Questions for readers, re: Trauma Informed Astrology

Hello dear readers!

I am curious… feel free to chime in with a comment!

What are you most curious about when you hear “Trauma Informed Astrology?”

What would be most important to you if you were taking a class on this topic?

What would make you say “Yes!” to taking one of these classes?

What are your concerns or what is an obstacle to taking a class?

Thank you and look forward to hearing from you!

Lots of love, wishing health and safety for all!

Kirby Moore

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Trauma Informed Astrology mandala by Dana Wheeles

The Body Never Lies… or does it?

Hello Dear Readers!

In my Trauma Informed Astrology class, we are discussing this topic, along with going through the basics of the autonomic nervous system and the fundamental Western Astrology material.

In the world of trauma resolution, sometimes you will hear this saying from time to time: “the body never lies.” But is that really true?

In my class, we are discussing if this is true. We are discussing various states of the nervous system and how these states tend to show whether we are oriented to safety and health, or if we are oriented to threat and danger. Plus we are beginning to discuss the concept of over-coupling – that is when two things which were not previously together get compressed and come together (being stuck). These can be emotions, images, beliefs, etc.

In my opinion, saying “the body never lies” is an error. The nervous system dupes us (that is our unconscious is often running scripts and beliefs that we are rarely ever aware of consciously) from time to time. We may falsely believe that to feel fear means we have to shrink and hide and collapse. But it might be we are actually feeling freeze and shut down (shock) energy in that case. The fear got over-coupled with immobility and freeze and now we are completely confused about what it means to feel fear. Working with a skillful practitioner in this case (someone with years of experience) can help to clear up this confusion, allow the nervous system to begin to differentiate what each of these feelings is on its own (when it is not tangled up in a ball of wax).

In fact, I would say that until we bring a LOT of consciousness to our nervous system and embody more of our life, the body is often lying. Or to put it another way, the nervous system is keeping a lid on something that we are not remotely aware of. There is certainly deception happening. It may not be outright lying, but whether we are deceiving ourselves or others (are we wearing masks within or showing a mask to the outer world?), it happens quite often.

Therefore, in my classes, I am going to attempt to dispel the belief that the body never lies. Because the relationship of the nervous system to the body is often skewed or distorted by early conditioning and other processes.

I have gotten my Patreon channel up and running. On it, patrons can subscribe to three levels of support (and bonus content). Patrons can gain access to many somatic exercises by joining the Somatic Learning level ($15 / month) or they can have access to my class recording videos as well at the Resilient Patron level (that would be the VIP access) for $35 / month. Check it out and you can see a great discussion on this topic in my classes:

https://www.patreon.com/T_I_Astrology?fan_landing=true

Thank you for reading (and for checking out my Patreon channel)!

Kirby Moore

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T.I. Astrology Class begins

Hello Dear Readers,

I am enjoying the Trauma Informed Astrology class so far. Honestly though, I think there are always going to be growing pains when first getting a project off the ground. So I know that things will be better if and when I teach this class again!

At present, I am putting in several hours of work each week to tweak presentations and slides, not to mention making the occasional video. And it is amazing how long it takes to create a presentable 13 minute video! Hint: it took me three takes and over two hours to come up with something I consider decent and worth sharing! Whoa.

It is a great group though! We have six participants and two assistants, and everyone is hungry for this amazing knowledge. And I am enjoying learning from everyone. It is fascinating how, once we put on the “teacher hat” as it were, we (or at least I) start to see the world differently – I take in poems differently now, taking in artwork with the intention of, “Would this be a good representation of Scorpio?” (for instance). How else can I approach the topic of astrology – music? art? poetry? creative fiction? etc.

Because the class is a little smaller than I expected, we are going slightly faster through the material – meaning more slides are needed and a bit more prep time is needed. Again though, I am happy that the participants are eager to learn. Grateful to be able to share what little I know!

It is a work in progress (I haven’t had much time to tweak it yet) but I am happy to have published my new site: http://www.traumainformedastrology.com Check it out if you have the chance!

Thank you for reading and may we all feel the freshness of the upcoming Spring!

Kirby Moore

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Basic Astrology video for T. I. Astrology class

Hello Dear Readers,

Here is the first of several videos for my Trauma Informed Astrology: Fundamentals One class. It is rudimentary info on the solar system and “what is the ecliptic?”. Thanks for watching and let me know if you have any questions about my classes. You can see more at http://www.traumainformedastrology.com

This video is very basic (people with some astrology knowledge or training probably don’t need to watch it). Enjoy!

