Summer School is recognised internationally as a unique event in the astrological calendar, attracting students and tutors from around the world.
New for 2022
ONLINE Weekend Course
In addition to the number of classes and presentations held in Oxford, for Summer School 2022, the Weekend Course titled The Astrological Life: Symbol, Craft and Creativity will be offered ONLINE as well as in person. Please note that sessions will not be recorded. Online participants are expected to join us in real time.
Booking for the ONLINE course is now closed.
Outdoor marquee for large gatherings
We will not be using the Saskatchewan Room this summer. Instead, our large group gatherings will take place in an outdoor, temperature-controlled, well-ventilated marquee.
Reminder for delegates coming from the European Union
Unlike previous years, you now require a valid passport to enter the UK. Please make suitable arrangements.
Welcome to Summer School 2022
The programme caters for a range of levels, from beginners through to students and practitioners at advanced and professional level. With our world-class team of tutors offering a dynamic programme of study, this is a chance to work with astrology in depth, developing knowledge of new subjects and techniques, and deepening your understanding of existing ones.
We will do our very best to make you feel welcome and at home. At the heart of the Summer School is the interaction between tutors and students, not just in the lectures but in conversations outside of the classes, thereby creating a rich learning experience which unfolds through the week.
Create Your Own Summer School Package
Come for a weekend, a 5-day course, or like many people do every year, join us for the entire week! Residential and non-residential places are available. Residential delegates can choose from bed & breakfast, half board or full board options.
Our Venue – Exeter College, Oxford
Exeter is one of Oxford’s oldest colleges, founded in 1314 and located at the heart of the city. It is also one of the most attractive, with its early 15th century Palmer Tower, its neo-Gothic chapel and Jacobean dining hall. Within its walls are peaceful gardens ideal for quiet contemplation and the main quadrangle is one of the most beautiful in Oxford.
Many famous people studied here, including JRR Tolkien and the pre-Raphaelite artists William Morris and Edward Burne-Jones, some of whose original work is on display in the college. Philip Pullman, author of the magical trilogy His Dark Materials, was also an undergraduate here, basing his fictitious Jordan College on Exeter.
Friday 19th August at 5pm – Sunday 21st August at 1pm
The Astrology of Grief
This weekend seminar will focus on the universal, and yet intensely personal, experience of grief. “Grief is not a disorder, a disease or a sign of weakness. It is an emotional, physical and spiritual necessity, the price you pay for love.” (Rabbi Earl Grollman). We will explore the multi-layered astrological landscape of loss and grief and use the medium of enduring myths and stories to help us recognise and release the old griefs, personal, familial, ancestral and collective, which are stored in our bodies and souls. We will approach this topic as a rite of passage, the experience of which can help us come to terms with the past and begin to build a new life.
The Astrological Life: Symbol, Craft and Creativity
Lisa Stockley and Carole Taylor
OXFORD & ONLINE
This weekend course brings an opportunity to reflect on our journey as astrologers. We’ll consider the twists and turns of the path, the places we might get held up and how we might move through any obstacles. We’ll work with our own charts to consider what astrology means to us, revealing our unique creative gifts and what kind of astrologer we want to be. With plenty of time for small group work and discussion, we’ll learn about ourselves as well as deepening our interpretation and consultation skills.
The weekend will fully accommodate and integrate both Oxford and Online delegate groups. It will include tutor presentations as a whole group, interspersed with practical sessions in small groups (in person and in online breakout rooms). We will look at the dynamics in your birth charts for what this says about your creative and astrological gifts and challenges, and also what might be evoked for you in the consultation process.
Sunday 21st August at 5pm – Friday 26th August at 1pm
These three courses are designed to build skills and confidence in chart interpretation in a supported learning environment. For your participation, you can gain credits which count towards the Faculty Certificate or Diploma. Full attendance is required.
Early booking is strongly recommended as places are limited.
Natal Chart Interpretation: Putting the Pieces Together
Toby Aldren & Rosemary Smith
This is a practical course designed to help you bring together the basic building blocks of the chart – planets, signs, houses, angles and aspects – into an integrated chart interpretation. You will be working with your own and others’ charts and you will gain practice and confidence in identifying the main themes in a chart. You will also explore the philosophy of astrology and its place in the modern world. This course is suitable for anyone who has a working knowledge of the planets, signs, houses and aspects, equivalent to Modules 1 and 2 of the Faculty’s Foundation Course.
