DPL-15 Counseling Astrology I: Foundations in Psychological Astrology

Please contact education@astrocollege.org for further information on this course.

Instructor: Laura Tadd

This six-week online course explores the origins of psychological astrology and how it differs from a more divinatory application of the cosmology. To understand how astrology came to be paired with psychology, we will explore psychologist C. G. Jung’s application of astrology. We will also examine Roberto Assagioli’s (founder of psychosynthesis) use of the cosmology. Additionally, we will discuss the integration of astrology by current psychological theorists such as Stanislav Grof and the movement of present-day psychologists who are integrating astrology into their practice. Next, we will investigate prominent astrologers who work in a counseling capacity, such as Dane Rudhyar, Liz Green, Alice O Howell, Mark Jones, and others.

Once you have a foundational understanding of how astrology has evolved into a therapeutic tool, we will consider the meaning of the Planets and Luminaries through a psychological lens. Lastly, we will look at some of the key planetary cycles concerning one’s own psychological development.

A basic understanding of natal astrology is needed. If you are not an IAA Diploma Program student, you can access this course (no homework, no final exam, no credit).

Reading list for Course

Jungian Symbolism in Astrology – Alice O Howell

Making the Gods Work for You: The Astrological Language of the Psyche – Caroline Casey

Midlife Is Not a Crisis: Using Astrology to Thrive in the Second Half of Life – Virginia Bell

Weekly Topics

  1. What psychological astrology is and is not.
  2. Astrological Psychology: Psychologists who use(d) astrology in their practice.
  3. Psychological Astrology: Astrologers who use(d) astrology therapeutically
  4. Personal Planets
  5. Social and Transpersonal Planets
  6. Important Planetary Cycles and Psychological Development
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