A programme of online seminars is offered as an optional addition to your Foundation or Diploma Course studies, giving time to practice key skills, guided by a tutor.
For distance learning students in particular, this is a chance to connect in real time with a Faculty tutor and with a group of fellow students in an online classroom. All you need is a good broadband connection and (preferably) a webcam!
The seminars are open to both Faculty and non-Faculty students. Most of the seminars are suitable for students who understand the basic components of the natal chart (planets, signs and houses), those seminars marked with an asterisk * require an ability to read a natal chart and some appreciation of forecasting techniques.
Each 90-minute seminar costs £30 and will take place on Saturdays between 3.00-4.30 pm (UK local time).
The seminars are recorded, the recordings will be available for streaming for 1 month after the seminar. A link will be sent to everyone who booked onto the seminar (with 24 - 48 hours of the event) whether or not they attended. This means attendees can watch again and those who missed it live can catch up.
Early booking is strongly recommended as places are limited.
Before Enrolling for the First Time
- Check that your operating system is supported by Webex, the meetings software we use: Link to the Webex webpage.
If your platform is not supported you will not be able to log into the meeting or participate in any way.
- Some browsers are also not supported by Webex, Google Chrome is recommended for best results.
- Download Online Seminar Joining Instructions - these will also be sent with the Faculty's confirmation of your booking.
- Closer to the seminar date you will receive a Webex email to enable you to join this Seminar, please check your Spam folder if you do not receive the email 10 days prior to the online seminar date.
Online Seminar Dates 2016-2017
The Chart Angles and their Rulers
28 January 2017 with Stevi Gaydon
The Ascendant, Descendant, MC and IC are key points in the chart, describing how we interact with and respond to different dimensions of the world around us. The Ascendant-Descendant is our personal ‘horizon’ and its pairing of signs indicates a major theme at work in the life; the MC-IC shows the relationship between the private self, with its anchorage in past, foundations, home and family, and the public self, visible in our choice of profession, aspirations and worldly role. This seminar will explore the four angles and their planetary rulers, including the crucial role played by the chart ruler (the planet which rules the sign on the Ascendant).
Calculating the Angles of a Birth Chart
25 February 2017 with Frances Clynes
While software is frequently used by astrologers to calculate the natal chart, most agree that the ability to manually calculate the chart is a vital part of astrological education and the act of calculating the chart can aid the astrologer in their interpretation. This seminar focuses on calculating the angles of the chart. Using examples of charts from different parts of the world, we will look at how the skill can easily be learned by breaking the task of calculating the angles and houses of the chart into a few easy to follow steps.
The Houses and Their Rulers
18 March 2017 with Sue Farebrother
Developing confidence in determining and interpreting house rulers can provide a considerable amount of information about a chart, and can be especially helpful when interpreting empty houses. The planet ruling a house and its sign, aspects and other considerations can have a strong influence on the affairs of that house, highlighting significant areas of life and supporting –or maybe contrasting with– planets occupying the house in question. House rulers add another layer of chart interpretation, and this seminar will look at chart examples of important rulerships and also cover co-rulers too.
The Progressed Moon*
1 April 2017 with Sue Farebrother
'The major progressions of the Moon are usually quite noticeable. They are used as timing triggers if there are other longer term progressions or transits taking place in the same time period. They can also stand alone. Changes of sign or house of the progressed Moon are particularly important. The progressed lunar phases are also of relevance as a background overview of your changing inner experiences and will be briefly explored.'
The Moon’s Nodes
22 April 2017 with Frances Clynes
The Moon’s Nodes are formed where the Moon’s orbital path crosses the ecliptic, or path of the Sun. These two points, the South Node and the North Node, form an important axis in the chart concerned with finding balance between our reliance on what is ingrained or familiar and the new skills and ways of being which we also feel impelled to develop. These points tell a story of personal growth which brings us into contact with the people, situations and experiences which will act as catalysts in that ongoing process of growth and personal development. This seminar will explore the meaning of the Moon’s Nodes and how to interpret them within the wider picture of the birth chart.
Calculation: Calculating the Exact Position of the Planets
24 June 2017 with Frances Clynes
Last term we looked at calculating the angles and houses of the chart. This term we move on to the calculation of the exact position of the planets and in this seminar we will practice this skill with several example charts. Manual calculation of the planetary positions brings home to the astrologer the different speeds at which the planets move in a way that software calculation cannot and can help our understanding of how the planet moves in the sky and in the human psyche.
Identifying the Main Themes for Interpretation & Forecasting at Intermediate Level*
1 July 2017 with Carole Taylor
This seminar will offer practice in integrating whole chart interpretation at intermediate level with the forecasting techniques taught by the Faculty – transits, secondary progressions, solar arc directions and solar returns. Our focus will be finding the main themes of the natal chart and prioritising the forecasting material so that the most important themes emerge.
In order to get the most from this seminar, you will need to have a basic working knowledge of how to read a natal chart and of the four forecasting techniques we will be using.
Identifying the Main Themes for Foundation Level Whole Chart Interpretation
8 July 2017 with Clair Bentley
When we interpret a natal chart, we are translating a rich tapestry of multilayered symbols into a recognisable character image with meaning for the recipient. Each symbol is complex in its own right, a thread comprised of many strands of potential meaning. With so much information at our fingertips it can be easy to get tangled up in the details. How do we begin to identify which particular strands are likely to feel most relevant to the person’s overall experience and how? In this webinar we will discuss where to look in the chart for clues about some of the more common themes and we will examine a natal chart to explore in practice how personal themes gradually come into focus.
* indicates a Diploma Level Seminar - participants need an ability to read a natal chart and have some appreciation of forecasting techniques.