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Vocation, Mission and Calling
Explore the chart significations for career and vocation. We’ll ruminate deeply on calling and life purpose and look at ways the birth chart can help speak to these compelling issues: A Question of Vocation, Destiny and Direction, The Vocational Houses of Resources, Talents, Lifestyle, Personality and Profession and Development and Transitions along the Career Path.
How to Interpret Your Grand Trine
The trine is often described as especially harmonious, and this aspect pattern suggests access to an inner and outer state of ease and flow relative to the planets involved. The grand trine suggests gifts, talents or ease that we might take for granted. In this talk, you’ll learn not only how to spot a Grand Trine, and what each elemental focus could represent, but also how to jump start this inner generator so that it can lead you to its greatest gifts.
How to Interpret Your T-Square
The t-square can point to an energetic resource that can be transformative, and our response to the edginess contained within it can lead to action and ultimately, resolution. In this webinar, Tony will show you how to identify a t-square. You’ll learn about the “focal planet” and why it can be so important to learn how to work with it. You’ll also learn about the “empty leg” and what it contributes to our understanding of this powerful aspect pattern.
Mars Retrograde in Gemini 2022
Mars goes retrograde every couple of years, but each cycle has unique qualities that make it special, and this year’s cycle is a standout. This year, Mars will be retrograde in Gemini meaning Mars will spend a little more than 7 months in one sign! In this webinar we’ll review Mars retrograde theory and meaning and then look at the specifics of this 2022 cycle. We’ll look the possible themes with the sign placement in Gemini. We’ll talk about the stationing degrees (points at the start and end of the cycle) and activation in the houses, which helps to understand this transit in the personal realm.
Venus Retrograde in Gemini – Networks of Connection
In this webinar we’ll review Venus retrograde theory and meaning and then look at the specifics of this 2020 cycle. We’ll look the possible themes with the sign placement in Gemini. We’ll talk about the stationing degrees (points at the start and end of the cycle) and help you determine where Venus retrograde activates your chart by house.
Venus Retrograde in Capricorn – Reassessing Values
Venus retrogrades in Capricorn from December 19 through January 28. In this webinar we’ll review Venus retrograde theory and meaning and then look at the specifics of this 2021-2022 cycle. We’ll consider the possible themes with the sign placement in Capricorn. We’ll talk about the stationing degrees (the points at the start and end of the cycle) and help you determine where Venus retrograde activates your chart by house.
Chart Synthesis Practicum
Students will spend four weeks practicing chart interpretation. Year-four students will be paired with year-one students. The goal of this course is to practice chart synthesis and to increase confidence in your chart interpretation.
Retrograde Planets Course
Learn how to interpret retrograde planets in the natal chart! Take a rare deep dive into a topic many astrologers add in only as a footnote. Your instructors Tony Howard and Safron Rossi will guide you through an exploration of the meaning of retrograde signatures, the technical details, and a focus on Mercury, Venus and Mars.
Jupiter Meets Pluto 2020 – Power and Justice
As part of the momentous transits of 2020, Jupiter and Pluto form a memorable conjunction in Capricorn. Power and justice are themes interwoven throughout this year’s catastrophic events of change and upheaval. We will witness challenges to power structures as well as powerful resistance to change by those same structures.
The Elements, Polarities and Modalities
In this course you will learn the energetic underpinnings of the signs. The elements, modalities and polarities combine to give us a rich understanding of sign dynamics. This bedrock class sets up a deeper understanding of all chart features, including the study of aspects, the four angles, and so much more.
The Inner Planets Course
In this course, we’ll explore the meaning and function of the planets of Mercury, Venus and Mars. Learn why astrologers also refer to the inner planets as personal planets and how they function as key components of our ego and identity. Discover their core astrological meanings and take first steps toward interpretation of these planets in the natal chart.
The Luminaries Course – Sun and Moon
In this course we will look at two of the most important astrological symbols in the natal chart: the Sun and Moon, also called the “luminaries”. We go beyond basic Sun sign descriptions and explore the Sun as an expression of each person’s hero’s journey. We explore the Moon as the foundation of our needs, emotional self and conditioned habitual responses.
The Social Planets Course – Jupiter and Saturn
In this course we will look at the correlations of the social planets – Jupiter and Saturn – with lived experience. You’ll learn why these are called the “social” planets, explore their core meanings, and take first steps in understanding them in the context of the natal chart.
The Outer Planets Course – Uranus, Neptune and Pluto
Explore the meaning of the outer planets Uranus, Neptune and Pluto. We’ll focus on the core themes and archetypal natal chart dynamics related to these powerful planets that Howard Sasportas calls the “gods of change.”
Intro to Cosmos and Psyche
In this course we’ll read one of the most important astrology texts of our times as we explore the archetypal approach to astrology. Cosmos and Psyche is a richly layered text and a powerful demonstration of planetary aspect theory at work. Drawing on years of research, Richard Tarnas reveals the connection between planetary cycles and archetypal experience on Earth.
Intro to Astrological Symbols
In this course you will learn the basic symbols necessary for deeper astrological study: 14 Planetary Symbols, 12 Signs, and 12 houses. If you’ve been ready to jump into learning astrology, and don’t know where to start, or you’re looking for a structured program that will help you feel confident practicing astrology for yourself or others, this is the perfect place to begin.
