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Hello dear readers!

I have been enjoying doing more Spiritual Astrology as of late! And this takes many forms – sometimes people want to hear about early developmental psychology in their charts, occasionally they have questions about what was happening two years ago when “X” happened? Or they usually want to see and know what energies are coming their way in the next couple of years. I am happy to do all of this. We can look at karmic astrology as well – looking at how past lives have influenced your current situation.

Plus I enjoy looking at Health aspects in the chart – Medical Astrology, along with looking at Relationship Astrology – whether focusing on one’s natal chart and their needs in relationships or comparing two people’s charts and doing synastry and composite Relationship astrology work.

I love how varied and unique each chart is and this work is in general! Since July, my normal rates for first time clients has gone up to $175. However, if you are a follower of my blog, I am offering a special rate of $108 for a 90 minute interpretation. This offer is good through Labor Day – September 2nd.

Let me know if you are interested, or if you want to have a friend or family member or loved one’s chart done!

Thanks for visiting!

Kirby Moore

Konchog chakchen

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Today I was speaking with a friend, having told them about my near death, out of body experience that “started it all” regarding my healing / bodywork / yogi journey. I only mention that story if someone asks, “Why / how did you get into doing healing / bodywork?”

For more on that story, go back and visit: https://astrodharma.me/2018/06/25/near-death-out-of-body-beginning-to-realize-i-am-a-healer/

This story is a 3-part epic tale… or whatnot. You can search Near Death in the search bar to the right to find all three. 🙂

They chewed on that for a while, we chatted about other things, and then later they asked, “So having had that experience, why do you do what you do now?” As in, offering in-depth healing work getting to the root of illness and ailments (I’m not a doctor mind you, if you need one of those, give them a call!). I’m talking working with early developmental double binds and emotional obstacles and doing release / repair work.

Now that was an interesting question. And I was surprised by what popped out of my mouth: “I am a Bodhisattva.. so I didn’t come here to this planet to waste time with bureaucracy or politics. It is my intention to benefit as many sentient beings as possible. And this work allows me to do that.” [Just to clarify, what I meant was that I have taken the Bodhisattva vows and I take them seriously. I am a long way off from attaining any Bodhisattva Bhumis or meditative realization!]

I liked this answer. Because it makes me feel better as I sometimes have regret about not sticking with nursing school – but there, the patients are too sick to be much benefit. I would rather practice subtle energy medicine and prevent sickness before it starts! Not to mention I have a philosophical dilemma with some pharmaceutical drugs – sometimes nurses are barely doing more benefit that harm.

The path I am on is rarely traversed. I cannot do corporate politics and double binds – the tension field of some manager’s stress being so thick you can cut it with a butter knife, and not to mention the cut-throat nature of some corporate arenas. Trying to balance humility with promoting myself, offering sliding scale rates with appropriate high rates to reflect my competency with what I do, it is a challenging path! But I am glad I am on it.

Let me know if you want me to do your Spiritual Astrology chart, or schedule an in-person bodywork or long distance Somatic Experiencing support session.

Thank you for reading!

Kirby Moore

Konchog Chakchen

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My relationship with astrology has been a fickle one, often waxing and waning. There were two or three years when I tried to make a go of it, attempting to do charts at least 20 hours / week. That was back in ’05 and ’06. Of course, if we teach a class in a topic, we can expect to have a lot more interest from people during that time – and that is what occurred during those years.

Since then, I have been in two college programs, meaning two separate college bubbles – too busy to promote my business much, very focused on the task at hand (one program was nursing school.. which is brutally busy). I have had multiple jobs from renovating a house to job coaching a mentally disabled client to bar tending and waiting tables. And for the past three years now, I have mainly been doing the (emotional-process oriented) bodywork track full time. This bodywork practice includes trauma resolution techniques, tools for tracking the nervous system and for discharging gradual amounts of stuck emotions at a time. It is called Somatic Experiencing and / or Vagus (nerve) work, Working with the Polyvagal System.

It is this trauma resolution knowledge which I think is informing my astrology practice the most. Overwhelm and chaos take many forms – whether acute events or developmental trauma or low-grade chronic stress, etc. In other words, trauma can look like many things in the astrology chart. And now, with 16 years experience under my belt as an astrologer, and seven years of practicing working with and resourcing the Vagus nerve, I am especially attuned to sensations in my clients bodies, to revealing facial expressions and to unique patterns of trauma in the birth chart. So I can gently and skillfully introduce a topic without re-triggering my clients – which in trauma work is vitally important!

