suggestions such as: k a single issue that is deeper k we have time k your next consultation k consider having an astrobiographical life reading k explore your life fully k a great deal k now in a wider context k bigger picture k a whole lot easier k I can see it k now feeling more and more confident k time goes and you grow k need to be resolved and healed k you can take full advantage k future full of more fun k you can imagine now k resolve things more easily than you think k recommended to you
Consultation Two For the second consultation with my client I decided a complete astrobiographical life-reading would be of the greatest benefit for her. For a whole day I took her through the journey of her life using her astrological chart as the only source for my conclusions. She was pleased enough with the result to volunteer a testimonial to appear in a publicity leaflet that I use to promote my astrological works, as well as being delighted to assist in being a case study for this paper.
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Her testimonial for my business publicity was worded: I just wanted to let you know that the recent astrobiography I had with you was absolutely mind blowing. There were things in there that absolutely no-one knew or could know. I would thoroughly recommend that anyone who wishes a to have a 100% accuracy life-reading should definitely have an astrobiography, I will recommend it to family and friends who wish to know about life, love and the challenges we all face in everyday life. It has helped me to understand a great deal and change the way in which I perceive life which makes daily living much better. This is a once in a lifetime reading and a great opportunity with such great value. My client was very pleased with the result of the astrobiography reading. The above testimonial, however, pays no reference to any of the work we undertook regarding her deeper life issues. I began the reading in my usual fashion by commencing with her general characteristics, indicated by her astrological Sun. It was when I came to the next stage of describing her birth experience and its subsequent psychological effects that she realised just how deep the waters of astrology may run. Her Scorpio Ascendant and her eighth house Moon placement both indicated that my client may encounter the kinds of Scorpionic challenges mentioned above. In order to avoid an abreaction, I used euphemistic language, because, this would give her the opportunity to discuss any traumatic events if she wished to, and she would be able to maintain a sense of poise and simply move along in the conversation as well if she wished to. At this stage of the reading my client chose to remain emotionally neutral and nonresponsive when I offered the interpretation that, `During the first three years of life you could have encountered the external world as a place that seems to push you around in some way. This could have been emotionally, physically, psychologically or even sexually'. I carefully calibrated her reactions, paying attention to her skin tones and breathing pattern and was pleased to note that my carefully worded statement had not induced anxious feelings or provided any repressed emotions with an opportunity for conscious and immediate expression. It was to be much later in the reading, when the theme was to be introduced to my client once more that that the repressed emotions I had intuited made their way to the surface, and she then began her journey of deep inner healing. My client has Jupiter placed in Scorpio in her astrological birth chart, and from a viewpoint of astrobiography, this indicates that at some point between the ages of twenty-one to thirty, an opportunity for her to experience Scorpionic challenges may present itself once more. The probability of this occurring is, as always with this astrobiographical model of astrology, very high.
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I offered my carefully worded euphemistic statement in the same manner as in our previous discussion about her early childhood conditioning. My client suddenly had eyes full of tears and recounted the following incident, told here in her own words: In June 1997 I was drug raped by a boyfriend at the time in a secluded car park and left there to recover. Somehow I made my way home. I was unable to remember anything at first and then from time to time flashbacks came and went and bad dreams slowly were suppressed ... I paced her emotional expression and created an environment where she felt safe enough to simply sit and cry for however long she wished to. At the time of the reading, which took place in the summer of 2001, my client was thirty-one years of age. This means that her Jupiter life phase would have begun in 1991 and passed over to the Saturn phase of her life in 1999/2000, at the moment of her Saturn return.57 As my client released a great deal of bottled up feelings and anxieties, I made cups of tea and encouraged her to talk more about the whole experience. By this, I mean not the fine details of the rape itself, for, to me, that is a very bruised, tender and private place that only those closest to her may visit, if ever at all. It is the entire period of recovery and post healing that for me is of the greatest interest. k How well does she consider she is dealing with the experience ? k How has it effected her private life ? k What effect has this had on her self-image and self-esteem ? k How does she feel now in the company of men ? The last question was particularly relevant in this circumstance since my client was placing her trust in me as her astrologer and therapist. In her testimony for this paper my client reports: In July 1998 I got married and was happy and although we argued about tiny things, we were sexually happy. Between June and December 1999 I was sexually harassed at work. Everything heightened after a Christmas party where my boss tried to force me to kiss him. Suddenly all the memories that were suppressed came bolting back from the past. I stayed at home the following year: took five months off work and interacted very little with people - and during that time I was very distant from my husband and refused to make any kind of effort with him, nor myself. I had already put on weight and dressed to cover myself. This phase left and slowly I lost weight and started dressing the way I used to - feminine clothes that were flattering. However, I still was distant from my husband and refused to have sex with him unless I really had to.
