Costello studied psychology, philosophy and theology
in America in the mid 1960s, and during the late 60's began
to study astrology in Boston, first with Frances Sakoian and
Louis Acker and then with Isabel Hickey. She then went to South
Africa where she worked in a small museum dedicated to educating
people to the richness of the indiginous cultures. For seven
years she lived and worked with sangomas, the shamans and healers
of southern Africa. Building her own astrological practice
while immersed in this work opened up conversations with the
sangomas that would have been otherwise inconceivable.
In 1983 she left Africa and came to England, settling in London, she sought
out an historical and contemporary astrological community. She found it and
has been a significant part of the weaving of this community for the last 22
In the late 1980s she belonged to a Latin Translation Group, started by Graeme
Tobin of the Company of Astrologers. During the seven years they worked together,
they translated astrological texts from such authors as Guido Bonatti (13th
c.), Marsilio Ficino (15th c.), Luca Gauricus (16th c.) Jean-Baptiste Morin
and Johannes Kepler (16-17th c.) D
During this period she also built up an astrological clientele and began her
teaching career. She is Senior Tutor at Liz Greene's Centre for Psychological
Astrology where she has been teaching since 1988 . She has been a regular visiting
tutor at the Faculty for Astrological Studies in London as well as at the Faculty
Summer School in Oxford since the early 90's. She teaches in astrology schools
all over Europe, and has spoken at several major conferences in the USA. She
is highly respected world-wide and much loved by her colleagues, clients and
the mid 1990s she began writing and published several books in
a few years. The first was in 1995, a Dorling Kindersley pocket
book, co-authored with Lindsay Radermacher, called Astrology.
The next four were written for the Centre for Psychological Astrology
Press, begun by Liz Greene in 1995:
The Astrological Moon CPA Press: 1996
Water and Fire CPA Press: 1998
Earth and Air CPA Press: 1999
The Mars Quartet was published in 2001 and
was co-authored with Lynn Bell, Liz Greene and Melanie
an interview with Darby Costello from The Mountain Astrologer,
published in April 2004.
Darby's love of scholarship has grown deeper over the years. She completed
her studies in Cultural Astronomy and Astrology, at Bath Spa University, in
2006 and now holds a Master's Degree in that subject.
With all these delightful activities, her consultation practice is still the
very heart of her life as an astrologer. It is a daily source of nourishment
and through the astrologer's lens of planetary configurations, the wide sweep
of historical currents are brought right into the personal realms of emotions
and soul life. She says, "Nearly every day - for the last 35 years, people
have come into my room with their charts. In doing so, they have given me the
keys to their inner world; invited me in. I have taken the keys and accepted
the invitation. Every chart reveals a singular and unique world, animated by
passion, practical realities, ideas and dreams. As the astrologer I am asked
to observe the sky and give navigational advice on various parts of their journey.
It is such a privilege."
"The Mars Quartet"
Four Seminars on the Astrology of the Red Planet
by Lynn Bell, Darby Costello,
Liz Greene & Melanie Reinhart
four seminars in this volume reveal the many facets of one of
the most misunderstood of astrological symbols. In the present
world climate, it is particularly important, perhaps even urgent,
that we have a better grasp of this most instinctive and fundamental
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The Astrological Moon
by Darby Costello
In the two seminars contained in this book, Darby explores the Moon in its
relationship to the natal Sun; and the progressed Moon, by sign and house,
as it describes the unfolding of our emotional life which leads us to the awakening
of our souls. She also traces the cycle of the progressed Moon as it interweaves
with the Saturn cycle, marking moments where crisis and change become gateways
to new dimensions of experience. These gateways bring past and future together,
and provide openings to the points of intersection between time and eternity
that dwell in each of us.
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Evelyn Roberts, D.F.Astrol.S.