Bio

Hello there!

As a life-long ‘seeker’, I first ran into Astrology around age 12 when I hung an “Aquarius” poster in my room. It was the first time in my life I had seen something that resonated with the weirdness and complexity of my own experience. There is a certain freedom that comes when you’re able to embrace the truth that our lives are mysterious forces that can’t be whittled down to a series of predictable events, and astrology has helped me to feel more comfortable with the things that I cannot know.

fullsizeoutput_34I currently live in Seattle, WA and have been practicing astrology ‘professionally’ since 2010. I am Level Two certified with Steven Forrest’s apprenticeship program (having spent more than 190 hours studying with him), and have also apprenticed with Adam Sommer. I have been training with Patricia Walsh since 2012 and as of April 2015 am a certified Deep Memory Process® Practitioner. I am deeply inspired by the work of Mark Jones and his take on the therapeutic potential of astrology.

I have a Master’s degree  in Psychology with a focus in Depth Psychology. My thesis was entitled Astrological Ritual and the Apocalyptic Imagination. I loved all three years of graduate school with my whole soul. My Master’s degree makes me uniquely qualified to do astrological work within a therapeutic context.

Needless to say, my practice is heavily informed by the work of C.G. Jung and depth psychology. I’m drawn to this philosophy because of its focus on soul and its reverence for the importance of exploring our depths, and our shadows, so that we might make our light shine a little brighter. I do not use astrology as a tool for prediction so much as a starting point through which we can help to unravel your potential, your challenges and concrete ways of healing and moving forward.

In a session with me you’ll likely dive into dreams, philosophy, energy work, the alchemy of relationship, and uncover some things you’ve always known but never articulated.

I am particularly interested in exploring elements of unconventional and alternative models of relationship and sexuality. I am comfortable and have experience working with clients who are part of the LGBT, polyamorous/non-monogamous, and kink communities, several of which I am also a member of. To listen to a podcast in which I discuss the intersection of these identities with astrology, click here. 

In addition to my roots in Depth Psychology, Astrology, post-modern philosophy, and an eclectic array of pagan and buddhist practices, my work is largely based on the idea of the Great Turning and the work of Joanna Macy (http://www.joannamacy.net/thegreatturning.html). In short:

The Great Turning is the name for the essential adventure of our time: the shift from the industrial growth society to a life-sustaining civilization.”

I believe we are being called upon to imagine, implement, and integrate a sustainable way of existing on this earth. I believe that this task is the most important endeavor that exists, and I believe that astrology is one of the many tools available to assist us  in navigating this global rite of passage – at whatever level we are ready to engage it.

I find myself in between worlds a lot of times – in between labels. I do have some hippie, new agey “woo woo” qualities to me, but I find the “woo” is typically associated only with bubbles of light and crystal healing and positive thinking.

That’s all necessary, but I also tend to be fascinated by the darker material of the psyche – I believe the world is in desperate need of individuals who will delve into their own depths in order to make things conscious so that they’re not harmfully flinging their own unresolved issues around. I enjoy working with individuals who aren’t waiting for some outside force to arrive and lead them to salvation-individuals who want to find their own path and are thirsty for the challenge (and joy!) of diving into that path.

I definitely enjoy intellectual, “scholarly” discussion with my brilliantly intelligent amanda-teaching-august-2016friends, but I know that human consciousness is not always a “rational” thing, and that labeling something irrational is not necessarily a bad thing. I don’t like to be categorized, and see no reason why I should try to make anyone else fit into little boxes or bubbles. Much of the beauty of humanity lies in our ability to be creative and imaginative; these are largely irrational functions, and I choose to celebrate that rather than ignore it.  Because of this, I am able to meet individuals at their own level, and to figure out ways of communicating and ways of using tools that are uniquely tailored to their own personal growth.

I love this stuff. Really, truly, deeply. I believe that each individual’s path is unique and that we are all on this earth right now to uncover as much truth as we can, to feel and heal our grief and our pain, and to celebrate life as much as we can. Astrology, ritual, and tarot are all profound ways of doing just that.

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