The EA School Online will offer five modules which correspond with its Two-tier Certification Program. At the moment only Module 1 is available. The remaining modules will become available in the course of 2019 to 2020.
Modules 1 to 3 prepare for certification as evolutionary astrologer
Module 1: Basic Principles & Evolutionary Axis
Module 2: Working therapeutically with the Moon and its Nodes, Evolutionary Axis: Special Placements, Planetary Method (part 1)
Module 3: Planetary Method (part 2), Moon Phases & Aspects, Evolutionary Transits & Progressions
Module 4 & 5 prepare for certification as therapeutic evolutionary astrologer
Module 4: working therapeutically with the Trauma Helix, working therapeutically with Chiron, introduction to psychosynthesis
Module 5: working therapeutically with the planetary nodes, integration of EA and psychosynthesis
Before we move on to a breakdown of each module, it is important to note that the school´s certification program does not aim to help you individuate, assist you in your personal growth, help you self-realize, self-actualize of self-express. Its aim is to train and prepare you to work professionally as a (therapeutic) evolutionary astrologer. Although delving deep into EA may and almost certainly will help you in your personal growth, the objective of this school is to hand you the astrological and therapeutic tools to assist clients.
Breakdown of Modules
MODULE 1: BASIC PRINCIPLES & EVOLUTIONARY AXIS
In this first Module we start off by exploring the philosophical and metaphysical underpinnings of EA. The terms Source, soul and ego are defined and a model is presented that explores how the three might be related in terms of the Evolution of Consciousness.
After an in-depth Journey through the Twelve Astrological Archetypes – which are the ABC of astrological language – we dive straight into chart analysis. No overview of Pluto through the houses and signs is given since all twelve possible Pluto placements will come up in the many chart analyses that feature in the five modules. All that is needed to interpret Pluto by house & sign is a thorough understanding of the twelve astrological archetypes.
The charts of Charles, Prince of Wales, Lance Armstrong and Vincent Van Gogh are used to show and practice how the Evolutionary Axis as the foundation of EA chart analysis is set up.
The final two chapters of this first module are dedicated to skipped steps (chapter 4) and the Uranus placement (chapter 5), with the latter indicative of memories of traumatic events carried over from prior lifetimes to the current one. Much attention is paid to how to integrate skipped steps and the Uranus placement into your findings of the Evolutionary Axis, so that one coherent whole emerge.
In the chapter on Uranus the model of the Multidimensional Psyche is presented and explained, using the work of Roger Woolger and Stanislav Grof.
Already in this first module you are handed important therapeutic tools that will stand you in good stead when working with clients. Upon completion of this first module you will have gained an insight into the soul´s deepest drives and how they interlock with the Life Lived by the person: your client.
WORKING THERAPEUTICALLY WITH THE MOON AND ITS NODES, EVOLUTIONARY AXIS: SPECIAL PLACEMENTS, PLANETARY METHOD
The first part of this module is dedicated to restoring the Moon to its rightful place in EA chart analysis: as the point of maximum tension between her own south and north node. The meeting between the known (south node of the Moon) and the unknown (the north node of the Moon, which is felt by the Moon in the now instead of in the future) creates resistance. The Moon by house and sign is the response the person (i.e. the Moon) comes up with as the resistance is felt. Since the north node of the Moon is the facilitator of the soul´s intentions for the current life (i.e. the Pluto Polarity Point), the Moon´s response will have a direct bearing on soul evolution. This teaching on the Moon and her nodes is one of the four pillars supporting the edifice of therapeutic evolutionary astrology. The remaining three are: 1. the Trauma Helix 2. Chiron 3. the Planetary Nodes.
The teaching on the Moon and its nodes will hand you a most powerful therapeutic tool since your client´s problems and predicaments will invariably be related to the resistance the Moon (i.e. your client) feels between the comfort of the known (south node of the Moon) and the challenge, unsafety and unchartered waters of the unknown (north node of the Moon).
