A Woman’s projections onto men- a study in co-dependency

The animus  has been associated an unconscious complex in  female psychology  according C.G. Jung’s pschoanalytic model  (Hall, James A. The Jungian Experience, 1986 p.36).  The Sun in the Huber method is symbolic of the will and is an ego planet.  It can be a conscious structure that mediates between the inner world and reality (of relationships) (Huber, Louise and Bruno, The Planets, 1006, p.34).  In the personal sphere of relationships, the animus can be cold, nonpersonal and take a general nature of critical remarks made to others with whom the person is emotionally close. (The Jungian Experience, Hall, James, p. 81). The animus in a woman can subvert the intentions of the Sun  ego and undermine relationships by it subtle emotional distancing.

In the Huber method, the Sun in the radix represents  “a consciousness in which we stick to our own thoughts, convictions and opinions… The thinking self therefore has the power to discriminate, judge, react clearly and lucidly to the world with greater self-confidence, as a real I-entity taking full responsibility for its actions.”( Huber, Louise and Bruno, The Planets, 2006 p. 34).  The animus as an unconscious structure can interact with the ego in negative ways and thus create conflicts in relationships.  The aspects to the Sun, its position in the natal chart and it’s sign can give hints to the way in which the animus can contaminate the ego without our being able to stop it.

In the natal chart the Sun represents her relationship with the father.  The father historically in a female’s life represents the first male she has an intimate relationship with growing up. The archetype of the father is reflected in many possible manifestations of the real father: an invisible father or present force, disengaged or  involved, (in)dependent, an authority,  a monster or hero , a warrior or tyrant.

“The Sun’s position provides useful psychological information about the father.  It shows how we live the masculine paternal principle and can realise it with ourselves…The Sun’s position usually tells us something about our real father.  If weak we too lack self confidence and are afraid to assert our will and frequently suffer from low self esteem.”(Huber, Louise and Bruno, The Planets, 2006 p.34). Thus, aspects, position in the Houses and sign of the Sun  in the female’s chart can represent how she relates unconsciously not only to her biological father but also how her ego, her self awareness and confidence in her ego strengths is manifested in male relationships.

Most psychotherapies are designed to help clients build a healthy “executive function” of the ego through interventions to enhance cognitive strategies (Freud, Anna, The Ego and Mechanisms of Defense, 1936).  The ego then is perceived as the center of the psyche with ultimate say in the everyday functioning of life. For human development and realization of potentials for growth, it is necessary to have a healthy ego to survive.  But what happens if healthy ego development is hampered by factors which weaken it and subvert its role in personality development?  What our concern is here is the unconscious determinants at play in the psyche that create attitudes that reveal self-defeating behavior patterns that interfere with development and self-realization.  These unconscious attitudes are revealed by analyzing the position of the Sun in the natal, its aspects and sign and consequently, its relationship to the animus.

In the course of child development, the female’s relationship with her father is introjected or internalized and predisposes her to react/relate a certain way with the male friends, co-workers, etc… Early psychoanalysts in the 1900’s were limited in seeing woman as independent agents, with careers and autonomy.  Therefore, they did not believe women were equal to men.  This is an archaic model of women but as As Jung believed,

“In women Eros is an expression of their true nature- the need to create and relate. (As she uses Logos) she gives rise to misunderstandings and annoying interpretations in the family circle and among friends. The animus consists of opinions instead of reflections or assumptions that lay claim to absolute truth. “ (C.G. Jung, Aion, 1978 p. 14).

It is as if women when they use logic, they do it in an inferior fashion.  That is a disputable argument according to today’s competent women in CEO positions who use logic as well as any man.

For the purposes here, I am linking the concept of the animus and the Sun in the natal chart to the animus in woman’s psychology.  How a woman’s animus relevant to and associated with female autonomy and  creation of psychic predispositions or attitudes toward men?  Thus, an ever-evolving inner image from this paternal introject is morphed into unconscious attitudes and assumptions about the opposite sex.   These assumptions can play a role in her capacity to attract or repel certain types of men.  Men, that resemble in certain ways the father figure in the woman can be projections and are further understood by examining the Sun in the woman’s natal chart.

