Polarities - It's Never Either/Or, It's Always Both/And

When I began my psychosynthesis training this was the first lesson I received from my wonderful teacher and guide, Dorothy (Didi) Firman. The concept is simple — these polarities that exist within us hold tension, like pulling a rubber band - either/or thinking. We are stuck in these opposed positions. Should I be the good boy, or the bad boy? Should I try and please everyone, or shutdown completely and be a selfish bitch? Perhaps you struggle with passivity vs. establishing a hardcore driven-type of attitude. The one area many clients relate to is boundaries — being completely permeable and awash with other people’s needs, (causing “shoulds” to run our lives) vs. shutting the door completely on our humanity and looking only after ourselves.

If we look at figure 1 below we see the Yin energy of No-boundary. For example, maybe you are the type of person with boundary issues and you find it extremely hard to say no to people’s requests, etc. (you know the story!). It’s a recurring theme for you and your therapist keeps asking you to set boundaries, and you realize you should. But, of course, if it were that easy you would have succeeded in establishing boundaries. Through the crystal maze and the function of psychosynthesis coaching we can work to establish the third pole. Yes, you CAN have your cake and eat it too — it’s ALWAYS Both/And, and NEVER Either/Or, afterall.

Figure 1

Figure 1

Screw balance.

Balancing is really hard to do (and not the solution IMO) — how long can you stand on one foot? This idea of simply balancing our lives is problematic. My FB feed is full of reminders on how to live a more balanced life. It implies we can negotiate these polarities and that when we’re taxed on one extreme, we can simply pull to the other side. The issue is that we' haven’t fully accepted and embraced both sides of the polarity. And we can’t fully accept and harness the real power in these polarities without understanding the deeper needs of each side, and accepting them with love and appreciation. Again, it’s never either-or, it’s ALWAYS both/and.

Don’t be like this cat — unfortunately, you can’t balance your life by exhaustively trying to park in the middle of your polarities.

Don’t be like this cat — unfortunately, you can’t balance your life by exhaustively trying to park in the middle of your polarities.

In practical application we work with, through a process of unfolding purpose, subpersonalities and barriers, to align the yin/yang polarity and establish a synthesis of these qualities. We use many tools such as guided imagery, while holding sacred space for the client to help invoke a workable “third pole.” For example, establishing a position of empathy and discernment allows us to be flexible and invoke our wonderful pleasing/helper talents while accessing our more yang discernment. This gives you options — options and power to say yes to certain situations, and no to other relationships (work-related, friends, relationships in general) that are taxing our boundaries, breaching our walls and exhausting us. We need to hold both oppositions in place to envision this third pole.


Psychosynthesis is more than enough to help an individual establish this third pole. However, life is challenging and that’s when we have the wonderful strength of your astrological birth chart to invoke. The birth chart reveals our inner psyche, motivations, conditioning, and yes, our polarities. It’s all in there, and it’s all well-researched. For example, if we have a quick look at the chart below we can see an obvious polarity (big red line running through the chart). This shows a polarity in family life/roots and our individuation/higher-calling that will be ever-present with the individual until they work through it through conscious and practical-good-old-fashioned-hard-work. The psychosynthesis practitioner is the to act as a guide, a companion through your spiritual unfolding. By working at this level we establish a healthy foundation which can let us evolve into the more higher-conscious and transpersonal realms of our spiritual development. Without doing the necessary groundwork at this level we risk spiritual-bypassing.

Tension! Polarities need not be such a burden!

Tension! Polarities need not be such a burden!

In your birth chart we can uncover polarities in many forms. You could have an excess of energy in “service to others” and might be driven to work or support. While this is a wonderful quality it’s also capable of making us neglect ourselves, family, etc. Or perhaps there are polarities in how we negotiate relationships? These can exist at unconscious levels (they usually do). Through astrological psychology we can quickly uncover these and much ore, very quickly. A life’s work takes a lifetime, but we can do the real work through the many tools within psychosynthesis and astrological psychology.

