Highlights from Spring 2014: Plants & Planets
~ Isobel, Social worker
"I mentioned in class before that it felt like much of the static in my brain died away, so I could see what I needed for my next step. Some of my vital force has returned; for the past two weeks, I've eaten a good breakfast and lunch-taking the time to nurture myself in that way (which is a biggie, because although I've never struggled with eating disorders, feeding myself with good food has always seemed exhausting to me). The first 2 weeks of taking the formula felt like a release for me and I have received many insights to things that previously I would have gone around and around in trying to figure out. I really loved the format of the class and both Jen and JP are great teachers!"
~ Erin, Student
"I am inspired to contribute to pursuing astrology and it is nice to have met a beautiful group of people, that is open-minded and supportive."
~ Minh, Interior Designer
This music piece and lyrics were created by a student to represent the archetypal Aries moon, which is her moon sign. Aries is the impulsive warrior spirit and pioneer who calls on her independent and creative will to engage in life.
ARISE by S*ALT".
I am the cardinal fire
I am the first thing ever
I am the springtime fever
I am fervent desire
I am rash dynamism
I am emphatic bravado
When you notice me
leading the pack,
if you dare step up
I will smack that!
Count me in
I always win
Nothing can hold me back!
You don’t question me
I will always do my thing
I don’t care about rules
I show up and blast them fools!
The devil does dare!
Don’t fuck with me!
What better place to be in a triangle
than at the apex?
Each participant worked with an individualized healing formula in-depth for one month. During the class the students also received a copy of their natal chart and an astrology map of key terms. Basic natal themes in the chart and key transits were discussed. Participants learned about their personal moon (how you find nourishment and happiness), nodal themes (how you are growing) and aspects in their natal chart (current cosmological weather). They also learned about how the natal chart can offer insight into lifestyle choices that honor temperament in a non-judgmental way. There was a large emphasis on being present with emotions and opening to the inner space with the opportunity to create artwork and share insights.
One student worked with the flower essence Larch. She is in the process of moving away from her family of origin to initiate her independence.
Larch flower essence helps a person to develop the confidence to take risks that can lead to greater self expression.
Another student who is wanting to developing more social interaction and leadership skills through his work as an artist took the formula Vervain, Centaury, and Aloe Vera. Through the course of the class he developed new insights for how his work patterns effect him and has made changes to his interactions with colleagues. He made this creative collage/string artwork as a symbol of his new awareness.
Vervain flower essence fosters moderation and embodied idealism.
Centaury supports a person to set boundaries in relationship so they can be of service from a strong sense of inner purpose.
Aloe Vera assists a person who has a tendency to burnout due to workaholism and overuse of their fiery creative forces.
A student worked with the flower essence Manzanita. She had a tendency to develop very strict regimes for her body and had struggled with her relationship to food. While taking Manzanita she noticed she needed to make several changes in her environment so that she could begin to feel more grounded and comfortable in her life. Manzanita flower essence can support a person to develop a positive connection to embodiment and involvement in the physical world.
Another student worked with the flower essence combination Sunflower, Buttercup and California Poppy. This formula was designed to support her sense of self esteem. She went through a lot of changes during the class including going through an intense period of expansion and then contraction as she integrated the formula. Sunflower essence helps a person to heal their internalized masculine and develop individualized and authentic self expression.
Buttercup assists the development of self assurance regardless of outer recognition.
California Poppy flower essence fosters strong interior alignment for values and choices.