One certainty in life is that it’s uncertain; we can’t accurately decipher how our stories unfold. But having an outline helps as we chart a course through the seasons of time. A key part of navigating the ever-changing phases of life is embracing the duality and non-duality within the cycles of yin and yang.
It’s helpful to accept that there are different seasons and adapt to their ebb and flow. Tune in to the rhythm and harmony of the cycles. This is the underpinning of Chinese Polestar Astrology, which offers a symbolic lens through which we can look at our experience—leaning on the insights of the cycle of 60 and the influences that inform its unfolding.

In this conversation, we visit again with Gregory Done as we transition to the second half of the year. We spoke earlier this year in episode 249, where we discussed the interaction of character, nature, and fate—and how this informs our experiences. In this conversation, we explore the harmonizing of capacity and opportunity as the annual cycles of yin and yang change into each other, and how symbols in Chinese Astrology can help interpret the past, present, and the blurry future. We look back at the last 6 months before turning our gaze on what the rest of the year might hold for all the 12 Zodiac animals.

Listen into this discussion on the influences of the year according to Polestar Astrology, and the possibilities, opportunities and challenges for the coming 6 months.

In This Conversation We Discuss:

  •  Untangling the complex ‘stems and branches’ of Chinese Astrology
  • The power of symbols as a playful vehicle to explore the human experience and the influences of the universe (heaven)
  • The year so far—and what we might be seeing in the second part of the year
  • Interpreting the different influences in Polestar Astrology throughout the year
  • Navigating a confusing and constrained world
  • Get a glimpse into your capacities, opportunities, and challenges for the second half of the year 


Gregory David Done, DSOM, L.Ac. is a practitioner of Classical Chinese Medicine and Polestar Astrology and an authorized teacher of Indo-Tibetan Buddhism and Tantric Yoga.  Gregory has an MA in Buddhist Studies from Naropa University and a Doctor of Science in Oriental Medicine from the National University of Natural Medicine.  He is a published poet and author who has written extensively on the Chinese tradition as taught by Liu Ming.

As an avid student of Asian wisdom and wellness traditions from an early age, Gregory is deeply interested in the immigration, cultural assimilation, and nature of Asian traditions in America and is a vocal proponent of a pluralistic, non-sectarian approach to spiritual practice guided by traditional culture and lineage.

He currently lives in Walla Walla, WA, where he practices at the Thompson Family Acupuncture Clinic.


Links and Resources

Check out Gregory's writing and insights on this blog

And listen to our conversation from earlier this year on character, nature and fate


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