Why Astrology?

I never imagined that I would take astrology seriously. How could I? There was absolutely nothing in either the liberal Catholicism or the “modern scientific worldview” in which I was raised which supported the idea that the positions of the planets could have anything except the most minute, and entirely physical, effects on our lives. Then a friend of mine –an old high school crush actually– with whom, after university, I was beginning to develop a non-romantic friendship, offered to cast my chart. At first I refused, but she pressed me. “What harm could there be?” I thought. Perhaps when she sees how inaccurate it is she will let go of this latest obsession.

I could not have been more wrong. This young woman who really didn’t know me that well yet and who had limited life experience at best was reading my soul, telling me clearly both things that I knew, such as my strengths and weaknesses, my achievements to date and my continuing struggles, and things that I was just beginning to suspect. I was deeply humbled, and the experience opened me up to to the reality that, as Shakespeare said, “there are more things on heaven and earth … that are dreamt of in your philosophy.”

I soon left Chicago, where my friend lived, and apart from occasional astrologically based observations or suggestions during our infrequent visits, I did not think much about astrology. Then in 2001, I began teaching an honors seminar on the Medieval Legacy at the University of New Mexico – Gallup, and led my students deep into Dante Alighieri’s Commedia, a work which, it turns out, requires an understanding of medieval astrology in order to fully and properly understand. So I immersed myself in that astrology, and began comparing it with other schools: the largely Jungian modern Western astrology which my friend had practiced, Vedic astrology, Chinese astrology, Arabic astrology, Jewish astrology, etc. exploring the ways in which the complex differences in the underlying science (because all astrology is based on science, even if it is science we no longer, for the most part, accept) and formative spirituality interacted to create competing astrological systems. And I soon found myself casting and interpreting Vedic horoscopes, enriching those interpretations with insights from other traditions, especially the medieval Western astrology which Dante used, for myself, my family, and my friends. While the results were sometimes surprising, they always provided powerful insight and a starting point for in-depth conversations about our paths through life and our journeys together

Over the years the character of my professional work has changed. I have found less opportunity to transform organizations and institutions than I had hoped, and have focused more on identifying, cultivating and mentoring emerging, established, and where possible high value leaders. And so this work of helping people find their way has become more central to my practice. And while it may not be for everyone, an astrological consultation is a good start –less demanding than the full Finding Your Way process, and a way to get to know each other.

I only offer those services for which I have found I have real expertise. And I will not make highly specific predictions. This is about helping you find your way in life. That said, there is a great deal to be learned.

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