CPA Spring Online Astrology Courses

The Centre for Psychological Astrology just released it schedule of Spring online courses. I am happy to share the announcement with you in this post:


Dear All
Here are the details for our Spring 2020 Webinars - you can see the full details and book at 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 CPA/MISPA seminar live from anywhere in the world through your computer browser. If you can't make it live you can still book and receive four weeks access to the recording of the event afterwards.

Juliet Sharman-Burke
The Craft of Chart Interpretation
Sunday 2nd February 2020 - 15.30-18.00 GMT

You have learned the astrological theory but now how to put it into practice? This seminar will concentrate on the “how to” of chart reading. We will start by looking at some basic counselling techniques which can be usefully applied in chart readings, as well as simple ideas to follow when setting up an astrological practice. I will then present an example chart from my own practice to demonstrate possible ways to interpret a chart. Students will be encouraged to offer opinions, ask questions and share experiences during the seminar.

Darby Costello
Water: Giver of Life
Sunday 9th February 2020 - 15.30-18.00 GMT

Water is perhaps the most mysterious of all the elements. It is in everything, and mostly invisible. And yet, it is so visible: in ponds, streams, rivers, lakes, oceans and seas; below us in the earth and above falling from the sky. It always heads for the sea when left on its own - always seeking unity with its larger self. In our charts it shows us where we are seeking unity, with ourselves, with others, with life itself. Where there is water, we must attend our emotions so they stay healthy and life-giving. Ignored, they become harmful to ourselves and others – over-purified and they become sterile. In this webinar we shall explore astrological Water through signs, planets and houses.

Lynn Bell
The 2nd House
Sunday 23rd February 2020 - 15.30-18.00 GMT

What truly belongs to us? We often judge our self-worth by what we have or don’t have, an object a talent, a treasure. What are we worth to others? Planets in this house need to be part of an embodied experience. We will look at how different planets in the second house affect our self-worth, and what they require of us. People with second house planets can have difficulty recognizing themselves until they have accomplished something tangible. Money, or the lack of it, can be a reflection of these inner issues.

Alexander von Schlieffen
Applying the philosophy of the astrological quadrants in theory and practice
Sunday 1st March 2020 - 15.30-18.00 GMT

The origin of the theory of the astrological quadrants is based on Aristoteles’ writings on the four causes (causa materialis, causa efficiens, causa formalis and causa finalis). Once we understand the inner dynamic of Aristoteles’ beautiful thoughts, we can easily apply them onto any birth chart. That will allow us to get a very quick and profound inside into the dynamic of the horoscope. This perspective requires some new interpretations of the astrological houses as well, this is more than fun.

Shawn Nygaard
Saturn in Aquarius - The Difference Between Us
Sunday 8th March 2020 - 15.30-18.00 GMT

When Saturn leaves Capricorn in March of 2020 and enters Aquarius, it moves into the second sign of its traditional rulership. Where Saturn in Capricorn maintains limits and seeks a disciplined approach to its accomplishments, managing a life in control, Saturn in Aquarius goes further, heading into the outer limits, often deviating from established norms. Saturn in Aquarius takes a breath of fresh air and moves to a different beat. New innovations and potentials present themselves, sometimes as crazy ideas. New and interesting characters, often unfamiliar, step onto the stage where we may not have been looking. Social justice enters the conversation where injustice has prevailed. The focus is on the future while we deal with the difficulties of the present. Saturn in Aquarius asks each of us to participate.

This webinar explores different facets of Saturn in Aquarius, from the nature of the water it carries, to the more complicated tendency of holding onto tradition while heading into the future. Do we bend, or do we break? The answer, as they say, is blowin' in the wind. Includes numerous chart examples and historical events that help to illustrate the gifts and challenges of Saturn in Aquarius.

Safron Rossi
Archetypal Polarities 2: Pisces - Virgo
Sunday 22nd March 2020 - 15.30-18.00 GMT

The zodiac contain 6 natural polarities. These polarities depict archetypal configurations between two signs which symbolize two patterns of consciousness. Each sign contains its own energy as well as the energy of its opposite, and learning to see in terms of polarity helps with understanding both the shadows and potential gifts of each sign.

Session 2: Pisces-Virgo
Essential themes in the Pisces-Virgo dance: Form and vision; matter and spirit; alchemical coagulation and dissolution

See all the full details and book at: https://www.cpalondon.com/seminars.html
Very best wishes

CPA - www.cpalondon.com

The Stonewall Horoscope – Fifty Years Later

HerScopes hi res 2There are some events that change the course of history. Some believe that it can even be predicted by consulting the horoscope of that time and place. 

The Stonewall Rebellion was destined for greatness. I cast the horoscope of that event which took place on June 28, 1969, and found that the stars predicted what would happen and how it would manifest into a monumental movement. What really happened that June night that caused the Gay Pride Movement? The stars and planets played a major role. Fifty years later, the Stonewall horoscope is still relevant.

Herscopes, my sun-sign astrology book, was released in 2000 by Simon & Schuster and is still going strong. The book also dedicates a full chapter to an analysis of the Stonewall Horoscope.

