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Psychodynamic X: Sublimation                                                             Sep/2019

Freud lamented that Homo sapiens’ capacity for “sublimation” is low… thus, his gloomy “The Future of an Illusion”. This view, however, is yet to be validated. It may be that, if enough “repression”, “compensation”, “dissociation”, “idealization”, “regression”, “illusion”, “ambiversion”, “projection” & “identification” is resolved, “sublimation” could turn out to be a piece of cake. Let the ‘gestationals’ eat bread?

Psychodynamic IX: Identification                                                        Aug/2019

Freud tells us that “identification” is a psychodynamic that occurs prior to an “objectification” e.g. ‘normally’, the breastfeeding male “identifies” with his mother and, then, in his “Oedipus phase”, he “dis-identifies”  from her, “takes mother as his object” and “identifies” with his father. The Freudastrologer would also be keen to know the degree to which these “identifications” are “progressive” or “regressive”.

Psychodynamic VIII: Projection                                                            Jul/2019

Because “projection” – the disposal of one’s own unrecognized psychological traits onto external “screens” – is revealed most of all through its emotional charge, this psychodynamic is harder to spot in individuals & their governments who suffer from dissociation. The most immediate disposal location is the soma i.e. “conversion hysteria” ‘culminates’ in the 6th house, but it can be ‘sourced’ to the left hemisphere.

Psychodynamic VII: Ambiversion                                                        Jun/2019

The terms “extraversion” and “introversion” were introduced by C.G. Jung, 7 years after his split from Freud… to help explain why Jung-the-introvert split from Freud-the-extrovert. Jung’s explanation was ’rounded out’ when, 30 years on, Erich Neumann discussed “centroversion”. Until one understands Neumann’s term from a ‘supraverted’ point of view, there is little point trying to explain “ambiversion”.

Psychodynamic VI: Illusion                                                                  May/2019

Freud accepted that fantasy is a key component of creativity. This means that religion can contribute to psychological development. Freud could have claimed that the “Future of any (Religious) Illusion” depends on the degree to which it lends itself to creative expression (not the usual rigid, destructive expression) and, in doing so, it is able to ‘ground’ its adherents in the manner of a successful “sublimating” artist.

Psychodynamic V: Regression                                                       Apr/2019

If there is any psychodynamic that challenges repression’s cornerstone status, it is “regression”. This is especially the case in FA because planetary retrogradation & the precession of equinoxes points to the regressive potentials inherent in both the biosphere (e.g. “ontogeny” doesn’t always recapitulate “phylogeny”) and the human psyche. 4th quadrant planets can be both (i) foci of “fixation” and (ii) “attractors”.

Psychodynamic IV: Idealization   Mar/2019

‘Feeling’ information availed via an experience of unpleasant emotion is often more valuable – it tends to serve Freud’s “reality principle” – than information that is availed via an experience of pleasant emotion. This tells us that the “repression” of unpleasant emotion that, in turn, unhinges pleasant emotion (=“idealization”) is a ‘semi-dissociation’. When emotional development stalls, fertile ground is laid for…

Psychodynamic III: Dissociation     Feb/2019

Freud was no populist… although the greater majority is resistant to the idea of resistance, Freud stuck by the bald facts of (i) the typical ebb and flow of emotion through an episode of resistance & (ii) post-hypnotic suggestion (not only by others but also by the self) and, so, he could disregard majority opinion. The problem for those who “dissociate”, however, is that there is no typical ebb and flow of emotion.

Psychodynamic II: Compensation     Jan/2019

The further ‘down’ into the unconscious one looks, the slower time ‘passes’. Because repressed memories are ‘deeper’ than rememberable memories, they do not fade and, as Freud discovered, they can even become stronger. Meanwhile, back at the ranch of consciousness, both individuals & their governments wish to solve their ‘deeper’ problems too quickly and, as a result, they resort to “compensation” and…

Psychodynamic I: Repression            Dec/2018

“Repression” is the “cornerstone” of Freud’s psychology i.e. “the pathogenic process which is demonstrated by the (client’s) resistance”. For Freud, the resistance points to the analysand’s (client’s) unrememberable memories of infancy. For FA (& Plato), the resistance points to the analysand’s (client’s) unrememberable memories of infancy & gestation i.e. the client’s resistance points to his/her ‘left hemisphere’.

