Instructors: Kenneth Miller & Tamira McGillivray
Saturday March 7, 2015 from 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM PDT


We all have planetary energies in our charts that prove challenging. And sometimes transits or progressions seem to bring out the worst!

Vedic astrology uses techniques that they call "remedial measures" to actively work with the planetary energies to help them express in a more positive fashion. There are also tools in Western astrology that be used to help mediate challenging planetary energies.  This workshop will give you a brief overview of the history of remedial measures and then provide practical, hands-on techniques to create your own remedial measures based on your chart.  

register blueThree 3-hour Workshops over 3 weeks ($39 each) 
Saturdays, April 18, 25 and May 2, 2015
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM PDT
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Like other indigenous cultures, the Western world had its own shamanic-magical tradition which has been infused into astrology since its inception. In this 3 workshop series, astrologer Donna Woodwell will revisit the ancient roots of this wisdom tradition, as well as suggest some modern-day techniques to access this stream in your contemporary astrology practice.

Date: March 28, 2015
Time: 9:00 am - 12:00 am PDT

Madalyn Hillis-Dineen will teach you all you need to know about Solar Fire 9 in order to get started with your Solar Fire program.

The workshop covers setting preferences, creating and editing files, casting charts of all types, creating dynamic reports, using chart animation, aspect highlighting and filtering, creating a graphic ephemeris, the ephemeris generator, and the eclipse and electional searches.

In short, everything you need to know to browse through time with Solar Fire. We'll also cover editing wheels and custom pages and review the new features in version 9.

register bluePresented by Donna Woodwell
February 28, 2015 

From 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM PST / 12:00 - 3:00 PM EST

Ancient astrologers practiced what they preached, and preached what they practiced. For the Greeks and Romans, philosophy wasn't just a set of intellectual observations, but a way of life that included spiritual practices intended to bring greater enlightenment and self-mastery. Many of these practices are timeless; indeed, modern psychology is rediscovering their importance. In this workshop, we'll review some of their techniques and learn how we can incorporate them into our own spiritual work.

(1) We'll review some basic tenets of the Greek and Roman philosophical worldviews (Stoicism, Epicureanism, etc.) inhabited by ancient astrologers of the day.
(2) We'll examine some of the "spiritual exercises" practiced by these philosophers, such as Porphyry and Marcus Aurelius, including:

  • Attention (prosoche), a 24/7 self-conscious awareness
  • Meditation (meletai), to reflect on one's actions
  • Research (zetesis), investigation (skepsis) and reading (anagnosis), to collect information for exploration
  • Listening (akroasis), to be open to experiences

(3) You'll learn techniques to practice these exercises yourself to increase your spiritual awareness, or to share them with your astrological clients to help them work with their own chart energies.

Donna WoodwellBIO

As an astrologer, hypnotist, and member of a Hermetic order, workshop instructor Donna Woodwell has more than 20 years' personal experience practicing modern descendants of these ancient techniques. Her real-life anecdotes will illustrate the perks and challenges of living philosophically in a modern world. In addition to her private consultations, Donna hosts a weekly call-in radio show Donna Philosophica, writes for, and leads workshops and discussion groups online. She teaches astrology and esoteric studies at Kepler College and at UT Informal Classes. She's currently working on a book about the modern-day applications of astral theurgy. Find out more at