Courses, Classes, and Lessons
Please note that the information on this page will be revised from time to time. Please Email Dawn for details at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are planning on taking a class.
The latest news on course information will be in The Widening Gyre, plus advance bookings and discounts.
A new course of ASTROLOGY AND ALCHEMY WILL BE OFFERED TOWARDS THE END OF 2016. The requirements for this course have changed, as has the nature of the course, and there will be a selection process involved. The class remains together over the course of time and there is research and group work. Once you are admitted, you are not required to take all of the courses, but a certain amount of commitment is necessary. If you are not one of my students, you will be tested on your astrological aptitude before you are admitted. Be aware that this is not so much a technique course as a discussion course very different from the other courses I offer. The class will join via conference call from time to time. If you are not inclined to discuss concepts of astrology, this is not the course for you. We are rethinking astrological symbolism from the ground up, and what role it may play in the future.
A NEW COURSE ON THE ASTROLOGICAL SYMBOLISM IN SHAKESPEARE’S WORK IS IN DEVELOPMENT. MORE NEWS SOON.
THE BASICS REDUX: Rethinking the Foundations of Astrology
Think Virgos are fussy, Cancers are maternal and Librans dither? Think trines are easy and the Ascendant is ‘the Mask?’ Think again…Please use the site’s search engine typing in “Basics Redux” for details. Basics Redux goes deep into the esoteric meanings behind all the common astrological tools we use: number, polarity, planetary alignment, aspects and signs. There is also a class devoted to the phasal relationship of the Sun and the Moon and how that determines personality type.
BASICS REDUX WILL NO LONGER BE TAUGHT. THE SAME MATERIAL, PLUS MUCH, MUCH MORE, WILL BE FOUND IN ‘THE FOUNDATIONS COURSE,’ WHICH WILL BE AVAILABLE AS A SELF-STUDY COURSE. YOU WILL HAVE THE OPTION OF BUYING THE COURSE ON ITS OWN, OR BUYING THE COURSE WITH TUTORIAL TIME FROM ME. AN ANNOUNCEMENT ABOUT THE COURSE WILL BE MADE SHORTLY.
THE DARK GODDESS: An in-depth exploration of the role of the four major asteroids and the Black Moon Lilith in the chart. This 10 lesson course is given in two sequential parts. Part One is offered once per year and explores the role of each asteroid and BML in the natal chart. Part 2, offered less frequently, explores the same in synastry. These lessons ask us to examine what is the changing role of the feminine not only in our chart but in our culture. You will never be able to look at a chart the same way again. The course unveils a deeper level of meaning in the chart that we have not previously been able to tap. The gift the goddesses give us is to teach us how to perceive and negotiate the world here and now–they infer a respect for life and the cycles of time that define us.
CROSSROADS OF CONSCIOUSNESS: This course takes us on the journey we all must take in this lifetime. It covers the deeper meaning behind the cycles of the chart that all of us experience at the same time in life: the Nodal returns at 19, 37 and 56, the progressed lunar returns at 27 and 55, the Saturn returns at 30 and 58, the Chiron return at 50, and our Jupiter returns at 12 year intervals. We put these into the context of the chart and discover the power and available wisdom in return charts. The universe gives us many opportunities to learn our lessons, and this course shows us where we have greater access to these opportunities. It shows us that, far from being a descent into powerlessness, our later years are filled with creativity and opportunity. This course will be taught again in 2017.
DEEP CUTS: SESSIONS IN SYNTHESIS
THE DEEP CUTS COURSE CONCENTRATES ON CHART SYNTHESIS AND ON THE USE OF PLANETARY DISPOSITORS AND HOUSE RULERSHIPS TO UNCOVER UNIFYING THEMES IN THE CHART. DEEP CUTS WILL STEER YOU CLEAR OF EXPERIENCING ASTROLOGY AS A LIST OF ASPECTS, AND WILL HELP YOU TO UNDERSTAND THE CHART FROM THE CLIENT’S POINT OF VIEW. EACH DEEP CUTS CLASS HAS A THEME AND CHARTS ARE ANALYZED IN DETAIL, INCLUDING TRANSITS AND PROGRESSIONS. USUALLY THREE THEMES/SETS OF CHARTS PER COURSE. DEEP CUTS IS OFFERED THREE OR FOUR TIMES A YEAR, SO PLEASE CHECK THE SITE AND THE GYRE FOR THE NEXT ANNOUNCEMENT. THE DEEP COURSE CLASS IS ALWAYS NEW, SO STUDENTS WHO HAVE TAKEN IT BEFORE MAY TACKLE DIFFERENT THEMES AND TECHNIQUES.