Ecliptic video for T.I. Astrology class one

Trauma Informed Astrology now live!

Hello Dear Readers,

I am excited to announce that T.I. Astrology is now live – I have the domain! The site is a little patchy – Sorry About the Mess! Still under construction and I need to check in with their customer support to figure a couple things out. But I will get it ironed out in a few weeks.

It will announce my upcoming classes, workshops and more. It is an unfolding process. I appreciate your patience with this evolving journey!

Take a peek:

www.traumainformedastrology.com

Much love,

Kirby Moore

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Trauma Informed Astrology Class – two weeks away

Hello Dear Readers!

I hope this finds you well. I am excited to be teaching this upcoming class: T. I. Astrology – Fundamentals One. Exploring the intersection of Autonomic Nervous System dynamics and Western Astrology – this is a very unique opportunity. It represents 17 years of study and practice of various potent modalities for me. See below for links to register and for more info.

I first started studying Western Astrology back in 2003. Over the past 18 years, my specialties in Astrology have emerged as Natal Astrology, Psychological, Timing Aspects and Medical Astrology. Then in 2005 I got into Craniosacral Therapy classes, along with beginning Zapchen Somatics training. During this time I also met sublime Tibetan Lamas – heart teachers of rare and precious wisdom lineages – and began to practice Tibetan Buddhism.

Then in 2012 I began to take classes on Working with the Polyvagal System. In 2013 I met Myrna Martin and started my training in Pre- and Perinatal Psychology (PPN / birth process work). It seems I did things a little backwards, doing these advanced, intensive trainings before I began Somatic Experiencing training in 2018.

Along the way I did over a dozen ten-day meditation and somatic processing retreats, and I also completed a dozen or so two-week teaching retreats on various topics – from meditation to Buddhist healing to various yoga practices. And then in 2020 I completed my first 90-day meditation retreat! And it was around this time that spirit pushed me toward teaching this current series on Trauma Informed Astrology. I had been toying with the idea for several years.

Trauma Informed Astrology mandala by Dana Wheeles

This is a beginner level course – 8 weeks of 2-hour classes. So we will be able to cover a lot. We start on Feb 18th (Thursday) from 6:30 – 8:30 PM EST.

I say this is a beginner level course, and it is, however people with astrology experience will get a lot out of it too! There will be somatic exercises every class – to gently assist us toward greater presence in the body. And there is cutting edge information on working with the Autonomic Nervous System, based on recent research and practice.

And once we lay a solid foundation of nervous system and Astrology basics, then we will start to discuss and explore ways that nervous system challenges show up in the astrology chart. And ways to work with it! This is all brand new, unique information. This class has never been taught before quite like this.

It builds on the incredible work of psychological astrologers like Liz Greene, Howard Sasportas, Jeffrey Wolf Green, Noel Tyl, Erin Sullivan, Melanie Reinhart and more. Plus it incorporates self-regulation techniques from Zapchen Somatics (Julie Henderson), from Somatic Experiencing (Peter Levine, Diane Poole Heller) and many many more modalities and tools!

We have six or seven participants so far, along with two awesome assistants! There are a few more spaces remaining. The cost is $250 (for all 8 weeks of classes). I am offering a sliding scale for BIPOC folk and I have one half scholarship remaining, let me know if you are interested and would need financial aid.

I hope you will join us. And certainly let me know if you have questions about this dynamic series!

For more info and on how to register: https://www.mkirbymoore.com/classes.html

Also you can scroll down through my blog here for more posts on this class. Including the Mission Statement of Trauma Informed Astrology and for a great interview that was done by a writer!

May we all discover inner stability and greater understanding. May the moisture of compassion soak deep into our hearts, causing profound contentment and ease to arise.

Thank you for reading,

Kirby Moore

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Trauma Informed Astrology Class coming together

Hello Dear Readers,

I have been working on my upcoming class, Trauma-Informed Astrology: Fundamentals One when I have time. Over the holidays, because of the virus numbers going up, we were watching (my partner’s) our daughter for about three weeks. Hence my not posting anything here for a bit. I am excited about this class though!!

Go back through previous posts here on my blog to see more about this class. Including my vision for Trauma Informed Astrology, along with the Mission Statement. Also, you can go here: https://www.mkirbymoore.com/classes.html

rendering of Mars with Earth and Venus

I am happy to complete the outline for the class, along with the first few classes in detail. Here are some of the great topics we will be covering:

It is my intention for these classes to be very safe space where people can drop in to resource and health. So in the first class we will have a solid discussion of what we need to feel safe!