The Four Angles
In this course co-taught by Tony Howard and Darby Costello, we will explore the four angles – powerful points in our chart that constellate energy. Sometimes called “the cross of matter,” these angles can be understood as points through which core energetics in our life manifest – from our home environment, to how we meet the world and step into life, to our life’s mission or career, to how we meet “the other”. We’ll learn the meanings of the IC, the Ascendant, the MC and the Descendant. We’ll discover how to interpret those points through their signs and also the planets ruling those signs.
Join Tony for an introductory discussion of these issues and get a window into his current and ongoing research project on Aquarius. We’ll start with an engaging dialogue about the key themes and spend the rest of the time exploring charts with strong Aquarian signatures.
Chart Analysis – Brene Brown
Join Kelly Surtees and Tony Howard for a chart interpretation webinar featuring the life and work of popular motivational author and researcher Brene Brown. In this session we focus on natal chart dynamics, with the bulk of time spent on Sun, Moon, and Ascendant dynamics. Includes a close look at the generational signature of Uranus conjunct Pluto in Virgo from the mid-60s, which is conjunct Brown’s natal MC.
Mercury Phases: The Hidden Dimensions
Open up your interpretations of Mercury by incorporating its phase. Mercury can be understood through its relationship with the Sun and its visibility in the night sky. When Mercury is a “morning star” at birth, its function in our chart has a unique quality when compared to its “evening star” phase. We’ll unpack these differences as we review the technical specs of the Sun-Mercury relationship, including its retrograde cycle.
Trickster Mercury – Hoaxes, Parodies and Lies
Mercury is the planet of communication, thought, perception and reasoning. When working well, Mercury helps us understand, get clarity, or bring objectivity to bear on a situation. But the deities associated with the Mercury archetype in myth were also tricksters who delighted in bending the truth.
Intro to Out of Bounds Planets
When planets are “out of bounds” they carry a unique quality of energy that shapes their motivation and style. This energy can accentuate, amplify or give greater freedom to the topics that planet represents.
Explore the under-utilized technique of declination to learn how being out of bounds can alter the way a planet expresses in someone’s life.
Venus Out of Bounds
Discover the wild world of Venus out of bounds in this lively webinar on the seldom-used technique of declination. You’ll learn how the out of bounds signature alters our understanding of Venus through several illuminating chart examples.
Mercury Out of Bounds
In this webinar, Tony Howard explores the planet Mercury when it is at its peak of declination, known as “out of bounds”. Tony will briefly explain what out of bounds means and how to find out if a planet has this condition, and then he’ll spend most of the time illustrating the myriad ways Mercury out of bounds can manifest in life when found in the natal chart.
Getting Started with Rulership
In this webinar, Tony Howard introduces you to the magic of planetary rulership. He starts by introducing the concept of planetary rulership, talks about the choice between traditional and modern rulers, and gives examples of the planetary rulers of each of the 12 houses. He also addresses the problem of the so-called “natural rulers” and how to avoid the pitfalls of that concept. The webinar wraps up with a look at a chart with Aquarius on the 7th house cusp and analyzes which ruler seems to work best – modern or traditional. Tune in to find out!
How to Hear the Aspects Talking
In this extended workshop-style webinar you’ll learn how to identify and interpret the major aspects and how they integrate into the larger context of the chart as a whole. Using the charts of some famous folks for reference, we’ll discuss how to “hear the aspects talking” in the person’s bio – a skill you can apply to client work. When you learn to identify the aspects speaking through a client’s story, you’ll be able to form stronger connections with them and suggest ways for integrating the energy in positive ways.
Generational Signatures in Astrology
Mars is often equated with anger and aggression, but there’s a great deal more to the planet of drive and initiative. In this webinar, Tony will expand upon the typically negative portrayals of Mars, with a look at some of the more positive ways this fiery planet can manifest and how to harness its energy in constructive ways.
Mars Out of Bounds Part One
When planets are “out of bounds” they carry a unique quality of energy that shapes their motivation and expression. This energy can accentuate or give a sense of freedom to the qualities that planet represents. In this webinar Tony will shine a light on Mars out of bounds using several insightful chart examples that will give you a sense of the broad range of possibilities inherent in this placement.
Mars Out of Bounds Part Two
In this second installment of a two-part webinar, Tony continues to explore patterns and themes, including “fighting for a cause,” and “standing up for what’s right.” We also look at the shadow expressions in more depth, and include a first look at Mars out of bounds in world events from the last 100 years.
Saturn in Aquarius in Aspect
In this webinar, we’ll look at the meaning of the transit of Saturn through the sign of Aquarius. Saturn enters in Aquarius heralds a time of challenge and growth for those with planets in Aquarius. The key to success is facing Saturnian stimulus with resolve and forearmed with knowledge that will help you rise to the challenge instead of buckling under the pressure.
Saturn-Neptune Aspects in the Birth Chart
Using example charts for several prominent current and historical figures, we’ll expand our insight for the multiple ways Saturn and Neptune can interact beyond the confines of the standard astrological cookbook. We’ll also take this opportunity to remember that even so-called “negative” planetary aspects can play out in multiple ways in one’s life, many of them constructive and even beneficial.
Saturn Success Stories
In this webinar we’ll look at some of the more empowering Saturn dynamics that correlate with so-called “negative” birth chart signatures and key Saturn transits. You’ll learn 5 key strategies to mastering Saturn lessons. In addition, we’ll discuss several actions and intentions that you can start using right away to improve your Saturn experience.