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Marlena Applebaum

M.A. in Counseling Psychology

Astrological Counseling

 
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“My evenings are taken up very largely with astrology. I make horoscopic calculations in order to find a clue to the core of psychological truth. Some remarkable things have turned up which will certainly appear incredible to you.”

~Carl Jung in a letter to Sigmund Freud (June 12, 1911)

 

Astrological Counseling

I offer astrological counseling for psycho-spiritual exploration, understanding, and transformation. Astrology utilized in this way can be a missing key for deep inner work and can shed light on the path towards greater harmony with the natural rhythms and cycles of one’s life journey. My approach to astrology is to share the potentials and opportunities I see while exploring how the symbols and archetypes are manifesting uniquely for each individual. Astrology is a wonderful tool for self-knowledge and a help in times of challenge or transition. It can facilitate tremendous insight and peace, as well as provide timelines for certain archetypal or energetic influences reflected in our lives and inner states of being. Consultations available for birth chart exploration, current influences, relationship dynamics, and timing for important events. 

 

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November 29, 2011

Mercury retrograde in Sagittarius ♐ (Nov 24-Dec 13)

 

 

Sagittarius is sometimes known as the archetype that likes to share thoughts, beliefs, and wisdom in an enthusiastic and outspoken manner. Jupiter, the large planet that rules Sagittarius, expands everything connected to it. When Mercury is in Sagittarius — we may like to express ourselves — a lot. However when Mercury is retrograde, our minds may not be as clear, we may not have all the facts yet, we may misunderstand what we hear, or we may say too much (but we may also be more intuitive, imaginative, and free thinking during Merc retro)! Mercury retrograde in Sagittarius can be a potent combination — challenging us to be more reflective, mindful, and sensitive about what we say, how we say it, and when we share… 


November 28, 2011

Astrology and Judaism

 

 

In honor of the Sun’s passage through the sign of Sagittarius ♐ — the archetype of expanding one’s understanding of philosophical and spiritual truths — here is an excerpt from an interesting article entitled “Kabbalah and Astrology” by Rabbi Max Weiman...

  

Question:

What is the Jewish view of astrology?

 

Answer: 

The Bible takes a strong negative stand on Astrology. Yet, Kabbalah, the ancient Jewish mystical tradition, has sources that are based on astrological principles. Read more...


November 27, 2011

Venus trine Jupiter (♀△♃)

 

 

Today Venus in Capricorn trines Jupiter in Taurus — the two benefics make a harmonious connection. Venus, the archetype of love, and Jupiter, the archetype of opportunity, meet one another for a sweet rendezvous. Jupiter is confident and optimistic, Venus is beautiful and affectionate. Both know how to enjoy life to the fullest, but since they are currently in earth signs, it is a grounded and levelheaded occasion. 


November 26, 2011

Today Venus ♀ enters Capricorn ♑

 

 

In the sign of hardworking Capricorn, Venus favors traditional values and practical demonstrations of affection — in the form of tangible structures that will support love over the long haul. In Capricorn, the goddess is learning what makes for strong and lasting relationships and becomes an authority in these matters. 


November 24, 2011

Mercury turned retrograde early on Thanksgiving morning

 

 

It can be helpful to know that small travel issues, communication delays, or business glitches (such as being charged twice for something accidentally or not receiving an email) are more common during Mercury retrograde. I mention this not so that we will expect these things, but so we can try to be flexible and flowing if they do occur. The deeper purpose of this part of Mercury’s cycle is to give us a necessary review period, which may include fixing things or situations that we hadn’t before realized were neglected or in need of extra attention. Or perhaps we didn’t have the time or it just wasn’t the right moment before, because we were too involved with going “forward” in our lives... Mercury is traveling back from 20° to 3º Sagittarius ♐. Where this falls in your chart will be an area of focus over the next few weeks.


