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!
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.
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!
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
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!
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!
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
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.
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?
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)
Safety – nurturing a safe, accepting container is vital. Without which, there can be no settling in the nervous system.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
In case you are not aware, I am offering Trauma-Informed Astrology classes starting in February of 2021! You can find a link to more info here (as well as how to register): https://www.mkirbymoore.com/classes.html
The first class is Fundamentals 1 – for beginners and people with a passing interest in astrology. We will start with the basics of nervous system dynamics – what is trauma, what isn’t it? what does stabilizing the nervous system look like? How can we connect to beneficial resources? And we will go through gentle somatic exercises to invite healthy embodiment. In addition, we will go into the basics of the horoscope as well – the foundations of the astrological birth chart – the zodiac, the elements, polarities and qualities. This course is a series of eight two-hour classes – really a full course covering a broad amount of information. You will get A LOT out of taking the class!
Then… I have decided to offer a second class – this one for serious amateur and professional astrologers. Trauma Informed Astrology: Fundamentals 3. This class would begin in March. See the poll below to vote on what time would be best for you. This will cover similar nervous system material as the above class, however, we will dive into how nervous system challenges manifest in the birth chart much sooner, in a seminar / discussion format. We will still do gentle somatic exercises because we must establish safety before the nervous system can settle.
This class will also be eight weeks long, like Fundamentals 1 starting in February. I am asking a sliding scale of $300 – $250 for Fundamentals 3. It would also be two-hour segments. There is guaranteed to be new material offered here – rarely (if ever) has such a detailed class about the nervous system been offered, as seen through the astrological lens! Of course this class will build on significant strides that have been made in psychological astrology, medical astrology, trauma resolution modalities, polyvagal theory research, etc.
See below for admission criteria.
Thank you for reading and if you might be interested in these classes, please reach out and let me know. Also if you have questions or comments!
Admission Criteria: for any class on Trauma-Informed Astrology, I am setting these boundaries for safety: people who have a problem with alcohol or recreational substances, or those who are suffering from suicidal thoughts, should work with an appropriate (licensed) mental health practitioner first before taking these classes. People attending these classes want to work on their stuff, to take responsibility for their healing process and are ready and desiring to adopt healthy self-care exercises to settle their nervous systems on a deeper level.
I am writing to share a YouTube video I recently uploaded, where I am interviewed by Kinsey Gidick, a writer and magazine veteran. She and I discuss my upcoming class – Trauma-Informed Astrology: Fundamentals 1. Here is the video:
Please let me know if you have any questions or comments. Also, on January 7th (Thursday) at 6:30 PM EST, I will be hosting an info session about this course. Look for links soon – I suspect I will have these ready to go the week after Christmas.
I am excited! If you are interested in Astrology and / or learning about Trauma-Resolution, this is a great class for you. I hope you will join me on this dynamic exploration!
Here is a Trailer (preview) video for my upcoming class (view it below). Trauma-Informed Astrology: Fundamentals 1 details:
This class is scheduled to start February 18th (Thursdays) evening from 6:30 – 8:30 PM (Washington DC time). It will go eight weeks total, completing on April 8th. Visit here for more info and to register: https://www.mkirbymoore.com/classes-offered.html
I am loving how this class is blossoming and coming to life! More and more people are interested in trauma-resolution techniques and theories AND more people are interested in Western Astrology and taking its wisdom and insights deeper. Well guess what? This class will satisfy both of these yearnings! The gap between Western Astrology and nervous system resourcing, where specific examples of nervous system challenge and repair manifest in the chart, are only accessible now due to research done in the past 20 years. This class could not have been taught 10-15 years ago (or longer). I’m so honored and humbled to be able to offer this material!
If you are interested in learning more, view this video. It is an interview between Elizabeth Stafford and myself, she is one of my assistants for the class. This talks about the upcoming class – great questions and answers 🙂
Let me know if you have any questions, comments or want to register!
There is a significant Eclipse coming up on Monday Dec 14th (less than 2 days away). It will be visible (in its totality) from South America – Chile and Argentina seem to have the best path to view it. Other areas can see it as a partial eclipse – SW Africa and Antarctica.
What does this mean from an esoteric stand point? What do eclipses mean for any of us?
As a professional astrologer, it is my job to interpret these things. And as a skilled process-oriented bodyworker, I have a unique take on how the horoscope (astrology chart) reflects our inner process.
These will be very dynamic classes – no one has taught anything quite like this before! Let me know if you have questions or want to learn more.
Now back to the scheduled Eclipse programming!
