So you wanna learn some astrology? Maybe add a little magic to your world?
You’ve come to the right place! Donna teaches a variety classes on astrology and other metaphysical topics.
Here’s a list of all of her class collections. (She’s in the process of making more of them available online. If you want to know when new recordings are available, be sure to sign up for the mailing list!)
P.S. Click the + sign below to see a complete list of classes under each section.
Introductory Lectures for General Audiences
Surfing Cosmic Waves: Introduction to Astrology
The ancients listened to the rhythms of the natural world, including the heavenly “music of the spheres.” You too can surf these cosmic waves through the study of astrology. Explore the mysteries of the night sky and find out how astrological symbols have manifested throughout the ages. Discover how you can begin to use astrology as a tool for self-understanding and timing life’s events.
Astrology and Midlife Awakenings
Major transits involving the outer planets underlie the so-called midlife “crisis.” Learn how to harness these cosmic energies to turn moments of “crisis” into “awakenings.” As part of the class, participants will receive a timeline of their personal midlife transits.
The Divine Feminine in Astrology
At heart, astrology is a celestial dance of polarities; every planet, every zodiac sign, has a divinely masculine and feminine mode of expression. Though the feminine faces have often been ignored or neglected over the centuries, you can still connect to this vital essence. In fact, you must connect, in order to live in harmony and balance with the cosmos.
Working with the Cosmic Weather
Hitchhikers Guide to the Aquarian Age
Feel anxious and overwhelmed by current events? Struggling to find balance in your daily life but don’t know how? Don’t Panic! Welcome to the Aquarian Age! In this class we’ll look at the astronomy and history behind the astrological ages, as well as what the future holds for us as a society and as individuals. You’ll receive a timeline of key dates to watch out for between now and 2020, as well as take-home tools to help you flow with the coming changes and manifest personal and professional abundance.
Calling All Change Agents
Are you experiencing any of the following? Longing to do something different, but with no clear plan what that is? The desire to be uncontainable in any way? The deep urge to blow something up? (even if just metaphorically) If you have experienced any (or all) of these symptoms, you are not crazy! But you are a member of the CHANGE AGENCY. As an Agent of Change, it’s your mission to harness these cosmic waves (called Uranus square Pluto for the astrologically literate) to create a better world for yourself – and for others.
Venus Illuminated: Diaries from the Underworld
Lover, Avenger, Avatar – trickster Venus is always changing form. From innocent Persephone blithely picking narcissus to grieving Isis seeking her lost love to enraged Inana banishing her beloved — in ancient times the goddess’ travels in the Underworld were a source mystery and magic far removed from our modern saccharine image of Venus. Explore Venus’ rich archetypal history, as well as reflect on the faces of Venus as she manifests in your chart and your life.
Neptune Rhapsody: How to Swim with the Fishes
Neptune, lord of oceans and earthquakes, slips into Pisces for the first time since 1861. How will this archetype of unseen forces manifest in our modern digital age? In this lecture we’ll muse over the mythology of Neptune, reflect on its last sojourn through Pisces, and improvise ideas for how to work with its energy in the present age. As a special bonus, we’ll take a hypnotic journey into Neptune’s water realms, attuning ourselves for days to come.
Pluto-nium: Sex, Death and other Magical Transformations
Delve into the mysteries of Pluto, god of the Underworld. After exploring the mythology of Pluto, we’ll look at how its slow movement shapes the soul of the times, as well as natal charts, transits and relationships.
Storytelling: Astrology’s Art and Soul
We tell stories to evoke soul — to bring depth, dimension and meaning to our conversations. In this five-week workshop, you’ll be equipped with the tools you need for more masterful storytelling – whether for working with clients, writing or speaking. You’ll also have a chance to put what you learn into practice, receiving feedback to make your stories sizzle.
Telling Stories, Making Soul
Communication scholar Walter Fischer called humanity “homo narrans”; we are storytelling animals. Ever since we began to speak, we have used stories to convey information with emotion, depth and meaning. We’ll explore the power of stories through history and across cultures, as well as how modern research has given us clues for how you can tap in to this potent aspect of human nature.
The Elements of A Good Story
Make your stories compelling by learning a few simple techniques employed by professional journalists, storytellers and speakers. You’ll learn how to structure your narrative, how word choice affects your story’s pace, and other practical tips for constructing gripping tales.
Astrologer as Storyteller
Storytelling is a potent therapeutic tool that complements astrology’s rich symbolic and soulful language. We’ll examine narrative therapy techniques and how these may apply to an astrology client consultation. You’ll also learn how you can encourage clients to create their own meaningful stories from astrological elements.