The Cosmic Egg Timer 3rd Edition Review

Note: The Cosmic Egg Timer is an excellent overview of Huber astrology! I originally wrote this piece for the Astrological Psychology Association (here). I love the book so much I wanted to make sure as many people are introduced to it — so voila!

The Cosmic Egg Timer by Joyce Hopewell and Richard Llewellyn was my first introduction to Astrological Psychology. I absolutely love this book as it welcomes new astrologers, astrologers from other practice, and curious minds into the Huber world of Astrological Psychology. According to Joyce, the intentions were to write in a style that could be absorbed and appreciated by many. This plain-language approach was very welcoming as it allowed an easy, initial, entry point into the powerful Huber teachings.

I bought the 2nd edition book about two years ago – through Amazon. I was waiting for my diploma coursework material to arrive and the Cosmic Egg Timer instant download was too appealing to resist (when could I ever resist an astrology book download to my Kindle??). There’s a whole range of books in the Huber method, written by Joyce, published by Hopewell Publishing, in the same informative, fresh, and fun plain-language style of writing. Each of her books present main topics in the Huber style – from Using Age ProgressionAspect Patterns in Colour to The Living Birth Chart, and The Cosmic Egg Timer. Each one of them appeal to the nascent astrologer curiously looking into the astrological psychology.

Third edition

Explaining astrological methods can be challenging. And while I’ve managed to quickly highlight main differences between other forms of astrology and Huber method, I never felt comfortable that I did a proper job in presenting astrological psychology fully. This is where the 3rd edition of Cosmic Egg Timer, paperback edition, really shines. I recently spent a few days explaining a fellow astrologer’s Huber charts to her – working through concepts, etc. I finally realized she had more questions that I could quickly answer so I redirected her to buy a copy (which she did). I’ve had a few situations like this and now with the 3rd edition having even more updated graphics, illustrations, etc. I can easily recommend this highly readable edition. To me, it’s the perfect gateway to astrological psychology.

The book more or less follows the APA’s diploma program, in a more easy “heads up” kind of manner. It’s been close to two years since I first read Cosmic Egg Timer and I forgot how much I enjoyed Chapter 2 “Astrological Psychology in Context.” In the course of my studies I’ve spent a lot of time listening to astrology podcasts and reading copious astrology books (astrologers love their books). However, I forgot how succinct and well developed this chapter was written in terms of how astrological psychology was developed and brought into the 21st century. It provides an excellent walkabout that links astrology’s history in the framework of Jung and that of Robert Assagioli’s psychosynthesis within Huber astrology. To understand the power of Huber astrological psychology requires leaving dry land and this chapter, alone, spells out the original manifesto gently.

Achieving the illusive “chart synthesis” is challenging for most new astrologers (and seasoned ones, too). Huber Astrological Psychology is built, fundamentally, around seeing the “whole person” within the chart. Chapters 3 and onward walk the reader through a process of uncovering their chart in this holistic manner. A journey, the say, is archetypal in nature – we leave a known area for a lesser known destination of discovery. I would suggest the Cosmic Egg Timer welcomes and takes the reader through this journey in a clever and non threatening manner. The chapters link the reader through a natural chart synthesis method that starts with exploring your chart (chapter 4) through colour, chart images, orientation, etc. I’ve used this book teaching it to a local astrology group and it went over really well – the powerful and straight-forward Huber approach is strengthened through this 3rdedition updated illustrations.

Chapter 5 focuses on Aspect Patterns – using the main Ptolemaic aspects and Huber-specific orbs and Bruno Huber’s extensive research into colour theory to explore that deep inner psyche and motivations of the individual. I love seeing the often-mythologized and overly complex aspect patterns written in such an easy-to-read manner with relevant and sane examples. Chapter 6 focuses on planets and how they are described at the three levels and within the scope of astrological psychology. New astrologers will appreciate the clean definitions of the planets while old-hat astrologers will gain understanding on their uses as psychological drives.