Not only do people have horoscopes, which depict how the constellations looked in the sky at the time of birth. Buildings, events, events and even corporations have them too. June 28, 1969 in New York City was the night of the Stonewall Rebellion which heralded in the Gay Pride movement. And guess what? The planetary placements that night revealed all…..and changed everything.

Center for Psychological Astrology - Spring Webinars

The Center for Psychological Astrology located in London just announced the launch of their Spring Webinars on Sunday 3rd February 2019 - you can see the full details and book at https://www.cpalondon.com/

The 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 CPA/MISPA seminar live from anywhere in the world through your computer browser. If you can't make it live you can still book and receive four weeks access to the recording of the event afterwards.

Lynn Bell
Mothers and their Children
Sunday 3rd February 2019 - 15.30-18.00 GMT

Our first caretaker, the one who gives us life (or her replacement), is often carried in our charts through the Moon and its aspects. But other planets, and the Midheaven can describe her, and other people can play her role. Whatever is constellated around this fundamental relationship, has a deep emotional imprint throughout our lives.  How do our real-life carers correspond to the image in the birth chart? How do we integrate the power of the past in our adult lives? 

Mothers come in many guises: controlling ones, and frightening ones, efficient workaholics, and devoted single parents. There are devouring mothers and sainted martyrs. Mothers who love babies only up to the age of six. It is the power of the child’s imagination that embellishes the Mother and breathes life into her archetype throughout our lives.

Participants are welcome to volunteer their charts for possible inclusion in the webinar. (Please email chart data of yourself and your mother once you have booked and before 25th January. You will need a headset in order to talk to Lynn during the webinar.)

Clare Martin
Pluto - To Hell and Back
Sunday 17th February 2019 - 15.30-18.00 GMT

The myth of Hades, god of the underworld, is intimately connected with the myth of Demeter, Goddess of Nature, and the transformation of her daughter Persephone from innocent maiden (Kore) to Queen of the Underworld.  The story of Demeter and Persephone was ritually re-enacted in the Eleusinian Mysteries, secret religious rites observed annually in ancient Greece for two thousand years.  They are believed to have celebrated the cyclical nature of life, the recognition that death is always followed by rebirth.  It was said of those initiated at Eleusis that they emerged radically changed, freed from the fear of death, in the realisation of eternal life which lies behind the appearance of constant change.

Represented in the horoscope by Pluto and its transits, recognition and acceptance of the destructive and creative power of nature, as Great Mother, is vital to transforming both ourselves and the world.  By confronting our own depths, by meeting and burning through our own small inheritance of the demonised and distorted unconscious forces of Pluto, we can transform its expression in our own lives and return it to the collective as a regenerated life force.

Darby Costello
Fire: The Heart of Knowing
Sunday 24th February 2019 - 15.30-18.00 GMT

Fire is a dangerous and unpredictable element when uncontrolled and yet it is at the heart of our lives as human beings.  Our ability to control fire has given us a freedom that has allowed us to settle in all parts of the world, and to explore the planet, and beyond.  At another level, fire is the element that represents our ability to know things directly – it shows us our intuitive function.  It represents the imaginal realm and is at the heart of our creative lives.  It is how we ‘know’ things, directly.  In this webinar we shall explore the realm of fire, through its signs, planets and houses. 

Safron Rossi
The Gatekeeper Archetype and the Angles
Sunday 3rd March 2019 - 15.30-18.00 GMT

The four angles of the birth chart are profoundly sensitive points, as anyone who has had an outer planet transit over one knows. The angles symbolize how we meet the world and take in experience, acting as gateways of consciousness. Every gateway or threshold has a gatekeeper, a guardian who protects the territory that lies beyond.  Astrologically, these are the rulers of the angles. This lecture will explore the archetype of the Gatekeeper so to deepen our understanding the role of the angles and their respective houses, and how our angle rulers hold the keys to cultivating these fields of life.

Participants are welcome to volunteer their charts for possible inclusion in the webinar. (Please email chart data of yourself and your mother once you have booked and before 15th February. You will need a headset in order to talk to Safron during the webinar.)

Shawn Nygaard
Saturn and Jupiter: Puer & Senex
Sunday 10th March 2019 - 15.30-18.00 GMT

Jupiter in Sagittarius and Saturn in Capricorn together in the sky draw out the timeless, archetypal figures of the Eternal Youth (Puer) and the Old Man, or Father Time (Senex). The Puer carries sky-high visions and longings that keep Eternity close at hand, in contrast with the Senex’s earthbound world of Time and mortality.

Both are significant energies as we approach an abundance of planets in Capricorn in 2020 and talk in today’s world is of building walls and restricting borders, while dystopias dominate many dreams of the future.

In this webinar we will look at the complex dynamics of this archetypal pairing, in mythology and in the natal chart. We'll look at why they are important (especially as a pair) and relevant to this period of history. And we'll see how they operate in relationships.

