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Astrology As Radical Self-Care, with Diana Rose Harper

Astrology As Radical Self-Care, with Diana Rose Harper

In episode 258 of the podcast astrologer Diana Rose Harper joins the show to talk about her work in using natal astrology as a form of radical-self care.

This discussion was based on a talk that Diana gave at the Northwest Astrological Conference last month titled Fierce Compassion: Natal Astrology as Radical Self-Care.

Radical self-care is a way of thinking about self-care that goes beyond the most surface level of self-care that most people think of when they hear that term today.

The focus is getting at the causes or the roots of why certain forms of self-care are required in this day and age.

This involves digging into the things that influence our sensation of worthiness as well as our judgement of other people’s worthiness in our lives and in society in general as well.

Within this context, self-care that is not only about you, but also about the world around you, and provides a structure to help support individuals in being the good people they aspire to be, in a way that is more foundational and enduring.

This episode expands on some themes discussed in episode 19 of the podcast with Ben Dykes, titled Objective Versus Subjective Reality in Astrology.

Later in the episode Diana and I spend some time going through the 12 houses to consider each of them within the context of radical self-care.

Diana’s full NORWAC talk is available for purchase on her website:

Fierce Compassion: Natal Astrology as Radical Self-Care

There are also two free handouts that give exercises for radical self-care and links to resources:

You can find out more information about Diana on her website and social media:

This episode is available in both audio and video versions below.


Here are some timestamps for topics covered at different points in the episode:

00:00:00 Intro
00:02:18 Diana’s background
00:13:00 Why self-care is important
00:16:00 What people take for granted
00:25:23 Things outside our control
00:32:30 Deserving/Undeserving
00:34:50 Predestination
00:38:50 Saturn return misconceptions
00:41:30 Gender and gender presentation
00:44:48 Intersectionality
00:47:00 Privilege, talents and skills
00:51:10 Privilege in houses 1-5
01:03:06 Types of privilege
01:12:07 Context of the chart
01:16:40 Privilege in houses 6-12
01:43:30 How to use your privileges
01:53:10 Diana’s website resources for self-care
01:54:30 Diana’s future work and tarot zine
01:57:10 Closing remarks

Watch the Video Version of This Episode

Here is the video version of my interview with Diana Rose Harper:


A full transcript of this episode is available: Episode 258 transcript

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  • Thank you so much for this podcast.

    Diana Rose Harper’s insights and reflections have really made an impact on my thinking (in general and also astrologically) and I suspect that they will keep on impacting how I experience and view the world and also chart interpretation.

    This podcast is kind of mind-blowing.