Introduction: Psychodynamics         Nov/2018

At the age of 40 – when Saturn was transiting his Scorpio ascendant – Freud realized that he would have to go his own way. Not only did he depart from Breuer’s theory of “hypnoid states”, he would even have to depart from his own ambition to “reduce” psychology to neurology. Having natal Sun in matter-minded Taurus, this was never going to be easy. It took a further 20yrs for Freud to declare…


Conclusion: Freud’s Missing Psychodynamics                                     Oct/2019

Like all scientists, Freud was ever keen to “reduce” phenomena to a small set of “laws”. Although many scientists will describe this process as “integration”, there is also a “teleological”, expansive version of “integration” that an ancient might call the “quintessence”. To what extent can we call the “integration” of “reduction” and “teleology”, the ‘nonessence’? Is ‘collectivation’ a “noumenon” or “phenomenon”?

Bibliography                                                                                            Nov/2019

Longstanding readers of FA are aware that we have no ambition to cite our references in a point-by-point scholarly manner, even if we have cited a number of “recommended reads” in our ‘bascis’ & ‘context’ pages. With some readers wanting a more accessible bibliography, the time has come – Jupiter transiting our angle of “the partner” (our Sagittarian descendant) – to acknowledge our literary partners.

Introduction: Astro-diary                                                                      Dec/2019

(Freud)-astrologers are ‘interaction-ologists’. For example, we could describe the transit of Jupiter through Capricorn – beginning on 2/12/19 – as an ‘interaction’ of the 9th & 10th archetypes (i.e. a ‘9-10 interaction’). This description also applies to the Jupiter-Saturn conjunction – on the 22/12/20 – although, noting that this occurs in Aquarius, it is perhaps more accurate to call this a ‘9-10-(1)-11 complex’.

Astro-diary I: ‘8-10’                                                                                 Jan/2020

Because of its ‘double up’ of the 10th archetype, the Pluto-Saturn conjunction in Capricorn (‘8-10-1-10’) that builds through the Xmas-to-new-year period of 2020 (peaking on 12/1/20) is likely to highlight the character of all ‘8-10 interactions’ (e.g. 2001’s Saturn opposite Pluto; Saturn in Scorpio). Given Pluto’s link to regeneration and Saturn’s link to fear, it is prudent to consider the meaning of ‘8-10’ beforehand.

Astro-diary II: ’12-12′                                                                             Feb/2020

On 20/2/20, for the first time in some centuries, all ‘planets’ (i.e. including the Sun/Moon) will be transiting the Capricorn-to-Taurus arc of the zodiac. The Moon-Jupiter conjunction in Capricorn will ‘pick up’ Neptune in Pisces by “sextile”. This “complex” is likely to highlight the character of the ’12-12 interaction’ (e.g. Neptune in Pisces; Pisces on the 12th house cusp) and, in turn, what FA calls ‘gestationalism’.

Astro-diary III: ‘8-9’                                                                              Mar/2020

On the 5/4/20, Jupiter forms the “aspect” with Pluto that, three months prior, Saturn had formed i.e. a conjunction in Capricorn (as per ‘Jan/2020’ above). Given that a prior consideration of the meaning of Saturn-in-aspect-to-Pluto is a good idea, it is a pity that this transit peaks almost three months after ‘8-10’ rather than three months before. Still, we can recall Jupiter’s recent transit through Scorpio in 2018.

Astro-diary IV: ‘5-11’                                                                              Apr/2020

On 26/4/20, the central Sun (Sun-Earth axis, actually) ‘transits’ to its year-in-year-out conjunction with eccentric Uranus that, for the next 7 years or so, is rolling through Taurus. The Sun’s transit will shed some springtime light on the interaction of earthy Taurus & airy Uranus. Autumntime Solar light availed on 31/10/2020 (Sun opposing Uranus) assists the preview of 2021’s earthy Saturn-square-airy Uranus.