Iris J. , PhD.
Writer, Cultural Theorist & Educator
Evolutionary Astrologer & Astro Coach
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"My astrology reading with Iris has been one of the most healing and inspiring experiences I have had throughout my journey of self-discovery and self-love. Her critically-informed practice of astrology and comprehensive knowledge of the cosmos, the earth, and the self allows for the safest & most sacred space for you to unfold and see your divine blueprint and find peace within the sacred story of your life. I never really thought of astrology as a healing modality before my visits with Iris, but she has totally shifted that reality for me. With her guidance and expertise, I now frequent my chart to look for comfort and clarity and peace of mind throughout the chaos of this human experience. I am so grateful for this magical wise woman!"
Astrology for Healing & Spiritual Growth
Whether you're looking for your 1st or 20th astrology reading, whether you are a total beginner or a seasoned practitioner, I'd love to work with you. My practice integrates over two decades of study, practice & scholarship in integrative healing modalities.
Explore my website to see what types of sessions I offer and how I approach astrology as a modality for deep soul work and healing. In addition to being an astrologer, I'm also a professor and a writer. If you're looking for a deeper dive into some topics, check out my writings or my new Youtube channel, which I'm slowly adding content to.
My goal is to offer astrology as a healing modality to as many people as possible. I always work with an anti-oppressive & trauma informed framework. Healing, despite what pop culture and even psychology teach us, can be and is a beautiful journey of awakening. Astrology helps us open to this beauty.
Pluto enters Aquarius
Well...it is here. Pluto is in Aquarius We mark this day as a shifting of energies within and without. If you haven't done so already, do see where Aquarius is in your chart...maybe Pluto is in the same house as before but now transforming you in new ways. Maybe it's in a new house, in a new quadrant...wherever you have Aquarius tectonic plates are shifting that impact the rest of your chart/psyche in so many curious and complex ways. Rather than 'predicting' what is to come...we can breathe into this energy with awareness and with playful curiosity track what is emerging-shifting-changing-coming up...just notice. Nothing to do with it but notice and appreciate. We have time. You have time. If you are a journaling type of person, it's a great idea to journal with this day, to let yourself fall into the rhythm of writing or drawing or however you journal and just see what wants to emerge. We can return to these journal entries as Pluto crosses over this very point in the transits the arrive over the next 2 years and this offers a text of our lives to learn from, to witness growth and change from. In Aquarius our individuality is important but this is not an individuality controlled by an egoic sense of self. This is Higher Mind individuality...and that is something we must give ourselves over to, again and again. Witnessing inner realms unfolding on the page over time can be a great practice with which to learn to surrender and trust in a higher self guiding you through. ✨ So much energy out there. In here. Crossing boundaries. Transforming ideas. Sending shockwaves through our nervous systems. It's not something to 'believe' in. It's something to feel from the inside out as we awaken to dimensions of wisdoms we did not even know we had the ability to access. I keep hearing a line from the Matrix...a movie I've watched too many times...a movie aligned with Aquarian themes..."It's a very exciting time." Indeed. It is. May we humans transcend the greed & fear that separates us and begin to act with purpose of a higher love. Blessings on the Journey.
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Saturn in Pisces
Saturn is in Pisces now. I woke from a dream of swimming in the ocean with sea turtles and other ancient creatures to step down off of my bed and see that my young cat stole a treasured eagle feather from an altar shelf in the night and tore it to pieces. She left it as a gift for me, an offering for this day in the new era that we find ourselves. Saturn is the boundary between what is known and unknown. Pisces is the vastness of all that is. We enter a 3-year journey in which new boundaries will be set, new divisions between the known and the unknown. What was once unknowable to the human psyche, Saturn will make it real. This will change us all. The wise elder that is Saturn, she knows what we are ready to be initiated into. Such journeys of initiation are not always gentle. They reprogram the psyche. Surely many will choose to resit the shift. Surely all of us will at one point need release into the habits or substances that relieve the grief that comes with the soul's realignment. Saturn in Pisces stirs up grief. But grief is nothing other than a language of Love that society has not taught us how to speak very well. Thankfully, this language is a native tongue of Pisces. We will have the opportunity to weave ourselves through new dimensions of healing that we need not fear. I picture my eagle feather torn to shreds. And the little yellow eyes staring at me, proud of her efforts. I can only laugh. Meaning is always re-emerging, in every moment and we are so lucky that we get to choose to look and understand anew. Choosing not to project that past, good or bad, onto the present, we can accept every experience as a gift. And, Pisces is ultimately, a state of total forgiveness. For those willing, Saturn will teach us how to forgive, perhaps over and over again. This act will reset the boundaries of what is known & unknown. I have been on a journey of forgiveness for, in one way or another, most of my life. Such is the path of survivors of intimate childhood violence. I am so excited for where Saturn is taking me and all of us. May we all wake, again & again, to the beauty of this journey over the next 3 years. Blessings.
Mars Square Chiron, Eclipse Portals
The Mars~Chiron square is exact today, Mars in Cancer directing us, sometimes against our mind's desires & will, to turn inward toward a gentling cocoon of self care & nurture, as Chiron in Aries' fires burns away layers of a deep wounding, revealing potentially a wisdom of self knowledge blooming within. Maybe this wisdom speaks words to your psyche-body or maybe it communicates in feelings and sensations. Maybe it is a bursting of colour or maybe it is a muted shimmer across the void. It does not matter what matters is that we take some time and nestle into our Cancer cocoons today rejoicing, grieving, loving...shifting through one state and then another...however we are called. We are about a week away from our Scorpio eclipse. This eclipse portal is a simultaneous shedding away of layers in the Scorpio waters of your psyche (and if you have anything close to 15 degrees of Aquarius or Leo, those realms too) and healing and empowering embodiments in the Taurus fields of your life. It may not feel gentle. But gentle truths can abound. And as Mars squares Chiron, leading up to this eclipse, while Vesta still conjuncts the North Node & Sun imagine for a moment that nothing happens by chance that even the difficult lessons perhaps especially the difficult lessons were fires and waters, landslides and windstorms shaping the soul's will & desires to fit just so in this moment of time when blooming desire deep within, perhaps so deep it has never been glimpsed by conscious thought, but felt in those moments we all know, moments that are pockets of sanctuaries and refugee from the normalized distortions of mainstream living that blooming is happening on some level right now. Listen in and see what is says to you. Perhaps it is a quiet promise or a curious hopefulness, a lingering memory or a dream bursting forth just listen and remember you've got this. Blessings on the Journey.