Inner Maps Counseling/Astrology/Dreamwork. Where the two seas meet

Astrology is an invaluable lens that helps us to better know and understand ourselves, our loved ones, friends and associates, and the cycles of our lives and the world around us. Perhaps because I’ve always sought deeper understanding of  both the people and experiences in my life, I’ve found the insights astrology offers to be like that of a good friend and mentor. I don’t use it for limiting predictions, but rather for clarity and guidance. I find it reliably offers general direction and points to our gifts and potentials, the sources of challenges, explanations for setbacks, insights into the motivations and behaviors of others and our dynamics with them, and windows of opportunity for change and transformation. I don’t believe we are fated to any set destiny, but that our birth chart serves as a map, like an x-ray, that points to aspects of our psyche and our conditioning that we can choose to work with in an optimal way, and/or to transform, if that’s our intention. Astrology offers something for everyone, at whatever level we’re seeking.

Counseling is a practice dear to my heart. At its best, the client-counselor relationship is a vibrant, interactive field where the client feels safe and courageous enough to open to sharing from a place of truth and vulnerability and in so doing, access untapped wisdom and experiential shifts. The counselor is a sensitive, creative listener and facilitator in this process. Together, counseling and astrology are a synergistic combination. The power of astrology is magnified by the counseling container —  a reading deepens so that it is more than just the client passively listening, and becomes a process by which client and counselor together engage through intuition, feeling, body, and mind. Astrology is a great adjunct to counseling, because it serves as a type of quickener, clarifying tendencies and potentials in the way that a topo map describes the terrain of an unknown land. In a counseling session, I find that when I point to how an astrological archetype is operating as an influence on the client, she understands it much more quickly than if I were to try to explain it in other terms. Some people come to me more for the astrology, and others more for the counseling. I am comfortable with whatever the client wants, but in my experience when the client is open to both, the session can really come alive.

Dreamwork provides a doorway to our unconscious urges, presentiments, and passions.  Our dreams are our own unique and creative inner language through which we tell ourselves things we might know only dimly, if at all. Like astrology, dreams tap into the realm of the archetypes, and are rich with messages that can help inform our outer lives if we can give them the space and respect to let them speak. Working with dreams  is another great adjunct to counseling as it helps mine the depths of our inner life.

“What we want is never simple.
We move among the things we thought we wanted:
a face, a room, an open book
and these things bear our names—now they want us.
But what we want appears in dreams, wearing disguises.
We fall past, holding out our arms and in the morning,
our arms ache. We don’t remember the dream, but the dream remembers us. 
It is there all day as an animal is there under the table, as the stars are there even in full sun.”

~ What We Want, Linda Pastan

Background

I have been studying dreams since I was a pre-teen, and astrology since I was 18, when I was given my first book on AstroPsychology. I have since been a decades-long student of dreamwork, astrology and psychology, particularly the archetypal psychology of Carl Jung and his followers. I have studied many varieties of astrological theory and incorporate them all into my readings. I have regular and advanced training certificates from the Interchange Counseling Institute, and facilitate and write curricula for groups for both men and women in various contexts. Not one to dwell exclusively in the mind, I have paralleled my studies over the years with extensive creative process work training in the realms of painting (The Painting Experience) and movement (Authentic Movement).

My intuition is well-developed through having been a student of Sufi meditation and dreamwork for 22 years. Also a trained medicinal herbalist, I bring my knowledge of herbal medicine and alternative health to bear on astrological inquiries into health situations. My parallel career as a writer/editor helps me ground and articulate my  insights so that they can be easily absorbed and understood by clients from all walks of life.

“Diana is very bright and well-versed in astrology. In addition, she is highly perceptive and intuitive, with a strong spiritual base. She brings warmth, humor, and supportive care and compassion to her readings.”   Rio Olesky, Astrologer, Author, Astrology & Consciousness and Manual for the Modern Mystic 

Thank you for the fine astrology reading! I have learned more from you than I ever have from other astrologers.” ~ Eleanor