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I July 2002, my husband told me he wanted a divorce, I was shocked and then simultaneously not surprised, I knew it would have happened as I was always so distant from him. At this point, I was lucky to know Dave Rowan through my best friend and my husband decided to support me through this consultation process - as a last chance.(Sic). My client is now beginning her Saturn phase of life: Saturn being placed in Taurus in my client's sixth house indicated that her life focus was to become one of growing self-esteem and creating an enduring sense of self-worth. Building up her material security would be very important to her through her thirties, along with maintaining a high level of skill in her chosen field of work. This sense of growing and developing implies that, as with most astrobiographical life phases, the level of development at the beginning of this time would be lesser in comparison with the level of development she will experience by the end of this period in 2012. I took her present position of having a potentially deeply wounded self-esteem and poor self-image into account when deciding which therapeutic path to take. As we moved on in our exploration of her life path she informed me that one manifestation of her having Saturn in the sixth house that she was enjoying was a self-defence class called `combat training'. Whilst not having the spiritual discipline or learning structure of a more traditional martial art, her Saturday morning combat training was providing her with an important physical outlet for her daily frustrations. As we came to the end of our second consultation I suggested we end with some `inner healing' works. In the first part of our work I wanted to ignite an inner flame of growing strength and hope. My client felt psychologically and emotionally trapped by the constraints of having to deal with a husband who didn't understand her difficulties, and a family that she had communication difficulties with. These we would deal with in our second consultation. For now my client needed, and I believe the word `needed' is appropriate here, to receive assistance and to enjoy relaxing in this time for herself. We began the first of these two short and effective transformational techniques by revisiting the self-relaxation technique I had taught my client in her first consultation. The, using a theatre stage as a metaphorical environment I asked my client's unconscious to present onto the stage, in its own fashion, a representation of the part of her that is hurt, and scared and bruised by the shocking event of the rape. The hurt part presented itself, and I began a process of encouraging that part of her to want to grow in size and strength and to become willing to meet the challenges of life and turn around the impact the `nasty man' has had on her. Discovering she could still win, that she can change things within herself which means he didn't destroy the core of her being, was very illuminating and inspiring for her. By the time we had finished this technique the part of her that used to be frightened of her past, and fearful of others rejecting her had become big and strong and was
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now in charge of the process of expelling the fear and pain she had stored up through her performance in combat training. As I privately predicted, she reported after the next Saturday that the burst of energy which had poured out of her had unnerved her fellows in the room. We finished this six-hour consultation with some time-line work58 to install a sense of bright hope ahead in her future. Because, unconsciously, she now knew that all would be well. her anxiety levels would begin to reduce, giving her an immediate sense of improvement in her quality of life. Consultation Three: I decided that for consultation three I would provide for my client a blend of transformational work and training in some principle skills of NLP to enable her to manage the people around her in a more appropriate and easier way. She took to this readily and began to establish a new atmosphere and environment within her home straight away. I helped her devise a `script' that she could use to inform her sisters of what had taken place in a manner that would induce a response of compassion and care, rather than rejection and blame. A telephone consultation took place between myself and her husband, during which I outlined for him the process of the healing journey his wife was now undertaking. He reported that he found that understanding the stages of the process, and having an approximation of how long this would naturally take, enabled him to step out of a sense of blame and begin to assist his wife in this difficult experience. Consultation Four: It was a very different client that came to see me for her fourth, and last consultation. She now had the air of a person with purpose and direction. In her own words, she describes her experience in the following way:
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The conclusions of the client: After my first two sessions with Dave I spoke about the incident to my husband in greater detail. I opened up and told both my sisters what was going on, without the difficult scenes I had anticipated as I was able to remain calm and used the `script' that Dave had helped me with. After my next session with Dave, I came home and threw out old photos, old memoirs of my ex-boyfriend. I cleared out my wardrobe and got rid of items that reminded me of the five months that I was at home off work. Since that time, I have made huge efforts with myself. I bought a new wardrobe, with flattering styles and now dress the way I used to. I have a healthy sex life with my husband and communication is no longer an issue. We are very affectionate towards each other all the time - it is lovely laughing with him again - especially after what I put him through. We now tend to argue about normal things - like putting out rubbish or hanging up washing - I even enjoy arguing about trivial things. My sisters asked questions at the time, and now understand me better, I am happier at home, work, and, more importantly, happier with myself. I would have not have been writing this within six months if I had not gone to Dave. He listened and understood, and being alone with a man in a room was not scary like I originally anticipated. So much has changed, I have transformed the house and made such efforts in all areas of my life and now feel that I am finally over the man who raped me - called XXX. I pity XXX he is a sad man who just wanted to ruin my life - which he very nearly did. Dave has taught me so much in such a short period of time, and finally I can move on with things and start living again.
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Findings for Case Study Three: Having the ability, though the use of astrology, to gain an immediate insight of the underlying issues behind my client's presented problems proved to be, in this instance, invaluable. While it might be said that my client would have resolved these issues for herself in time, or, that in a therapeutic context performed without the use of astrology, the resolution she sought would have been achieved, it is, I would like to suggest, demonstrably verifiable in this case that the remarkable speed with which my client was able to make progress was due to the added assistance of having an astrological map of her psyche and the accompanying timetable of her unfoldment and development presented through the perspective of the astrobiography model. Moreover, it can be said that the astrobiography model of astrology has an authentic, practical and useful part to play in the tool-box of those who work in the field of modern psychology.
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Summary Within the confines of this paper I have outlined my argument that using astrology as a tool of modern applied psychology is, for the client, rewarding and beneficial, and for the practitioner in the field it is potentially indispensable. At the beginning of the paper it was demonstrated that while there have been many occasions where astrology has been cross-referenced with other psychological systems and disciplines, little research has been undertaken in exploring how astrology may be viewed as a fundamental piece of the selection of techniques, methodologies and strategies employed by the practitioner of modern applied psychology. The following section explored the basic homogenous pre-suppositions behind some of the more prevalent systems of contemporary applied psychology. This research laid emphasis on the hypothesis that what we might describe as `reality' is subjective and can be defined for each individual as a unique construct, or model of reality. It was proposed that the etymological root of the techniques available within the field of modern applied psychology lay within the linguistic structures of hypnosis, and, principally the language patterns of the hypnotist Milton H. Erickson (known in the vernacular as `The Milton Model'). Astrology was then presented as a historically established, and yet contemporarily unused and often misunderstood, tool of modern applied psychology. In this section of the paper I introduced, a model of astrological interpretation that I have personally, and solely, been engaged in the process of developing and refining since the early nineteen nineties. The label I use to specifically identify this model of astrology is `astrobiography'. This working model has been presented in the field of professional and educational astrology, under that name, for over a decade at this time of writing. It was at this final stage of the paper that three case studies were presented. Each one was shown from the perspective of using a different methodology of modern applied psychology while utilizing the ubiquitous principles of the model of astrological practice known as astrobiography. A summary of the findings from each of the tree case studies was presented at the end of each of these sub-sections. The paper then summarised these findings and presented its conclusion, which now follows overleaf.