This inner image of the male inside the feminine psyche creates a changing symbol which can develop through the life cycle.  At earliest stages during the teen years, it can be projected as “love” of the hero, the warrior, the muscle man- tall, dark and handsome, emphasizing physical characteristics.  As as the female matures so can her inner image of the animus as she can “love” the magician, the professor, the spiritual guru, the master.  If she matures with the help of more positive experiences with love ‘objects’ (House chart, The Huber Method); she may learn to have insight into her visual image projections of what a man represents to her.  She can learn to recognize these images as her male side- the animus.   Many spiritual guides are females who have evolved a mature animus which with a well-developed ego and an awareness of their animus projections.  She can bring loving and healing support to others. In this case she has transcended her assumptions of males and owns her animus as part of a relational subpersonality.  But in cases where the animus ‘possesses’ their hosts with negative assumptions, she may have destructive patterns in her life.  Jung identified animus possessions as autonomous complexes or as Assagioli calls them sub-personalities (Psychosynthesis: the elements and beyond, Parfitt, Will p. 220) which are in part identity and relational structures in the psyche. (Hall, James, The Jungian Experience, Analysis and Individuation,1986 p. 36; )  If you can imagine a mental state in which a woman is calculating-  her thinking, filled with malice and intrigue  that gets her into a state that she even wishes the death of others to achieve her own ends; then her wants are subservient to a subpersonality.   Thus, she identifies with her inner image, externalized; she is possessed by a negative animus or sub-personality.  As this image is projected, not internalized and made conscious as part of her own psychic ego state; and if this process is unconscious, then she does not realize that the  male opponents she attracts and perceives, have been created out of her own unawareness.

If her male experiences traumatize a young woman and are negative, this inner image can congeal into images of a robber, thief or monster that is projected on men and result into outward hatred of men. Consider our case study Cynthia Burbank who had a negative animus possession.

Cynthia had a difficult childhood full of traumas.  The sudden death of her mother created an inner child experience that compounded her awareness that she lacked protection from the nurturer.   Saturn is stressed right before the 1st house which indicates her holding back with restraint ‘fear to be born’ which is ripe for ego battles in encounters accompanied by fear of failure. (The Planets, Huber,p 232). Pluto is stressed before the MC and exaggerates the ego powers to create a better world; when she witnessed her father beating her sister, she was probably wanting to intervene and stop her father.  She could not help her sister let alone herself.   The MOON is at the Low Point(LP) of the 3rd House and her Sun is unaspected at the LP of the 2nd house conjunct an unaspected Node.  These indicate that she is not capable of expressing her will outwardly and she may develop as a person by following others if she hoped to build self- worth.  But how could she follow others, if she cannot trust that she will be safe and secure?   Thus she may have felt she had to keep a partner as a codependent having the delusion that she could control his angry moods even when her husband treated her badly (Node in 2nd house and South Node in the 8th house).  Co-dependency issues for men and women can create a dynamic where the relationship is bound by efforts by the codependent to change their partner and with the consequences that he/she neglects their own development.

Cynthia’s unconscious attitude and image of a male partner manifested in a partner is symbolized by the metaphor of “Bluebeard, who secretly kills all his wives in a hidden chamber. “ (M. Von Frantz, Man and His Symbols, 1964).  How could she feel secure and love such a man?  Since this image was projected outward in the form of her husband who robbed her many times, she may have tried to reform him as many co-dependents do.    But since Cynthia’s animus was bound with a man who was a criminal, who raped her and who beat her in a blind fury whenever the mood struck him; she was engaged with a narcissistic emotional manipulator who would not ever treat her fairly.(The Human Magnet Syndrome, p. 104, Rosenberg, Ross)   Her psychological set up and life experience attracted people, situations and events that  poisoned her relationship with men and further traumatized her.  She did not have the ego strengths to stand on her own and became a codependent with a narcissistic manipulator.  How could she but carry assumptions and opinions that all men were cruel, stupid and mean?   What was really happening was a self-fulfilling prophesy buried deep in the psyche, based on animus projection and possession.

What I want to show with the case of Cynthia is how a negative animus father- image which was reflected in her unaspected Sun and Node in her natal chart, may have contributed to  a life pattern of self-imprisonment. And how eventually through therapy, her life was turned around.

Cynthia’s  Sun and Node was unaspected in the  low point (LP) of the 2nd house. Cynthia’s Sun, “act(ed) independently and often unconsciously…and (was) not integrated into her chart as a whole and therefore, not a fully integrated part of the personality. (Hopewell, Joyce and Llewelyn, Richard.  The Cosmic Egg Timer,2004 p. 69) . Cynthia would project her negative inner male onto others and see them as controlling her.  With a stressed Saturn before the 1st house and the Moon in a one way aspect to it, Cynthia’s was fearful of asserting herself due to excessive needs for protection and safety.  She was trapped in a battle within herself as she could not obtain the type of reciprocal relationship that would allow equality.   So she ended up being a victim of abuse.  The only solution was to fight her way out of power struggles with men to become a fully integrated being.    Consequently, after a series of abusive events in her relationship with her husband, she eventually stabbed him with a pair of scissors. And she ended up in jail.

