Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Episode #1 Recorded 2/13/2011

Welcome to the first episode of Correlations: The Archetypal Astrology Podcast!  I'm very excited to be moving forward with this new venture.  I have been wanting to do an astrology podcast for a long time now, but I finally got organized with the technology, and I am delighted to be able to post this first episode.  Here on this blog, for each episode I will post a description of who participated, the topics that were discussed, and the approximate time that each new topic was explored, so if you don't have time to listen to the entire podcast, you will be able to go directly to what you want to listen to.

This first episode came together very spontaneously, so forgive me if it is less organized and a little rough around the edges.  This first episode really functions as a kind of general introduction to this particular approach to astrology, and it has a more personal quality, with both me and my friend Delia Shargel sharing the history of how we came to astrology.

I think the general format that I intend for future episodes is to have three segments, in the first segment there will be general discussion of whatever astrological correlations are most on our minds at the time of the recording.  This will likely involve discussing whatever major news stories that are happening and their astrological correlates, and also sharing whatever other favorite correlations we happen to be "geeking out" about in the moment.  The second segment will vary from week to week, but it will generally be a dialogue on some astrological topic that we are interested in.  Hopefully there will also be listener feedback, and the audience will suggest topics of discussion.  This second segment may also be an interview whenever I can find another passionate archetypal astrologer who is available.  The third segment I'm thinking of calling "Honoring the Gods," and will be an opportunity for anyone who is participating in the podcast to go into their chart database to bring a favorite chart correlation that mirrors something that is in the sky for the time of the recording.  For example, in this first podcast, given that there was a Venus-Pluto conjunction in the sky at the time of the recording, we discussed a couple of famous people who are born with Venus-Pluto hard-aspects.  This first podcast didn't really stick to the format (Uranus wouldn't let us), so let me now outline what did actually transpire.  You can go directly to the recording (and listen to the podcast in an open browser window) by clicking on the highlighted text here.  Enjoy!

You can also download the mp3 file directly to your computer by clicking on this highlighted text.  It will take you to the server that is hosting the sound-file.  There are different options for downloading the file, but on the left side of the page you will see a window that says "Listen to Audio," and in the lower half of that window it says "play/download."  Click on the blue link here that says "VBR ZIP"  This should download a compressed version of the mp3 file.  After it downloads it should open into an mp3 file that you can listen to with iTunes.  You can also download what is called an "Ogg" file, and this is a smaller file, but you will need compatible software.  I am working on figuring out how to have the podcast available for download through iTunes, but it may take me a while to master the technology.

There are two segments separated by a break.  I think I may have over-dominated the discussion in the first segment (sorry Delia!), but things became more balanced by the time we began the second segment. The first segment is about 45 minutes, and the second is about an hour and 15 minutes long.

First Segment-  Delia and I discuss our history of coming into astrology together when we took our first class with Rick Tarnas and Stan Grof back in January of 1995.

:14 mins-  We explore how Stan Grof's four perinatal matrices are connected archetypally to the four outer planets, and how this relates to the liberating birth moment happening in Egypt.

:20 mins-  A discussion about the timing of the podcast using astrology, and the difference between trying to use astrology in a controlling way versus a more surrendered approach.

:34 mins-  Delia introduces herself more completely, and we discuss the recent history of developments in our school of astrology since Rick Tarnas published Cosmos and Psyche in 2006.

:41 mins-  We start to explore what is unique about this school of Archetypal Astrology.  Break.

:46 mins- Second Segment:  We start back with more discussion of the collective chart for the first podcast, with the stellium in Aquarius, the strong Neptune alignments, and Sun trine Moon.  Discussion of the nature of trines versus squares. Brief discussion of Andrew Harvey as an example of someone with really nice trines to Neptune (see chart and YouTube video example below).  More discussion about the unique nature of this school of Astrology.  Sun trine Moon versus Sun square Moon.

1:02- Discussion of how hard aspects can be repressed/projected or integrated.  Delia talks about how you can "develop it, or marry it."

1:15- Discussion of the Keplerian elegance of this approach to astrology, and the value of "keeping it simple," and focusing on just capturing "the big fish" of a chart. Becoming more of a mindful participant in our own archetypal makeup. The challenges of the natal chart and transits can be seen as the "perfect"opportunity for spiritual growth.  We discuss the experiential embodied emphasis in this approach to astrology. Discussion of the "Neptune support group" happening here in San Francisco.

1:38- "Honoring the Gods" discussion of two famous people with Venus-Pluto hard aspects:  Anais Nin (The french literary figure), and Steve Irwin, "The Crocodile Hunter."  (See charts and YouTube examples below).

One correction:  I refer to "Saturday Night Live" having it's first episode under a Jupiter-Uranus conjunction.  It was actually a Jupiter-Uranus opposition.  Saturday Night Live premiered on October 11th 1975 under the Jupiter-Uranus opposition that was within orb from the second half of 1975 until early 1977.

Delia Shargel, MFT, has been studying archetypal astrology with Richard Tarnas since 1995. She received her M.A. in Integral Counseling Psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies and has been in private practice as a licensed psychotherapist in San Francisco since 2001. She specializes in depth work with individuals and couples, and can be reached at deliashargelmft@sbcglobal.net or (415) 978-9220.

Exact birth data from B.C.

Exact birth data from B.C.

Birth time from personal communication.

Here's a great example of Andrew Harvey giving a public talk with his typical "trines to Neptune" ease of access to divine inspiration.  He tells a wonderful story of getting to interview the Dalai Lama on the day he received the Nobel peace prize.

Birth Data rated AA in astrodata bank.  From B.C.
Some quotes by Anaïs Nin:
"Eroticism is one of the basic means of self-knowledge, as indispensable as poetry."
"We don't have a language for the senses. Feelings are images, sensations are like musical sounds."
"The body is an instrument which only gives off music when it is used as a body. Always an orchestra, and just as music traverses walls, so sensuality traverses the body and reaches up to ecstasy." 

Birth Data is rated "dirty data" by astrodatabank, but this is an approximate time that Steve Irwin reported to an astrologer.

Steve Irwin in typical Venus-Pluto "love of animals archetype" mode.  Wombat!

1 comment:

  1. A lot of people, whom we are acquainted with, go straight to the newspaper or open up their astrology cards or their favorite bookmarked websites to have a quick look at their day’s horoscope or the Indian astrology predictions and then proceed towards doing anything else. All these people have become habitual of doing this either just for the thrill or charm of it or else they strictly follow and believe in the stars.