Astrology in England: What follows are excerpts from Sue Lewis’s book, Astrological Psychology, western Esotericism, and the Transpersonal, Chapter 1. The Genesis of Huber Astrology, section 1.6 pps- 39-51 How does Astrological Psychology (Huber) differ from Psychological Astrology (Liz Greene’s school).
“In 1978-1979 the Centre for Transpersonal Psychology (CPT) founded in 1973 by Ian Gordon-Brown and Barbara Somers was joined by Liz Greene to form the Centre for Transpersonal Astrology (CTA). Participants were introduced to the psychological models of Jung and Assagioli. Jung’s 4 functions (Intuition, Sensation, Thinking and Feeling) were linked with sign elements Fire, Earth, Air and Water respectively by Greene as a way to build on interpretation. For her sub-personalities are more related to planets, signs and houses and she sees the planets in a mythological light like Jung’s Trickster (Mercury) or Chiron (from myth, the Wounded Healer).
In the Huber method (the Association for Psychological Astrology- APA), emphasis is given 1st to the “triplicities – cardinal , mutable and fixed which combine to form an image of the psyche represented by an aspect structure indicative of coherence, inner motivation and evolving sub-personalities. Huber draws on Jung’s 4 functions of consciousness, linking the elements (fire, earth, air and water) not only to signs and houses, as does Greene, but specifically with its 4 sensory planets. In this respect giving a different slant to interpretation: Mars represents fire as “spontaneous fusion”; Jupiter as earth is the summation of the senses, understanding the nature of reality; Airy Mercury expresses the argumentative ideas person; and Watery Venus the aesthetic individual seeking ideal form.
Jupiter plays an important role in the Huber method but because of the “magnetic aura that surrounds every living creature” and rules the 4 divisions in the triplicities of fire, earth, air and water; Jupiter is also given the capacity to fulfill ‘practically achievable ideals’ (Arroyo). Given the emphasis to planetary seeds, forming sub-personalities to support survival and motivation and learning through experience , to build confidence and banish fear; it is not surprising that Jupiter should play such a major role in the Huber method, whose main objective is synthesis, renewal and regeneration.
Astrological Psychology also related the elements to the 4 quadrants of the horoscope starting with fire as impulse in the lower left hand corner of the unconscious hemisphere (houses 1-3); followed by earth as instinct in the lower right hand corner (houses 4-6); ;and as air which is thinking in the upper rights hand corner of the conscious hemisphere (houses 7-9); and water being in the upper left hand corner representing self awareness and self realization (house 10-12).
The movement of the Age Point (AP) which starts at birth and moves around one revolution of the cycle of the horoscope through all 12 houses in 72 years; moves through each quadrant, taking 18 years in one quadrant (at age 18 it is ready to move to the 4th house, etc.) and interacts with planetary positions in an individual chart and creates opportunities for growth in (physical, emotional, mental and spiritual) development.
Huber does not invoke mythological Gods but connects Mercury, Jupiter and Saturn with intelligent functions- Saturn= memory; Mercury= information gathering, language and correlations; Jupiter= sense perception, vision and comprehension. Too much emphasis on Mercury facilitates information transfer lacking depth of thought and the mind needs a well-developed Jupiter to make wise choices. Saturn is an ego planet concerned with defense and security and an overactive Saturn can hold back progress by keeping one hostage to past memories. Sun and Moon interact with these intelligent functions. Sun expressing vitality and self awareness. Moon our emotional nature. Uranus adds creative intelligence. Neptune adds intuitive imagination. Pluto adds intelligent will. Aspects between planets form motivational patterns, expressing how we think.
Both Huber and Liz Greene’s astrology draw on Neo-Platonist Astrology, the Theosophical Astrology of Alan Leo, and Humanistic Astrology of Rudhyar. Greene’s astrology interacts primarily with Jung’s psychology while Huber blends with Psychosynthesis with additions from Bailey’s esoteric astrology and Jungian models.”