Why use Essential Dignities? Because they are a crucial part of good interpretation. From William Lilly's book Christian Astrology (1647), Chapter 18 (with the spellings modernized):
The exact way of judicature [interpretation] in Astrology is,
- First, by being perfect in the nature of the planets and Signs.
- Second, by knowing the strength, fortitude or debility of the Planets, Significators, and a well posing of them and their aspects and several mixtures, in your judgment.
- Third, by rightly applying the influence of the position of Heaven erected, and the Planets aspects to one another at the time of the Question, according to natural (and not enforced) maxims of Art; for by how much you endeavour to strain a judgment beyond nature, by so much the more you augment your Error.
A Planet is then said to be really strong when he has many Essential dignities, which are known, by his being either in his House [Rulership], Exaltation, Triplicity, Term or Face, at time of the erecting the Figure [chart].
Instructors; Joseph Crane and Enid Newberg
Begins April 21, 2016. Meets for 6 Weeks on Thursdays, beginning at 5:30 pm Pacific Time.
What happens to us when we die? Is there nothing forever, are there realms of the afterlife, have we lived before and will live again in human form? Or will we exist in a different form that we can still call “me”? Are we planning for an eternal outcome or to come back again into another life, maybe a better one, maybe as a spiritual entity, or to become absorbed into Universal, without separate identity?
These have been important matters for many for a long time; astrologers too, reflecting their cultures over the centuries, have pondered these issues. These are some of the questions we’ll work with in this course. We begin in ancient India and travel through the ideas of both East and West to see their enormous impact on astrology from the theosophical movement to evolutionary astrology today.
Instructors; Joseph Crane and Enid Newberg.
Is there a connection between our soul, the larger universe, and our calling in life? Can astrology help us with these questions?
In this course, we will look at the connection between the Soul and the World. We begin in the Renaissance with an investigation of how soul is also universal. Thus we are part of and within the universe’s grand plan – this is soul as Calling. What is the intersection of individual and universal soul? We can call it magic.
Character, Karma and Calling: Astrologies of Soul - Psyche & Character.
Instructors; Joseph Crane and Enid Newberg.
6 Weeks on Thursdays, beginning at 5:30 pm Pacific Time.
Students can take E520A, E520B and E520C to apply toward a diploma elective.
Explore the different dimensions of our experience of soul. Discover and how soul, psyche and astrological psychology are entwined.
In this course, students will start their travel in the ancient world. Here we find soul described as our energetic presence in the world that manifests in our we live our life. Moving through the centuries, students will see how this concept is still present in modern times in our ideas about character, in psychology and in astrological interpretation.
The ancient world saw soul as body and mind, as breath and life force, as our basic nature that outlives the body, and as the self that reveals itself to others. Here are the beginning investigations of why we say someone is a "good soul" and how the cracks and breaks in soul express in "character flaws." These ideas also form the bedrock of what we consider "the Good Life” and how a soul can act in harmony with itself and the world.
Throughout this course, students will grow their understanding of how astrological psychology incorporates these concepts and how this understanding can enliven and deepen astrological interpretation. Students will also play the astrological daemons (planetary guides) and how they can be applied to an individuals’ natal charts.
And since Eastern ideas have also been a strong influence in how we view the soul, we will also take a short excursion to the East to look at the development of the subtle body and subtle energy midway between body and soul.
Weekly topics include:
The required book is:
Cousineau, Phil, Soul: An Archeology. (1994) Harper/San Francisco
This book has a large number of excerpts from works from ancient through modern times that all relate to different perspectives on soul. Many of these excerpts will be on the reading lists for all three of these short courses on soul (E520A, E520B, E520C).
The soul’s crises and cultivations are one of the reasons we work with astrology. And this concern for the soul has been part of astrology throughout its history. This three-part program is the most comprehensive treatment of soul and astrology offered anywhere. It traces the connections between our ideas about soul in philosophy, religion and astrology, through Western and Eastern history and practice. It will introduce you to a range of perspectives and applications that can aid in living a good life and help sustain the spirit through life's transitions.