Then we will be covering some Autonomic Nervous System ABC’s (basic material). Along will looking at how Sympathetic and Parasympathetic states interact – along with eventually talking about how these states manifest in the Astrology Chart!

We will talk about the Window of Tolerance (also known as the Range of Resilience or the Functional Range) and discuss how this interacts with the horoscope as well.

This will be an eight-week long course. So in eight classes, we can get through a decent amount of material! And in class 5 and 6, I have a treat in store for participants – looking at a couple of common presentations of ways people hold trauma. Looking at what is happening in the nervous system and how this compares to what is happening in the chart. Along with discussing a little bit about ways to work with this manifestation (or ways to benefit our clients).

Then in class 7, I will lead a demo – going slowly through someone’s chart for about 45 minutes, allowing time to drop in a somatic tool or two. Then we will debrief the demo in the second half of class – for instance, “why did I say that? What was I seeing behind the scenes as it were? What am I keeping in mind as I discuss a new topic in their chart? etc.” Let me know if you want to have your chart done for free – in exchange for recording it for the demo! I would prefer to work with someone who has access to healthy support – a counselor, acupuncturist, chiropractor, therapist, etc.

And finally in class 8, we will discuss the Polyvagal Theory – including a discussion on the Ventral Vagal Complex, the Social Engagement System, and the Dorsal Vagus. And of course how these concepts apply to the astrology chart! So lots of good material to work with. I am looking forward to insightful discussions and questions. Seeing what spirit moves us to share.

Thank you for reading and joining us on this journey!

Kirby Moore

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Vision for Trauma-Informed Astrology

Hello friends,

In this post, I will discuss my plans and thoughts for Trauma-Informed Astrology. Scroll down for a post about the Mission of Trauma-Informed Astrology – along with a detailed description of what “Trauma Informed ” means to me. (Previous post)

Trauma-informed Astrology is an exploration of the intersection of Western Astrology and trauma resolution skills / theory / tools. Research into trauma resolution techniques has come a long way in the past 20 years – in fact, the Polyvagal Theory is really only 20+ years old (in terms of significant research behind it). Similar with Somatic Experiencing – Peter Levine’s incredible life’s work and offering. So this class could not have happened much earlier.

I see myself training many people – of all skill levels – in working with the birth chart (the horoscope) and in learning how to self-regulate and settle their own nervous systems, which will better allow them to offer this to clients in turn. Each of these topics is broad! So there will be several courses offered to attain this ambitious goal.

There will be a mix of different types of classes – didactic classes will involve teaching on the basics of working with the nervous system and the astrology chart, or teaching on specific topics (the advanced classes will be quite focused). Plus there will be classes on Somatic Exercises and once there is enough interest, workshops on Somatic Processing. There will not be a lot of room (or the assistants required for containment) in the didactic classes for doing our own processing work – I will direct people to the Somatic Processing specific class for that.

At present, I am excited to be offering Fundamentals One – a course more for beginners or those with a casual relationship to astrology. It will be heavier on the trauma-informed side of the material however, so professional astrologers would certainly get a lot out of it. And by the later weeks of the class, we can discuss most topics autonomic nervous system and astrology!

I am committed to having students go through some Fundamentals class before taking any Advanced topic. This is because orienting to Resource and Health is not easy to do – we must have a skillful mentor, counselor or coach. And it takes time. In this current culture we live in, the contours of harshness are deeply ingrained. My intention is to bring about a significant culture-shift to the astrological environment. More compassion, more softening, more gentleness, greater humanity = increased creativity, spontaneity, play, ease, humor and more!

Other classes planned:

Fundamentals Three – this class will be similar in the nervous system material to Fundamentals One. However, on the astrology side, we will get into how nervous system challenges show up in the chart sooner. Still leaning more into the nervous system topics. A class for serious amateur or professional astrologers.

Fundamentals Two – the follow-up class after Fundamentals One. Here we will get more into chart interpretation (and we can start discussing how various nervous system challenges can manifest in the chart). It continues the theme of doing our own work, of gently inviting embodiment and learning how to boost our resilience.

Zapchen Somatics – a course where we primarily do gentle somatic exercises to invite more play, more spontaneity as we move toward the noble intention of stable embodiment. “Sneakily powerful” exercises. You will learn many self-care techniques and tools as we deepen our somatic awareness. If everyone participating has taken a Fundamentals course, we can go deeper and explore more advanced techniques as we stretch and bring more presence to our somatic experience.

