An announcement from the Centre for Psychological Astrology about their Fall schedule. All virtual so you don't have to be in London to attend:
CPA/MISPA Autumn 2021 Webinars
Our Autumn 2021 webinars start soon and are open for booking - take a look at the full details and book now at https://www.cpalondon.com/seminars.html
Our webinars are real-time, online seminars in psychological astrology. You are able to interact with the tutor and other students as the session happens via a chat box. Experience a MISPA seminar live from anywhere in the world through your computer browser or app. If you can't make it live you can still book and receive four weeks access to the recording of the event afterwards.
Generations and Cycles of History: What is your Generation About?
Sunday 10th Oct 2021 - 15.30-18.00 BST
The outer planets keep their patterns for several years at a time and many astrologers have come to see these patterns as describing generations. These planetary patterns give clues as to what a generation might be developing, encountering, and working to bring into the world. We shall look at various generational patterns and particular characters who seem to express those patterns most clearly and we shall ask ourselves how attentive we are to the planetary designs.
Body and Psyche: The Archetypal Language of Planets and Symptoms
Sunday 17th Oct 2021 - 15.30-18.00 BST
The body speaks to us in many ways, and when we listen with a "planetary" ear, a symptom will often lead to a particular place in the chart, and a specific theme of burning or restriction, of twists and breaks or out of control growth. How do we learn the archetypal language of symptom? If we pay close enough attention, our bodies communicate through the language of symptom, a language that astrology can help us decode. The signs of the zodiac have been linked to different parts of the body since ancient times, and they can offer clues to the underlying tensions and conflicts that may be expressed in physical symptoms. Rather than a seminar about medical astrology, this is an exploration of the astrological language of the body, of the relationship between psyche, soma and the stars. The ability to think symbolically is at the heart of all astrological work. How can we learn to listen to the nonverbal messages that come not only through the body but also through our experience of the everyday world? The understanding of symbolic language can be extended to our cars and our homes, our pets and machines, then offered back to our clients in healing communication.
Check-up Time: Saturn Returns at age 29 and 59
Sunday 24th Oct 2021 - 15.30-18.00 BST
Saturn returns are times of scrutiny and verification in our lives. The first time, at the end of our 20s, it signifies the ‘end of youth‘. From now on, we have to take responsibility for our life. Once we hit 30, time begins to feel different, more serious and sobering. On the other hand, people age very differently and individually these days. Saturn is the planet doing the check-up, which can feel pretty disheartening at times, especially when our dreams turn out to be unrealistic. It is time to wake up and smell the coffee! It is all about the choices we make. End of our 20s is a good time to ask ourselves if we are on the ‘right‘ path. And if not, to try another route, but be true to yourself. Know thyself, baby, because you won‘t be able to blame anybody else! In the past age 59 used to be an age when people almost looked like old people, worn out and tired. These days the second Saturn return can be a fabulous time to get in charge of how you want to ‘age‘. We are surrounded by so much courage and creativity. 60 is not the end of the world anymore. Ageism is a growing problem in our youth-focussed society. But times are changing and a new generation of brave seniors are refusing to fade into the background. On the contrary; many clients report that they feel better about themselves, make different choices and treat themselves and others more kindly. The last trimester can offer wonderful opportunities, provided we take Saturn seriously with his mantra: Know thyself!
Astrology & Fairy Tales - Spinning Straw into Gold
Sunday 7th Nov 2021 - 15.30-18.00 GMT
Fairy tales have gained a reputation in modern times as being a step removed from so-called “reality,” largely due to the wish for a happy ending that never really seems to arrive in “real” life. As reflections of psychic reality, however, fairy tales suggest that the soul seems far less interested in happy endings than in expressing through these varied tales the wider dynamic range of its inherent, archetypal complexity – the same archetypal complexity reflected in an astrological chart.
This webinar explores the nature of fairy tales, their roots and role in history and culture, and how they can enhance our astrological imagination, turning charts themselves into fairy tales. Whether entering the dark forest or an enchanted wood, or longing to go to the ball, fairy tale imagery aligns with the planets, signs, houses, and aspects familiar to all of us. Specific examples will help start spinning the straw of a chart into golden threads of insight. Along the way we will also look at how fairy tales can be particularly relevant as Jupiter, Saturn, and eventually Pluto all make their way through the sign of Aquarius now and in the coming years.
The Dance of Distinctions: Archetypal Polarities in the Zodiac
Part 4: Taurus-Scorpio and Gemini-Sagittarius
Sunday 14th Nov 2021 - 15.30-18.00 GMT
This is the concluding session of the four-part polarity series.
The six polarities in the zodiac depict archetypal patterns of consciousness. Each sign contains its own energy as well as an attunement to the energy of its opposite. Learning to see in terms of polarity helps with understanding both the shadows and gifts of each sign.
Session 4: Taurus-Scorpio and Gemini-Sagittarius
We will look at two polarities in this session:
Essential themes in the Taurus-Scorpio dance: rooting and transforming, Aphrodite’s sensate imagination and the sorceress Medea’s rejuvenating power.
Essential themes in the Gemini-Sagittarius dance: knowledge and wisdom, the winding paths of Hermes and Zeus’ divine light.
This series explores C.G. Jung’s idea of the tension of opposites and James Hillman’s idea of the union of sames in order to explore the polarity dynamic of each zodiac pair and their psychological meaning. Please note that Parts 1 and 2 of this series both include an in-depth review of Jung and Hillman’s ideas on the problem of opposites. All 3 previous videos are available for viewing in our video section.
Katabasis: Descending to the Underworld
Sunday 28th Nov 2021 - 15.30-18.00 GMT
Katabasis in myth describes the descent into the underworld. This ‘going down’ entails journeying into the depths of the earth or of oneself, leaving the upper world behind to wander in the dark. It is a time of solitude, doubt, fear, alienation, mourning and losing our sense of who we really are. Exploring stories of katabasis such as Orpheus, we will look at what it means to journey underground psychologically and how transits to our chart can trigger this descent. How does the encounter with the dark and irrational change us and what can we bring back with us. In the latter part of the webinar we will explore a way of finding our own myth of katabasis.
*Still Some Recording Places Available*
Three Webinar Events - Jupiter: ‘Great Benefic’ or the Joker in the Pack?
Saturdays 4th Sept, 2nd Oct & 20th Nov2021 - 15.30-18.00 BST/GMT
Jupiter, known in Greek myth as Zeus, king of the gods, has been perceived for centuries as the ‘Great Benefic’, and many astrologers assume that this planet will always herald good fortune, opportunities for betterment, and material and emotional rewards. Sometimes this interpretation is entirely valid. At other times it isn’t, as anyone tracking the 2020 transit of Jupiter conjuncting Saturn and Pluto in Capricorn might have observed. Hopes that the pandemic would soon be over were dashed as cases of Covid-19 began to spike again and move into a second wave, while virulently partisan politics, conspiracy theories, and burgeoning fear and rage generated destructive divides between individuals, families, communities, and nations. When Jupiter transits in aspect to natal planets, the same contradictory picture emerges. Sometimes great opportunities arise. Sometimes the transit coincides with the collapse of relationships, financial hardship, the onset of serious illness, and even death. Sometimes both extremes occur at once. And in natal charts, Jupiter aspects are not always benign in the accepted sense. Take, for example, the natal Moon-Jupiter conjunction in Adolf Hitler’s natal chart, or the Sun trine Jupiter in Donald Trump’s. What does Jupiter really symbolise? These three seminars will explore the enigmatic, paradoxical, and unpredictable Jupiter in the hope of finding a clearer understanding of this tricky and magical planet.