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Conclusion While I do not claim the investigation conducted within this paper into of the use of astrology as a tool of modern applied psychology to be complete, I would like to suggest that it is sufficient to demonstrate, unequivocally, that astrology can be used as a precise and insightful tool for the practitioner of modern applied psychology in the field, providing a critical analysis of the client's model of reality from within their perspective. Moreover, I would suggest that it is possible to argue that to practise modern applied psychology without the use of the model of astrology, and most certainly without the application of the astrobiography model, is to potentially practice without a tool that affords the professional practitioner a level of insight into the deep structure of the client's model that is substantively invaluable. There is most certainly a case for further research and development in this area, and it is my intention to now use the findings gained from the research outlined in this paper as a platform upon which to continue building the case for establishing astrology as an authenticated tool of modern applied psychology.
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References and Sources: 1 Main, Roderick, Jung on Synchronicity and the Paranormal, (Princeton, N J Princeton University Press 1997) p.84. 2 Dane Rudhyar, Person Centred Astrology, Aurora Press 1980, p.13. 3 Rick Levine, The Evolution of Astrology, The Astrological Journal, Volume 45, Number 4, July/August, 2003. p.31. 4 Liz Greene, Relating, Aquarian Press, 1977. 5 Karen Hamaker Zondag, Psychological Astrology, Aquarian Press, 1980 6 Angela Arnold, A Psychological Zodiac ­ The roots of the Self and Society, Water weaver Press, 1995. 7 Liz Greene, Relating, Aquarian Press, 1977, p.27. 8 Liz Greene, The Astrology of Fate, George Allen & Unwin (Publishers) Ltd, 1984, p.82. 9 Prudence Jones, Creative Astrology ­ Experiential Understanding of the Horoscope, Aquarian press, 1991, p.118. 10 Prudence Jones, Creative Astrology ­ Experiential Understanding of the Horoscope, Aquarian press, 1991, p.109. 11 Prudence Jones, Creative Astrology ­ Experiential Understanding of the Horoscope, Aquarian press, 1991, p.113. 12 Howard Sasportas, The Twelve Houses, Aquarian Press, 1985, p.18. 13 Maggie Hyde, Jung and Astrology, Aquarian Press, 1992, p.105. 14 Dane Rudhyar, Person Centred Astrology, Aurora Press, 1980, pp.40. 15 Prudence Jones, Creative Astrology ­ Experiential Understanding of the Horoscope, Aquarian press, 1991, p.19. 16 Komilla Sutton, The Essentials of Vedic Astrology, The Wessex Astrologer Ltd, 1999, p.4. 17 Steve Andreas, Virginia Stair the Patterns of Her Magic, Real People Press 1991, p.27. 18 William Hudson O'Hanlon, Taproots, Norton 1987, pp.140. 19 Gregory Bateson, Steps to an Ecology of Mind, University of Chicago 2000, p.75. 20 Karen Hamaker-Zondag, Psychological Astrology, Aquarian Press1980, pp.201.
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21 Patrick Bateson & Paul Martin, Design for a Life ­ How Behaviour Develops, BCA Press 1999, pp.11. . 22 Michael Harrison, The Master Practitioner Suite Volume One, Tao Te Publishing, 2001, p.5. 23 Michael Harrison, The Master Practitioner Suite Volume One, Tao Te Publishing, 2001, p.6. 24 Ernest Lawrence Rossi, The Psychobiology of Mind-Body Healing, Norton & Company, Inc 1993, p.47 25 Hannah Koenker, Stress and the Immune System, sourced September 23rd 2003, http://www.econ.uiuc.edu/~hanko/Bio/stress.html 26 Richard Bandler and John Grinder, Frogs into Princes, Real People Press, 1979, pp.137. 27 William Hudson O'Hanlon, Taproots, Norton 1987, pp.142. 28 William Hudson O'Hanlon, Taproots, Norton 1987, pp.144. 29 Robin Waterfield, Hidden Depths ­ The Story of Hypnosis, Macmillan 2002, p.313. 30 Richard Bandler and John Grinder, Frogs into Princes, Real People Press, 1979, pp.137. 31 John Grinder & Richard Bandler, Trance-formations, Real People Press, 1981 p.35. 32 Earnest Lawrence Rossi, The Psychobiology of Mind-Body Healing, W.W.Norton & Company Inc, 1986, p.100. 33 Richard Bandler and John Grinder, Frogs into Princes, Real People Press, 1979, pp.84. 34 Howard Sasportas, The Twelve Houses, Aquarian Press, 1985, p.251. 35 Howard Sasportas, The Twelve Houses, Aquarian Press, 1985, p.215. 36 Richard Bandler & John Grinder, Patterns of the Hypnotic Techniques of Milton H. Erickson, M.D., Volume Two, Grinder and Associates, 1977, p.103. 37 Michael Harrison, The Master Practitioner Suite Volume Three, Tao Te Publishing, 2001, p.52. 38 Steve Andreas, Virginia Stair the Patterns of Her Magic, Real People Press 1991, p.161. 39 Richard Bandler and John Grinder, The Structure of Magic Volume One, Science and Behaviour Books, inc 1975, p.24. 40 Howard Sasportas, The Twelve Houses, The Aquarian Press, p.244.