Thus these introjections of the male animus started with the father reflected a self- fulfilling prophesy playing itself out in Cynthia’s  life.    Was she destined to live out such self-destructive patterns indefinitely?  Her therapy with the late Maureen Demot, a Jungian astrologer, helped turn her life around.  In 2000, her Age Point was in the 8th house and opposed to her natal Sun.   This position creates crises in relationship where exercise of the will is the main feature.  Transits of Saturn square Saturn, Pluto conjunction of Venus helped tear down her false beliefs about the powerlessness of her life.   With Maureen’s guidance, Cynthia resolved the negative tape loops in her life and her inner animus image of the imprisoned male died away…she finally left her husband for good.  This process was difficult for her, she had to take responsibility for creating her own reality.  She eventually found that she had the potential to live a life that had no compulsions to control others and she was free from  the  vortex of bad relationships.

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The dilemna of Iran supporting Palestinians through arms and social services when they are under extreme sanctions

Iran has a land surface seventy nine times that of Israel’s.  Its Revolutionary Guard is larger than Israeli’s Defense Force.  Although most Irani people support the Shiites (followers of Ali), they continue to support the Palestinians, eighty-five percent are Sunni Muslims.  During the Pahlavi dynasty, Iran recognized Israel but through the 1979 Revolution, they became militant Islamic supporters.  In Yemen, the Houthis are Shiite Muslims and Iran has a proxy war there aginst Saudi Arabia and the United States.

On July 26, 2019 Iran tested a mid range Shahab-3 missle capable of a nuclear bomb payload with a range of 1000 kilometers in defiance of US’s extreme pressure campaign to force them to the negociating table.  In spite of crippling sanctions by the US, Iran continues to fund military arms through Hamas and Hezbollah against Israel.  This policy is unpopular with its own citizens who feel the economic burden of sanctions and see money wasted on this Palestinian cause.  How are the Islamic Revolutionary leaders allowing this pattern of support to continue?  One can see that hatred toward the US and Israel is the cause.  Below I will give some context to this assertion.

Astrologically, the transit of Uranus in Taurus  occured and was conjunct with the New Moon on the 13 th of May, 2018.  This meant a new cycle of manifestation (Sun) and emotional support (Moon) had begun to  occur as the Moon/Sun relationship hit a square, and then an opposition on the Full Moon on 28 of May 2018 crytallized this relationship. Also coinciding with the New Moon and crescent of the Moon was the holy month of Ramadan in 2018.  This is a time in the Islamic lunar calendar in which there is fasting during the day and feasts and devotions during the night.  Ramadan month focuses the believer on the meaning of being a Muslim  by adhering to the 5 pillars of Islam.  The Hajj or pilgrimage to a holy site such as Jerulsalem is one of the 5 pillars of Islam.  In Jerusalem is one of the holiest Mosques called Dome of the Rock in which  it is believed that the prophet Mohamed ascended into heaven.  It is the 3rd holiest shrine in the Muslim faith.  The manifestation of the month of sacrifices to Islam during the month of Ramadan coincided with the May 14, 2018  dedication to move of the US embassy to Jerusalem and was bound to sew more extreme reactions from the Palestinians…and other Muslim countries including Iran which had a recent history of hatred of the US and Israel.

During the celebration of the dedication  on the part to the United States to move its embassy in Jerulsalem from Tel Aviv on May 14,2018, there was a uprising among the Palestinians who live in the Gaza strip. That is because it was 70 years since Israel was founded but also 70 years since the cleansing of the Palestinian villages that occurred the same time Israel was founded.  Saeb Erekat, a Palestinian negociator was saying the move of the embassy without any reciprical move for establishing a Palestinian state only demonstrates America’s resolve to violate international law in the following:
“The US decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and now to move its embassy on the eve of marking 70 years since the Nakba (the ethnic cleansing of at least 418 Palestinian villages) and the forcible displacement of two-thirds of our people, shows the determination of the US administration to violate international law, destroy the two-state solution and provoke the feelings of the Palestinian people, as well as of all Arabs, Muslims and Christians around the globe,” Erekat said in a statement.

Many events started by the USA beginning on May 14, 2018 were an ominous foreboding of more conflict to come:  the start of Ramadan; the celebration of the move of the US embassy; and the anniversary of Nakba, the catastrophe, in which 700,000 Palestinians were forced out of their homes in 1948.  Palestinians have been longing for a two state solution and the right of return to their homeland since the Nakba. In the bold face of this wish, White House Innovation Director Jared Kushner had come up with a plan, Peace for Prosperity economic workshop in June 2019 in Bahrain which advocated not for a Palestinian state but to “broker” a deal to end the conflict.  “The goal was to shore up Palestinian and Arab support for  for a political plan which aims to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict by promising billions of dollars of investment in infrastructure, education and tourism in the Palestinian terrorities, Jordan, Egypt, and Lebanon.” (Foreigh Policy Reseach Institute)  Still unsetteled, are the chronic housing issues for Palestinians.  Israel had uprooted housing of Palestinian families in East Jerusalem again on Monday, July 22,2019.  Then the  US blocked a UN rebuke of Israeli demolition of these Palestinian homes with the promise that the Peace for Prosperity Plan,  a 60 page report, will be released soon by Donald Trump.  Palestinian parties were requested to have patience.  This Peace for Prosperity plan by United States provoked the Palestinians because it did not include any of their representatives mainly due to their boycott of the Trump administration since the the December 2017 decsion to move th US Embassy to Jerusalem; in addition the plan omits a 2 state solution which breaks with decades of US policy and international consensus and omits Palesinian self-detrmination and the right of return that had been US foreign policy .  No Israeli diplomats attended this meeting either.

