New York 2018

Rites of Passage:
Honouring the Cycles of Life

Friday 14th – Sunday 16th September, 2018
taught by
Carole Taylor & Deborah Morgan
and hosted by
Michael Lutin
at 39 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY

Friday 14th 6.30-8.30pm  ∗  A drinks party to celebrate the Faculty’s 70th anniversary
Saturday 15th 10am-6pm & Sunday 10am-1pm  ∗  Rites of Passage Workshop
Sunday 2.30-3.30pm  ∗  Open session – Learning more about the Faculty

Our host – Michael Lutin

We spent a wonderful weekend teaching this workshop at the invitation of the great American astrologer Michael Lutin.

We began the weekend with a party on Friday evening to celebrate the Faculty’s 70 years of excellence in astrological education, 1948-2018. Then on Saturday and Sunday, we delved into planetary cycles, exploring the cycles of Saturn, Chiron and the progressed Moon, as well as the mid-life transits. It was also a chance for newcomers to the Faculty to find out more about our work – our history and ethos, our courses and opportunities for study (distance learning, online and Summer Schools), and our exams and Diploma qualification.

Here are some of our 20 participants for the workshop. Thank you to everyone who came along – and a huge thank you to Michael for his generosity, hospitality and support for the Faculty. We hope to see you all again soon!

Workshop Tutors

Carole Taylor BA Hons, MA, FFAstrolS
I am the Faculty’s Director of Studies and have been a Faculty tutor for 17 years. I was the Faculty’s Vice-President from 2001-2009 and President from 2009-2012. I am a full-time astrologer with a busy practice, based in West Sussex but with an international client base. I have also spoken at conferences in the UK and USA and have taught workshops for Heaven & Earth Workshops in Bali and Goa, and for the Academy of Astrology in China. I have an honours degree in Geography from Cambridge University and a masters in Myth, Cosmology and the Sacred from Canterbury Christ Church University, and I continue to pursue studies and interests in myth, symbol, divination and depth psychology.

Deborah Morgan BA Hons, DFAstrolS
I have been a Faculty tutor for seven years and a member of the Faculty Council since 2010, holding a variety of posts during this time. I also run a busy astrological practice based in Nottingham, U.K. My client work focuses on the importance of planetary cycles and attuning to the rhythms of the natural world and cosmos, and how the practice and symbolism of astrology can enrich our daily, professional and spiritual lives. I hold an honours degree in English Studies from Nottingham University where my interest in working with symbols first emerged. The monthly lunar cycles, annual solar cycle and planetary returns are a particularly vivid and accessible path into this way of living, which developed from my interest and practical experience in earth-based spiritualities.

The Workshop

This weekend course explores the milestone astrological transitions that we all experience and the deep understanding of our inner lives and archetypal parallels that can prevail at such times.

Rites of Passage: Honouring the Cycles of Life will focus on the roles of Saturn, Chiron and the progressed Moon in the unfolding of our inner potential throughout our lives, as well as the profound triggers for change represented by the mid-life transits of Uranus, Neptune and Pluto. The cycle of Saturn, the gatekeeper, can be felt as the crossing of thresholds into a deeper way of living, while Chiron’s cycle encourages us to integrate different facets of our personal insight. Additionally, we will consider the contrast between linear time and astrological time, and the subtle rhythm of the progressed Moon in our personal development over the course of a lifetime.

The course will take a creative and imaginative approach to both natal and forecasting interpretation and provides the opportunity to work with your own chart in a new way.

What you will need

The workshop is suitable for participants at all levels of study, with an emphasis on personal chart work and gaining insight into your own patterns and life story. You will need a basic knowledge of how to read a birth chart – a basic understanding of transits will also be very useful.

You will need to bring a copy of your birth chart with you plus an ephemeris (or a basic software programme/app) so you can follow the planetary cycles in your own chart. If you do not have a paper ephemeris or software, there are ephemerides freely available online.

What you will receive

A comprehensive handbook to accompany the course will be sent to you before we meet, containing astrological information, ideas and ways to begin thinking about planetary cycles and life passages, as well as suggestions for reading and further study.


Friday evening
6.30-8.30pm ∗ Party with drinks and canapés. Hosted by Michael Lutin and the Faculty of Astrological Studies. Come celebrate the Faculty’s 70th anniversary!

Saturday morning
10-11.15am ∗ Introducing cycles and rites of passage
11.45-1pm ∗ The cycle of Saturn

Saturday afternoon
2-3.15pm ∗ The mid-life transits
3.45-5pm ∗ The Chiron cycle
5-6pm ∗ Creative session

Sunday morning
10-11.15 ∗ The Progressed Moon
11.45-1pm ∗ Working with participants’ charts

Sunday afternoon
2.30-3.30pm ∗ An informal and optional post-workshop session offering the opportunity to find out more about the Faculty and its courses and qualifications.

Interested in gaining course credits?

The workshop attracts 20 credits towards the Faculty’s courses and towards gaining our prestigious Diploma qualification.

For anyone wishing to enrol with the Faculty, you will be awarded the credits for Module 1 and can go straight to Module 2 when you sign up to study with us. If you do sign up for Module 2 with us, you will be given access not only to our extensive written course material for Module 2 but also the course material for Module 1.

Presentation copies of our written course material will be available for you to browse over the weekend.

If you are already taking the Faculty’s courses, contact Deborah or Carole to discuss your options for credits.

Fees and enrolment

$150 USD for the weekend, which includes:

  • the Friday evening party with drinks and canapés
  • all tuition on Saturday and Sunday
  • tea and coffee during morning and afternoon breaks
  • course handbook


Or for more information, email Carole Taylor or Deborah Morgan

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