The second part of this module looks at special placements you might run into when conducting an analysis of the Evolutionary Axis. These are: Pluto conjunct the north node (NN) of the Moon, planets conjunct the NN of the Moon, Pluto conjunct the south node (SN) of the Moon, planets conjunct the SN of the Moon, planets conjunct the NN ruler, planets conjunct the SN ruler, the NN ruler conjunct the SN, the SN ruler conjunct the NN, the NN ruler conjunct the SN and the SN ruler conjunct the NN, the NN ruler is a skipped step, the SN ruler is a skipped step, the SN ruler conjunct the NN ruler, etc. There is a special chapter on how to interpret paradoxical Pluto placements (f.e. Yoko Ono´s Pluto 10th house Cancer, David Koresch´s Pluto 12th house Virgo etc.) and paradoxical Nodal Axes (f.e. Richard Nixon´s SN 1st house Libra and NN 7th house Aries, David Koresch´s SN 7th house Aries and NN 1st house Libra, etc.). Additionally, an entire chapter looks at how to distinguish and put into words Pluto placements that use the same archetypes (f.e. Josef Mengele´s Pluto in the 12th house Gemini versus Charles Darwin´s Pluto in the 3rd house Pisces, Carl Jung´s Pluto in the 3rd house Taurus versus Greta Garbo´s Pluto in the 2nd house Gemini).
In the third part of this module we turn our attention to the Planetary Method. The Planetary Method – devised by Jeffrey Green – answers the question why the soul has deemed it necessary to have a planet in a certain house and sign. It tells you what the specific contribution of that planet is to the soul´s intentions for the current life.
Why is Richard Nixon´s Saturn in the 9th house Taurus? Translated to English: why is it so important to a soul wishing to evolve to the 4th house Sagittarius (emotional honesty) that the particular consciousness it uses to get there is structured in such a way as to consolidate (Taurus) truthfulness (9th house)? And, what is the effect this intended grounding of truthfulness has on his fifth house, which it rules? What influence is that Saturn wielding over his Sun as the integrative principle around which everything revolves in his life, i.e. to carry his leadership (5th house) responsibly (Capricorn). Does Saturn´s rulership of the 5th house mean that its influence is extended to Uranus in Aquarius there, i.e. the trauma to that leadership when service to the greater whole is not understood (Uranus ruling the 6th house)?
I hope you are beginning to get a feel for the kinds of questions that arise from using the Planetary Method and how relevant these can prove in a therapeutic setting. This is the kind of approach you can expect in this second module.
Another example: why is it so important to Agatha Christie´s Pluto-NN conjunction in the 10th house Gemini that her Venus be in the 3rd house Scorpio? Translated to English: why is it essential to a soul buoying up Christie (Pluto conjunct the north node of the Moon) in her efforts to gain notoriety in the world (10th house) as a writer (Gemini) that Agatha´s prime relationship (Venus) be with her deep commitment (Scorpio) to the written word (3rd house)? And, what is the effect of that Venus on the 10th house of career, which it rules?
This is the kind of analysis we will undertake for each of the planets in a given chart. Of which there will be many, not just the ones I present Online but, more importantly still, the ones you bring to our Zoom Virtual Classroom to go through and practice together.
Aspect configurations (Yod, Grand Trine) are understood once the key players involved in them have been identified using the Planetary Method. A variety of charts (Carl Jung, Agatha Christie, Richard Nixon, Lewis Carroll, Greta Garbo, Nina Simone, Natascha Kampusch, Nannerl Mozart, Anne Frank, Barbro Karlén) is used to illustrate this.
At the end of Module 2 you will have
>a thorough understanding of where the soul is coming from and wishes to evolve towards and how this interlocks with evolution on the level of the Moon (i.e. your client)
>a thorough understanding of evolutionary blocks (skipped steps) that have impeded the movement from the south node of the Moon to the north node of the Moon and how these have affected soul evolution, prompting the soul to bring these unresolved issues into the current life in an attempt to solve them
>a thorough understanding of memories of events which were experienced as traumatic by prior-life selves (Uranus) and how these are carried over into the current life by the soul in an attempt to go beyond them
>a thorough understanding of how the specific trauma you are looking at and its reenactment in the current-life (of your client) serves the soul´s purposes. You will be able to formulate an answer to the question: “how does this kind of trauma contribute to the soul getting to where it seeks to evolve towards?
