Highlights from Spring 2014: Plants & Planets

"Astrology is AMAZING! I’ve been skeptical but I feel like I’ve just had an X-ray of my soul taken….like the insight of years of therapy, but better. The clarity of seeing my most fundamental traits and patterns through this vocabulary is astonishing. If anyone is feeling “stuck” in your life and seeking insight on what your gifts and challenges in this lifetime are all about, or on the ways that you are here on earth to evolve and develop then Portland School of Astrology comes with my highest recommendation!"
~ 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.


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

I am
The ram
When you notice me
leading the pack,
if you dare step up

Flower Essences for the Aries Moon

The Aries new moon is a powerful time to reflect and make intentions for new beginnings. Journaling and collage art can be a great way to explore what you want to call into your life over the next year.

Aries, the brave and pioneering warrior is learning to trust her insticts to initiate action. The feisty Ram enjoys situations that challenge her to develop courage, strength, and independence. The raw primitive energy of Aries in its highest expression is passion, vital life force, and enthusiasm.

Negative Aries energy can express itself as an impulsivity that alienates or harms others. When anger is feared or repressed it can give rise to unhealthy, violent, and aggressive shadow expressions. Withholding, passive aggression, explosiveness, and controlling behaviors can be a result of misdirected fire forces.

In its positive form Aries, the spiritual warrior, is able to initiate leadership for the highest good. She chooses her battles strategically and knows how to authentically communicate her needs. She gracefully declares clear boundaries freeing herself to focus her attention on assertive action rather than projections.

The Aries moon can be a good time to evaluate how you assert your will. Vigorous exercise, martial arts, singing/shouting, artistic catharsis, and writing are all activities that can release fire.

Flower Essences for the Pisces Moon

Pisces is the priestess, the social worker, the mystical dreamer, and poetic artist. The fish who swims in two directions is an empathic spirit filled with imagination and caring. Pisces is not of this world. She is emotional, diffuse, contemplative and transcendent. Pisces energy is about connecting to your sense of spiritual power and mystical connection.

This compassionate champion for the underdog is often drawn to professions and relationships where she can be of service. However, it is important for Pisces to be conscious not to neglect her own needs and develop the practice of knowing her own boundaries. While Pisces yearns to experience a sense of selflessness and fusion with others she is truly of service when she a can maintain a strong sense of ego strength and give from a place of wholeness. This way she avoids being a martyr/victim and can draw from her visionary ability to offer an intuitive sense of forgiveness and knowledge of universal love as a healing gift.

During the Pisces moon it can a be a great time to honor nonlinear time, fantasy and your intuition. Take some time to retreat into stillness, silence & meditation and become aware of your subtle connection to higher worlds and renew your sense of faith.

To learn more about Pisces energy listen to this podcast by Mark Jones on Neptune here and this podcast by Maurice Fernandez on Neptune and Pisces here.