The Astrologer, the Counsellor and the Priest
In this volume, the complexities and challenges of working as an astrologer are explored on many levels, from the practical to the psychological and philosophical. It is only recently that the responsibilities of the astrologer in relation to the client have begun to be defined, and this book offers sound practical advice about working in the astrological session as well as provocative insights into the reasons why one becomes an astrologer in the first place.
Part One, Astrological Counselling (by Juliet Sharman-Burke) first explores the important issue of boundaries, and then examines the value of sound communication techniques in order to make the astrological session comprehensible and helpful to the client. The interaction between astrologer and client in many typical situations - couples seeking advice, the severely disturbed client, the client wishing to know about death, the problems involved in predicting events - is examined from both a practical and a therapeutic perspective, and an evaluation of the dangers and risks involved in poor communication and prejudgement of the client reminds the astrologer that the horoscope does not render him or her exempt from needing a thorough understanding of human interaction.
Part Two, The Astrologer, the Counsellor and the Priest (by Liz Greene) begins with an examination of the role of the astrologer in context of astrology's history. The archetypal background which motivates any individual to study astrology is then deeply examined, followed by a discussion of the charts of two great modern astrologers - Dane Rudhyar and Alan Leo - from the perspective of the personal world-view which any individual astrologer espouses. Charts from the group help to illustrate what motivates those who choose to become astrologers. The unconscious dynamics of the astrological session are then discussed, particularly the projections which occur between astrologer and client (transference and countertransference), as well as the deeper psychological reasons - both positive and negative - which impel individuals into taking on the role of the helper