This Palestinian cause for right of return had been historically funded and social services delivered to Palestinians as well as war with Israel by Hamas,  seen as a terrorist organization by the US and most of its allies.  Hamas is Iran funded and is considered to use violent means to establish a two state solution between Israel and the Palestinians.  Hamas was considered by the US to be behind the protests on Gaza on May 14,2018 in which 55 Palestinians were killed by Israeli soldiers.  But the Palestinian authority denied that Hamas was responsible for the uprising because  it was the Palestinians alone who demonstrated, desperate to bring international attention to the fact that their right of return would never happen. Support from  Hezbollah provides weapons for Islamic Jihad through ports of entry in Lebanon; funding comes from Iran.  The (UNRWA) United Nations Relief and Works Agency donors on June 26, 2019 raised 110 million USD at a conference for Palestnian refugees to cover costs for the coming months and avoid a budget crisis.  These meetings coincided with the Peace for Prosperity economic conference.  Rebuffed and slashed of US funding, the UNRWA relies on about 40 countries to help the Palestinians as refugees.  Thus competing efforts to resolve the Palestinian crisis has resulted in the US and Israel wanting to dismantle the UNRWA.  Meanwhile under the cover of secret deals, Iran is sponsoring efforts to enrich Uraniam once more if they cannot broker a deal to relieve crippeling sanctions. The Trump administraton is not positioning themselves to actively negociate with Iran just as no one really feels that a two state solutions of Israel and Palestine could occur.

In the study of astrology, countries of the world are symbolized by certain signs.  February 11,1979 is celebrated as Iran Revolution day when the Shah of Iran’s reign collapsed. Iran has historically been symbolized by Aquarius.   Its has a Leo Ascendant and Taurus Midheaven (MC).  If one goes to Persopolis as I did in 1974, one sees the bas- relief of a lion slaying a bull on the invocational temple of Persepolis built by Darius I in 500 BC.  It has 500 stone columns and 2500 years ago it was a priestly temple where the significance is explained by the following:

” the symbol of the sun slaying the bull, besides representing the two essentials in agriculture , sun and rain, is one of the earliest  astronomical myths and pershaps the most important… the fusion of the animal forms into a unified symbol, a symplegma, is found on seals.  It represents the moment when the constellations Leo and Taurus are at their Zenith, conincident with the Sun at the same point, conincides with the spring equinox, March 21 or Naw Ruz, the signal for spring plowing” (Arthur Upham Pope, p. 24 Persian Architecture. 1969, The Asia Institute, p. 24).

In a nutshell we can see  how the constellations and zodiac signs functioned for the ancients in that they were significators by the priestly class to determine the division of time.  Even as far back as 530 BCE , the ancients were using atrological data as a biological time clock to determine their activities in agricultural settings (i.e. planting and reaping).

Islamic revolt

Countries of the world have sign rulers and Iran’s sign ruler is the Aquarius, ruled by Uranus.  Uranus transited the Taurus constellation  (MC of Iran) at this time 2/11/1979@ 5:25pm in Tehran after the sun set and the last salah or night prayer could begin. The archetype of Uranus is symbolized by the “principle of change, rebellion, freedom, liberation, reform, revolution, and the unexpected break up of structures; with sudden surprises, revelations and awakenings, lightening-like flashes of insight, the acceleration of thoughts and events, Uranus transits are linked to unpredictable  and disruptive changes; “(Cosmos and Psyche.2007,  Richard Tarnas, p. 92).  I could not predict events but would correlate the country of Iran as escalating the Arab- Israeli conflict in Jerusalem on into the whole transit cycle of Uranus in Taurus which will end in  July 2025 .

Perhaps Iran will continue to be a major player heating up sympathy for the Palestinian cause throughout the Muslim world.  With the moon cycle as it became full by May 28, 2018 it symbolized the ongoing ego-based emtional needs for sympathy and caring linked to the Palestinian peoples’ plight.  The Moon and the star are signals on the flags of many Muslim countries and is the symbol of Islam.  Sky Gods are represented by a star.  I look for possible rebellion as Uranus continues its transit in Taurus, among Islamic states, in response to the plight of the Palestinians- led mostly by Iran.