Writing for (Astro) Story
The best examples of astrological writing – from horoscopes and blogs, to articles and books – is based on good storytelling. Whether your work is 75 words or 75,000, you can learn to use elements of storytelling to enliven your writing, leaving your audience wanting more.
“A funny thing happened on the way to Neptune…” Astrology and Public Speaking
Astrology lectures aren’t just about the dry transmission of information. Adding life with stories allows you to connect with your audience on a deeper level. In this session we’ll review strategies you can use to make your presentations more memorable, and fun, for all in attendance.
Planets & Pajamas: Inner-Planetary Bedtime Stories
Get personal with your planets! The Planets & Pajamas storytime series helps you to get to know your planets, their favorite things and stories. Each one includes a special guided visualization so you can talk to your inner planet and see what wisdom will be revealed to you.
Vitality and life. The Sun, our star, sustains all living creatures on Earth. When you need to stoke your creativity and passion for life, the Sun is your ally. Want to learn more about how to invoke the Sun’s charismatic fire in your own life? This one-hour storytime on the Sun features his mythology, favorite things and a special 10-minute guided meditation.
Moody and ever-changing. Moonlight stirs the imagination, and sings to the soul. When you need nurturing and dreams, the Moon is your ally. Want to learn more about how to invoke the Moon’s gentle compassion in your own life? This one-hour storytime on the Moon features her mythology, favorite things and a special 10-minute guided meditation.
Quick and witty. The “god in between,” speedy Mercury is ever in motion between the worlds. When you need to sharpen your mind, Mercury is your ally. Want to learn more about how to invoke Mercury’s smarts and humor in your own life? This one-hour storytime on Mercury features his mythology, favorite things and a special 10-minute guided meditation.
Enticing and Beguiling. Whether in her guise as morning or evening star, Venus draws all eyes to her dazzling beauty. When you need to indulge in the sweetness of life, Venus is your ally. Want to learn more about how to invoke Venus’ pleasure principles in your own life? This one-hour storytime on Venus features her mythology, favorite things and a special 10-minute guided meditation.
Hot and Stimulating. The red planet Mars excites the passions and inspires action. When you need that extra zing to accomplish great deeds, Mars is your ally. Want to learn more about how to invoke Mars’ passion in your own life? This one-hour storytime on Mars features his mythology, favorite things and a special 10-minute guided meditation.
Hope and new horizons. As the king of the Gods, Jupiter’s regal gaze inspires good fortune and a sense of limitless possibility in all he surveys. When you need to believe in magic and miracles again, Jupiter is your ally. Want to learn more about how to invoke the Jupiter’s optimism and gratitude in your own life? This 1-hour-23-minute storytime on Jupiter features his mythology, favorite things and a special 10-minute guided meditation.
Discipline and determination. Saturn, our solar system’s personal trainer, will ensure your success by making you stick to your practice schedule. When you need roll up your sleeves and pull up your big kid pants, Saturn is your ally. Want to learn more about how to invoke the Saturn’s pragmatism and dependability in your own life? This one-hour, 23 minute storytime on Saturn features his mythology, favorite things and a special 10-minute guided meditation.
Astrology, Ritual & Altered States
Your Astral Allies: Unlocking the Power of Your Planets
Your planets want you to succeed! Astrology is an ancient art that explores the correspondences between cycles in the heavens and the creatures of the terrestrial realm. Planets, stars and constellations all have allies on Earth – colors, plants, stones and more – with whom you can cultivate a creative relationship. In this lecture, Donna Woodwell will show you how to discover which planets you have a special relationship with based on your time and place of birth, and how to work with these astral allies to live the life you’ve always wanted.
Planet Trancing: How to Re-enchant Your World View
Hypnosis and meditation are techniques you can use to turn your inner awareness away from waking consciousness and toward your dreaming mind. I explain the basic principles of hypnosis/self-hypnosis, and how you can use these to create altered states to work with your dreams, or your planets. You’ll also learn how to construct guided meditations to use for your own journey, or to work with clients.
Dreamworking: How to Use Astrology as to Work with Your Dreams
Astrology and dreaming have a long partnership for bringing health, self-understanding and communion with the larger cosmos. In this session, you’ll learn the skills needed to start your dream practice, how to interpret your own dreams, and techniques for lucid dreaming. We’ll also incorporated astrology into dream practices by learning to cast and interpret a dream chart, how to elect times for dreaming, and to create your own dream talismans.