Intermediate Interpretation: Integrating the Forecasting
Frances Clynes & Deborah Morgan
This course has a two-fold aim: firstly, to help you develop your chart interpretation skills at intermediate level and secondly, to learn how to weave the main forecasting techniques into an integrated picture. Throughout the course, the emphasis will be on how we can put astrological material across to a client in a way which is sensitive and non- judgemental, but which also goes deeply into the chart’s potentials and challenges. Transits, solar returns, secondary progressions and solar arc directions will be incorporated in this course and you will be expected to have a basic working knowledge of these forecasting techniques as well as a basic grasp of natal chart interpretation.
Advanced Chart Interpretation & Astro-Consultancy
Stevi Gaydon & Glòria Roca
This module involves the development of consultation skills and an understanding of the ethical issues which arise in client work. You will be encouraged to develop a high degree of self-awareness through the study of the synastry between yourself and your clients, and will learn how to integrate the wide range of natal and forecasting skills covered in the Diploma course into an advanced chart interpretation. These skills are developed throughout the week by carrying out a client consultation, encompassing the chart preparation, conducting the live session and then a review of the consultation in a supportive and enabling environment.
Prerequisite: Completion of Modules 1 to 7.
Astrology in Action offers three simultaneous tracks on different themes. You can follow one track throughout the five days, or select sessions from all three. Whether your knowledge of astrology is basic or advanced, the course provides an opportunity to extend your skills and deepen your understanding of astrology.
Astrology of Relationships
Darby Costello, Kim Farley, Alejo López, Clare Martin, Matjaž Regovec, Melanie Reinhart, Carole Taylor, Mark Williams
The focus of this track is on relationships with loved ones, as well as with individuals who may be projections of our shadow. How do Saturn, Chiron, Nodes, or inconjunctions influence our relationships? How can we make love last, and is this possible? What is our individual style of connecting with our opposite number, and how do we approach betrayal, passion, desire? In the 21st century the concept of relationship continues to evolve, but love never changes in its essence. Through astrology we will examine our personal attitude towards contemporary attitudes of love and conflict so that we can connect with the gradual unfolding of our soul purpose.
Emerging from the Collective Trauma
Marielle Churaqui, Cat Cox, Matjaž Regovec, Melanie Reinhart, Carole Taylor, Dragana Van de moortel-Ilić
In recent years, we have all felt the influence of the Saturnian signs – Capricorn and Aquarius – in the form of lockdown, fear for our health and global economic uncertainty. The brutal spirit of the times has brought physical illness to some, while others have experienced this stress on a personal or emotional level. In this track we will explore how mindfulness and awareness of the wider cosmological patterns can help us to find our own inner peace, even when we feel wounded, afraid and weak. A deeper look at the soulful water houses, the transformative power of Pluto and the wisdom that Chiron brings to our life will help in our understanding of the complex patterns of collective trauma. Through astrological correspondences, a sense of the sacred will be revealed in our ordinary life.
Darby Costello, Bernard Eccles, Kim Farley, Alejo López, Clare Martin, Chris Mitchell, Lisa Stockley
Transiting planets take a central role in this track. What can we expect from Pluto in Aquarius, Uranus in Taurus, Saturn and Neptune in Pisces, and the forthcoming Saturn/ Neptune conjunction in the early degrees of Aries? Are we now liberated from the constraints of the square between Saturn and Uranus or do we still have lessons to learn from them? How do we evaluate on the personal and collective level, the interaction of planetary transits and seasonal passages of time? As well as transits, the techniques of astro- cartography, medieval predictions and the progressed Moon will be included.
Extra-Curricular Afternoon Workshops
Sunday and Wednesday have free afternoons for you to relax or explore Oxford. Alternatively, join one of the afternoon workshops or a meditation session. There is an additional charge of £35 per workshop – payable in advance or on the door.
Sunday Workshop 1
Pluto in Aquarius: Deep Logic
Pluto in Aquarius will mean big changes in the way we all live. Sometimes its influence will be obvious, and sometimes less so; but it will always be there. Will it push us towards a fairer, more humane society, in line with the best Aquarian precepts? Or will we be under constant surveillance by the unfeeling algorithms of artificial intelligence? And should we be worried about it reaching maximum declination soon? Will its influence then be even stronger?
