Sunday, 21 June 2009

Psychological astrology par excellence - Richard Idemon

When you start your astrological studies with modern astrology textbooks, you feel enchanted at first. Suddenly, all the mysteries of your life seem to become clear and you don't feel alone any more. There is a reason for what is happening to you and that reason is your astrological chart coupled with pretty words like karma, transformation and so on. But after you start to share your knowledge with friends or clients, you realize that you are repeating yourself. Every other chart has a Venus - Pluto or a Moon - Uranus aspect and you get bored with saying the same vague things over and over again. What's more, you realize that other people don't share your enthusiasm with this higher knowledge and can't relate to what you are saying. They want more concrete stuff and there's nothing wrong with that. As a result, you start questioning your astrological knowledge, especially if you are very earthy or have a prominent Saturn in your chart and either you go over to traditional astrology or try to find people who know what they are talking about and are capable of passing it on to you.
One of these people was Richard Idemon. He may not have written any books himself but thanks to Gina Ceaglio and Howard Sasportas, we have some of his seminars published in two books, The Magic Thread and Through the Looking Glass. These books are full of valuable pieces of information, especially Glass which is my favourite, and they are very interesting to read. I think what sets him and Liz Greene apart from other modern astrologers is that they are not so spiritually-oriented and they like to call a spade a spade. In fact, I don't think that they are astrologers per se, but psychologists who also use astrological jargon. Richard Idemon in particular, really gets you involved in what he is saying. You cannot help but admire Liz Greene for how effortlessly she seems to produce her words of wisdom, but with Richard Idemon you get the feeling that he is not pontificating, instead he is right here suffering along with you all the way. He is passionate, funny and he likes to tell stories from his personal and professional life. I highly recommend these two books, even if you are not into psychological astrology that much.
Richard Idemon was HIV-positive and committed suicide in 1987. He was very private about his chart when he was alive, but now that he is dead, his chart is included in the Astro-data bank for everyone to see. So here it is:

At the time of death (22/02/1987), he had a progressed Sun-Saturn conjunction in Aries, progressed Ascendant opposite the progressed Mars-Uranus conjunction in Taurus and transiting Pluto exactly - to the minute - opposite his natal Uranus in the 8th house.

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