Q+A Interview with Eileen McCabe
Eileen McCabe is on the faculty of The Many Faces of Astrology Conference, where she will be presenting a lecture entitled The Journey of Life: Understanding Transits.
Q: How did you get interested in astrology?
A: When I was in my late teens, my mother was reading a Sun Sign astrology book, looked up at me and said with a knowing intensity “this is all really true.” It was a very pivotal moment for me because something was almost transmitted to me from my mother who communicated to me the power and truth of astrology. My mother passed away shortly thereafter but that moment in time left an enormous impression on my consciousness. Many years later, I met Faith McInerney in my early twenties who was to become one of our brilliant New York astrologers. Faith and I were friends when she began to study astrology. I was so impressed with the insights she gained from astrology that I decided to explore the subject myself and began to take classes with Betty Lundsted. Needless to say, it was the beginning of an incredible journey into the spiritual science of astrology. It is always interesting to me that astrology initially came to me through the feminine as it has provided me with so much psychological and spiritual support throughout my life. I am grateful to all of them!
Q: How did you begin your practice? And do you have any advice for the student who wants to begin to practice?
A: After having studied for many years with Joanna Shannon in New York, she in turn gave me the opportunity to become a faculty member of the New York Chapter of NCGR. Looking back on the development of my practice, I can honestly say that teaching was definitely the vehicle through which I was able to establish myself as a practicing astrologer. When you teach, you deepen your understanding of the subject which in turn helps you to become a better astrological practitioner. You automatically become more well-known in your community and that helps to attract potential clients to you. My recommendation to any upcoming astrologer is to teach as much as possible which will enhance your knowledge of your subject and get your name more out into the public.
Q: How do you describe your astrological focus or area of study?
A: This is a very interesting question because I think every astrologer’s approach to astrology says more about their own search for the truth and meaning of their own lives than anything else. For most of us, astrology was part of an overall search for self-insight and for needing a certain kind of cosmological perspective on life itself. At the time that I began to study astrology, I was also in the midst of studying eastern philosophy and psychology. Because I am a trained social worker/therapist, my approach to astrology is one of counseling and helping the client to gain an overall perspective on what is occurring in their life. The beauty of astrology is that the client walks away with knowing that there is a spiritual purpose behind the external realities of their life. My overall focus is the integration of astrology, psychology and metaphysics.
Q: What do you feel is the role of the astrologer for the contemporary client?
A: While we are living in a very complicated world both technologically and otherwise, people are still dealing with the existential questions of their existence which is about love, health, work, family and the purpose of their lives. Culture may shift and change but each person incarnates at a particular time in order to have the experiences that they need for their own evolutionary development. It would be important then for astrologers to be comfortable with themselves so that they can offer the best of who they are to the client. The astrologer has to be confident in what they have to offer people so that they can attract to them the clients who will benefit the most from their work. I think the role of the astrologer for the contemporary client depends on the astrologer’s own personal horoscope and their own philosophical perspective on life. Like-minded others find each other.
Q: What are some of the books that influenced you in your study and practice of astrology? Can you tell us a little about how they were influential?
A: Where do I begin? Since I began to study astrology before the existence of the internet, I read as many books as I could on the subject of astrology. The list is pretty endless but I was especially drawn to Dane Rudyar, Alexander Ruperti, Alan Oken, Liz Green, Stephen Arroyo, Jeff Green and the early esoteric astrologers like Alan Leo. However, the one book that remained at my side for fourteen years whenever I had to read a horoscope was Rob Hand’s Planets in Transit. I used to joke that it was my bible because I couldn’t imagine doing a reading for anyone without using that book as my guide. Not only did I learn about aspects from that book but it taught me the language of astrology. Of course, Liz Green’s book on Saturn remains the ultimate classic on the subject. I am especially grateful to the work of Donna Cunningham who helped me to integrate astrology and psychology.
Q: Can you give us a preview of your presentation?
A: My lecture will be focused on giving people a framework from within which to understand the overall developmental cycles and transits of Saturn, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto. Transits create karma and therefore they are about the evolution of your life and consciousness. The main purpose of transits is to bring the individual closer to the actualization of the inherent potential of the natal horoscope itself. We will discuss how to make an interpretation of a transit taking into consideration the natal placement of that planet in the natal horoscope. We will also discuss the importance of hemisphere emphasis when making an interpretation and how understanding the process of chart synthesis will give you a more comprehensive understanding of the significant transits and cycles that we experience throughout the course of our lives.
Eileen at the Many Faces of Astrology Conference
Eileen is giving a lecture entitled The Journey of Life: Understanding Transits. In describing her lecture, she notes:
"As rites of passage, transits reflect the unfoldment of individual consciousness. An in-depth exploration of the transits and developmental cycles of Saturn, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto, and their impact on the angles and personal planets of the Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus and Mars. We will discuss the archetypal meaning of each planet and how the transit are the timekeepers of the human potential inherent within the natal chart.
Her lecture will take place on Sunday, February 19.
About Eileen McCabe
Eileen is a professional astrologer and a licensed clinical social worker with a private practice in New York City. She has received NCGR-PAA Level IV certificate as a consulting astrologer and has a certificate in psychotherapy from the Institute of Self Psychology. She is a teacher and counselor, and she combines the art of astrology with psychology and metaphysics. She is a faculty member of the NYC Chapter of NCGR.