Astrology as a Healing Practice
We asked BEAM team members and two guest astrologers how they use astrology for healing.
Resources Mentioned in Our Workshop:
Zacchary Powell - Astrologer
One gift that astrology has provided me is the reminder that everything comes to an end. When we are in the depths of grief or difficulty, where we are only able to survive, we can dip into fear that the current feelings and experiences will be the new normal, that they'll last forever. Astrology reminds us that even the longest transit has an end date. Pain and difficulty is not forever. And when we're able to hold that, it can help us as we traverse rough terrain and take it just one step at a time. Relief and healing are just around the corner.
Diana Rose - Astrologer
When you understand the fundamental, existential needs described by your Ascendant (aka rising sign), and you work on creatively thinking about different ways to get those needs met, navigating life & decision-making becomes much clearer.
The "rising sign" is literally the zodiac sign that was rising over the eastern horizon at the moment and place of your birth. That sign can be considered your first breath, the flavor infusing your first moment of in-spiration, and its qualities infuse you on a deeply personal level, affecting and influencing you for the rest of your life.
Every sign has an element and a mode. There are four elements and three modes, giving us the 12 signs of the zodiac. When put into the rising sign, every element shares a baseline need, and the different modes describe how each sign of that element goes about meeting that need in its own way. Starting with understanding the element of your Ascendant is an excellent way to begin honoring your fundamental, baseline needs.
Yolo Akili Robinson - Founder & Executive Director, BEAM
Astrology is a tool that can help us reimagine, reframe, and explore who we are and how we have been using our potential. It can help us see the limitations and strengths of how we interpret and relate to life around and within us. Knowing this, as practitioners, we have to use astrology ethically - understanding its limitations and surveying the skies to give clients options and opportunities, never one-sided directives or authoritative absolutes. We must always remember that a chart does not hold the full complexities of our cultures or character.
Skye Barclay - Communications Coordinator, BEAM
Astrology has been my number one tool for self-reflection. Whenever I read about my astrology, I have to reflect on my feelings and behaviors to see if they resonate. Consistent reflection through the framework and language of astrology has improved my self-awareness immensely.