Creative Connections & Client Communications

Counseling Insights, June 30, 2011

The Paranormal abets Counsel

How often has the skilled, experienced astrologer heard, “Wow! What made you say that? Where did you see that?”

The questions suggest a supposed reliance on measurements to establish meaning: “if I can get my hands on all those meanings, I can control the world!” --This runs through every beginner’s mind all too often. It’s the refuge for the astrologer who fears she/he has nothing to say … some measurement must define life significances; jargon camouflages emptiness.

The highly skilled, experienced astrologer is guided by more than measurements. There’s intuition; there’s feeling. -- I have long taught that what one knows about life is more important than what one knows about astrology. Planets don’t make things happen; people do.

In my book Prediction in Astrology I analyze in greatest detail Evangeline Adams’ extraordinary prediction of the grand Hotel Windsor fire in New York City --to occur the next day, mind you! This prediction made her reputation (and was undoubtedly adjusted after the fact for career publicity).

Adams was highly highly intuitive [Pisces Ascendant, Neptune rising, squared by Uranus; Neptune charismatically sextile with Mars; Sun=Neptune/MH]. Her meager astrological tools of the day were dramatically augmented by her intuition and the Moon-in-Leo courage to explore it theatrically. --There is no way on earth or in heaven that that fire could have blazed off her horoscope paper in her quick, early evening consultation with the hotel manager the day before the fact.

My point here is that we ALL have intuition; special feelings that can permeate perceptions and appreciation of reality. --What rolls through your mind when you hear thunder? What romance do you attach to colors? What goes on inside you when you’re looking for a parking place? What is just over the hill?

Working with astrology doesn’t mean that intuitive sensitivities are ignored because of the promises supposedly attached to measurements. Quite the contrary: the measurements guide us through doors open to the interpretation of symbols and their interaction. This is the interpretation process: we relate the horoscope to the developmental significances being lived by the client. We don’t confine the client’s development to what we know about measurements.

We must allow the paranormal to enter into our management of astrological counsel. It’s only human! --Follow these thoughts; see how they build.

1. Symbolism: enduring significances

A planet is a planet; that’s its normality, its reality. But we can impute more to it: a symbolic superstructure of grand dimension with the client‘s life as it is revealing itself in consultation. The symbolisms evolve with time, culture, and personalization.

2. Synchronicity: patterns of behavior within time.

A situation occurs with behaviors attached. They are recollected neurologically. They pattern themselves and repeat reflexively. --Every time the client shows tr Saturn in hard aspect to the ruler of the 12th, the client shows illness.

3. Establish the archetype of the Self to mirror the client, to see the client better. -- This is usually anchored to the Moon in its sign, the needs established symbolically. --What are the motivations to fulfill it. That creative representation takes on a life of its own. --If I tell you often enough that there is a ghost in a particular hotel, walking the floors on special nights, you will eventually accept it and you will behave accordingly. This is the power of suggestion; we need suggestion to arouse meaning.

4. The archetypal interpretation of dreams can invigorate measurements powerfully.

When we learn to invite and use intuition, it comes.

My client yesterday, in her 60s, showed tr Neptune square Jupiter, ruler of the 4th.

Following #1 above, it is very easy to suggest a flow of spiritual studies entering the life --and this was correct. --Then, I suggested, “Was there also significant water damage in your house?” …And this was correct as well; the client was startled.

Then, I went further: “And this was the time when emotional concerns entered the marriage?” --This was correct too! The measurement (transiting Neptune square Jupiter, ruler of the 4th) was alive with potential, and I was exploring it. It was not difficult to see within the client’s development time and circumstance her Neptune as emotional strangeness, something other that it seems, within the relationship (going on in the house).

Following #3 above, I explained the “meaning” of the situation as best I could, with rich dialogue from the client in return. Out of the discussion, came insights and behavioral adjustments that will certainly enrich life ahead.

You see how the measurement opened the door; how careful dialogue developed how wide that opening was; how knowing about life --emotional life in the senior years, etc.-- colored time to come. It was much like altering one’s diet or life style!

A 50 year old man is married to a 41 year-old lady. With significant measurements lighting the way of development now, a crisis was brewing: the lady is consumed with having a baby; their relatively carefree lifestyle is threatened; ambivalence prevails. --Venus (ruler of her 5th) was dramatically involved. We discussed the obvious and the major considerations of having a child at these ages, and then I asked, “Is there something here involving her marriage ring?”

The man answered that she wasn’t wearing it much anymore; that she had, in fact, lost it for a time….

The symbolism and depth of concern were really clear.

And the lady --with natal Nodal axis on the Midheaven axis-- was wanting to become the mother she herself had never had. She was pursuing an ideal in the face of vivid practical concerns.

Build your humanistic awareness within supposed measurement mystiques. The magic measurements are within: within your client and within you!

We can’t leave the human being behind.

Please note that there are 12 years' worth of essays, some 140 in this department, some 130,000 words for your study. Just scroll past the end of the current essay and enjoy your library! In total --the three clearly marked departments: some 400,000 words.