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The Soul in Aspect Pattern Astrological Psychology


Edgar Cayce believed that astrological influences show how the soul is connected to the planets.   (Akashic Records, Todeschi, p. 44).  You are “born at such a time in a certain place into the earth- surrounded by planets- at a time and place which materially represents who we are at a soul level.”  The study of astrology could give an individual a fairly accurate indication of qualities, traits, opportunities and challenges that he/she came in with-some of the same information that is available from the Akashic Records’ (Ibid. p. 45.)

The Akashic Record or Book of Life comes from the Sanskrit word meaning ‘boundless space”  and is equated with the central storehouse of all information for every individual.  These records are a collective thing found in the etheric body of the planet earth.

The soul can be that immutable part of us that is not dependent on life-death.  The soul has a primary motivation for love and service, so if we do not develop these traits and downplay the ego, we may not find our soul.  The soul represents the transpersonal experience of ‘beingness’ which is expressed in the realization of what is known as the Soul Ray. (Psychosynthesis the elements and beyond, Parfitt, p. 246).

According to Bruno Huber Astrological Psychologist the Causal body is constantly exchanging information with the Akashic Records and through clairvoyance and dreams, etc. ; we can ‘read’ when we want to see a person’s past or future.  (The Seven Rays, Huber, p. 8).  “Every life that a person lives is processed on the causal plane; the essence of that life is extracted and stored there as experience.  The content of the causal body (see figure 1.1) can be represented at the end of life by a certain geometric figure.”  It is Planetary aspect patterns and colors of aspects (red, green and/or blue)  that determine the quality of a person’s soul ray.  The planetary patterns can create a unique , physical astrological representation of state of the soul, ultimately and spiritually.   The soul is not incarnate, it is a pure entity of consciousness and on its own level.  Bruno Huber gives a formula for finding one’s Soul ray which helps one see how the soul is mirrored in the causal body from the Akashic record or Book of Life, the individual Soul Ray (The Seven Rays, Huber, p. 68).

Further the Moon Node Chart in Astrological Psychology reflects memory traces of previous lives situated in indeterminate time and space.  Thus contemplation on the images of these memories which could create fear and obstacles to growth in the present life; can by a process of disidentification free one of guilt and disability , restoring and proactively transforming the personality.  (Astrological Psychology, Western Esotericism and the Transpersonal, Lewis, p. 94).

Preface to Life Passages 2017


I was very pleased to be asked to write the preface to Life Passages, in which John Grove synthesizes age progression through the twelve houses of the horoscope—the method devised by Bruno and Louise Huber—with the eight stages of psycho-social development identified by Erik Erikson—the German-born, American psychotherapist who coined the phrase, ‘identity crisis’—and he applies these methods to the processing of personal material that arises from within at strategic times of change accompanied by vivid dreams. John is a psychotherapist with extensive experience of working with veterans and interpreting dreams, who has a Diploma of the Astrological Psychology Association and is ideally qualified to write this sequel to his earlier work, Dreams and Astrological Psychology: The Way through the Maze of the Unconscious. Time Passages is a more tightly constructed volume that concentrates on establishing connections between the Life Clock of astrological psychology, developmental psychological profiles, and dreams that represent a turning point in the lives of individuals. A selection of revealing case studies illustrates John’s findings.

The quest to identify correspondences between astrological significators and dreams has a long history, dating back to classical and biblical eras. Notably, the Renaissance astrologer Girolamo Cardano kept a dream diary on which the psychotherapist C G Jung gave a series of lectures in the 1930s. Cardano’s dreams stimulated him intellectually, and he looked for clues to understanding the immediate future, so he took a different perspective from Jung, Huber, and Grove, who use astrological and dream interpretation to guide the individual towards wholeness and strength.

The Huber Life Clock adds all-important timing to events in the outer and inner lives of individuals. Its location in house and sign, and its relationship to specific planets can help client and counsellor to make sense of images that emerge in dreams at pivotal moments, and connect them with the motivational patterns shown on an accurately drawn astrological chart. As well as being rooted in esoteric wisdom and attuned to the hermetic maxim ‘as above, so below’, astrological psychology’s birth chart is a precise psychological map, and its method is assimilated with the psychosynthesis of Roberto Assagioli, as reiterated by Louise Huber in her interview with Verena Bachmann (2003). This volume emphasizes the importance of using visual and symbolic language to develop a healthy ego in preparation for the spiritual path, and images that arise from the unconscious in dreams can be assimilated into consciousness with the help of astrological interpretation.

