Workshops

Planetary News Report

A cosmic report on the times we live in and the skies we live under, with Kelley’s special blend of astronomy, astrology and myth. What is the universe asking of us ? We get to the story behind the headlines by considering current planetary cycles, both shorter and longer. We apply this overview to each sign of the zodiac as well as planetary generations.

Stories in the Stars: Astrology, Astronomy and Myth

A journey deep into and beyond our 12-sign zodiac to explore constellations and fixed stars that form the backdrop of our planetary cycles. Drawing on research from ancient and modern astrology, astronomy and myth, this introduction to whole sky astrology offers a enriched palette to inspire our astral imaginations, extend our astrological interpretations and even re-vision the signs of our times.

Cosmology, Ancient and Modern

The sky is a mirror reflecting our beliefs about ourselves and the universe around us, conveyed in myths that carry a people’s philosophy and way of life. This is as true today as it has been for star gazing cultures through the ages. Astrology is woven from a blend of astronomy and myth, continually incorporating new scientific discoveries. We’ll discuss visions of the cosmos as seen through other cultures, including Mayan, Hindu and the “Old West,” and then take a look at modern cosmology, the latest “story” from astrophysics. Considering the relationship of science and myth, we’ll look at the implications for astrology today.

The Cosmic Feminine: Lilith and the Search for Dark Matter*

The search for dark matter is a compelling issue in leading edge science and modern cosmology. According to theory, a currently unknown substance accounts for 90% of matter and energy in the universe. By removing one “t” from matter, we are left with mater, Latin for mother. This discussion searches out dark mother and the cosmic feminine in the mythologies of many cultures, where she appears as mysterious figures of ambiguous meaning, representing altered states of consciousness. We’ll investigate the psycho-spiritual meaning of these dark goddesses and consider the archetypal implications for modern psychology, cosmology and related dynamics in astrology. A special focus is the figure of Lilith and her mysteries, found in four places in our birth charts.

The Four Faces of Lilith*

(can be offered as a workshop continuation of the previous talk) Lilith, an ancient, banished goddess, returns to remind us of our origins, deep desires and the power of feminine spirituality. This offering begins with a provocative performance created from a variety of sources: Sumerian myth, the Gnostic Gospels, the Song of Solomon, modern literature and astrological research. The discussion which follows introduces the four Liliths in astrology–asteroid, Dark Moon, Black Moon and star, related to various states of consciousness and soul-felt issues that are both deeply personal and healing to our world. *See separate web section on Lilith and the Cosmic Feminine.

Pluto and the Underworld Mysteries

The underworld journey, at the heart of ancient mystery schools and shamanic journeying, continues to be one of the soul tasks of our time. This slide show of evocative images from ancient to modern art illuminates this journey of life, death and rebirth. Drawing on perspectives from astronomy, social history, psychology, myth and astrology, we look at the meaning of Pluto, that remote and mysterious planet of the 20th century. Its conjunction with Chiron opened the millennial gateway. Where are we in this journey today?

Planetary Generations

The three outer planets, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto, spend a number of years in a sign, defining generational tasks and indicating changes in human consciousness–as outmoded ideas to be radically altered (Uranus), dysfunctional areas needing clarity and refinement (Neptune) and repressed issues needing to be brought to the surface and transformed (Pluto). We will discuss the current transits of the outer planets and their impact on planetary generations, touching on the involvement of these planets in major life transitions, especially mid-life, as well as their effect on inter-generational relationships.

Understanding Teenagers Using Astrology

A discussion of astrological cycles that correspond with important developmental stages during the teen years. These cycles impact our life experience again around ages 30 and 45. Case studies of daughters and mothers show how patterns follow down the generations and urge both parent and child into self-growth.

Astro-Teens: You and the Stars

FOR TEENAGERS. An introduction to astrology for teenagers, going beyond Sun signs to talk about other planets and such things as: planetary cycles of the teen years, dating with astrology, understanding parents, and the Big Picture of what their generation is contributing to the evolution of humanity. This can be given as an astrology party.

The Healing Light of the Stars

The realm of fixed stars, the astral dimension beyond our solar system, forms the larger backdrop to our experience. Ancient star watchers used many particular stars in their forms of astrology. We will meet some of these stars, locating them in our charts and discussing associated astronomy and mythology. This talk includes an introduction to Star Essences, developed by doctors, that concentrate the light of the stars into vibrational essences, like flower essences, that heal mental and emotional imbalances.

Astronomy of the Solar System

A slide show of NASA images takes us on a tour of the solar system to discuss basic astronomy and some of the newer discoveries. Did you know that the sun rises in the west on Venus? that Jupiter has rings? that Pluto is a double planet or maybe not be a planet at all? What are all those asteroids? How do the magnetic fields of the Sun choreograph the solar system? In addition to giving us a greater appreciation for our cosmic neighborhood, astronomical knowledge may enhance our astrological interpretation and remind us how astrology got started in the beginning.

Astronomy for Astrologers

Seeking to reunite astrology and astronomy, we’ll discuss basic principles of astronomy that are useful for astrologers to know. Using astro-drama, slides and illustrations, we’ll get an overview of the precession of the equinoxes, eclipse cycles, planetary cycles, new discoveries from astronomical technology, and some juicy tidbits from the history of astronomy and astrology.