Philippa Soul Counsel

My Soul Counsel work offers a different style of consultation from my astrological work. These sessions offer the client a more direct form of spiritual support, or 'counsel,' than is possible in the quite mental context of an astrological session, where a lot of detailed information is usually provided. Soul counsel is intended to help the client to distinguish more clearly between the superficial desires of the ego or outer personality and the deeper wishes of the soul. In this context, I will also encourage the client to reflect on the personal implications of our unfolding climate and ecological emergency.
 

Whereas astrological work often deals, inevitably, with the immediate practicalities of life, a soul counsel session aims to address the deeper underlying challenges that the client is working with in their present incarnation. The session may focus on deep-seated emotional states such as fear or sorrow; on feelings arising from health challenges, bereavements or separations, or from unresolved family or ancestral issues; or possibly we may examine feelings of inner struggle or obstruction whose precise cause is obscure to the client, but which appear to have a strong influence on their life. In a typical session I will usually refer you to some of the key spiritual principles that have guided true spiritual seekers since time immemorial, such as the huge importance of cultivating stillness and maintaining a regular spiritual practice in order to connect with the quiet inner wisdom of the soul. 

These sessions are also intended to help you discover your true path of dharma or right action. Of course, finding your true soul intention at this time cannot be separated from the wider planetary drama that is now beginning to impact us all: this is the rapidly unfolding climate emergency of man-made global heating and attendant environmental degradation. And these sessions will also provide a supportive context in which to discuss any feelings of grief, anger or fear arising from this situation. In keeping with the principle of satya or truthfulness, we will also explore how you can cultivate a fearless awareness at this time, in order to stay alert to the unfolding changes on our beloved planetary home. And we will discuss what steps you may decide to take in order to live upon this beautiful blue planet as simply and respectfully as possible. 

A very helpful background to the soul counsel work is provided by the Indian astrological chart, which shows our specific karmic challenges as well as opportunities, and I will consult each client's charts before starting a session. Because of the in-depth knowledge their birth chart provides, I prefer to do this work with clients whose astrology I have already studied. Recently, however, I have decided to do this work with new clients who need soul counsel urgently. Yet the goal in these sessions is to try to communicate at a soul level rather than to provide a lot of information - to give guidance that is from and for the soul rather than immediately useful to the ego or outer worldly personality. At the end of each session, I may recommend some spiritual techniques or reading to the client if this is appropriate.

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I feel that I have been guided to undertake this work by my Guru and by Divine Mother, and my hope is that they are blessing and directing it in some subtle way. 

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I am currently charging regular clients £70 for an hour's soul counsel.

For new clients, whose astrology I will have to examine carefully before we speak, the charge is £90.

Discounts on these fees are available to clients on a low income.

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Below I have listed a few of the books in which I have found deep spiritual nourishment over the last few years. 

The Synthesis of Yoga, Sri Aurobindo (Lotus Press, 1992)

The Mother, Sri Aurobindo (Sri Aurobindo Ashram, 1999)

Anandamayi, Her Life and Wisdom, Richard Lannoy (Element, 1996)

The Upanishads, translated by Eknath Easwaran (Nilgiri Press, 1987)

Evening Thoughts: Reflecting on Earth as Sacred Community, Thomas Berry (Sierra Club, 2006)

Taoism: The Quest For Immortality, John Blofeld (Unwin, 1986)

Mountain Home: The Wilderness Poetry of Ancient China, translated David Hinton (Anvil Press, 2007)

Dante, The Divine Comedy, volumes II and III (Purgatory and Paradise) translated by Dorothy L. Sayers (Penguin, 1962)

The Bhagavad Gita in any translation.