201 Revisiting the History of Astrology
This course explores how the history of astrology reflects the evolution of psyche. Pre-modern astrology was event-oriented, concretely predictive, dualistic, and relatively deterministic, all of which reflected the dominant mode of consciousness of pre-modern periods. Over the past century, astrology has become progressively more abstract, psychological, open-ended and indeterminate, which seems to reflect a change in collective awareness. Accordingly, this course will examine the history of astrology in the context of human development and consciousness evolution. Interpretive and counseling techniques of different eras will be examined as a way of comparing and contrasting pre-modern, modern, and post-modern astrology.
202 Prediction & Conscious Evolution (I)
As the art of prognosis, predictive astrology utilizes planetary movements for predicting the quality, meaning, and duration of specific time periods. This course also examines the concept of conscious evolution, its underlying principles, and its relevance to the predictive dimension of astrology. Conscious evolution can be defined as the intent to cooperate with an evolutionary process that is inherent in the horoscope. Students explore how transits and progressions can be utilized in the service of conscious evolution. Rather than simply describing event-outcomes, planetary movements are depicted as windows of opportunity for the actualization of natal potentials.
203 Prediction & Conscious Evolution (II)
In this course, students continue to explore transits, progressions, and other predictive tools. Concrete events both reflect and serve as catalysts for changes in awareness; thus, planetary movements can provide insight into the precise timing of developmental processes, allowing us to appreciate how inner and outer reality coincide, reflect, and transform each other. Participants also explore the big picture view of world-transits, examining how astrological configurations can take different forms on social, political, economic, artistic, and ecological levels, yet reveal an archetypal singularity amongst the phenomenological diversity. A transit is never just one thing, but a pattern of events that share a kinship and common genesis. Students are challenged to consider how their capacity for a participatory relationship with the cosmos can contribute to the co-creation of a positive, more hopeful future.
204 Astrological Counseling Skills (I)
In this course participants are introduced to consulting skills, such as how to take a history, ask relevant questions, formulate hypotheses, construct interpretations, reframe conflicts, predict opportunities for growth, and deepen therapeutic impact. Various theories of counseling are surveyed with an emphasis on their application to astrology. Students are taught how to respond to crises and make appropriate referrals. Principles of effective communication are emphasized, along with techniques of listening, verbal and non-verbal communication, and how astrology can assist the establishment of empathic rapport. Ethical codes are examined specifically as they relate to issues of professional responsibility, competency, counseling, prediction, and the use of archaic terminology. Special attention is given to the astrologer’s shadow and our collective vulnerability to issues of inferiority and inflation.
205 Astrological Counseling Skills (II)
In this course participants continue their study of consulting skills, including how to take a history, ask relevant questions, formulate hypotheses, construct interpretations, reframe conflicts, predict opportunities for growth, and deepen therapeutic impact. We will also be examining various films and their relevance to understanding common issues for which people seek help. Theories of counseling are surveyed with an emphasis on their application to astrology. Principles of effective communication are emphasized, along with techniques of listening, verbal and non-verbal communication, and how astrology can assist the establishment of empathic rapport. Ethical codes are examined specifically as they relate to issues of professional responsibility, competency, counseling, prediction, and the use of archaic terminology.
206 Synastry & Conscious Relationship
This course focuses on astrological factors that pertain to marriage, partnership, and other types of cooperative relations. These will be explored through study of Venus and the 7th house as primary indicators of relationship in the natal chart. Techniques of synastry reveal how two charts can interact and combine. Emphasis is placed on using astrology to support conscious relationship—that is, the intention to learn, grow, and transform oneself through the act of loving another. Since conscious relationship implies conscious evolution, students also explore core principles of evolution within the framework of the perennial philosophy and General Systems Theory. They examine how ancient theories of the cosmos are being revitalized by discoveries in the new sciences, and why these discoveries have important implications for a rebirth of the astrological worldview.