Author Archives Cheska Whelan

Roots of Experiential Astrology

The roots of Experiential Astrology are
as ancient as Astrology itself…

Like many ancient people, the Sumerians of Babylonia spent alot of time observing and charting the movements of the celestial bodies, imbuing them with names and assigning them Gods complete with personalities and specific qualities. This continued in ancient Greece where annual festivals and celebrations were held in honour of these various Gods and Goddesses, enabling their followers to keep in touch with the powerful archetypal energies they personified. (more…)

March 01, 2015
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Astrology in the 21st Century

Over the last century there has been a gradual reintroduction of this more creative and experiential approach to Astrology, the catalysts for this have been many. The Astrologer Dane Rudyar initiated an alliance with depth psychology, holistic philosophy and esoteric knowledge. The psychologists, Carl Jung and Roberto Assagilio fostered a deeper relationship with (more…)

February 01, 2015
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The four elements – drawing on the natural world

The four elements form the bedrock of the Astrological model and consequently deserve a prominent role in Astrological education, so in order to stimulate a group of beginning students of Astrology, I created altars depicting natural items, colours, objects and visual images associated with each of the four elements. In the fire corner there were bright (more…)

January 01, 2015
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Astrology as a symbolic language

Astrology is a symbolic language, and each planet has many symbolic associations.

These symbols provide the teacher or consultant with a rich source of images to work with. The definition of a symbol is as follows; “A symbol is a name or a picture that may be familiar in dailylife e.g. a mirror, yet possesses specific (more…)

December 01, 2014
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Unlocking energy

Unlocking the Sun as a planetary archetype:

This article discusses how I brought the symbolic element
of the Sun’s energy to my student’s consciousness via a group process, potentially
unlocking the Sun’s stored energy in their individual lives.”

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November 01, 2014
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Guided imagery

Guided imagery is a non-invasive method of taking clients below the
surface to access their own creative images. This is a subtle but effective means
of gaining insight into planetary aspects”

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October 01, 2014
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Astrodrama

Astrodrama can take the dialogue between the selves one step further.
This article addresses how I use it both in a one-on-one therapeutic space
and in a group process.”

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September 01, 2014
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Imaginative associations

By exploring their imaginative associations with the astrological signs, students can
arrive at their own understanding which opens the door to applying that knowledge to their
lived experience. This article explores how I facilitate this process in group work”

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August 01, 2014
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Embodying the Archetypes

Experiential astrology using practical exercises seeks to empower the student by drawing
on their existing knowledge and life experience. Students arrive at their own understanding
which opens the door to applying that knowledge to their lived experience.”

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July 01, 2014
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Artistic expression

Artistic expression can connect the student to the essence of an zodiacal sign,
allowing them to uncover their own truth of how this sign expresses itself in their chart.
This article explores how I facilitate this process in group work”

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June 01, 2014
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