Houses and Ascendants – a shorter class, this will focus on the Houses, Rulerships and Ascendants. Participants must have taken Fundamentals One and Two or Fundamentals Three at least. (Advanced Course)

Developmental Aspects – Advanced Course – In this class, we will look at developmental themes – psychological ramifications of various aspects and chart configurations. We will still do occasional somatic exercises to continue to invite groundedness in our bodies.

Medical Astrology – Advanced Course – must have completed two classes prior to taking this one. Here we look at what happens when repressed / suppressed energy (which we can see in the birth chart) becomes dis-ease. Bringing a very compassionate and regulated presence to these topics, we will continue the theme of doing somatic exercises to help liberate and process this stuck energy.

Timing Aspects – Advanced Course – looking at Transits, Secondary Progressions and Solar Arc Directions, we will get into how certain energy manifests in our life when various Timing Aspects approach and open. Not fatalistic – we take a frequency-based, choice-centered approach. Always connecting to resources and Health first.

Birth Process Astrology – Advanced Course – in order to take this course, participants must have completed the Fundamentals classes, taken a Somatics course and Developmental Aspects. We will get into attachment theory, birth dynamics, imprinting and other awesome topics as we explore how different birth patterns show up in the astrology chart. It will take some time to get the prerequisite classes, so I will offer this in 2022 at the earliest.

Somatic Processing – Advanced Course – I would love to offer some process-oriented workshops. We will see if there is enough interest in this work. Due to requiring more assistants, the cost will reflect the extra containment and safety. Small groups only.

I have been “chewing on” the idea of Trauma Informed Astrology for a couple of years now. So I have jotted down many notes and iterations. The form you are currently seeing is maybe a refined third draft. I look forward to seeing where Spirit takes us and continuing to grow and transform along the way!

Thank you for reading,

Kirby Moore

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Info Session for Trauma Informed Astrology class

Hello dear readers!

I am excited and getting a lot accomplished as I prep for my upcoming class: Trauma Informed Astrology: Fundamentals One. In this class, we are going to go slowly (the slower you go, the faster you get there – in trauma work) and lean into the nervous system stabilizing material. How do we build resilience? How do we build capacity? I am enjoying working on the handouts and the powerpoint slides.

This coming Thursday the 7th at 6:30 PM I will hold an Info Session for this class. The class actually begins February 18th (another Thursday), but I am working to fill the class this month. The class is already half full – which is very encouraging! Leave me a comment here to sign up: https://www.mkirbymoore.com/contact.html

For more about this class, you can go here: https://www.mkirbymoore.com/classes.html

To see a cool interview done by a writer about this class, visit here: https://astrodharma.me/2020/12/18/interview-about-trauma-informed-astrology/

There is a $50 savings if you sign up and pay for class by January 10th (early bird discount is $200, regular rate after Jan 10th is $250). Let me know also if you have questions or comments / concerns!

The first class will wet your palette, there will be previews of the astrological interpretation even beginners will be able to do after Level Two (the next class after this first one). And in this first class, you will learn great self-care tools and techniques for stabilizing, reducing anxiety, increasing calm and relaxation and mental clarity. Plus there will be insightful and beneficial autonomic nervous system information to benefit for class participants, their loved ones and their clients. I have been doing process-oriented bodywork (giving and receiving) and practicing Tibetan Buddhism for the past 17 years, so the somatic transmission of a settled nervous system will come through in the class.

Look forward to hearing from you!

Thanks for reading,

Kirby Moore

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Mission Statement for Trauma-Informed Astrology

Hello Readers,

In case you are not yet aware, I am teaching a series of classes under the heading of Trauma-Informed Astrology. The first course is Fundamentals One starting in February 2021 (a month and a half away). This class is more for beginners and those who dabble in astrology. However, people with a solid astrological background will still get a lot out of taking this initial course.

With that said, I am also planning to teach a Fundamentals Three course starting in March, which will be for serious amateur and professional astrologers. Go back and read through my recent posts for more info. Also click here: https://www.mkirbymoore.com/classes.html

What is the mission statement guiding my vision? It is my intention, soon, to have a few dedicated assistants and possibly even some co-teachers. And if we lose focus or doubt the direction Trauma-Informed Astrology should take, we can always come back to this overarching intention.

Mission: To bring Trauma-Informed Education into the field of Western Astrology.

And as a secondary mission, “To nurture resilience in anyone wanting to heal and repair their nervous system.”

To expand this mission statement, we need to define Trauma-Informed Education. What does it mean to be Trauma-Informed?