Sunday Workshop 2
Honouring the Light –
Illuminating the Sun in our Charts
The Sun, the archetype of the hero and heroine, tells us something of our journey to discover our true selves, to attain our gifts and to shine our light into the world. Join us on this Sunday afternoon to explore Sol – the Luminary of Light, with astrology, mythology and some enjoyable group participation to illuminate the Sun in our charts. Bring your chart and an image which represents your sun sign.
Wednesday Workshop 1
Medieval astrology had a number of techniques not generally used in our modern practice, to identify periods of a client’s life that ran smoothly, and those that were more challenging. One technique is the concept of firdaria, used in Persia and later adopted in medieval astrology too, which uses “time lords” to divide a client’s life into periods ruled by different planets. See how you can use this simple but powerful technique in your own practice!
Wednesday Workshop 2
A chance to explore the possibilities offered by a soulful astrological perspective. The workshop is not so much a literal engagement with the concepts (the aim is not to write poems about the solar system itself) as an opportunity to discover how we might use astrological symbolism as a source of inspiration for writing freely. Kim will read poems and excerpts and use a variety of exercises to get your creativity flowing. No special skills or experience needed – just a willingness to think, feel, play and imagine.
Meditation with Melanie Reinhart
Wednesday from 2.30–3.30pm
Free of charge
Meditation, followed by space for personal sharing.
Throughout the Week
Morning Planet Meditations
With Cat Cox and Melanie Reinhart
Saturday 20th to Friday 26th
Easy morning meditation sessions to honour each day’s planet.
Thursday 25th August
Our final evening together.
Saturday 20th August: Lindsay Gladstone
Language of the Birds
Sunday 21st August: Frances Clynes
Gods, Warriors and Kings
Monday 22nd August: Danny Larkin
The Splendor Solis
Tuesday 23rd August: Alejo López
The Astrology of Hope
Wednesday 24th August:
Dragana Van de moortel-Ilić
Accommodation and Meal Options
Our venue is the beautiful Exeter College, situated in the heart of Oxford. Exeter is an undergraduate college and the accommodation is therefore simple but comfortable; most of the Summer School events take place here. About 10 minutes’ walk from the main college is the new Cohen Quad, where all rooms are private with en-suite facilities. If you do not wish to stay in college or in the new Cohen Quad, Oxford has many hotels and guest houses to choose from. Read more about Exeter College and Cohen Quad, and see some videos, on our general Summer School webpage.
If you opt for a residential course, you will choose from the following when making your booking:
- Standard Room – Private room, usually with a small study area. Bathroom facilities are shared with a maximum of four rooms to each bathroom. Exeter College only.
- Single En-suite – Private room with its own bathroom. Available at both Exeter College and Cohen Quad. Single en-suite accommodation at Exeter College is now only available for the Weekend. Should you wish single en-suite accommodation for the 5-day course, or for both the Weekend and 5-day course, please choose Cohen Quad.
- Shared (Twin) En-suite – Two delegates each have a private bedroom yet share one bathroom between them. There is a common study/lounge area. Exeter College only
There is a generous choice of hot and cold options at breakfast and lunch, and dinner is a served two-course meal. A vegetarian meal option is available if booked in advance. The college staff will do their best to accommodate other dietary requests – again, if booked in advance. Tea and coffee are served in the morning and afternoon breaks. As well, for those staying in Exeter College or at the Cohen Quad, tea and coffee-making facilities are provided in your room.
When booking a residential course, you will choose from:
- Full board – Breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
- Half board – Breakfast and lunch.
- Half board – Breakfast and dinner.
- Bed and Breakfast – Breakfast only.
An option to attend the gala dinner is available for anyone whose Summer School booking does not already include dinners.
Please note that for delegates staying at the Cohen Quad, all meals (including breakfast) will be taken in the main dining hall of Exeter College on Turl Street.
