Category: Psychology

  • “Our Tragic Universe” & the Fiction of Perfection – The Self-Help Industry Exposed

    In Scarlett Thomas’ new novel, Our Tragic Universe, heroine Meg concludes that self-help books succeed by first making us feel bad about ourselves and then giving us the perfect fix.   It’s rather like Humpty Dumpty being pushed off a wall and broken so someone can make a fast buck putting him back together again. […]

  • The challenge of the new moon in Leo – Look inside instead of automatically following the rules!

    The Sabian Symbol for today’s new moon is Leo 18 – A Teacher in Chemistry. This throws the spotlight on the popular notion that we can control our world through science and similar intellectualization.  We’re encouraged to believe there’s no limit to our creative abilities.   Given proper instruction on ‘how things really work’, not only […]

  • Mars in Libra – Might Debate & Indecision Give You a New Lease on Life?

    Throughout August and the first half of September, Mars – planet of fast-paced action – is in Libra. Mars is a mover and shaker.  He doesn’t  plan ahead.  He goes after what he thinks best for him at the moment and works out the details (if at all) later. But in Libra, Mars is forced […]

  • The Sense of Zen – Venus in Leo & The Relational Self

    Until Saturday (10 July) at about noon (GMT), Venus, symbolising love and relationships, will be transiting Leo where she is best summarised by the tarot card, The Queen of Wands. Contrary to popular belief, Venus isn’t so much about love for others as about love for ourselves.  In astrological psychology, Venus points to our feelings […]

  • Learn to Let Go – It’s a Four of Coins Day

    With the sun in Cancer (bonding & connections) and the moon in Taurus (acquisition & self-gratification), today and tomorrow are Four of Coins days. On a divinatory level, the Four of Coins warns against holding too tightly that which for the sake of everyone, it would be better to let go.  On a Four of […]

  • La Passione di Roma & the difference between modern and classical art

    William James (often referred to as the father of modern psychology) was greatly impressed with what he believed to be the distinction between classical and modern art. In ancient Greek art, he argued, lay the quintessence of all reality. There the artist’s idea runs through all his creation allowing it to lose any amount of […]

  • It’s a Four of Cups Day – Beware too much of a good thing

    With the sun in Cancer (feelings) and the moon in Pisces (divine discontent), today and tomorrow are Four of Cups days. On a divinatory level, a Four of Cups day signals a time of dissatisfaction, boredom, and perhaps even depression.  This can play out in any area of our lives, but no matter where, what, […]

  • Psychological Integration in Shakespeare’s Antony and Cleopatra

    The night before last, my husband and I attended the Royal Shakespeare Company’s new production of Antony and Cleopatra at Stratford-upon-Avon. Because we’ve enjoyed everything we’ve seen there before, we were sorely disappointed when the play failed to live up to our expectations.  From the lack of enthusiastic clapping as the last act culminated into […]

  • Today is a Six of Wands Day – that’s right – lots of hot air!

    With the sun in Gemini (air) and the moon in Leo (fire) it’s a Six of Wands day. When fire and air combine, you get just what you might think – lots of hot air. A Six of Wands day may find you soaring to new heights through a well deserved pat on the back […]

  • Saturn in Libra – Watch the Fur Fly!

    Nearly 18 years of years of serious societal dysfunction will have reached its peak during the period 2010-2012.  Losses of homes, jobs, and high personal debt will have brought many relationships to their breaking point. On 30 October 2009, Saturn (the ‘get real’ factor) entered Libra (relationships) where it will remain (except during a dip […]