Chapter 7 takes you into the familiar world of signs by introducing the concept of strength by sign – new concepts that allow us to differentiate inherited strengths.

Chapter 8, Houses and the Environment, walks you through the many concepts of Dynamic Energy Curve, Quadrants, Hemispheres, interceptions, etc. The houses are where we meet the world and Huber method places considerable emphasis on them for this reason. Joyce and Richard’s explanations and chart examples are relevant and practical — I found myself dipping back to get their spin on these concepts if I got lost or confused in my studies. Chapter 9 explores the Huber-specific Family Model. It’s a powerful, almost “spooky” (due to how accurate and affirming it can be) subjective view of the family from the child’s perspective. Chapter 10 explores the truly amazing Age Point timing technique. Age Point has captured many non-Huber astrologer’s interest as its profound technique in showcasing psychological events throughout a person’s life is cleanly detailed.

Comprehensive teachings

In total, Huber uses 3 main charts: Natal, House, and Nodal. Cosmic Egg Timer doesn’t delve into house chart or the nodal chart beyond a quick discussion. This is a good thing, in my opinion, as there is more than enough information and structure provided to allow the reader to achieve a level of understanding about their chart. Further studies and more comprehensive teachings through the new ultimate Astrological Psychology book (the main text for the APA’s diploma program).

Chapters 11 and 12 are on “Psychological and Spiritual Growth” and “Bringing it All Together.” Chapter 11 brings the idea of personal and spiritual growth back into alignment as Joyce and Richard harken back to earlier chapters in order to relate the principles and concepts. As Joyce and Richard say, “The whole of this book is about using astrology to facilitate the psychological and spiritual growth of the human being, within the context of the spiritual evolution of humanity.” Chapter 11 begins with a focus on reincarnation and karma; stages of development; levels of consciousness and using the planets at “asleep” “waking” and “awake” levels. I enjoyed how chapter 11 brought the book’s synthesized layout back together to help the reader understand what the process and purposes of astrological psychology are. Chapter 12 is my favourite chapter as we are provided with two complete chart analysis. Some brief chart analysis suggestions are followed with technical and intuitive approaches. Seeing chart synthesis in action is so valuable and I appreciated the common sense approach to chart interpretations they delivered.

While I was fond of my e-book 2nd Edition Cosmic Egg Timer, I’m even more proud to showcase my new 3rd edition paperback (with the beautiful cover illustration) on my coffee table. It gets picked up. Questions arise – what’s this? Can you really gain all this from a birth time/place? I’ve found this updated version to be the best conversation starter. It’s a non-intimidating book in many respects. No one picks up my larger Huber books, yet the smaller Cosmic Egg Timer seems to resonate with curious onlookers. I love how much traction I’m getting with is as I fundamentally believe we all need more astrology in our life. Astrological Psychology is such a powerful tool and effective, considerate realizations about a person can be made through the archetypal eye of these symbolic teachings. The Cosmic Egg Timer initiates the first level of curiosity and builds trust with the reader. I felt as though astrology was something I was capable of learning after opening the first few chapters. More studies, and technical books and tutoring can follow, but in my opinion, there’s no better book to begin Huber Astrological Psychology.


Aspect Patterns: Our Super Mutant Powers, and Macro Psyche Elements

We all have our strengths, Super Strengths

We all have our strengths, Super Strengths

Note: This article is a bit more technical/astro-jargon. If you have questions, please contact me!

In Huber astrology we use colour in a very precise way. As a holistic astrology, the entire gestalt, or inner world (psyche) is displayed via the coloured aspect structure in the middle of the chart. Within these coloured lines are years and years of empirical research owing significance to the shapes that are manifested therein. On a personal level, I find it’s one of the most grabbing and easily relate-able features of Huber astrology. Clients can quickly see and relate to these patterns and see their inner world come to life very quickly. While the overall aspect pattern reveals a tonne of information on why you tick, I have often found that our real super mutant powers (often lying dormant) capture my clients minds first.

