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About Greg Bogart
Greg Bogart, Ph.D, LMFT is a psychotherapist in the San Francisco Bay Area and a lecturer in psychology at Sonoma State University, where he teaches courses on myth, dreams, depth psychology, and the psychology of Yoga. Greg's writings bridge clinical research, dream studies, astrology, meditation, hatha yoga, developmental theory, and Jungian archetypal psychology. His books include In the Company of Sages, Dreamwork and Self-Healing, and Dreamwork in Holistic Psychotherapy of Depression.
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This book explores archetypal symbolism, predictive technique, and counseling process in therapeutic astrology. Combining insights from Jungian depth psychology, developmental theory, alchemy and dream symbolism with the precision of planetary transits, progressions and midpoints, Planets in Therapy is an inspiring approach to the healing art of astrology.
Planets in Therapy clearly and succinctly explains the interpretation of the language and techniques of astrology, the depth psychological, transpersonal and spiritual meaning of planetary symbolism, and its power to heal and transform.
Greg Bogart masterfully guides the reader through the principles of psychological astrology, emphasizing the process of selftransformation, spiritual evolution, and discovering the meaning in every event and every moment. A wide range of examples demonstrate how to apply this knowledge to skillfully help others as a counseling astrologer.
Influenced by Jung’s interest in astrology and dream analysis, Greg Bogart, PhD, presents a potent technique for combining astrology and dreams, where parallels and synchronicities between dream imagery and planetary symbolism amplify the truthful messages both convey, showing clear steps forward for transformation at crucial transitions. He illustrates how vocational astrology, informed by career counseling theory, helps us choose optimal occupational paths and fosters strategic timing and steady accomplishment in the realm of work. Readers also learn about diurnal astrology, which enhances the enjoyment of daily tasks and activities, sharpening our sense of purpose and time management skills.
The book concludes with the spiritual value of astrology, a practice that refines us vibrationally in a manner analogous to music so that over the course of life we can discover and express distinctive tones. Recognition of the potentials shown in the birth chart prepares us for gradual sculpting of the life until it becomes a reflection of our celestial ideal. By unifying astrology with psychotherapy, vocational counseling, and dream interpretation, Astrology’s Higher Octaves expands the celestial art’s range of social influence and teaches us to extend the ray of consciousness in many directions simultaneously.
• Explores how to approach a teacher for initiation and the importance of gauging your inner response and feeling of trust and resonance with the teacher
• Discusses the process of separating from a spiritual teacher and how to negotiate the emotional conflicts that can arise at this stage
• Shares the author's experiences with several remarkable teachers and details lessons learned through testing and confronting doubts and fears
In the search for inner awakening and self-realization, a spiritual mentor can be key to advancement. Yet the process of finding an authentic spiritual teacher who resonates with you can be daunting, especially for anyone who has had a negative experience with a guide. Exploring the emotional nuances of mentoring relationships, Greg Bogart details the path of spiritual apprenticeship: the process of aligning with a teacher, establishing a dynamic spiritual practice, and the later stages of separation and finding the teacher within.
The author explores the importance of gauging your inner response and feeling of trust and resonance with a teacher and your readiness to receive initiation. He explains how the teacher-student relationship affects the student’s state of consciousness over time and how most students eventually need to become independent from their spiritual guides. Describing emotional conflicts that can arise at this stage, he shows how wise teachers accept our need to separate and graduate while immature teachers try to thwart and control us.
Openly sharing his own personal journey, the author illustrates the lasting resonance of his encounters with several provocative spiritual mentors, including Swami Muktananda and Dane Rudhyar. He discusses how some fierce teachers practice "crazy wisdom" to confront our doubts, fears, and fixations and to activate our dormant potentials. Examining practices in Hindu and Tibetan Buddhist Yoga, Sufism, and Jewish and Christian mysticism, he also explores the deeper mystical aspects of the guru-student relationship.
The author shows how, ultimately, initiation leads the spiritual seeker to find the teacher within and how this can naturally lead to teaching others. Describing nine stages of the spiritual seeker’s journey, the author affirms that a direct path to self-liberation is still attainable through initiation and instruction in the company of sages.