Practical astrological psychology consultation

Post by John Grove

What follows is a description of theories used in my clinical social work practice and my consultant work in astrological psychology.  These theories and their application are the bases of operations in astrology and psychology disciplines.  There are sections of practical experiments which can guide the beginner to the Huber method to discover how to actualize insights into this method of horoscope interpretation.

  1. Psychological Social Development:

The first thing is to understand in the lifecycle is the work of Eric Erickson and Bruno and Louise Huber.  These theorists identified the developmental stages and critical psychological tasks starting at birth with the establishment of the ‘I’ to the moment of death.   An individual goes through psychological conflicts which need to be resolve for healthy growth to occur during his/her whole life long.  They include when a child is entering in the school world as an elementary student, leaving home, finding a love partner, going into the job market, finding a partner, the frustration crisis that occurs when one is at midlife age  at approximately age 47, finding our personal spiritual meaning of life, issues that are involved in one’s occupational autonomy and authority when one is in the 50s, retirement issues, old age and physical decline up to age 72, and rebirth as a unique identity that continues to proceed until death.   The issues of development are modified by what Hubers call the Age Point (AP) as it interacts with sensitive points and angles in the horoscope.  The AP takes 72 years to travel through the 12 houses.  Below is a figure with an example of the life phases the AP contacts as it takes 6 years to traverse one house.

Practical Experiments:

There are three astrology software programs (and more) that offer Huber method: a free one www.astro.com; Astro mirror for Androids; Regulus Pro Huber Platinum, administrator Juan Saba.  The house system used is Koch.  You can tell where your Age Point is in your horoscope by using Age Point progression.  And you can identify by date any significant time in your life to observe Age Point aspects to aspect patterns that were active at those important times.  Pay attention to how the Age Point makes angular aspects to three kinds of shaping in your chart: Linear, Mutable, or Quadrangular based on aspect patterns activated.  You may want to buy the book Life Clock by the Hubers.  Or hire a Huber trained astrological psychology consultant listed here.

The sources are: Huber, Bruno and Louise, Life Clock. The Huber Method of Timing in the Horoscope, 2006. And Erik Erikson’s Childhood and Society, 1993.  Aspect Pattern Astrology, Hubers, (color version) 2019.

  1. Psychological self- integration:

Next comes the completion of individual personality development which accompanies the realization by the individual of the need for integration of the individual Ego by prioritizing certain ego strengths and building confidence in manifesting one method of ego integration over others.  This manifestation occurs by the individual being motivated to integrate his/her drives and prioritization of ego needs for one of the following:  for safety and security; or for emotional belonging and self- esteem; or for autonomy and self- actualization.  One of these will be prominent in the personality as the reliable and valid source of ego identification. This results in an identity that is fused with a cluster of strengths with emphasis on the body, or the emotions or on the mind.  This end process is called individualization in which a dominant function is identified in the personality. The integration of the dominant ego function occurs by you choosing the strongest ego planet (Saturn= the body; Moon= the feelings; Sun= the Mind or thinking. These results will determine how the integration of the other ego needs in Maslow’s hierarchy of needs are prioritized for each individual.

Practical experiments:

You will determine which is the strongest ego planet: Saturn, Moon or Sun in your chart which you can rely on with confidence to bring your life together.  You may buy The Planets by the Hubers and use the software to identify factors in weighing which ego planet is strongest.  Consultation with a Huber trained astrological psychologist may be needed.  It is worth saying that Hellenistic astrology does not equate Saturn with the mother; Sun with the father and Moon with your inner child reaching out for love and affection but the Huber method does this.

The sources for this are Abraham Maslow’s hierarchy of needs in A Theory of Human Motivation, 2013 and Huber’s three levels of life experience in which our personalities are anchored.  This is called the threefold personality comprised of Saturn, Moon or the Sun. This is explained by Louise and Bruno Huber in The Planets. Ego planets are identified as conscious elements of the psyche.

  1. Interaction between genetic endowment and environment:

The third source of my work involves how behavior is determined by interaction between heredity and the environment. The preponderance of planets in the astrological Signs show a strong heredity influence.  A large number of planets in the Houses in the horoscope signify the influence of the environment.   The sum total of each determines which influence is dominant in the behavior of the individual. How these are particularly individualized and how they interact with individual life problems are determined by analysis of the horoscope. Does the environment contribute to more of the development and resolution of life problems, hinder it or is it heredity that comes to the rescue? This is defined by Bruno and Louise Huber’s concept of Dynamic Calculations. Bruno and Louise Huber’s book Transformation, 2008 includes a description of dynamic calculations and how to find them.

Practical Experiments:

Dynamic calculations require software which is in the Regulus software.  You may also refer to excellent description by Joyce Hopewell in her book, The Living Birth Chart, 2019 p. 82.

  1. Indwelling of Transpersonal Reality:

The last source of theory in my work researches the process of spiritual growth leading to wholeness of the personality known as Individuation theory discovered by Carl Gustav Jung. And in this particular area we’re talking about Transpersonal development by selective reception in the individual of the super-rational. And for that we are supported by Roberto Assagioli’s work in Psychosynthesis in which is shown at the top his egg diagram (6) in which an individual can receive transpersonal spiritual influences.

Assagioli’s egg shell image (above) was modified by the Hubers as an “Amphora” (below) which has the transpersonal planets toward the top of the figure. The transpersonal planets represent drives in the super-realms of consciousness in which there is an indwelling of the forces of spirit ‘downloaded’ in the individual which can lead to illumination and revelations.  One can experience higher consciousness through dreams and other kinds of spiritual awakenings through psychic telepathic abilities.

In addition to that, Bruno and Louise Huber used initiation rituals when the ego planets are in aspect or transited by the transpersonal planets of Neptune, Uranus and Pluto which create challenges to the ego and an opportunity for transcendence of the ego. This initiation process is not easy. Study of this transformation experience in your own life can bring about wholeness.  Completion of the process of individuation can bring a sense of peace and balance in your life experience.  The spiritual realms use the tool of the “transcendent function” of the Self that brings about changes in your ego identity by neutralizing conflict within of polar opposites in your psyche as you play out the drama of your life.

Practical Experiments:

You may need to buy The Planets, by the Hubers and look up factors of initiation with transpersonal planets in transit, by natal aspect, and by Age Point conjunction or opposition to configurations of the following planets: Saturn/ Uranus; Moon/ Neptune; and Sun/Pluto

The sources for this particular part of my work:  The Undiscovered Self, 2006 by Carl G. Jung; Transpersonal Development, 2007 by Roberto Assagioli on psychosynthesis and the Planets, 2006 by Bruno and Louise Huber.  The image of the Amphora (below) is depicted in Piercing the Eggshell by Barry and Joyce Hopewell, 2020.