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41 Tad James and Wyatt Woodsmall, Time Line Therapy and the Basis of Personality, Meta Publications 1988, pp.155. 42 David Rowan , Astrology and NLP Working in Practise, Paper for Psychology Module MA Cultural Astrology and Astronomy, Bath Spa University College, May 2003. 43 Howard Sasportas, The Twelve Houses, The Aquarian Press, p.309. 44 Howard Sasportas, The Twelve Houses, The Aquarian Press, p.311. 45 John Grinder and Richard Bandler, Trance ­ formations, Real People Press 1981, pp.91. 46 Liz Greene, Barriers and Boundaries ­ The Horoscope and the Defences of the Personality , Centre for Psychological Astrology Press 2002, p.75. 47 Ernest Lawrence Rossi, The Psychobiology of Mind-Body Healing, Norton & Company, Inc, 1993, p.49 48 Empirical is defin ed here as meaning, `Guided by practical experience and not theory, especially in medicine.', sourced in the internet 23rd September 2003, at http://www.yourdictionary.com/ahd/e/e0117100.html 49 Ellen Bass and Laura Davis, The courage to Heal, Harper & Row, 1988, p.43 50 A term I privately use to describe the art of using astrology as a tool of modern applied psychology in partnership with other psychological disciplines. 51 Howard Sasportas, The Twelve Houses, Aquarian Press, 1985, p.180. 52 Howard Sasportas, The Twelve Houses, Aquarian Press, 1985, p.54. 53 Howard Sasportas, The Twelve Houses, Aquarian Press, 1985, p.330. 54 Michael Harrison, The Master Practitioner Suite Volume One, Tao Te Publishing, 2001, p.139. 55 Robin Waterfield ,Hidden Depths ­ The Story of Hypnosis, Macmillan 2002, p.329. 56 Michael Harrison, The Master Practitioner Suite Volume One, Tao Te Publishing, 2001, p.139. 57 Karen Hamaker-Zondag, Psychological Astrology, Aquarian Press1980, pp.201. 58 Michael Harrison, The Master Practitioner Suite Volume Three, Tao Te Publishing, 2001, p.40.
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Appendix One Glossary of terms for Astrology
Groups of data within an astrological chart
In Astrology there are different groups of symbols: and certain parts of these groups cross-reference to corresponding certain parts of other groups.
The groups are:
Planets
Signs
Houses
Aspects
There is a Planet, the meaning of which cross refers to the meaning of a specific associated Sign - the meaning of which cross refers to the meaning of a specific associated House - the meaning of which cross refers to the meaning of a specific associated Aspect.
Astrology can be seen as a 12 key alphabet. This alphabet is, in certain astrological circles, said to represent the gradients of energy as it expresses itself through life on Earth - in the same way as the light spectrum is a defined flow of light expressing itself as different colours, or the semi-tones that are graduations of sound in an octave of music.
The Planets The Planets represent archetypal psychic drives that lie within all of us; the drive for self assertion (Mars), the need to sh ine and be appreciated (Sun). The Planets describe particular functions that we do. As our actions change so we internally 'shift' and use different parts of our mind, our thinking, our attitudes. These drives are like the engines of our experiences. How these drives, needs, motivations and potentials for self development express themselves is shown by their Sign placement.
The Signs The 12 signs of the Zodiac show the way that a Planet expresses itself; i.e. Mercury in the sign of Pisces at the time of birth will absorb knowledge and drift shyly into it's imagination during the early school years. The Moon in Leo will react with pride and dignity and `she' will be a `proper little madam'. Bold dashing Sun in Aries will want to shine impatiently - but where will he shine ?
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The Houses The 12 houses in a Birth Chart show where these expressive drives may most readily manifest. Mars in the Seventh House may be forceful in partnerships whilst the Sun in the Eleventh House will want to shine and sparkle in social circles. These traits are modified by the relative angle, or `Aspect', made between the Sun and Mars in the chart (at the time of birth). The Aspects The Aspects modify and enhance the qualities shown by the Planets in Signs and Houses. A New Moon, for example, in a Birth Chart, would show the Sun and Moon to be next to one another:- Astrologically their energies would operate, or flow, in Conjunction with one another. A full Moon would be represented by the Sun and Moon being on opposite sides of the Birth Chart wheel. This opposition shows a potential conflict between the principles represented by the Sun and the Moon.
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The Planets ~ a brief guide to their core meanings and associations, from an Astrobiographical Perspective The Sun Life phase: Gains power through the twenties and thirties. Centre - Focus - Ego - Identity - What you identify with - General Characteristics Actor - Hero - Father - Inner Father - Inner Child - Children - Creativity - Recreations - Games - Sports - Gambling - Social activities - Romance - Honour Generosity - Warmth - Personal power - Confidence - (The Sun rises through a passage of time: therefore ....) That which you are in the process of becoming Struggle - Maturity - A natural sense of being yourself.
The Moon Life phase : Zero to three years of age. Origin - Mother or Mother figure - Mother image - Expectation of women in general Caring - Comfort - How you comfort others - Emotional security - emotional needs Unconscious programming & automatic reactions - Habits - Childish behaviour patterns - How you find sanctuary - What comes naturally - Talents.
Mercury Life phase : Three to Seven years of age. From Mercury's association with Genini: Development of language - Thinking style - Selective perception filter - Learning style - Communication skills - Knowledge - Approach to knowledge - Early education - School experiences - Peer group development - Siblings - Close relatives Perceptions of the immediate environment -Mobility - Short journeys From Mercury's association with Virgo: Central nervous system - The Body-Mind relationship - General health - Attitude to physical, emotional and mental health - Physical perfection - Perfection style Criticism - Analytical style - Skill development - Types of skills - Organisational style - Practical usefulness - Service - Work - Later peer group relationships (work colleagues) ­ Pets.
