August 13, 20, 27, September 3, 10, 2015
Rather than accepting “fate” as decreed by the stars, Renaissance astrologers used the techniques of alchemy and magic to align with the forces of a living cosmos in order to “make gold” – on both a spiritual and mundane level. By learning these Renaissance techniques for balancing imbalances in astrological temperaments, you too can become a more astute observer of your own life, creating more adaptability and success under any circumstances.
In this workshop, you’ll create an alchemical “lab manual” to track the results of your own alchemical experiment. In the last class, everyone will have an opportunity to share their results! You’ll also learn how-to techniques from Renaissance magical practice and alchemy that are geared for astrologers, such as making altars for a planet, creating astrological talismans and using planetary invocations. We’ll also explore the life stories of a few of the most influential Medieval and Renaissance astrologers, alchemists and magicians, including Albertus Magnus, Marsilio Ficino, Johannes Trithemius, Cornelius Agrippa, and Paracelsus.
Over these five weeks, we’ll cover:
Week 1: What ignited the rebirth of occult wisdom?
Week 2: Who were the astrologer-mages?
Week 3: Making Gold: Alchemy and Astrology
Week 4: The Modern Astrologer’s Inheritance
Week 5: Student presentations of alchemical experiment results
Aside from the alchemical experiment, there is no required homework for this workshop. Sessions will list reading for more information, as well as practices you can try out for yourself. Knowledge of how to read an astrological chart is useful, but not required, for this workshop.
With Donna Woodwell & Russ Von Ohlhausen
Five Thursdays: August 13, 20, 27, September 3, 10; 8:30-10:30 pm ET/ 5:30-7:30 pm PT