2020 FAA Conference Speaker Jason Holley

2020 faa astrologyconference speaker jason holley

Jason Holley is an astrologer and psychotherapist in Santa Fe, New Mexico. His focus is long-term psychotherapy focused on the embodiment of soul and ensouling of body. He has taught widely on astrology, psychotherapy and myth, including at UAC, NORWAC, online with Astrology University and in graduate counselling education. He has written for The Mountain Astrologer and online. He currently teaches and mentors therapists integrating astrological insight into psychotherapy.

Jason is also an educator in the US psychotherapy community in the areas of character structure, trauma, addictions, dissociation, sexuality, and LGBTQ+ issues. (AB, Transnational Cultural Studies, Princeton University; MA, Counselling, Southwestern College)


Of Wildness and Chastity: Scorpio Psychodynamics

The Greek story of Scorpius occurs in the context of the tumultuous relationship of Artemis and Orion. This ancient tale, told in many ways and from many vantage points, brings a kind of moonlight into the darkness of Scorpio territory, helping us to understand the psychodynamics of Scorpio placements and transits. Familiar Scorpio themes of passion, intensity, envy, and betrayal take on greater dimensions and complexity. We will consider how Scorpio placements reveal ever-shifting self-states of hunter and hunted, pursuer and evader – and especially how these self-states cycle both within a person and between people in relationship.

Asteroids and the Erotic Imagination: Eros, Cupido and Amor

The three asteroids Eros, Cupido and Amor describe different facets of an archetype seen through the eyes of ancient people situated in different times and places. Eros, the earliest-known, was a powerful and capricious figure, multiply-gendered and polymorphous, first child of Chaos. Cupid and Amor arose later, introducing new twists and turns to how people imagine ourselves as sexual beings. The asteroids and their remarkable stories as well as their evolution over time soulfully illuminate complex sexual journeys that many of us know very personally. They speak meaningfully to experiences of trauma, deprivation and compulsion, but also to pleasure, joy, flirtation and juicy, passionate embodiment.

To Quest and Contest: Conjunctions Re-Imagined Through Myth

Myth brings new life and fresh perspectives to abstract concepts of aspects. In this talk we will re-imagine conjunctions through the lens of Aries and zero degrees in the natural zodiac. We will explore the Quest for the Golden Fleece, the passionate yet competitive relationship of Jason and Medea, and the twists and turns of the story’s plot as ‘mythic action templates’ to illuminate the dynamics between planets in conjunction as they manifest intra-psychically and interpersonally. We will then explore key conjunctions upon us in 2020 and how we might creatively re-dream and re-imagine the myths they are setting in motion.

Post-Conference Workshop

Believing in the Night: Moon, Venus, and Mars in Relationships

Rilke famously wrote, ‘I believe in the night’. The ancients said the same of the planets that modern astrology associates with relationships –the Moon, Venus and Mars – assigning them to the night sect. We feel contact from others most closely – and often alarmingly to our put-together daytime selves – when they connect with us through Lunar needs, Venusian attractions, and Martian passions. In the shifting and often-destabilizing spaces of night and relationship we encounter mystery and depths that cannot be seen in daylight. With aid from ancient myth and modern psychotherapy we will ‘psychologize’ traditional teachings on sect and explore night mysteries found in every chart.