Astrology and Internal Family Systems (IFS) Therapy
The very first topic to explore when learning astrology is the twelve signs of the Zodiac. The Zodiac wheel begins with Aries and ends with Pisces, so Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius, Capricorn, Pisces.
These first four signs relate to individual experience. They are the personal signs.
Internal Family Systems Therapy follows the theory that we are all made up of many, many parts of our personality. Some of these parts are wonderful and allow us to be successful and charming in the world. Other parts may be treacherous and feel self-betraying.
You’ve seen her - that radiant individual who glows with vibrant energy. She is clear about who she is, clear about the path the walks, clear about what she has to share with others. People flock to her, eager to receive her wisdom and her attention. This is the person fully aligned with their Sun sign!
There are sides to you that only the people who are closest to you know, like who you are when you are just waking up, who you are when you are writing a letter to your lover or giving your baby a bath. This is the person you are in the intimate and deeply personal moments of your life.
Mercury was the Messenger God - running back and forth between the God realm and the human realm, bringing insights and reporting goings on.
In Astrology, Mercury represents the thinking function. It is how we take in information from the world around us, how we digest and integrate that information and how we communicate it back - educating others of our unique point of view.
In Astrology, the planet Venus symbolizes what we value and the qualities we possess that we hope others will value in us. Mutual value creates lasting love, and as we know, Venus is the Goddess of Love .
Venus rules the sign of Taurus, an Earth sign and also the sign of Libra, an Air sign. In Astrology, the element of Earth symbolizes the physical world - the world of the five senses - and planets in Earth sign have an affinity towards concrete, real-world results of their efforts.
Mars, the red planet, has typically been associate with war. The God Mars was a skilled and sought-after warrior.
In astrology though, Mars stands for our instinctual masculine qualities. Mars signifies the way in which we assert ourselves to attain what we want. It is a part of ourselves that acts upon the world without much thinking or decision making. Mars just acts.