And this trauma-informed astrology applies to Relationship Astrology, Health and Wellness (Medical) Astrology, Timing Aspects – Transits, Secondary Progressions and Solar Arc Directions and of course it applies to Natal Astrology.

And within the Health and Wellness (Medical) Astrology area, I am beginning to look at the astrology of homeopathic medicine, along with the astrology of flower essences, herbs and essential oils! It is amazing stuff! Hopefully I will get the chance to teach about it soon – judging from my schedule though, these topics will probably need to wait until summer of 2020.

It is interesting how interest in astrology waxes and wanes. However, it might be my own openness to it. If I am internally inviting astrology clients to come and apply, then perhaps that is all it takes. Whatever the reason, I have done about ten charts in the past two months, and I have several more clients lined up – and I am making contacts with people who are distributing my cards! Yay!!

I love all the intricacies which we can glean from the Natal Horoscope. Each of us is distinct and unique, as are our charts. And I am grateful for my experience and how it informs the astrology interpretations I give.

May all beings know themselves with clarity, honesty and compassion!

Thank you for reading!

Kirby Moore

Konchog Chakchen

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If you want to see what Kirby offers as far as bodywork (in person or distant sessions) or for Astrology, visit http://www.mkirbymoore.com Enjoy your visit!

Another name for this post might be “Men Out There, Time to Shape Up.” If I slapped this title on it however, I would be wronging the 15-20% of heterosexual men out there who are in touch with their masculinity, their emotions, their showing up, their self expression, their professional life and their sex drive. Okay – having all of these clear and apparent might be asking a lot… but I know a number of them! And fortunately our numbers are growing more every day!

I live in a town where conscious, creative, evolved, dynamic, beautiful women are everywhere. (Seriously, if you are a dynamic, evolved male and you are looking for one of these women, come check out Charlottesville Virginia…) And therefore they are searching for their male counterparts to share life with. As a man who is in touch with my feminine side, yet who enjoys embodying my yang traits, this leads to a bunch of interesting conversations. One woman (who is happily married) said, “Kirby, in this town, you are like ice cream.” Meaning I have most of those qualities I named above – and I have done a ton of personal growth work on myself, so emotional expression is relatively easy (for me).

Here is what I have learned from various teachers or my own experience about ideal relationship traits: first, know yourself. If you don’t know who you are, how can you possibly know what you want out of life or out of a relationship? How do you get to know who you are better? Work with a competent astrologer – Western or Vedic, work with a therapist, work with an acupuncturist, work with a certified life coach, etc.

Second, do your own personal growth work. If you don’t work on yourself, you will constantly bump into reflections of your own blind spots (and constantly blame the world or the other person or …). Along with the list I named above, develop a regular yoga practice, or learn from a meditation teacher (as in start meditating), start a daily Qigong practice (just 20 minutes a day will start to make a difference), etc. Improve yourself and then you will start to manifest and attract a similar frequency partner to yourself.

Third, write down qualities and traits that you want in a partner. My aunt claims that she manifested her amazing husband – a great cook, a lover of fine wine, incredible gardener, French and Italian speaking (yet American) doctor – my uncle – using this technique. She wrote down about 25 qualities that she had to have in a partner – and he met all but one of them!

This technique also worked for me. But in the opposite way. There is an exercise out there called Dream Partner / Nightmare Partner. I used this exercise (which asks questions about 24 areas of life) to separate from a woman with whom I had a slightly-functional-barely-healthy relationship with. I picked up the paper to work on it 6 months before we broke up, but I couldn’t go forward because I knew it would force me to analyze some painful facts. So by the time I finished the exercise, in my mind, we were done. And it was the right time.

And now I have an incredibly inspiring, creative, dynamic, professional, graceful, funny, beautiful, loving partner in my life! Actually, back in May of 2018, I moved onto her street without knowing it… and then in June I started working at the same spa as she did. So by the time we started going out to lunch in August, we had a bunch in common right off the bat!

