Charting Personal Development with Astrology
Gisele Terry, M.A.
American Federation of Astrologers, Inc
6535 S. Rural Road
Tempe, AZ 85283
In this beautifully crafted book, the author Gisele Terry offers us a unique innovative interdisciplinary approach to understanding our individual growth and development, arising from her skilled synthesis of developmental psychology and the astrology of the progressed moon. Named by the author as ‘the lunar model of development’ this is a superb blending of Gisele’s extensive experience as a psychotherapist with her finely honed, deeply perceptive astrological skills.
Divided into three clear sections, this rich insightful book, initially analyses the link between developmental concepts in astrology and psychological theories of development leading to the ‘lunar model of development’. Skillfully drawing on systems theory, bio-morphic field theory neuroscience and chaos theory as well as Dr. Glen Perry’s lifespan theory, the author presents a new model to assist us in understanding and healing unresolved developmental issues throughout our lifetime.
The key factors to this very useful and depthful model include the following hypothesis: if the signs of the zodiac correspond to developmental stages in psychology, (as outlined by Dr. Perry) and the moon conveys how the sequence and meaning of developmental stages unfold through the signs of the zodiac, it follows that the repetitive cycles of the progressed moon through the zodiac, offer the potential for resolution to unfinished developmental issues presented in earlier cycles. The practical use of this excellent dynamic model is expanded in the second and third section of the book, through a wide variety of examples from the author’s own astrological and therapeutic practice. This clearly illustrates how the progressed moon’s cyclical revisiting each sign of the zodiac, offers the opportunity to heal anything unresolved from the previous cycle with the added bonus of life experience.
This soulful book is immensely accessible to both astrologers and therapists alike, as well as to anyone who is interested in inner self development. The very helpful tables offer a useful summary of the following at a glance: the developmental stages associated with each sign of the zodiac as outlined by Dr.Perry, the Moon by sign as ‘representing the effect of the primary relationship on the expression of emotional needs or conditions for love’, the importance of the opposite sign to the moon and the meanings of the progressed Moon in each sign and its association with developmental themes.
There is no doubt in my mind that as suggested by the author, this book can indeed offer ‘a universal template for human development’ reminding us at our core that our development on all levels, is at all times, co-created through our relationships. As we prepare ourselves as a collective to embrace Neptune’s movement into Pisces, this book reminds us of the importance of understanding and healing our past relationships, so that we can choose to inter-relate in a conscious manner as we move forward holding hands with each other.