On a cool fall morning, Carol Ferris answered some questions about astrology and how our star sign, or the time that we enter life on the planet, affects our preferences and needs when it comes to choosing a home.
Carol is an astrologer with four decades of experience. She is an adjunct professor at the Portland School of Astrology and has a full-time consulting practice. Her 2013 Master’s Thesis from Marylhurst University was based on her study of Classical Chinese Medicine (CCM) philosophy and was titled, “The Sky’s Body: Constellations and Medicine.” Her research delineated the relationship of the macrocosm of the heavens to the microcosm of the body in both western and Chinese cultures.
Carol and her late husband purchased their 1957 mid-century modern home, designed by architect Richard Ireland, in 2005. Located in Bridlemile, they were attracted to the tall trees, bird life and the quiet of the cul de sac. They also appreciated the simple lines of the period architecture.
Carol graciously offered insight into how she often approaches questions from clients when they seek guidance about their homes.
"Astrology at its simplest is an understanding of nature's rhythms in light and dark – from the deepest darks of winter (Capricorn), through the growing light of spring (Aries) to the high light and warmth of summer (Cancer), through the diminishing of the light of fall (Libra, the time we are currently traveling through). Some of us want as much light as we can possibly get; some like variety; some want protection and quiet."
"We're each incredibly complex in our nature, and our choice in how we want to live – including the “seasonal” aspect of light and dark, comfort and exposure, containment and support – all those choices are reflected in how we choose to live."
"When people ask me whether it's the right time to buy or sell, I often ask: “The right time to what? To make money? To unburden yourself for a transition to something lighter? To cut your ties with the past? To make room for children? To grow your creativity?” An astrologer can help hone the question to come up with a useful answer, in terms of timing and reasons, to make the decision-making process satisfying and less anxiety-ridden."
"Some people want to put their roots down and be in one place forever. Some people want property as an asset or for income production; they're not going to have an emotional connection to the home. Some folks like to live in a show piece, a reflection of their success and/or taste."
"Some like to live tucked away. Some people want easy access to outdoors, gardens, paths, forest. Some people need base camp – they don't need a lawn to mow and maintenance bills, they need a place from which they can easily come and go. Some people want to entertain, while others need a place to isolate themselves for work; and sometimes both in the same house!"
"Some of us have raised our families and don't need five bedrooms anymore; some of us need more room for the children and grandchildren to come. Ideally, our homes can contain and support our lives as we learn to live them."
"Astrology can help clients in a variety of ways. A natal horoscope can help a person understand their nature and rhythm, and what that might suggest as to what they might be looking for in a house."
"Timing questions are also useful: the question 'what's the best time to buy/sell a house' can be more accurately answered once it's clear why the person wants to buy/sell - then, times that are best for that reason can be calculated. For example, if you want to sell a house, and it's your home, and it's going to be a wrench to sell it, some times are better than others for that kind of sale. If your house was only ever an asset, then some times are better for that kind of transaction, too."
"Couples ask how they can accommodate differing rhythms that are part of their natures or even competing needs when making a home together. I let them know that I think it's a luxury to live perfectly held in your own nature.
I once had the privilege of living in a house designed just for my husband and myself, and it held us each in our own ways – including a covered walkway between two separate buildings, so we could each have the working space away from the together space we needed.
We don't all get that luxury, but just taking the time to analyze our differences and how a home's spaces might support or inhibit those differences can positively influence how a couple lives together in their space."
"The entire planet is migrating, one way or another: you can count yourself fortunate if you're migrating by choice, and not forced to seek refuge on someone else's terms - like for instance, the president of your country is bombing your neighborhood. Not really a clear comparison, a 1st world move and a 3rd wold move."
"That said: we're in a broader time span of unprecedented change and migration, and everyone's on the move, everyone's looking for a revolution of some kind. This is partly the signature of the transit of the planet Uranus (revolution) through Aries (spring fire). Portland is an Aries city (see it's birth chart), with many planets in Aries.
It's not just that we're on the left coast (although that's a contributing factor), it's that the word is out that we're progressive, expansive, weird, and surrounded by farms and food, so it's looking mighty nice to everyone who's looking for a new place to land!"
As Portland faces rapid growth, rising home prices, and a housing crisis, neighborhoods in the SW hills are feeling the effects, even if Bridlemile feels calm with it’s abundant natural beauty. We asked Carol how her area is responding.
"There are currently several ADU projects being built in the Bridlemile neighborhood. My future plan includes turning what is now my office into a separate-entrance apartment; this is partly my own economic situation, and partly my own response to the housing pressure. I think my neighbors all feel very lucky to live here, and I think we all understand that our lives will change as more and more people find Portland."
Carol Ferris, M.A. CarolFerrispdx@gmail.com D. Larson, editor