In the unlikely event that one of the courses attracts too few students for us to run it successfully, the Faculty of Astrological Studies reserves the right to cancel that particular course. If this occurs, your course fees will be refunded but the Faculty accepts no responsibility for reimbursement of travel costs. If you are travelling from outside the UK and booking a flight in advance, you are therefore advised to obtain travel insurance which covers you for cancellations.
Our Team of World-Class Tutors
TOBY ALDREN DFAstrolS is a Faculty tutor for both Online Classes and Distance Learning. He gained his Diploma in 2013 and joined the tutor team in 2017. Toby has been an educator throughout his career and he also works as a musician. Toby lives with his husband and two border collies in the remote community of Halfmoon Bay, British Columbia, on Canada’s west coast.
MARIELLE CHURAQUI DFAstrolS is a London-based astrologer who gained the Faculty Diploma in 2008 and an MA in Cultural Astronomy and Astrology from the University of Wales Trinity Saint David in 2012. She is a tutor and the Treasurer of the Faculty. Her approach to astrology is inspired by Jungian ideas and particularly James Hillman’s concept of soul. She also teaches yoga, using yoga techniques to explore astrological themes.
DR FRANCES CLYNES DFAstrolS is the Vice President, IT and Online Learning Manager and a DistanceLearning and Online tutor for the Faculty. She has been a practising astrologer since 1987 and has lectured in Ireland, the UK and the US. Frances is also the Lead Tutor on the Sky and Psyche module of the MA in Cultural Astronomy and Astrology in the Sophia Centre at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David.
DARBY COSTELLO Hon DFAstrolS has been an astrologer for more than half her life. She began teaching at the Centre for Psychological Astrology in 1988 and was soon teaching internationally. She has written several astrology books and received an MA in Cultural Astronomy and Astrology from Bath Spa University in 2006 and the Charles Harvey Award in 2013. Her consultation practice continues to be at the heart of her working life as an astrologer.
CAT COX DFAstrolS is the President and Head Tutor of the Faculty and has taught with the school since 2006. She gained her Diploma in 1996 and the MA in Cultural Astronomy and Astrology from Bath Spa University in 2007. Her interests in healing, Jungian and transpersonal psychology, goddess spirituality and the Western Mysteries, inform her approach to astrology, which includes the ways in which we work psychologically, experientially and ritually with symbols and with myth.
BERNARD ECCLES Hon DFAstrolS is a familiar face at the Faculty Summer School. He is somewhat surprised to note that his fascination with astrology has now lasted for over forty years, although it doesn’t seem that long, and there is still so much more to investigate. He is a teacher, writer, researcher and an unrepentant sun sign columnist.
KIM FARLEY DFAstrolS discovered astrology at the end of the 1980s and has taught for the Faculty at Foundation and Diploma Level since the early 90s. She contributed to the Faculty’s book Journey Through Astrology as well as The Book of Music Horoscopes and is the author of the booklet Astro Mind Maps. Kim runs a private practice from her home in central London. Alongside consultation and teaching, she works occasionally as an independent funeral celebrant and vegan cook. She has always loved both reading and writing poetry.
STEVI GAYDON DFAstrolS is a Faculty tutor who teaches both online classes and by distance learning. She has run her astrological practice since gaining her Diploma in 2010. Her work with clients is informed by her background in training business people in negotiation and interpersonal skills as well as her experience as a coach. Stevi has an MA in Cultural Astronomy and Astrology from the University of Wales Trinity Saint David.
ALEJO LÓPEZ DFAstrolS was born in Argentina and moved to Europe aged 23. He holds a degree in Performing Arts and another in Psychology. He is currently studying the MA in Cultural Astronomy and Astrology at the Sophia Centre. Alejo has studied mythology, shamanism and Kabbalah. He is particularly interested in exploring sacred languages and techniques that help develop dialogue with the Divine.
CLARE MARTIN FFAstrolS is a psychotherapist and has been a practising astrologer and teacher since 1990. She was President of the Faculty of Astrological Studies for nine years. She was also a tutor and supervisor at the Centre for Psychological Astrology, and currently teaches for the Mercury Internet School of Psychological Astrology. She has written a three- volume introduction to psychological astrology: Mapping the Psyche and Alchemy: The Soul of Astrology. Her
latest book, Star-Crossed, explores the astrology of personality theory.