This is a total Solar Eclipse. This is a pretty big deal – only happens once or twice a year, and in this case, it is the only total solar eclipse of 2020. Add to this the conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn (the “King-maker” aspect) which is coming exact in a week – on Dec 21st to be specific, and we have quite a potent blend of energies to surf on!
So what does the eclipse mean for the world? It is in Sagittarius. So we have a fiery energy of freedom, adventure, learning and living it up. Sagittarius is a sign very concerned about social justice and equity, fairness and litigation. This might be a part of why we are seeing social justice movements happening on so many levels – whether a country’s people resisting its authoritarian dictator or the fight in the United States to get more stimulus assistance out to people who need help and many more movements!
Sagittarius is also a sign associated with speculation. Gambling. Hence we might want to be more aware of what we eat and drink this holiday season! It is quite likely we will over-do it and regret it later – headaches or stomachaches from too much wine or delicious food. Yummy! Watch out if you are a natural risk-taker to begin with – this might be a couple of weeks of more reckless behavior. Get a second opinion before signing significant documents or making new financial investments at this time!
Then Sagittarius has to do with Jupiter – joviality. So we will definitely feel like living it up more. We are all suffering the effects of social distancing during this pandemic. So will Jupiter (Sagittarius’ ruler) lead us to find enjoyment in the little things, can we orient to all we do have? What am I grateful for? Make a list! Or… are we going to wish for more socializing, more partying and mope about as we yearn for holiday parties of years past? Choose gratitude!
Finally, Sagittarius loves to learn. It is about higher learning, investigating foreign cultures and languages, learning about philosophy and different religions. It loves to delve deeper into systems of reasoning, knowledge and wisdom. So take advantage of this if you can – is there a subject you have been wanting to dive into lately? Is there a novel you have been putting off? How can we use this enhanced mental energy? Put it to good use! (Create a positive outlet for Sagittarius’ energy!)
Then we have to ask, “what does the eclipse represent for me personally?” This is where it gets trickier.
It is best to get this information from a professional astrologer or from a good life coach / mentor / counselor. Someone who knows you well and who is not afraid to speak their truth to you. (Which also means you have to be ready to receive their perspective.)
With that said, how do I need to grow? What needs to happen for my growth? With an eclipse, it is almost guaranteed that we will have more energy in our container. The question is, what do we do with more physical / emotional / spiritual charge? Can we handle it? Or do we feel really uncomfortable if we have more potency? Can I speak my truth with ease? Can I object with ease? Am I getting enough exercise so my nervous system has a healthy outlet for this charge? Or doing yoga or qigong or a vigorous spiritual practice?
No matter what we do with this extra energy, one technique is to look around the room I am in (or outside, looking from right to left slowly). Find something your eyes are drawn toward. Do it now… go ahead, I’ll wait 🙂
This is called orienting. Bring your awareness and attention to the present moment. If we are full of charge, sometimes we might drift into mobilized defense automatically (not knowing what else to do with more charge) – meaning fight or flight energy. And orienting is a good way to come back toward healthy social engagement. Can I have more potency and still be who I am?
I recently heard that professional chess players (grand masters perhaps) burn as many calories as athletes when they are in a tournament. So maybe we should take up chess this week?! But do exercise too – keep your heart and cardiovascular system healthy.
Other questions to ask around Sagittarius, which rules the hips and thighs in the body: Am I moving forward with ease? What obstacles are in the way to my growing and evolving? Do I feel grounded as I make big changes? What do I need to feel more grounded and contained? Who can I go to for more support? Who / where are my people? Is there a group I have been wanting to join, but have been reluctant to ask? Now is the time!
Next, we need to look within (this is where it helps to have an objective outside spiritual friend) and see what it is that we need most. If I am normally too rigid, now is the time to lean into flexibility. If I am normally a door mat, saying Yes to others people’s requests all the time, then this might be a time to solidify my boundaries. Attend to my own needs. Know thyself! Get your chart done by a competent practitioner (astrologer) like me. Or take up studying the Enneagram or work with the I Ching, etc. Learn more about yourself, open up to hearing and learning the truth, even if it is uncomfortable.
Be willing know! This is the essence of what Sagittarius is telling us all right now, this week, this month. Be willing to know your truth – not what you want to hear, not what will make you feel happy. Move toward liberation. Now is the time!
If nothing else, this eclipse will give us ample opportunities to grow and be stretched, touched and changed. The question is, can we surrender a little bit more to the process? And also find time for quality self-care and rest time in the midst of everything!