What is Alchemical Astrology?
Alchemical Astrology is an evolving approach to astrology that is experiential. It involves regular participation with what is seen through the naked eye in the sky, as well as through ceremonial practices.
The sole intent of Alchemical Astrology is to help us all live a more conscious and fulfilling life through the deep knowledge and understanding of why we are here. Your birth chart is your Soul’s road map for this lifetime.
In a nutshell, it’s all about looking to the sky, the Cosmos, to understand what’s going on within us. It means having a direct intimate experience with the Universe. It’s about being able to look at the night sky and know what’s going on inside ourselves.
Alchemical Astrology concerns itself with taking astrology back to it’s roots. Imagine you are one of your indigenous ancestors watching the Sun set (you know, back before TV) seeing Venus appear in the evening sky. It’s near the Scorpion constellation, low on the horizon. This signifies late fall as you feel the chill of winter coming in the air. You sense the Scorpio energy around you, demonstrated by the Earth going through Her autumnal cycle of death leading into winter. You worship Venus for the Goddess that she is and know that when She is in the evening sky, it signifies the wisdom expression of the Goddess, the crone. You feel this expression within yourself and honor your own deep feminine wisdom and also that of Mother Earth’s moving into winter. You feel gratitude for your deep connection to the cycles around you and how they teach and show you who you are. You’re excited because you know the winter solstice is soon and you can’t wait to celebrate the darkness that you know brings back the light. Can you imagine the sense of connection you’d feel to yourself, the Earth and the Cosmos? That’s what Alchemical Astrology is all about!
Alchemical Astrology’s roots are from the Shamanic Astrology Mystery School, where I originally trained. The founder of that paradigm, Daniel Giamario was instructed during a vision quest to begin following in the footsteps of astrology’s very creators, the many indigenous peoples, who spent their time outside at night watching, learning and communing with the stars and planets. Anyone can look at a computer program and learn Venus is in Sagittarius, but an Alchemical Astrologer knows where Venus is in the sky and what that means for us. Alchemical Astrology is about developing a personal connection to our solar system. Seeing with the naked eye what’s transpiring “out there” is a true reflection of what’s happening for us “down here”. That intuitive learning direct from the Cosmos, is where the term Alchemical comes in. We commune with the natural world both here on the earth and in the sky, in an effort to understand and learn.
Alchemical Astrology lives by the ancient principle, “as above, so below, as within, so without.” taking that precept literally. We don’t believe Jupiter is doing anything to us. Instead, where Jupiter is in the sky and the sign it’s in reflects what’s happening for all of us. The planets are simply mirrors showing us the energy we are all experiencing right now. Just like your birth chart shows us the energy you were born into, providing important clues to what you came here to do.
Alchemical Astrology sees your birth chart as your Soul’s road map for this lifetime.
Pretty cool, huh? I do Alchemical Astrology readings to help you understand your Soul’s intent for this life. Once you know that, I support you in beginning to work with your purpose consciously in your life. There are no right or wrong, good or bad paths, signs or parts of the chart. There is no judgement. In fact one of Alchemical Astrology’s main goals is to remove judgement from astrology. You won’t hear me say, “Oh… your Moon is in Virgo… bummer. That’s a rough one.” Your birth chart is the map of what you’ve come here to do and learn about in this life. Each and every path is valued equally. There is only respect for your Soul’s journey. It serves a very important purpose for you! The impetus behind Alchemical Astrology is to help you first know your unique purpose and then navigate that as consciously as possible.
Alchemical Astrology is not about predictions, but is instead a way to look at the cycles of life you are experiencing, to understand the lessons you are facing. One could call it the initiation cycles you’re going through. The goal is to provide encouragement and counselling in how you can best navigate those cycles. Some cycles are easy and expansive. Some are challenging and require you to go deep inside to find answers and solutions. They all serve your Soul’s evolution – the ultimate purpose of our lives. How that intent expresses, what cycles you experience, and how you move through them is what is unique and individual to you.
I was able to see where there were areas that, over the years, had gotten suppressed, which explains why I started to feel out of touch with myself and a lack of passion and fulfillment in life. With the knowledge Sheridan shared with me about my own chart I now have a tool that shows me where I can self-correct and what I can work on personally to get me back, so as not to distract me from living my most amazing life.