Following the Introduction, Chapter 1 presents the seventy-two-year cycle of the Life Clock with its loud and soft phases and rhythms, together with psycho-social tasks from infancy to late adulthood. Notwithstanding the acknowledged need to revise Erikson’s dated definitions of sexual identity in a contemporary context, overall the combined framework of reference stands up well. This first chapter culminates with an analysis of an important dream the author had at the age of 24, just after his age point entered the fifth house. At this time, he finally left behind the security of the family home and took a challenging job overseas.  John is at his very best when illustrating his points with case histories, and giving honest portrayals of himself and those who are willing to share their experience with a wider public.

Chapter 2 takes a closer look at life tasks, and emphasizes how necessary it is to differentiate between wants, desires, and self-gratification on the one hand, and what one actually needs to do to develop a healthy ego on the other. The threefold personality of Huber astrology and Abraham Maslow’s hierarchy of needs provide helpful tools for working in a supportive therapeutic environment. Tensions between inherited behaviour traits and environmental pressure are explored in some depth, with a couple of illustrative case histories, testing the ego as it strengthens and prepares for initiation.

In Chapter 3, the focus is on dream patterns, how to create the right environment for capturing dreams, and how to assimilate such ephemeral material from unknown worlds into waking consciousness. This sets the scene for the six case histories of dreams at critical moments in life, featured in Chapter 4.

The final chapter sums up the advantages of using the Huber method of astrological consultation with dream interpretation to achieve personal integrity and psychosynthesis, preparing the way for a spiritual path, a perspective on life supported by astrological interpretation that I fully endorse.

Sue Lewis, MA (Western Esotericism), DipAPI, DFAstrolS

7 April 2017

John D. Grove has been a practicing psychotherapist for 40 years and an astrologer since 1972. With his years of experience of combining psychology principles and astrology, in Life Passages John uses the horoscope as a tool for psycho-spiritual insights. Bruno and Louise Huber’s seventy two phases of psychological development are compared to Erik Erikson’s Eight Stages of Man to demonstrate the Life Clock’s validity. John provides volunteer’s dreams which synchroinize with Age Point Progression in contact with sensitive points in the horoscope. He asserts that environmental life events can trigger dreams which can impact dreamer’s attitudes creating profound identity changes supporting growth. He provides techniques for dream incubation, recall and journaling of daily events that go with dreams amplification.
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Dreams and Astrological Psychology

Dreams and Astrological Psychology

The Way through the Maze of the Unconscious

by John D. Grove

Review by Sue Lewis

This slender but thought-provoking volume extends the scope of HopeWell publishers, which has, over the past ten years, made key texts by the Hubers readily available in English, and published helpful new manuals on astrological psychology and how to bring the chart alive by Joyce Hopewell and Richard Llewellyn.

In  Dreams  and  Astrological  Psychology,   John Grove, recently retired from an American hospital for veterans, shares his insights into how to achieve levels of consciousness motivated more by ‘the courage to be’ than by those narrowly competitive and divisive drives to earn and possess to which most of us are encouraged to give priority, and he shows how techniques taught by the Astrological Psychology Association (APA) can combine with Jungian dream analysis to become tools ‘for reflective investigation of one’s own psyche and psychological and spiritual development’ (pp. 9 and 47).

The book opens by addressing the problem of personality disorders, usually brought on by particularly stressful circumstances and changing cultural norms. Such labels stigmatize and deprive a person of future job opportunities, perpetuating social dysfunction  instead of facilitating the healing of psychological wounds and opening a way to social reintegration and psychosynthesis. Thankfully, the latest version of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of the American Psychiatric Association (DSM-V) has at last dropped personality disorders from its diagnostic categories but much still needs to be done to bring about a ‘more holistic approach’ incorporating ‘humanistic considerations’ (p. 9).

Not only has Western society been hitherto too quick to adversely label individuals who stray from prescribed norms, but individuals have over-identified with specific career paths, thereafter suffering loss of ego when the identifying job comes to an end. The example Grove gives is from his own dream in 2014 (p. 88, dream 1/19/2014) in which there is hope for retirement by realization of the bountiness of life after work is done in the active world.

As we commemorate the centenary of the start of World War 1 and the 70th anniversary of D-Day – is that of troop demobilization and the difficulties of readjustment to civilian life. Dreams ‘can have a compensatory or balancing role in the psyche between the conscious ego and the Self which generates all dream content’ (p. 50), and many returning soldiers experience traumatic dreams re-enacting the fire fights in which their comrades were killed. Such nightmares are treated with Imagery Rehearsal Therapy, a visualization technique during which the subject reviews the images of the last dream, and then rewrites their tragic ending to create a positive outcome. According to Catherine Shainberg – with whom the Spanish Huber  School have been working – similar techniques were ‘used by ancient prophets, seers, and sages to control dreams and visions’. Drawing parallels in astrological psychology, we frequently find the unconscious imagery of dreams in the Moon Node Chart and its eruption into present life is often signalled by Natal and/or Nodal Age Progression exacerbated by Transits.

