A six-week online course providing an initiation into archetypal astrology. Learn how to use archetypal astrology to better understand the role of archetypes in your life. Explore how archetypes manifest in the arts and personal experience.
Throughout the course, we will examine the astrological charts of a number of prominent figures from film, music, literature, philosophy, sports, and politics, considering how their life and work express the archetypal patterns symbolized in their charts.
This course is Part 1 of a two-part series. Part II, a 15-week course on Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto, will be offered in 2021.
What is Archetypal Astrology?
“Archetypal astrology . . . is based on an observed correspondence between the planets in the solar system and specific themes, qualities, and impulses associated with a set of universal principles and thematic categories known as planetary archetypes. Each of the planetary bodies, as well as the Sun and the Moon, is associated with a distinct archetypal principle. Thus, the planet Mars, for example, is related to a complex array of themes and qualities associated with the warrior archetype and, more generally, to the principle of assertion, action, and aggressive force; whereas Venus, understood in its simplest terms, is related to the principle of eros, romantic love, beauty, and pleasure. Rather like the ancient mythic conception of the gods, and as in the Platonic conception of archetypal Forms, the archetypal principles associated with the planets are recognized to be not only psychological but also cosmological in essence, exerting a dynamic formative ordering influence on both the interior and exterior dimensions of reality.”—Keiron Le Grice, “The Birth of a New Discipline”
Six-week online course, running October 5–November 20, 2020 (there will be a one-week break November 2–8, 2020)
A detailed syllabus comprising reading and multi-media assignments each week to include theory and examples from areas such as film, music, literature, and/or poetry
Online discussion assignments via D2L learning platform
A pre-recorded lecture for each of six modules
Live two-hour Zoom session with Keiron Le Grice each Wednesday at 1pm Pacific Time (4 pm ET, 9 pm GMT/BST). Recordings of each session will be made available via the online learning platform
Course log-in information will be sent out 7-10 days prior to start date
Who is the course for?
People interested in learning how to understand and use archetypal astrology, applying it to their own life experiences
Depth psychologists and therapists of any orientation wishing to use archetypal astrology in their practice as a guide to the shifting themes and dynamics of the psyche
People interested in the relationship between archetypes and the arts
People wishing to begin training to work as archetypal astrologers
What will you gain by taking the course?
A basic understanding of the meaning of the ten major planetary archetypes in astrology and how they map on to Jungian archetypes and other principles of depth psychology
An in-depth understanding of the Jupiter and Saturn archetypal principles—their themes and motifs, their drives and aims
The knowledge needed to begin to work with astrological charts yourself
A deeper insight into archetypal themes in art and culture
The capacity to develop a deeper grasp of the archetypal patterns of your own life, as revealed through your astrological birth chart
Overview of weekly topics
Module 1: Introduction to Archetypal Astrology
Module 2: Sun-Jupiter and Sun-Saturn alignments
Module 3: Moon-Jupiter and Moon-Saturn, Mercury-Jupiter and Mercury-Saturn
Module 4: Venus-Jupiter and Venus-Saturn
Module 5: Mars-Jupiter and Mars-Saturn
Module 6: Jupiter-Saturn alignments and the “transit” cycles of Jupiter and Saturn
Presented by Pacifica Graduate Institute and the Institute of Transpersonal and Archetypal Studies (ITAS)
Forthcoming, in February 2021
Archetypal Astrology and Depth Psychology: Planetary Archetypes in Art, Biography, and Personal Transformation.
Part II: Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto
Forthcoming in 2021-22
Mythic Astrology with Dr Safron Rossi
Keiron Le Grice, PhD, is a professor of depth psychology in the Jungian and Archetypal Studies specialization at Pacifica. He was educated at the University of Leeds, England (B.A. honors, Philosophy and Psychology) and the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco (M.A., Ph.D., Philosophy and Religion). He is the author of several books—including The Archetypal Cosmos andThe Rebirth of the Hero––and co-editor of Jung on Astrology, a compilation of Jung’s writings on this topic. Keiron’s work has been central to the development of the field of archetypal astrology. He is the founder and former co-editor of Archai: The Journal of Archetypal Cosmology, now serving as senior editorial advisor, and in 2016 he co-founded the Institute of Transpersonal and Archetypal Studies (ITAS) with colleagues in the U.S. and the U.K.
Hosted Online by Pacifica Graduate Institute
801 Ladera Lane, Santa Barbara, CA 93108
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