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Patterns are reflected by
the astrological birth chart

Although astrology is not usually taken seriously by the psychotherapeutic community, we should remember that Jung himself considered it valid and sought for a way to include it in psychological work. I have found astrology to be quite compatible with processing. The relationship between the planets at the time of birth represents the energy potentials of the inner self and corresponds to the energy relationships between the chakras. Blocks in the chakras can be immediately identified and worked with directly through breath, bodywork, and precise processing. Transits and progressions to the chart will show when in our lives important issues will come up – these are the times to work with those issues.

An exploration of the chart contains insights about personality type, motivation, basic psychological makeup, and most important for our work, the specific feelings that are likely to be suppressed in the subconscious. The chart also substantiates one’s experience. If one has potential for sexual compulsiveness, or fear issues, or anger, or a certain type of relationship experience, or even a potential for substance abuse, for example, the psychological interpretation of the chart clearly shows this. This capability of astrology is invaluable in helping us take responsibility for ourselves instead of believing that others or our childhood “caused” our condition. It is obvious that we came into life with those patterns in place.

Even so, astrology does not provide the solution; it only identifies the problem – processing provides the solution. Before I had a working knowledge of the principles of EC processing, I approached astrology as a system to warn me about what was troublesome about my own or another person’s character that had to be avoided; I had no concept of acceptance. The result was suppression of feelings and experience. In using astrology, we must remember that integration of patterns, not avoidance, is our central purpose. However, astrology is by no means essential; processing therapy can proceed quite well without it. The patterns will emerge soon enough. I recommend using it only if you have an interest. When it is not used, you begin by working with the emotional energy that is felt.

We come into life with but a few major patterns. Our life’s work is the integration of these patterns that cause us so much pain. We must understand that progress will proceed slowly. Slow but steady progress is actually the most powerful kind of transformation, because when we get overnight results, the results go as quickly as they come.


 
 

© 2004 John Ruskan / The Institute for Integrative Processing