Fusion of Psychology and Spirituality in the Alchemical Cauldron
6 - 15, 2005
Bell and Steven
Forrest joined forces to bring us this workshop,
entitled "The Fusion of Psychology and Spirituality in the
Alchemical Cauldron of Intimacy". The combining of these
two great astrological minds, with their insightfulness, vast
experience, breadth of knowledge and engaging personalities created
some real alchemical magic in itself, in one of the most magical
places on earth.
During this 9 day intensive workshop, Lynn and Steven presented
workshops individually, and at times together on this fascinating
subject, pertinent to one and all as we stew together in our journeys
towards psychological, emotional and spiritual understanding.
They worked on this idea since June 2004, and it evolved until
the workshop took place in December 2005.
THE FUSION OF PSYCHOLOGY AND SPIRITUALITY IN THE ALCHEMICAL
CAULDRON OF INTIMACY
Under the long-running sextile of Neptune and Pluto, modern psychology
and ancient metaphysics are coming together, re-defining the word
“sanity” for the Aquarian Age. Nowhere is this collision
more dynamically creative and alive than in humanity's sense of
what it means to be a man or a woman. Lynn Bell and Steven Forrest
took the group for 9 days f exploration of this modern frontier.
Synastry, the astrology of intimacy, and the changing symbolism
of femininity and masculinity were the focal points of the workshop,
as they are illuminated by the merging lights of developmental
psychology and evolutionary astrology.
Steve and Lynn brought distinct but complementary perspectives
to the astrology of intimacy. Each of them believes that sanity
cannot be achieved or maintained without a spiritual life, and
neither can envision a spiritual life that remains insulated from
the gritty realities of inner psychological work.
Within that framework of accord, Lynn‘s work reflects her
psychological approach and her European outlook, while Steve’s
work unabashedly refers to the evolution of the soul, often against
the backdrop of karma and reincarnation. Together, the whole they
created in this workshop was greater than the sum of its parts.
In practical terms, much of the Bali workshop was composed of
separate half-day teaching sessions guided by either Lynn or Steve,
with each of them rotating between mornings and afternoons. At
the beginning, at the close, and at a few points during the nine
days, they came together for Question and Answer periods and to
create opportunities for integration and dialog between their
perspectives and the emerging perspectives of class members.
Lynn’s work illuminates patterns of partnership
in the chart, the complex interactions of sex and love, and balancing
the inner masculine and inner feminine. Viewing relationship as
initiation, she helped us work with difficult interchart aspects,
and to sort out “the war within” from the actual struggle
within the relationship. At times some of us may experience 'dry
periods' in relationship, times that may simply feel empty, or
lead to a breakthrough in the way we experience others.. Under
the banner of “Shadow dancing,” she brought forward
some startling perspectives on how the Seventh House can actually
become a barrier to relationship. Recognizing the diversity of
relational styles, she organized patterns of intimacy into phases
of Fire, Earth, Air and Water, each with its own signatures and
challenges. Throughout, the Holy Grail remains the Cosmic marriage
- the Conjunctio.
Steve feels that three simultaneous approaches
are necessary in synastry. The first is to achieve a thorough
understanding of the relationship dynamics of each individual
separately and independently - who is this person and what are
his or her needs and evolutionary intentions in terms of partnership?
What is the nature of this person’s “natural mate,”
if any? And just how appropriate is commitment and “mating”
for this individual? What are his or her blindspots? The second
approach lies in the area of “classical” synastry:
how do my planets fit into your chart in terms of inter aspects
and house transpositions? In other words, what kind of integrative
view can we achieve regarding the mutual impact of these two people?
The third approach lies in an analysis of the mysterious third
creature that arises when they come together. We achieve that
understanding through the composite chart, which describes the
nature, evolutionary direction, and Shadow of the couple as an
Evelyn Roberts, D.F.Astrol.S.