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Venus Life phase : Seven to fifteen years of age. From the Venus association with Taurus: Security - Value system - Self value - Desire - Acquisition - Sensuality - Approach to the Physical world - Attitude to nature - Physical tastes - Food - The absorption of experience - Internal `seasonal' clock - Patience - Endurance - Stubbornness Resistance to change - Gentleness - How you get `stuck'. From the Venus association with Libra: Self image - Labelling the self - Labelling other people -Other's images - Aesthetic appreciation - Art - Beauty - Balance - Adjustment - Fairness - Justice - Co-operation - Passivity - Diplomacy - Style - Charm - Social style - Social values - Relating style Romance - Love - Relationship to your self. Mars Life phase : Fifteen to Twenty-one years of age. Expression - `Now' - Immediacy - Impulse - Innocence - Speed -Movement - Action - Assertion - Hunter - Competitive - Leadership - Directness - Courage - Ambition Honour - Zest - Freedom - Independence - Simplicity - `To Be'. Depression - Suppression - Frustration - Anger - Rage - Fury - Recklessness Accidents - Danger - Violence - Hopelessness - Depression - Loss of energy - Inertia To `not be'.
Jupiter Life phase : Twenty-one to Thirty years of age. Expanded awareness - Truth - Higher laws - Faith - La ws of `God' - Religions Philosophy - Belief systems - Collective understanding - Other's belief systems Other cultures - Horizons - Journeys of the mind and body - Adult learning Optimism - Distributing information on a large scale - Distractions - Extravagance Flirtations - Spending - Safety - Protection Karmic goodwill - Symbolism the language of the right brain.
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Saturn Life phase : Thirty to Forty-two years of age. Karma - Time - Crystallisation - Structure - Gravity - Bones and joints - Attitude to incarnation - Physical reality - Wisdom - Common sense - Father or Father figure - Father image - Expectation of men in general - Discipline - Self discipline Respect -- Persistence - Perseverance - Ambition - Construction - Achievement - Fun - Joy - Reward - Obligation - Duty - Pessimism - Obstacles - Fear - Guilt - Avoidance - Failure - Depression - Sensitively to other people's opinions Judgementalism - Caste systems - Attitude to society - Authority - Politics Government - Public image - Accomplishments - Success - That for which you will be remembered.
Uranus Life phase : Forty-two to Sixty years of age. The Ancient past & distant future - Inspiration - Intuition - Telepathy - ESP Electromagnetic energy - Astrology - Aliens & space - All `new age' issues - Collective identity - Humanitarianism - Friends - Groups - The urge to move beyond existing circumstances & models - How we relinquish `dead wood' - The unconscious ways we initiate change - Ways in which we shock & promote changes on a personal / collective level - Reform - Ideologies - Hopes - Wishes - Urge for freedom - Expression of the unique individual identity - Our differences - Originality - Inventiveness Experimentation - How we can feel trapped by our own creations - Science - Genius & Madness - How we cope with technology - How we cope with being enlightened and yet Human.
Neptune Life phase : Life from 60 years of age onwards. Spirituality - Essence rather than the form - Idealism - Worship - Clairvoyance Healing - Mesmerism - Hypnosis - Meditation - Inspiration - Subliminal messages - Art - Music - Dance - Poetry - Photography - Imagination - Fantasy - Confusion - Illusion - Dissolution - Disappointment - Escapism - Drugs Addictions - Problems that stem from unconscious causes that are difficult to trace Past life causes - Martyr, Victim & Saviour - Fate - Destiny - Water and all emotions - Collective emotions - Collective unconscious - collective memory Empathy - Compassion
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Pluto Life phase : The journey of your Soul Heaven - Light of the spirit - Source - Spiritual Will - Will power - Magik Transcendence - Ascension of the Soul - The releasing of emotional, intellectual, psychological, and physical `distortions' contained within your unconscious / repressed memory through unconsciously creating emotional, psychological, intellectual and physical shocks and traumas - Crisis - The `Tower' card in the Tarot - The phoenix principle - Psychology - Perception - Awakening of the `Self' Death and change - Surrender - Irrevocable endings - The loss of transitory identity attachments - The journey from adversity to strength - Primal instinct - Repression - Fear - Compulsions and obsessions - Powerlessness Control - Domination - Ruthlessness - Rage - Envy - Greed - Betrayal - Crime Invasion - Rape - Vampire stuff - Destruction - Jealousy - Murder - Hatred - Hell. North Node Further information regarding the journey of your Soul and your future direction. Retrograde Planets Your past life inheritance The Part of Fortune Where you find unbounded joy Chiron How you can heal the deepest wounds of your Soul.
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The Signs of the Zodiac ~ their associations with Planets and Houses
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11. ~ Collective identity, friends, groups, ideologies, hopes, wishes, Humanitarianism, trends.
10. ~ What we can achieve, the `up front' parent, expectations, society, public image, Career, politics, goals, ambitions.
9. ~ The truth, beliefs, philosophies, higher education, travel, relationship to other cultures, journeys of the mind and spirit. 8. ~ Shared resources, sex, Change, death & transformation What we repress and avoid. Our astral sensitivity.
12. ~ Pre-birth experiences, past life energies, collective unconscious, hidden causes, collective service, spiritual issues. 1. ~ The birth experience, how we start things, what we see and how we seem
7. ~ Relationships and committed partners. How we relate with ourselves, what we look for in others. 6. ~ The body-mind connection, health, work service, perfection, skills, organisation, daily environment, housework.
2. ~ Values and how we handle resources. Security and wealth
3. ~ Early learning, communication, thinking style. Short journeys and the immediate environment. The mind.
4. ~ The inner self, roots, early home, hidden parent, later home, emotional sanctuary, end of life, inner life (meditation Etc.).
5. ~ Creativity, children, play, sports, social fun, romance & romantic partners.
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The Aspects ~ a brief to their meanings and associations.
The Conjunction: A powerful synthesis of the principles of the planets involved
Opposition: Trine:
A conflict, or, a space where opposing principles meet in harmony. A harmonious meeting of principles. Very easy going.
Square: Quintile series:
A challenging meeting of principles. A hard road that can lead to success with sustained effort. A creative relationship between the principles involved.
Sextile:
A harmonious meeting of principles.
Septile series:
An esoteric relationship between the principles involved.
