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Meet Stacy Dicker

Today we’d like to introduce you to Stacy Dicker.

Stacy, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
Throughout my entire life, I’ve always felt a little different than everyone else, in terms of the particular lens through which I view the world. I found astrology at a young age, and was instantly intrigued; my sign, Capricorn, helped to at least describe my serious nature, even if it didn’t tell me what exactly to do about it. Later, in high school, I learned about the world of psychology, where again, I was intrigued. Anything that could help me feel seen or understood held the hope of everything making sense. Like all of us, I needed an empathic and compassionate mirror to help me make sense to myself.

Once I became a psychologist, I was drawn to the depth therapists like Freud and Jung, people who could face the dark unconscious rather than deny its existence to make themselves more comfortable. Like Jung, I found that astrology and psychology went together perfectly. In the nature-nurture equation, our astrological chart describes our nature, and our early environment (especially in the form of our earliest relationships) supplies the nurture. In other words, our particular astrological nature provides an overlay that affects the ways in which we experience everything in our lives and relationships.

In my private practice, I knew all of my clients’ sun signs because I had their birth dates on their intake forms. Eventually, I started looking up the moon sign of certain clients I was having a hard time understanding or empathizing with because the moon sign describes how we operate on our deepest, emotional, nonverbal level. I found that it helped me tremendously to have more compassion for those clients and figure out how to better connect with them.

As I started testing the waters with certain clients who were struggling, teaching them a little about their own astrological make-up and tying it into the deeper psychological work we were already doing, many of them found it to be very helpful as well. It was in this context that on February 7, 2018, I had a dream that Carl Jung was handing me the baton in a relay race. Because he was a huge fan of astrology, I knew what that dream meant: I had to do my part to try to validate and legitimize astrology, to try bring it into more widespread use in my own field, at least. Shortly after the dream, I began to write a book, and this past month (November 2019) Psychstrology was finally published.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Writing a book is never a smooth road, but the thing I was most unprepared for was the level of self-doubt I’d have to confront along the way. My friend Lauren Skye told me that my need was for the growth experience itself; and that the book was just a vehicle for that growth experience. In other words, she explained that I was feeling drawn to become the version of myself that I’d be after the book was complete. That idea blew my mind, and I’ve thought back on that conversation many times because facing down that self-doubt has, without a doubt, changed me into a different version of myself.

As a professional psychologist, I am out on a limb that many of my open-minded colleagues wouldn’t want to publicly join me on, besides all of the people in my field who are highly skeptical of astrology. And personally, while I share intimate parts of myself with those I trust and feel safe with, I’m very private in terms of putting myself out there in a public way and have always been highly social-media-avoidant. Prior to writing my book, I never even had a personal Facebook page or a business website! So putting myself out there in such a public way, as you do when you write a book, was very challenging for me personally in a way I could not have fully anticipated before going through it.

There were certain crucial times along the way where I had to dig really deep and remember exactly why I was doing this in the first place, reflecting upon my Jung dream to give it context. Ultimately, this is about astrology, and for the many people who could benefit from its ancient wisdom and ability to help us see ourselves and others through a more compassionate lens.

We’d love to hear more about your work.
I’ve been seeing clients for twenty years now, and my private practice is located in Cherry Creek. However, I’m in the early process of transitioning out of having a brick and mortar office, and I’ll also be branching out from doing just one-on-one sessions. My hope is to reach more people with this information, including those within my own field, by doing talks, workshops, and retreats. I taught psychology at CU-Boulder for almost ten years, and I enjoy teaching and inspiring others to learn more about themselves.

While I still plan to offer remote one-on-one sessions (transitioning into specifically using psychological astrology, or psychstrology, as a modality), I’m finding myself wanting to connect with more people at a time than individual sessions can allow. I want to teach groups of open-minded people about using psychstrology to understand themselves and their most important others better. Because I’m a clinical psychologist, weaving astrology into my approach sets me apart from most other people in my field. I’m also different from many people who study and teach astrology because I bring my psychological skill, clinical experience, and depth of awareness to the process of understanding the deeper nature of each of the astrological signs (of which we all possess a combination).

Especially during these highly divided times, we really need to understand and heal the darker parts of our own selves, instead of unconsciously lodging them in other people and fighting against them as traits belonging to the “other.” We need to empathize with ourselves and each other so much more than we currently do, and astrology can help us all make more sense out of our struggles.

Another really cool thing about astrology is that when we observe all of the synchronicities it can show us, like when it nails someone’s nature perfectly or when the same signs show up again and again in our lives, it helps us know that we’re connected to something bigger than ourselves and that we’re all connected to each other. That sense is really comforting, especially when we’re struggling, confused, or in pain. We want to know that someone or something, somewhere, is paying attention to everything that is going on, for us individually and as a people.

Is there a characteristic or quality that you feel is essential to success?
My passion for the subject matter is the most essential quality I bring to the mix. I am one of those people who just can’t fake it; if I don’t feel something, I can’t pretend that I do, or at least not well. The flip side is that if I do feel strongly about something, you’ll know that, too!

When I taught psychology classes at CU-Boulder, one of the consistent pieces of positive feedback I heard was that I brought an enthusiasm for the subject matter that my students really appreciated. (I also ended up mentoring many of those students who decided to pursue graduate school and a job in the therapy field.)

The benefit of marrying astrology with psychology is something I deeply believe in and feel passionate about. I find it so incredibly engaging to have conversations about it with people who are open-minded and want to know more, and I think that feeling of being engaged, which I feel inside myself, radiates outward and makes me engaging to others as well.

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