Becca Tarnas

“The stars are like letters which inscribe themselves at every moment in the sky . . . . Everything in the world is full of signs. . . . All events are coordinated. . . . All things depend on each other; as has been said, ‘Everything breathes together.’”
– Plotinus

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Your psyche is mirrored in the movements of the cosmos. This insight can provide a deep sense of meaning that many are longing for in our era of disenchanted materialism. The art of astrology—defined as the archetypal interpretation of the planetary positions in relation to the human psyche and world events—can be a profound tool for exploring the dynamic unfolding of one’s psyche and life path.

About Archetypal Cosmology & Astrology

The archetypal perspective has been a continual presence throughout my life, and I have been working intensively with astrology since 2010. The form of astrology I practice is part of a discipline known as Archetypal Cosmology, and focuses primarily on the geometrical relationships between the planetary bodies of our solar system. I have written several essays on the discipline, and am co-editor of Archai: The Journal of Archetypal Cosmology.

I offer astrological consultations that explore both the natal chart—the position of the planets at the moment of one’s birth—as well as personal transits—the relationships formed between the continuous movements of the planets and the natal chart. To learn more about archetypal astrology, please read the essay Introduction To Archetypal Astrology written by Richard Tarnas.

My Approach to a Reading

My approach is to be in engaged dialogue with the client, learning your story and perspective. I welcome questions and conversation, and create a therapeutic learning environment for the client. I am particularly drawn to work with individuals who are integrating major transformative experiences or are at a new threshold in their lives. I often work with individuals who are integrating holotropic breathwork sessions and other such holistic healing modalities.

Astrology Sessions

If you are interested in having an astrological consultation with me, I offer 90-minute sessions for individuals and couples, as well as 60-minute sessions for returning clients. I offer sliding scale for those who need it (please contact me for rates). I offer readings online via Zoom video conferencing or by phone, and for those living in the Nevada City area of California I offer readings in person. You will receive an audio recording of the session for your later reference.

Rates for Astrological Sessions

90-minute natal chart and transit reading – $225
90-minute current transit reading  (for returning clients) – $185
60-minute current transit update  
(for returning clients) – $150

To schedule an astrological reading please proceed to my session booking page.

Synastry Readings

I also offer synastry readings of the relationship between the charts of two people, with the policy that each of the clients has had an individual astrology reading previously. A synastry reading can provide insight into the dynamics of a relationship, whether between a couple, a parent and child, two friends, or work colleagues.

Astrological Teaching

For those who wish to deepen their relationship with astrology, I offer one-on-one mentoring so that you can learn the theory, techniques, and practices of the astrological discipline. If you are interested in working with me, please contact me and let me know your level of experience and we can create a program tailored to your needs and schedule.

I look forward to working with you!


About Becca Tarnas, PhD

Besides being a counseling astrologer, I am also a scholar, artist, and editor of Archai: The Journal of Archetypal Cosmology. I received my PhD in Philosophy and Religion at the California Institute of Integral Studies, with my dissertation titled The Back of Beyond: The Red Books of C.G. Jung and J.R.R. Tolkien. I received my BA from Mount Holyoke College in Environmental Studies and Theater Arts, and my MA in Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness at CIIS. I currently teach in the Jungian Psychology and Archetypal Studies program at Pacifica Graduate Institute and in the Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness at CIIS. I am also author of the book Journey to the Imaginal Realm: A Reader’s Guide to J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings.

My research interests include depth psychology, literature, philosophy, and the ecological imagination. My main website is where I post my current writings, paintings, and lectures, as well as a calendar of upcoming events.

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