Semi square:
A lesser challenge.
Sesquiquadrate: Can indicate changes connected to the principles involved that can occur erratically.
Novile series:
An energetic and potentially volatile relationship between the principles involved.
Decile series:
The principles involved are completely new to the individual.
Undecile series: The principles involved have been mastered by the individual.
Semi Sextile:
Slightly irritating relationship, can indicate creativity..
Quincunx:
Slightly out of tune, indication of creative potential with reference to the core principles of the planets involved in the relationship.
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Appendix Two Glossary of terms for NLP and Modern Applied Psychology ACCESSING CUES Subtle behaviours that will both help to trigger and indicate which representational system a person is using to think with. Typical types of accessing cues include eye movements, voice tone, tempo, body posture, gestures, and breathing patterns. ANCHORING The process of associating an internal response with some external trigger (similar to classical conditioning) so that the response may be quickly, and sometimes covertly, re-accessed. ASC. An altered state of consciousness, most commonly referred to as Trance. AUDITORY Relating to hearing or the sense of hearing BASIC ACCESSING FORMULAR A hypnotic induction developed within the field of psychobiology. Utilises observable state bound behaviour to facilitate hypnosis, and to verify the completion of work undertaken. BEHAVIOUR The specific physical actions and reactions through which we interact with the people and environment around us. BEHAVIOURAL FLEXIBILITY The ability to vary one's own behaviour in order to elicit, or secure a response from another person.
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BELIEFS Closely held generalisations about (1) cause, (2) meaning, and (3) boundaries in a (a) world around us, (b) our behaviour, (c) our capabilities, and (d) our identities. Beliefs function at a different level that concrete reality and serve to guide and interpret our perceptions of reality, often by connecting them to our criteria of value systems. Beliefs are notoriously difficult to change through typical rules of logic or rational thinking.
CALIBRATION The process of learning to read another person's unconscious, non-verbal responses in an ongoing interaction by pairing observable behavioural cues with a specific internal response.
CALIBRATED LOOP Unconscious pattern of communication in behavioural cues of one person trigger responses from another person in an ongoing interaction.
CHUNKING Organising, or breaking down, some experience into bigger or smaller pieces. Chunking up involves moving to a larger, more abstract level of information. Chunking down involves moving to a more specific and concrete level of information. Chunking laterally involves finding other examples at the same level of information.
CONGRUENCE When all of a person's internal beliefs, strategies, and behaviours are fully in agreement and oriented toward securing a desired outcome.
CONTEXT The framework surrounding a particular event. This framework will often determine how a particular experience or event is interpreted.
CRITERIA The values, or standards a person uses to make decisions and judgements.
DEEP STRUCTURE The sensory maps (both conscious and unconscious) that people use to organise and guide their behaviour.
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ENVIRONMENT The external context in which our behaviour takes place. Our environment is that which we perceive as being `outside' of us. It is not part of our behaviour but is rather something we must react to. 4 TUPLE (OR 4 - TUPLE) A short hand method used to notate the structure of any particular experience. The concept of the four tuple maintains that any experience must be composed of some combination of the four primary representational system classes - AVKO. Auditory, Kinaesthetic, Visual and Olfactory/Gustatory. FUTURE PACING The process of mentally rehearsing oneself through some future situation in order to help ensure that the desired behaviour will occur naturally and automatically. GUSTATORY Relating to the sense of taste. INSTALLATION The process of facilitating the acquisition of a new strategy or behaviour. A new strategy may be installed through some combination of anchoring, accessing cues, metaphor, and future pacing. KINESTHETIC Relating to body sensations. In NLP the term Kinesthetic is used to encompass all kinds of feelings including tactile, visceral, and emotional. META MODEL A model developed by John Grinder and Richard Bandler that identifies categories of language patterns that can be problematic or ambiguous. META PROGRAMME A level of mental programming that determines how we sort, orient to, and chunk our experiences. Our meta programmes are more abstract than our specific strategies for thinking and define our general approach to a particular issue, rather than the details of our thinking process.
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METAPHOR The process of thinking about one situation or phenomenon as something else, i.e. stories, parables, and analogies. MODELLING The process of observing and mapping the successful behaviours of other people. NEURO - LINGUISTIC PROGRAMMING (NLP) A behavioural model and set of explicit skills and techniques foundered by John grinder and Richard bandler in 1975. Defined as the study of the structure of subjective experience. NLP studies the patterns or `programming' created by thew interaction among the brain (neuro), language (linguistic), and the body that produce both effective and ineffective behaviour. The skills and techniques were derived by observing the patterns of excellence from diverse fields of Professional Communication, including psychotherapy, business, hypnosis, law, and education. OLFACTORY Relating to smell, or the sense of smell. OUTCOMES Goals or desire states that a person or organisation aspires to achieve. PACING A method used by communicators to quickly establish rapport by matching certain aspects of their behaviour to those of the person with whom they are communicating - matching or mirroring of behaviour.
PARTS A metaphorical way of talking about independent programs and strategies of behaviour. Programs or `parts' will often develop a person that becomes one of their identifying features.
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PREDICATES Process words (like verbs, adverbs, and adjectives) that a person selects to describe a subject. Predicates are used in NLP to identify which representational system a person is using to process information. QUOTES `A pattern in which a message that you want to deliver can be embedded in quotations,' as if someone else had stated the message. RAPPORT The establishment of trust, harmony, and co-operation in a relationship.
REFRAMING A process used in NLP through which a problematic behaviour is separated from the positive intention of the internal program, or `part', that is responsible for the behaviour. New choices of behaviour are established by having the part responsible for the old behaviour take responsibility for implementing other behaviours that satisfy the same positive intention with new, ecological, by products. The problem is no longer present.
REPRESENTATIONAL SYSTEMS The five senses: seeing, hearing, touching (feeling), smelling, and tasting.
