Urania, Muse of Astronomy
L'astronomia popolare, N.C. Flammarion, 1885
Can astrology point us to living a meaningful life?In a universe that is teaming with life, intelligence, consciousness, and intrinsic order, the configurations of the celestial bodies at the moment of birth reflect a pattern of cosmic thought that initiates the span of a human life and points the direction towards which that life is headed. The end result is implicit in the beginning moment, as the oak tree is to the acorn. To the extent that we recognize and live out this innate purpose as an expression of our authentic self, despite the mixture of happiness and suffering that characterizes what it entails to be human, we acknowledge and fulfill the reason for our existence. Astrology provides a map that guides us towards our unique destination and gives the timing for each stage in our life journey.
Demetra's Reading Style
Demetra has been giving astrological consultations for forty years and has read many thousands of birth charts. She gives a unique perspective that combines an array of mythic archetypes, depth psychology aimed towards inner healing, and ancient techniques that give specific timing and practical suggestions for cultivating the potentials indicated in the natal chart. At the beginning of each session she will ask you about your concerns, and incorporate this material into the discussion of your life as a whole. You are able to participate as much or as little as you want according to your inclination, and there is the opportunity for your comments, reflection, and questions.
A chart is like a seed that gives the genetic code for a the growth of certain kind of life form. Our authentic self is the maturation of that seed. The range of our human choice is ideally how to become the best and finest expression of the life that our chart is constructed to support. In consultation, Demetra works with the assumption that the role of the astrological counselor is to help the client bring that inner vision of true authenticity into focus.
After studying philosophy and mathematics in her undergraduate years, Demetra began her astrological career in the 1970’s influenced by the esoteric teachings of the Rosicrucian Fellowship and the humanistic person centered approach articulated by Dane Rudhyar. During the 1980’s, stimulated by the work of Eleanor Bach, Liz Greene and Tony Joseph, she specialized in the exploration of the mythic archetypes standing behind the meanings of the planets, asteroids, and stars, and she also brought the feminine goddess dimension into contemporary astrological practice. During that decade she encountered Tibetan Buddhism which continues to provide the spiritual foundation for her readings. Demetra returned to university in the late 1990’s and earned a Masters degree in Classics, learning to read ancient Greek and Latin. Those studies led to the next phase of her work, translating the ancient Hellenistic astrological texts, assembling a college course in the history of ancient and medieval astrology, and teaching the traditional techniques used by astrologers such as Hermes, Valens, Ptolemy, and Porphyry almost 2000 years before the modern period.