>a thorough understanding of how the Moon by house and sign is constantly challenged to come up with an apt response to the tension between her own south node (the known) and her own north node (the unknown)
>acquired the skill to relate the Moon´s response back to one or more problems your client brings to the consultation table.
>acquired the skill of how to interpret special placements found on the Evolutionary Axis
>a thorough understanding of why the soul has deemed it important to have a certain planet in a certain house and sign and operating under certain aspects.
MODULE 3: PLANETARY METHOD, MOON PHASES & ASPECTS , EVOLUTIONARY TRANSITS & PROGRESSIONS
Since it is so important in EA chart analysis, the first part of this third module offers more opportunity to practice the Planetary Method. Using several case studies I show you how you can apply it successfully. The charts discussed in this part also serve as an overhaul of all the work done so far. More practice is offered in setting up the Evolutionary Axis, how to put into words the resistance felt by the Moon and its response to it (and how to recognize it when working with clients), how to interpret special placements you might encounter as you go through an analysis of the Evolutionary Axis, etc.
In the second part of this module we turn our attention to Aspects and how to interpret them. Aspects in EA happen within eight Moon Phases. After an introductory chapter on what these phases and the aspects found within each mean, we proceed to an analysis of aspects found in the chart of Carl Jung.
Following an analysis of his Evolutionary Axis and the application of the Planetary Method, a full aspect analysis will be given, showing why certain planets are in conversation with each other, what that conversation consists of and how it serves the soul´s purposes. You will get answers to questions like: “what is the difference between Jung´s Jupiter-Mars Crescent Phase sextile and his Saturn-Mars Last Quarter sextile,” and, “how does each contribute to Jung´s Pluto Polarity Point in the 9th house Scorpio?”
Many charts will be used to show you how to interpret aspects in EA. Prince Charles´ is one of them. Once we know what Prince Charles´ Mercury is doing in the 4th house Scorpio and we understand why the soul needs to have his Uranus in the 12th house Gemini, we can explore the conversation between the two. That conversation is the aspect. Which in this case is a trine. Here, it is energy that flows easily between a trauma charge (Uranus) and something which has had a direct and decisive influence on past lives (Mercury conjunct the south node of the Moon).
Based on these findings we will do away with:
A. cookie-cutter descriptions of planets in signs along the lines of Venus in Aries is bold, brazen and courageous, or Venus in Scorpio is intense, passionate and paranoid. From the Nixon and Christie examples given above it will be clear that these descriptions are wholly untenable from an evolutionary perspective.
B. the notion of ´easy´ and ´hard´ aspects. Each of them in their own specific way contributes to the evolutionary intentions the soul has for the current life (i.e. the so-called Pluto Polarity Point). A square could be just what the doctor (in this case the soul) ordered. To qualify it as ´a difficult aspect´ is to not understand evolution.
In the second part of this module we will discover how the original evolutionary intent of a planet – which we established using the Planetary Method – at a certain point in time makes its influence felt in a certain area of a person´s life. This certain point in time can be via transits or via secondary progressions (primary directions and solar arcs will not be looked at since the EA reasoning is the same and these techniques can be learned elsewhere. There are many teachers – better equipped than I am in these matters – who offer courses on these and other predictive techniques)
An example may illustrate the approach followed: what happened when Jung´s secondary progressed Mercury reached the 8th house of choice, which it rules?
For an answer to the question we need to establish what his natal Mercury skipped step is doing in the 6th house Cancer. Although the full analysis can be found in my book Intercepted Signs: Encoded Messages from the Soul (chapter 6), I will briefly summarize it for you: the emotional insecurity (Cancer) felt as a result of his perceived lack (6th house) in all matters discriminative thinking (6th house), had – following its own internal clock and programming (secondary progression) – reached the house where he needed to make a critical (Virgo) choice (8th house) as to which intellectual framework (Mercury) to deeply merge with and which not (Virgo on the cusp of the 8th house).
Why was this such a decisive moment in terms of the evolutionary intentions the soul had for the current life? Because it was vital that this choice be made if the soul was to undo its intellectual stuckness (Pluto 3rd house Taurus), lay down the shackles of reason and logic (3rd house) and evolve to the intuited truths (9th house Pluto Polarity Point) that would open up (Pluto Polarity Point in Scorpio) whole new realms to the psyche.