REPRESENTATIONAL SYSTEMS PRIMACY Where an individual systematically uses one sense over the others to process and organise his/her experience. Primary representational systems will determine many personality traits as well as learning capabilities.
SECONDARY GAIN where some seemingly negative or problematic behaviour actually carries out some positive function at some other level. For example, smoking may help a person to relax, or help the fit particular self image.
STATE The total ongoing mental and physical conditions from which a person is acting.
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SUB - MODALITIES The special sensory qualities perceived by each of the five senses. For example: Visual submodalities include colour, shape, movement, brightness, depth, etc. Auditory submodalities include volume, pitch, tempo, etc. and Kinesthetic submodalities include pressure, temperature, texture, location, etc.
SURFACE STRUCTURE In any utterance the Words or language used to describe, or stand for, the actual primary representations stored in the brain.
SYNESTHESIA The process of overlap between representational systems, characterised by phenomena like see-feel circuits, in which a person derives feelings from what they see. And hear-feel circuits, in which a person gets feelings from what they hear. Any two sensory modalities may be linked together.
T.O.T.E. Developed by Miller, Galanter and Pribram, the term stands for the sequence: Test Operate - Test - Exit, which describes the basic feedback loop used to guide all plans and behaviour.
TRANSDERIVATIONAL SEARCH The usually unconscious and automated response of searching back through one's stored memories and mental representations to find the reference experience from which a current behaviour, or response, was derived.
TRANSLATING The process of rephrasing words from one type of representational system predicates to another.
UTILISATION A technique in which a specific strategy, sequence, or pattern of behaviour is paced, or matched, in order to influence another's response.
VISUAL Relating to the sense of sight.
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WELL - FORMEDNESS CONDITIONS The set of conditions something must satisfy in order to produce an effective and ecological outcome. In NLP, a particular goal is well-formed if it can be: (1) Stated in positives, (2) Defined and evaluated according to sensory based evidence, (3) Initiated and maintained by the person who desires the goal. (4) made to preserve the positive by-products of the present state, and (5) appropriately contextualized to fit the external ecology. NB. This glossary of terms originally appeared in the book: Time for a change, Richard Bandler. 1993, Meta Publications.
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Appendix Three Transcript of interview for Case Study One Interview conducted 14th May 2003 Q: `You may remember I worked with you in your kitchen, and it was two days before you were due to have a second operation in 2000 for kidney stones'.
A: Yes, it was an exploratory treatment and I was very scared because it was actually going to be full major work, I think, it was some time ago now, I'm pretty sure I'm right in saying this is the year 2000.
Q: `My recollection is you were nervous in the kitchen.' A: `I was pretty scared.'
`What difference do you think it made to your experience of the place (hospital) ? It's difficult to remember exactly so I'm going to give you an impression. What it was I remember, as you recounted, I had been in to hospital for an operation which had gone wrong, and I'd been in a great deal of pain, and a couple of months later I had to do some recovery work. They had to take something out, or put something in or whatever, and I was really upset at the idea of having to go back there. I remember talking to you about this and you doing some NLP on me and I was really scared about going back in and even now when I go back into hospital I remember the smell of the place and it reminds me of my stay. So what I noticed was I went into hospital in a really relaxed way, much more relaxed about it then I had ever been before, because I have been backwards and forwards a few times. Much more kind of confident, I noticed that the other people in the waiting room were in a real state about it and was really relaxed. I knew what the procedure was going to be like, I'd been told about it. My main recollection was sitting in this waiting room full of people in a real state coming and going , for some reason I had to wait longer than others. Then when I did go in it was excruciating painful , and I don't think anything can get away from that, and
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again it went wrong , they got things wrong and that made it even more painful. So I don't know if you could describe it on a scale of 1 to 10, the pain was around 10. My main thing w a s b e i n g very relaxed about it, calm about it. The Bandler tape described some stuff that had been going around talking to the patience , about reduced bruising , rapid healing, lower level of bleeding and things. And I think in general I was surprised at how quickly I recovered from what had been pretty traumatic and I think it was probably more emotional recovery than physical challenge, but that's hard to say because I haven't got any bench mark to measure it against. My over whelming impression is that of sitting in the waiting room and being really calm amongst people, many be they knew what they where going through I hadn't been there yet, they many have had this before but I doubt it and I just thought ahh this is really calm and put it down to the NLP work. At the time I was pretty distracted about going back in which is probably why my communications have been inter -activate .But yeah a very different impression of that , where I have no reason to be calm about it because I had suffered before. So would you say there was anxiety about it ? Yes like going up on stage and I definitely make the connection between the stuff you did for me then to reduce the anxiety stress and just making the whole thing a less stressful experience. Healing speed ? Same as expected slower or faster? My memory may be wrong here but I seem to remember there were two interventions that you did, but then again I was under a great deal of morphine at the time so it was a little hazy. I only did the one intervention, just before the second operation It was a positive experience just from having a friend looking out for you , that's a positive experience isn't it. But also the kind of experience where the suggestion goes directly into those areas that control bruising, swelling, bleeding and even pain thresholds. Everyone else in the waiting room were clearly losing it while I remained calm.