There are approximately 45 different researched aspect patterns with names like Microscope, Eye/Ear, Bijou, Arena, Model, UFO, Ambivalence, Learning Triangle, Projection (Yod), Talent Triangle, Achievement Triangle, Striving, etc. They are composed of various shapes, and are differentiated by the planets at their various points, the position, Sign, and orientation. In short, they are all unique and contain various combinations of strengths.

Small Talent Triangle: One of my favourite figures

Small Talent Triangle: One of my favourite figures

One of my favourite figures is the Small Talent Triangle. Composed of three blue sextiles, the figure is dynamic, and contains latent strengths, usually hidden to the individual. After some discussion a growing awareness of the client’s strengths and talents emerge. My wife has one of these figures. When we first looked at her chart (she was one of my “research” files for my Huber Astrological Psychology diploma) a light instantly clicked. Hers combines Moon/Mars in Libra (Justice/power/All-things-Mars) matched with Venus in the 7th house of “You” in independent, airy (thinking), rebellious Aquarius. Houses represent the areas of the Birth Chart which symbolises the environment – where we live out our lives — you can read up on them in the Cosmic Egg Timer. The apex of the talent triangle is where the strengths are realized — the ”output.” In her case, Uranus’ creative intelligence and “kick over the game-board” abilities. Uranus is a game-changer and seeks new forms of security (it’s a fixed planet, after all). This talent triangle provides strength, abilities, and desire for questioning status-quo — and seeks to break down “the old boys club” metaphorically and truly.

How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.
— Anne Frank, Diarist
I love David Bowie

I love David Bowie

Small Talent Triangle - Apex Uranus

Small Talent Triangle - Apex Uranus

In Sagittarius, Jen invokes this as an expansive talent in the 5th house of creativity and “common collective” where we meet and deal with the games people play, etc. For example, the social media world and the general moral codes we find in the 5th house (as opposed to the 11th house where our individual ethics can enlighten and find alliances with chosen groups). In the 5th house we have to duke it out with everyone else. I see her using this triangle’s talents on a daily basis. Her insights and desires for social justice are inexhaustible (Sag.) and she doesn’t suffer fools easily (Moon/Mars). She brings Venus into the equation on many levels. She won the inclusion award in her BEd program and her Masters thesis is focused on fears, and inhibitions on teaching science. As a qualitative study, narrative-focus, she seeks insight on a relate-able level (the personal stories) from teachers. The purpose of her thesis research? Change how we deliver science so that it’s more accessible and harmonious for teachers and students alike. How fitting, and a wonderful expression of this talent triangle.

Part of the initiation for Jen was realizing these strengths. Her powerful Moon/Mars is intercepted and the energies there, as a result, have a hard time meeting the world directly. By shifting the energy out through Venus and Uranus, these mutant super powers can be realized. “A life’s work takes a lifetime” and Jen is slowly engaging these talents as she works with the energy more consciously. Growing up, the power of Moon/Mars might have been too rich for her. As an intercepted conjunction it was able to be used internally, and perhaps only being released very rarely as fear of its power might have denied its expression.

At its heart, astrology is a spiritual practice. We have a persona and we have transpersonal goals, too. Awareness of what makes us tick, how to work with it, is the gift of astrological psychosynthesis. We all have super mutant powers. At this place in time, we need to engage all parts of ourselves to get us through the next iteration in one piece. It’s always encouraging to see new heroes awakening to their strengths. Yay for heroes!

A must-read!

A must-read!

Joyce Hopewell has an excellent must-read (Kindle version available also) on Huber aspect patterns. A review can be found here. Amazon here.

Timing Systems I use - Age Point, Progressions, Transits

Tick tock.

Tick tock.

Article Strength: A bit more focused on astrologically-oriented keeners!

In astrology, it’s common (or mostly common) practice to find a linkage between three separate timing points before we feel confident in the level of impact it will have with a client. For example, transits alone are not enough to accurately provide timing for an individual. However, combining timing systems and relating themes across a few timing systems can be very powerful, solid.

