A day filled with stories, dynamic teachings of “real astrology” used in daily consultations, much laughter and warm sense of camaraderie. I am overwhelmed, delighted, inspired and educated.
Rather than try to share the techniques that were taught (which is impossible anyway – he has many books for that purpose) I’ll just pick a few of his sayings from my notes.
1) About planetary aspects in analyzing vocational strengths : “Contact [not the specific type of aspect] is what’s important. What difference does it make?” For example, if MC and Neptune are in contact, that fact (i.e. sense of aesthetics tied to work) is more important than the specific aspect.
2) Synthesis: “Patterns speak together – don’t separate them.” It’s not the individual aspect, but the synthesis of what you see that will bring out the core concern of the horoscope.
3) When considering vocational strengths, always be aware of “need”: what does the person “need” from his/her job? Moon sign is especially telling: Moon in Aquarius suggests “wanting to help people”, etc.
4) Western hemisphere emphasis in the chart (i.e. most planets are in the right side of the horoscope): A tendency to give oneself away to others. To remedy this, one needs to pay attention to self – something no one, including himself, has done for him.
5) “Don’t just describe the status quo – we have to have him get out of it [in this case a wrong profession] right now.”
6) People won’t remember what you say to them, only what they felt. [about the importance of making a personal connection, a bonding.]
7) [in a consultation] “This relationship [during the past life period] was very important.” “Yes.” “Why was it so important?” This last question is powerful and would likely lead to better understanding of the client.
8)If the Sun or the Moon is unaspected (i.e. no major aspects are formed), the person most likely will “Dance to a Different drummer.” This will be significant in vocational analysis.