This playlist is a prayer to Pisces. Whether instrumental or lyric laden, each piece gives expression to some kind of release. It is a supplication for grace. May we each find an opening into the mystic and be renewed therein.
My dear readers,
I know I have been quiet on the blog of recent months, but I promise I have been busy. Saturn transiting my 6th house keeps my workload full to brimming.
Last week I was interviewed by Chris Brennan of The Astrology Podcast about C.G. Jung and his ideas and influences on astrology. Drawing on my and Keiron Le Grice's latest book Jung on Astrology we talked in depth about the project as well as the core ideas of Jung’s that have become pivotal in modern psychological astrology.
We had a terrific time, and I hope you enjoy it as much as we did! The interview has just been released, and you can listen/download it here.
I have been incubating some ideas for the blog, so stay tuned.
Blue Moon shining,
When a planet enters a new sign it takes on the qualities and interests of that sign. It can be understood as a kind of archetypal renewal that gives rise to origin stories, carrying sparks of insight that unfold throughout the planet’s passage of the sign. These principles have been at work as October cradled Jupiter’s annual move into a new sign, Scorpio (October 10th).
I am so very pleased and excited to announce that my new book, Jung on Astrology, is now available!
This book gathers Jung’s thoughts on astrology in a single volume for the first time. My co-editor and colleague Keiron Le Grice and I selected the writings from Jung’s Collected Works, seminars, and letters, which contain numerous discussions of this ancient divinatory system.
Understood as a symbolic representation of the archetypes of the collective unconscious, Jung found in astrology a wealth of spiritual and psychological meaning, for it represents the “sum of all the psychological knowledge of antiquity.”
Men are not free when they’re doing just what they like.
Men are only free when they’re doing what the deepest self likes.
And there is getting down to the deepest self! It takes some diving.
Every year Summer Solstice marks the Sun’s ingress into Cancer, the lunar water sign. The Cancer new moon is on Friday the 23rd, and Mercury and Mars are also moving through this sign for the next few weeks. This is a period where the imaginative resources, emotional subjectivity and self-reflective capacity of Cancer is ripe.
When the Sun enters Aries it marks a kind of rebirth in the zodiac wheel. We are in the season of renewal as the Sun illuminates Aries which is symbolized by the leaping ram who rushes forth into life, bounding and exploring with a surefooted innocence. We begin again. Spring in its merciful tenderness brings an increase of light and the promise of blossoms. I’ve collected some instrumental pieces evocative of this moment—the cello expresses the transition between winter and spring with such longing and joy.
It seems we are surrounded by an ocean of sound and noise. Social and political concerns pull at us like the unyielding tide, and we navigate the news and what seems like daily incursions on freedoms and principles. We are living in a period of massive upheaval with breakdowns, breakthroughs, and revolution (Uranus) being empowered and compelled by underlying archetypal processes of change (Pluto). “Nobody told me there'd be days like these/Strange days indeed/most peculiar”. Thank you, John Lennon.
On December 21st we enter the season of Capricorn, which marks another turning of the great wheel of the year as the Winter Solstice.
In challenging times, whether personal or collective, astrology is a great aid because it can identify in symbolic language what is trying to come into consciousness. Our inner growth seeds and blossoms in archetypal patterns, and astrology is a tool by which we can distinguish the laws that underlie the chaos that we feel.