According to Ira Progoff (1921-98), Jung’s ‘concept of synchronicity was originally suggested  to  him  by his observations in studying the deep levels  of  the Self, especially as he noted the correlation between the movement of events within dreams and the style of interpretation that he found in certain ancient, especially oriental, scriptures and commentaries with respect to changes of destiny in the course of human life’ (Jung, Synchronicity and Human Destiny (1973), p. 3). Progoff, an American psychotherapist who trained with Jung, is best known for the ongoing Intensive Journal Method, and Grove attended two of his journal workshops at key turning points, the first whenhis Age  Pointhad just crossed the Low Point in house 4, and the second as it emerged from the Low Point in house 9 at the time of his mother’s death. These intensive workshops assisted the processing of complex material from the depths in preparation for a new phase of life experience, and the journal provides the thread connecting dreams and symbols, showing a way through the maze of the unconscious, while the Age Point records their sequential order on the Life-Clock.

Jung’s posthumous Memories, Dreams, Reflections (1961) provided the Hubers with autobiographical data with which to illustrate the ebb and flow of the life cycle. Memories and The Red Book (2009) recount Jung’s visions of ‘rivers of blood’, symptomatic not only of personal crisis but also of impending war, and his example inspired Grove, many of whose dreams have ramifications in the social and global context stretching well beyond the critical personal moment, and their precognitive nature becomes clearer with later reinterpretation



A subjective analysis of the controversial Donald J. Trump natal chart. Some considerations using the theory of Astrological Psychology as applied through the Huber Method. The image of his chart reminds me of a kite with a tether from the two bottom sides to the upper side holding it back as it tries to rise. Using the Koch House system of astrological analysis, through shaping alone we find that multiple shaping in a vertical direction is evident. He has a predominantly Green-Blue chart which could make him sensitive and adaptable but not wanting to assert himself directly too much. He would rather delegate to others and avoid making clear delineations about his vision for America because he is considering options which are to take over according to ‘strong man tactics’. However, under emotional strain, he can make impulsive decisions and lash out to others without much forethought which will be addressed below. He has a closed aspect pattern and has the “You side” generally empty except for the Moon and South Node. That means he has no idea how others feel. Thus in relation to others he interprets most events from an ego-centric point of view; and when he’s dealing with relationships, he sees them as the unknown and often perceives an intrusion by ‘alien others’ into his personal experience. He can feel helpless at the mercy of unfamiliar forces- all in the realm of relationships with others. (APA Manual,Unit 2, Module 2, p. 17). Donald has multiple aspect figures: the megaphone (which is at play in all his rallies), the ambivalent triangle , an irritation triangle and linear shaping. He has multiple motivations, he is versatile, can be adaptable, seeks security and is as we know ambitious. But he may change his position quickly and jump from one emotional state to another in an attempt to adapt to prevailing circumstances. He has all three ego planets in an irritation triangle which may incline him to be motivated to keep moving and to be stimulated leading to periods of hectic overexertion. Then he attacks others. The opposition between his Sun and Moon form a central pressure-building energy so that can result in irritation when he is not supported in contact with others(Moon) which is made even more tense by his will to be an individual who is respected by his public. His inner sense of security can be threatened by his awareness of inner tension due to a longing for liberation from this tension. To complicate the emotional side, his Moon in the 4th house as tension ruler of his chart is 4 degrees from the low point conjunct the South Node; he can appear emotionally upset, immature, and inconsistent when frustrated in getting his needs met for emotional support from contact with others. He needs constant support and admiration from others. He can be a puzzle to others because he can be rebellious, demanding, manipulative and defensive when misunderstood yet charming at other times. That is because of splitting which is a defense mechanism of mentally ill people which demonizes and then over-idealizes others depending on how it effects him. His political advisors can be insincere and may impede him rather than help him. (Moon Node Astrology, p. 30). When he got the Republican nomination for President, David Duke a former KKK Grand Dragon, felt the climate was right for him to run again for senate. After some time with his advisors, Donald declined to support Duke. When his spokeswoman, Katrina Pierson, for the Trump campaign spoke to a USA Today reporter (August 3, 2016), she blamed Barak Obama for the2004 the enemy killing of Army Captain Khan in Iraq when Obama was not even president at the time. Not only has Donald Trump tried to control the damage from his own impetuous personality, he has to deal with the incompetence of his own advisors. He lies to cover this up. This creates a rise of anger and aggressiveness which he is not in control of… (added by Uranus which is conjunct the Sun and opposed Natal Moon which confers rebelliousness); he has no filters on the impulses so he must defend himself after his outbursts with evasive behavior which often involves a softening or reversal of his position. ( Aspect Pattern Astrology, p. 177, Huber). With Mars stressed before the 1st house, we find him expressing himself with arrogance, annoyance, in a noisy spontaneous and uncontrolled way. His revengeful feelings when he sees himself as a victim, is well known. He may well get involved in a ”Waterloo Event” in which he will be in a life or death struggle for the recognition and legitimacy of his presidency of the United States over and over again. (Transformation, Huber. p. 56). His aggressiveness may assist his feeling nature which is part of the blue side of an ambivalence triangle (Mars trine the Moon conjunct the Dragon tail oppose the Sun, Node and Uranus conjunction). Thus , he can be self-satisfied with his individualistic nature (Vertical direction) when seeing himself in an fantasy world in which he has created; but he is at a loss to understand why he arouses so much opposition from others and does not have a clue how this happened. So he invents conspiracy theories to rationalize why he is so ill-treated. He said, “This election may be rigged!” or “The fake media always attacks Donald Trump’s presidency.” He becomes aggressive when others oppose him because he feels he should not be attacked; in fact he exaggerates the threats by others due to his hypersensitivity. And since intelligence may be measured in part by the “intelligence planets Jupiter, Mercury and Saturn” (Huber, Astrological Psychosynthesis, p. 26-30) we see the following: 1. A tendency to exaggerate and flip-flop his thinking/feeling values (Jupiter in 2nd house square Mercury in 11th ). At a rally in Virginia, he was interrupted by a baby crying. “Don’t worry about that baby… I love babies…I hear that baby crying and I like it. What a baby. What a beautiful baby. Don’t worry, Don’t worry; it is , beautiful and healthy and that’s what we want, ok? A few minutes later when the bawling had not stopped, he said, “ Actually I was just kidding you can get that baby out of here”! One can not tell if he is being sarcastic or sincere in his retorts even when seen on live TV. 2. His conservative bent due to his needs for security can in part be based on the past values with little appreciation of having to change his life goals. So he can be seen displaying bigoted, racist and reactionary behavior (Venus conjunct Saturn in 11th house). Consider his stance on immigration, halting Muslims’ entry into our country and revival of post industrial America so he can “Make America Great Again” 3. Jupiter is on the Low Point of the 2nd house in which his need for appreciation of his self worth does not find an outward expression but is, in fact, ignored by the environment; he then can compensate by exaggerating his self importance. He demonstrates the inability to have the right response at the right moment. No apologies, no humility. He has the tendency to hop from one relationship to another. He relies on superficial impressions and spontaneous reaction rather than on sound judgment provided by observation. He has in addition an anti-social personality disorder with narcissistic traits.


