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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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I wrote this newsletter hoping to send it out sooner on MailChimp. There are several more steps to take verifying people’s email addresses and that they actually want to receive my newsletters… so I am putting this out here on my blog for now. It is likely I will have it out within a week or two. Thank you for visiting!

Hello friends,

Here is my Spiritual Astrology newsletter for Summer of 2019! For some of you, we have worked together recently. And for others, it has been a while. See below for specials I am offering in the month of August! If you want to unsubscribe, scroll to the bottom.

Where have we been recently?

First of all, I have been learning Somatic Experiencing over the past year, which is an amazing modality for working with overwhelm in the nervous system – a.k.a. trauma resolution. So I need to ask the question, “Think about what is going well in your life. Can you sit with that for a moment now?” Allow those resources and thoughts of success percolate through your system for a bit….. take your time with this. And then we can begin.

Anyone else having a challenging month of July? How many times have I heard how bizarre or taxing these past few weeks have been – “when is Mercury out of retrograde?” is the familiar refrain. Let me know if you want to schedule an hour for astrological counseling to clarify what is going on in your chart. If you have worked with me before, this service is $95.

Well it has been more than Mercury… Mars entered the sign of Cancer back in late May and stayed through early July, setting the stage for all the personal planets to move through – Sun, Moon, Mercury and Venus as well. For a few weeks there, things were extra emotional and passionate – think nurturing being over-done!

Also, for those of us with a Leo Rising, having Mars, the Sun and Mercury Rx in our mysterious, nebulous, I-don’t-know-what-is-around-the-corner 12thhouse… let’s just say there may have been some gnashing of the teeth as we yearned for clarity, yet only found fogginess for a couple weeks there!

And back on emotional topics, transiting Jupiter has been squaring Neptune in the astrological sky for several months now. On its own, this is rather subtle – increasing sensitivity, idealization, artistry, poetic traits, etc. However, for those of us with planet(s) in mid to late mutable signs – Pisces, Sagittarius, Gemini or Virgo, this aspect may hint at wanting to escape, deny, suppress or blame our stuff on others – or if we go to further extremes, this combo might lead to excess risk taking or errors in judgment.

As I write this, we have six planets (including Chiron) that are retrograde (Rx). Better to plan, re-evaluate, organize for the future when this is in effect. Definitely make sure to read the small print and re-read contracts / court documents during this time! Begins to clear in August, see below.

The good news is that things are beginning to clear up for the fall! Remember how I suggested we think about what is going well in our lives? Well what is going good? We can think about that some more if that was helpful!

What is upcoming?

As I mentioned above, Mercury is coming out of Rx officially on August 1stand it will be moving forward at its typical fast clip by August 15th. All the outer planets will still be retrograde through Sept / October, so it will still be good to read the fine print!

However, with the Sun, Mars, Venus and Mercury entering Leo, it will be a time of more creativity, taking charge, increased vitality, spontaneity and enjoyment. And by the end of September, the Jupiter / Neptune square will be lifting.

Then, a few months down the road, Saturn comes out of Rx in September as it begins its journey toward conjunction with Pluto in Capricorn (beginning in December of 2019) and the two of them will be joined by Jupiter by February / March of 2020. For some people, there will be fireworks or karmic purification to be sure. I will say more about that in future newsletters! 

Let’s just say though that people with Capricorn Suns / Moon / Rising signs may want to pay attention, and also those with earlier Sagittarius Rising. It is a ways off though, so we can enjoy ourselves and this amazing summery weather in the meantime!

What is new in my Astrological practice?

As I mentioned, I have been learning Somatic Experiencing (SE for short), which stacks well with the Vagus (nerve) Work I have been practicing for a number of years. And I am finding SE works well with astrological counseling as well. I have even picked up a few long-distance clients with whom I am doing an interesting blend of Spiritual Astrology and SE work. Let me know if you want to get on my schedule to have your chart done in a trauma-informed manner! Or purchase a package of sessions and save!

I am still looking for people with whom I can do astrological research. In particular, I am looking for participants who know a good amount about their birth and early years. It is interesting looking at the horoscope through a Pre- and Perinatal (PPN) Psychology lens! So I am offering a special – pay $90 to have your chart done for research purposes (75 minutes). Half the session will be focused on developmental topics and half the session can be about what you want to focus on! It is my intention down the road to teach a PPN Astrology series, and this research will help to get that ball rolling.