John Green
Sorrow is Knowledge: Chiron in the Chart and by Transit
Sunday 17th March 2019 - 15.30-18.00 GMT

“But Grief should be the Instructor of the wise;
Sorrow is Knowledge: they who know the most
Must mourn the deepest o'er the fatal truth,
The Tree of Knowledge is not that of Life.”
Lord Byron, Manfred

Why do we bother with Chiron in a chart? He’s not even a proper planet and how much influence does this wandering, wounded maverick have on our charts? In my experience of the past few years – a lot. There is more to Chiron than just the wound which does not heal. In this webinar I will look at Chiron natally, explore that mixture of personal and collective hurt that he brings to us and examine what happens as he transits the personal planets of our charts. We will also consider the meaning of Chiron in Aries.

How can we learn to cope with the suffering and loss that Chiron can often bring? Is acceptance the hardest word for us to utter and can it ever bring about true healing?

See all the full details and book at: https://www.cpalondon.com/seminars.html

Occult Based Novels

For those who may be interested in fiction regarding the occult, there are two book that may be of interest.

Wolf on a String is, according to Publishers Weekly, a brooding, atmospheric whodunit set in 16th-century Prague. Christian Stern, the bastard son of the Prince-Bishop of Regensburg, has arrived in that city in the hopes of winning the favor of Rudolf II, the ruler of the Holy Roman Empire, and obtaining a place among the court’s learned men, such as astrologer Johannes Kepler and Tycho Brahe. The first night he spends in Prague, Stern finds Magdalena Kroll—the teenage daughter of Dr. Ulrich Kroll, Rudolf’s physician and “one of his chief wizards”—lying in a snowy street with her throat slit. Initially a suspect, Stern soon becomes the emperor’s designated investigator. In order to discover the truth behind the murder, he must navigate a realm in which no one can be fully trusted. Superior prose (Magdalena’s head rests in a pool of blood, a “black round in which the faint radiance of the heavens faintly glinted”) complements the intricate plot. Author Benjamin Black is the pen name of Man Booker Prize–winner John Banville.

Notably, Banville's novel Kepler was published in 1981. In a brilliant illumination of the Renaissance mind, acclaimed Irish novelist John Banville re-creates the life of astrologer Johannes Kepler and his incredible drive to chart the orbits of the planets and the geometry of the universe. Wars, witchcraft, and disease rage throughout Europe. For this court mathematician, vexed by domestic strife, appalled by the religious upheavals that have driven him from exile to exile, and vulnerable to the whims of his eccentric patrons, astronomy is a quest for some form of divine order. For all the mathematical precision of his exploration, though, it is a seemingly elusive quest until he makes one glorious and profound discovery.

The Power of Candles in Brooklyn

The New York Post reports on a fascinating business that grows in Brooklyn:

Like any budding businesswomen, small-batch candle makers Hayley Elisabeth Kaufman and Whitney Huhmann have settled into a work routine. Kaufman will pick a tarot card before they melt wax, while Huhmann performs reiki over a pile of clear quartz crystals. Trap music blasts through their Greenpoint studio as they meditate and focus on what energy the candle they are about to pour will bring. This happens on the night of every new and full moon.

“We’re harnessing the [moon’s] energy,” says Kaufman, 37, co-founder of candle company the Sphinx and the Priestess. Those lunar powers and the duo’s incantations help make candles that Kaufman and Huhmann, 35, say help customers gain clarity, love, jobs and whatever else they’re hoping will come their way.

The duo, who share studio space with a group of jewelers and a woman who makes high-end tie-dyed garments, are part of a growing group of Brooklyn entrepreneurs creating offbeat, whimsical alternatives to big-brand beauty and home products — backed with a spiritual aspect.


The two Clinton Hill residents met while working for branding giant Starworks Group, and connected over their love for tarot and crystals. They sold their first candle a year ago, and now pour around 100 per moon cycle to sell online and in shops such as CAP Beauty. They count Kate Hudson, Joan Jett and Amy Schumer as fans.

There are four varieties, each $44 per 12 oz. candle: the Lovers, for manifesting attraction and sexual energy; Pentacles, for prosperity and grounding; the Star, for meditation and inspiration; and best seller Death, for transformation and renewal.

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Tamara Beckwith/NY Post

The candles are designed based on the Table of Correspondences, a sort of farmer’s almanac for the occult, which combines elements of tarot, astrology, alchemy and kabala and lists the scent, stone, musical note, color and other elements associated with each type of energy.

To the untrained eye, the end result looks no different from other high-end options. But Kaufman claims that customers often report back with glowing stories she can only chalk up to the candles’ powers.

The candles have worked their magic on their makers, too. “Sometimes I struggle with living in New York, so I burn Death to push through it and transition to another phase where I’m at peace again,” says Huhmann.

But the two caution that the candles magnify energy that the user may not expect. “I started burning the Lovers candle, which I don’t really use a lot, and I had every ex-boyfriend call me or e-mail me or get in touch in such a short amount of time,” says Kaufman.

“We tell [customers] to be careful what they wish for.”