Times of Power and Conservative Values: Conservative Empowerment

The following is taken from the work of Dr. Richard Tarnas in his book Cosmos and Psyche the conclusions are my own.

     Saturn conjunct Pluto conjunctions are times of conservative empowerment to the point of all- out conflict or even war. It is also a time of religious fundamentalist denunciation of scientific theory (1616 Vatican declared Copernican theory false; astrologer and theologian Michael Servetus was burned at the stake for heresy) These are periods of profound moral urgency and apocalyptic end-time expectations.

     Historically in 1914 this conjunction was the beginning of German aggression leading to WWI and US government got into the war in 1917 after a period of isolation.

     In the second 1948 Saturn Pluto conjunction, the start of the cold war began and this started a nuclear arms race and espionage between US and its allies vs. communist countries. Israel was declared a state-a religious-political state.

     The last conjunction in the 20th century occurred in 1980-1984 with the advent of escalating tensions worldwide as dictatorial state-sponsored terrorism by governments gained ground: USSR; South Africa; Central America; Afghanistan, Iraq etc.

     Now we are in the 21st century and on or near January 12, 2020 the conjunction between these two planets will occur again. What can we expect then? The emergence of conservative or reactionary movements will be religiously provoked. Radical beliefs and restrictions will exist in governmental form; in the form of policies and laws that restrict moral freedom of the individual. Immigration will be seen as a threat during these times. Nationalism will be a priority over being open to cultural and religious diversity.  And at the same time, a crisis will be brought about by financial and resource problems affected by a tax revolution in the way our government is financed. (Uranus in Taurus). Expect the tax breaks now emboldened by the Trump administration and conservatives to manifest even more disparity between the rich and the poor in America. And a conservative backlash against all forces looking for reform and equalization of the resources. Our country could go bankrupt with institutions that normally provide for the general welfare: medicare, medicaid as greed and wealth of the collective will held by only a few.  I pray this does not occur but being forewarned is forearmed and the “Night Watch” has begun. It is 13 months till the conjunction. What trends do you see?  Remember the conjunction does not predict events; instead correlations occur in the way the masses think.  Individuals can be effected too but it is likely that catastrophic thinking may be pervasive during. This time.