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Appendix Four Transcript of interview comments for Case Study Two Interview conducted 22nd September 2003. Samantha has certainly been more assertive since she was around fourteen and a half. Where before she would be a bit hesitant and shy there seems to be no holding her back now. Before this summer (when Samantha turned fifteen) if I said she couldn't go out she would sulk and maybe throw a tantrum, but, now she just goes out without letting me know where she is. She's just off on her own. I'd say she has become more independent, and inconsiderate and bloody selfish quite frankly. She seems to have no conscience, as if she has no awareness of other's feelings at all. Ha ha, this is so right. She swears at the kettle and keeps asking, `When's dinner ready' every two minutes, even though she's just been told the answer. The other day we were in a queue in a shop and it was just a normal queue. Samantha was pacing up and down and muttering, I thought she was going to walk out. It was only a normal shop, she's become pretty unreasonable. In terms of sports, well this side of Mars in Aries is dormant. She began horse riding recently, but that's about it as far as being active is concerned. When Samantha read this part of the report she said, `That's true, ` and shyly hid herself by curling up in a ball. It's not often that soft Cancerian part of her nature reveals itself these days and yet it did here. I think you touched on a welcome nerve here. This is so uncanny. Samantha was fifteen in July and is about to go on the pill any week now. She's definitely been having sex since she was fifteen, over the last two months, though she says it's not often. We began talking about this a couple of months ago, yet, with all the trouble, we haven't got back to talking about it. It was the fact that you mentioned it in the report that got us talking again and now she is definitely taking a more responsible attitude. I don't like this part. Samantha keeps hanging out with these boys who are nineteen. It's not just their age though, I'm sure they are bringing drugs into things and she just seems to want to be rebellious in everything. On a Saturday night she goes into town and drinks Vodka and smokes, sometimes grass or what ever it is. I heard once that she'd tried cocaine and I went really mad at her. She said she was too smart to take that road but she doesn't seem to realise the danger yet. These lads give the girls free smoke and then get them emotionally dependent on it.
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Before they know it they're having to steal to get it and then it's cocaine and lord knows what next. It scares me. I can say that since reading the report, and I don't know if this is co-incident with her having got beaten up recently as well, Samantha has become more reasonable and thoughtful. It was really observable how frightened she was, and she told me she was frightened, about the part of the report that details how her health in the long term could be seriously affected by any use of drugs at this young age. It really made an impact on her and she has also begun to discriminate between friends and the unfriendly in her social world. Quite literally, she has made a note of who she feels `right' with and who she doesn't. In my view her reading the report has enabled her to recognise that she has a choice in life and that she has the power to control and guide her own direction. It is quite amazing, as I've said. Since she has read it she is more discriminate and has begun to do homework in subjects she was until recently completely ignoring. The report itself has become in invaluable tool for our relationship. Until recently relations between us had become increasingly strained and difficult. When you pointed out in our initial conversation that I could either represent for her the Square to Saturn and be `an orrible' figure of authority, or, I could represent a heartfelt friend thorough Mars being Trine the Moon I felt full of hope and yet lost as to how to bring this transition from representing Saturn to becoming her friendly Moon about. I believe the report has facilitated this. You, the astrologer, have become the voice of authority, the Saturn, and that means I can now be her friendly mum girlfriend, looking at her personal stars and working out how best to make the most of it. The report has become a forum for discussion and a platform for us to build a new and stronger relationship. I do have to say that Samantha was very touched that the astrologer even bothered to bother about her. She really took to heart that someone cared enough to do that much work for her, and that her mum cared that much because she asked for it to be done. One final word has to be that it really struck me how frightened she was about the effects drugs could/would have on her health. She seemed quite disturbed by this and I believe the message sank right inside her. I would say she took the warning. Thank you.
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Appendix Five Transcript of E-Mail Testimony from Case Study Three
Incident In June 1997 I was drug raped by a boyfriend at the time in a secluded car park and left there to recover, somehow I made my way home. I was unable to remember anything at first and then from time to time flashbacks came and went and bad dreams slowly were suppressed ....
Before In July 1998 I got married and was happy and although we argued about tiny things, we were sexually happy. Between June - December 1999 I was sexually harassed at work, everything heightened after a Christmas party where my boss tried to force me to kiss him, suddenly all memories that were suppressed came bolting back from the past. I stayed at home the following year: took 5 months off work and interacted very little with people - and during that time I was very distant from my husband and refused to make any kind of effort with him, nor myself. I had already put on weight and dressed to cover myself. This phase left and slowly I lost weight and started dressing the way I used to - feminine clothes that were flattering. However, I still was distant from my husband and refused to have sex with him unless I really had to. I July 2002, my husband told me he wanted a divorce, I was shocked and then simultaneously not surprised, I knew it would have happened as I was always so distant from him. At this point, I was lucky to know Dave (Rowan) through my best friend and my husband decided to support me through this (consultation process) - as a last chance.
After After my first two sessions with Dave, I came home and threw out old photos, old memoirs of my ex-boyfriend. I spoke about the incident to my husband in greater detail. I opened up and told both my sisters what was going on, without the difficult scenes I had anticipated as I was able to remain calm and used the `script' that Dave had helped me with.
I cleared out my wardrobe and got rid of items that reminded me of the 5 months that I was at home. Since that time, I have made huge efforts with myself. I bought a new wardrobe, with flattering styles and now dress the way I used to. I have a healthy sex life with my husband and communication is no longer an issue. We are very affectionate towards each other all the time - it is lovely laughing with him again - especially after what I put him through. We now tend to argue about
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normal things - like putting out rubbish or hanging up washing - I even enjoy arguing about trivial things My sisters asked questions at the time, and now understand me better, I am happier at home, work, and, more importantly, happier with myself. I would have not have been writing this within six months if I had not gone to Dave. He listened and understood and being alone with a man in a room was not scary like I originally anticipated. So much has changed, I have transformed the house and made such efforts in all areas of my life and now feel that I am finally over the man who raped me - called XXX. I pity XXX he is a sad man who just wanted to ruin my life - which he very nearly did. My best friend has saved my life by knowing such a lovely man, she was the first person I had ever told, aside of my husband, and steered me in the right direction. I love her to bits for being a rock....she was so strong and so understanding and I found it easier to tell her more than anyone else.... Dave has taught me so much in such a short period of time, and finally I can move on with things and start living again. Thanks Case Study Three ......... and thank you for the compliments, it's a pleasure to be of assistance. Take good care, Dave thank you for sorting my life out xxxx I meant every word xx
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