This, useful as it may be, is only one part of the approach followed in this module. You will also learn how to understand and interpret the subtle interplay between transits and secondary progressions at any given point in a person´s life. In Jung´s case:
As his secondary progressed Mercury slowly but surely made its way into the 8th house, Jung´s Jupiter via transit was bang on his secondary progressed Mars 11th house Capricorn, ruler of his NN: the need to restore balance in his dependency on someone else´s vision – the intent of his natal Jupiter 9th house Libra – was visiting a secondary progressed Mars heeding the clarion call of its own internal genetic code, telling it to assume responsibility (Capricorn) for his own individuation (11th house).
It is the interplay of Jung´s secondary progressed Mercury in the 8th house and his Jupiter transit on his secondary progressed Mars that makes this such a watershed moment in Jung´s life. It was the moment he broke with Sigmund Freud.
Many more examples of this interplay are given using several charts of well-known people.
Retrograde planets in this EA School Online will be dealt with as we run into them since they can only be understood against the backdrop of the Evolutionary Axis and after applying the Planetary Method.
By way of example: only when we know why Jung´s Saturn is in the 1st house Aquarius and what its contribution is to Jung´s 9th house Scorpio Pluto Polarity Point, can we say something sensible about why the soul chose to have it retrograde.
To finetune the question for you: why is it important to a soul wishing to give up its intellectual back cover (Pluto 3rd house Taurus) – which has become its stagnation – that the consciousness of its vehicle (Jung) should be structured in such a way as to objectify (Aquarius) its identity (1st house)? Why is this Saturn energy turned inward to deeply reflect on these matters and do so throughout Jung´s lifetime? Could this have something to do with the hefty dependency on and need to merge with someone else´s vision that left such an indelible mark on prior-life selves? (south node of the Moon 8th house Libra conjunct Jupiter 9th house Libra)
Upon completion of Module 3 you will have
>acquired the skill to interpret and give words to the conversation going on between two planets (i.e. the aspect) or between more than two planets (f.e. a Yod, a Grand Square, a Grand Trine, etc.)
>a thorough understanding of how the aspect (trine, square, inconjunct) or aspect configuration (Yod, Grand Square, Grand Trine, etc.) contributes to the soul´s evolutionary intentions for the current life.
>acquired the skill to interpret aspects in Moon Phases and understand their specific contribution to the soul´s evolutionary intentions for the current life.
>acquired the skill to put into words how the original intent of a planet (established through application of the Planetary Method) affects a natal planet or point (a lunar node, for example) it visits via transit and what evolutionary possibilities the meeting of the two opens up.
>acquired the skill to put into words how the original intent of a planet (established through application of the Planetary Method) affects a natal planet or point (a lunar node, for example) via secondary progression and what particular evolutionary possibilities arise from the meeting between the two.
>acquired the skill to interpret the subtle interplay between transits and secondary progressions and the possible field of manifestation it creates in terms of evolutionary opportunity.
>acquired the skill to interpret retrograde planets and know why the soul chose their retrogradation.
With the tool kit offered in these first three modules you will already be prepared to work therapeutically with clients. What is lacking is knowledge of how different aspects of prior-life trauma (mental, emotional, etc.) flow into the soul´s current-life vehicle, i.e. your client and how they play out their life. This knowledge – and the skills needed to use it therapeutically – is imparted in Modules 4 & 5, along with the important teaching on Chiron and the planetary nodes and how to use these when working with clients in a therapeutic setting.
Certification Exam Evolutionary Astrologer
MODULE 4: WORKING THERAPEUTICALLY WITH THE TRAUMA HELIX, CHIRON, INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOSYNTHESIS
MODULE 5: WORKING THERAPEUTICALLY WITH THE PLANETARY NODES, INTEGRATION EA & PSYCHOSYNTHESIS
I am afraid I cannot give you a breakdown of these modules because even to describe their content would be giving away an approach that is uniquely mine and was developed in the course of eight years of intensive therapeutic client work. I can assure you however that it is groundbreaking and will provide you with incredibly powerful therapeutic tools. As soon as the first three modules are up, I will begin to gradually reveal it. I hope you understand my position and thank you for your patience.
Certification Exam Therapeutic Evolutionary Astrologer