The Art of Astral Magic
How to Make Astrological Talismans
Talisman-making is an ancient astrological art that seeks to ground the stellar influences of a particular moment in time within an object on earth. Like capturing starlight in a bottle, the talisman enables an astrologer to shift favorable influence of one moment to another so you don’t have to wait for the perfect time to start a project. Donna Woodwell will give a brief guide to the principles of astrological correspondences, as well as how to elect a time and to craft talismans for yourself or for your clients.
Way of the Moon: How to Use the Lunar Mansions
Astrologers are familiar with the 12 signs of the solar zodiac – Aries, Taurus, Gemini and so on. But did you know there’s also a 28-sign lunar zodiac? In India lunar zodiac signs are called naksatras, but in the West they’re called Mansions of the Moon. In Arabic and Renaissance astrology, lunar mansions were considered an important tool for predictive, electional and magical astrology. In this lecture, Austin-based astrologer Donna Woodwell will explain the astronomy of the mansions and explore how to use them in electional astrology and chart interpretations. She’ll also share the traditional interpretations of the mansions, as well as her own modernized mansion images.
Geomoancy (aka Terrestrial Astrology)
Geomancy, or earth divination, was the most common form of divination in Medieval and Renaissance Europe and Africa. With low literacy rates, few books, and lack of birth records, the general populace couldn’t erect astrology charts. Instead, they created a divination chart by casting stones or counting marks, and interpreted it using astrological symbolism. In this free webinar, astrologer Donna Woodwell will explain how Geomancy works, how it evolved and how you can use it today as a complement to your astrological chart delineations.
Introduction to Astrology Courses
These courses focus on learning how to read a horoscope for yourself and others.
Know Thy Stars: Astrological Keys for Self-Understanding
Astrology goes far deeper than “what’s your sign?” ? it’s an ancient art which can help you discover your inner strengths and your soul’s calling. We’ll briefly explore the history of astrology and how to construct an astrological chart, a map of the sky at the time and place of birth. By learning to interpret meanings of planets, signs, houses and other elements of any chart, you’ll gain valuable insight into yourself and others.
Cosmic Clocks: How to Forecast with Astrology
The ancients knew there is a time for everything under the Sun. Learn to read the cosmic clock as a tool for understanding our personal story. In this class we’ll learn to analyze transits, progressions and solar return charts to get an overview of the upcoming events in our lives.
Star-Crossed Love: The Astrology of Relationships
Ever wondered why it seems you’ve known some people forever? And some just rub you the wrong way? See what your chart has to say about your relationship style, and learn how others’ “stars” affect you. Bi-wheel, synastry and composite relationship charts provided to participants.
All in the Family: Astrology and Family Dynamics
Family patterns of relationships are mirrored in the astrological relationships between charts. By exploring the charts of your relatives, you can gain insight into family dynamics and consider new avenues for healing. (Family members’ birth information is needed for this class.)
Hearing Your Call: Vocational Astrology
When asked how a person can create a fulfilling life, Joseph Campbell replied with a quote from ancient Sanskrit wisdom: Follow your bliss. Astrology is a great tool discovering your own bliss and finding your calling in life. Learn how to read the clues in your own horoscope; natal charts will be provided in class.
Astrolocality: The Astrology of Place
One place makes you feel energized. Another makes you want to hide under the bed. Discover your personal astrological map for finding career success, romance or just relaxation. A great class if you want to relocate, or are just looking for new vacation spots.
Introduction to Divination Courses
Introduction to Divination
Can you find meaning in the position of planets, the movements of clouds, or the lines on your hand? Divination is the ancient practice of using psychological, intuitive or other hidden means to discover information about the past, present or future from natural events. In this class, we’ll explore different forms of divination, and you’ll have the chance to try them out for yourself to see if they work for you. You’ll also learn ways to develop your own unique intuitive style.
Tarot for Beginners
Take an expedition into the world of Tarot. In this class we’ll follow the Fool on his journey through the Major and Minor Arcana and reflect on how Tarot images manifest in our daily lives. By the end of the class, you’ll be ready to read the cards yourself and your friends.
Palmistry for Beginners
Do you hold the keys to your fate in the palm of your hands? Palmistry is the study of what your hands reveal about who you are and what you want from your life. In this class, we’ll briefly explore the history and evolution of palmistry. Then you’ll make a set of prints of your own hands, and learn simple techniques for interpreting the meaning of lines on your palms and fingertips.
Reading Tea Leaves for Beginners
Have you ever wanted to amaze your friends by reading their fortunes in a cup of tea? Tea leaf reading, or tasseography, is the art of interpreting the symbols created by tea leaves (or coffee grounds) left in the bottom of a cup. In this class, we’ll briefly explore the history and evolution of reading tea leaves. You’ll learn secrets of how to choose the best tea, tea pot and cups for a reading. Then explore simple techniques for interpreting the traditional meaning of the patterns formed by tea leaves in the bottom of a cup.