I am thinking about teaching an on-line (and if you are in Charlottesville, an in-person) class about Working with Trauma in the Birth Chart. This would probably begin in early October. Let me know if you are interested in this class – it will be about what to keep in mind when working with trauma and some tools to slow things down and come into the body, along with what aspects in the chart are often overwhelming or chaotic enough to lead to a trauma response. And how do we approach this skillfully, clearly and with compassion!

August Special: purchase a gift certificate for a comprehensive Birth Chart Interpretation for only $140. My rates are normally $175 for first time clients for this service. Let me know if you want to take advantage of this savings!

In conclusion, it has been an interesting summer astrologically. Things are a bit clearer in the fall (of course Transit and Progressed charts are going to be more individualized) – hooray! And we have an interesting configuration coming up in December through summer of 2020. Stay tuned for more!

Thank you for reading and let me know if you have any questions or comments!

Look forward to hearing from you!

Kirby Moore

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I’m not entirely sure this is a good thing.. sometimes it might be best to keep it simple. However, I have a lot of training under my belt. I am very fortunate to be a part of several healing lineages – Tibetan Buddhist, Craniosacral Therapy, Polyvagal (Vagus nerve work), Chinese Medicine through Asian Bodywork, etc. And the relatively new (to me) modality Somatic Experiencing that I have been studying off and on since 2012 often works best when incorporating other systems. All reasons that I am able to offer quite the dynamic session if it seems appropriate (or if the client comes in with a complicated issue and says, “I don’t know what you should do for me,” then I muscle test and might include two or three modalities).

With that said, things have gotten quite dynamic over the past three or four weeks…

A client, who had been seeing me for a while (gave permission to share a little about their session), wanted to take a break from working together. This is normal as people often feel better after they do a series of three, five, seven or even 10 sessions. Considering this would be the 12th time seeing them, I was really glad they dedicated that much time to doing their inner work.

However, they surprised me by saying they wanted to meditate together for their final session! I was getting a culmination / completion type review ready regarding recapping some of the work we did together – A “where have you been over the past 6 months?” kind of thing. And meditation sounded great too!

So we sat for 40+ minutes together. I don’t have any special qualities, let’s just start by saying that! Because it is true. However, I am connected to some incredible teachers, yogis and Tibetan Lamas who do have special qualities, and to the Drikung Kagyu lineage of Buddhism which has amazing healing qualities. So I was happy to provide a tiny bit of a spiritual container for this client (I have been meditating since 2002, and meditating efficaciously since 2006, for them it was more like five or six years).

When I meditate with people, my resonance (from doing bodywork – I can sense in my body what clients are experiencing in their body) sometimes comes through. And it did with this client as well. So after the meditation I was able to check in and make a couple of recommendations to them. (Not to say too much!)

Next, I have been seeing a client long distance for bodywork / Somatic Experiencing type work. That is pretty amazing – they are very receptive to this potent combination of modalities. I have worked with several clients in this manner over the past several years, and I have done dozens of long distant and even international Astrology Interpretations. So it is fitting that things are starting to branch out more in this direction.

Then recently, I did an astrology interpretation in person where I combined a Conflict Resolution technique with astrology. It was amazing – first time I had ever done that (on paper). Keeping everything confidential of course, I will just mention the method I would use if I did this again.

There is a conflict resolution technique which I learned from teachers at Eastern Mennonite University – where they have an excellent conflict resolution program! Then I filled in the categories with planets instead of other issues.

When someone comes to you with a really full plate – like they are overwhelmed and they mention four or more significant issues they are chewing on, this technique can be very beneficial to help them sort everything out. If someone has six or seven significant issues going on simultaneously, they literally cannot keep track of everything – rather they are probably in a space where they are bouncing like a pinball from issue to issue – only able to react in the moment. This method can work wonders with them – it is literally medicine to help them organize their thoughts and their heart around these various issues.

Not to give too much away (you can come and see me for a session to do this type of work – and I could even do it long distance with you!)… but let’s just say we write down the issues – which in this case are the planets. Then we write down what the issues (whether people or “who, what, when, or where” things) need. Next we look at what is it that you truly need? We take time to flesh that out – to truly get to the core of your needs. Then is there any common ground between their needs and yours? Maybe maybe not… And finally, is there a win / win solution that we can come to or a way out at least?

Doing this with planets is really interesting! It is as if the planets have this subconscious energy that is pulling at us – until we make it conscious and then start to have a choice with what we do with it. That subconscious pull would be the second category – the planets are the “issues” in this case, the subconscious influences are the “issue’s” needs. Then we look at the clients conscious needs in these areas. (Category 3) Then is there any common ground between the un / subconscious influences and the conscious needs? And finally, what is the way forward? Is there a win / win where we can use the planet’s influence constructively?

