In this weekend workshop, Steven will present the core of any astrological timing reading: transits. Working with transits involves understanding how to blend the archetypal dynamics of the changing sky with the dynamic evolving story emerging from the birth chart. As the planets change positions every day, they form new peaks and valleys, high points and low points, in an ever-changing dynamic interplay that compels us to grow and change in response. We can choose to work with this energy consciously, intentionally. Or we can stick our heads in the sand, simply reacting to whatever gets thrown our way.
With evolutionary astrology, we set our aim at the former - to consciously embody and work with the energies to take a solid part in shaping outcomes and engaging our story with free will.
Live web broadcast of the morning sessions from Steven's workshop in Borrego Springs, CA.
Date: December 3-4, 2016
Times: Saturday and Sunday from 9-1pm with break midway through each day.
Cost: $95 (if registered by Nov. 30; $125 thereafter).
Join Steven for a very special new kind of weekend workshop for advanced apprentice students who wish to attain our new certification level "Master Astrologer." This hands-on workshop is only open to 12 students.
The intent of this workshop is to give students time to present material they would share during a reading and receive direct feedback from Steven and the other participants. This will be a small, supportive group of students who have Level 2 status that you will most likely know already from previous APs. The aim here is to provide a safe, supportive environment in order to help you improve your skills, and receive validation and positive constructive feedback.
Each student will have 45 minutes to present part of a chart. You will pick the chart yourself before arriving and can choose to present a portion of either a Sun-Moon-Ascendant or Nodal reading. Then you will receive 45 minutes of feedback and dialogue with Steven and the group. You won't have time to present a full analysis in 45 minutes, so you don't need to be thorough. You choose what to focus on, so if you want to spend the full amount of time with the Sun, or with a particular aspect to the Sun, Moon or Ascendant, or the big picture of the nodal story, that is up to you.
Join Steven for his annual spring program in Northern California. This program counts towards certification through Steven's Astrology Apprenticeship Program.
Historical and mythic change affect us all very personally, but we are like mosquitoes watching a glacier melt and fade. The pace of cultural evolution is too slow for us to see it clearly, even though we are all swept along in its currents. Meanwhile, the very meaning of the astrological symbols is shifting under our feet. What 1856 interpretation of “Mars in a woman’s chart” would have any relevance today? How has our understanding of sexual orientation changed? Or national boundaries, religion, the natural environment, or the human future?
Behind the headlines and the social confusion, humanity is evolving. This evolution is clearly mirrored in astrological symbolism. Everything unfolds against the epochal backdrop of the shift from the Age of Pisces into the Age of Aquarius. Punctuating that change are pivotal outer planetary alignments - the Neptune-Pluto conjunction of the 1890s, the Uranus-Pluto conjunction of the 1960s, the Uranus-Neptune conjunction of the 1990s, the long-running Neptune-Pluto sextile.
Join Steven at this luxury astrology retreat in beautiful Moltrasio, Lake Como, Italy. As part of the European Apprenticeship Program, this program counts towards certification through Steven's Astrology Apprenticeship program.
People inevitably make jokes when they hear that an edition of the Apprenticeship Program will be entitled “Sex, Death and The Occult”. And that is fine – some dimensions of life impact us with such fierce intensity at the emotional level that we must use humor as a buffer against them. To be sure, in this 5-day class, we will laugh. We will laugh at human folly and we will laugh at death's ultimate frailty. But we will also explore some very sensitive terrain – terrain that is not for the faint hearted. In fact, Steven views some of this material as so sensitive that he never teaches it outside the more intimate confines of the apprentice program.
No one exists without relationships of some sort. Humans are an inter-dependent species. Even a hermit in a cave probably has a teacher. She or he certainly had a mother. Committed monogamous bonds are one form of relationship, perhaps the most ultimately transformative. But then there is the dance that single folks do, and the life-changing "encounters" that unfold in almost everyone's life from time to time. Right at the heart of the matter are those astonishing moments when souls touch and our faith in the Eternal Mysteries becomes as palpable as the force of gravity.
What light can astrology shed on these precious connections? Can it help us sort out lasting truth from the hormonal fog? In this workshop, we honor the fact that there are many good paths available, each of which can serve a soul-purpose. We will celebrate friendship, that human masterpiece. We’ll respect sexual diversity. We will rejoice in the fact that humanity is moving beyond narrow definitions of marriage. We will celebrate everything except exploitation.
Technically, the seminar will explore intimacy from three perspectives. First, the intimate message of the individual birthchart. Second, how charts interact through interaspects. And third, the composite chart. The language of the workshop is psychological. The background is unabashedly metaphysical – reincarnational language is used where appropriate, and techniques for seeing the prior-life dynamics of the couple are analyzed. Overshadowing everything is a core commitment to extolling and supporting the power of human freedom, imagination and creativity to shape our responses to the intimate questions the planets ask.
This program counts towards certification through Steven's astrology apprenticeship program.
To follow the Moon down into our hearts is a journey into that second reality we all inhabit: the interior psychic world. Commonly, astrologers teach us not to expect “rationality” from the Moon, and yet in actuality the lunar realm does have its own patterns and laws which are ultimately as valid and reliable as the outward “Solar” laws governing gravity, the stock market, and traffic lights. Going further, in our daily waking lives, the Moon is always there, coloring our interpretations of what we call “reality.” And in sleep, we surrender utterly to it. Thus all human beings actually spend more of the hours of their lives navigating the lunar world than the solar one. Yet our culture systematically de-values, ignores, and trivializes the Moon. Why? The clues to this riddle unfold against a shifting backdrop of epochal changes in our cultural relationship to what we were taught to call “the Feminine,” forgetting that men have Moons too!
One of the experiences we have in the lunar realm is that our souls collide with ghosts from our past—and that includes the ghosts of our collective history as well as those of our individual pasts, both developmentally and karmically. Please join us as we reclaim the half of the sky and the half of ourselves that we have all been trained to forget.
Join Steven at the Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, NY for a special weekend astrology workshop.
Ascendant, Midheaven, Descendant and Astrological Nadir are the "Four Angles" of the chart.. Metaphysical astrologers of days gone by often thought of them as the "cross of matter upon which spirit was crucified.” Our view will be cheerier! But we do understand that the successful manifestation of one's soul intentions is critically dependent upon a strong, conscious response to these four elemental points. Our first step is to ask a question about the "anthropology" of modern astrological practice: why is there so much emphasis on the Ascendant and the Midheaven, with so little on the 4th and the 7th cusps? The valuing of "style" and "career" over one’s inner life and human relationship is the cultural error here. We astrologers must not be swept into it. In this class, we explore an integrated, inter-dependent view of these four critical functions.
This workshop is worth 2 Credits towards Level 1 certification.