In Huber method we use the gilt-edged Age Point system. It’s very powerful and sometimes it’s all I need to use with clients. However, it’s common practice to combine Age Point, Secondary Progressions, and Transits together. With these three systems I can usually pinpoint the areas clients are focusing on. Age Point provides the overall macro perspective; progressions provide a higher-yet view; and transits allow more clarity. I use a system that is similar to Steven Forrest’s, in his book The Changing Sky (Part 4 -- Nets). I like his process as it keeps me from getting “lost in the weeds” with the amount of data.

There’s no such thing as a perfect timing system. I absolutely love how much information Age Point continues to deliver me. In a very short amount of time I can find answers to where people are “at” and with further dialing in of progressions and transits we can sharpen our focus. I’m curious as to other techniques and I will continue to research and stay open to new methods. But for now, I’m excited at the strength of tools I have at my disposal. I continue to be amazed at the power and accuracy of this system and client feedback is where the proof lives!


Age point moving around the chart…6 years per house, conjunctions and oppositions are primary

By using Age Point first we catch a holistic glimpse of where the client is (in this case the Age Point is located on the AC in Scorpio, conjunct Venus, approximately age 1). Moving from Age Point, to Progressions, then Transits provides a reliable, robust timing and development feedback for the individual.

The APA has many biographical Age Point-related entries (great way to see AP in context with historical and real-life people) https://astrologicalpsychology.org/apa-blog/

Books on Age Point system:



https://astrologicalpsychology.org/books/the-cosmic-egg-timer/ (must read on the basics)

https://astrologicalpsychology.org/books/astrological-psychology-the-huber-method/ Full course book

https://astrologicalpsychology.org/books/moon-node-astrology/ Exploring the Moon Node chart’s timing system (shadow persona, subliminal self).

Where the Wild Things Are -- The Budding Inquiry

Red Fox, laughing, smiling? PEI Winter, 2015.

Red Fox, laughing, smiling? PEI Winter, 2015.

Like most astrologers I’m asked, sometimes indirectly, how or why I would “believe” in astrology.  “You’re so rational -- why?” It’s a valid question based on our time and place in history.

There is already a quantity of excellent literature available which deals with factual evidence on the matter. Each individual needs to make their own judgement on the validity of evidence, but one cannot form an opinion on something until they have some experience at their disposal (rather than popular conceptions and misconceptions). We should have learned long ago that these conceptions/misconceptions were fallible. The whole “earth supported by a giant tortoise thing” had the full approval of scientists of the day. At the end of the day, the proof is in the pudding. That can only be determined once an individual has direct experience with the knowledge, and data, and not something that can be crystallized second-hand. Best bet is to ask for a list of sources and start the process.

With that in mind, I have a couple links to jump-start your process of uncovering workable frame-works for astrology. Spoiler alert -- there’s no complete answer.

My Favourite podcast is http://theastrologypodcast.com/

Dr. Saffron Rossi and Dr. Keiron Le Grice have recently published Jung on Astrology that serves as, perhaps, the first primary source for condensing Jung’s views (and why he practiced and used astrology with a lot of his clients).

Book: https://www.thearchetypaleye.com/blog/2017/10/15/announcing-my-new-book-jung-on-astrology

Audio podcast interviews on Archetypes and the Mechanics of astrology:



Cosmos and Psyche: Intimations of a New World View, by Dr. Richard Tarnas is a must-read, too.

Also, few, if any, astrologers believe that the planets actually 'cause' anything to happen here on Earth.  Most are inclined to believe that some kind of mirroring effect takes place and that everything in the Universe is interdependent.

Good luck! Astrology has been used across almost all cultures, for time immemorial. Get a reading done with a professional astrologer. Ask questions -- inquire. Contact me and I’d be happy to discuss why a rational guy has invested his time and energy into this powerful study.