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About the Center for Humanistic & Transpersonal Astrology

Basic to Humanistic Astrology is that the horoscope shows potential. The ultimate goal after many incarnations may well be to express, within the "limits" of earthly existence, the unlimited divine potential of the soul. That many lives will bring confusion and distortion of this highest potential is only logical. It also means that there are many levels and ways to express one and the same astrological signature. In CHTA's viewpoint it is not important what is, but what could be. And to follow our own unique path and not the path of another. Otherwise you would have been born with the chart of another. But who tells us what our own individual path is? Most people will talk about THEIR ways, THEIR solutions, and not yours. It is quite a tower of Bable here on this planet with all the longings of all those people with all those various pasts to find your own way. Fortunately we also share a lot in common, and thus we recognize ourselves in one another. 

Astrology will never tell you anything new, if it does its job correctly. But you may get words, ideas and clarity about things you knew already on the inside. Maybe all it was, was that it was not on the surface yet. Astrology will in other words confirm your own nature, it will strengthen you to follow your path, in harmony with all those other unique roads that people may walk. Practicing astrology this way is different. It elevates and strengthens. It is quite another matter than knowing whether you are such and such a person, (because, after all, that changes with the minute, depending on the roles we play). Of course astrology will depict how we play those different roles, the roles we play as a parent, as a child, as a friend, or employee/employer, but this is not the emphasis in the astrology of CHTA.

That sort of explains the H in CHTA (Humanistic). The T of CHTA means 'transpersonal'. I use the word transpersonal (of course) in the way Dane Rudhyar used it originally: by understanding that we are instruments, for better or worse, THROUGH which (TRANS) the impersonal, or superpersonal, can manifest. I suspect that the first square made by Neptune in transit to its own position (in as far as you know what this means) is the moment in time where this transformation POTENTIALLY takes place. Before that time we have our own longings, and want to actualize ourselves as a personality, but then, at age 42 or so, when Neptune squares Neptune, everything becomes empty, and we are presented with the challenge (and the potential possibility) to be lived and moved by Spirit rather than actualizing our selves.Not me but God.

CHTA provides an astrology on this basis. This basis is spiritual, and ultimately aims at selfrealization, but at the same time, CHTA's methods are extremely concrete, no nonsense, and clear to quickly and accurately penetrate the workings of a chart in such a way as to be really helpful to both yourself and others that you may read charts for.

CHTA provides personal readings as well as an emailcourse in astrology. Workshops are being organized from time to time too. This site will keep you informed anyway. At this moment in time, the English part of the emailcourse is not entirely finished (to say the least) - the Dutch students are keeping me pretty busy:-), but if you want to start the study of astrology, you are welcome to do so. I will get a move on with the translations as and when the need arises:-)

CHTA's birthchart
An interpretation according to Rudhyar's Astrological Mandala:

In fact, an earlier chart exists than the above one for October 4 1991. This earlier chart was an election, very early in the morning, with Sun in the 12th house. And even though I elected it, I decided to sleep right through the moment anyway (12th house), which may indeed indicate that it has taken some time before CHTA really was "born" in the world:-)) In the spring of 1991 I moved to the place I live now, reading simultaneously Rudhyar's work "From Humanistic to Transpersonal Astrology" which moved me to the core of my astrological being. I think that even to date, with the exception of the Mandala , "Occult Prepations for a New Age" and "Astrological Triptych" I have never extensively read any of Rudhyar's works thoroughly. But Rudhyar's "from humanistic to transpersonal astrology" inspired me at the time of occupying a new place, and so the name CHTA was born. The chart above is the moment that I place a little plaquette with this name on the frontdoor, thus externalizing a proces. This chart shows a Neptune/Node conjunction right at the MC, which is in conformity with my original thought: a spiritual centralisation of energy, at whatever level (also the non-physical and/or telepathic ones) promoting a union between likeminded souls. The Mandala (symbolism of the degrees made by Rudhyar) shows probably somewhat more extensively what manifested potentially at that time - (and note that I do this a slightly different way than Rudhyar describes himself in his Mandala)

The Ascendant: 6.24 Taurus: what is being born here?
"The meeting of the traditional past and of the creative spirit pointing to the future" We are dealing no longer with a collective-cultural effort based on past knowledge, but a 'meeting' that introduces into the collective situation a totally new factor which transcends it. A NEW QUALITY is being revealed which renders the old patterns obsolete.

If I recollect my state of mind in those days, than this symbol tells me that what was being externalized here (CHTA) no longer was an astrology based on the norms and values in the collective of astrology (based on Greek foundations) but that a new factor had emerged, a new state of being of astrology, which renders old patterns obsolete. To be quite honest, I often thought in those days that my astrological viewpoints would pose a threat to the existing status quo (here in the Netherlands), and even today I have not really expressed these core-ideas as yet.

The MC - 14.37 Capricorn: what is the role in the "world" of CHTA?
The MC is conjunct Neptune and the North Node, the symbol for the MC itself is: "The responsibility of society to ensure the welfare and total health of the new generation." "The sociocultural process must look to the future as well as to the past. It has created conditions which may harm the 'children' who will carry forward its work, and it must try to repair these negative conditions through love as well as through physical care. In personal life, the individual should take great care of his fresh intuitions and his dreams of future growth. They are often fragile developments which the pressures of everyday life can easily distort or destroy." Brought over to the fact that we are talking about an astrological school and practice here, this symbol does emphasize the need to safeguard a certain kind of astrology for the future: for those who will practice astrology in the future. It is sure that much damage has been done to astrology, which originally and truly represents a much larger reality than we can suspect in the beginning or on the outside. This calls for good care. (Whether I personally manage to do so is a different matter alltogether, we are talking about potential here, not about fact).