Ideally, in a relationship, we want to have all three Energy Centers in connection with our partner: Head, Heart and Pelvis. We want to be able to have intellectual rapport with them. We want to be able to have love and kindness come through our facial expressions, our eyes, our touch. And of course we want to be able to stand on our own two feet and express our needs in the relationship as well. And if the partnership is to be romantic, then we must have that healthy yearned for pelvic connection!

I think a lot of people get away with having two of these qualities – maybe Head and Pelvis – intellectual rapport, sexual chemistry, but not much in the way of emotional tenderness. Rarely Heart and Pelvis might work – but then it would be hard to talk about any non-emotional, verbal topic without differing significantly. And I think many friends have Head and Heart going on – maybe there is zero physical attraction or maybe they just don’t act on it (for whatever reason).

I talk about all of these things and more when I do Relationship Astrology for a client. Whether you want to discuss your own chart and the what’s and where-for’s about your own personal relating, or if you provide me with your partner’s birth info as well. I love working with Relationship topics! Let me know if this interests you.

I work with Zapchen somatics and Somatic Experiencing – tools for coming down out of the head and into the Heart, into the Pelvis, into the body. And when I do sessions whether in person or long distance, I include these individualized techniques for moving toward graceful emobodiment and clarity.

Don’t settle in relationships! I know so many people who are not happy and yet they stay put – usually for good reason – like not wanting to have their kids endure a divorce, or for cultural reasons (“where else would I find a good Lebanese man at this stage of my life?” – I actually heard someone say this), etc. I know so many young women in their 20’s who are really not fundamentally happy, and yet they are talking about marrying their boyfriends. Huh?! Don’t set yourself up for failure…

Maybe they don’t know who they are though. Maybe they hear the cultural voice saying, “Well he is fairly nice to me, so he must be a good man.” But will he make a good long-term partner? Is he working to improve himself? Does he yearn to heal his own emotional blind spots?

I do love seeing a multitude of unusual relationships out there though, that work! Some people live together in a tiny house, some people sleep in separate rooms, some people give their partner a tattoo or die their partner’s hair. Some live separately and claim to be really happy that way. Others have a strict agreement about which days they want time to themselves. And all of these things work! And I have hope that all the weirdo’s out there like me are finding suitable partners! 🙂

Thanks for reading!

Kirby Moore

Konchog Chakchen

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Asking for help…

Asking for help is one of the hallmarks of a grown-up, and yet, for many of us, it is really difficult to do. This is certainly true for me. Because I have only recently started really growing up.

And a part of growing up is finding a partner you want to spend the rest of your life with… and I am very fortunate that I think I have found that person. We aren’t rushing into anything, but we have spoken about the possibility of starting a family together. So this is probably where my being extra hard on myself is coming from – I want to be earning a comfortable living wage / salary. But instead my income has been dropping the past two or three months…

The month of July was a challenging one for me – I could mention the myriad numbers of difficult astrology aspects “hitting my chart” (and there were / are many! including having all my personal transiting planets in my 12th house at close to the same time), but I think it is a culmination of things.

I went to receive personal therapy time with an established Somatic Experiencing (SE) practitioner, to fulfill requirements for the SE training I am undergoing and to work on some personal stuff. And while she is an awesome practitioner, I was reminded of how many projects I have tried to get off the ground and failed at (not her intention to be sure, but this happened during that 12th house cascade of fear-of-the-unknown and self-deprecating energy). I worked through some freeze and shut down that occurred to me when I was in the military (figuratively another lifetime – that was 15 – 20 years ago now!). But honestly, I’m still recovering from that session. And considering there is a 4-hour roundtrip involved with receiving that work, I don’t know when I want to go back.

This summer (and probably many summers for bodyworkers and psychotherapists) was full of ups and downs and mostly having clients traveling or moving relatives or hosting family, etc. In other words, my regular clientele are down at least until September. So this erodes my confidence as well.

I am starting to doubt if I have what it takes to have my own business. There have even been some days when I have just said, fuck it, maybe I should just go work for the post office – at least they get a long list of benefits. Nothing wrong with working for them, but I am a very talented and competent bodyworker. I am becoming quite skilled at supporting clients to work through old layers of trauma and over-whelm. Plus I am a skilled astrologer as well. I yearn to be teaching classes and workshops and passing on the wisdom and experience I have gained in 15 years of practice.