The Following Two Classes Are Available by Appointment at Any Time:
AN INTRODUCTION TO THE DRACONIC CHART
A One-Off Workshop class that is part workshop, part reading: $125 for one 90 minute session.
The Draconic Chart shows your life path from the point of view of your Nodes and your evolving consciousness, but is much more than that. The Draconic chart reveals the way we experience ourselves and how we define our inner truth. It shows our true reactions to ourselves and our environment, and is, at times, painfully intimate. Contacts between the Draconic chart and the natal show the true being beneath the surface of our lives. We will look at how to begin interpreting Draconic Charts both in the natal and in synastry.
CHIRON: BEYOND THE WOUND
Much emphasis is put on Chiron’s wound, but the reality is that he represents much more than our vulnerability. Chiron represents what our true power is and what our legacy should be. The sign, house, and aspects of Chiron describe our greatest wisdom. This class is part lesson and part workshop and will use the students own charts as well as selected charts. The class lasts 90 minutes and is $125. The class focuses on personal empowerment and guides us to working with Chiron in the world.
Stay tuned for announcements, or sign up for The Widening Gyre, the Inner Wheel Newsletter, to get advance notice of when these classes will be on offer.
I’M SORRY TO ANNOUNCE THAT ONGOING TUTORING SESSIONS HAVE BEEN SUSPENDED FOR THE NEAR FUTURE. IT’S POSSIBLE THAT THEY WILL START UP AGAIN AT SOME POINT NEXT WINTER; PLEASE KEEP CHECKING THIS PAGE FOR FUTURE ANNOUNCEMENTS.
The Advanced Synastry Course will be taught once a year. Please see the site archives for details. The last course was offered in Spring of 2016. The Synastry course includes: analyzing individual charts for relationship issues; comparing the natal charts; the special role of the outer planets and Chiron in synastry; the Nodes of the Moon in synastry; both the midpoint and Davison composite charts and the differences between them; intro to progressed composites. The course varies slightly from time to time.
Soul Points in Synastry: (For Students who have completed Advanced Synastry). This course is currently being revised.
Why does it feel like fate? This course takes a look at the more unusual compelling contacts between charts. We analyze three case studies using the more esoteric points and aspects in natal and composite charts: the Nodes, the Vertex, Draconic Charts, Coalescent Charts, harmonic charts and the five, seven and nine series of aspects.
The Secondary Progressions Courses:
Twice yearly, Dawn offers a series of lessons on how to read Secondary Progressions. The lessons consist of 7 hour long classes on reading the progressed chart in depth. Much of this information and technique is new (based on Dawn’s extensive research and experience in using the secondary progressed chart) and cannot be obtained elsewhere. The fee is $295 , and can be paid in two installments. PROGRESSIONS ONE IS A PRE-REQUISITE for PROGRESSIONS TWO/Advanced Progressed Synastry. No exceptions.
Advanced Progressed Synastry (formerly known as Progressions Two)
A sample course outline for Progressions Two:
Part One: Finding a Partner
We all want to be in a relationship, but are we prepared? Being in a relationship is often a question of finding the right person at the right time. Are we as ready as we think we are? The progressed chart, more than any other indicator, is key to finding whether or not we are ripe to find that special someone.
Part Two: The Venus Cycle and Longevity
Different types of relationship and how to spot them. Can we tell how long it will last?
Meeting Charts: are they valid?
Part Three: The Sun/Moon Cycle, Endings and Beginnings
How the Soli-Lunar cycle via progression relates to relationship.
Includes discussion of sexual maturity as related to the angles, cardinal houses, cardinal signs and their rulers.
We all meet people who are stuck at an immature level of relating. This lesson focuses on the relationship between the Progressed Moon, the Progressed Sun and transiting Saturn, and their role in developing sexual and psychological maturity.
Part Four and Five: Progressing the Composite Charts; Working with the different functions of the progressed midpoint chart and the Davison charts. How do personal changes affect the Composite (comparing natal Progressed to Composite) or how do changes in the relationship (Progressed Composite) affect the individual (natal or progressed)?
Both the midpoint chart and the Davison charts are eye-openers when progressed. What are the differences between the two? How can you predict conflict/healing?
Part Six: Crisis and Conflict
Learn how to spot major relationship ‘tests’ via progression. Case Study: Relationship Through A Lifetime. Adding transits.
Part Seven: Fine tuning the Progressed Synastry
The role of the Progressed Nodes. What happens when the Nodes change sign/house by progression? What happens when Progressed planets hit the nodes or angles? A word about the Black Moon in relationship.