The IC - 14.37 Cancer conjunct the South Node at 15.00 Cancer: what is the source of CHTA?
It is fascinating that this degree is exactly conjunct my natal Uranus (Ouranos, the God of the Skies, as a symbol for astrology itself). It tells me that my astrology certainly is the source of CHTA, which of course is only logical. But it is fascinating to see it depicted so clearly in a chart. The IC traditionally also tells us about the physical space in which we live, and in this connection it is interesting to read the following in the Mandala: "In a sumptuous dining hall guests relax after partaking of a huge banquet.. the need that exists at an early stage of human growth to materialize the concept of fulfillment." And yes it is true that the place CHTA is situated in, is pretty "sumptuous" (it is 450 years old even) , large and rather strange, though it does not directly have an enormous dining hall:-) The South Node, which is in conjunction with my natal Uranus, tells something about one of my great loves in astrology: the Mandala of Rudhyar itself, which I am using to describe these symbols. This degree in the sign of Cancer literally says: "Studying a Mandala with the help of a very ancient book" A deep concern with problems raised by the process of personality integration." In itself studying astrological charts is studying a beautiful Mandala! But it is also true that my astrology is concerned about the integration of the personalty, which by the way of course also means the very real existence of the process of desintegration of the personality..... In various cultures, such as in shamanism, or initationceremonies or spiritual processes in the East, the desintegration of the personality seems to be a necessity before any true integration can take place. Unfortunately, in Western high tech societies, this process leads us only all too often in the direction of mental institutes, because of our collective clumsiness with and even fear of things of the Spirit.(Which is greater in Holland than in the US I would imagine, though the existence of such books as "Spiritual Emergency" in America would point out the same thing). Rudhyar describes it as follows in this degree-symbolism: After a person decides to follow a certain course of action, accepting a new allegiance, the results of this decision at the three basic levels of human experience (actional, emotional-cultural and individual-mental) have to be stabilized and consolidated. This is what is meant by the process of personality integration. In Asia the great symbol of this process is the Mandala (and fortunately, today in the West the great symbol of this is the horoscope, also a Mandala!) In the Christian world we find, in various forms, the symbol of the Cross. The Christian design is often simple and bare. It is the reference to the crucifixion of a God-man that personalizes or emotionalizes it. The Oriental Mandala can take an infinite variety of forms and can encompass a vast multiciplicity of contents. It is psychological and cosmic. The square - the foundation of the Mandala (and of the horoscope, with its Asc/Desc and IC/MC axes) potentially encloses diverse contents. The Cross, on the other hand, represents a conflict in action; it is a symbol of tragic overcoming. The Mandala symbolizes integration of opposing trends and multiple bipolar energies.

The Descendant - 6.24 Scorpio: who are the souls attracted to this kind of astrology?
Deep-sea divers. The will to explore the hidden depths of all experiences and to search for primordial causes. This symbol essentially refers to depth psychology -- a coming to terms with the collective Unconscious and its contents. This type of depth-plumbing adventure is basically different from the one symbolized by materialism. It refers symbolically to a quest for "under-standing". i.e. for what lies under the surface waves of daily living. This quest may lead to great dangers. It demands a strong will and a degree of spiritual strength. It usually challenges powers hidden in the depths of the unconscious. It should lead tot a DEPTH REALIZATION of the very roots of consciousness. In this connection it is interesting to note that also the Sun and Mercury are on a degree in the 6th house to do with the deeper layers of life: Miners are surfacing from a deep coal mine.. The need to carry on at ever deeper levels the quest for knowledge which keeps burning the fires of the collective mind of a society. When a person is confronted by this symbol it could be interpreted as showing the need for an intellectual dedication but also as pointing to the advisability of emerging from it and leading a more natural life." And this could well be the key of my astrology: away from the insecurities, fears and pompousness of the ego, away from the rationalisations of same, without by the way dismissing the powers of intelligence and the ratio itself, but being oneself, purely and naturally, and living in harmony with all that naturally is on this planet, as well as ultimately with the more transpersonal functions, symbolized by other planets. An astrology which is ALIVE and dignifying to the true essence of human nature, beyond the dead academical status quo needs of acceptance outside of oneself, but in harmony with the conscience within instead.

(Source: Astrological Mandala, Dane Rudhyar, Vintage Press, 1974)

Joyce Hoen DF Astrol S: (January 24 1953) received her diplom of the British Faculty of Astrological Studies in 1986. Thereafter she developed a curriculum in medical astrology for an academy of Natural Health in Holland. She has a consulting practice both in Zutphen, the Netherlands, &  in Belgium, and lectured extensively both in Holland and abroad. She is  "vice-president for the Netherlands of ISAR" as the international representatives are called (International Society of Astrological Research). In 1999 she published her book on Medical Astrology and in 2003 her wide acclaimed spiritual astrology book on transit cycles  (both in Dutch though). She teaches astrology by way of email (with approx. 70 emailstudents.

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