This information may come as a shock to some of you, but that is probably because I mainly post to this blog when I am feeling upbeat and confident and enthusiastic (not everyday to be sure). But I have now been staring at weeks of being lower than usual, and being full of self-doubt, at least regarding what I should do to earn a living.

Let’s be honest, I am awful when it comes to marketing myself. I need help. If you or someone you know does branding well, or marketing, or graphic design, maybe we could work out an exchange – I’m happy to pay some, but my income has been dropping the past couple of months. Especially if you have some understanding of holistic / alternative health (because all that I offer is quite unique). Or if you know someone looking for workshop leaders and teachers, I have a number of ideas of what to teach – including meditation, tools for working with trauma, resourcing the nervous system, craniosacral therapy, developing a healthier relationship with stress and more. Like I said, I need help. I want to lean into support.

If you want to receive a treatment, I would love to work with you (or an astrological interpretation for that matter). And I love doing long distant work as well.

I sense a change is coming. Not sure what it will look like. And I am trying not to be too insistent. A birth happens in its own time. But it ain’t easy waiting confidently, nor is it easy for me to be patient.

I would love to continue supporting people, working with the health which is never lost, to truly be of benefit to people (no offense, but delivering mass marketing snail mail holds zero appeal to me). My guidance is counseling me to rest in ease and confidence. But my old programming says there is a problem and I need to fix it… now! Ugh.

May I and all sentient beings who need it, be able to unhitch the horses and put our feet up to rest and recover and wait for the answers to arise naturally and organically.

Wish me well! And if you can offer support, please send that too! ❤

Thank you for reading.

km

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Hello dear readers!

I just sent out the Summer Spiritual Astrology newsletter. You can click here to see more: https://mailchi.mp/da9b338adcb1/wisdom-healing-arts-summer-astrology-newsletter

I look forward to hearing from you if you are interested in setting up an Astrology Interpretation, Process-oriented Bodywork or if you want to learn more about my upcoming classes!

Thank you for stopping by!

Kirby Moore

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I am slowly putting together information to teach a class entitled “An Introduction to Trauma Informed Astrology.” This will dovetail nicely into the next level class: “Skillful means: Working with Trauma in the Astrology Chart.”

Having been studying and practicing trauma-informed bodywork modalities and learning didactic wisdom of working with the nervous system since 2012, modalities which include Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy, Somatic Experiencing and Working with the Polyvagal System – Touch Skills for Trauma Work, I bring a unique perspective to working with trauma and the astrology chart. This will be a fusion of trauma-informed modalities and psychological, health & wellness and Spiritual astrology – which I have been studying since 2003. Much wisdom and knowledge will be shared and there will opportunities for participants to ask questions.

We will spend time going over the basics: what is trauma? what are some common aspects reflecting that level of overwhelm or chaos in the natal chart? what is the Window of Tolerance or the Functional Range? what is sympathetic charge vs parasympathetic charge? What aspects in the chart indicate a sympathetic bias or a parasympathetic bias? What is the trauma vortex and how do we avoid re-traumatizing someone? and much much more! We will especially cover things to keep in mind if you work with someone who might have trauma in their system. Plus we will work with some of the newer research about the Vagus Nerve.

The Vagus Nerve, which is one of the main regulators of the autonomic nervous system, and otherwise known as the Soul Nerve, is 80% afferent – meaning 80% of its impulses are traveling from the body up to the brain. And therefore only 20% of its nerve impulses are coming down from the brain to the body. You could say we have a 4 lane highway going up to the brain from the body, and only one lane coming down from the brain. Hence, processing from the body up, or bottom-up processing is the way to work with trauma. We must get into the body to heal the body and repair the nervous system in the body. If we just do primarily cognitive talk therapy, which is very supportive in some ways, we may not ever get to the bottom of a trauma pattern.

This is an ambitious plan I know… however this is the perfect fusion of trauma-informed bodywork, cognitive information on working with trauma and the nervous system and looking at these aspects in the astrology chart as well! It is blending many things I am passionate about!

It is my intention to have this class have an online component. I live in Charlottesville Virginia, a fairly progressive and “awake” small city, but even with our alternative medicine and healing scene, this is still a tiny niche. Hence I want to open this up to anyone who is interested in this rewarding topic.

Let me know if you are interested! My intention is to get this going by September or October.

Thank you for reading!

KM

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