February 28, 2011: "Helping Others Break Out From the Status Quo" by guest astrologer James Kenneth Williams
October 31, 2010: Talking to the Moon!
September 30, 2010: Reframing Client Questions
August 31, 2010: Complimenting your Client
July 31, 2010: Take a Seat! Let's talk!
May 31, 2010: Removing the Environment
April 30, 2010: "The Two-Year Clue" by guest astrologer Lauren Delsack
March 31, 2010: No-Measurement Times
February 28, 2010: Incisive Communication
December 31, 2009: Pluto Antidotal
October 31, 2009: Common Sense to Center Stage
September 30, 2009: Words of Choice
July 31, 2009: Making a Difference
June 30, 2009: Smokescreens
May 31, 2009: Framing and Imagination
April 30, 2009: Managing Miracle Expectations
March 31, 2009: "The Rising Lens" By Guest Astrologer Lauren Delsack
February 28, 2009: Vocational Insights for School Counselors
December 31, 2008: The Sense of Being
November 30, 2008: Not Everything is Astrological
October 31, 2008: "The Draconic Horoscope at work in Consultation" by guest astrologer Lauren Delsack
August 31, 2008: Seeing the Habit
July 31, 2008: Discussing Vocational Profiles with the Client
June 30, 2008: Tell me something I don't know!
May 31, 2008: Rewards establish Meanings
April 30, 2008: The Holistic View
March 31, 2008: The Feelings You Create
December 31, 2007: Thematic Apperception Test
November 30, 2007: Counseling?
October 31, 2007: Getting out of Dodge!
September 30, 2007: Open Sesame: with Multiple Quintiles
August 31, 2007: Elegance comes from Knowing
July 31, 2007: Greater Expectations
June 30, 2007: Practicality and Reality must lead Measurements
May 31, 2007: Keeping track of your Images
April 30, 2007: Leading Developmental Questions
March 31, 2007: Allowing Inspiration
February 28, 2007: "A Psychotherapist's way with Astrology" By Guest Astrologer Teri Freeman
January 31, 2007: Repetitive Crises and Probable Patterning
December 31, 2006: The Difficulty with talking about Death
November 30, 2006: Key Catalytic Phrases
October 31, 2006: What supports Resilience?
September 30, 2006: Development of Individual Style
August 31, 2006: Management of Responsibility --Pecking at Saturn-retrograde
July 31, 2006: Through the Glasser Brightly
June 30, 2006: What do You bring to the Consultation?
May 30, 2006: Creating a Mantra
April 30, 2006: The 3R's: Review, Reinforcement, Raising Spirits
March 31, 2006: Being Alert to Creative Connections
February 28, 2006: Why Astrology is 'Our' Effective Therapy
January 30, 2006: Sub-texts to guide your Consultation
December 30, 2005: The Help of Time
November 30, 2005: Helping the Client establish Significances
October 30, 2005: Getting to the Skeletons in the Closet!
June 30, 2005: Filling in the Gaps
May 31, 2005: The Accumulation of Stress
April 30, 2005: Love Received and Love Given
March 31, 2005: Time, Tension, and Change
February 28, 2005: Hearing the Answer within the Question
January 31, 2005: Telling Stories
December 31, 2004: Changing Your Horoscope
November 30, 2004: Recommending a PsychoSemantic Diet
October 31, 2004: Helping with 11th House Tensions
September 30, 2004: Extending Suggestions Creatively
August 31, 2004: Corollary Thinking
July 31, 2004: Making Decisions or Waiting for Things to Happen
June 30, 2004: 'Faithing' to Support Resilience
May 31, 2004: Qualifying Generalizations for Disclosure of Values
April 28, 2004: What's to Remember?
March 31, 2004: Double-Attachment Empowerment
February 27, 2004: Dynamics of Disclosure
January 30, 2004: Therapeutic Shifts of Mind
January 2, 2004: Tell a Story to Convey a Point
November 30, 2003: Double-Feature Reprise: 'The Surprising Question' and 'Managing Anxiety'
October 30, 2003: Saying Something Important
September 30, 2003: A Positive Approach to Difficulty
August 30, 2003: The Supportiveness of Credibility
July 29, 2003: Polished Communications
June 30, 2003: The Magic of 'What If?'
May 31, 2003: How Many Defenses Do You Need?
May 1, 2003: Therapeutic Metaphors Revisited
April 1, 2003: Wish Fulfillment / Power of Suggestion
February 26, 2003: The Earliest Memory/Suppression
January 29, 2003: Are you Really Listening?
December 30, 2002: The Talent for Asking Questions
November 29, 2002: Difficult Reality Motivating New Choice
October 29, 2002: Assumptive Questioning
August 29, 2002: Recognizing Limiting Boundaries
July 30, 2002: Asking the Surprising Question
June 29, 2002: Managing Anxiety
May 29, 2002: Your Client’s Awareness
April 29, 2002: How do you Sound to your Clients?
March 30, 2002: A Communication Therapy
February 28, 2002: Considerations for the 8th House
February 1, 2002: Patience with your Client’s Unconscious
December 31, 2001: Lifting Your Client UP!
November, 2001: Strategic Knowledge and Common Sense
October, 2001: It Berras Consideration!
September, 2001: More Discussion: Therapeutic Metaphors
August, 2001: The Last Five Minutes
July, 2001: Avoiding Extremes for Common Sense
June, 2001: The Fear of Counseling
May, 2001: Subtext Use as Therapy
April, 2001: Getting Close to the Client
March, 2001: Therapeutic Images
February, 2001: Patience and Disclosure
January, 2001: Practicality, Reality Lead Measurements
December, 2000: Creative Connections & Client Communications
November, 2000: Too Much of a Good Thing
October 30, 2000: Harrummmpf! You've hit a nerve!
September 30, 2000: Circumstantial Confinement
August 31, 2000: Circumstantial Confinement
March 31, 2000: Establishing Objectives to Guide the Consultation
February 29, 2000: The 12th House, continued
January 30, 2000: The 12th House
December 30, 1999: More Creative Insights
November 30, 1999: How Far Do Planets Go?
The October 30, 1999 article is regrettably unavailable (webmaster's error)
September 25, 1999: The Fear of Abandonment
August 21, 1999: Consultation Glimpses
August 1, 1999: Art of Connections
July 15, 1999: Art of Questioning


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