The latest issue of The Mountain Astrologer has an article by Brad Kochunas which kind of bothered me. The article is called “In Praise of Melancholy,” so I expected to love it in light of my recent article “The Joy of Sadness.” Kochunas writes:
Our psychological orientation via the humanistic transpersonal perspective is that we should spend our lives enthusiastically committed to seeking personal growth, self-actualization, peak experiences, liberation (i.e., expanded perspective)
so far so good…but here’s where he loses me:
and – with the recent emphasis on positive psychology – happiness. This manic search leaves us with a lopsided vision of the world. I might argue that life is too precious and brief to exhaust it seeking enlightenment.
Kochunas then goes on to ask: “Is it possible that the pervasive presence of depression in our nation arises from the inevitable voices of Saturn and Pluto trying to be heard in a culture bent upon endless growth while denying both decline and demise?” Yes, absolutely? But one can experience deeply the darkness of Saturn and Pluto yet still use those experiences for personal growth and ultimately the ability to walk in and out of the dark realms without getting stuck there.
This portion of the article really annoyed me since this speaks directly to the work that I do in my own practice:
[A]strology has followed [the field of psychology] in its efforts to assist clients to find happiness, success, health, wealth and the reassurance that they are living their lives in a manner that will get them what they want. This narcissistic focus has brought about a loss of soul, a dismissal of Fate and a secularizing perspective to astrology. There is a certain hubris and shame in the idea of […]