Awesome stuff! I am loving what I am doing. Let me know if you are interested in having your chart done – whether the traditional chatting about the charts method or another more dynamic / unconventional method!

You can visit https://www.mkirbymoore.com/store.html to purchase an astrology interpretation or bodywork.

Thank you for reading!

KM

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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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Hello Dear Readers,

This spring has been a bit of an astrological headache for me. Some days I have been disheartened to be certain. As a matter of fact, there was one day in early May that every transiting planet was making a hard aspect to my Natal Chart (thank goodness for my spiritual practice – the only adverse effect I experienced besides a lot of extra irritability was dealing with a traffic violation). These “difficult” aspects or one might say, learning experiences, include Saturn squaring my Natal Pluto / Moon, Jupiter square my Natal Sun conjunct Neptune and more… Ugh!

And now the Transiting personal planets are beginning to enter my 12th house meaning it is a time of more incubation, inside time and continuing to allow the hatching of more presence, awareness and stability. But assuredly not a time of pushing outwardly to get more clients! (Tr. Mars is currently in my 12th, with the Moon entering it temporarily for its monthly 3 day journey, then Mercury enters soon, followed by the Sun and Venus is not too far behind! Should be quite an interesting two months…)

By the way, please make a contribution to my blogging efforts if you haven’t already! Thank you for supporting my spiritual practice / blogging efforts! If you make a contribution, feel free to pass me along a list of names – I will say healing mantras and pray for you and your loved ones each month. (I do this most days anyway, but having a specific name always helps!)

Needless to say, I am anxious to get my business (bodywork, healing facilitation) off the ground. So far, it has been growing in fits and starts, but since March, I am not getting many new clients (that is the trouble with being a good healing facilitator – we turn over clients every 2-3 months as they start to get better! I jest of course about this being trouble.) I returned from the amazing Taoist Massage School over a year ago which you may want to go back and read the posts for – it was a magical experience! I was there from late Jan – late April 2018. And I was all juiced up from doing Qigong and other forms of Chi cultivation for four to five hours / day… yes you read that correctly! So of course I pushed hard for new clients and was all geared up for learning new massage techniques.

It is funny though how when Saturn comes along and makes a hard aspect to Pluto, or in my case to both Pluto and the Moon, we can suddenly start to second guess ourselves as obstacles begin to show up that weren’t there before. In my case, these are mostly inner obstacles. I am not 100% certain what to focus on in my practice (I only offer about 10 modalities…) I don’t know if / when / what I should teach – I do want to teach soon, but just not sure what. Many questions and few answers right now. I am struggling to rest patiently and confidently in “I-don’t-know” mind.

Which is why I sat earlier and wrote out a new intention for my meditation. I want to clear my mind, settle my nervous system and purify karmic obscurations AND asked, “Where should I put my energy?” and “How can I best be of service to sentient beings and rest in ease-full abundance?”

I was surprised (not that I should be by this point) to get an answer in the form of a vision pretty quick. I saw the space around my clients and around my appointments being vacant, almost void like. And I was swiftly reminded of one of my aspirations for 2019 – that is to Fill My Container and to quickly Patch Any Leaks in it. So that is my next mission…

More practice, more inner orientation (at least for another 5-6 weeks) and more weeding out thoughts / conduct that take me out of having an open loving heart. It is a lifelong process – especially for those of us with deeply ingrained habits and patterns of dissociative behavior (in my case, it took the form of computer games and reading / writing fantasy stories). Slowly leaning into support, learning more about the nervous system, resting down, slowing down, spending more time in nature, eating well, etc. Doing the inner weeding is worth it though!

Most years I typically dread the summer time. And I am a Leo Rising who loves the sun and swimming and going to the beach, etc! I believe this sense of dread has to do with the annual parade of personal planets through my 12th house (which always starts around late June if not sooner – at least for Sun, Mercury and Venus). As I increase my inner stability, increase inner light and repair / release more and more shadow material, then this time will only get easier. Thank goodness that change is guaranteed! 🙂

Thank you for reading!

KM

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Hello Dear Readers!

I have recently been doing more astrology interpretations – of a number of sorts: some Pre- and Perinatal focused astrology, some Timing and a few Natal Astrology sessions. All falling under the Spiritual Astrology umbrella (psychological, karmic, birth psychology, Western, Eastern philosophy ingredients).

And I just wanted to mention that I am considering putting together some astrology classes. I would probably teach online via Zoom – as they have a nice recording device imbedded in their system! Then I could put the classes on my site or on DropBox and have people access them when they pay.