DR CHRIS MITCHELL has a PhD from the University of Leicester on the topic of medieval astrology, is a tutor on the MA Cultural Astronomy and Astrology course at the University of Wales, and holds the Diploma in Medieval Astrology from Astrologos. He has been actively involved in promoting and teaching astrology for twenty years, is on the boards of the Astrological Association and Association of Professional Astrologers International, and received the Charles Harvey Award in 2021.
DEBORAH MORGAN DFAstrolS, BA Hons is has been a Faculty tutor since 2010. She runs her own astrological practice and The College of Astrology and Magic, blending astrological, experiential and magical techniques to support personal and spiritual growth in an ever-changing world. She is keenly interested in the Western Mystery Tradition, neo-paganism and mythologies, and their links with astrology.
Dr MATJAŽ REGOVEC DFAstrolS (Margaret Hone Award) holds a doctorate in the psychology of personality and the Diploma of the Centre for Psychological Astrology. He is also a qualified Jungian analyst. In 1993 he founded the Institute of Psychological Astrology and Psychoanalysis in Ljubljana, Slovenia. After twenty-five years, the Institute has developed its own method of personal development – the IPAL Method – a synthesis of the techniques of analytical psychology, active imagination, psychological astrology and dream analysis.
MELANIE REINHART DFAstrolS is a patron of the Faculty of Astrological Studies, and a prize-winning Diploma-holder. Astrology has been central to Melanie’s life since 1959, and she has been a professional astrologer since 1975, offering consultations, writing and teaching in the UK and abroad. She is also known for her original research on new celestial objects. Books include: ‘Chiron and the Healing Journey’, ‘Saturn, Chiron and the Centaurs’, and ‘Incarnation’. Melanie has a special interest in contemplative experience both as a healing process and also as a learning modality.
GLÒRIA ROCA DFAstrolS is a consultant astrologer who has studied astrology with the Faculty, esoteric astrology with Alan Oken, and Hermetic Symbology in Barcelona. She obtained the Faculty Diploma in 2002. Since then, she has been a tutor at the Faculty, and was a Council member and Head of Exams for several years. She has run her own school in Barcelona since 2011: Aula Astrològica de Catalunya. Her particular fields of interest are psychological astrology, soul-centred astrology and the astromapping techniques.
ROSEMARY SMITH MA, DFAstrolS is a Faculty tutor, teaching via Distance Learning and Online Classes. Rosemary has had
a lifelong passion for astrology, and appreciates the power of astrological symbolism to open up the field of creative possibilities within our lives. In 2017, she was awarded the MA in Myth, Cosmology and the Sacred (with Distinction) from Canterbury Christ Church University.
LISA STOCKLEY DFAstrolS has been working with astrology for over twenty years, a journey which led to gaining the Faculty Diploma in 2018. She serves on the Faculty Council as well as tutoring London classes, online classes and by distance learning. She is especially interested in astrology as a spiritual practice and cultivates a deep connection with nature and the cycle of the seasons.
CAROLE TAYLOR MA, FFAstrolS has been an astrologer for over twenty years, with client work and teaching at the heart of her practice. She is a former Faculty President, Summer School Organiser and Director of Studies, contributing extensively to the course material and founding the Faculty’s online classes programme. She holds an MA in Myth, Cosmology & the Sacred (with Distinction) and is a tutor on the Sophia Centre MA in Cultural Astronomy & Astrology at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David.
DRAGANA VAN DE MOORTEL-ILIĆ DFAstrolS has been working as a professional astrologer since 1990. Her passion lies in observing celestial elements of Byzantine frescoes and the discourse of medieval Christian symbology with heaven. Dragana is a Faculty online tutor, the Summer School Programme Co-ordinator and a Council member. She has an MA in Cultural Astronomy and Astrology from the University of Wales Trinity Saint David and is currently undertaking a DPhil in history at Oxford University.
Dr MARK WILLIAMS is an academic, working on medieval and early modern magic. He teaches literature at the University of Oxford, and is the author of Ireland’s Immortals: A History of the Gods of Irish Myth. He is also a trainee Jungian analyst and has a small astrological and psychotherapeutic practice in Oxford.
The Faculty of Astrological Studies is an organisation that contracts with Exeter College, Oxford, for the use of facilities, but which has no formal connection with the University of Oxford.