Other Metaphysical Training
Love Your Sensitivity! How to be a psychic, intuitive or empath without overloading your circuits
Are you overwhelmed by noise, crowds, stores, the strong emotions of others, or vivid dreams that linger? Would you consider yourself an intuitive, psychic or empath who has often wished you had an off switch? If so, this is the workshop for you. As a child, Donna Woodwell’s psychic sensitivities made her literally sick. Her illness put her on a path to discover not only how to manage her abilities, but to use them to thrive (and have fun!) In this workshop, she’ll share practical techniques you can start using immediately including meditations, herbs, flower essences, psychic skills and more.
The Healing Art: Practical Hands-on Healing Techniques
The ancient art of hands-on healing can help you become a more conscious participant in your health and well-being. This class takes a practical, common sense approach to energy work through guided meditations, Reiki attunements and hands-on experience. Students should wear comfortable clothing and bring a pillow to class.
Dreamworking: How to harness your dreams for fun and creative-problem solving
Artists, Nobel prize winners, entrepreneurs, and athletes have learned to unlock the secrets of dreaming to maximize their potential. In this workshop, Donna Woodwell will share how you too can tap into the problem-solving potential of your own dreams. You’ll learn techniques for improving your dream recall, how to request specific information in dreams, how to work with dream images in the waking world, and more. This workshop is suitable for both those with an established dream practice as well as those new to dream-walking adventures.
Skills for Living a Balanced Life
Know Thyself: Ancient Techniques for Self-Knowledge and Well-Being
To ancient Greeks and Romans, philosophy was not simply an intellectual curiosity, but also a set a practices meant to bring greater enlightenment and self-mastery. Many of these practices are just as relevant to the human condition today. In Part One of this workshop, we’ll review some basic tenets of the Greek and Roman metaphysical philosophical worldviews. Part Two explores some of the “spiritual exercises” they practiced, as well as tips on how you can use them to improve your own life. Finally in Part Three, we look at the connections between these practices and modern astrology and astrological magic.
Creativity on Demand: Summoning the powers of your inspired imagination
The modern world often requires “Creativity on Demand.” Whether you’re writing a new book, meeting a project deadline at work, brainstorming a new product, or just want to write a clever Facebook post – there’s no time to wait for the mood to strike. Creative catalyst Donna Woodwell will share the latest science on how creativity works, and how you can use that knowledge to unlock your own creative potential. Workshop includes a live guided meditation as well as easy techniques you can incorporate into your own life and work.
Esoteric Studies for the Serious Student
Astral Theurgy & Magic in the Ancient World
(With Joseph Crane & Donna Woodwell)
Modern astrology is the latest incarnation of the ancient Western esoteric tradition, which used celestial metaphors as an allegory and a pathway for enlightenment. In this workshop series, we’ll explore the mystery, magical and philosophical traditions of the cultures that gave birth to astrology (as we know it in the West.) The insight you’ll gain from their ancient spiritual worldview will deepen your astrology practice, and bring you greater appreciation for the Western metaphysical tradition.
Session 1: Ancient Mystery Traditions
Session 2: Magic in the Hellenistic World
Session 3: Neoplatonism & Astral Theurgy
Session 4: Hermeticism
Astrology, Alchemy & Magic in the Renaissance
(With Donna Woodwell & Russ von Ohlhausen)
Rather than simple “fatalism,” Renaissance astrology, alchemy and magic worked together to create a holistic and humanistic vision for harmonizing with a living cosmos. In this historical-and-practical workshop, Donna Woodwell will tell the stories of the Renaissance scholars, astrologers, alchemists and magicians who saved astrology and help pass it down to our modern age. You may even be inspired to add some of their magical worldview and techniques to your modern astrological practice.
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
Business Skills for Astrologers & Other Holistic Practitioners
Marketing 101 for Astrologers
So, you’ve decided to be a professional astrologer. How do you attract the clients you need to sustain your practice? In this 4-hour intensive workshop, Donna Woodwell and Kathryn Andren, both full-time professional astrologers, will lead you through how to create an implement a marketing plan for your astrological practice. By the end of this workshop, you should have the tools you need to take your astrology business to the next level in 2015.
Objectives of the class include how to:
- Clarify what you offer, and be comfortable talking about it
- Understand your strengths and utilize them
- How to identify your target market and speak their language
- Use your content to market yourself
- Brainstorm low-cost strategies to get the message out about what you offer
- Build your marketing community
- Create an actionable marketing plan around your products and services