©6-18-2014 by Donna Cunningham, MSW
My recent post that came out strongly against predicting violence or suicide stirred up a lively—and productive—discussion in the comment section. (Why Astrologers Cannot and Should Not Predict Violence or Suicide.) You might have a look and something to add.
Serendipity is the law of my life, and it’s at work here. It finally got clear this morning that materials from this series need to be included into the new and expanded edition of my Counseling Principles for Astrology that’s in process now. There’s already a chapter on clients in crisis that has a section on suicide, but it needs some of the material we’ll be covering in this and upcoming posts.
Apparently, some readers took my comments to mean that we shouldn’t address people’s difficult chart placements and transits that are driving them to the brink of drastic actions like violence or suicide. Long-time readers know better. I’m not one of those terminally positive astrologers who look at charts through rose-colored glasses and only talk about the woooooonderful effects of tough transits like the Pluto-Uranus square.
People are hurting now with these astrological conditions and hurting badly, and we need to be prepared to let them talk about their realities. In a coming post, we’ll learn more about suicidal people and the warning signs.
What Can You Do for Desperate Clients?
However, those who come to us in a desperate state need hope for the future. With severely depressed people, I tend not to do long-range forecasting. The client can find it terribly discouraging to be told that the same astrological conditions accounting for this current emotional black hole are going to repeat themselves several times over the next two to three years. Instead, look for where help can come from, in terms of chart aspects such as trines and sextiles both natally and by transit. Read More…