Horoscope + mandala + peace (by Dana Wheeles)

In chatting with several colleagues who have been offering Trauma Informed Education for years, the theme I come away with is: We are not our trauma. There is an “essential self,” our “blue print” as it were, the Health Which Is Never Lost that is always inherent in each and every one of us. One of the goals of Trauma-Informed Education is to turn the ship from being oriented to threat (oriented to trauma reactions) toward an orientation to resource, to this essential self, orienting to the Health Which Is Never Lost.

We have to begin orienting to slowing down. Slowing down and being quiet are challenging for some people. There are gentle somatic exercises which make it more comfortable to slow down. Only when we are quieter can we have some introspective awareness. If we are moving at 90 miles an hour, our raw spots and triggers will remain unconscious or we will be stretched-too-thin to really tackle them. Only when we bring awareness to our process can true healing and repair begin. (And it is a long process, so please do be gentle… be kind… we must gradually build in compassion for ourselves and others.)

Also I love what Nkem Ndofu says about what it means to be Trauma-Informed: (I am adding a lot of paraphrasing and commentary)

First, do no harm – in other words, try hard not to re-traumatize people. This makes sense – especially in a culture where violence and tense drama is the norm in the media. We have to nurture a safe, stable container in which it feels safe to heal and repair and release old patterns and reactions. Isn’t it amazing how one of the first questions we want to ask when we hear about a potentially traumatizing event is some form of, “What happened?” When this recapitulation without containment is exactly NOT what a traumatized person needs… And if we do trigger or overwhelm someone, then we want to pause and make repair as soon as possible.

Second, we must recognize the impact of trauma and recovery. This means sharing knowledge about trauma and recovery – what does it look like to stabilize the nervous system? Trauma reactions color so much of the suffering we see in the world – environmental problems, racial injustice, socioeconomic inequality, etc. The Adverse Childhood Experience studies have basically shown that trauma alone is causing billions (if not trillions) of dollars worth of downline health problems. Read that last sentence again after taking a few deep breaths… and know that we are not our trauma. There is Health in each and every one of us (and we can strengthen it).

Once we begin to understand the full implications of having trauma responses locked in the nervous system, then we can take steps to heal, repair and liberate frozen or stuck energy / emotions. This takes time. So we have to understand this is a long-haul process. It requires patience and persistence and a competent, skillful mentor / coach / practitioner. It requires a yearning to do our own inner work.

Next we have to integrate trauma information and recovery tools into policies, procedures and practices. The system must change to be considered truly Trauma Informed. This is a big deal. Therefore, for an organization to be considered entirely Trauma Informed, they must go through many steps. (Fortunately for me, my organization is quite small – me and several grounded assistants.)

Ndofu also mentions that a Trauma-Informed organization aligns with a beautiful set of humane values: (again, followed by my commentary)

  1. Safety – nurturing a safe, accepting container is vital. Without which, there can be no settling in the nervous system.
  2. Trust and transparency – leaders of these organizations must do their best to walk their talk, to make repair when a mistake is made, and be willing to own their stuff.
  3. Collaboration and mutuality – I love this one in particular (of course they are all important!). Coming together with the intention of mutual well-wishing, mutual support and a mutual desire to support the embodiment process is very rare and difficult to find.
  4. Peer support – support must be available for participants, leaders, practitioners – everyone involved in the organization. Working with trauma is difficult work. We must practice self-care and we must lean into support. We all have raw spots and occasionally get triggered. Only with objective, compassionate support can we work through these old patterns and responses.
  5. Voice, choice and self-agency – everyone involved in a Trauma-Informed organization must feel seen and heard. If there is a concern, there must be a place for it to be voiced and heard. Language is more invitational, which fosters collaboration. By giving people choices, they can listen to their authentic selves and feel a sense of sovereignty.
  6. Cultural humility – so important! We must approach everything we do with a sense of humility and modesty. I don’t know all the answers. The way I learned something may not, in fact, be the most effective method. I am open and curious to learn about other cultures, other ways of doing things, other philosophies. This means we all grow by learning about each others’ culture and uniqueness.

This concept of Trauma-Informed is profound. It is my intention to stick to as many of the above intentions as possible – and to invite assistants and support from those who are in alignment with the above descriptions. It is my intention to bring benefit to as many people as possible. And I also know this is a learning process, there will be bumps in the road. I pray that I will have the humility to own my stuff and therefore, to repair any mistakes I make.

Thank you for joining me on this journey!

Kirby Moore

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