Leave a comment if you might be interested!

Thank you for reading!

KM

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Yesterday, as I drove home from a Dharma teaching in the Tidewater region (about 2.5 hours away from home), I had the good fortune to be questioned by a friend and Tibetan scholar about how does relationship astrology work? He grew up as a monk but gave up his robes and vows around the age of 23.

This is going to be a post in progress. So if you come back, you can read more over the next few days. 🙂

First off, what is relationship astrology? What in particular do you look at in the astrology chart?

Relationship astrology in general refers to looking at two people’s charts and comparing them, using the synastry between them and sometimes even creating a new chart of the relationship called the Composite Chart. With that said, first we will look at how we can see someone’s relationship needs from their own Natal Chart – their birth horoscope.

All of the planets, signs and houses in the astrology chart can play a role in relationship astrology, however Venus and Mars would be the best place to look first. Venus represents what we want (what do we desire?) in the simplest explanation, and Mars represents how we go about getting what we want.

This sounds very straight forward right? Well, astrology is a very complex topic. So it isn’t that simple. For instance, Venus’ sign can tell you a bit about how the person will like to love and be loved. It will tell you about their sensuality level, their passion or lack thereof, what kind of aesthetics they prefer, are they more romantic, do they like to take their time, how do they like to be wined and dined, etc. But here is the catch – so will the house position of Venus, so will the aspects to Venus, so will planets in the 2nd and 7th houses of the birth chart… Are you getting how intricate and interconnected astrology (in general and relationship astrology in particular) can be?

Likewise, Mars’ sign will tell you how assertive someone will be, how competitive, how driven, how direct, how aggressive, how passionate, how sensual, how romantic, how sexually driven, etc. And likewise so will the house placement, the aspects to Mars and planets in the 1st or 8th house.

Either of these planets aspecting Uranus, Neptune or Pluto will tack on an entire new level of dynamic twists and turns to either Mars or Venus. People have written entire books about each of these planets alone.. so I won’t go too deep here. Saturn or Jupiter in aspect to either relational planet will have different unique effects and persuasions.

Relationship astrology – why do some people yearn for a relationship really hard but never get one?

First of all, we are social creatures, so pretty much all people need social contact. Ideally we like to touch and be touched (consensual, comfortable, loving, appropriate touch), we want to be seen and heard and appreciated. But how much touching do we enjoy? Are we a Type A personality – driven, muscling through, a “no pain, no gain” type? Or are we more laid back? Are we more sensitive? And does that affect our romantic needs? (It often does!)

The first place to look is at the Natal Venus. The sign and house placement will tell you A LOT about the individual’s needs in relationships – and possibly if they even want one at all. By the way, it is rare for someone to be totally averse to any type of romantic relationship (see the last question below). Even if someone has less sexual hunger, we still get lonely and benefit from human contact!

Venus in the 2nd house will be different from Venus in the 5th and very different from the 12th house! So house position is quite important. The sign plays a major role, and alas, so do aspects to Venus.

The astrology chart is a reflection of our gross karma. So if someone has abused their power in relationships in the past (lives), then it is possible they will have poor relationship karma. But keep in mind that karma is not permanent – it can be transformed. If you have a spiritual practice, it can be transformed even faster. Negative karma can be worked off as it were.

Also we need to put the causes and conditions into place. If we are abrasive and angry, then we need to work on ourselves before we could possibly attract a harmonious relationship! And the conditions involve meeting people. There might be a great partner out there for us, but if we are too scared to go out, or to try GreenSingles or MeetMindful or other legit dating sites, then we might successfully avoid them for a while.

But the key is to work on yourself first. I told my mother back when I was 20 that I was going to work on improving myself so that down the road I could attract a good partner. That is how you can be prepared. If we don’t work on ourselves, then the “universe” (or really our inner need reflected in an outer person) will send someone who really triggers us around our blind spots.

To answer this question… be wary when you see the word “never.” You can be more prepared by working on yourself. Especially work to resource your inner developmental parts – this work is done via Birth Process Work (PPN Work), EMDR, Developmental Needs Meeting Strategy (DNMS), some Somatic Experiencing if the practitioner is really experienced and a few other modalities.

Why do we need to be aware of our developmental needs and unmet needs? Because this is what gets stirred up as soon as we get intimate with someone – we go straight back to our attachment style with our caretakers. This is true when we start having sex with someone and especially when we start living with someone. So do repair work for your little one. 🙂

Then you will have less unconscious stuff to be triggered by! And we will have much more psychic energy to put into creativity and joy!

To be continued in the next post!

Thank you for reading!

KM

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