November 23, 2011

An upcoming Solar Eclipse and the preceding Balsamic Moon

 

 

There is a New Moon Solar Eclipse on 11/25 (1:10am EST). The last few days before a New Moon (the Balsamic phase) is a quiet and introspective period. Psychologically, it is a time of endings. The urge to withdraw from usual activities to be inward and reflective is typical for many. Once the New Moon phase begins, however, it marks the start of a new lunar cycle — and this one is powerfully charged because of the eclipse. New energy and change are imminent, but how and where depends on the ways in which your individual chart is aspected by this eclipse (for instance, which house the eclipse falls in and if it conjoins or opposes any of your planets or points). The eclipse is at 3º Sagittarius ♐... 


November 20, 2011

Sun square Neptune (☉◻♆)

 

 

Sun square Neptune today: Vitality may not be at its height, nor logic and clarity. It could be more productive to slow down and nurture the right brain side of life. The demand of a square can help one make a shift. With some effort — one may discover intuition, vision, compassion, or mystical love. Even in practical pursuits there may be a dimension of art or transcendent inspiration... Planetary transits are opportunities — we can partner with them to go with the flow instead of resist it. 


November 16, 2011

Mars trine Jupiter (♂△♃)

 

 

Mars in Virgo trine Jupiter in Taurus is exact tonight, but its influence may be felt for about a week before and after. Mars, the brave warrior, takes action and initiative to achieve what is desired. Jupiter, the benevolent king, represents increase and positive development. A trine between the two planets gives a natural and easy flow. And both in earth signs support a tangible manifestation… To me this aspect embodies the feeling of opportunity and the inspiration to seize it.


November 12, 2011

Astrology and the spiritual path

 

 

After reading an excerpt referencing astrology from the book, “How A Master Works” by Ivy Duce, I felt moved to write about my experience with and perspective about astrology. Below is the excerpt and underneath the excerpt is my response.

 

Ivy Duce had visited Meher Baba in India, and on her way back to America she went to see an astrologer in Delhi. The astrologer had a copy of the Bhrigu Samhita and the Arun Samhita, and read an ancient chart for Mrs. Duce’s daughter Charmian. The chart covered Charmian’s life in detail, with one statement for each year up into her eighties.

 

Ivy Duce wrote about the reading in a letter to Baba’s sister Mani.

 

Baba dictated the following to be included in Mani’s reply to Ivy Duce: 

 

“Baba says that you and Charmy, who have the rare good fortune of being among his close fold and deeply connected with him, are safe in his care, and should not let any astrological pattern affect you or rattle or worry you.

 

“For although he does not radically change the course of individual karma (of those connected with him), he does alleviate and modify it greatly when he thinks fit, and often hastens the working out of some karma whereby it is unwound in a much shorter time and gotten rid of.

 

“Whereas we think of time in the measure of years, he knows and sees to the untangling of the karmic maze of many lifetimes.

 

“You should therefore give no countenance to mantras and astrological indications which might apply to the general man who has not the good fortune of coming into the orbit of a Perfect Master’s grace, and the much rarer opportunity of being within the circle of the Avatar.

 

“He does not mind your being interested in astrology as an interesting subject, but does not want you in the least to be swayed by or involved in it, for your own good.

 

“Baba says that when he breaks his silence, you will understand everything - all your questions will be answered in that understanding which embraces everything.”

  

I am intrigued by Meher Baba’s exact words to Ivy Duce about astrology. What does it mean to be interested in astrology but not swayed by or involved in it? To me this means that if one is interested in astrology, one should take it lightly in a sense (not unlike other subjects of study in the world of Maya, or illusion). To not be swayed by it means, for me, to not fall into the trap of making presumptions about myself, life, or others using astrology, but rather to attempt at all times to live in alignment with my highest inner truth. In my experience astrology can help to increase understanding, self-acceptance, and faith in the perfection of the big picture. I don’t use astrology to tell me what something means or to try to figure out what will happen in the future. Instead, I use astrology as a tool for self-discovery. It is an exploration and practice of finding meaning through observation of what is (and what is changes as consciousness changes).

 

In 1932, Meher Baba stayed at the home of Marc Edmond Jones in Hollywood, for one week. Marc Edmond Jones was the foremost astrologer in the US at that time. It was not long after that Western astrology began to take a sharp turn towards a more psychological orientation. Subsequently, Dane Rudhyar, the father of modern astrology (who also met Meher Baba), came into prominence. Rudhyar wrote, “As I see it, the first and immediate purpose of astrology is not to predict events in terms of statistical probability, but to bring to confused, eager, often distraught persons a message of order, of ‘form,’ of the meaning of individual life and individual struggles in the process of self-actualization.” I love Rudhyar’s explanation. (Interestingly, in the Awakener Magazine, Filis Frederick wrote, “Dane had cast Baba’s horoscope and seen Him as the great World Teacher of the Age.”)

 

Some people think of astrology as a form of fortune-telling. For me it is just another psychological tool for understanding oneself and helping one to live more authentically, more at peace, and to find one’s way towards fulfilling one’s greater potentials. I don’t think of astrology in fatalistic terms. Each aspect shown in a chart can manifest in an unlimited number of ways, and in accordance with one’s spiritual journey. Perhaps the chart is an illustration of our , but it alone does not determine our future. We affect our future by how we respond to our current circumstances. 

 

I have heard a story, referenced at times, when the topic of astrology arises within the Meher Baba world. It goes something like this: followers of Meher Baba who were interested in astrology found that their lives began to disagree with their charts after coming into the orbit of Meher Baba. This statement confuses me, because it is based on a premise that implies there is only one interpretation of a birth chart and that it remains static over time. In my understanding of astrology that premise represents a misunderstanding of how astrology works. Astrology is a language of symbols, and by definition, the very nature of a symbol means that there is a broad number of meanings and expressions of it. So when someone comes into the orbit of Meher Baba, or any path of spiritual truth, their lives and consciousness will of course change and perhaps rapidly. But because an astrological chart cannot be limited to any one analysis, but rather only suggests influences which may be expressed in different ways at various levels of consciousness, the chart still encompasses these higher possibilities. I would go on to say that any perceived limitations of the accuracy of an astrological chart are more reflective of the person trying to understand or interpret it, but not the chart itself.  

 

I have heard that Meher Baba said astrology is a perfect science, but he also said something along the lines of that it takes a Perfect One to interpret it perfectly. I agree wholeheartedly. Astrology can be thought of as a symbolic language. Having some fluency in this language, I do my best to articulate the symbols and express them in ways that might offer help to people — in a dialoguing process, and reflecting back what they already know within. Astrology can be immensely helpful in naming things, putting puzzle pieces together, and validating experiences. Exploring the multifarious possibilities suggested in a chart can provide clarity and meaning in relation to challenges, and offer glimpses of pathways towards healing and hope. In my experience, astrology is a useful psychlological tool with the potential to enhance self-knowledge and a sense of well-being. It need not be used or seen as an “occult” practice.                                                                      

“Newspaper reporters would regularly seek interviews with Meher Baba, and sometimes he would consent…

‘But what about astrology?’ the reporter asked. ‘

Everything has something to do with spirituality. It depends on how it is worked out.’ “ (from LM, p. 2077)

 

 


November 10, 2011

Full Moon in Taurus ♉, Neptune and Chiron turn direct

 

 

The Full Moon is the climax of the lunar month and a time to observe with objectivity what is coming to light or to a head. At every Full Moon there is an opposition between the Sun and the Moon, and this polarization and tension of the opposites may be felt within oneself or within one’s relationships and circumstances. When the Full Moon is in Taurus, the Sun is in Scorpio: on the one hand, there is a need to let go of the past in order to allow the necessary transformation of the self (Sun in Scorpio) — but on the other hand, there is a valid emotional longing for stability and security (Moon in Taurus), for instance…Read more...


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